Good morning all! We have a super pretty wedding on the blog today, Neil and Amy opted for a super laid back, non themed wedding and the end result is so gorgeous. There are few DIY elements such as the stationery apart from that Amy and Neil chose some cracking suppliers to make their day special. I especially love Amy’s dress and the gorgeous flowers. I hope you had a lovely weekend and that this is a good start to your week!
photography | Rob & Sarah Gillespie
Roots Floral Designs, Bristol.
The flowers were created by one of my best friends Sam Cant who owns Roots Floral Designs. She is so talented and creative; I knew she would be amazing. And she was. I hardly gave her any direction. I showed her a few things I liked and some of the colours I liked. I didn’t want everything to match so didn’t get too caught up on a theme. She created beautiful and individual table pieces all in different pots, some with candles. My bouquet was stunning; it was delicate, natural and not overly arranged.
Dress and Shoes from Rachel Ash Bridalwear, Atherstone, Warwickshire.
I initially hated the wedding dress experience. I knew that I didn’t want a big dress and most of the places I visited seemed to be those kinds of dresses. When trying them on, I just felt really uncomfortable, like I was a kid dressing up. So, I decided to do some focused research and came across Rachel Ash. From the website I knew I would find something. They had a really interesting collection that was a little more relaxed yet very beautiful. When visiting the store I was so thrilled, I knew from the feel of the place that this was going to work. Rachel and Ash were amazing. I described what I was after (and more importantly what I didn’t like) and they made suggestions and chose really well. Before visiting the shop I felt like I was going to have to settle, but when I left their shop I was buzzing. I even had a little cry in the car driving home. It made me realise how important that feeling is. I think my dress suited me. It felt amazing, I didn’t feel like a plonker, I felt like me.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Pronovias hair vine, brought from Rachel Ash
I was a little nervous about hair and makeup as I generally don’t wear that much and felt wary of not looking like myself on the day. A few people recommended Ruth to me and I actually knew her from a college we both used to work at. She was fantastic. She was extremely professional and listened to exactly what I wanted. She made me feel really comfortable and I was so glad that I had opted for this as the makeup was natural and subtle but made me feel special.
Dresses were from Maids to Measure, brought thorough Rachel Ash. Shoes from Debenhams.
My husband got his suit, shoes and any accessories from Reiss.
The groomsmen wore their own suits. We didn’t want everything matching so just told them to wear their best suits.
A beautiful Victorian Country Manor House in Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire. We fell in love with it when we were guests at my friends wedding 2 years previously. As guests we felt extremely well looked after by the staff and felt privileged to be there. So we really had our hearts set on Brockencote, but did book in to see some other venues. However after our first appointment at Brockencote, we knew it had to be there. And, it didn’t let us down. We felt so special getting married there and the guests all loved it.
We hired a classical guitarist for the ceremony and the bit after. Alex Roche was hired from the Birmingham Conservatoire. He was amazing. It was so beautiful to walk down the aisle to him playing ‘Here comes the sun’ by the Beatles.
Our DJ was Robbie Tabrett, he’s our friend and he was great. We gave him a massive list of all the songs we liked and he played those and more.
I loved all of it but the best moment was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband to be. In fact, the whole ceremony was great. I am quite shy and initially thought I would hate that bit, but it felt like we were the only two people there and I was just so happy in that moment.
Rob and Sarah Gillespie.
We initially though we wouldn’t go for wedding photographers as a way to cut costs. We thought we could get friends and family to photograph for us. However, the more we got into the wedding we realised how important it was to document such an important day in our lives. So we did our research and found that lots of photographers were quite stylised in their approach and that wasn’t for us. So again, we asked our friends, as I remember being really impressed by their photographers. We met Rob and Sarah, who we knew instantly that we both loved their photographs and them. I think it’s really important to feel comfortable with your photographers, as it can be really difficult to pose for photographs and in these situations my husband and I can be quite awkward! But they were great. We had some pre-wedding photographs and that was so helpful as we felt much more at ease when the day came. It was actually quite reassuring to have Rob their in the morning when I was getting ready.
The day our photographs got sent to us, just before we were off on our honeymoon, was so amazing. We got to live through the day again. They were absolutely stunning, they captured the feel of the day, including the moments that you miss in the busyness of the day.
Kimmy Loves Cake, Bewdley, Worcestershire.
Research the bridal shop. I think you can tell a lot from the website and the collections they hold. And don’t make do. I realised how important the dress was to me as initially I thought I wasn’t going to find the right one and tried to make do. But once I found the dress, I actually got that feeling! I couldn’t wait to wear it and didn’t want to take it off.