Nicola and Jamie celebrated their spring fresh wedding day in the New Forest, Hampshire. Mister Phil was their chosen photographer and he described the day as feeling like an extended fun family day out with games and loved ones taking turns to perform, topped off by a good old disco! Sounds pretty perfect to me.
I love all the little home made details, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the pencil place settings, Nicola made these using yellow pencils, a white Letraset and then a varnish spray to fix in place. Genius. The yellow colour scheme really pops in these beautiful photographs.
Nicola The Bride: We got married in our local church, St Mark’s – just around the corner from where we first met, 11 years ago, at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth. It is a beautiful church with large stained glass windows and amazing chandeliers. Incidentally, Kieran, the organist, has been known to play an awesome version of the Doctor Who theme tune during Sunday service – although we didn’t choose to go with this on our wedding day!
We asked our friend Joe to write a reading for the ceremony as we wanted something that was personal to us. This was one of the highlights of the ceremony for me (not including the getting married part obviously!) Also when Jamie’s best man, Jeff, played guitar and sang while we signed the register.
When starting to plan our wedding most important to us was that all our family and friends could be there to celebrate with us – we wanted the day to be informal, relaxed and enjoyable for all. The Eastclose Hotel was perfect for this. We had the whole hotel to ourselves including the gardens and a marquee for our wedding breakfast.
We met Mister Phill, our photographer, in our local pub through mutual friends, and even before we got engaged we would regularly read his blog and admire his work, so as soon as we got engaged there was only one person we wanted to ask. It was probably one of the easiest wedding related decisions we had to make. He always manages to perfectly capture the essence of the day in his natural and honest style. Phill worked tirelessly from start to finish which resulted in a set of photographs that allowed us to see moments that we missed and re-live the parts that just went too quickly.
Jamie decided to buy his suit, rather than rent it, so that he could have it altered to fit him. After a long search, trying lots of different suits, he ended up choosing the first one that he put on!
Meanwhile I was dreading looking for a dress – I am quite petite and I was worried that it might be impossible to find one that fit. When I found the dress it was in the sale but was a size 14! The bridal shop did a brilliant job of altering it to make it fit me perfectly. And because it started out as a size 14 the train ended up being ridiculously long. I love the delicate lace and the vintage style cluster of sequins and pearls on the front.
We didn’t really have a specific theme for our wedding, just a colour, yellow, with the hope that the sun would shine on the day – which it did. After getting slightly addicted to Pinterest I quickly realised that all of the flower arrangements I liked looked rustic and wildflower-like. I liked the idea of yellow ranunculus as they look like buttercups but with lots more petals (I later found out they are actually related – they are part of the same genus). Jen Ponyter was our florist. She approached us as she was starting up her own business. She did a brilliant job and the flowers turned out better than I could have imagined. So many people commented on the flowers in my hair and the button holes were super-cute.
My bridesmaids and flower girls live a long way away which made organising dresses for them a challenge. Katie, one of my bridesmaids, lives in Australia, so in the end she picked a dress online and e-mailed over her measurements. Luckily when she arrived her dress fit perfectly! My mum made dresses for my three flower girls – we found a really pretty fabric online – the girls looked lovely in their matching dresses on the day and especially enjoyed travelling in the VW camper that we had hired.
On arrival at Eastclose Hotel we had a mojito drinks reception, delicious finger sized bacon sandwiches and plenty of ice cream – provided by Chilly White who serve ice cream from a vintage ice cream tricycle. We also brought along a garden game called Smite and the venue had a playground which kept the children (and adults!) entertained.
We made a lot of the decorations ourselves. I made the bunting out of as many different yellow fabrics as I could find and Jamie made the log tea light holders out of our friends cherry tree which they kindly let us cut down!
When we sent out our invitations I asked people to write a fun fact about themselves. I used these to make a crossword so that people could get to know each other during the wedding breakfast. It was really fun to watch everyone trying to fill it in and swapping answers with each other. Instead of name cards I made pencils with each guest’s name on using white Letraset.
We had two wedding cakes. A cake-cake made by our friend Louise – the first wedding cake she had ever made and it looked and tasted amazing. Each layer was a different type of cake – carrot cake, chocolate orange and lemon sponge. And a cheese‘cake’ from the Cheese Shed. They have a section on their website where you can choose the cheese you want and build a virtual cake, then order it. The cheese ‘cake’ was the thing that Jamie was most looking forward to!
We had the best wedding day ever and we were so pleased that all of our family and friends were there to share it with us. Quite a few of our family and friends had travelled a long way to be there on the day which we really appreciated. It was so nice to have everyone together in one place to celebrate.
Tips From The Bride
I didn’t realise that Dessy bridesmaids dresses needed to be ordered 12 weeks in advance so accidentally left it very late!
When my dress was taken in, the washing label was cut out which made it difficult to get it dry cleaned afterwards.