Morning! We are starting the week with a bright travel themed wedding. I quite often turn down bright weddings in favour of more muted palettes but sometimes I have to remind myself that it is not just me that reads this blog…Becky and Danny leave some excellent advice throughout this post. I have to say, I am loving all of Danny’s ensemble. It is so refreshing to see a groom wear something colourful, and against the grain. He looks very dapper. I hope you have had a lovely weekend. You can catch up on My Weekend Edit here, and you can see pics from Jenny Packham at NYFW on our insta here!
photography | Charlotte Razzell
Beaulieu Hair & Nail Designs did my hair. (www.beaulieubeauty.co.uk ) Again, stepped in at the last minute with just one week to go!! I did my own make up with pallets from Mac & Estee Lauder.
Dress, Kenneth Winston 1584. Sold by A bride to Bee in Southampton (www.abride2bee.co.uk ). This dress is exquisite – I had originally said I didn’t want to get married in white, and had looked at some coloured dresses that my mum & I could customize to make it more weddingy. My mum really backed this idea but also wanted the whole dress picking experience, and secretly I think I did too (If just to confirm that a white dress wasn’t for me!)
I fell in love with this dress as soon as I tried it on. Advice for other brides – consider your underwear before falling in love with and buying your dress!! That was seriously hard work.
My shoes were ‘Give a Hoot’ by Iron Fist – I needed something colourful!!
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – Alan Hannah ‘Devoted’ tiara, Jon Richard Pearl earrings and pearl and crystal bracelet, from Debenhams.
Danny gets the credit here. He worked really hard and designed our invites, and our own wedding website where everyone could find all the info they needed from directions, to places to stay to car sharing!!
He made our confetti cones from an old encyclopedia, and designed and printed our wedding schedule for everyone attending the day. He made matching photo games for the tables, and ’Advice for the Bride & Groom’ cards.
Danny also decoupaged ’D & B’ to go with our card box/ sweet table decs
The girls demands were huge, one wanted full length, one didn’t want sleeveless, one didn’t want fitted – they then chose a fitted, knee length, strapless number from Karen Millen(!!) In aubergine purple – in hindsight I would not have let them have free reign on the dresses, although they did all look gorgeous on the day. Their shoes were ‘Dead Crazy’ Iron Fist and as favours I bought them matching Swarovski necklaces.
We had our nieces as flower girls, with dresses from Monsoon in turquoise and fuscia pink and as favours I got them little necklaces with their initials on.
It’s almost impossible to narrow down one single moment; for me there was the madness of watching everyone running around being entirely manic in the morning and just sitting back and watching them get on with it, to hearing the aisle music kick in simultaneously with ‘the fear’ to forgetting to breath during the vows and talking over the registrar to shooting tequila with friends.
Oh, and the marryoke we had done meant we got to have a lot of fun with a lot of people – a great way to mingle if you’re worried about not getting round to speak to all of your guests.
Danny’s whole outfit, top to toe was from Ted Baker, it was fairly loud and ended up defining our whole colour scheme! The moment we spotted the waist coat though we both knew it was going to be the one – he spent more time looking for co-ordinating trousers than I did picking my dress!! (And he ended up going with the trousers the waist coat and shirt were modelled with by Ted Baker!!)
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – The guys all had matching suits from Next in navy blue – seems a bit boring but with Danny and the bridesmaids running away with all the colours, we had to tone it down somewhere!
Poppies Florist, Bournemouth ( find them on facebook) – these guys were excellent. They had done some stunning flowers for Danny’s brothers wedding earlier in the summer and they stepped in for us with just 3 weeks to go after a bit of a blip! They took mine and Danny’s confused & crazy colour scheme (blue, pink, purple, teal, gold, lime green and blue – to match Danny’s waist coat of course!!) and really vague idea of having trees and somehow turned that in to some amazing decorations and bouquets! I didn’t get to see them until the day itself so it was a bit scary, but they really came up trumps for us.
The table centres were so awesome that our families took them away with them!!
We have had my bouquet and Dannys button hole freeze dried and we will get these back in a display box next year just in time for our first anniversary!! (by The Flower Preservation Studio)
All of our food and drinks were prepared by the hotel. For the reception we had a wheelbarrow of beer and Pimms & Lemonade, and then canopes served whilst people chatted and mingled. The hotel were really helpful in catering for our vegan and vegetarian guests.
For the wedding breakfast we had a sit down 3 course meal of locally caught fish cakes, roast chicken dinner & lemon posset which was to die for! (with alternatives for the veggies & vegans)
Later in the evening we had bacon sarnies and french fries!!
The Master Builders, New Forest – The restaurant team were absolutely faultless and hosted our day fabulously.
Charlotte Razzell – between us we have 4 friends who are wedding photographers but we didn’t want the politics of having a friend do our photos for the big day, ya know, just in case!! Charlotte did a great job and caught some really lovely moments which we will treasure!
We hadn’t been together long when we decided we were off travelling, and it’s whilst we were out there that Danny proposed so naturally we went for a travel theme. Our tables were named after some of the places we visited, and our card box was an old map style treasure box.
I made our table plan from an old suitcase I bought on ebay for £8 and some nick nacks from Hobby Craft, and ticket stubs I’d collected from all of the places we had visited on our travels. We saw the idea on Not on the High Street but made it for a fraction of the cost they sell it for on there and made it really personal to us.
Danny’s dad, Graham made us some really cool garden games which the kids (and adults!) enjoyed, including a giant jenga which some people left messages on for us and a giant connect 4. Graham also made us our photo ladders. This was another idea I had seen on Not on the High Street but instead of paying £80 for each one, he used an old pallet and made them for us. We then stained them and decorated with our pics and they acted as the back drop for the sweet table.
We were lucky enough that a family friend was generous enough to make our cake for us and it was delicious! We had a 3 tier rustic naked cake with dusted fruit and berries to decorate. She flavoured each layer with her own home made preserves – passionfruit, ginger and raspberry.
On the tables we had a little photo game for our guests to capture their own special moments along with some photo booth accessories. Each guest also got a little favour bag with a chocolate, engraved wooden hearts with our names & date on and a packet of personalised Love Hearts!
Instead of a guest book we had ‘advice cards’ for our guests to fill in the blanks and we had some pens made with our names and date on too – which I keep seeing floating around in offices and handbags. Nice little reminders!!
For the day we ran our own music from a playlist and in the evening we had an excellent band, The Benedicts (www.thebenedicts.co.uk ), who played a perfect blend of classics and indie tunes to keep everyone on the dancefloor for the whole evening. They also played our first song especially for us, which was a dream (Times Like These by Foo Fighters). Super friendly bunch of guys.
We went to Kenya on safari. We initially looked at companies like Kuoni but after they quoted us more than we were paying for the wedding we decided to look independently and booked an amazing trip to Ilkileani Camp in the Masai Mara (through Exodus) for about £7k less than quoted!!
It was the most amazing experience, and we were really lucky in the amount of wildlife we got to see. They even got us to plant an olive tree as we were their first honeymooners through Exodus. We will have to go and visit again one day and see how it is growing!!
Hair dressers book up fast – especially those that are willing to travel out to wedding venues!!
Don’t be afraid to ask people for inspiration, and with a little bit of creativity you can save yourself a whole load of money.
Don’t get bogged down in the detail, whilst it’s nice to have, on the day it really doesn’t matter! Who is really going to keep the invite (apart from your mum!)
Where did you find your inspiration?
We got inspiration from our experiences, our photographer, our florist and our avant-garde taste in clothes, as well as Pinterest and other websites.