Long time lovers Jenny and Joe had been together for 13 years before they got married and despite previously having never really thought about her wedding day – Jenny soon got carried away…I mean how can you not given the amount of amazing things you can have at a wedding these days?!
I’m so pleased she did – this wedding is a pastel lovers dream. From the flowers, to the table plan, to the Bridesmaids, even to her and Joe’s dog’s bowtie – everything is just so pretty!
And my favourite thing about this wedding? The baby blue pick up truck kindly lent to them by a stranger. Yep, Jenny spotted the truck and knew she had to have it. Luckily the owner was more than accommodating – even turning up on the day in costume with hay bales for everyone to sit on! What a gentleman.
Jenny The Bride: Despite being together for 13 years we never really spoke about marriage, so when Joe popped the question in the Ibiza sunset in front of all our friends it was the best shock of my life! I had no idea about planning a wedding or what sort of wedding I wanted, but it didn’t take long for me to get completely carried away with all the ideas.
Planning the wedding was a lot of fun and like every bride I would do it all again in a heartbeat. But when I look back on the day, it’s not the décor, the dress or flowers which I remember most, it’s having all our family and the friends we grew up with under one roof which made the day as special as it was. The things you can’t plan for are what make it special.
Being comfortable in my clothes is definitely important to me. I didn’t want to spend my day in a dress which would knock people over or need the help of a bridesmaid on each trip to the ladies. Les Trois Soeurs was the first shop I went to, they wanted to know everything about me and from that they instantly knew the style I wanted.
Off the hanger I didn’t like the dress at all, but as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one! It was so comfortable and nothing too dramatic. I wanted to look like a bride but not stand out in the crowd too much, the dress was exactly that.
I always wanted my something blue to be my shoes and thought it would give a different look to the traditional bride. You can always rely on Topshop to have what you’re looking for! They were £56 and I get to wear them again as they match most my wardrobe.
My headpiece was from Liberty In Love who has more modern day bride accessories. The customer service was amazing and they were so helpful!
I was happy for the bridesmaids to choose a dress they liked which fitted in with the colour scheme, but they all fell in love with the Miss Selfridge dresses I chose. If you’re not a big fan of the traditional wedding look then shopping for high street brands is much more fun and cheaper.
I chose a blue dress from Monsoon for my niece who was flower girl, just to mix up the colours.
The Groom & Groomsmen
This was probably my biggest challenge as I wanted to mix up the style and have them wearing different items such as ties, bowties, braces and waistcoats. Luckily the guys were very patient and the best man Ryan didn’t mind trying on piles of different waistcoats!
My best find were the ties from Mrs Bow Tie, they had such a big variety and were able to take your chosen colour/pattern and make skinny ties, bow ties, pocket chiefs and even a tie for my Bulldog Bushkin. The powder blue fitted in perfect with the pastel colour theme and of course the shoes.
We chose to get married in a local church as this was important to us. Theydon Garnon was the perfect sized church for our friends and family. We attended the church regularly and each time was very emotional for us both, declaring your love in front of those who have seen you grow into the couple you have become is a very special feeling.
I walked down the aisle to Roberta Flack ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and we left the church to The Beatles ‘All You Need is Love’.
These were made by Something Kinda Cute. We chose to make them fun as we have been together since the young age of 17; we got to tell our own love story. We got a great response from our guests and it was a chance to give them a taster of what to expect on the day.
This is where I had the most fun and you can really put your own style on the day as well as save money. I had a huge amount of help from my designer friend Charlotte Sayer and family members; everyone wants to be involved so I took advantage of this.
My house is made up of pastel colours and I couldn’t resist sticking with the same theme for the wedding. I love the vintage style which is very popular at the moment and put my own twist on this with making a lot of décor myself.
My centre pieces were from a little store all the way over in Manly Beach, Australia. Joe and I backpacked for a year and lived in Sydney for 5 months, so the jars definitely had some sentimental value. To make them even more special, one of our Ushers was travelling at the time and kindly brought back all 24 jars which saved money on shipping. At the end of the wedding I gave them to family members with the flowers as a thank you.
One of Joe’s nick names is Mr Bump, so when I came across a pile of Mr Men books at a bootsale the idea came to mind. I chose a book for each of our guests and wrote a cute/fun message on the back as to why they were their Mr/Little Miss named book. It brought some fun to the day and our guests had something personal to take away.
For the children I printed of some Disney colouring pictures which were downloaded for free and added some vintage sweets and goodies to keep them entertained.
As we had a summer wedding I loved the idea of having pink lemonade served in mason jars, but to buy these individually worked out expensive. Instead, I purchased Tesco jam jars for 33p and designed my own. I used moustache chalk stickers from Amazon and garden string from Homebase to tie the chalk in a bow around the jar. Our guests could then write their name on the front and use the jar for the rest of the evening.
The outside barn was one of my favourite features at Gaynes Park, and really wanted to make good use of this. I hired some old furniture from Vintage Style Hire and made it into a lounge area. To save money I even used some of my own furniture!
I was desperate for a vintage pickup truck, but finding one in the area proved difficult. About a month before the wedding I went to see Grease at a local drive through, it was here I spotted the Grey pickup truck and fell in love. I begged my friend to approach the owner and ask if it was for hire.
Despite the truck not used for hire, the owner passed on his number and I got in touch. This has to be one of my favourite stories, the owner happily let us use it for the day, he dressed up in dungarees, threw some hay in the back and we even came out after the ceremony to find champagne set up which the driver arranged. A stranger went out of his way to make our day special, it will be a story I will always love to tell.
We went to see a couple of bands perform at local gigs which I think is a definite must if you can. We wanted to go for a Motown band who also performed current music too, Sono Showband were amazing and exactly what we wanted.
As soon as we met Kerrie we knew she was the right photographer, she was organised from start to finish and her style was exactly what we were looking for. You have so much to worry about when planning a wedding and it was one area we didn’t even need to think about. Kerrie was always sending us little surprises and gifts before and after the wedding which would always make us smile.
My cake was by Jayne Davies who I went to school with; her cakes and attention to detail are beyond amazing. It was nice to have someone I grew up with be part of the day. Joe doesn’t like icing so we went for the naked cake and used an old vintage suitcase for the cake stand to keep with the vintage theme.
Photography by Kerrie Mitchell Photography
- Boutique Les Trois Soeurs
- Bride’s Gown Sarah Janks
- Headpiece Liberty In Love
- Bridesmaids Miss Selfridge
- Flower Girl Monsoon
- Bow Ties Mrs Bow Tie
- Invitations Something Kinda Cute
- Groom Ted Baker
- Venue Gaynes Park
- Furniture Hire Vintage Style Hire
- Band Sono Show Band
- Cake Made By Mollie
- Lighting Mediterranean Occasions
- Letters Vowed & Amazed
- Florist Out Of The Earth