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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Joanna Bongard Photography - Lace Alexia Designs Bridal Gown & Rachel Simpson Shoes for a Village Hall Afternoon Tea Reception with DIY Decor, Stationery & Flowers with High Street Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses.
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Sara & Keith

Keith and Sara have clearly put a huge amount of time and effort in creating their very British Afternoon Tea themed wedding on a budget. The results are a truly stunning and personal celebration full of yummy homemade treats, DIY decor and the loveliest kraft paper stationery.

Both look absolutely stunning in their outfits, with Sara wearing a gorgeous fitted bodice and lace hemmed Alexia Designs gown and her Groom and Bridesmaids in stylish outfits from the high street. Sara completed her look with a gorgeous pair of Rachel Simpson shoes and a fabulous floral crown which I simply adore.

Talking of adoring – there are some truly wonderful portraits of Sara & Keith captured by Joanna Bongard Photography showing their playful side that’ll have you smiling along with them and then some romantic as hell pics that’ll have you gushing. Enjoy!

Bridal Outfit

Sara The Bride: When I started looking for wedding dresses, I had no idea what I wanted.  I tried on every style, shape and material, from short, to tight to huge princess dresses.  The only thing I knew from the beginning was that I wanted to have a floral head garland.  I literally went to every bridal store in Essex and I liked dresses but never really felt they were what I wanted.  I think I got fixated on how much dresses cost and sticking tightly to my budget meant that finding exactly what I wanted was a challenge.  I had just about given up hope when on an impromptu visit to a wedding dress shop in a craft village I fell in love with a sale dress.  I just loved how simple the bodice was, with this beautiful lace skirt.  The skirt of my dress was originally much bigger and we took layers of netting out to make it less princess and give it a more romantic feel.  I borrowed my Mum’s jade necklace that was given to her by her Mother and a pair of pearl earring that my Husband (then Fiance) had brought me.  My little Sister made me a cathedral length veil and I wore mint green Rachel Simpson shoes.  The shoes felt like a real treat when I was trying too hard not to get carried away and spend too much, but they were totally worth it. They were so comfortable all day and just looked gorgeous.

Grooms Attire

Keith hates formal wear and would live in shorts and flip flops all the time if English weather was more accommodating.  He was really worried about finding a suit that he felt comfortable in.  After a lot of persuading we started our search in Next and ended it there too.  They have a great range of suits and Keith loved the casual look of a 3 piece suit in grey.  We chose blue floral print ties from ASOS, to keep the whole look casual and pink socks from Sock shop.  

The Venue

Keith and I both have big families and a large group of friends, and we decided very early on that it was really important to us that everyone be at our wedding and be able to sit down to eat at the same time.  I was sure I could get my dream wedding on a tight budget, so I spent hours and hours on the internet emailing suppliers of everything from tables and chairs, to fridges and flowers.  I knew that if I organised everything myself we could get exactly what we wanted.

We got married in Moot Hall in Colchester Town Hall, which is very grand and has beautiful large stain glass windows, which light up the whole room – The room was just gorgeous and had a really special feel to it.  

We had our reception in a local village hall, which allowed us to organise everything ourselves (with lots of help from friends and family). Keith, the Groom loves summertime, so most of the afternoon was spent sitting on hay bales and outside drinking Pimms and a local Maldon ale. 

Colour Scheme/Decor

Inside was completely covered in bunting made by my Sister (who has her own wedding decor business- Ivory Blossom) and jam jars filled with gypsophila. Keith designed all the stationery for the day with help from our illustrator friend Danielle Watt and we had it all printed on brown craft paper to match the luggage tag name places.  I sourced all the plates and bowls from charity shops (other than the main plates, which I hired) and my parents made all the cake stands.  I think my favourite thing about the tables were my Sister’s handmade floral napkins for the place settings.

Flowers

A local florist made my bouquet and floral garland.  I wanted to fill the hall with flowers and I loved the simplicity of gypsophila.  We wholesale brought all the flowers, which meant we could buy so much more for our budget and a family friend did all the arrangements.  My big Sister made the Bridesmaid bouquets and the button holes.

The Wedding Party Fashion

The Groomsmen wore blue suits, brown shoes, pink socks and blue floral ties. The Bridesmaids wore aqua No. 1 by Jenny Packham dresses from Debenhams.  I love the colour of their dresses, they just felt so bright and summery.

Ceremony

My two Sisters, Jen and Tamsin read a poem called, Sooner or Later  our friend, Alex read Union, by Robert Fulgham.  Keith knew that my friend Poppy was going to sing during the signing of the register but I hadn’t told him what.  Hearing Poppy sing, The girl by City and Colour, mine and Keith’s song was just perfect.  

Entertainment

Keith organised a Jukebox for the evening.

Food

We had an afternoon tea style sit down, with a range of savoury and sweet treats made by friends and family.  The tables were completely full with so many gorgeous things; Jen, my Sister still gets requests for her dark chocolate and ginger flapjacks.  We had the scones made by Adelie Bakes, who also made our simple caramel flavoured wedding cake.

Later in the evening we had a fish and chip van to serve everyone full portions of locally sourced fish and chips.  

Photographer

After looking at countless photographer’s websites, Keith showed me Jo’s website and we both fell in love with how she manages to capture moments. I think there’s plenty of photographers out there who can stage a photograph well, but few that also have the ability to capture what the experience actually feels like. That was so important to us and Jo was fantastic.  We wanted our wedding day to be such a fun day with everyone we love and she managed to capture the day in the photographs perfectly.

Photography by Joanna Bongard Photography
Author: Lorna Shaw
Lorna loves a new posh frock, is a hopeless romantic and is lucky enough to be living her ‘happily ever after’ with her wonderful husband & three beautiful children.

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