Our wedding seems like such a distant memory but the happiest day of my life. I wanted to share with you some photo's from the day and some of the little details that made it such a wonderful celebration of our love.
As regular readers will know we have had quite the year. Some of the events that have happened made us realise that we just wanted to get married now more than ever and were lucky enough that the venue of our dreams had a cancellation for this summer!
Our wedding took place on 4th June at The Barns at Hunsbury Hill - Northamptonshire.
We attended a wedding fayre at The Barns when we first got engaged 4 years ago and I fell in love instantly. The 18th Century barn was rustic and had such a charm about it that I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to get married. Since we got engaged they had renovated the barn and it is now more beautiful than ever. The staff were fantastic and hiring the whole venue meant we weren't going to be disturbed by strangers on our big day.
I insisted we pay a little extra for the chiavari chairs which you can see in the pictures because they really went with my rustic theme and I am so pleased we chose that detail.
The venue has a great outside bar area which was perfect for a warm summers day and a smaller barn to one side where tea and coffee's were served and myself and the bridesmaids could freshen up.
Flower Girl and Page Boy
Alongside Ted as our little Page Boy was our gorgeous Goddaughter Isabella who looked so pretty in her La Redoute dress and floral headband. Ted looked super handsome in his shirt and braces, teamed up with a pair of suit trousers from H&M and his Clarks boots.
I made him a sign to carry in front of me as I walked down the aisle, something I had seen on Pinterest and it made for a great prop for pictures as well as giving him something to keep his hands occupied.
My girls! From left to right we have Joe's sister Kezia, the eldest of my two sisters Danielle, my best friend Claudy and my little sister Ellie. I decided to use my colour scheme of sage green and dusky pink in the dresses to tie the whole wedding together. The green dresses were picked up in a Charity Shop for just £8 each and the pink ones were from House of Fraser in the sale for £28 each and altered for the girls.
The older two girls had sparkly hair grips while the younger girls had floral headbands from Primark which matched our Flower Girls. I made all of the bouquets with some help from my Mum and the ribbons all match the dresses too!
Joe's boys! His best men Sean and Daniel are on the far right of this picture with my Brother, Dad, Joe's Grandad, his Dad and little brother Freddy all in the shot too. We decided to go for a mixture of colours for the groomsmen's suits which I think works really nicely. The shades of grey, black and navy all go well together and it meant everyone was able to wear suits they already had or had the freedom to choose their own.
To bring all of the suits together all of the groomsmen had sage green ties to match the bridesmaids dresses. I paid less than £2 each for them on Amazon which was a total steal and they looked as good as any expensive brands in the photo's.
I also picked up some superhero socks for Joe and his best men to wear on the day and they again made for a great photo opp and a little bit of banter over who was which superhero!
The Bride and Groom
That's us that is!
Joe got his lovely suit from Zara in the sale, it was less than £100 if I remember rightly for the jacket and trousers and I picked him up a grey waistcoat from Primark in a slightly darker shade to go underneath. His shoes were from H&M and his tie matched all of the groomsmen's
Moving on to the most important part now...the bridal wear! My dress was from Wed2B a bridal store that has branches across the country. They only sell off the rack dresses so you have to snap up a dress when you see it. I visited twice and finally found my dress the day Joe got rushed into hospital with acute gastritis...but that is a whole other story!
My dress wasn't what I had wanted at all and I almost didn't try it on but my Mum said to try it and I am glad I did. I made her cry when she saw me in it and I fell in love with the fit and the lace detail instantly. It was only £499 too which was the highest price for a dress from Wed2B and super cheap as far as dresses of this quality go. The lace up back meant I could pull it in or let it out for comfort (I was 16 weeks pregnant on the day!) and there was a button and loop on the back that lifted the train up for the evening.
My gorgeous hair piece was from an Instagram shop called Aurora Fawn, it may be my favourite part of the outfit and was exactly what I had been looking for. My shoes were from Primark and were very comfy, I didn't manage to get any pictures of them clearly but they were plain white court shoes with a strap around the ankle.
My Something Old was my Grandad's ring which I attached to my flowers along with a blue ribbon for my Something Blue. My Something Borrowed were my Mum's pearl earrings she wore on her wedding day and my Something New were my necklace and bracelet my Mum and Sisters got me as a gift at my Hen Party!
The Cake, Candy Cart and DJ
Our cake was made by the lovely wife of one of Joe's work colleagues. She owns Blushh Cakes and made the cake and did our Candy Cart. Her other half was also our DJ for the night. The cake was just what I wanted, it was a simple victoria sponge with buttercream to match the wedding colours. I did make a cake topper out of flowers but sadly it didn't fit with the cake stand we chose. I love how simple it was and it tasted delicious!
Our photographer for the day was Ania Ames. She has photographed a few friends weddings and I fell in love with her style as soon as I saw her website. She is such a wonderful person and as soon as we met I knew she was the photographer for us. Ted loved her too and it really helped when it came to getting photo's of the little ones. I honestly cannot stress how important a good photographer is for a wedding, it was the best money we spent and without Ania we wouldn't have all these beautiful images of our day.
That's it, our magical day! I can't believe it was only a few months ago as it feels like a lifetime ago! Let me know what you thought of the pictures and I would love to hear if you take any inspiration from them for your own weddings or have done anything similar.