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The Teenage Sweethearts.

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Emily and Ben met as teenagers and have been together ever since. Isn’t that incredible? The pair currently live in Switzerland and are both from Leicestershire, but chose to get married at Holkham Hall in Norfolk.

It seems to be THE place for stylish Brides to get married. Back in June we all went green eyed over this this gorgeous affair from there too.

I’m sure you lovelies are going to enjoy today’s wedding just as much. Bride Emily is wearing the divine Hepburn by Suzanne Neville which fits her like a glove. ‘The one’ was found at one of our Love Lust Bridal Boutiques, The Stamford Bridal Rooms.

The choice of Bridesmaids dresses confirms my love for neutral coloured gowns. Emily’s girls look amazing in their nude Ted Baker dresses.

And in true British style, the weather gave Emily and Ben four seasons in a day – all of which have been dramatically captured by Katherine Ashdown.

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A Place Full Of Memories

Emily The Bride: Ben and I currently live in Zurich, Switzerland. We grew up in Leicestershire (a few villages apart) and met when I was only 14, Ben 15. We have been together ever since! And have enjoyed many adventures along the way.

We decided to get married in north Norfolk as we have enjoyed many holidays there over the years, together and with family and friends. It is a special place for us, with lots of wonderful memories, so it seemed like the perfect choice. The stunning Holkham Hall sits 1-mile away from Holkham Beach (which is often voted the UK’s best beach & our personal favourite), and the hall itself has the most amazing grounds, full of deer, a stunning lake and rolling countryside! I have been visiting the hall since I was a little girl with my family and it is now our favourite picnic spot.

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The Perfect Setting

We had our wedding ceremony in the pretty flint stone church (St Withburga Church), positioned on a small hill, overlooking the lake within the grounds of the estate. It was truly magical and we felt so privileged and lucky to get married there. I kept thinking of all the Earl’s and previous aristocrats who would have got married in the church many years ago!

We had our wedding reception in a marquee within The Walled Gardens at Holkham Hall. Again, this felt so special, like a secret garden, just for us!

Inside the garden was a little apple orchard, and many vintage looking green houses. It was the perfect setting as we had many children at our wedding, so they were safe to run riot and the parents could just relax! We created a kids area outside with straw bales, games and a tepee. We also had our bar outside under a mini marquee structure so guests were able to enjoy the gardens and drinks outside.

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A Flawless Finish

I got ready in The Vine House, in Burnham Market. Stunning boutique hotel owned by The Hoste Arms.

I wanted to look very natural on my wedding day, and to basically, look like ‘ME’, not over-done with makeup or hair. I wanted my make-up to last during the day and to also look flawless in the photos. My photographer, Katherine Ashdown recommended Love Moi Makeup based in Norfolk. Emily, the make-up artist was brilliant! I only had my trail 2 days before the wedding (as I live abroad, timings were often tricky), but it didn’t matter.

I was so pleased with the finished result and I looked just as good (if i say so myself!) at the end of the evening back in the hotel! I didn’t want to take my makeup off!!! I definitely recommend ladies that you invest that extra bit of money and have your makeup done professionally. Totally worth it!

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Taking The Hairdresser With Us

Craig (based in is salon in Leicester) used to cut my hair when I was in my teens, and he still does a grand job of my Mum’s hair, so we asked him to join us in Norfolk (with his cute dogs) to do my hair, Mums and Bridesmaids. It was so great having Craig there with us and he did a wonderful job of making us all look our very best.

We had our nails done in the Hoste Arms Spa. The ‘Gels’ looked lovely, very natural and lasted for over 2 weeks without marks. I wore my favourite perfume on the day: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir. So fresh and summery.

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It Ticked All Of The Boxes

I had the loveliest experience buying my dress with my Mum and Bridesmaid from The Stamford Bridal Rooms in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The owner, Aimee was a delight and made the whole process memorable, special and fun! The bridal shop had some stunning dresses. I had an idea of what I liked: sweet heart neckline, lace, figure hugging, slinky, and elegant.

Aimee put me in the Hepburn dress by Suzanne Neville. I loved it immediately and it ticked all the boxes from my wish list! I felt comfortable, elegant and sexy on the day. I wore a sparkling head-piece and a belt in the evening both purchased from The Stamford Bridal Rooms.

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Accessories With A Vintage Touch

My shoes were brought online at Rachel Simpson. She has some stunning shoes and I love her vintage designs. I was thrilled with my wedding shoes: a truly romantic pearlised leather peep-toe with beaded French lace trim over blush pink suede. They were super comfy too which is always a bonus with pretty shoes!

My veil was so fine and elegant, it was purchased from The Stamford Bridal Rooms and my earrings were from John Lewis

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Gorgeous Wedding Party

My three gorgeous Bridesmaids wore a Ted Baker dress in a pale pink / nude colour. I loved the lace detail at the top, the butterfly-like v-neck back and the pleated, floaty skirt. I think they all looked gorgeous!

They also wore nude shoes from good old Clarks, which allowed them to dance in comfort all night long!

We hired the Groomsmen morning-suits from Christopher Scotney’s in Leicester. The guys look so handsome and the suits have that timeless quality. They were so fitting and appropriate for our venue too.

Our two gorgeous Godson’s were our Page Boys. They looked so cute in shorts, pale blue shirts and navy blazers.

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English Country Wedding

The theme I wanted to create, I suppose, was an ‘English Country Wedding’- As the venue was in a country estate and hidden away in a secret walled garden, I wanted a very elegant, country, vintage style wedding with a relaxed atmosphere, touches of fun and play.

We dressed the marquee & gardens with bunting & pompoms in pale pinks and white, filled jam jars with wild flowers and candles, strung up fairy lights inside and out to create a lovely light in the evening. I hired two gorgeous Bay Trees from The Garden Box and these really added a wow factor to the entrance of our marquee, along with an old vintage looking bike.

My bridesmaid made lots of lovely bunting and cushions too which really added to the décor. We create a kids play area with straw bales and a tepee, plus lots of games to keep them (and some of the grown-ups!) entertained. I actually hired two nannies for the afternoon, to help look after the children. They were fabulous and played some wonderful games, allowing parents to eat and drink in peace!

We used an old suit case to collect cards, and brought a digital camera and mini portable printer for our guest book – we have some great pics alongside people’s comments which is a lovely keep-sake.

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Norfolk Lavender

I love flowers, and was excited about choosing the different flowers for my bouquet and arrangements with my lovely florist, Victoria Arrowsmith. I wanted a loose, country style of pale pinks, ivory and white. I love peonies and roses, which were the main flowers in the arrangements along with lisianthus, dill, gyp and alchemilla mollis.

The flower arrangements on the tables were on vintage glass cake stands and in vintage crystal vases in different sizes. This worked so well on our long trestle tables, interspersed with candles. Every place setting also had a sprig of lavender on their menu card which looked so pretty and very fitting, being in Norfolk, renowned for its Norfolk Lavender.

I also had pots of lavender and hydrangeas outside the marquee, flowers strung in trees in jam jars and arrangements on the outside furniture. It looked wonderful and I was thrilled with the result.

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Overwhelmed With Love

The wedding ceremony was just perfect, very emotional and special for us. We both held it together very well considering Ben’s brothers (best men) were crying the whole way through! I remember walking in and seeing everyone, and looking from side to side, saying “hello”. Ben looked so handsome in his morning suit, I felt very proud of him, overwhelmed with love and excitement for the day ahead and our future together.

We had a singer perform ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by Paul McCartney during the signing of the registers which was beautiful.

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Full And Rocking Dance Floor

We had string quartet Banquet Music playing during the drinks reception and whilst we ate. They were fabulous! They performed lots of modern songs including Cold Play and Lady Gaga which created a wonderful atmosphere, plus some old classics too. Everyone was raving about them.

In the evening, we had a 5 piece band, including a saxophone player to ‘jazz-up’ the soul tunes! The band was called Quince and we hired them through Silver Dog Music. They were just great from start to end, so professional too. The dance floor was always full and rocking! They really got everyone dancing and staged a fun dance off – girls against boys! Our first dance was ‘Waiting for the Stars to Fall’ by Boy meets Girl. We used to dance to this in our kitchen in London listening to Magic FM! It was upbeat and fun. The dance floor was flooded half way through!

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Food Fit For Royalty

Deborah Steward did a fabulous job of the catering at our wedding. Debbie’s husband, Kevin was wonderful too and held the day together for us, making everything run smoothly. We felt so privileged to have them there on the day – they cook for the royal family at Sandringham at their private shooting gatherings, plus other events, so we had full confidents in them!

They served some scrummy canapés during the drinks reception including smoked haddock fish cakes, spiced prawns with dipping sauces, coconut chicken skewers and veggies muffins. They went down a storm! Debbie served up an asparagus pesto tartlet for starter with dressed baby salad leaves, and we offered a choice for the main: BBQ Legs of lamb cooked over charcoal, pan fried fillets of sea bream with Norfolk brown shrimps or BBQ aubergine parcels with red pepper risotto, all served with delicious herby crushed new potatoes and bowls of steaming seasonal vegetables.

It was so scrummy and there were clean plates all round! For desert, we had two choices; summer pudding ice cream with berries, lavender shortbread and fruit coulis or chocolate, hazelnut and raspberry roulade with berries and coulis. Again, both were amazing! Our guests tucked into our cheese platters afterwards with coffee and mints.

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Even Better Than I Imagined

In the evening, we served fish finger, chicken and veggie pita-breads which were perfect for soaking up all the alcohol!
Debbie and Kevin’s daughter, Grace Steward baked all the cakes for our Wedding Cake Table – I was totally blown away by the cakes and decoration when I walked in the marquee. It looked so wonderful and just how I had imagined it, but better!

We had a huge victoria sandwich cake for our main wedding cake, surrounded by a lemon-curd cake, chocolate malterser and carrot cake, plus heart shaped rocky roads in milk and white chocolate and many cupcakes decorated with fresh berries. We had bowls of berries on the table too and jugs of cream. Everyone loves cake don’t they, so this was a real winner with our guests!

For our wedding favours, we gave all the ladies a bag of pink jelly sweets, the men some Charbonnel et Walker truffles and the children some sweeties and a book, wrapped up in pink and blue paper. They loved having a present to open on their place setting!

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The Perfect End To A Wonderful Day

Special moments for me were sitting in the car with my dad, on the way to the church. It was so nice to have this time with him. Saying our vows in the church was also so special.

Going off with our photographer for photos gave us time to chat, laugh, cuddle and generally see each other as the day goes so fast and you are constantly pulled in different directions. The weather was typically British on the day; we had glorious sunshine, a thunderstorm with lightening then a rainbow! The rainbow was magical and really added to the day. Got some great pics too. It topped off the day a treat!

I also loved our speeches, dancing until the early hours, then coming back to our hotel, sharing a bath together with a cup of tea and chocolate! The perfect end to a wonderful day!

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Words Of Wisdom

Be relaxed and let the day flow. If you are relaxed and happy, your guests will be too! I recommend getting in your dress one hour before you leave for the church. My photographer, Katherine Ashdown asked me to do this, and it was well worth it. I had plenty of time to sip champagne with my Mum and Bridesmaids, have a giggle, and keep calm before we left.

Delegate, delegate, delegate on the day! Ask your suppliers to approach a member of your Bridal party on the day if they have questions rather than bothering you.

Dance, dance, and dance! Everyone wants to be near you & the groom on the day, so stay on the dance floor and it will be rocking all night!

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She Held The Day Together

Katherine Ashdown was our wonderful wedding photographer – we were so happy to have her there on the day – she was just brilliant! We’d met a year before and spent an afternoon together for an engagement shoot. This was such a great way to get to know Kathy and feel relaxed being ‘models’ infront of the camera!

Kathy really held the day together for Ben and I. She was calm, professional, discreet, energetic and fun to be with. We loved having our photo’s taken, Kathy worked her magic and didn’t miss a trick! The results blew us away! We are thrilled with all of the photographs. Kathy did a wonderful job of capturing our day and all those special moments as the day unfolded – we will treasure them forever.

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Bride’s Gown – Hepburn by Suzanne Neville at The Stamford Bridal Rooms
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Bridemaids – Ted Baker
Bridesmaids shoes – Clarks
Makeup Artist – Love Moi Makeup
Band – Quince at Silverdog Music
String Quartet – Banquet Music
Venue – Holkham Hall
Marquee Hire – Weatherill Events
Catering – Deborah Steward
Cake – Grace Cakes
Florist – Victoria Arrowsmith
Bay Trees – The Garden Box
Accommodation – The Hoste
Photography – Katherine Ashdown

You can view the latest collections from Ted Baker and Suzanne Neville right here on Rock My Wedding.

Aren’t the ideas for keeping the children entertained great?

And don’t those cakes look delicious? I’m salivating over Emily’s description of the menu.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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A Summer Barbecue At Chaucer Barn.

It’s typical. Just as you start to plan the first barbecue of the year, the weather changes and all you are left with is a damp sausage.

The sun has disappeared (please don’t tell me that we have already seen the back of Summer 2012), but we shall carry on with our barbecue plans regardless – courtesy of Russell and Kerry.

To celebrate their marriage they had a weekend of fun with family and friends in Norfolk. On the saturday they had the ceremony and a barbecue with disco. The next day they completed the weekend in style with a cream tea picnic. I am pleased to report that they enjoyed better weather back in August 2011 than we are currently having!

Katherine Ashdown is the lady with the lenses responsible for all of today’s beautiful summer imagery.

Jaw-Dropping

Russell and I fell in love with Chaucer Barn the minute we saw it and the words ‘jaw-droppingly beautiful’ honestly don’t do it justice! We loved the fact that you hire it for the whole weekend, get a free run of the whole house and gardens, get to choose your own suppliers with no tie-ins at all and that you and your guests can hold the ceremony, celebrate and then sleep all under one roof!

An Online Bride

To be honest, I’ve never really been one for dresses as I’m usually found in my trusty Converse and jeans, so I was actually very nervous about finding a wedding dress. I have to admit that the idea of venturing into bridal shops terrified me so I was thrilled when I managed to find my dress online. I’m one of the most indecisive people known to man but I finally opted for a really simple, fitted ‘Toni’ dress from L K Bennett. I loved the silk and lace detail as it made it feel suitably ‘bridal’ and feminine but the knee-length, unfussy design suited the kind of informal day Russ and I were aiming for.

A Future Heirloom

Rather than splurge on a really expensive dress, I decided to spend a little more on my jewellery instead as I could wear it again. Also, the sentimental part of me likes to think that one day it might be worn by my own children (or even grandchildren)! I found a lovely, simple Danish design from Georg Jensen called ‘Daisy’ that I fell in love with and I wore the long silver and white necklace with earrings to match.

I hadn’t been able to find anything for my ‘old and borrowed’ and so I was delighted when my mum magically produced my great Nanna’s old engagement ring on the morning of the wedding. Luckily it fitted me perfectly and it felt very special to be wearing it on my big day!

Ridiculously High

My totally out of character and ridiculously high shoes were ‘Andie’ in dark taupe from L K Bennett. I bought them about four days before the wedding in a mad panic and didn’t really get a chance to practise walking in them… Thankfully I had my Dad to cling on to whilst negotiating a flight of stairs and walking over gravel past all our guests to meet Russell. In the evening I wore some really simple nude pumps from Jones Bootmaker before eventually resorting to bare feet!

The Bare Minerals

My sister helped me with my hair and I had my make-up done professionally. Our photographer recommended Emily at Love Moi Make-Up and she was brilliant! She put me totally at ease and seemed to really ‘get’ the feel of our day. I was so pleased with the Bare Minerals make-up she used as it felt like I didn’t have any on but it stayed all day. Emily was great with my mum, sister and Russell’s family too and was really friendly, professional and helpful but also very laid-back and calming – I’d recommend her to anyone!

Just Picked

Some of my cousins are florists but they live nearly 4 hours away so it wasn’t really practical for them to bring the flowers up with them to North Norfolk! My very talented cousin Catherine helped me pull together my ideas of using wild and garden flowers from pictures I’d seen (I can manage to tell a tulip from a daffodil but that’s about it) and the kind of quantities we’d need. Armed with my list of possible flowers and my budget, I went to see Rita at The Passion of Flowers in Holt, who was recommended by Chaucer Barn.

Rita and her team were brilliantly helpful, friendly and clearly took real pride in their work. They made their own suggestions, mixed them with my cousin’s ideas and completely understood what I wanted to achieve. Rita put together my bouquet of baby sunflowers, thistles and stocks and I was absolutely thrilled with it – it was exactly what I had envisaged! They also did the buttonholes of baby sunflowers and corsages of dahlias, ranunculas and roses for our immediate family and friends.

Rita also prepared a few boxes of flowers ready for my cousins Catherine and Jamie who popped round with them on the morning of the wedding and started working their magic! It took them less than an hour to arrange the beautiful flowers in all of the sixty or so jam jars and vases we’d been collecting for months on end. Catherine also put together my hairslide with a baby sunflower and blue thistle, which was a nice personal touch.

All of the flowers were so fresh and beautiful and had the ‘just picked’ country garden look that we were after. We honestly couldn’t have been happier with the flowers and we received so many compliments about them!

Soft Silver

We didn’t have bridesmaids or a best man as such but we did ask our sisters Sam and Annette to do a reading each and be witnesses at our ceremony. My sister Annette wrote and read out a poem especially for us, which was one of the sweetest and most emotional parts of the day for us both.

We gave Sam and Annette a totally free rein and they just picked their own dresses but, despite living more than 100 miles apart, they both managed to choose dresses of very similar colours of soft, silvery grey and we accessorised them with pink and orange in their corsages. They both looked stunning and the whole effect ended up looking far more coordinated than we actually were!

Russell chose not to have a best man but he did ask one of his closest friends, Brendan, to be our ringbearer and him and his lovely wife Cathy played a massive role in ensuring everything ran so smoothly over the weekend!

Classic Brogues

Russell looked really smart in his Daniel Hechter three-piece navy suit and classic brown brogues. He wanted to stand out a bit from the other men in their suits so he opted for a waistcoat as well, even though it was the middle of August! When I saw him waiting for me in the ceremony room I felt so excited, happy and incredibly proud that I was about to marry my truly lovely man.

Warm, Attentive And Patient

Katherine Ashdown was recommended by Chaucer Barn and we were delighted with her photos. She was so hard-working and professional but also very warm, attentive and patient with us! Her photos are beautiful and she is a very creative, talented photographer that we’d recommend to everyone.

A Garden Party

Russell and I knew from the very start that we wanted a barbecue as we were after a laid-back, garden party feel. We met with a few caterers but none of them were able to offer actual barbecue food and we were about to give up hope until we found Deborah Steward. Deborah and her husband Kevin were both so friendly and our menu tasting session ended up being a full-blown three-course meal chatting about holidays over a glass of wine (or three!) in their sunny courtyard. The wedding food was served ‘family style’ so everyone passed round bowls of salad, pasta etc which helped to get conversation flowing. The food itself was absolutely delicious with proper ‘Norfolk portions’ and we received so many compliments from our guests. I would thoroughly recommend them – their chocolate brownies and salted caramel ice cream were to die for!

Scrabble Themed

Chaucer Barn is an absolutely stunning place that needed no decoration but I really enjoy crafts so I relished the chance to get a bit more creative!

As Russell proposed to me over a game of Scrabble, we wanted to try and bring this in to our decorations for the wedding somehow. Throughout the house we put out messages made from wooden Scrabble tiles and the table numbers and signs in the marquee were put together using the Scrabble theme too.

Our plain white marquee needed brightening up so we hung paper lanterns from The Hanging Lantern Company and, as he is an origami fan, Russ made some giant paper cranes (symbolising luck and happiness). He also made some mini origami birds with some lovely patterned paper from Folded Square that we dotted around the house and we also hung a few on a ‘Wish tree’ that my Mum made for us.

I had some lovely fabric from Liberty that I knew I wanted to use somehow and I hit upon the idea of photocopying it to make paper placemats, napkin rings and also the bunting. My friend Sarah deserves a medal for spending hours putting together the bunting before the wedding! The whole family and friends collected jam jars of all shapes and sizes and we glued some coloured, grosgrain ribbon round the neck of the jars, put them into clusters and added the gorgeous wild flowers. We also laid out clear glass tealight holders down the middle of each trestle table and some added brightly coloured tealights that were bargains in the Habitat closing-down sale!

We set up a children’s tent using a traditional white canvas tent loaned to us by Tess from Albion Days. As I’m a primary school teacher I managed to borrow lots of games, beanbags and PE equipment from school for the children to enjoy and my mum bought some giant bubble-makers, which were also very popular! Chaucer Barn is a beautiful place but not really designed for lots of small children, so the children’s tent was a huge success as they could take it over completely and their parents didn’t have to worry about colouring pens and sticky fingers all over the walls and antique furniture in the house!

In the evening our family and friends helped set up fire braziers (with marshmallows!), blankets and nightlights around the garden. We also hung up lots of little glass tealight holders in the bushes and dotted all around the garden which my Dad made using yet more recycled jam jars and cable wires! They looked stunning and so pretty and the overall effect was quite magical.

A Traditional Fruit Cake

Russell’s mum is a very talented cook and she offered to make our lovely three-tier traditional fruit cake for us. It was decorated by her friend Sarah with a very simple design of all-over white icing with navy blue bunting and swallows detail and Scrabble tiles made of icing spelling out our names. We were delighted with how the finished cake looked and it tasted delicious too!

Simple Sweets

We chose not to have favours on the tables but instead put together some retro sweetie bags full of goodies from A Quarter Of in simple, colourful striped paper bags. People just helped themselves to them during the day and they were hugely popular with kids and adults alike!

At the end of the Sunday cream tea we gave the large origami birds hanging from our marquee ceiling to each of the children that joined us. They were really popular and lots of the children have now got them hanging from their bedroom ceilings, which is quite sweet.

All of the beautiful flowers were turned into bouquets and given to our friends and family that stayed with us in the house and worked so hard over the weekend.

Paddy Power

Russell and I have been avid festival goers since we were both in our teens and we first encountered the brilliant DJ Peepshow Paddy and his Disco Shed at Latitude a few years back. We were so pleased when we found out that he actually did weddings (at one point Paddy even suggested he would be prepared to do our wedding instead of The Big Chill as we’d booked first, which is true commitment for you!) although sadly there was no need for the actual shed at our venue. Paddy was really fantastic – he set up his equipment in the kitchen, sorted our ceremony music and P.A. system in the marquee, won over loads of fans with his awesome DJ-ing. The music was great all night and the dancefloor was busy right up ‘til gone 2am before a very tired Paddy kipped over on one of the sofas!

It’s Getting Better

Russell and I are both big music and film fans so together we put quite a lot of thought into the music for our big day. I walked through the garden and the crowd with my Dad to meet Russell in the ceremony area with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ playing in the background. During the ceremony we played some instrumental music from two of our favourite films, True Romance and Amelie and at the end of the ceremony we had ‘It’s Getting Better’ by The Mamas and the Papas for some celebratory confetti-throwing!

Choosing the song for our first dance was quite challenging for us but in the end we plumped for ‘The Ship Song’ by Nick Cave. Seeing him perform with The Bad Seeds was one of the best gigs Russell and I have ever been to together and we felt it was suitably slow for us rather nervous, non-ballroom dancing indie kids!

Friendship And Love

We were really lucky to be able to have nearly all of our immediate family and close friends staying with us over the whole weekend, which made it really special for us. Everyone was so happy and keen to help and took responsibility for different jobs throughout the day that made it all go smoothly without the need for a wedding coordinator at all! Both Russell and I were completely blown away by the very real sense of friendship and love as our friends and family all pulled together to make our day so very special and memorable for us.

We’d definitely recommend trying to add some personal touches. The photo wall was a big hit as our guests could have a giggle at our horrendous ‘90s hair but it was also quite touching seeing pictures from when we were little with some of our family that are no longer with us. We put out a Canon Selphy compact photo printer for people to print out their own shots from the wedding and add them to the photowall during the weekend, which was fun!

Another idea that seemed to go down well was the icebreaker-style activities we laid out on the tables before we ate. We both enjoy a good Pub Quiz so we put together a quiz with silly questions about our childhood and university days. We also put some origami paper and instructions on the tables, which was a really simple idea but it seemed to be really popular and actually got quite competitive!

Russell and I have been together for fourteen years and already have a house together so we really didn’t need a traditional wedding list. Instead we used Buy Our Honeymoon and personalised all of the items and experiences that our friends and family could choose for us whilst we were on honeymoon in Croatia. It seemed to go down really well and we loved the fact that we indulged in some luxuries that we might not have usually done on your average holiday! The website was really easy (and fun) to set up and it was very smooth for our guests. We then sent thank-you photo postcards of us enjoying our gifts on honeymoon using our compact photo printer, which helped to add another personal touch.

Finally, our advice for other couples out there; do it your own way and stay firm on that from the outset. You only need to do as little or as much as you like as, ultimately, all anyone wants is to show you how much they support, love and care for you both, to see you enjoy yourselves and share in your happiness together.

Venue Chaucer Barn

Dress L K Bennett

Shoes L K Bennett

Make-up Love Moi

Photographer Katherine Ashdown

Florist The Passion of Flowers

Caterers Deborah Steward

DJ Disco Shed

I love the idea of a family style barbecue and garden party.

There are also some great ideas for styling a marquee here – the giant origami cranes look amazing!

Russell and Kerry incorporated a lot of simple and effective personal touches to their big day which helped to engage their guests, keep them entertained and helped make their family orientated event such a success.

Adam.

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