I love Mandi & Ben’s wedding for three reasons. Firstly, they are childhood sweethearts and it makes me really happy when we share weddings of couples who have been together forever. Secondly, they had a strict budget but still had a wedding day that looked gorgeous. Mainly thanks to Ben’s handiwork and Mandi’s clever tricks – like making her own headpiece using a necklace bought from eBay, dressing the wedding party from the high street and using a seamstress to create a bespoke dress for her in the style of top designers Inbal Dror and Berta Bridal, but at a fraction of the price. What a dress it is too! I’m in love with the deep-V back and fishtail shape of the skirt.
There was a lot of love for this garden wedding yesterday and of course, that dress :). In the second part, Jo shares her ideas and decisions behind planning a carefree wedding day.
All the stunning images are courtesy of Segerius-Bruce Photography – thanks Guys!
We planned a garden wedding with a relaxed feel. We wanted it to be a wedding celebration with closest friends and family, without the formal feel some weddings have.
We used Merlins catering who did a ‘Posh BBQ’ with Steak, Salmon, Chicken, Vegetable kebabs and salad/pasta followed by choice of 3 desserts.
We chose Segerius-Bruce Photography for our wedding photography.
Our best idea was the the photography – soooo worth the money and the quality on the day and after was top drawer! Chanelle and Craig were such a lovely couple to deal with and have to share the day with.
Kevin designed and hand-made all the invites, order of service and table plans and they were just stunning. We themed each table with our special memories like Venice, V festival etc.
With the relaxed feel of a garden wedding we wanted Greens and whites and to have a home made, personal feel but still professional and classy.
Our flowers were by Daisy Chain Flowers I had a whole mix of green and white flowers including thistles, roses and frushas – I wanted it to feel as if I’d picked it myself from the garden
They were all chosen to fit into the green and white relaxed garden wedding feel.
We chose the romantic Pearl cake from M&S – wanted it simple with the flowers on top
A Relaxed Day
The garden relaxed theme came from Jo’s uncle’s 30th wedding anniversary do which had a few friends and family in his garden at home which was just so personal and intimate – wanted to capture that feeling and we both didn’t really like the formality that goes with traditional weddings.
Dancing the night away
The party went on till midnight as that was the curfew but carried on on the coach and back at the hotel!
Our first dance was to ‘The first time I saw your face’ by Roberta Flack – the words say it all.
Making it your own
The things I remember most from the day were:
Saying our promises.
My mum and Kev’s speeches were amazing and Kev’s was so funny.
The very funny dancing done by Kev and his friends.
The firework display.
Singing on the coach on the way to the hotel.
Make it your day and don’t worry about pleasing anyone else, Kev didn’t wear a tie which I was totally happy with as it fitted into our relaxed theme but some people found it very strange. We didn’t have a proper top table either (was circular as wanted to mingle in with everyone). Just do what you want and make it the day you want it to be. Everyone has different opinions on what something should be, but it’s your opinion that matters most.
We’re all for a bit of informality here at RMW and Jo and Kevin certainly showed us how it’s done.
Which traditions will you be ditching for your wedding?