Happy Monday lovely readers! I am so sorry for the blog absence last week. Thank you all for your lovely messages and being so understanding. I must admit, I find it so hard to switch off and had work guilt for 80% of the week but I am fully recovered (though awaiting a few test results) from kidney/bladder painfulness and a fully functioning human again. So excited to be back in to our little SYGM world and share pretty weddings, trends for 2016 and wedding advice this week. You can sign up to all of the #sygmbrides updates here. I will collate all of their posts in to one newsletter and send it out each Monday.
On to this mornings beautiful wedding! Claire and Rich look so relaxed and happy in their images, I think it is so important to find a photographer you connect with to make this happen.
photography | Darren Gair
I work at a salon in Monkspath called Richard Wallace Hair. My team created all the wonderful hair you see in the bridal party. My hair was created by my colleague Michaela who put my hair up perfectly just how I wanted
Shoes: Steve Madden Diamante pumps from Selfridges
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – My headband was simply from Debenhams after searching far and wide for a headband I found they had the best variety and at a fantastic price. My Veil was from The Bridal boutique in Henley In Arden
Urban Flower Design – Birmingham
Not really a theme as such colour scheme blush and navy, all the tables were named after different types of wine. Of course the top table was champagne. We used lots of wine/champagne corks and used wine crates for the table plan. These were great you could get them from the wine society with a small donation to a charity as I looked on eBay and they were selling for £10 a crate! We also had a cheese cake in the evening with lots of breads and chutney.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – Groomsmen suits and shirts from T.M Lewin. Pocket squares from Next and Ties from Marks and Spencer
Bridesmaid dresses were from a wonderful shop in Kennilworth called Lilly Rose Bridal. This shop tailors for the plus size brides but has a fantastic selection of bridesmaid dresses. I can’t express how fantastic the team were at the shop from the moment we walked in to the moment i collected the girls dresses. As the sign in the boutique says “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends” of which I believe. Anyone who has several bridesmaids all different sizes make sure you go see Nicky and her wonderful team as they have dresses to fit all shapes and sizes. I absolutely loved my bridesmaid dresses and all my maids loved wearing them. My bridesmaids hair slides were from Claire’s Accessories. Bracelets were from Accessories and the earrings from Warehouse.
Nuthurst Grange Hotel, Hockey Heath, Solihull
Procsecco, beers for the boys, and canapés are a must for me at a wedding after having them at ours. They filled a gap from ceremony to wedding breakfast and they tasted amazing. The wedding breakfast was a glamorised Sunday roast which was just what we wanted.. we ordered bowls of Yorkshire puddings for the tables too !! all the food at Nuthurst was outstanding.
Darren Gair is an amazing guy, and made us feel really comfortable, everyone at the wedding commented on how fantastic and professional Darren was and all his images prove it.
We designed our own. My mum drew the front of our wedding venue that we put onto our invites.
2 home made fudge hearts with R&C Stamped into them. Perfectly bitesized as I’ve seen so many wedding favours left on tables before and I didn’t want this to happen at ours. Very cheap to make and tasted fantastic. Favours were something we didn’t want to spend too much money on.
All of it so hard to pick one so heres a few…seeing my dad for the first time in my dress, seeing rich for the first time asking him to turn around so he could see me, all of the speeches, winning beer pong as husband and wife. Our first dance was amazing. we had calvin harris “ feel so close “ the first 30 seconds was acoustic then it dropped into the dance track we asked everyone who had a role in the wedding to come dance with us. Everyone then joined in which was better than we could have expected.
Hilary Sparkes, my mum made the fantastic 5 tier cake. Fruit cake, red velvet , pink champagne , victoria sponge and chocolate !! it tasted as amazing as it looked.
Dave Clark Dj – What a guy !! the dance floor was full all night.
New York and Jamaica.
Get WedPics … its great for the morning after when you want to see pictures of the events.. just put a little message in your menus in the wedding breakfast.
Enjoy every little stressful moment of it. Sometimes you want to pull your hair out but seriously treasure the feeling as it seriously is over before you know it. Plan something for the day after the wedding we all went for a meal with our parents and in-laws with was so lovely to recap the events.
2015 was truly the best year ever..so many fantastic memories. if 2016 is your year enjoy it treasure it and have the most amazing day.