Real Wedding: Rachel and Richard by Sara Beaumont

Happy Friday Cwtchers!

Oh I have so been looking forward to showing off this gorgeous wedding of Rachel and Richard.  Richard got in touch with us because he was so overwhelmed with how all of the suppliers they had had the pleasure to use, had been.  We were so taken by his enthusiasm, we had to find out more.

When we discovered they had used the likes of Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique, Sweet Peony, Laura May Bridal and Pencoed House (to name but a few), weren’t in the least bit surprised that they had had received such a wonderful service.

To top it off, their photographer, Sara Beaumont, took the most wonderful images of the couple and their friends and family, telling the story of the beautiful day.

So I will stop rambling on, and hand over to the couple to tell you all about it…..

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Rachel and Richard

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What was your budget?

We were really lucky as both sides of our family wanted to contribute financially to our wedding. With some of our own savings we were able to splash out on some luxuries that we wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
As most of our guests were travelling we wanted to make sure that we made them feel welcome and showed them a good time so we decided early on that the food, drink and music would take priority.

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Where something came in higher than expected or wasn’t part of our original budget we tried to make up the difference from our monthly income rather than take from “the pot”.

How would you describe your wedding theme?

Thanks to his Dad, Richard spent most of his childhood, teenage years….and adult life playing cricket so this featured quite heavily in our day.

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Otherwise, we wanted to keep the decor fairly simple. The hall at Pencoed House is beautiful so all we needed were some flowers to brighten the place up. Rachael at Sweet Peony was a godsend.

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She understood the style we wanted straight away and gave practical advice of how to achieve it without spending a fortune. The night before the wedding I popped into the shop and was blown away by the gorgeous scent and all the lovely blooms. I couldn’t wait to get hold of my bouquet!

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I wouldn’t say I’m a shy person but walking down the aisle in front of 100 family and friends was not my idea of a good time. The night before the wedding we had a quick rehearsal at the church with the bridesmaids and ushers. Even with just a few people there I hated it. But on the morning of the wedding something clicked and I couldn’t wait to get to the church (our guests will find this surprising given how late I was!) I loved every second of my entrance and was overwhelmed by all the lovely faces smiling back at me.

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But the best moment for the both of us has to be the car journey between the church and the venue. This is the first (and only) moment we had alone on our wedding day, the first as husband and wife.

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I know nothing about cars but have always had a soft spot for jaguars. The MKII we chose was so elegant and offered a little bit of isolation on a very busy day.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

I’m an incredibly fussy shopper and after spending every spare moment googling wedding dresses I concluded that the magical “dress moment” was not for me. As soon as I walked into Rachel Burgess’ Bridal Boutique I knew that was not the case.
The boutique is like a little bit of heaven. Rachel only stocks dresses that she loves, designed and made in Wales by wonderful local designers. I left my first appointment with three dresses I would have been absolutely thrilled to wear.
After 3 appointments (Rachel was very patient) I had chosen The One: Mable by E&W Couture. Sophie at E&W creates such beautiful dresses with really luxurious fabrics. I loved the way the tulle moved when I turned and I couldn’t stop prancing around the boutique! Rachel suggested I try a champagne slip instead of ivory which gave the dress an elegant vintage feel which was just perfect.

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As each dress is made to order Sophie tailored the dress exactly as I wanted it. My wedding was in April so I added some sheer sleeves and I simplified the cowl neckline to make sure my Mum’s pearl necklace stood out. It was magical to see my dress evolve from a basic calico mock up to the beautiful gown I would wear down the aisle.
Sophie and Rachel went above and beyond for me arranging as many appointments as I needed to feel comfortable and advising on everything from underwear to how to hold my bouquet! Sophie gave me off-cuts from my dress to use elsewhere. I decided to wrap a little bit of the tulle around the button-holes for my groom and Father-of-the-Bride as a first insight to what they could expect (which was obviously lost on them!) Unknown to me my Mum also approached the girls for some extra silk to make a beautiful cushion to surprise me with on the morning of the wedding. It was so unexpected and incredibly thoughtful.

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

My sisters have always been my best friends so having them next to me on my wedding day was non-negotiable but when I started to think about who I wanted to have around me on the morning of the wedding I knew I couldn’t do it without my pals Kate and Laura.

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Just 6 weeks before the wedding, we found out that the girls’ dresses had never been ordered! Luckily they pulled through and thanks to the amazing girls at Laura May Bridal new dresses were lined up and ordered within 48 hours. I didn’t need to lift a finger. From that moment, I knew that no matter what went wrong on the day, as long as I had my friends around me, all would be well.
For Richard, there was only one choice for best man, his best friend Charles. He came up trumps on the day!

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Why did you choose your venue?

When we first arrived at Pencoed House we fell in love with the way the long driveway felt like we were travelling down to our own little intimate hideout in the woods.
We wanted somewhere which had somewhere for us to stay with our immediate family at the end of the night and the elegantly decorated cottages were just the perfect place to rest our heads after a good old party.

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But the venue itself had to be the main attraction. The tall trees and the stone walls were the perfect backdrop to our reception. The hall was full of character and didn’t need any further decoration to bring the place to life.

Tell us about your photographer

I first met Sara Beaumont when she photographed my sister’s wedding in 2013. Sara lives in Worcester but her passion for South Wales means that she is more than happy to make the trip for the wedding.
It was important to us to have a photographer who made us feel at ease. What we loved about Sara was her calming effect and her wicked sense of humour. She is able to boss around unruly family members when needed without causing a fuss and the results are incredible (which is lucky as she only had 5 minutes to capture our group shots before the wedding breakfast!)

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How did the proposal happen? 

Poor Richard had to think up two proposals before he was able to pop the question. I am absolutely obsessed with decorating the house at Christmas so his original plan was to propose whilst helping me decorate the tree, substituting a bauble with the ring. Sadly for him, I was just too impatient and insisted on putting the decorations up before he had been able to collect the ring! He had to turn to plan B.
We were travelling home to Wales for Christmas when Richard took a detour to Stratford-upon-Avon where we had spent a lovely weekend at the beginning of our relationship. I had been moody all day and instantly felt guilty that he had arranged such a lovely surprise. He told me that he wanted a quiet night with just the two of us before we got home to a house full of family and friends. We walked through the town centre looking at the Christmas lights and ended up on a bridge over the river where we had taken a boat trip 5 years earlier. I first started to suspect something when he stopped to “take a photo” in the dark. As soon as the bridge was clear he dropped down on one knee and presented me with the most beautiful ring. I spent the rest of the night watching it twinkle in the Christmas lights completely gobsmacked that he would still propose after how miserable I had been all day!!!

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What was your first dance & why?

We chose 80s classic, Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen. It took me about 4 years to convince Richard to watch Dirty Dancing with me but in the end he loved it! We are not the best dancers so we wanted to pick something which would encourage others to join us on the dance floor.

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

Even though we knew exactly who was coming to the wedding, seeing everyone together was completely overwhelming and I wanted to thank everybody individually for coming to celebrate with us. Getting around everyone is so hard, the day speeds by and there are always people you don’t get chance to speak to. I would have liked more time to speak to everyone but then I wouldn’t change a single second of the day.

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Do you have any advice for future couples?

Make the most of your friends and family. We had amazing support from some really special people: my old school teacher and long-time family friend married us; Richard’s brother played the piano as I walked down the aisle and our friend Andy provided the musical entertainment whilst we signed the register. Uncle Robert was MC for the day, a family friend provided Yorkshire wool for Richard’s suit and my brother, Matthew designed the invitations and the order of service.

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Utilising the talents and enthusiasm of those around us not only helped us save on the costs of a professional but also added an irreplaceable personal feel to our day.

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

When we first got engaged, my parents sent us a card with a quote from Audrey Hepburn: The best thing to hold on to in life is each other. We have both grown up surrounded by strong marriages and understand that it’s not all a bed of roses. This card was a reminder of what it’s all about and that as long as we are a team, we can get through anything.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Spending time with family and friends was one of the best bits of planning the wedding. My dress appointments were the perfect opportunity to go home and spend time with my Mum and it was really nice to get together with my bridesmaids for dress shopping and the hen party.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Sara Beaumont Photography
Videographer: Silk Wedding Films 
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Catholic Church Bridgend 
Reception Venue: Pencoed House Estate 
Bride’s Dress: Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Rachel Simpson but found on ebay!
Bride’s Headpiece: Britten Weddings 
Bride’s Jewellery: Mum
Groom’s Outfit: Carl Stuart Bespoke Tailor 
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Laura May Bridal
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Etsy
Cake: Marks and Spencer
Flowers: Sweet Peony Floral
Hair: Rachel Mann (friend)
Make Up: Louise McCarthy (friend)
Band: Classic Soul Dogs
Stationery: I Do Designs 
Caterers: E J Catering 
Transport: Nev and Stella Padfield (now retired)
Other: Wool for Richard’s suit was provided by family friends, W.T.Johnson & Sons Limited 

The Wedding Album

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Midweek mini: Cerys & Chris

Today Cwtchers we have a stunning midweek mini from Cerys and Chris who got married in Pencoed House, Cardiff.  They let us have a glimpse at their favourite bits from their big day.

 

We got engaged on Christmas Day 2013. Being a teacher, I am creative so planning and making things started from the moment Chris popped the question.  Chris is very particular,  a bit of a perfectionist, a big food lover and cook so we wanted to make sure our big day reflected us completely.

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We did a bit of research early in the new year of 2014 but after visiting our first venue ‘Pencoed House Estate‘ we knew it was the perfect venue for us and did not look any further.

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With the venue sorted, I was keen to try on dresses. After numerous days of dress shopping and back and forth to Laura May (I just knew my dress was in their shop somewhere) and they picked out a dress which was ‘The One’ in everyway. The staff were amazing!

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The theme for our wedding was vintage. My mum and I spent most of our weekends in charity shops  and boot sales purchasing every bit of china we could find for the table decorations. Each female guest had a teacup candle and the table centres were crafted from china and wine glasses. Every item was handmade. Chris runs  his own CrossFit business (Gym) so he had the say on the male favours which were homemade paleo (healthy) fudge.

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We named each table to reflect the courage and strength that our families had shown during some very difficult times leading up to the wedding with illnesses and sadly some loses and for what we had achieved in our lives. ‘Faith, hope, love, live, laugh, dream, joy, peace, wish.’

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Chris made the table plan from palettes and frames and ensured that our choice of food for the wedding was the very best. Spiro’s catered for our big day and everything from the canapé’s to the hog roast in the evening was first class.

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I thought that sorting my dress was a hard task but Chris knew exactly what he wanted to wear; we just couldn’t find it, so that meant a few trips to London to Suit Supply who made his suit. He knew he wanted to be different and didn’t want to wear the typical wedding attire. We agreed that the groom should have something as special as a bride.

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Our florist Amanda French was the perfect floral stylist for the wedding and she understood what we were trying to achieve. My bouquet was beautiful and delicate, the table flowers complimented this and the button holes reflected Chris’ love for food and cooking with the rosemary touches.

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The wedding was personal in everyway. My brother performed an acoustic piece on his guitar during the ceremony and very close family friends sang during the signing of the register. They also performed our first dance and my brother wrote a song which he played as a surprise during the evening entertainment. All very emotional.

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The speeches were the highlight of the day for us. The bridesmaid’s even got involved and wrote their own version of the friends classic ‘I’ll be there for you’ and performed it on the balcony.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day and we were both so glad that we had done as much as we could ourselves. The positive feedback from guests about what a wonderful day they had was the icing on the cake for what a truly incredible day we had. One we will never forget!

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Real Wedding: Tony and Natasha’s winter wedding at Pencoed House, Cardiff

Want to see how a wedding professional ties the knot? Natasha is one of the directors of Empire Events (A wedding and event management company). She married her fiancé Tony on the 28th December 2013 at St Peter’s Church, Dinas Powys followed by a reception at Pencoed House, Cardiff. Lets hand you over to Natasha with all the lovely details. And many thanks to Imagine That Photography for taking these fabulous images.
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What was your budget? 

Getting married can be expensive but you can make it as expensive or as cost effective as you wish depending upon what means most to you. We decided there were some things that we would spend a little more on happily e.g. photography as those were our memories of the day and it was really worth it! But we did save on other items by doing things ourselves or sourcing things from the high street where possible too. I don’t think it is wise to get into debt for a wedding if you can help it and this is definitely something we were not willing to do. We set a budget at the start and listed everything in a spreadsheet we wanted and then worked out costs in order to stick to it as much as possible which we did. We spent 18 months saving up so we could afford everything we wanted! 

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How would you describe your wedding theme?

We decided when we got engaged (whilst skiing) that we wanted to continue this theme into our wedding and get married in the winter as we both love to ski and wanted a wintery feel to it. We decided on a winter luxury feel as we weren’t too keen on the ‘ Winter Wonderland’ theme as such but still wanted the wedding to have a nice cosy wintery feel. We decided (or rather I decided and Tony simply nodded along!) on white and silver as the colours as we felt it would give it a classy/ classic feel whilst also having a wintery touch. The one thing I knew was that I wanted was LOTS of sparkle. I am like a magpie when it comes to sparkle so it was an absolutely must! Lots of sparkly touches also made it feel ultra wintery. I had clear vision ( thanks to pinterest) of what I wanted the room to look like but I found it very hard to source some of the things I wanted. As we had 18months to plan our wedding, I started looking very early for items ( the Christmas before) and stockpiling anything I thought would be perfect for our white/silver/sparkle colour theme. As the room at the venue is so beautiful in it’s own right, I knew I wouldn’t have to decorate the room much if I didn’t want to so I decided that the main focus of the decoration would be the tables themselves.imagine_that_photography080I sourced items from suppliers where possible but if I couldn’t quite find what I wanted I went to the high street to buy some of them. Things I ended up buying were Sparkly table runners and cushions for the bar from H & M at Home and silver charger plates the Christmas prior from Home Bargains ( of all places!). I wanted a complete sparkly sequin table cloth for my top table only as I had the table runners for the guest tables and I had a nightmare trying to source this. Since the wedding, I have noticed there are now lots of suppliers hiring these out however when I was looking there was nothing I could find both locally and nationally. I was very set on what I wanted so I then looked at getting it made. In the UK, it was a nightmare to find the correct material and someone to make it without it costing the earth so it was then I looked on etsy.com and found a great little company in the USA with great reviews so I put my order in and 3 weeks later it arrived and was absolutely perfect! I am now planning on using it again for Christmas parties so it wasn’t a completely extravagant purchase ( that is what I keep telling myself and Tony!)imagine_that_photography079


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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

I think it is impossible to choose a favourite/ best part as the whole day was absolutely magical – from getting ready with the bridesmaids to the first dance however, I think there are three parts we loved the most:
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1. The ceremony as this was the most special part of the day. We had a lovely traditional ceremony in our beautiful local church and it was so lovely to share it with each other and everyone we love! It was important to me to have a religious ceremony.

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3. Spending the day with all our family and friends made it so magical and special. For both of us, the wedding was a first for a while in both families so everyone made the most of the day and enjoyed every second.

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?

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We had quite a large wedding party. It was actually rather funny as our Master of Cermonies remarked after our ‘thank you’s’ in the speeches that it was like the film awards as it went on for so long. We are very lucky we had so many people to thank! I chose 5 bridesmaids who were a mixture of friends and family and a flower girl. I chose my business partner Sophie as my Maid of Honour, my best friend from university Catherine and my 3 cousins, Claire, Charlotte and Danielle as well as my close friends little girl Ava as our flower girl.

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Why did you choose your venue?

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When we got engaged, my first thought turned to the venue as I know they get booked up so far in advance and we didn’t want to be fighting for a date. Working in the industry myself, I found it difficult initially to choose as there are lots of really wonderful venues with fantastic staff and beautiful settings. We wanted something unique, where none of our friends/ family had seen that was fairly central and that had fantastic staff to ensure the smooth running of the day. I came across Pencoed House Estate online and we booked in to see it straight away. We loved it instantly when we saw it, the barn is beautiful, it has beautiful grounds, the family are so lovely and accommodating whilst the venue is also very central. I also loved the fact we could stay in their beautiful cottage on site too – it was perfect! I love the fact it has such a high end feel whilst also being relaxed and welcoming. The other thing that won it over for me was the attention to detail by the family, they were wonderful and I really made our day perfect! The day ran seamlessly and I was so pleased we had picked such a wonderful place.  imagine_that_photography061

How did the proposal happen? 

I have to say, Tony got it just right with the proposal and I loved it! My mum and her partner live in the mountains in the Pyrenees in France and we go there every winter season to see them and to ski with our family. We had spent the week skiing with our family and it was an absolutely fantastic week with great weather so we were really enjoying our time as a family. We got to the last day of the trip and set out as normal as a group of 8 of us heading up the ski lifts to the top of the mountain. Tony kept asking me if we could perhaps ski on our own for a little while but me being the awkward one suggested we stick with everyone as it was the last day and I love skiing with my family. Obviously I had no idea what he had planned! When we all got off the top of the lift, Tony asked me to stop for a moment and help him put his knee brace on ( he sometimes wears one whilst skiing) but I was anxious to get going so he literally had to beg me to stop for a moment ( I was a nightmare and I do feel terrible for it now). I begrudgingly agreed to wait a moment and told everyone else to ski on so they didn’t have to wait for us. Next thing I knew, Tony had taken his skis off and what I thought, had fallen over ( but I now know he was getting on to one knee) he unwrapped his knee brace and there was a box inside – it was at that point my heart stopped as I knew what was coming next. He asked me to marry him and of course I accepted, much to the amusement of the french onlookers who clapped away. I felt terrible for being so mean and impatient but I was genuinely not expecting it. He proposed with a costume jewellery ring so I could choose one I wanted when we got back but I still wore it until that time. After he proposed we skied on down the mountain to find everyone and tell them the good news and they were delighted of course but also had no idea and were annoyed they had not seen it. We enjoyed the rest of the day skiing and sipping champagne! I also later found out he had asked my Dad for my hand in marriage ( funnily enough at one of our wedding fayres) which was lovely as I am quite traditional like that.imagine_that_photography097

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?

Tony and I did quite a few things ourselves but also used lots of wonderful suppliers too, to take the pressure off! As we chose the weekend between Christmas and New Year to get married we spent Christmas 2013 getting crafty and finishing things off for the wedding. I wanted some sparkly table numbers for the tables but again I couldn’t find these to hire at the time. I noticed that Hobby Craft sold plain quite sturdy cardboard numbers for only £2 each so I thought I would give it a go and make them sparkly myself. I then bought some strong PVA and some glitter and just as you did when you were five years old in play school, I covered each number in PVA and glitter and then left to dry. I built it up in layers to make sure it was fully covered but I think you can see from the pictures they turned out great and I was really delighted with them ( although we are still finding glitter in our house!). imagine_that_photography074We also made some pew bows for the pews in our church. We were very lucky as we got married at Christmas time, there was already lots of floral decorations in the church so we deiced against flowers but thought it would be nice to add some bows to the pews. I bought a roll of organza and a roll of satin ribbon from whittingtons on Bessember road in Cardiff and we cut and tied them ourselves into bows. It is a fantastic little floristy supplies shop but sells some great little wedding bits too at very reasonable prices. imagine_that_photography042I also tied satin ribbons around all the napkins and added a crystal peg which secured the name tags in place. I bought the satin ribbon again from whittingtons, the pegs were from good old ebay and the name tags I did have done professionally. imagine_that_photography077

What was your first dance & why?

I left Tony to decide this as we didn’t really have ” a song” but we definitely wanted to do a first dance and we didn’t want something super cheesy or traditional. In the end, we kind of chose two – one for us on our own and one for our family and friends to join in! We chose the song based on the words and we wanted something that everyone recognised. We chose Teenage Dreams by Katy Perry but the Boyce Avenue acoustic version, the second one for everyone to join in was Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac. we also chose a ‘ Last dance’ of the night which was I can’t help falling in love with you by Elvis Presley. imagine_that_photography096

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?

I really don’t think there is! We loved every second on the day and were lucky enough to share it with everyone we love and care about and that meant more to us than anything else. If we could have magical powers and paused the day/ slowed the day down it would have been even more perfect but I think that is what all couples wish for! Obviously there are a million and one different themes etc we could have chosen as there are so many lovely options around and lots and lots of choice however we did what was right for us and would not change anything for the world. imagine_that_photography098

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Having been through the whole process now first hand rather than just being an observer I would definitely say to future couples to simply enjoy the day and don’t get too hung up on things going wrong/ pleasing people as it really is your one special day and it is over in a flash. At the end of the day, you are there with the person you love, making a lifelong commitment and cheesy as it sounds it really is the most important part! It is very easy to get carried away with everything. Something that I really appreciated looking back at our day was spending as much time as possible together on the day. Tony made a conscious effort all day to grab my hand and go and talk to guests together or have a drink together as we had been told by other couples you often don’t spend too much time together as you spend so much time speaking to your guests. Obviously it is important to speak to all your guests but my memories of our day are spending it with Tony and doing as much as possible together which was lovely. The last bit of advice I have is, I really think it is worth investing money in professionals to help your day go as smoothly as possible and relieve you from the stress. Being a bit of a control freak and highly organised myself, I did worry about handing over the reigns of my one special day to other people as it is usually me on the other side of the fence running weddings for others. I can honestly say, spending that little bit extra and researching fabulous suppliers really paid off and I was totally relaxed the whole time. imagine_that_photography068

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?

We had a lovely bit of advice from my Dad on our Wedding day in his speech and he framed it for us so we always have a special reminder of our day. It was “A Wedding recipe for the future” and is based on baking a cake! Here it is:

– 1/2 lb good looks
– 1lb sweet temper
– 1lb butter of youth
– 1lb blindness of faults
– 1lb of wit
– 1lb of good humour
– 2lb of sweet argument
– 1 pint of rippling laughter
– 1 wine glass of common sense
– a dash of modesty

Put the love, good looks and sweet temper into a well furnished house.
Beat the butter of youth into a cream, and mix well together with the blindness of faults. Stir the wit and good humour into the sweet argument and then add rippling laughter and common sense.
Work the whole thing together until everything is well mixed, and bake gently forvever…xximagine_that_photography089

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I know planning a wedding involves a lot of stress and time however I loved every moment of it! As I am involved in the industry it was so lovely being on the other side of the table but I did feel a lot of pressure to get it right. I am very lucky to know so many wonderful suppliers who helped make my day amazing. I don’t know if I can pick a favourite thing, but I loved the build up to the event and getting everyone involved in the day. Pinterest became my best friend! I pretty much planned the whole look of the wedding simply by spending time looking at ideas and photos online – there is so many amazing ideas online! I think for me, putting all the detail together was my favourite bit as well as buying a present for Tony to open on the morning of the wedding and personal gifts for people we wanted to thank. imagine_that_photography063

 

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