Hannah The Bride:
The first thing that we did was chose the venue and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. Hannah always wanted to recreate the wedding behind the waterfall in the Disney ‘Robin Hood’ film, and the barn had the perfect feel. The ceremony barn was dark and intimate, with a magical feel but the dining barn was light and spacious and full of life. We wanted a spring wedding, but one that was full of colour, and reflected our personalities, and Bassmead
did that perfectly.
Hannah tried on loads and loads of dresses, about 60, and she always compared it to the dress. When she tried it on, she felt as if it had been made specifically for her. We wanted our bridesmaids, Leona, Lotte and Paige, to be relaxed, and match the spring wedding feel. The dressed just suited all three of them perfectly. Hannah chose daisy jewellery, and daisies in her hair, as it became a theme throughout the wedding, and reminded her of when we first met, Tom used to call her Daisy.
The Wedding Party
Tom wanted all of the boys to match, and wanted to be comfortable in his suit. The stag cufflinks reflected his favourite animal. His best woman, Charlotte, had a dress similar to the bridesmaids, but in the colour and style of the suits, so everything felt cohesive.
We chose blue and yellow as we wanted all of our flowers to match and yellow was going to be the most available. We are both teachers and our school colours are yellow and blue, so perhaps it was a subconscious choice! The bunting was made by the hens, and the decorations, put together by us, tied everything together, as we were aiming for a ‘village hall Easter fayre’ feel, which we achieved! The cake was yellow to match, with iced peonies, our favourite flowers, but not in season. Nicola does cake making as a hobby, and she executed what we wanted personally. She even put the personal touches, such as our cats Maisie and Ronnie, with us on the top! Hannah’s mum spent hours in the kitchen practising and perfecting the fruit cake, which went down a treat!
We were inspired by a photo we saw on the internet and picked our favourite flowers and ordered them in matching colours. Our friend Sally played around with lots of different arrangements. She organised a party of about 12 of us the day before the wedding to put them all together! The bouquets were full of Hannah’s favourite flowers and tied together with a pale blue ribbon and fastened with a family heirloom; a sapphire. Tom was adamant that he wanted pheasant feathers in his button hole, to differentiate his from the other boys; he just thought that it looked cool!
We first heard Cara
at an open day for the venue, and we both fell in love with her voice. We chose to have Hannah walking down the aisle to her rendition of Latch by Sam Smith, as it was a song we both really loved, especially after hearing the Jack Garratt cover.
For both of us, the most important things was capturing the mood of the wedding, so the photographer was perhaps the most important thing to get right. As soon as we saw Catherine and Andy’s work, we knew that we wanted them! White Stag Wedding Photography
caught the light and colour of the wedding, but also the tender moments in such a balanced way. It was all so natural and nothing felt staged.
Making It Personal
Throughout the wedding, we just chose things that we thought reflected our personalities, and things we liked. Aside from the invites, we did everything ourselves and it felt really personal, and unique for both of us, as well as for our family and friends.
It was the most perfect day for us, as all of our close family and friends were involved in the build-up and the set up. It felt like it was two families coming together, something that we wanted our day to focus on.