Oh my I’m in LOVE with this bright pink & turquoise colour scheme! This beautifully decorated wedding at the lovely Northbrook Park is literally like viewing canned happiness & fun!
The abundance of floral prettiness provided by Fairynuff Flowers is simply stunning! There are so many delicate blush blooms in gorgeous jars & bottles placed everywhere and then there’s the fabulous pom poms, lanterns & honeycomb balls!
But how can I forget Emma! She indisputably looks the picture of elegance in her Claire Pettibone gown which has the most gorgeous delicate lace detailing (Always love a bit of lace!) and I LOVE that her and her husband both have a thing for a fabulous pair of shoes!
Emma The Bride: The dress was a tough decision, I tried on many different styles and fits but nothing felt quite right. After searching on the internet I kept coming back to dresses that had interesting backs, I didn’t want anything too big and heavy either, if you’re going to wear it all day you want to be comfortable and you want people to be able to get close to you! As soon as I picked up the Claire Pettibone dress I couldn’t believe how light it was. I tried it on and although it was nice there was something that wasn’t quite working, then we realised it was the sleeves, they just didn’t work for me. When we realised we could get them removed it started to feel like a me dress, I loved the back and the beautiful lace train was stunning. When my dress arrived I went to an amazing seamstress who cut the first sleeve off whilst I was there and we finally saw how it could look. The finished gown was perfect, you would never know it had sleeves, she did a brilliant job.
The veil was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. I had gone to try on my dress when it arrived and it caught my eye, I tried it on and it just seemed to work with the dress.
Other accessories included my Grandmothers gold cuff, some Art Deco style drop earings and a pair of diamond studs – these were a present from Guy that he’d given my Mum a few days before – it was a lovely surprise.
Both Guy and I love good shoes so getting married was a great excuse to get something a little special. Guy went for a beautiful pair of English handmade brown leather monk shoes by Barker. And after much deliberation I opted for a pair of strappy gold Jimmy Choo’s. They were a complete luxury but I wanted something I loved and that I could wear again.
The Grooms Attire
Guy opted for a 3 piece light grey suit with a light pink tie, handkerchief and turquoise socks. The rest of the male wedding party were also in light grey which gave a lighter feel to everything. He also wore a Christopher Ward watch which was his engagement present.
I think I fell in love with Northbrook Park the first time I saw pictures of it. I spent time looking online at various different types and locations of venues and sent away for brochures but secretly compared most to Northbrook. We looked at one other location the day before but as soon as we arrived at Northbrook an immediate smile came to my face and didn’t leave. Luckily Guy felt exactly the same and we knew it was what we wanted. It had the beautiful country house look and feel, was so light and airy (I had thought about an outdoor wedding but as you know the British weather can never be guaranteed!), it had a walled garden which meant a lovely backdrop but was safe for the few Children that were coming. It also had stunning grounds that would hopefully make for some great photos. And it had accommodation so everyone who wanted too could stay.
Colour Scheme / Décor
It seemed to take a long time to decide on a theme until I realised it wasn’t so much of a theme as more of a colour scheme I was going for and what would hold everything together on the day. We decided on a strong turquoise and hot pink which would provide pops of colours with a backdrop of soft pinks, creamy whites and silvery greys. We’re both graphic designers so designed the save the date and invitations ourselves using the turquoise which then followed through on the day with the table numbers, table plan and a few other pieces. The tables were then covered in lots of different size vases in silver, white and turquoise and filled with cream and pink blooms, and a few candles. We decorated the room with different sizes of coloured paper lanterns which also had lights in for the evening. I also surprised both our parents by having a framed picture of both of them on their wedding day on the top table – they loved it!
Something I spent a little time organising was the guest book. I thought it would be fun to ask all the guests to include a photo of either Guy or myself with them with their RSVP, then I brought a personalized leather photo album which I stuck all the photos in the week before. I found some large decorative picture frames which we spray painted, then on the day, we set up a photo area by hanging them from one of the trees using wide ribbon. People then took a polaroid of themselves in the frames which were then stuck into the book with their other picture and little message. We now have a beautiful book full of fun photos and lovely messages.
I wasn’t one of these brides that had their whole wedding day planned before even getting engaged, however I did know exactly who I hoped would do my flowers!. I love flowers and have been brought up with a beautiful garden full of flower. So, when we met our friend Rob and saw his wife’s beautiful flowers, I knew it was Steph from Fairynuff Flowers that was the lady. She has a particular style that I fell in love with. Its relaxed, blowsy, pretty, soft. I realised whilst planning that I’m quite a control freak and the flowers were about the only thing I felt completely relaxed about, we talked through the flowers I wanted and the colours, and where I wanted and left it to Steph to work her magic. I was completely blown away on the day, my bouquet was stunning, the ceremony room looked beautiful and when I sat down to eat the smell from the blooms was incredible, it’s all I could smell during the whole meal – she really had given us a beautiful day.
The Wedding Party Fashion
We had decided on our Bridemaids and Groomsmen early on, I have 2 Nieces (Ella 5 & Maisie 10yrs) and a Nephew (Jacob 7yrs) and the Best Man has 2 children (Ethel 5 & Ernie 7yrs). The boys were easy, we wanted them to look like the men so went for grey waistcoat and trousers, white shirt and pink ties to match the girls dresses – they looked great! The girls, I thought, would be easy, 3 cute girls, just find some pretty dresses, not quite! I didn’t want to spend a fortune and wanted something they could wear again. I found the dresses in wedding dress shops were pretty boring, over priced and not really suitable to younger girls. I decided to take them all shopping to begin with which was great fun, they were so well behaved and loved it! We thought we may have found something but couldn’t believe how quickly the shops sell out of things, something you soon realise with wedding planning is how quickly things get booked up and how far in advance people plan! In the end we opted for some simple Next dresses which we then customised with the help of Guys Mum. We then found some cute gold pumps and fine gold shrugs to finish them off. The girls were thrilled and looked gorgeous.
We wanted to make sure that everyone important to us had a special role to play on the day. Our Mums were the witnesses and my Brother played the part of Marster of Ceremonies so we chose Guys Dad Ray and my Sister Kirsty to give a reading during the ceremony. We deliberately asked them not to tell us what they were so it would be a surprise on the day. Ray researched and wrote a piece called ‘Friends’ which was beautiful. And Kirsty chose excerpts from the book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ by Sam McBratney, which has special memories and have to admit had me in tears.
We also had a string quartet during and after the ceremony which gave a lovely atmosphere – especially when we walked out as husband and wife to the Star Wars theme tune!
Our families had been drying flower petals throughout the summer and Guys Mum made up cones of these which were handed out and thrown as we left the building.
Guy and I had met Charles Burns, Roving Silhouette Artist, at a party we’d been to and were so blown away by his work that when thinking of entertainment for after the ceremony and before the wedding breakfast he was the perfect choice. Everyone was amazed by his skill and it gave them a much more interesting and unique wedding favour.
We also ended the night with sparklers. Our first proper date was going to a bonfire and fireworks display which we both love so it was a fun way to incorporate that.
I think the cake was one of the first thing we decided on and stuck to. Neither of us really like heavily iced cakes and the thought of the traditional wedding cake did not excite us. So when I saw a picture of a ‘naked’ chocolate cake we knew thats what we wanted, a cake that as soon as you see it you want to eat it! We are very lucky to have a talented baker in the family, Guys Aunt Ros. She’s made lots of cakes before but seemed a little nervous when I showed her what were looking for and asked if she’d like to make it. There was no need, the cake was amazing, exactly as we’d hoped and tasted even better!
Choosing the right photograher is a big descicion, theres so many to choose from and there are huge difference in prices and packages available. Having searched on the internet we went down the route of recommendations, which is always a better idea. We found Catherine through Steph at Fairynuff and loved her work as soon as we saw it. We were after a more relaxed, reportage look, not too many formals and didn’t want anything that had been photoshopped so Lily and Frank were looking good. It’s also really important that you get on well with them so after we’d met with Catherine we knew she would be perfect.
On the day Catherine was fantastic, so calm and relaxed and had everything under control. She had listened to everything we said and made sure we got what we wanted.
We’ve now seen all the photos and are thrilled, can’t wait to start putting our photo books together now.
When my Mum and Dad suggested us having a video I have to be honest I wasn’t keen, the thought of a video camera in my face and following us around all day did not excite me, how wrong could I be… My Dad and I came across Matt from Unique Wedding Productions at a Wedding Fair. He seemed really friendly and laid back and the packages they offered looked good value. There wasn’t much to do before the wedding, just the usual forms to fill out and we opted for no interviews on the day. On the day the guys were brilliant, we barely noticed them and nor did anyone else which is just what we wanted. Now I can’t wait to see the result, being able to re-live the day, see all the details I missed and view the day as a guest, so excited!
The best piece of advice I can give anyone planning a wedding is to not loose sight of what you and your partner want and what’s important to you both, ultimately that’s what it’s all about. We all try to please everyone but it’s your special day. When thinking about you plans, don’t over stretch yourself. I spent a lot of time getting inspiration online and looking at other peoples weddings, there’s so many great ideas out there but you need to remember that most people only have a few things they focus on and less is more! Choose those elements you love and stick to what you’re good at.
Be as organised as you can and work on projects early, the nearer the day gets the busier you’ll be. Be realistic about the amount of time you have and how much you actually want to take on yourself. There’s so much to do on the day already you want to be able to just relax, enjoy and soak it all up. The day its self goes so quickly you want to enjoy it to the maximum. Oh and make sure you spend time with your new husband, it’s easy to get caught up trying to talk to everyone you can forgot to spend time with each other. Guy and I chose a song from the bands playlist and agreed to come together at that point – it was a great idea, especially as I had got very distracted and it was Guy who came to find me!