Yup ladies, you were right, there is a whole heap of detail in this here wedding. And we have it all to share with you. One of the highlights for me of this wedding were, (aside from the hair, which I am yet to get over!) the couple portraits taken by Carrie Bugg Photography. They are swoon worthy.
Keeping it in the family
My fabulous florist was my wonderful Auntie Sue and her team of helpers, auntie pat and my bridesmaid Tori along with my Mum also. My parent’s garage became a hit on the senses, smelling and looking wonderful as they worked their magic on our displays, it was wonderful having everything on hand, it felt like a real family affair.
When my Mum and I went into the church, as she was finishing off we both burst into tears, they were breath taking, the delphiniums creating huge dramatic heights within the displays and the vintage tea roses softening the pew ends. Shades of gentle pinks and whites with grey tones in the eucalyptus worked with the colours used within the bridal party and the surroundings of our marquee.
This was a perfect chance meeting. Practically living next door to my parents from the moment I met Carrie I knew I had met the person who would capture our day perfectly and that is what she did. Her relaxed yet professional style meant that we could have stunning wedding pictures.
We both did not want to spend our day posing for pictures and wanted our day to be photographed with as much emotion as possible and these pictures show all of that. We were blessed with a wonderful photographer in Carrie and now a fabulous new friend.
Design and Details
We were blessed with a blank canvas, and to many this may be a daunting thought, but to me it was so exciting it ignited my senses. It is amazing how much you can make with a little bit of imagination and glue!!
I wrote down every idea that I saw and liked, if I had used them all it would have looked like I had a jumble sale going off in our marquee! Finding things that complimented one another whittled the list down into a perfect accompaniment for our special day.
Our favours were everything we could have wanted, looked gorgeous and tasted scrummy, Homemade cupcakes and wrapped with pink spotty ribbon for the girls and grey spotty ribbon for the boys setting off our tables perfectly. The children’s table was def my favourite task. Alice in wonderland tea party theme, goody bags for the children, pink spotty bags for girls and grey spotty bags for boys. Napkins wrapped with sweets, butterfly wings and wands for all the girls. Not forgetting the vintage sweetie table laid out in the evening for children and adults alike to enjoy.
Mum and I made our bunting, empty jams jars tied with ribbon provided the perfect night lights that hung in the trees, vintage metal buttons searched for then sewn onto ribbons worked perfectly for our napkins to be wrapped, a pretty wallpaper used for our table plan and confetti cones. Handmade wooden hearts painted and distressed and hung on the ladies chairs, our home resembling Blue Peter for months on end.
We had a unique design of entwined butterflies drawn by our friend Gemma Kenward which appeared on our invites, order of service, table plans and now tattooed on me whilst we were on honeymoon!!!
Our wedding invites were put together by Paul.
Advice from a Newly Wed
Weddings are magical, they are one day where some of the most heartfelt things are said, but they are also probably one of the quickest days of your life so enjoy it. I don’t just mean enjoy the day I mean all the little things you have to do in the lead up to a wedding, the 6 months before our wedding was spent, wrapping, tying, sewing, sticking, lists and endless tasks but not once did we argue about it, when else can you have an excuse to sit with some of your closest friends and make things over a bottle of wine or two.
Don’t forget what the day is actually about when things do not work out how you want them too, you’ll still be husband and wife, with or without the perfect piece of ribbon.
A (different) Catered Cheesecake
Cheesecake – who does not love cheesecake, combined with my husband’s love of profiteroles we combined our ideal cake/dessert made and designed by our caterer Aundi Mason. The taste was out of this world not to mention how good it looked too.
A Big Band
For me the evening entertainment had to be right, there are so many parts to a wedding that you worry and stress over that do not matter, we felt that our evening entertainment did matter. It is the thing that keeps the party going. I was out for a friend’s birthday and coincidentally one of my bridesmaids and I walked into the pub just as the band started up.
10 piece swing band, I play saxophone and Big band songs just make me want to move, My spine tingled and I knew there and then I have found our wedding band, I just had to tell Paul!!! Luckily he trusted my judgement and we couldn’t have been happier. They blew every ones socks off, never an empty dance floor, all ages were up even the local villagers were at the end of the drive joining in.
The First Dance is one thing that I was not at all looking forward to. Once being described by my beloved as a ‘drunk windmill’ whilst on the dance floor, it was not something I was wanting to embrace. But we did and I am so pleased I did. It was like the being on an empty dance floor with no one else around, the lyrics meant so much and all fear of my drunk windmillness was gone!!! We danced to Finley Quay ‘Love gets sweeter every day’ and now 3 months on, it certainly does.
The Start of the Sweetest thing…
I am lucky enough to have enjoyed a career in interior design and this stood me in good stead for creating my own wedding not to mention the years spent doing friends and family weddings and events so it really has been a natural progression for me to set up my own company in Event styling. My creativity and attention to detail are endless for all things beautiful and I am constantly coming up with new ideas to compliment people’s personalities on their special day.
The sweet and dessert tables are tailor made to your style and scheme. It is as visually beautiful as it is a taste sensation – a real head turner and talking point at your wedding. From a retro tuck shop to a contemporary colour coded dessert bar, there are endless possibilities.
For more information or a free consultation contact me (Hannah) at www.sweetdreamevents.co.uk or Tel: 07999223473
Simple, elegant, country glamour, if that can even be a description! All captured beautifully by Carrie Bugg Photography who we thank massively along with Hannah and Paul for submitting this little piece of pretty to us.