It is hump day in the middle of what is supposed to be the most depressing week of the year. I must say that being surrounded by weddings, the happiest of days, means that I rarely feel blue. It is such a lovely position to be in, looking at peoples happy memories every day. Today is no different, and this wedding has been beautifully captured by the fantastic Matt Bowen. Matt always comes up with great group shots, something that can be quite a challenge for photographers. I am also 90% sure the groom, Lee, is actually Gerard Butler.
Packington Moor Farm, Lichfield
Dress by Justin Alexander; shoes were a (comfortable) bargain from BHS
Bride accessories/veil: no veil, but I wore vintage jewellery. My “something old” was a cameo ring I inherited from my paternal grandmother; my “something borrowed” was a pear of opal & silver earrings from my maternal grandmother; and I also wore a silver brooch which I bought from an antique shop on my hen do, in Bath
Hired from Christopher Scotney, Leicester (right down to the shoes!)
Groomsmen’s oufits: also hired from Christopher Scotney, Leicester
After a couple of trials and lots of research I decided to do my own make up, which meant investing in some brilliant products. I was scared of not being happy with the result, or going shiny and not being able to touch up with the same products, etc. Myself and my bridesmaids had our done at Absolutely Flab-U-Less in Tamworth, near to the hotel we stayed in the night before. They opened the salon for the four of us so we could all get done at once.
The dresses were from Monsoon, and they each bought their own nude shoes. The florist created the pretty hair pieces
My face hurt all day from smiling. The best feeling was probably to look around, and see everyone we love being so happy for us, looking beautiful and laughing or dancing. There were also a few epic moments of near-crowdsurfing at the party!
Lilylou & You. Fantastic service.
The venue is so beautiful that we didn’t need much. I loved the exposed brickwork and beams, and the outside space. With accessories I suppose we stuck to a rustic theme, with quite soft colours throughout.
A last minute order from Brucciani, a high street baker in Leicester. We ordered it 3 weeks before the wedding, and it turned out really well. Our original supplier had let us down (by ceasing all contact the month before..), even though we had met her at a wedding fayre and confirmed our choices.
Acoustic Rascals, a band we found on the Live Network website. They were brilliant, got everyone dancing, and after their live set they performed a DJ set too.
Confirm and pay for the things you care most about first, because things will creep up on you (including extra costs!). Luckily, the cake wasn’t a priority for me so I wasn’t particularly stressed when it fell through. And make sure you like and trust the team managing your venue – good service is so worth paying for to make your day feel perfect. I was completely in a bubble!