Oh just look at that incredible bouquet! Andrew and Poppy opted for a wonderfully relaxed day full of their nearest and dearest. Smiles a plenty, beautiful blooms and oh my, that dress! I know you will enjoy this one. Captured beautifully by Colin Nicholls, this day has such a raw authenticity about it.
photography | Colin Nicholls
Mews Bridal, Clifton. Shoes were from Rainbow (in ivory, but the company dye them any colour af- terwards, so they’re more usable post-wedding)
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Veil from Mews Bridal, and I also hired a beautiful fur wrap from them. It completed the outfit for our March wedding.
After walking down the aisle, I reached Andy at the altar and I instinctively leaned over to kiss him hello. But as we weren’t yet through the ceremony he instinctively leaned away from me, saying “not yet!”. Everybody laughed, it totally broke the ice and made us both relax for the rest of it.
Also, I loved the walk I took with my dad on the morning of the wedding, before I got ready. It was magical and really grounded me. We stayed at the venue the night before, so we didn’t have the typical dad-and-bride ride in the car, so we’d planned this alternative and I thoroughly recommend it.
No theme beyond embracing the time of year of the year (early March), rather than fighting it. So lots of fires, furs and cosiness.
Rosie Shaw Cake Company. The cake was so good it was all gone in the first half an hour and neither the bride nor groom actually got to try the three flavours! And we’d ordered a good sized cake… It was simply delicious (from what little we had!)
Pick your team based on the people. We chose our venue, photographer, cake maker, hair and make up etc on who we got on well with. We were very lucky that we genuinely liked all the people involved in our wedding, and it meant it was fun having these people around on the day, rather than just having them there for business.
Some venues might be impressive, but if you get the impression the staff aren’t very organised, are snooty or are on a different page then move on! The staff involved in bringing our day together were incredible and I feel like they’re now friends, rather than people we once did business with.
Also, pick your battles! Everyone has their own version of the perfect day, but it doesn’t mean that every teeny tiny detail has to be perfect. So to save your own sanity – if not money – pick a handful of things to prioritise and to give that extra attention. Equally, know which bits you won’t mind missing or being slightly rough around the edges.
Where did you find your inspiration? We really didn’t over think themes or “inspiration”. Our venue was simply beautiful and spoke for itself and in that way, less was definitely more.