Sometimes I properly countdown to when I am blogging a wedding and this is one of those. Mainly because there is Temperley and Packham (I am a sucker for a British designer that never fails to deliver) and it is just perfect for this time of time. The pumpkins, the foliage, the flowers, the candles, the moody wood panelling (oh how I adore wood panelling) and the gorgeous photography. I promise you will adore this wedding. So much time and love has gone in to collecting lots of unique vintage items and it was all planned in 5 months! Cat and Dan also took their time to source lots of local suppliers, something I am very passionate about so make sure you have a look if you are getting married in beautiful Norfolk!
Photography by Becky Joiner at My Fabulous Life
My dress was Alice Templerley tweaked by changing the color of the under slip and my accessories, head piece, belt and cuff were Jenny Packham the shoes were Rachael Simpson. My sister lent me her garter and diamond earrings my something borrowed and bag was my nanas, very vintage! I found my fur wrap on a random trip to London with my mum.
I did not find choosing my dress very stressful at all. My sisters had arranged for a lovely day dress shopping at the new forest. We made a weekend of it and found my dress in the first shop we went into. I then spend that evening over a large glass of wine (a common theme) and found a wedding dress shop in surrey selling off my wedding dress as a sample at the fraction of the rrp. Wonderful. I booked to view the dress and the following week I was making my way up to surrey to collect it.
The flowers were supplied by the venues florist and were fabulous. The venue was decorated with wild flowers, pumpkins and squashes which gave a very autumnal feel. The button holes for the wedding party were made from herbs and grasses from the gardens and not only looked amazing they smelt fantastic. The rustic feel was echoed in mine and the bridesmaid’s bouquets. They were a selection of grasses and golden flowers gathered from the gardens and hand tied. They were exactly what I had asked for.
The venue was Narbourgh Hall Gardens a little hidden gem in Narbourgh Norfolk. It oozes vintage charm and has a great homely feel. We hired the whole venue from the Friday to the Sunday making our wedding celebrations last the weekend.
I wanted Dan and to wear tweed to give a vintage country feel. I was lucky I found his whole outfit, that’s the 3 piece suite, shoes, shirt all on ASOS. A few tweaks from the dress maker and it fitted perfectly.
It is hard to picture the whole day and how all the bits and pieces we had made in the run up to the day would look but you just have to have faith that the look and feel of the day would shine through and the all the decorations would work. My sisters and friends were fantastic. I had left the task of decorating the venue to my sister Caroline (who had not even seen Narbourgh Hall) she excelled herself in every aspect and done a truly amazing job. In keeping with our rustic homely feel we gave Norfolk made chutneys to the boys as favors and made vintage tea cup candles for the girls. After dinner coffee was served with a selection of homemade Norfolk truffles in a choice of flavor: Norfolk whiskey, lavender or honey. Truly delicious and they went down a treat. The evening buffet consisted of the Norfolk cake of cheeses and home cooked ham on the bone all supplied by Christie Cheeses. The venue then added warm breads etc to make the most amazing Norfolk Ploughman’s, what a feast. As we were getting married outside our reception drink was warm Norfolk cider just what our guest needed after being outside for a while.
My sisters were my obvious choice for bridesmaids and I would not have wanted anyone else by my side. They were fantastic throughout the whole day making sure that I did not need to lift a finger and ensuring that I always had a glass of bubbles in my hand. My adorable son was our page boy and ring bearer. Oliver had his big cousin Evie to help him with his duties on the day and they not only did a brilliant job they looked stunning on the day.
I asked my sister and my mum to perform a reading at our wedding ceremony. My sister read owl and the pussy cat and my mum a poem about marriage. I thought it important to get the mums to be part of our big day as they do tend to get overlooked. I asked Dans mum and my mum to be our witnesses at the signing of the register for the same reason. Dans mum only has boys and I thought it would be a lovely idea to get both mums to play an import role.
We got engaged in April and married in Nov so the planning time for the wedding was quite short. I spent ages searching the internet for a venue when late one night I stumbled across a link to Narbourgh Hall Gardens and I just knew that that was the place for us. I visited the venue with my mum and from walking through the house and grounds I knew we had found the place. Log fires in all rooms and quirky little hide outs dotted about the ground. It was perfect I could just imagine getting married outside by the lake under an arch of autumn leaves. The rest of planning just fell into place. I found my dress at the first shop I visited and most of the decorations for our big day were made by my sisters and friends. The wedding planner from the venue Georgie was also fantastic and very helpful with suggestions and how we could use the venue.
I searched for ages to find a photographer again armed with my trusty laptop and yes a bottle of wine I stayed up many night trying to find a photographer that I felt would capture not only great natural looking pictures of our wedding but the whole feel of the venue and the day itself. In the wee early hours I stumbled across Becky from My Fabulous Life and I just knew she would be our photographer. Becky did not come from Norfolk but was willing to travel to the venue to capture the special moments of our day. I arranged to Skype Becky and we went through all the aspects of the day with her. I first met with Becky the night before our wedding and felt completely at ease with her. Looking back at the picture she has done a truly amazing job capturing each section of the day as it happened and each picture tells how the day unfolded. Just amazing.
We decided against a wedding cake and opted for a rustic cake of cheeses. To carry on the home grown feel of the day I sourced a local Norfolk cheese supplier and had a cake made from layers of local Norfolk produced cheeses. The cake was decorated with autumnal fruits and berries and we brought a handmade wooden and sliver cake stand from esty which set of the layers of cheese perfectly. My sister was responsible for decorating the cake and she did an amazing job. The cake of cheese was a real centrepiece. Not only that it made up a big part of our evening buffet as well saving us money.
I can honestly say that I had the most relaxing wedding day. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone whilst we were getting married. We hired the venue from the Friday to the Sunday making the most of our wedding weekend. It really united both families and everyone commented on what an amazing day it was. I know may people say this but I really would not have changed a single thing about our wedding day from the flowers to the venue to the photographer it all fell into place was a truly magical l day.
Music is ddefinitelynot my thing but I know what I don’t like. Once again armed with my laptop I searched for a vintage inspired band and found The Rivera. They were just perfect. I could imagine the sounds of Gypsy jazz being played throughout our wedding so I booked the band for the whole day. They played at my ceremony, reception and party in the evening. I loved their style of music and it fitted the venue and the whole day perfectly. They even looked the part in their baker boy caps, braces and stylish suites.
My tip for other couples is you never know when you will find the right things for your wedding whether it be shoes or simply that perfect nail varnish so its really important to get people help you. Let your friends or bridesmaids know what you want so everyone can keep a look out for you. I had my friends buying up tea cups in charity shops and my mum trailing antique markets for that perfect vintage item. I certainly would not have been able to do everything in 5 months if it was not for my friends and family’s help and support.
Doing lots of things yourself helps keeping the cost of the wedding down. Having fabulous sisters and friends that are happy to stay up all night with a few bottles of wine allows you to save heaps on decorations and adds that personal touch to your day. We made everything from favour bags to table plan and endless amounts bunting. Most bits came from Ebay, Esty, Charity shops or antique markets. I used Pintrest loads to help build up a picture of my wedding and got loads of ideas from other pinners.
As our vision for the day was to keep everything homemade and where ever possible locally sourced produces a lot of our supplier came from Norfolk.
Cheese and Ham supplier: Christies Cheese Norfolk NR21 7NH 01328 863393
Norfolk cider for the reception drinks: 07769571423
Band Boutique: The Riveria 07912424554
Norfolk truffles : 01328878826
Helen Dress Alteration: Upminster 07903582376