Jacob and Susan held their wedding day in August at The Falcon Inn, Cambridgeshire in a gorgeous countryside setting. With a vision of a simple and chic day; they used low key details in their marquee.
Susan looked beautiful in lace with her hair in a perfect up do, while Jacob went for a navy suit and yellow tie to compliment the colour scheme. The bridesmaids looked super pretty, there were quirky Craspedia bouquets and stylish silhouette cake.
Thanks so much to Jade Sayers Photography for sharing her lovely images with us.
The Proposal… It was New Year’s Eve 2012. We went to Stamford under the ruse that we had been together 9 months to the day, and it was our first day out since Jake had got back from Mexico after a month away. Jake knew he was going to propose, but hadn’t planned the day to the last detail. We walked round the narrow, streets seeking refuge from the rain in gorgeous little bookshops and antique shops. Since it was New Years Eve, loads of the restaurants Jake had looked at eating in were closed. So we ended up eating in Pizza Express! Afterwards, the rain got heavier so we sought shelter in a tiny alley called St Mary’s Passage, Jake said “I’ve been carrying something heavy in my pocket all day…” got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him!
The Vision for the Day… We both love the beauty in simplicity, so we wanted to keep things low key, nothing ostentatious but still chic. The thing first decided was the colour scheme – navy and gold- and things just snowballed from there.
The Planning Process… We wanted to get as much done as early as possible, we started with the venue and went from there! We spent ages trawling through magazines and realised how pricey weddings were but we were determined we could have our dream wedding even with a tight budget. We have very generous parents and so we couldn’t have done it without them.
The Venue… The Falcon Inn at Fotheringhay – absolutely stunning venue with delicious food and staff that couldn’t do more for us, they were incredible!
The Dress + Accessories… The dress was bought from Maison de la Bride on Lincoln Road, Peterborough. It was A-line with a sweetheart neckline, and lace detailing. I wore it with a lace bolero – which I loved! I felt so special wearing it!
Finding the Dress… I only visited 3 dress shops with my mum and (then future) Mother in law – Berketex Bride, Maison de la Bride (just wonderful!) and Martin Charles Bridal in Oundle. Maison de la Bride was where the dress was bought from, and they were just superb in every way! They treated you as an individual, and we’re so helpful every step of the way. I can’t recommend them enough!
Groom’s Attire… The colour of the suit was the most important thing, it had to be a very blueish navy. We found perfect suit in a Next in Cambridge, Jake was determined to wear a waistcoat and he found it in just the right colour! The whole came to only £135 for all three pieces – a real bargain!
The Readings + Music… We are very lucky to have a close friend who happens to be a DJ, we told him what we wanted, he found the perfect songs for our wedding!
Beautiful Bridesmaids… I chose my only sister Michelle, as my chief bridesmaid, and a very good friend Karen as other. They were stars all through the day! Their dresses also came from Maison de la Bride, long and flowy in a beautiful deep navy, ruched to the side with a diamanté feature on the side and just above the bottom.
The Flowers… We used a mixture of white roses, brilliant yellow celosia and craspedia, with gypsophila to pull it all together. We bought the flowers from a wholesaler in Spalding and got an old family friend, aunty Helen Hillson, to assemble them into table centrepieces, bouquets and buttonholes for the boys. She’s also talented and we were blown away with what she produced!
The Cake… The cake was inspired by our invitations, it was Jake’s uncle Ben that designed them for us, and we took it to a local bespoke cake maker called Sue Kew. We met with her to discuss ideas quite early on, and she just instinctively knew what we wanted. She’s been making and decorating cakes for nearly 20 years, and the samples she gave us were delicious. After much deliberation we decided on three tiers, one of butterscotch, one of lemon and one of vanilla. Sue imitated the art nouveau font from our invitation to write the date and our names on the top two tiers and then iced the Barcelona skyline on the bottom tier. Barcelona was where we went on our honeymoon, how she managed such complex detail I’m icing we’ll never know! It was utterly delicious!
Your Photographer… We met Jade Sayers at a wedding fair in Peterborough, and she immediately stood out from other photographers there with her kind demeanour and stunning portfolio. She definitely captured the sort of style of photos we wanted for our special day, and it was a no brainer for us that we wanted Jade to shoot our wedding! To win a free engagement shoot in a competition she was running was just the icing on the cake! Jade’ passion for photography shone through on our wedding day itself, she had found some exquisite places to shoot photos in Fotheringhay, all from exploring the village in her own time! We’ve had the pleasure of keeping in touch with Jade post-wedding too, she’s a lovely woman!
The Details + Decor… Our wedding marquee had beautiful white drapes all inside, these complemented our martini glass centrepieces mounted onto small round mirrors. In keeping with our simple vision for the day we let the flowers in our centrepieces be the main feature your eye was drawn to when you walked in. We made our own place names/favours from small wooden hearts, we sprayed them blue and painted people’s names in gold. They were a hit – when we visit our guests now, we’ve spotted their place names up in their homes!
The Honeymoon… One of our favourite books as a couple is called Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and epic tale set in Barcelona. The location is pivotal to the story, even to the point that the author includes a map in the back of the book for you to walk the same streets as the characters in the novel! We thought it would be really cool to do that on our honeymoon.
Barcelona is an amazing city. We were wowed by the genius of the architect Gaudi, we fell in love with tapas and could have walked La Rambla hundreds of times and never be bored. We can’t wait to return one day.
Memorable Moments… Jake – Seeing Susan walk through the doors in her wedding dress for the first time was a moment I’ll never forget. Stunning. My brother surpassed all expectations with his funny and touching best man speech. Susan’s Brazilian family dancing like there was no tomorrow! There’s just so many!
Susan – When I arrived at the hall for the ceremony, I peeked through the doors and saw Jake standing at the front, with his big Cheshire Cat grin! The biggest thing that stood out to me on our wedding day was the overwhelming warmth. We shared the day with our closest friends and family, we were touched by their generosity and well wishing, it still makes me well up when I think about it!
Advice for Other Couples… Make everything as stress-free as possible, if it can be delegated, delegate it! It was so important for us to enable our families to relax in the run up to our wedding, they were able just to chill and enjoy the day, the way it’s supposed to be. And while it is important, remember your wedding is only one day, your marriage is forever! You’ll have many days as good as your wedding in your lives together!
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photography |Jade Sayers Photography
Second Shooter |Helen Bailey
Venue |The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay
Wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses | Maison De La Bride
Ah such a beautiful day.
Thanks so so much to Jacob and Susan for sharing their wedding with us here at WWW XOXO Lou
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