Happy Easter WWWers, I hope you have a wonderful four days planned. If wedding planning is top of your list this weekend then keep popping on by, as there will be some stunning weddings on these very pages. YAY.
Oh my days. Hold tight as this wedding may just blow you away today. Tom and Helen were married on the 1st August 2015 in beautiful Guernsey. They held their ceremony in a tiny 14th Century chapel followed by a pole tent marquee reception in the most gorgeous setting.
These two crafted 1000 origami paper cranes which were subsequently hung around the marquee alongside bottles of blooms and festoon lights. The results were magical.
Helen went for a romantic gown by Alfred Angelo with a delicate forehead band accessory, while Tom chose green chinos, a waistcoat and brown tie combo. Didn’t they look amaze?
Thanks so much to Janice Yi Photography for sharing these wonderfully dreamy images.
THE PROPOSAL | Overlooking Lake Bled in Slovenia, exactly a year before our wedding! We hiked up to a viewpoint with a picnic and Tom got down on one knee while I was busy taking photos. We sent postcards home to our families to let them know and kept it secret for the rest of the trip.
THE VISION | Relaxed, informal, bohemian and outdoor, but with the things we like as a major influence (food we like, music we like, games we like, clothes we like!) A real mixture – whatever we like rather than whatever is fashionable. Not necessarily sticking to tradition, but not shirking everything either – we still wanted it to look like a wedding!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Once we found the perfect venue for the ceremony, everything else started to fall into place. We made a to-do list for each month which seemed like a good idea, if only we had stuck to it!
BUDGET | £10k… give or take.
THE VENUE | St Apollines Chapel, Guernsey for close family followed by a reception for everyone in a marquee at Fairfield, Castel, Guernsey.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | An Alfred Angelo dress, with purple converse and a Rosie Willett Designs forehead band.
FINDING THE DRESS | I couldn’t find any dresses I liked in Guernsey so I travelled to neighbouring Jersey with my mum and found the dress I liked there.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Green trousers, white shirt with sleeves rolled up and a khaki waistcoat and brown tie. We wanted to keep it quite informal.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss, read by my Mum and Tom’s little sister, Dora. It’s about the ups and downs of life. Entrance music was ‘Re:Stacks’ by Bon Iver and we left the church to ‘Just Like Heaven’ by the Cure. Tom’s brothers’ band, ‘The DayTrippers’, a Beatles cover band, provided evening entertainment and our friend Adam (aka Party DJ Guernsey) also took care of the music in the evening.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My friends Claire and Lyndsey wore a cream dress while the younger flowergirls (Tom’s 2 little sisters and my niece) wore a stripy multi-pastel coloured dress, all of the girls wore matching purple converse, including me. We even found a pair for 16 month old Edna.
THE FLOWERS | Purple scabiosa surrounded by gypsophila (baby’s breath) for the bridesmaids, just gypsophila for the flowergirls, and my bouquet was mixed wildflowers. I loved what the florist did with the buttonholes for the men, they were much more masculine than a flower!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | While searching endlessly for a wedding photographer that we liked, we came across Canadian documentary wedding photographer Janice Yi, who also loves to travel. We noticed that, having read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Guernsey was on her wish list to visit. Before we knew it her trip was booked and we couldn’t have been happier with our find!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I wanted a small and intimate ceremony, with the help of a friend I discovered St Apollines Chapel, a late 14th Century tiny chapel. It is one of only two sites in Guernsey with surviving medieval wall paintings and I loved how beautiful it was. The chapel is so small, it only seats 15 people. We both have lots of siblings so even just inviting parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, bridesmaids, usher and best man to the ceremony we totalled 29, but we managed to squeeze in with some standing. Immediately after the ceremony we had a DIY drinks reception – we set up a gazebo on the grass outside the chapel and brought champagne in a cool box with plastic glasses! We had a vintage coach to take the guests to the marquee reception where all our other friends and family joined us for a picnic on the lawn.
We made 1,000 paper origami cranes in the 5 or so months running up to our wedding. We travelled the world together a few years ago and both loved Japan and its traditions when we visited. Visiting Hiroshima and the Peace Park and learning about the Japanese tradition of making 1,000 origami cranes stuck with us. We decided to use it in our wedding as we loved the idea that such a labour of love could help bring us good luck in our married life. Even though we started months before the wedding, making 1,000 was a big undertaking, but we got there in the end! We decided to ask guests to contribute any origami cranes if they wanted to, by sending us a crane when they RSVP’d. We strung our 1,000 cranes in strings of 40, as is traditional in Japan, and hung them down the middle of the marquee. We used other paper cranes to decorate the marquee. We also hung larger cranes in the trees outside. Other than the basic traditional pole marquee and origami cranes, we decorated the tables with beer bottles and artificial flowers and hung festoon and fairy lights in the marquee and trees.
We made our wedding invites with the help of Tom’s stepmum from Iris and Dora Designs. Inspired by her intricate papercuts, I drew a design, added the invite details and with her help we hand-printed the design ourselves onto tea-towels at Denyse’s workshop. I loved the idea of the invite being something practical that people could use long after the wedding. We also never have to buy another tea-towel as we have kept all the seconds that we misprinted!
We had our favourite authentic Thai food for the main meal, provided by Atan. Apart from going into the marquee to sit down for the food and speeches, everybody spent most of the day outside playing the outdoor games we put out (croquet, badminton, boules, giant jenga, snakes and ladders, petanque, swing ball etc.) We really enjoyed seeing everyone play the games and we were so lucky that the weather was perfect.
THE HONEYMOON | About to book a last minute delayed honeymoon! Still TBC.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We enjoyed the whole day but the ceremony was so meaningful and a perfect location for us.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Doing everything yourself can be stressful, but is so rewarding. You get a real sense of accomplishment at planning and organising it all. We didn’t want to use the services of a wedding planner or an events company. It meant that everything could be exactly the way we wanted it. I think it was worth the late nights and time that went into making and planning everything ourselves, as it meant our wedding was so us.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Caterer | Atan Ahan
Invite | Iris and Dora
Accessory | Rosie Willett Designs
Band | The Day Trippers
DJ | Party DJ Guernsey
Photographer | Janice Yi Photography
Florist | Blossom and Green Flowers
Ah so enchanting. I love it all.
Tom and Helen, thank you both so very much for sharing your wedding story with us here at WWW xo Lou