Amy was initially a little worried about sharing their photographs with friends and family, especially those who were having to face postponing their big day. But we hope these stories will encourage and inspire those of you just taking your first steps into the incredible world of planning a wedding.
As bride Amy says, weddings may be on hold, but love, family and friendships are not.
We have been so incredibly lucky to get married before lockdown and even make it back home a day before the flights stopped returning from our honeymoon!
At the start I was afraid to share it, to post pictures and videos of our special day. I was worried that it may upset others, when to us it was a day full of love and happiness that I hoped would bring a smile in times of unknown and sadness. I have so many friends, guests at our wedding, who are due to get married towards the end of the year and I know of others who have had to postpone. It breaks my heart that all their planning and hard work was turned upside down, but I believe that their day will be even more significant when it arrives.
Weddings may be on hold, but love, family and friendships are not.
Working by day as a greeting card designer I loved the chance to design my own wedding invitations and any on the day stationery. I even braved some of the signage, but asked one of my lovely bridesmaids (who I also work with) to help out with her beautiful calligraphy skills.
I searched through Pinterest day and night trying to decide on a style, I knew I wanted some delicate hand lettering and after visiting my florist to discuss lots of green foliage I went down this route for the overall stationery look. I loved the results in the end and had lots of fun thinking of ways to display things on the day, it was lovely to see my hard work come together on the morning of the Wedding. Our photographer also managed to get some great shots of it all too!
One part of the day I wanted to really get creative with was the ‘Order of the day’. I pinned lots of inspiration for this and one of them was writing it up on a glass panelled door, similarly done on table plans. Now this was probably my last option, trying to source a large door was just another thing to think about. However when I walked past a neighbour’s house to spot a white door they were throwing out; I took this as a sign to do my sign! I use hand lettering styles at work, but could still do with some practise so was a little nervous before I started. I had already asked my bridesmaid Rosie to help with the place names and welcome sign for the day so I got stuck in myself with the door.
One cold afternoon in January I sat outside and got some white posca pens out. After a lot of breaks (my hands had gone a little numb!) it all came together and I was really pleased with the final look adding in some twinkly fairy lights too! Of course, doing a lot of these bits myself helped us to stick within our budget and I felt like ‘a bit of me’ was there visually on the day.
We wanted a relaxed vibe at our wedding and Dodmoor House seemed like the perfect place – the barns used for bridal prep, the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening celebrations were all sat within a beautiful courtyard so it had a really cosy, intimate feel for our guests. After looking through lots of places online, we knew we wanted a rustic theme and if our budget allowed a barn would be our dream choice!
Our flowers were mainly white with a heavy mix of foliage and subtle hints of blue using eryngium thistles. Dodmoor House is very beautiful as is, without the need for lots of decoration. I kept to its rustic roots, but gave it a little update with gold geometrics, brass frames and grey tapered candles.
Instagram was a MASSIVE influence for me when deciding on the décor/style I wanted. I started to follow numerous wedding suppliers/blogs and photographers for any inspo. I live on Pinterest mostly for my job, but even more so when searching all over for ideas. I bought a wedding planner and jotted down lots of ideas and stuck in lots of reference points.
Dodmoor House actually have quite the useful list of recommended suppliers, so I went through them all and met with my favourites. My florist Anna at Julie-Anna Flowers was amazing, I think the flowers create such a huge impact on the day and she really helped me create something beautiful within our budget.
The White Emporium meant I could hire the right props to create the finished look on the day. Gemma’s Instagram is gorgeous! It got hold of me as soon as I found it and I just had to make an enquiry.
My friend, OHEY_SAMMI, baked our wedding cakes. I’m lucky I work with lots of creative people! I found a stunning arrangement on Pinterest with a main tiered cake and 2 small ones alongside it. We let Sammi know flavours and colour schemes… then viola! The results were amazing, and the flavours were incredible!
Aaron Collett Photography was our amazing photographer – our photographs show all of the emotions throughout the day! He got some super photos of our whippet Freddie too! We really wanted our dog Freddie to be dressed for the occasion. An independent seller on Etsy, Tuna & Bear, provided a brilliant service made to measure custom orders in lots of different colours. He fit in with the groomsmen perfectly and we love looking back at the photos of him – he looks so handsome!
Jake Flint Videography, our videographer, created a different vibe to our photographs. Our video is much softer, full of natural lighting and we were lucky the sun made a little appearance. Jake gave us such a special memory of our day, beautifully captured from start to finish.
Venue Dodmoor House
Photography Aaron Collett Photography
Florist Julie-Anna Flowers
Prop Hire The White Emporium
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