Beautiful photography, a gorgeous couple and happy smiling friends and family. Everything you need for a wonderful day right? Wrong. You also need beautiful florals and a stunning venue. Thankfully dear reader, this wedding has it all, Ian and Helen’s wedding is a muted pastel perfect elegant day and I love it.
photography | Fox and Bear Photography
Venue: Ceremony and wedding Breakfast at Bodysgallen Hall, Conwy. The ceremony was in the coach house with beautiful beamed ceiling and intimate atmosphere.
Then transport for the guests to the Tea Party and evening do at Hendre Hall where people were able to camp overnight. We had a big family BBQ there the following day to help with the hangover and the clearing up.
Wedding photographer: Fox and Bear Photography (Dewi Clough), a friend of the groom who has a fantastic indie style we both love.
Flowers: Venue decorated by Bride and Mother of the bride. The large space needed lots of colour so we went to a flower market in Liverpool and bought enough to make 20 displays using pink and cream roses and lots of gypsophila.
Bridal & bridesmaids flowers and the buttonholes by Edgely Floral Designs (too much stress to do those ourselves). In matching pinks and pastel hues for the vintage feel.
Bride’s dress: Ronald Joyce ‘Ellie‘ (Bespoke Bridal-Cheshire)
Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson for the closed toe & low heel!
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Vintage Comb gifted by Bridesmaid (No Veil). Hair up.
Also wore a cashmere cream cape with embelishment from Ted Baker.
Bride’s hair: Clinton James Llandudno
Bride’s makeup: Cathryn – Made up by Cathryn. Really friendly and adaptable. Would definitely recommend having a trial as what I thought I wanted didn’t work and I was very glad not to find that out on the day!
The perfume: Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia
Homemade – Brides mother made tea length silver dresses and matching pale pink capes
Flower girls dresses from Monsoon and sparkly cardigans from M&S.
Groom’s outfit/accessories/shoes: Hugo Boss suit in navy, white shirt, silver tie, white pocket square. Paolo Vandini Shoes – tan brogues. Silver cashmere socks.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Suits Various (Dark Blue), Shoes Various (Brown Brogues). Each gifted a wooden tea caddy with personalised message and silver tie, socks and pocket squares.
Cake: Homemade by Bridesmaids – a layer each
Chocolate Lemon Fruit, decorated with mini macaroons and gold art deco style icing
DJ/entertainment: Band ‘Indigo’ from Cheshire. Played a 90 min live set with hits from multiple decades to get everyone up dancing. Including the first dance – Bernard Fanning ‘Watch Over Me’
Followed by DJ set organised by the band and accomodating a lot of requests.
Stationery: Groom created a series of vintage postcards for the invitations and RSVPs. Sent out in hand tied card wallets.
He also created the kids packs, favour packaging and signs for venue including large signs to direct people to the venue and the order of service as well and the seating plan.
Pimp your prosseco for the reception drink in a vintage suitcase.
Real flower petal confetti welcome for the bride and groom.
Jones Sowing table decorated with flowers to hold the cake.
Grooms mother hand made the bunting to our colour palette. Both inside and out.
Long tables at the tea party for that village fete vibe. Table runners from gold wallpaper for texture (!). Vintage crockery.
160m of fairy lights in the dance hall part of the barn.
Polaroid camera guest book with dressing up box of old style glamour accessories (faux wraps, glasses, boating hats, pipes) all bought from charity shops or eBay.
Origami bird wall hangings – in floral papers, helped break up the large white wall spaces.
Large vintage mirrors sprayed gold (found in charity shops).
Outdoor games such as tyre toss, tin can bowling and welly toss for the kids. Also giant balloons that all the big & small kids loved.
Fire pit with marshmallows and sparklers.
Set menu with tasting session for bride and groom for Wedding Reception at Bodysgallen.
Tea Party – Selection of sandwhiches, delicious cakes and tea/ coffee by Yours Truly Catering
Self stocked Bar – Beer by local Ormes Brewery. Wine and Prosecco locally sourced.
Large Kilner drinks dispenser jars x 3 with different full strength cocktails (gin/ vodka/ rum) chosen by the bride and groom (we have a bit of a reputation for whipping up cocktails at parties!).
Retro sweet table and cheese tower cake for evening guests from Liverpool Cheese Company.
Wedding favours: Homemade by Bride and Groom
Fresh Tea and Coffee for the morning after, sweets for the kids with little monsters
Honeymoon Destination: 2 nights in London, Tour of Sri Lanka then relaxing Maldives
Bride: Walking around the beautiful grounds of Bodysgallen with just our photographer after the ceremony and getting half an hour just for the two of us.
Groom: Sitting at our Tea Party looking down the room at all our friends and family having fun
Where did you find your inspiration?:
We talked a lot about our perfect day and wanted to do as much as possible ourselves. We were put off by a lot of the packages from hotels and traditional wedding venues as they included a lot of details that we didn’t want. We both enjoy being creative and it was definitely worth it on the day when people admired details we had put a lot of time into.
Pinterest and wedding blogs helped after that!
Tips for those in the planning process:
Work out what is really important to you on the day and budget for that first. For us it was having an intimate ceremony in a beautiful location. Then it was food, drink and music for a big party reception.
Do everything as soon as possible because there is never enough time, especially if you want to save money by doing it yourself.
Friends and family will offer to help and take them up on it. It will make them feel more involved in the day. Also can be really useful for pointing people in the right direction on the day so the more people who know the plan/ vision, the better.