I’m officially in love with a few things about this wedding. One of my more crazy ideas during the planning was to have a backyard wedding, complete with a bring-a-dish style buffet and thats exactly what the very gutsy Mel did for her wedding. That and the Vintage lace dress which might just be perfection for me plus a wedding overflowing with flowers just means one thing…
Something else to note is that I have never heard a Bride rave about a Photographer like Mel does about Ben of Touch Photography, read on for one of the most glowing recommendations ever and all my personal contact with Ben as a sponsor backs that up 100%. I’d highly recommend making some enquiries :).
High Praise for a One-Off Photographer
Our photographer was the one and only Ben Tomlin from Touch Photography. Along with my dress, the photos were the one thing I was adamant about getting right so I was delighted when I stumbled across Benny’s website. I got in touch, and after meeting for a drink and a chat he agreed to photograph our wedding.
Well, there frankly just aren’t enough nice words for me to use! Benny was amazing all the way through our engagement, always keeping in touch and even helping me to try and locate a vintage-style headband one of his previous clients had worn. A month or so before the wedding, we met up for the pre-shoot and just had an absolute blast. It was easy to relax and settle into the session because Ben was just fun and it was more like taking a few snaps with one of your mates than anything else. After a couple of pints at the village pub, Ben left and Alex said to me wistfully, “I wish Ben could be our friend in real life”. I thought it was so endearing, and promptly emailed Ben to tell him so!
On the actual day, Ben was there to capture every aspect and every emotion of the wedding. He integrated so well with our guests and made everybody feel completely at ease. We saw the photos for the first time last week, when Ben came over to show us the collection. Wow! There were over 1000 shots (!) and all of them were so subtle, beautiful and real. I simply cannot praise him enough. Even Alex, who is normally very critical of photos of himself, was amazed. I emailed the link to the slideshow to one of my bridesmaids, and her response said it all, “Beautiful. Made me cry!”
We held our reception in our village hall, which is a converted barn, as we wanted a true vintage country wedding vibe to the day. I originally thought about covering the hall in marquee lining, but thought this would detract from its natural charm. Instead, I invested the money in a huge display of flowers, and boy, did I make the right decision!
The lovely Gayle Evans was recommended by a friend, so I knew that I was getting someone personable and reliable. What I didn’t know was just how lovely and talented Gayle was, until she came to my house and went through some ideas with me. In the end our little village hall was absolutely transformed. At the end of the evening, we invited guests to take the bouquets home with them and no-one could quite believe just how staggeringly beautiful they were.
A Country Village Vintage theme
We decorated the hall ourselves, hiring table cloths, seat covers, sashes, and table runners. I bought a load of custom made purple and ivory bunting from ZigZag Bunting, which tied in with our traditional country village theme.
I bought antique rose buds and petals, as well as purple star sequins to decorate the tables. The look was finished off by a couple of well-placed fairy lights and all of Gayle’s magnificent flowers. I hadn’t expected the hall to look quite as spectacular as it did, but absolutely everybody was bowled over and we even had a few guests in tears!”
When Alex and I first got together at University, we had a game in which we would buy a packet of love hearts and whatever the message on the first sweet in the pack, that would be significant to our relationship. They usually said something odd, like “Website” or “Fax Me”, but it made us laugh all the same. For our favours, we bought personalised love hearts. It was great to have favours that were personally meaningful, and on the day all of the sweets said “Just Married”, so they were definitely significant to our relationship!
The favour boxes were bought flat packed and the decorations separately. The day before my wedding, my brother, one of my bridesmaids, my brother’s friend and I all sat in my front room piecing them together. It took absolutely ages but was a lot of fun nonetheless. One of the many things I loved so much about our wedding was the way in which absolutely everybody got involved and became a part of it.
A Family Affair
As I’ve already mentioned, the thing that made our wedding so special to me was the way in which absolutely everybody pitched in to help. My uncles had their cars valeted and decorated to transport the bridesmaids; my brother and his friend hung up the bunting; my parents decorated the tables and provided the food; my friends helped to clear all of the tables and chairs away after the meal. Even my Grandma, who is in her eighties, tied all of the chair sashes for us. In the end, it didn’t just feel like mine and Alex’s wedding – it was everybody’s. I have never felt so loved, and so in love, in all my life. It was remarkable, and special, and I am a very lucky girl indeed.
Quartet, DJ and First Dance
We had a string quartet playing when the guests arrived at the hall and up until the speeches. I thought it would provide an elegant ambience to the celebrations, and knew that a lot of my family, who are big fans of classical music, would appreciate it.
For the evening, we hired a DJ. In our invitations we invited all of our guests to choose a track to be played, and people really delighted in being involved that way. The finished set list was certainly eclectic, but it guaranteed that everybody got up to have a boogie at some point in the evening (and many danced the whole night away!)
Our first dance was Moon River, sung by Audrey Hepburn. Alex and I are both fans of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I had always put that track on mix CDs for him in the past. I thought the song tied in nicely with our vintage theme and – as an added bonus – is fairly short and slow so we didn’t have to worry about entertaining the guests with any elaborate dance moves!
What a spectacular day, both in looks, and from the inside out. It is just too romantic for words to have all that family love put into building the day which starts your life as a new family.
Thank you so much to Ben from Touch Photography for providing the images. If you would like to see the whole slideshow from Touch Photography then just follow the link – it’s beautiful. Huge thanks also to Mel and Alex for allowing us to share their big day. Congratulations Guys! – from all of us here at RMW.