This morning’s Bride Connie works in the wedding industry, and when you look through the gorgeous images of her and Henry’s big day from Noel Deasington, I don’t think it will take you long to figure out what type of supplier she is…
Oversized, brightly coloured floral arrangements bursting with dahlias and a huge bouquet filled with trailing foliage?? Yep, Connie is a florist!! And it’s not just in the flowers that Connie and Henry’s creativity pours out – the pair often work at festivals and have managed to capture the vibe perfectly in their wedding day. The rainbow tassels hanging from every possible surface, endless summery cocktails served from a van, the bouncy castle and the relaxed look of the wedding party all contribute to the hedonistic, party feel.
I love weddings like this – capturing perfectly a cracking party on camera makes it look like time stood still while a secret celebration of love and family unfolded in the rural countryside…
Connie The Bride: Henry and I met in a muddy field. We were both working at Glastonbury Festival, Henry was making timber frame structures for the forest of Avon Co-op and I was a set designer for one of the main stages. We discussed power tools.
I am a tomboy so my dress was always going to be short and non fussy. I have always loved of rockabilly style dresses as I love dancing. For me my wedding dress was not the part of our wedding I had been dreaming of, I couldn’t wait to start thinking about the decor and flowers. We wanted to have a feast and throw the mother of all parties!
I had to drag Henry to go buy his suit, though he would look amazing in anything. Henry had his heart set on a sharp royal blue suit, however when he tried one on it looked far too city slick for our countryside wedding. We found the perfect suit in Reiss, a dark grey textured winter gentlemen three-piece. They were finished off with a Mrs Bowtie pocket square and tie, I was really drawn to their bright contemporary takes on the classics and they are handmade in the U.K. The groom, bestman and bridesmen all had a different colour, like a handsome rainbow.
Yes, I had 4 Brides men. My closest friends have always been boys ever since I was a little girl. They wore blue wool Ted Baker suits. My bridesmaids helped so much with the wedding, one of them being a professional chef, one an artist and others working in festival and music production. My head ‘bridesmaid’ Tom is the founder of Love Saves The Day, Bristol and programs a stage at Glastonbury, he is my hero.
Our official wedding ceremony was held in the Lantern room of Bristol registry office. We were lucky to able to hold our wedding party at Henrys family home. Chevy Court is a very special place; it was bought as a wreck in the early 80’s by two families and lovingly restored. Parts of the house date back to the doomsday book, but most of the interior is Jaquaben. We were married in a timber framed barn that Henry and a family friend built. Our reception and party was in a beautiful stretch marquee in the grass amphitheatre on the grounds of Chelvey court.
Henry and I love colour! So the only colour theme for us was rainbows! I am also a magpie and love everything shiny. We were so lucky to have all our wonderfully creative friends help up make and build most things for our event. From our beautiful rainbow streamers, used to decorate the barn and marquee to the amazing wooden steps to the entrance of the amphitheatre.
I am a florist! I had the best time doing the flowers for our wedding, all the crazy ideas that you suggest to brides for their weddings and never get used, I used them all. Oversized trailing bouquets, bright arrangements in antique vases. I was like a kid in a sweet shop. To make things even better we were able to source the main focus flowers from a farm only 5 miles away. I went Dahlia mad! We bought buckets and buckets of them.
After running around most of the morning getting everything ready my wonderful friend and incredible makeup artist and stylist came and dragged me out of the field and threw me in the shower. I have never experienced a professional doing my hair and makeup before and was a little scared as I wear little or no makeup day to day. Helen was brilliant, very patient and reassuring. I remember one thing she said that sums it all up ‘you will still look like you, but on a really good day’.
Although all of my bridesmaids where men, I did have a maid of honour. Roxy Velvet, a talented aerialist performer and tattoo artist. Roxy wrote the words for our ceremony at the last minute sat on a bucket but they were wonderful. She has known me for such a long time and Henry was the only boyfriend she ever approved of. Roxy’s partner Alex and I conspired to change the entrance music to Metallica. We had many lovely readings by friends and family. I chose to make my wedding vows in welsh and had readings and poems written by friends and family.
The food was a highlight of our wedding. We had a whole deer shot and butchered for us by a family friend and all the vegetables and salad where from a local farm. I love the idea of knowing the providence of everything you eat. This is even more so when people you love prepare and cook a feast for your wedding party, it is an amazing gift. We had the cocktail caravan for our bar, they are an amazing gold disco teamed pop up bar for festival and events. The dinks and staff added a sparkle to the whole event. As the sun went down out the music when up! We had lots of our friends DJ for us and a wood fired hot tub in a willow circle for people to relax in. We ate drank and dance until the early hours.
Noel and I have worked professionally together on a couple of weddings and have come to adore both the man and his photographs. Noels photographs have a painterly quality to them; they play on light in a completely different way. I love the way he uses darker tones and shadows, it is such a breath of fresh air. We have had many of his photographs enlarged, wonderful shots of the venue and small details; they wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery. His pictures tell the story of the day, capturing so many special moment. Something we will cherish forever.