Real Wedding: Eric and Jemma’s Rustic Wedding

Happy Friday everyone!

And speaking of happy, this is such a smiley wedding for you to start off your weekend! Todays Real Wedding of Eric and Jemma’s rustic wedding, is superb.  The couple really couldn’t stop showing how overjoyed they were to be marrying each other.

Shot by Cross-Jones Photography, this wedding will really bring smile on your face!  Over to Jemma and Eric to tell you all about their lovely day.

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Eric and Jemma’s Rustic Wedding


How would you describe your wedding theme?

Our wedding theme was rustic

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

Jemma: Every moment was truly magical, from the moment I arrived at Oxwich Bay, to walking down the isle with my father & seeing Eric looking very handsome in his suit.

We had amazing adventures on the beach throughout the day and were able to capture and cherish beautiful memories with close family & friends. There is honestly not one thing I would have wished to have changed.

Eric: For me I have to say that my most favourite part of our wedding day is when I stood at the alter, a bag of nerves, with my brother by my side. The harpist was playing, I turned around and saw Jem for the first time, my heart skipped a beat and I nearly started to cry. I felt amazing, my wife looked stunning as she does everyday, but on this day she blew me away. I feel like the luckiest man alive.

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Tell us about your Wedding Dress

As a child you can only dream of a fairytale wedding with a princess dress, this made my dream complete. I had a very specific creation in mind and I was able to turn it into a reality, with the help & support of Lorraine Stone, Truly Scrumptious, a bridal boutique in North Cornelly.
I wanted a dress that was truly unique & every little detail of my dress was a part of me, from the finer flower lace detail & the colour to the magnificent grand bow at the back at the dress which was inspired from my shoes.


The dress fittings were also an opportunity to spend quality time with my beautiful mum, which helped us throughout our incredible wedding journey. The both of us decided to have daffodils on the table for the wedding day as they remind me of beautiful memories with my grandmother, therefore we spent time flower arranging together too.

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

Eric: I choose my brother, Trevor, as I look up to him, not only is he my brother but he is my best friend. Trev is an awesome dad to his 4 girls and a fantastic husband. A great role model. Therefore I couldn’t pick a better person to stand by me on my big day.


Jemma: We both knew that we were going to have 4 beautiful flower girls, they were Eric’s Nieces:Nakisha, Tia, Lexi & Amelia.Then my 2 gorgeous nephew’s as page boys: Mason & Harley. This made it complete and they were all truly stars on the day. Well Done & a BIG thank you. We love you lots & lots.


Why did you choose your venue?

Eric:  Oxwich Bay has amazing memories from my childhood, from when my parents took me there as a child playing on the beach, it was simply perfect for us as we spend alot of time down there now as a couple. I love being outdoors and exploring amazing adventures together which I know will continue throughout time.


Jemma: We spend alot of time walking our pooch down the Gower, when we looked at venues the Oxwich Bay captured everything we could have dreamed of. The outdoors is just surrounded by natural beauty, with the sound of the ocean and the feel of the sand between your toes.


Tell us about your photographer

Eric: Cross-Jones Photography, Jon & Chantelle, were truly exceptional & we couldn’t have wished for anyone else to capture our magical moments on our wedding day. We were able to explore the surroundings of the Oxwich Bay Hotel with their support throughout the day to capture beautiful memories that will always be with us.

Jemma: We had photographs in the gardens with beautiful blossom trees enhancing our photos, but we had spectacular adventures down the beach including climbing rocks in my heels!
We cant thank Jon & Chantelle enough for everything they captured on our wedding day.

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How did the proposal happen? 

PARIS….. At the top of the Eiffel Tower!!!

Remembering it like it was yesterday.  It was a very hot sunny day, 37 degree’s to be exact, we had waited a considerable amount of time to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower. When we arrived at the top it was very busy, we had a glass of champagne and was admiring the views over Paris.

The next moment the waves of people seem to vanish & Eric got down on one knee with a stunning engagement ring in the shape of the tower. A lot of thought had obviously gone into the whole proposal, so I’m a very lucky girl.


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

Where to start on how we selected everything for our enchanting journey on our magical wedding day, below we have highlighted where we have sourced many items that may have been small however once they all came together created the bigger picture and formed a very incredible day for us both to share with our close family & friends….

The Wedding Favours had a very special meaning to us we supported 2 charities close to our hearts: Cancer Charity, where we purchased scratch cards & TY Hafan Pin Badges & Hessian bags which we used to create for children’s activity packs. Jemma currently works at Ty Hafan, Children’s Hospice as an Outreach Play Practitioner, therefore has a close connection at the hospice and in communities accross Wales with the children & families she works with and supports.

What was your first dance & why?

For our first dance song we choose, Shane Filan / Beautiful In White, the words were perfect, and we both fell in love with the song the first time we heard it, we listened to millions of love songs, but none came close.
It felt like we were in our own bubble, with the sounds of cheers and happiness as we danced through the song. It was followed by the bride dancing with her father which shared the journey.

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

Honestly, absolutely nothing, the wedding day was enchanting and we both had a magical day, there were lots of smiles & laughter with our close family & friends, some of which travelled far and wide from England & Scotland.


Do you have any advice for future couples?

Enjoy every moment of your magical day, and take time to capture a moment together, we have created forever memories from our day that we will treasure forever.

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

We have known each other for 15 years now, and have been good friends through that time, advice from others has been to keep smiling like we do & to be happy. Instead of a guest book we asked our family and friends to write down their most memorable place that they had been too, so that we can visit those places to create memorable moments also on our journey together, so we have some incredible adventures now to complete.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Eric: Jem was fantastic, she was so organised & in my opinion she could have a future job in wedding planning, but I know she is doing her dream job at present at TY Hafan. The food tasting was amAzing, to have the opportunity to spend time at Oxwich Bay with my future wife made me feel complete & I had never had that before.

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Jemma: We worked well as a team, ideas were created by talking to each other & if something wasn’t feeling quite right we would make the decision together to change it. We had a lovely day shopping with our nieces and nephews, both were wearing their clothing / shoes from Ted Baker & Next, and looked adorable.
However at times it was difficult as I had to keep things a secret from Eric, not only was my dress a surprise, but Eric had no idea about my Unique bouquet, or his buttonhole, made personally from buttons & brooches, which was exceptionally made with love by Leesa, from I <3 Buttons.

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The Suppliers

Photographer: Cross-Jones Photography
Ceremony Venue: Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower
Reception Venue: Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower
Bride’s Dress: Lorraine Stone, Truly Scrumptious Bridal Boutique
Bride’s Shoes: Forbidden Heels
Bride’s Headpiece: Flo & Percy
Bride’s Jewellery: Fraser Hart
Groom’s Outfit: French Connection
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Ted Baker
Cake: Trellis Confectionery Port Talbot
Flowers: Jemma and her Mum
Hair: Antonia, Maples Hair & Beauty, Pyle
Make Up: Jodie Amner
DJ: Hotel Resident DJ
Stationery: Inspire Me Designs 
Any Reception Decor/Props: NiVi Designs

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Bride To Be Diaries: Our Rustic Bride Saves Money

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 Weddings are expensive and today Our Rustic Bride is telling us about how she has been cutting down on the costs. Over to you Kristy! Our Rustic Bride The countdown continues…149 days!! This month we have COMPLETED operation “plan a … Continue reading

Rachel and Stewart’s Rustic Woodland Wedding by Rocksalt Photography

Today’s real wedding is by the amazing from Rocksalt Photography. Can you believe this beautiful bride to be even organised her wedding date around Hannah’s availability! I love Rachel and Stewart’s rustic woodland wedding and all the homemade touches. I hope you love it as much as I do… makes me long for some sunshine on my skin.Come on summer we are waiting for you….Enjoy! ~ KateRach_Stew-184Rach_Stew-166

How would you describe your wedding theme?

A rustic woodland wedding, if that makes sense… I’m a farmer’s daughter and my husband is a carpenter so I wanted to incorporate these aspects of our lives in the wedding as they are very important to us. I even had acorn jewellery made as Stew is slightly obsessed with oak and I thought it would be a subtle nod to his profession!Rach_Stew-1

What was your favourite part of your wedding?

It was lovely to have family and friends all in one place and mingling so well together. Stew also left me gobsmacked (quite literally!) as he’d arranged for a aeroplane to fly overhead with a ‘congratulations’ banner, which was pretty cool!Rach_Stew-263

Tell us about your Wedding Dress

If I’m honest, I was dreading the process of finding a wedding dress! I imagined six foot modelesque women scrutinizing me but the reality was quite different… Once I got started, I loved it and got slightly carried away travelling as far as Leicester to try specific designers and dresses I’d seen in magazines. Poor mam! I knew I wanted floral lace, a pretty back and a bow (random, I know) but I couldn’t find ‘The One’ – and that was the problem. I didn’t get that feeling where I knew this one dress was it. In fact, I’d tried my dress on quite a few times as it kept re-appearing wherever we went and every time I tried it on I loved it more and more. In the end, I went back to Shropshire Country Brides where I’d first seen my Mori Lee number. Sam (the owner’s daughter) added a belt from another dress to mine and suddenly the choice was easy. Decision made, at last!Rach_Stew-202Rach_Stew-84

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

Stew chose two school friends as his best men and his nephews as page boys. I chose my best friend Elain and my husband’s sister Sam as the bridesmaids, and my nieces as flower girls.Rach_Stew-237

Why did you choose your venue?

I always wanted to marry in the local chapel and had my heart set on a reception at home on the family farm. Dad did have concerns about it raining and ruining the day but my brother convinced me to stick to my guns. I thought I was going to regret that decision in the week leading up to the wedding as it poured down and the floor of the marquee was soaked on the Tuesday. Someone must have been watching over us as we ended up having fantastic weather! We wanted a ‘smart casual’ feel to the marquee so we decided not to have lining and to use festoon lights instead of chandeliers. We really liked the idea of creating different spaces so we divided the area using a small picket fence and created a floral archway, which could double up as a backdrop for photographs if it rained (not that we needed to worry in the end).Rach_Stew-156Rach_Stew-340

Tell us about your photographer

Hannah (Rocksalt) was the only photographer for me and her availability actually determined the date of our wedding. She understood what we wanted from our first meeting and made us both feel relaxed on the day. She kept things moving; so much so we were ahead of schedule! We had Leri (Leri Lane Photography) as a second photographer and she was a fantastic addition, capturing moments in the boys’ household that would have otherwise been missed.Rach_Stew-183

How did the proposal happen?

Stew proposed while we were on holiday in Austria. We were skiing the last run on the last day when Stew said he’d go on ahead down a black run and I could meet him at the bottom of the red run (yes, I was tired and wingeing by this point and wanted the easiest route!) After tackling a mountain of ice, I took off my helmet and had a bit of a rant before realising that Stew had fallen. I went over only to discover that he had a ring in hand and was actually on one knee and about to propose. By this point the slopes were empty so it was just the two of us, which made it all the more special.Rach_Stew-435

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

I took advantage of my family and friends’ many hobbies and talents! Mam and Stew’s mum made the wedding cake while my auntie Sarah decorated it. Auntie Lucy and uncle Paul created the confetti cones using doilies, and turned the place name cards into favours by filling tiny plastic bags with wild flower seeds. My teaching friends were stars too: one created a Welsh verse to accompany the favours, another created activity booklets for the page boys and flower girls, and the D.T teacher helped me design wooden thank you plaques and created table numbers and the order of the day on pieces of oak. Stew, his workers and our neighbour Bill made so many things including the centrepieces, the signposts, the pathway leading to the marquee, the archway and fencing inside, and even a wooden post box. The list goes on and on and there are more people to thank than there’s room to mention here…Rach_Stew-280Rach_Stew-292

What was your first dance & why?

We chose Shania Twain’s Still the One – as cheesy as it sounds, the lyrics fitted us perfectly as we first got together in 2001, and good old Shania was a favourite when I was in my teens.Rach_Stew-311

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

Yes! I would have set a deadline for us all to finish preparations the day before. I’d planned for a few close friends to stay over so we could watch Bridesmaids and have a few Proseccos. Instead, we worked on the marquee until 12.30am and I sat in bed writing thank you cards at 2am. Stew and the boys were still busy adding final touches on the morning of the wedding so he only arrived at the chapel at 11.30am and had no time to welcome guests. Oops! Another last minute panic to avoid is the process of creating invitations. Finalising a design, producing and proofreading the text, and compiling addresses takes a lot of time, especially when you’re producing them in Welsh and English!Rach_Stew-363Rach_Stew-278

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Share the experience (or at least ask him what he thinks, and take on board what he tells you even if you don’t like it!) The groom can sometimes be forgotten and I really liked the idea of the day being a reflection of Stew and his interests, as well as mine.Rach_Stew-417

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

We’ve been given a lot of little pieces of advice along the way… I would say to be supportive of each other’s ambitions and leave plenty of room for laughter. (But don’t laugh at their ambitions, that wouldn’t be a good idea…!)Rach_Stew-205

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

Planning a wedding can be daunting but I was overwhelmed by the kindness of my friends and close family who were so supportive and excited to help. I took every opportunity to include them so it was great to take time out of our otherwise hectic lives to spend together. The National Wedding Shows were also a lot of fun, giving us the chance to look around and be inspired (aka pinch ideas), as well as have afternoon tea and champagne ‘to celebrate’ each time!Rach_Stew-208Rach_Stew-172

The Suppliers

Photographer: Rocksalt Photography
Ceremony Venue: Hen Gapel, Llanbrynmair
Reception Venue: Marquee at on my parents’ farm – Cwmffynnon, Pandy, Llanbrynmair
Bride’s Dress: Shropshire Country Brides 
Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow Club (through Elegant Steps
Bride’s Headpiece: Shropshire Country Brides
Bride’s Jewellery: Amanda Cox
Groom’s Outfit: Slaters Cardiff
Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Amanda Cox 
Cake: Homemade
Flowers: Bizzy Lizzy’s, Llanidloes
Make Up: Leah Sims
DJ: Timmy T
Stationery: Eaton Stationery 
Caterers: Roslin Catering 
Any Reception Decor/Props: myphotobooth 

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Real Wedding: Ceri & Jon’s Rustic Country Wedding by Hepburn Photography

This weeks real wedding feature is a stunning rustic country wedding courtesy of Ceri & Jon. They were married on the 27th April 2013 at Glangrwney Court, Crickhowell and had the lovely Hepburn Photography on hand to capture most of the day :) 

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It was the day after Boxing Day and we’d planned to do a walk on Pen Y Fan. On the morning Jon was being a bit odd, asking where my toothbrush was as I might want to freshen up after the walk and other little odd things, but I didn’t really take any notice of it at the time. What I didn’t know was that he was trying to pack me an overnight bag! We did the walk on Pen Y Fan and the weather wasn’t brilliant – lots of rain and fog and we got to the top and couldn’t see anything! Then on the way down, he took us ‘off piste’ , going down a steep edge of the mountain to take me to his secret waterfall where he used to go as a kid. It was a very arduous climb down to the waterfall and really cold, so when we got there, we sat on a rock and had some leftover xmas dinner sandwiches watching the waterfall. It was really beautiful and I knew something was going on, when he suddenly turned to me and said lets go and make a wish at the waterfall and produced a coin from his pocket. He has never done or said anything like that before so in that moment I pretty much knew what was about to happen! We went to the edge of the waterfall and he got me to throw the coin in and make a wish, and whilst I was doing that he got down on one knee and asked me if I would do him the honour of becoming his wife! To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement so I just hugged him and forgot to answer, so he had to ask again! Of course, I said yes, and then we spent the hour’s walk back to the car basically planning out our dream wedding, which is pretty much what we ended up having! He then whisked me off to Gliffaes hotel where he’d booked a room with a 4 poster bed and we had a romantic dinner. It was perfect in every way.

What was your Wedding budget?  £12000

How would you describe your wedding theme?

It was a country, rustic theme really – lots of lace, hay bales, natural looking flowers…. with a cream, green and pink colour scheme. We wanted it just to look relaxed and natural and to just reflect us and what we love.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding?

There are so many favourite parts that its hard to choose just one. I loved every bit of the getting ready process in the morning. I found the build up really surreal and exciting at the same time and everyone commented on how calm and serene I was but I was nervous inside.

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So, to try and shake off the last nerves before I put my wedding dress on, I grabbed 2 of my bridesmaids and best friends and we put the Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ on and rocked out. It totally worked and made us all laugh, so then I was ready to step into the dress and go get married!

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The favourite part of the actual ceremony for me was saying ‘I do’ and as well as sealing the vows with a kiss we also high fives each other, and just that overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by everyone we love and having just promised commitment and love to each other, was just incredible and that feeling and memory will stay with us forever.

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And a special mention has to go to my gorgeous, romantic and comfortable dress. My mum amazingly bought me the dress as her wedding gift, and she’s the most beautiful garment I have ever, or will ever wear. Lacey, fitted, floaty and just ‘me’. I enjoyed every minute I got to wear her, I love the way she made me feel so beautiful and elegant and yet free and a little boho. And I hope to put her on again one day to recapture some of that feeling! (I bought the dress from a fantastic little boutique in Richmond where the ladies were so friendly and honest and its the Garbo dress by Charlotte Balbier but I customised it by adding silk covered buttons all down the back (my mum’s fab idea – thanks mum!), and removing a crystal empire line detail to keep it simpler.)

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

I picked my 4 best friends to be my ‘she-wolves’ as I ended up calling them (and still do now – the name stuck!). 3 of them, Tammy, Becky and Cathy have been my best girls since school and I’ve known them longer than I haven’t and 1 is a great friend I made through working in TV.

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I was so proud to have them on my team and they went above and beyond in their duties. Cathy took photos all day from a wedding party perspective and as we only had Nanette doing the professional photos until 5pm, Cathy diligently took over in the evening and captured all of the wedding breakfast and dancing festivities too. Becky made 82 napkin favours out of different vintage, country fabric I’d sourced and they were such a hit that people were trading them between each other and trying to scoop up any spares left on the tables afterwards! Tammy and Becky also did a speech during the wedding breakfast and did me very proud, and Nikki gave an absolutely heart warming and incredibly honest speech during the ceremony, even quoting from Ryan Gosling which was spot on!

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We were quite specific about our venue requirements, and Glangrwyney ticked all of the boxes. We wanted a country house style feel with a barn, and wanted to do the ceremony and reception all in one place and have accommodation on the same site for the wedding party to stay. When we saw the amazing house and gardens of Glancourt we fell in love. Its the right mix of shabby chic and vintage with the most incredible natural views of the mountains and wild flowers, that we knew we felt at home there. The mix of rooms and cottages for people to stay were just brilliant, and the staff and owners were so relaxed and friendly and helpful, the whole process was a delight.

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We loved the simplicity of the barn and that we could use it for the ceremony and then the reception and then make it into a giant dance floor! It kept everything so intimate and relaxed.
Stress-free was a major priority for us and it was, plus we think the place is a bargain!

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

The whole wedding was very D.I.Y, as we not only wanted to make the most of our budget, but I also wanted to do as much as we could ourselves as I think it makes it more personal and is definitely more satisfying to see something you’ve worked on being admired by guests.
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I did my own flowers, which everyone told me I was crazy for doing but it totally calmed me actually and gave me a focus and was lots of fun! I’ve since gone on to set up a flowers and cake business with a very good friend, and my wedding was basically the dress rehearsal to see if we could pull it off! I had some invaluable help in the planning and ordering of the flowers from my lovely local florist where we live in Balham, London, Lisa at The Flower Sanctuary, and I cannot thank her enough for all the help and advice she gave me, and for making the buttonholes to give me a little less to do! I loved doing the flowers the day before with my team of family and friends helpers!

My dad and Jon’s parents were in charge of re-potting the herbs and bay tress that lined the entrance ways and wedding breakfast tables and I made all of the other arrangements from little posey arrangements in recycled jars and bottles, to large jug arrangements using jugs borrowed from my mum and the venue, to the bouquets for me and the bridesmaids. (These I finished off on the morning of the wedding which was actually a great way to make me think of something other than how I looked for a part of the morning, which was ideal for me to keep me relaxed and centred). The best thing about doing table floral arrangements in recycled glass jars and bottles was that I was able to give lots away after the wedding as thank you gifts to anyone who had helped.

Hepburn wedding Photography0066My sis in law and some friends tied sprigs of lavender to the napkin favours my best friend had made and attached a name tag that I had written and stamped our initials and tree logo onto the back of, and they looked beautiful. Such a simple idea but really effective. I would recommend doing something like this. I just used everyday manila luggage tags and lots of twine to attach them – cost very little, but looked great.
Hepburn wedding Photography0071I found Etsy an indispensable source of inspiration and help too. I got paper bird garlands, lace bunting, wooden birds, dried flower corsages for the mums (so that they could keep them after the wedding) and the bridesmaids necklaces from different sellers on the site, and the prices were really reasonable and all of the sellers really lovely to deal with and happy to customise anything for me. I knew I wanted to make our save the date cards and invites ourselves and we really liked a stamp effect, so I found a lady who owned an Etsy shop called stamp online who I commissioned to make us 3 stamps, 1 with all the save the date details, 1 for the invites and 1 that had a tree logo ( as I was marrying an Elms!) and our initials and the date, which we ended up using to stamp on all of the napkin favours and on the envelopes for the invites which added a really great personal touch. We bought recycled card and then printed out inserts with all the wedding details on and spent an evening stapling and gluing them all together. We felt really proud with the end result and everyone commented how lovely and natural they looked and totally summed up what the wedding was going to be all about. It costs very little to get your own stamps made and then you just buy 1 big ink pad and its still going now and you’ve got the stamps to keep as a memento so I’d recommend looking into this as a cheaper and more sustainable options than going to an expensive printers.

Hepburn wedding Photography0002We also got our table numbers done by another great seller on the site, I knew I wanted it to look like the invites, so on recycled brown card, with a stamped tree, number and quote from a song that tied into the number and the seller that made them for us totally got the brief and made some fab table numbers which we then just put in a herb pot. They went down a treat!

Hepburn wedding Photography0068Other things we d.i.y’ed were, I got all the wedding guests to keep any nice looking jam jars, bottles, vases etc… and then my bridesmaids came over for a weekend, and we filled the bath up and scrubbed the glassware to get any labels off, then used craft glue spots to attach different ribbons to the bottles and jars to make them look prettier and more vintage, and these were then filled with small flower posies and used as table arrangements on the tables for the wedding meal. They looked utterly charming and were a big talking point amongst the guests.

I also collected mini San Pelligrono glass water bottles from work which I ended up lining up in the windowsills of the venue and filling with single stemmed flowers which looked brilliant. Recycling and getting your family and friends to help you collect things is a great way to make everyone feel involved and get some free decorations!
Hepburn wedding Photography0003What was your first dance & why?

We ummed and ahhed for ages over this, but in the end, we chose ‘Rise’ by Eddie Vedder. its a gentle, acoustic song by one of our favourite artists and its from a film soundtrack that we both really love and always reminds us of being outdoors in breath taking scenery (i.e Wales!). It was also short and sweet as we didn’t want to be dancing on our own for long!

One of the most important moments for me was also being able to walk down the aisle to my favourite song of all time, Pearl jam’s ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ – its an emotional and uplifting song for me, and I’d always thought of the section in my head when I wanted to reach Jon after walking down the aisle, but having never practised the actual length of the walk I didn’t think it would actually happen on the day. But, as serendipity would have it, I got to Jon at the exact section of the song i had wanted to – clearly it was all meant to be!

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

Absolutely not. We did it our way with lots of help from family friends and it turned out better than we could ever have hoped. The only thing we’d like to do, is do it again! (Oh, and if there was one thing actually, I had wanted to wear a flower crown or some flowers in my hair originally and then changed my mind, partly out of easing up the amount of flowers i had to do!, but in hindsight I wish I had made a small flower crown to wear for the ceremony.) If that’s the only regret though, I think we did good!

Do you have any advice for future couples?

Don’t be pressured to do anything or make any decisions that aren’t right for the two of you. If a family member wants you to have something that you don’t, like a certain type of cake for example, just be kind but be firm, and say no. Always remember its your wedding, so do it your way.

However, involve people as much as possible and use every offer of help – people love to feel a part of your big day and you’ll be grateful of the help too! (Plus its a good way of keeping costs down and because your friends and family know you, their input just makes it all the more special). We made a list of everyone we knew who might be able to help out with the wedding and ended up using them all which made the whole affair much more personal and interactive. My uncle and cousin dj’d the disco and went down a storm, our close friend Polly did an amazing job doing not only my bridal hair on the day but also did 4 beautiful up do’s for my bridesmaids. Hepburn wedding Photography0031

My mum and aunty made hundreds of Welsh cakes to serve for the evening guests, a close family friend made our wedding cake for us, my bridesmaid took extra photos in the day and evening and 2 of our friends filmed the ceremony and speeches for us on their iPhones – a simple gesture but a huge saving as we didn’t want a wedding video as such but we did want to be able to listen to those two parts again in the future.

Be realistic about your budget early on too. Work out what you want to spend the most money on – i.e the dress, the venue, the food… and then try and find d.i.y ways of doing the other stuff that will mean you can spend more on the things you think are more important.

Lastly, make sure your wedding dress is comfortable! You have to sit in, stand it in, dance in it, eat in it, drink a lot of fizz in it (bloating!), sweat in it and look good in it so its really one of the hardest working pieces of clothing you’ll ever buy! Don’t be tempted to buy too small or too tight and ‘hope you’ll get into it’ – that’s too much pressure to put on yourself at a time when there is enough going on, so buy it in the right size, get it tailored to you and remember to leave room to eat and drink. I made sure I could bust out my signature dance move in mine before committing to buy and I knew it was ‘the ‘ dress because I burst in to tears when i saw myself in it! (as did my mum and best friend and the shop owner!).

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

The best advice was just to keep loving and respecting each other, and keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past 7 years. He’s my best friend and I’m his and that’s what makes us work.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?

I loved every single detail of the planning. I especially loved designing the flowers and decorations side of it and even drew sketches of how I wanted the barn room to look for the ceremony and the reception. I knew exactly what I wanted and enjoyed the process of working out how to achieve that.

My nan and uncle unfortunately passed away before the wedding, but I loved finding a way to have them with us by hanging vintage photo frames of them on their wedding days in the venue.

I also loved writing and designing our invites and programmes with Jon – he designed an amazing tree logo of the front cover with our fav open and fav song lyrics as the branches and leaves of the trees. It was amazing to see him create something so incredible just for us, and we had a lot of fun writing the biogs for our bridesmaids (she-wolves) and ushers (wolf pack).

And I loved getting to spend so much time with family and friends all coming together to get something done – they were invaluable in helping us set up the barn for the wedding the day before and equally to help us clear it all up again the day after, collect glass jars and bottles for the flowers and generally show their love for us by helping out in whatever way they could. We cannot thank them enough!


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Real Wedding: Jess & Tim’s Fun & Country Vintage Wedding by Rasa Mombeini

Remember Jess and Tim’s engagement shoot? We’ve got their wedding on the blog today, yay! Together they decided on a country vintage theme for their wedding, with quirky fun element like custom Converse shoes! :) Big thanks to Rasa Mombeini for submitting their wedding :)

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What was your budget? Budget was £10,000 including honeymoon. But we spent a bit more – £12,000.

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How would you describe your wedding theme? Fun and country vintage.

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What was your favourite part of your wedding? All of it but the first dance was really fun!

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Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? My bridesmaids were my two sisters, my cousin and three friends – they are all amazing and they have all been an important part of my life.

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Why did you choose your venue? We had both been to the camp there when we were younger so it had special memories for us both :)

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How did the proposal happen?  We were walking on the Three Cliffs beach. Around the corner was hidden a picnic basket with champagne and a rose, surrounded by bamboo torches. In the sand was written “Marry me” and the engagement ring box was on top of a pile of sand.
Tim got down on one knee and proposed.
Jess’ answer: “Of course I will!”

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Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? We used glass bottles and jars to decorate the tables using hessian and different fabric.

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For the photobooth we made our own props out of foam and long sticks.

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What was your first dance & why? Our first dance was a mash-up of different chart songs which we put together and did a routine to and the bridal party joined in. (Started off slow song by the Carpenters “Close to you”)

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In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? I didn’t spend enough time planning my hair or accessories.

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Do you have any advice for future couples? Take 5 minutes alone just the two of you to take everything in – we also used this time for last minute first dance preparation.

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What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? Always make time for a date night every week.

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What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Gathering ideas for decorations and then creating them.

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