Good morning all! OH! What a wedding we have today, so many DIY elements that I could never imagine doing, from sourcing tropical flowers from Miami to making dream catchers a plenty. The thing I love most about my job is that every day is different and I never know what kind of wedding I will be blogging next. Whilst I have my preferences editorially for the blog, I adore that we can jump from tropical boho vibes to formal Welsh castle the next day. I love how unique weddings are becoming and I like to think it is because of blogs (not just mine) that help show that you can do what you want to!
photography | Anesta Broad
Names: Zoe and Adam
Venue: North Hill Farm, Hertfordshire
Wedding photographer: Anesta Broad Photography She was absolutely wonderful and listened to everything we asked for and delivered even more than we could have hoped for. Adam does not love having his picture taken, so didn’t want our photo session to be too long, Anesta kept him engaged and got the best photos for us in a short space of time, before the groom had had enough. She captured the day perfectly and I would highly recommend her. www.weddingsbyanesta.com
Flowers: I made the flowers myself and went to New Covent Garden Flower market on the Thursday before the wedding to get all of the flowers.
For my mum’s wedding two years ago, I made all of the bouquets, button holes and cake flowers so knew this was something I could do myself. It meant I managed to get all of the flowers for the bouquets, centre pieces and button holes exactly in the flowers and colours I wanted and how I wanted them to look.
We went to the flower market a couple of weeks before and chose tropical flowers that came from Miami, so knew what to buy on the Thursday when we went and how much we needed.
Bride’s dress /shoes: Kurt Geiger, they were gold flat gladiator style sandals bought as a present for me by my friends at work
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: I found a designer from Australia who made gorgeous hair pieces called Ulyana Aster https://www.ulyanaaster.com/. I bought two of her Lana pieces, a gold leaf design, to wear in my halo plait.
Bride’s hair /makeup: My hairdresser was my bridesmaid’s very talented younger sister called Shelby Shinkwin. She is my hairdresser so I trusted her completely. Shelby styled my hair, the four bridesmaids and my mum’s hair. My makeup artist was a lovely lady called Laura Allen and her website is iloveitlaura.co.uk she was recommended to me and I would highly recommend her as well.
The perfume: Miss Dior by Christian Dior. This is my favourite scent and Adam loves it too.
I wore these gorgeous gold cacti earrings as my something new, that I bought from Madrid which was where I went for my Hen party. I found a wide gold metal belt online. I decided that I wanted something modern and not something I had seen before for my belt. I have a University degree in Jewellery Design and knew that the gold metal of the belt would contrast beautifully with the simplicity of the dress and the bridesmaid’s outfits.
Groom and Groomsmen’s outfit/accessories/shoes: The Groom and Groomsmen’s suits came from a few different high street stores, the jackets and trousers where from Zara and the shirts and shoes from Next. Adam didn’t want the usual matching suit for the day, but wanted outfits they could all wear again after the day. The bow ties and braces came from ASOS. I then bought Adam an Indian head dress to wear during the meal and in the evening, which he absolutely loved and wore all night.
Cake: My mum made our wedding cake, she is a nurse but over the years has made wedding and birthday cakes for friends and family, so when I got married I knew I didn’t trust anyone else to make our cake but my mum.
We had a four tiered hexagonal cake with a cocktail theme for the sponges, the bottom tier was a black Russian, then a porn star martini, a pina colada and a raspberry mojito. As you can image the cake went down very well, she also made 150 cupcakes as well for the day.
DJ/entertainment: We had a face painter come for the day and do glitter and festival face painting for our day guests, we then had a glitter box for the evening guests, we created a games box for people to use and had a DJ called Corabar DJ play all day. We also hired a Sax player to come and play funky house music against the DJ in the evening; she was brilliant and got everyone up and dancing. She was called Abi Rose Sax.
Stationery: My sister in Law, Kez Wharton designed all of our stationary, from our Invites, Menus, Spirit Animal name places and table names.
Décor/wedding details (did you have a theme?) We made about ten large dream catchers with the help of my friends and sister. I had spray painted hula hoops gold and then one evening all of my friends came over and with string, ribbons and beads we made lots of dream catchers to hang in the tipi. We also made a gold arch which was decorated with a big dream catcher, muslin and flowers for the end of the aisle. We then used flowers, small dream catcher’s bought from the range, succulents and Cacti to decorate the tables, walkway and arch. We had hay bales for the guests to sit on during the ceremony which had fur throws on and colourful blankets for around the firepit.
Catering/food/drink: We decided we wanted lot’s of food at the wedding and as Adam used to own a street food van, wanted to go down this route.
We had a company come and do sweet crepes for the drinks reception called Simmons Creperie www.simmonscreperie.com
We then had a pizza company come called Soho Pizza, they also own Soho Paella and they served pizza’s and Paella’s to our guests http://www.sohopizza.co.uk/
And finally we had a company called Smokey Mac BBQ come and serve beef brisket burgers with a side of mac and cheese – http://smokeymacbbq.com/
We had ordered 130 servings of all of the food options so our guests could have one of everything.
We then did cheese’s, crackers, chutneys and pork pies in the evening with some of the leftover pizza and a sweet table for our evening guests.
Wedding favours: We made our own favours, which where individual smore kits to be used on the outside fire pit.
Favourite Moment? – The whole day was my favourite bit, honestly it was the best day of our lives. But if I had to pick, I think it would be Adam’s speech. It was beautiful, funny and romantic and he wrote a poem and dedicated to me at the end which made me blub.
We decided to write our own ring words to each other and below are my vows to Adam. We wanted to make sure what we said to each other was personal and had meaning for us:
Adam you are my best friend, my confidant, my playmate, my greatest challenge and my partner in crime, but most importantly you are the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and feel more loved than I ever thought possible.
These are my promises to you, as we move forward with the rest of our lives together:
With this ring
I promise to listen to your advice, and occasionally take it
I promise to never take score….. Even if I am totally winning
I promise to always admire your huge…… strong, kind and determined heart
I promise that I will love you always, even when we can’t stand the sight of each other
I promise to only laugh at 50 percent of your jokes, even if they are all funny
I promise to listen to you for as long as it takes for you to feel heard
I promise to be your unrelenting cheer squad on the days it feels too much
I promise to always help you navigate your way back to the right path, literally and metaphorically
I promise to pretend I love star wars as much as you do and to see all the films with you
I promise to support all of your faddy hobbies, even though our house is filled with sports equipment
I promise to grow old together with you very disgracefully, but to always be a kid at heart
But most importantly I promise to always accept you for who you are and never try and change you, because to me you are perfect in every way
The only thing I would do differently would be to hire cleaners to come and clear out the tipi the next day before they were taken down, that part wasn’t fun.
My sister was my maid of honour and is also my best friend. She organised my two amazing hen parties for me, taking all of that stress away from me. She did a speech for us on the day of the wedding and kept me sane throughout the whole planning process. I wanted to mention how amazing she is and what a great job she did for us.
Budget – Our original budget was £15,000 but after realising the Tipi’s and the venue hire came to £11,000 put this up to £20,000 which was what it ended up coming in at. We were also very lucky and my mum and her partner gave us a very generous amount as a gift for the big day.
Tips for those in the planning process This is so clichéd, but the day really does go so fast, so make sure you enjoy every minute of it and don’t get to drunk because you won’t remember everything.
Someone told me to take ten minutes out with your groom, to stand off to the side and just watch everything that is going on, have a chat, have a kiss and make sure you are both having the best time. It is important to come back together after the ceremony because you will be pulled in lot’s of different directions.
You will also feel like you spoke to everyone and yet no one, this is normal. People understand that you have to speak to everyone on the day. Make the most of being a bride, get people to get you drinks and help you to the toilet, it’s your special day so make the most of it.
Do everything exactly how you want it and have fun whilst organising it. After the day you will feel a bit lost, so make sure you have some fun things to look forward to after the day.