I think it should be common law for dogs to attend weddings. If we have to deal with the weird aunts and uncles, it should be sweetened with our four legged friends being there? Today’s wedding has a gorgeous couple, a cute dog, pretty florals and so many personal details, from Disney and Harry Potter, to Game of Thrones. Have you ever wondered what wedding photographers would choose for their own wedding? Well wonder no more!
photography | Binky Nixon
The suit was rented from Fogarty’s, and the shoes were a last minute purchase less than 24 hours prior to the wedding, from Clarks. I bought him a pocket watch and evidently he had no idea how to wear it, or use it (he broke it straight away ha)!
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – As above. Dan’s tie was £20 from Fogartys but as we wanted him to stand apart a little, I got the groomsmen green ties from China. £3 each!
The Flower Fairies. Charlie was based quite a way away from us, but with all the weddings we’d been to, I’d never seen floral design quite like Charlie’s, and I was only aware of her as she’s Binky’s friend! She has an amazing way of packing an unbelievable amount of blooms and foliage compliments into one perfect bouquet.
A few people pointed out that I didn’t put my flowers down all day. I had no idea just how important the flowers were until I saw them on the morning and almost burst out crying. They just finished everything off perfectly and made it all feel so ‘real.’ We were a little tentative about spending so much money on the flowers but we have absolutely zero regrets there.
Eliza and Ethan wrap dresses. I was planning on sage green dresses, but then saw these in a sample sale by Treasured Bridal at Woburn Village Wedding Fair and grabbed them for loads less than half price. I figured I’d make the colours work around them somehow, and I was glad I’d never gotten caught up in matching anything perfectly. The shoes were from Next, and they wore their own silver necklaces alongside the Swarovski bracelets I popped in their gift boxes.
Phil Collins, from Serendipity Bridal in Weedon, Northampton. Shoes were Steve Madden, bought from John Lewis shortly after we got engaged.. Before I even had a dress!
I had actually bought another dress on a sale day, and made the mistake of taking lots of people and giving into the ‘sale day’ pressure. It took almost 6 months to give in to my doubts and realise I’d never be happy with it despite the constant reassurance I was getting. I’m so glad I made the decision to look for a second dress because even though I never saw myself going for a tulle ‘princess’ gown, I felt that it was absolutely perfect for me.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – My hairpiece was by Richards Designs, bought from Serendipity Bridal. I never realised there were different shades of silver before trying to match something to my dress jewels..! Veil was a bit of a bargain, handmade by Lemonade and Lace and bought on the sale rail at MK Wedding Fayre
Ah, the hair and make up. Being a huge make up lover I was terrified of letting someone else loose on my make up, and I was sure my frizzy hair was too difficult to do something with. Albeit a little snobby, it had to be the best make up artist, or nobody at all. But I didn’t really trust my nervous self with an eyeliner pencil. Somehow, I found Kristina Gasperas, and entrusted her recommendation of her pal, Kasia Fortuna, for hair. They’re both geniuses in what they do, but more importantly for me, I felt 100% comfortable and confident throughout the entire process – Kristina even invited me to model for one of her make up classes before I put a deposit down, just to try her out for free! I’m still not sure how they do it, but I’m going back to learn makeup with Kristina soon.
Jo Malone – Peony Blush. I wanted a completely new perfume to take me back to my wedding day, years down the line, and I’m glad I did. Peony Blush seems to be a popular bridal perfume, and since our wedding two brides we’ve shot for have chosen it for their own. When they’re getting ready and spritzing that, it takes me right back to that morning and I’m given an extra burst of excitement for their day.
Wedding at Cardington Church, reception at the lovely South Farm, in Royston.
These are both places we fell in love with after shooting weddings there. Steve, the reverend at Cardington had such a kooky personality that we always knew he had to marry us, and we got to know him so well we’re so glad we did.
We shot a wedding at South Farm the December before Dan proposed in February. We briefly looked at other places, but we both loved South Farm for its laid back feel and how utterly welcoming they were when we were there suppliers.
Binky Nixon. We’re photographers ourselves, so this should’ve been a difficult decision. We lost count of how many people joked that we’d be taking selfies instead of having a photographer, or asking how we’d ever made the decision.
The truth is, we made the decision right away, and it was pretty simple. We wanted someone with a style distinctly different from ours so we wouldn’t subconsciously compare and Binky and Sally were just a dream to work with. Binky really works natural light and brings vibrance out of everything. She’s just bloomin’ fab. It was a really easy decision and we booked her straight after we’d booked the date and venue, two years in advance
We spent so long thinking about a theme, that in the end we just gave up and went with a little jumble of things. Key words that came to mind whilst things were settling down were, fairytale, forest, rustic, modern French.
First, there were little touches of Disney to honour our place of engagement. Hidden Mickey’s on the invites, the Disney cake, and everyone was assigned their own Disney character as a badge. We had such a good evening laughing over who would be ‘Dopey,’ and ‘Maleficent,’ and for example I felt chuffed to give my godmother ‘fairy godmother.’ Oh, and our postbox was a model of our house with balloons attached to it. Like ‘Up!’
We like our geekery and added a few little bits. I walked down the aisle to ‘concerning hobbits’ from Lord of the Rings, played on the organ. It was just utterly perfect for me. We had a couple of pictures of my passed-on grandparents, with a relevant Dumbledore quote too. Dan wanted to add a few Game of Thrones references but we thought a statement of ‘The Lannisters send their regards,’ before dinner might go over most heads, and scare the rest.
There was a bit of a travel theme, with postcards for date night ideas and tips from guests, a painted globe and aeroplanes, and our table names were places we’ve been together, with pictures of us in said place!
We kept to the rustic fairytale side with crates topped with more glamorous photo frames, moss and lots of gold glitter and fairy lights. Cigar boxes and cigars with gold foil personalised match boxes. I was put off the glitter as I was told it was tacky, but a week before the wedding I found my heart and me and my mum glittered everything. So glad I did. Why did I ever doubt the glitter?
Driving past our house from the church to the venue and Dan exclaiming that he had forgotten to put the bins out. If you’d have told me we’d be having normal household conversations like that on our wedding day I’d never have believed you. That half an hour together alone in the campervan was just lovely.
Getting ready in the morning. I was up at 4am and prepared breakfast for everyone myself to pass the time. I do get anxious, and I was worried I’d get snappy or stressed, but when the time came I surprised myself by being really laid back. Everything was in hand and the stress and excitement that I’d been sitting on for almost two years had just completely disappeared. Meanwhile, Dan was freaking out.
Walking into the church. Again, I was worried that I’d slip, need a wee, or cry. I remember seeing everyones face as I walked in. Every single person was smiling ear to ear and I can honestly say it was the biggest confidence boost of my entire life. These people were genuinely thrilled to see us get married and it was incredibly humbling. Then Dan turned around and the excitement and nerves came flooding back again. A really exhilarating moment!
This is the moment I had nightmares about. I had genuinely asked Dan if we could skip the whole ‘aisle walk,’ as I hate being the centre of attention but he really encouraged it and I’m glad I did it.
We wanted a really laid back style and we know we’d want a bit of variety, so we opted for a buffet with three choices. He chose one, I chose one, then for the third option we chose something different. We served chicken and leek pie, chili con carne, and pulled pork, and a choice of three deserts also. Most people were in and out constantly throughout the meal as it was luckily boiling outside, and we think it indeed felt pretty laid back!
It was just after easter, so we added mini eggs to little jars with glittered stamped name tags finished with a Disney character badge for every person.
Rachel Maddams made us two fantastic cakes. We couldn’t decide between a Disney cake (We got engaged in Disneyland and bought a cake topper the next day, we had to use it somehow)! Or a more serious, normal looking cake. She suggested we had both. We still have some in the freezer over a month later.
As a kid I was always more fascinated with the big band at the theatre than the actual show. As a tomboy I hadn’t really dreamed about my future wedding, but I knew I’d want a band like that. I saw the strayhorns at a wedding fair we were exhibiting at and Dan agreed they were just fantastic. They added such a great atmosphere that we’re sure absolutely everyone enjoyed. A DJ and a band are available every Friday night, but how often do you see a good swing band?
We went to Mexico. We weren’t fussed where we were going as we just wanted somewhere all inclusive where we could be really pampered. We got the top room with a swim up suite, butler, and the whole package.
I tried to avoid Pinterest past the initial stages as there is just a never ending sea of information that really confused and frustrated me after a while. I looked at magazines, blogs, other weddings we had shot, but really tried to put that aside after a certain point to focus on us, and our personalities. Dan wasn’t interested in too much, but I tried to discuss everything with him because he had a completely fresh perspective. The postbox house for example was completely his doing!