Today’s groom loves beer and owns a micro-brewery business called The Southsea Brewing Co and so naturally a beer festival theme emerged for their pretty Summer wedding celebration.
WWW readers Lorna and David got hitched on the 15th August 2015 in a church ceremony followed by a marquee reception hosted by Veils and Bales in Hampshire. Colour and fun was top of their wedding planning priorities and what a marvellous day they all had. There was a sweet pink and mint colour scheme with bridesmaids in maxi dresses, groomsmen in coordinating ties and gorgeous florals. Talking of the blooms, Lorna arranged them herself, no mean feat and they looked incredible.
Lorna’s bespoke gown looked just perfect with a classic veil and dreamy boho flower crown. The marquee was decked out in the loveliest décor which included brilliant blackboard signage and a rustic bar. You are going to want to read all about the car too, it’s a lovely story.
Thanks so much to Emily & Steve Photography for sharing these joyous colour filled images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | During an amazing holiday to India to celebrate our friends wedding, Dave organised a private driver from Dehli to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. The driver had called ahead to arrange for us to have a tour guide who met us at the entrance. We were doing the tourist thing taking snaps and posing, when the guide took us to the famous ‘Lady Di’ bench, clearing everyone out of the way. To my complete shock Dave then got down on one knee and proposed! The tour guide was unaware of Dave’s plans but was very snap happy and took some great pictures! We then went to an exclusive hotel for lunch overlooking the Taj and then partied the evening on a stunning rooftop in Dehli with our friends. It was truly magical.
THE VISION | After experiencing two incredible weddings in India (a traditional Rajasthan Palace wedding and beautiful beach wedding in Goa) we were really inspired by the colourful, fun and relaxed atmosphere which they created. We knew we wanted a traditional church wedding, but as for the reception, we wanted to party!
Dave is fanatical about beer and recently launched a micro-brewery business – The Southsea Brewing Co. So we thought what better than to have a beer festival style reception, with our favourite beers and a big BBQ!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We planned the wedding ourselves, with a lot of help from friends and family. My parents are both in the catering business so we had plenty of connections, which came in very handy.
BUDGET | £12,000
THE VENUE | As soon as we got engaged I knew I wanted to get married in All Saints Church, Steep. It is a beautiful traditional church which I attended as a child. That part was simple, but finding a suitable reception venue for our vision was going to be harder.
We thankfully came across a brand new company (Veils & Bales) who have a field near the church and hire this out along with a large marquee overlooking the stunning South Downs with power, water and posh loos! . It was the perfect venue for us to party the night away. We then had complete freedom to decorate the venue and set things up the way we wanted.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | After visiting many Bridal shops I couldn’t find ‘the one’ and found it an extremely stressful process! After lots of tooing and frowing between shops and pictures online, I decided to get a dress custom made (it was a far more budget friendly alternative). I knew it was an extremely risky move but still had plenty of time to find another if it was a total let down. When the dress arrived it was perfect, one of the best decisions I made. I also brought a short sparkly bridal dress from Phase Eight which I had planned to change into for the evening however on the day I really didn’t want to take my dress off!
I accessorised the dress with a handmade flower crown, veil borrowed from my maid of honour and Jenny Peckham shoes which didn’t stay on for long!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Dave and the boys wanted something simple, so we choose light grey suits and mint green ties. The suits were bought from Matalan and the ties were ordered from DQT.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Dave’s Granny (Enid) wrote a beautiful blessing to read in the church along with a biblical reading by my bridesmaid Lucy. We kept the church music classic and had our first dance to Kodeline, The One. It is a beautiful song which we really love. We started with a fab live band which played brilliant covers then later on in the evening we had our friend and DJ Pimpernel Jones performed a perfect mix of our favourite old-school tunes and classic anthems which is when the party really started…
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I was fortunately to have 4 of my best friends as bridesmaids who were my absolute rocks during the lead up to the wedding. I wanted them to wear maxi dresses and after searching high and low I found the beautiful dresses on ASOS. Sourcing them online was ideal as the girls were living across the country so could order them themselves and try different sizes and lengths. I loved the dresses and felt they were appropriate from the church ceremony, field reception and for the evening dancing!
THE FLOWERS | I wanted to do the wedding flowers myself as I have always loved floristry so after attending a course I went to a flower wholesalers who were fantastic and helped me order the quality I needed for my bouquet, 4 bridesmaids, 3 corsages, 8 button holes and my flower crown.
When I collected the flowers 2 days before the wedding I could not believe the quantity. With help from friends and family we prepped the flowers and a family friend insisted on doing the buttonholes and corsages for me as she was concerned it would all me too overwhelming. I loosely put together the bouquets the evening before the wedding and found it really therapeutic! On the morning of the wedding I finished by tying the bouquets and made my hair piece. Although I know it is not for everyone I really enjoyed doing them!
THE CAKE | We really considered doing the wedding cake ourselves as we love baking however after speaking to other brides then warned me not to! After thoroughly enjoying lots of cake tastings, we chose a naked wedding cake with my childhood Sylvanian families cat bride and groom figurines on top!
We also had a cake made of cheese which my brother set up in the morning of the wedding and it was definitely a popular choice! It was decorated with home grown tomatoes and herbs, served with home made chutneys and sauces.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We used Emily and Steve Broadbank and would definitely recommend them! We looked at their portfolio online and loved the simple and elegant style of all their pictures. From day one of communicating with them we knew they understood what we wanted from them and the results were amazing. We met up with them a couple of months before the wedding to get to know each other, discuss the wheres and whats of the wedding and to have a ‘warm up’ engagement photoshoot. We loved working with them and felt completely at ease.
On the morning of the wedding I had Emily at my house to take pictures of the bridal preparation but we also had Steve with the boys at our house. I loved seeing these pictures!
They had sourced some beautiful spots for us to have our intimate photos after the wedding, and have some time together straight after was perfect.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted the day to be relaxed and fun and really reflect us. Our colour scheme was pale pink and mint green however we wanted the venue to be decorated in a rustic way with candles, flowers, plants, bunting, lace, hessian and wooden slices. We took so much inspiration from Pinterest and designed the blackboards from seeing some beautiful designs. We made most of the wedding decorations ourselves from the table runners to the wedding favours (we gave our guests small mint, rosemary and lavender plants which we grew from cuttings).
The bar – We wanted everyone to really enjoy the day so Dave built a self serve beer bar with 3 different beers (from our brewery) on tap. For non-beer drinkers there were cocktails, Pimms, wine and soft drinks. We set out lots of different glasses which guests could write their name on keep for the night.
THE HONEYMOON | We spent a blissful week in Lake Como exploring the stunning Italian lakes and drinking lots of prosecco!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The Lotus Elan – when we got engaged I asked my dad whether we could drive me to the wedding in his Lotus Elan. This beautiful little car had been sat in a garage for over 30 years so I knew it was a big ask. As a child I used to play in the car and pretend it was mine! On the morning of the wedding Dad turned up in the perfectly restored, bright-yellow Lotus with ribbons and flowers decorating it. The 20 minute car journey to the church with my Dad was such a special time. After the church service Dad handed Dave the car keys and we drove away from the church together with a massive round of applause (and not just because 6’4’’ Dave could fit in it!).
Dave’s best man (James) brought a yard-of-ale to the reception with a Go-Pro attached to it, everyone wanted to have a go and the footage was hilarious to watch back – even if it did ruin a couple of nice outfits!
The evening finished with an incredible firework display, watching these with our nearest and dearest was such a magical feeling.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Ask for help, people are usually happy to give it! Doing a DIY wedding can be extremely stressful, particularly if it is an outdoor venue which is weather dependant. We called in so many favours from borrowing equipment, a VW camper, setting up of the venue and clearing away the following day. We could not have done it without the support of our friends and family.
The day before when it we were setting up the marquee there was torrential rain and the field was pooling with water – we were distraught to say the least, but some things are just completely out of your control, so try not to stress! The thing to remember is that all of your guests are there to support and celebrate the day with you, and if that means brollies and wellies are needed then so be it!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographers | Emily & Steve Photography
Hair and Makeup | JustAngels
Florist | Flowers Direct
BBQ | O’Hagans
VW hire | Dream Day Campers
Venue | Veils and Bales
Church | All Saints Church, Steep
Wedding Cake | Sweet Creations
Bar and Beer | The Southsea Brewing Company
Oh wow, just magic.
Thanks so very much to Lorna and David for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou