It can sometimes to be hard to justify the additional cost of a wedding planner, but Abi and Ben stand firmly by their decision and described Jennifer as their saviour.
It certainly looks to me as though they have a wedding to be utterly proud of. Photography today is by Mark Seymour Photography.
My dress was Benjamin Roberts Enzoani, Flora. I Fell in love with this dress because it had the perfect mix of elfin/fairy and structured sophistication. I did love my dress, but my one tip to anyone thinking of buying it is think about the boning in it. Mine was so tight that it actually became quite uncomfortable later in the day. So, if you love the dress, get it, but perhaps think about getting something to change into later on.
Efficient, Friendly And Honest
I bought my dress from Wedding Days of Cheltenham, and I have to say the lady who runs the place; Jane, is definitely one reason I bought it from there. She was just a pleasure to deal with, didn’t pretend I looked great in everything (which many other places I’d been to did), and really guided me towards what I wanted. She was efficient, friendly, honest and I’d certainly recommend them.
Silk And Diamonds
My mum died when i was 18 and so I wore a pair of her pearl earrings which hung off small diamonds – and it felt great having a piece of her with me. My hair piece was a silk cream rose with some small pearly beads in it to match the earrings. This was from Accessorize! I was also very lucky to have been hand delivered by a friend (on behalf of my husband to be) just before the wedding, the most beautiful diamond Tiffany necklace. It was just perfect, sitting in the nape of my neck. In the photos you can barely see the the chain, and it looks like its just floating – its so stunning and I literally haven’t taken it off since!
My shoes were by Rainbow Couture, and were half price on eBay, brand new. They were a low kitten heel (3 inches), ivory to match the dress with a lovely crystal detail at the side. I did however end up in my flip flops not too long after the dancing started.
My best friend works for the well known agency Grease Paint, and recommended a make-up artist and hairstylist to me – Nina Shelley. From the moment I met Nina we got on like a house on fire, and I knew she was the perfect person to help me for my special day. She really knows her stuff (and I really had no idea what I wanted when I started), she’s completely professional, and didn’t mind one bit when I asked to trial my hair again and again, and again! Se was so perfect on the day as well making me feel totally at ease, which is very important on your wedding day! I would recommend her wholeheartedly.
I used Crazy Daisy flowers from nearby Stroud. Abbie was great in consulting me on what I wanted. She exactly delivered to my brief, which was beautiful countryside chic/wildflowers, reasonably priced. I was aware that the cost of flowers can get really out of control, but I love all kinds of flowers, and knew we could have something stunning without breaking the budget. I wanted an array of colours in my bouquet, but plain creams for the centre pieces, and that is what Abbie gave me. I also sourced tree slice centre pieces, bought a wood burning pen off ebay and burned the table names into each slice. We’ve still got 2 at home, and a few members of our families also have some as they’re great cheese boards. My mother in law has used some as garden decorations with pots on them.
I don’t really like traditional bridesmaid dresses, and I wanted my bridesmaids to have something they could wear afterwards. We ended up buying floor length strapless Ted Baker dresses with a dragonfly print on them. They mirrored the shape of my dress which was nice, and were perfect for the setting as it’s a very ‘at nature’ venue.
Ben had his suit made from Suit Supply. It was beige, and the most gorgeous cut. He gets all his suits made there as they’re great quality and tailored to your shape and size. I really love Ben in a suit, without a tie, so that’s what we went for with the wedding, and he looked totally hot in that with a crisp white shirt (with lovely beige stitch detail), a brown suede belt from Elliot Rhodes and brown suede Kurt Geiger shoes. The thing that really made me swoon though was the huge grin he couldn’t wipe off his face as I walked towards him 🙂
Not Such A Poser
My photographer was Mark Seymour Photography. I loved his style from the start as he captures people chatting away rather than loads of posed shots. He also did a great job on the day as we barely noticed he was there.
Cheese And Vodka
We both love cheese, so decided to do the cake made of cheese thing that seems to be all the rage at the moment. We bought the cheese from La Cave in South Kensington, and I have to say the staff there are incredible. They bent over backwards to find us the right cheeses, and we chose a great selection that went down a storm on the day along with the home made plum vodka my sister in law made for everyone.
A Packed Dancefloor
Im very lucky that I know someone through work who runs the entertainment company Buckwild Entertainment. Ross came along with one of his team to DJ, and from the moment the music started the dance floor was packed. We sent a load of song requests through to Ross before the big day, and he played every singe one, along with many requests on the day. He was great and I’ll certainly use him for our next big party (30th birthdays coming up this year!)
We wanted the whole wedding to be relaxed. We’re not very traditional, and so we agreed early on that the first dance would have to be fun. So, especially for Ben’s brother, we did the ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ dance that he does in the film to Jamiroquai’s Canned Heat. We did it perfectly, and im so glad we did it as people still talk about it today, and it definitely got the dancing off to a great start!
Jennifer Sue Weddings
Jen from Jennifer Sue Weddings was my absolute saviour. Every single decision we made with regard to decor was done by, or in conjunction with Jen. She took all the stress out of planning and deciding, and had a wealth of knowledge to draw on from previous weddings. She also had a load of stuff from her store of treats that we could use for decor which kept the costs down.
Jen also made this incredible centre piece that hung from the domed glass ceiling in the main room where we ate and danced. She spent hours tying up these beautiful branches along with mini lanterns in all different colours and everyone commented on it, saying how they’d never seen anything like it. If you’re unsure about getting someone to help with styling/theming your day, I urge you to use Jen as she really made my day perfect.
Venue Matara Centre
Dress Benjamin Roberts
Suit Suit Supply
Shoes Rainbow Couture
Flowers Crazy Daisy flowers
Photography Mark Seymour Photography
Planner Jennifer Sue Weddings
Entertainment Buckwild Entertainment
Abi and Ben, Thanks for sharing your big day with us. I love all the contemporary touches here. The venue lends it’s self to such a chic affair. That cut out in the ceiling for example – perfect for hanging paper lanterns from.
The bridesmaid dresses are also a really refreshing modern design and I love that hint of informality that Ben’s open shirted look provides.
Finally I have to mention how the lush outside greens juxtapose perfectly with the warm hues of orange and purple from inside, and all captured perfectly by Mark Seymour.