Our Wedding: The Finer Details
Always go on your gut instinct with your wedding dress. It turns out that my gut was definitely right. I had so many compliments on my dress, but what I was most pleased about was that everyone said "That dress was just so you." A dress has got to represent your personality - it becomes a tiny piece of your soul, as you guard it for months and months up to the big day!
2. I needed to have a little piece of my late Nanny Pat at our wedding, so I brought along this photograph that I keep beside my bed. My Grandad loved this little touch. I also had a secret posy of Lily of the Valley from Bloom tucked into my bouquet - my Nan's favourite flower.
3. I had to include this photograph as it just makes me laugh to think that Matt was nervous - after we'd been building up to this day for TEN YEARS! No, I was nervous too - I don't know why though! Apart from the silly faces, Matt looked so handsome. I loved his dark blue suit - and our Mums made the buttonholes from freshly cut roses and gypsophila. It really is doable to arrange your own flowers - and it saves a tonne of wedding budget.
4. It was my Mum's idea to have a basket of blankets so guests could warm up as the evening went on. She gathered these cute chequered throws and Matt's Mum hand chalked the sign to go with them. It was so sweet watching one of Matt's little cousins snuggle up in one of these around 10'o'clock (at night!). Perfect!
5. The bridesmaid dresses are the Andromeda maxi dresses by Needle & Thread. I waited a long time to find the perfect dress for my four bridesmaids - but we found the perfect one in the end.
6. As mentioned above, it is doable to arrange your own flowers! I would highly recommend it - the day before the wedding, I, my Mum, Matt's Mum and our sisters met at one house and worked together to arrange all of the table vases and create the buttonholes and bouquets. It was so much fun and really no hassle at all. We are lucky to live by a wood so we collected cratefuls of greenery - including moss, ivy and twigs rich in berries - to create that wild, rustic look. I adored my flowers and wouldn't have had them any other way.
7. Our menu was absolutely delicious!! We wanted to give our guests options, so they chose beforehand using the invitations. This was one of the dessert choices: the trio (miniature Eton Mess, miniature Chocolate Brownie and miniature Lemon Posset). Our caterers were the amazing Scott Anderson.
8. Both being English teachers, we named our tables after books we love. Our tables included novels by Fitzgerald and Hemingway (in homage to our kitties!), Haruki Murakami (Matt's favourite), and Enid Blyton (my childhood favourite). The top table was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
9. I feel that sweet tables are obligatory at weddings and Matt's oldest sister and I had so much fun styling this table! It helped that we could sneak sweets as we went! Matt and I debated over which sweet classics to choose, but we went for a range of favourites: Love Hearts, Refreshers and other retro chews, white chocolate stars and hearts, jelly beans, cola bottles and a touch of luxury - Lindt Lindor balls! We used Mum's old farm crates and the 'Love is Sweet' garland is from Ginger Ray.
10. Our wedding venue featured a beautiful wall of fairy lights outside on the patio. It was lovely to wander out there for some more private time after the speeches at 7'o'clock. I adore this picture. It's so natural and whenever I see it I just want to grin.
11. Luckily, the weather held out for us and we could have our confetti shot outside on the day! Matt's Mum dried confetti from the abundance of roses and wildflowers she grows in her garden. The colours of it were so pretty (I think there is still some stuck in my dress now!) When I look at this photograph, I can't help thinking this is one of the happiest moments of my life.
12. My Mum had the genius idea of sourcing and arranging these dainty and gorgeous vintage handkerchiefs into this little wicker basket. My friends are so soppy so I knew these would be a hit! I clutched one as I walked up the aisle - as my something blue - and it was so soggy by the end of the ceremony. My sister (Maid of Honour) refused to save me from it and take it off of me!
13. We hired these light up letters from Kent Entertainments - they were on the stage for our ceremony and stayed there until the very end of the night (carriages at midnight).
There are many more photographs of our special day. I know I haven't included our beautiful cake for example - you'll have to head over to my Instagram to see that! My Godmother Kate captured our whole day for us. She is wonderful!
I would love to see your wedding photographs - please share!