Morning all! Oh the first real wedding of my return to blogging is an absolute cracker. This has been patiently sat in my inbox for quite some time and I knew this would be the one I would use as my return to weddings. I mean, aside from the couple being gorgeous, the whole day oozes happiness, relaxed vibes and so much love. Lucy and Alvar opted for a really laid back feel to their day, with over flowing foliage, plenty of mis-matched wild looking flowers, lots of cake and nods to Alvar’s Norwegian heritage.
photography | Joab Smith
The Venue – Brympton House in Yeovil. We found the venue on cocoweddingvenues.co.uk and were so impressed with the pictures we booked it straight away. We were not disappointed.
Wedding Photographer Joab Smith. The absolute best! We loved all of our pictures, couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. We also loved Joab himself, he put us very much at ease, was a delight to be around, and made the entire photo taking process very enjoyable.
The Groom – A splash out suit from Gieves and Hawkes, shoes from Paul Smith.
The dress was made by Vancouver based designer Laudae, and purchased from Heart Aflutter in East London. It’s called the Halsey, and was absolutely perfect. The veil was a last-minute purchase, also from Heart A Flutter. The floral crown was made by the venue florist, she was great, and let me tweak it on the day.
Hair & Make up –
I did my own hair in the end. Having a wedding in Somerset and living in London meant that getting a hair trail, whilst trying to keep a lid on cost, was quite difficult. In the end I realized that, as I just wanted waves, I could practice myself. So, I spent every other weekend during the summer with some GHDs in front of a mirror until I was happy with the technique. Conveniently, there were lots of weddings before mine so these were good opportunities to practice and make use of my styled hair! My wonderful bridesmaid did my make up and most of the bridesmaids. We called it Make Up By Ashton. We had a practice session about a month before, was very happy with the outcome and let her do her thing on the day.
The Perfume – Custom created by the founder of Aqualis; a really special gift. In the run up to the wedding we had our own perfume consultations and fragrances made just for us. It was a really fun process and now the scents remind us of the day (as intended!)
Favourite moment – The wedding service itself. We both thought this was just the formal bit to get out of the way (and as a guest, sometimes it is😉) but when it’s yours it’s different. The weather was great for late September, the sun was shining through the windows, and even a butterfly floated its way up the aisle too. Magic.
Stationery – All invitations were sent as e-cards. We designed the order of service ourselves and sent it to printed.com who were fantastic. The individual place names were all handwritten by the Father of the Groom, and the table name cards were hand cut and painted by the bride. We’re still in the process of writing out the thank you cards and these were also by printed.com.
We had a very loose theme of “wild garden” – lots of green foliage with touches of pink, white, and a tiny bit of blue. We were able to get some dusky pink candles for the banquet tables and decorated each person’s table setting with a simple fern leaf and matching pink grosgrain ribbon ( the only things that matched that day).
Cake – We had 4. I’m a big fan of traditional fruit cake with marzipan, so we bought a smallish two-tiered cake from M&S – excellent value for money and we decorated it with flowers. We also had a traditional Norwegian cake called Bløtkake, made by the Mother of the Groom. On top of that we had another Norwegian cake/desert called Kransekake made by Greta Luton, and a huge Black Forest Gateau made by one of my wonderful Bridesmaids.
Catering/food/drink – Venue suppliers + some own bought Norwegian Aquivit for the toast.
The Entertainment – We’d seen our band , the Baghdaddies at a friend’s wedding a few years ago and when talking about what sort of music we’d like, we kept referring to them so thought lets book them too. They were perfect, so fun and lively, they had everyone dancing and jumping around. Much needed after a huge meal. I hope to see them again at someone else’s wedding.
We were lucky enough to have a few friends among our guests who occasionally DJ and they were very generous to take control of the late-night party.
Honeymoon Destination: Hong Kong and the Philippines. If you want a balcony with a view, Vellago resort in El Nido was jaw droppingly stunning.
Tips for those in the planning process
There are lots of online planning tools, but we used a good old-fashioned spreadsheet. Comparing budgeted costs for maximum possible attendees vs expected costs based on guests who had RSVP’d really helped us manage and keep track of costs.
On the day itself. No matter how much planning goes into the day, stop paying attention to the details, timing, logistics etc on the day itself. When you plan things yourself you’ll be the first to notice if something awry but try to decide to ignore it all and just have fun.