Naomi: As part of our Black Love Matters pledge, we wanted to share the voices of our Black planning brides. We wanted to understand how the wedding planning experience can be different for them and to hold ourselves and the wider wedding industry accountable for where we need to step up. To kick-off, we hopped on a Zoom call with one of the first women to call us out back in September 2019. Our call with Ally was a wonderful, vibrant discussion of all that it means to be a Black bride. We asked Ally if she would write a piece to share her experiences, and that is what we have for you today. What follows is an illuminating, passionate, honest read. Over to Ally…
Flowers can be a huge part of any wedding, big or small. It’s probably the one day of your life where you get to carry around a beautiful bouquet, have flowers in your hair and adorn practically every area around you with beautiful blooms. So why not make the most of it? But when it actually comes down to choosing a wedding florist – where on earth do you start? The vast majority of people, myself included, love fresh flowers, but have little idea of names and varieties, or what is in season and when.
Given that the starting price for wedding flowers is around £1000, you need to think carefully about choosing your florist.
A super relaxed wedding in Jersey for this travel-loving couple, with a globe guest book and a map seating chart! Wanting the feel of an intimate elopement, this couple chose to tie the knot in a remote coastal location in Jersey, made even more special by the fact it was the grooms childhood home! Wanting to make sure the decor was recycled and sustainable, so focused on making a lot of the pieces themselves, such as the ceremony arch, the place names and growing their own flowers whilst also making hundreds out of paper! There was also a very special guest, their beloved pet dog, who had a key role in the ceremony as the ring bearer!
There is something so mesmerising about the night sky, and it’s lovely when a passion for all things Celestial is illustrated beautifully in wedding decor and details; including on the day stationery, an embroidered wedding dress and an impressive dried flower crescent moon installation. Add the rustic tones of autumn and the spectacular backdrop of Stoke Park in Northamptonshire and you have one hell of an inspiration shoot to pore over and pin.
A truly stunning ceremony on New Year’s Eve where the bride wore a beautifully embellished wedding dress and a classic red lip. The wedding kicked off with the couple saying their vows in front of the fairy light curtain, followed by mulled wine in the courtyard and a marquee celebration with lots of laughs and dancing. The decor was kept simple in keeping with the beautiful barn details and featured a DIY table plan with hanging baubles, polaroid place settings, delicate fairy lights and a pretty impressive macaroon tower wedding cake. When New Year hit the party really started with the bride and groom dancing on the bar with their band, all in all, a beautiful winter wedding captured by Bloom Weddings.
Today’s Dorfold Hall wedding is pretty as a picture; with an immense floral moon gate ceremony backdrop and impressive acrylic and floral hoop centrepieces in the reception. All of these fabulous details pay homage to the grooms drumming skills, with the favours and stationery honouring his Italian heritage. Such lovely ways to make a day personal. Adding to the cute factor were the bride and grooms children in grey tulle dresses, reminiscent of mummy’s froufrou bridal skirt.
If ever there was a time to have a keepsake of your engagement, now is that time. If you were planning for your wedding to take place in 2020, chances are, your plans have been impacted by Coronavirus. We know that this entire process has likely been tremendously difficult for you both and you may feel like you don’t want to remember it, but trust me when I say that you will look back on this and be proud of both your resilience and your relationship. We think that you should strongly consider an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. And here are our reasons why: