Well, I have been excited to blog this wedding for so so long that I can’t quite believe I finally get to. I met Alice through her work with a top wedding magazine and Matt through his wedding photography, I still remember Alice telling me about her new boyfriend via twitter. Well fast forward a few years, a super cute engagement, a wedding, and a new cute puppy and here we are! I am going to keep this intro short because Alice has sent such a lovely write up, but I just want to say a huge congratulations to you both. Shrimps for life.
Photography | Studio 1208
Jane Dare from Eye Do did mine, my mums and my sisters make up. I don’t really wear too much make up, so I just said ‘natural’ ‘english rose inspired’ and that is exactly what I got! I was really pleased.
All hair was done by Sue Darbyshire from Expressions Hair and Beauty. Sue and her team have been cutting mine, my twin sister and my mum’s hair for the past 15 years, so I didn’t even consider asking anyone else. I knew I wanted a plait, because that’s my favourite way to style my hair day to day but the rose bun to the side which my the plait twisted into was really special. I loved it and so many people complimented how pretty and intricate the bun was.
Shirt by New & Lingwood, Tie from Eton of Sweden
Cologne: Tom Ford ‘Grey Vettifer’
Hat: Christy’s Casablanca from Village Hats and Caps.
I wasn’t allowed to get involved with any aspect of Matt’s outfit. He did it all himself, down to every last detail and I’m so glad he did. It was just as magical a moment for me to see him in the church as it was for him to see me. Both of our outfits had been a secret to each other and we shared that ‘wow you look gorgeous moment together.’
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: Wore their own suits, and we bought them floral bowties from Mrs Bowtie. The dads wore lilac floral ones and the ushers wore pink floral ones.
Day: Mimi by Sassi Holford, shoes Irregular Choice. I really struggled to find a wedding dress, and got quite overwhelmed dress shopping (through no fault of any of the boutiques I visited, I just literally wanted every dress I tried on and couldnt make up my mind about what style I wanted.)
It came down to a choice between a very slinky, tight, super figure hugging lacey Suzanne Neville gown called Appoline which was without a doubt the most exquisite dress I have ever tried on (and waaay over my budget) and Mimi by Sassi Holford. I chose Mimi for lots of reasons, but the main one was that she was totally fun to wear. The Suzanne Neville dress was gorgeous but it felt a little too grown up and serious for me. I felt comfortable in Mimi all day long and I sort figured that if you didnt go ‘big’ on your wedding day then when will you?
If Matt and I ever renew our vows perhaps I’ll go figure-hugging for that!?
Evening: ‘Prato’ playsuit from Watters. From right back in my wedding magazine days I knew I wanted to wear a playsuit for the evening do, and all my friends and family know I’m the playsuit queen so it made total sense to me to get one. Luckily for me it would seem just around the time I chose to marry, playsuits were having a bit of a moment in bridal industry fashion and there were loads for me to choose from! I picked this Watters one because I loved the lace and I wanted shorts, whereas quite a lot of the other bridal playsuits I’d seen were full length ‘all-in one’ style which would be more suited to a daytime outfit. For me this playsuit only had one purpose and that was to enable me to leap around enthusiastically on the dance floor all.night.long. (Which I did.) The only difficult part was that I had to have it imported from America because although I found a Watters stockist in my area they didn’t have the playsuit as they didn’t think it would sell well to many brides….but I adored it! I’m thinking of having it professionally dyed so I can wear it lots more, but then I chicken out becuase I dont want to change its lovely bridal cream lace! It did need a fair amount of altering which I got a proffesional seamstress to help me with, but I put that down to funny American sizing!
Veil from Sassi Holford
Hair piece: Warren York
Garter: was lent to me by a friend
Underwear: Victoria’s Secret
Bracelet: Glitzy Secrets
Earrings: Great grandmother’s pearls which I had reset into drop earrings
Jo Malone, Peony and Blush suede, I had peonies in my bouquet and I just LOVE this scent. In fact I insisted on a June wedding so it would be peony season. This perfume is so soft and fresh and feminine I really cant get enough of it. It makes my heart happy to wear it again now because it just reminds me of our lovely wedding day.
Their dresses were bespoke just for them. We bought an original Vogue dress making pattern, along with fabric online and then my mum and one of her friends handmade all four of the dresses.
I also bought the girls alternating pink and purple petticoats online and pink heels from Newlook.
Two of the girls wore pink petticoats under their dresses and the other two wore lilac. This tied in with their bouquets as two had bouquets hand tied with pink ribbon and the other two had lilac ribbon for their bouquets.
We also had our niece and nephew Megan and Jack as a flowergirl and pageboy. They wore outfits from Next and Monsoon.
All Saints Church in the village of Huntsham followed by Huntsham Court, Devon. Our venue was just incredible, it’s an exclusive use property which you hire for the weekend, there’s no wedding coordinator, no suppliers on site, it really is DIY all the way. We had it from Friday – Sunday and it became our home from home for the weekend. It made the wedding so much more chilled. People arrived casually on the Friday for a buffet of cheese, crackers and port and stayed with us, helping to tidy up at the bitter end of Sunday (with some major hangovers – so fair play to them !) The best thing though is that it has 27 bedrooms which meant all our guests could stay for the whole weekend and share every single little moment . We didn’t have day or evening guests…just weekend guests !
Maria Bentley of Studio 1208, along with her husband Nick Bentley who was our videographer. Amazingly talented, funnest, most bad ass husband and wife team around. They will ensure having your photo taken is an incredible experience. Plus their work is beyond brilliant. We love them!
Rachel Trott from The Rose Shed, Bristol. I cannot recommend Rachel highly enough. She is without a doubt the most talented florist I have ever known, and I’m lucky and proud to call her my friend. Rachel knew instinctively the sorts of flowers I wanted, all I did was describe colour ideas and she picked out the flowers that matched. I actually miss my flowers they were so beautiful, I wish they could’ve stayed forever! The heart wreath was divine and everyone commented on how gorgeous it was, but I wouldn’t want to single one thing out, because absolutely all of the florals she created for our wedding were exquisite and I loved them all.
Our theme was sort of country garden, village fete style with lots of bicycle elements because we are both keen cyclists.
Florals played a big part and our colours were predominantly pastels with a big focus on pink and lilac.
We handmade and crafted the village fete theme creating garden games (hook a duck, splat the rat, coconut shy ect) and had a drinks station with Luscombe drinks rather than alcohol during the drinks reception. (The bar was open though if people wanted it!)
We had our vintage caravan called Florence on display, she was turned in to a photobooth for the day, and we had our two vintage, restored bikes ‘Frank’ and ‘Rita’ propped up nearby. There was also bunting, balloons, deck chairs and lots of beautiful flowers which were provided by Rachel Husband from the Rose Shed.
All from Aimee Paints, aside from luggage label name tags which I made myself using a personalised stamp which we bought on Etsy.
Lyme Bay field kitchen. We wanted an indoor picnic theme for the food so everything was served from picnic hampers on the table alongside wooden boards and enamel serving dishes. For the evening our caterer James cooked pizzas in his wood fire oven in the garden outside.
I handmade these, we filled jam jars with sweets and covered the lids with the same fabric we used to make the bridesmaids’ dresses.
I absolutely loved the speeches. They were the perfect mix of absolutely hilarious and touchingly sweet, along with being perfectly delivered. Although I think my poor Dad was feeling the pressure a bit on the public speaking front – both the Groom and the Best Man are ex radio presenters! The speeches were also a really special time for me to look around the room and see everyone I loved and cared about laughing and just enjoying every minute of the day.
Another fab bit was as we left the church some of our friends from our cycling club the Wellington Wheelers had cycled down to the church and gave us a guard of honour using bicycle pumps as we left the church. Matt had arranged it in secret and it was a total surprise to me. So much fun!
The big one is to be decided…. But straight after the wedding we went to The Pig in Brockenhurst for a few days where we enjoyed the roll top bath and the best breakfasts in any hotel in the UK (in our opinion).
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and ignore those friends and family members who make it difficult for you, it’ll all be alright on the day, I promise! Also don’t feel like you have to have the most expensive, or the most beautiful, or the most pinterest-able wedding – that’s not real life. Just have the wedding day you want to have with the people who you choose to share it with. It will be beautiful. Have you every been to a wedding and thought, well that was shit?…um no, because weddings aren’t shit….so therefore yours wont be shit. It’ll be perfect because its how you want it to be, and that’s all the perfect you need.
Where did you find your inspiration? Well, Matt is a wedding photographer and we met while I was working for a wedding magazine, so to say we knew a lot about weddings is kind of an understatement. We’ve been to and seen a lot of different weddings between us, so we knew very early on what we did and didn’t want. I had visited our venue on a press trip some years earlier and had known from the minute I walked through the doors that I wanted to get married there. I showed Matt Huntsham pretty much the weekend after we got engaged and luckily for me he loved it too. Our plans just stemmed from there. We are both very good friends of Phoebe from So You’re Getting married so we used her for advice, contacts and top tips, which helped too. Pinterest was used with caution, as were magazines, because we wanted to create a wedding that was ‘us’ not one that was copied from someone else. But all in all we just did whatever we fancied and trusted (and hoped) that it would look all right on the day!