I love flowers so much I decided to do all my centrepieces, buttonholes and bouquets myself. I have no training in flower arrangements but since a child I’ve always been really creative and I knew I could do it. I made a note of all the types of flowers I wanted, taking into consideration our colour scheme was pastels with touches of deep blue. I ended up dragging my niece to New Covent Garden Market at 4am in the morning two days before the wedding to buy lots of flowers and greenery. Honestly, I was in heaven! The smells and different variety of flowers were amazing, and gave me exactly what I wanted. The night before the wedding my sister-in-law helped me put together the centrepieces and I did the bouquets and button holes.
The Wedding Party
Our three Bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses from Monsoon
Pageboy outfit was from Next.
Flower girl dresses were second hand and I bought navy sashes to match the bridesmaids.
We had already officially ‘married’ the day before, with a legal ceremony close to home, so our ceremony at Thurston’s Farm was actually a blessing. We held the blessing in the woodland area that surrounds the venue, and we asked a close friend to read the blessing. It was really emotional. We decorated the area by hanging multi-coloured origami paper cranes around the guests; paper cranes are a sign of good luck.
My Maid of Honour read a poem called A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton.
Entertainment was supplied by Suffolk Weddings Events
. Nic Chaplin the DJ was a legend, he set up all the sound system in the woods to play music before, during and after the blessing, in addition to the music provided during dinner and for the party. He also managed to get the Albanian music we asked for and played it throughout the night, which made for some brilliant impromptu dancing which everyone took part in!
Food was supplied by Taylor and Hall Event Catering
. We served a selection of canapes (all my guests said these tasted amazing), Italian sharing platter for starter, hog roast for main accompanied by loads of sides, mini cones of fish and chips for the evening. Dessert – we had an ice cream van come to the venue, serving hot Belgian waffles or chocolate brownies with ice cream, and plenty of different toppings! Everyone loved it, particularly the children.
Our wedding cake was supplied by Cambridge Fancy Cakes
(on Facebook). We had a 3 tier semi-naked wedding cake, top tier cream cheese, middle tier Nutella chocolate and bottom tier vanilla cream, decorated with berries and rosemary, with a laser-cut Mr & Mrs cake topper. It looked and tasted amazing!
Reading all reviews online about weddings, the one thing everyone mentions is to spend the money on a good photographer. I made sure I did my research to find the best photographer within East Anglia. First I started with comparing reviews online and then I narrowed it down to three photographers. Once I had my shortlist of three, one day at work I got all three up on three different computer screens and compared their style of photography. The one that especially caught my eye was of course Sally Rawlins
. I messaged Sally and I was so happy to hear she was available.