Good afternoon all! Oh my goodness, what a week I have had. It is by pure chance and miracle that I am able to blog at the moment as the laptop is/was full to capacity and on deaths door. Thankfully it stayed alive enough to blog this beautiful Norfolk wedding, by one of my favourite photographers. Kathy was actually one of the the first photographers work I pulled from a wedding magazine and scrap booked. Andrew and Charlotte’s wedding is filled with so much family, so many cute details and beautiful moments that I think should I have seen it whilst planning my wedding today, this would have been scrap-booked too.
photography | Katherine Ashdown
My dress was from Camilla Brides. Paula and Alison at Camilla Brides are just incredible! They took my vision from a number of Pinterest photos and created my beautiful dress from scratch. I really enjoyed the process of having my dress made especially for me – it allowed me time to choose some of the smaller details later on in the process such as the bow at the back. My Shoes were from Rainbow Shoes – I opted for comfort on the wedding day! These shoes are padded inside with a low heel – I took advice from other brides that you really don’t see much of your shoes anyway so go for comfort!
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – I borrowed the Veil from Camilla Brides – I knew I wanted to veil but up until a couple of weeks before the wedding I wasn’t sure if I wanted full length or shorter. I opted for a shorter veil as I didn’t want to hide the detail on the back of my dress. My hairband was from Pure Brides and I actually knew I wanted this from the day I started trying on wedding dresses! I love that it’s really delicate and pretty whilst incorporating the pearl and diamond detail.
Swaffham and Fakenham Florists. Michelle and the team at Swaffham are fantastic and we didn’t have one guest leave the wedding without commenting on how beautiful the flowers were! They really took your breath away as you walked into Langley Abbey!
Stationery was something which we spent a lot of time choosing! Our save the dates and children’s thank you cards were from ’Aimee Paints’. Our table stationary such as wedding menus, place names etc were from ’La Pomme et La Pipe (Etsy shop) – these actually came all the way from Australia but we had an image in mind of what we wanted and these were just perfect! It’s incredible how they arrived from the other side of the world in such a perfect condition!
Just after the Royal Wedding I heard that Kate Middleton wore a special perfume for her wedding day which was so popular that at the time you had to go on a waiting list to buy a bottle! They only sell it in a couple of shops in London so being a lover of the Royal Family I just had to try it! Needless to say I fell in love with it! The perfume is Illuminum white gardenia petals from Selfridge
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – The Groomsmen wore the same suits as Andrew – we were really keen to have everything the same. We bought the suits in a tailor fit and had them altered to fit each person. We bought the ties from ‘For her and for him’ and they matched the colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses.
The Bridesmaids dress are from the website ‘For her and for him’. I would highly recommend this website as the dresses are really good quality. We paid around £100 per dress which we were really pleased with as we’d seen similar dresses in shops for £300+. The bridesmaids wore their own shoes as I really wanted them to be comfortable walking down the aisle! Their hair accessories were from Pure Brides in Norwich and I actually bought these very early on in the planning process! They are so beautiful and really complemented the bridesmaid’s dresses
I have so many! One moment which I will never forget is getting to the top of the aisle and Andrew’s first comment was ‘I guessed the dress spot on!’ He hadn’t and the fact he thought he had just made me burst into laughter. Katherine has a brilliant photo of this!
Brastad’s provided the food and drinks for Langley Abbey. We had Pimms & Peroni on arrival and for the meal we decided on:
- Starter – A Filo Basket of Posh Cocktail of Prawns (chosen because both of our Nanny’s used to make these for us at Christmas!)
- Lemoncillo Sorbet
- Main – Thyme and Garlic Chicken with Gratin potatoes and a light Creamy Tarragon Sauce
- Desert – New York Style Cheesecake, Warm Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Iced Cream and a seasonal Fruit Pavlova
Our talented friend Joe Taylor made our wedding favours for us. We opted for Polaroid photos of us with each guest – each Polaroid had a poem on the back which was face up on the table. Katherine captured some great images of our guests turning over the poems to reveal their Polaroid’s!
From the moment we started planning the wedding the theme for us was always our family and friends. Everything included in our wedding was included for a reason which related back to our family – from the mint humbugs on the sweetie bar (my Granddad’s favourite!) to our first dance which was sung by my sister (she’s a part time Disney Princess – how amazing to have a princess sing at your wedding!). Everything was carefully thought through and linked back to our family in some way.
Other details we included were:
– My sister loves the Little Mermaid so I swapped her desert fork for a ‘Dingle Hopper’
– My bouquet was hand tied with a ribbon and locket holding a photograph of my Grandad
– Our Mum’s were both keen to be involved and for the months leading up to the wedding carefully dried the flowers from their gardens to use as confetti!
– A sign made by The Little Lending Company for my Dad as we walked into the Church which read ‘Daddy, of all of the walks we have taken, this one is my favorite.
– When I was 3 I was bridesmaid for our family friend. I refused to walk down the aisle! For our wedding I asked the family friend to do a reading in the church! It was lovely as they were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary that week!
Our colour theme was Grey and we couldn’t have picked it better as on the wedding day we were greeted with the most beautiful grey skies – something which I didn’t think I would appreciate until looking at the photos! Langley Abbey is such a beautiful building and we didn’t want to lose this so we kept the colours very neutral and opted for white flowers with lots of greenery!
Andrew was in charge of the honeymoon planning! We decided on America and we wanted to see as much as we could in two weeks so we did a fly drive stopping at – San Francisco, Yosemite, Monterey, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara and onto LA.
The first dance was actually one of the biggest surprises of the day. Only Andrew and I knew that my sister would be singing our first dance with our talented singer for the day Bill Downs. When she started singing my Dad didn’t know which daughter to look at – a moment which will stay with me forever and looking back at the photos brings a tear to my eye!
My advice is to keep calm! I found the whole planning experience really fun – The first time we visited the venue I took photographs and had these enlarged into A3 images. I used these as my own mood board and printed and stuck any Pinterest ideas I had! These came in handy the day before the wedding when we were setting up the venue. I was able to give these out to family which allowed them to help set the venue up too!
Where did you find your inspiration? I’m a really big lover of Pinterest! I also took a lot of advice and inspiration from wedding blogs. I remember first seeing Milly from www.millynaomi.com wedding photos and I fell in love with the details of the day! This is actually also how I found our wedding photographer!