WWW readers Ben and Jess wanted a laid back wedding day so that was exactly what they planned for the 11th August 2017. After a church ceremony, they held their reception in a traditional pole tent marquee at Jess’ parents’ home with lots of colour and beautifully wild flowers.
Jess’ laid back attitude did mean that she cut getting her dress a little fine but it all worked out perfectly and I think she looks just gorgeous in her Justin Alexander number. The groom and groomsmen looked equally fabulous in their checked three piece suits.
The marquee was adorned in the loveliest colourful paper pom poms and I just love the rustic chairs and wooden bar. The florals that look like they’re straight from the meadow were displayed in mismatched jars and bottles and there’s a lovely country garden feel to all of the details. As well as the celebrations taking place at the actual home of Jess’ parents, they are lots of lovely homely touches like the sofa seating area must have made their guests feel ever so relaxed.
The fantastic imagery today comes courtesy of Kimberley Waterson, thank you so much for sharing these divine images with us. Enjoy!
THE PROPOSAL | A real cliché! He completely surprised me with a weekend away to Paris, and proposed at midnight under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower.
THE VISION |Above all, we wanted a relaxed, fun atmosphere for all of our guests, and for everybody to enjoy themselves. Stylistically, we wanted a cosy country feel, with lots of colour. We had a BBQ as our wedding breakfast, and woodfired pizzas for later on. We even had an ice cream van pay us a visit at one point! A folk-rock band provided the music, and everybody danced well into the night.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | To be honest, the planning wasn’t anywhere near as stressful as either of us anticipated. I worked to source a group of amazing people to work with on the day. Everyone was just so laid back and really ‘got’ what we wanted. As the day approached it got quite busy and stressful but on the whole it was a great experience.
THE VENUE | We were married in St Michael and All Angels Church in Witton Gilbert, County Durham. The reception was in a marquee at my (Jess’s) parents’ home, just outside of Witton Gilbert. It’s an old gamekeeper’s cottage down a half mile track, so provided the perfect backdrop for our rustic country theme.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress was a beautiful Justin Alexander dress from The Bridal Boutique in Sutton-on-Hull. The girls there were just brilliant. The rest of my accessories were a bit more frugal! My veil and hairpiece were sourced on eBay, my shoes were Accessorize and earrings were Not On The High Street. The pearl bracelet I wore was the same one that my sister wore on her wedding day.
FINDING THE DRESS | As ever, with my laidback personality I cut it a bit fine with finding my dress. I went to a couple of shops but left feeling deflated as there was nothing that really stood out to me. Then, I went to The Bridal Boutique and fell in love with three dresses! The dress I ultimately chose was one that I was going to try on just to eliminate it, but ended up falling in love! Every time I tried it on I was reminded of why I chose it – I love it!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The groom and groomsmen all wore navy checked three piece suits, white shirts and pink tie/handkerchiefs. All of the groomsmen and the groom were gifted with engraved pocket watches, which really finished off their look.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a little known poem called Love by Roy Croft read during the ceremony, as well as Corinthians 13 (Love is patient, love is kind) read in church. They were so lovely. I walked in to a piano version of Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, and we walked out to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. During the signing of the register, we played Vitamin String Quartet versions of Sky Full Of Stars, Hoppipolla and Cheerleader, which was fun! Our first dance was to Perfect by Ed Sheeran.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids were my two best friends in the world, Anna and Beth. They’re twin sisters, and we’ve been the best of friends since pre-school.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were AMAZING! We used the lovely, relaxed and talented Caroline from Verde Flowers, and they were just perfect. Again, they were very relaxed, country garden/wild/meadow type flowers, and were exactly what we were looking for. Even better, Caroline’s business is based literally 5 minutes away from my parents’ home, which was handy, and Caroline was lovely enough to be on hand and provide invaluable help on the day.
THE CAKE | My mum makes the most amazing Victoria Sponge, so I was only natural to have her bake the wedding cake. It was a gorgeous 3 tier creation, topped with summer berries.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The one and only Kimberley Waterson from KW Fine Art and Photography. Again, Kim absolutely hit the nail on the head and was exactly what we wanted. She was so lovely, and really captured the spirit of the day. Gorgeous!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | There was lots of colour and fun, wrapped up in a countryside, rustic feel.
THE HONEYMOON | We’ve just got back to an amazing, relaxing honeymoon in Barbados. We loved having a dance to the local music at Oistins Fish Fry on the Friday night!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Drinking the place dry of Jägermeister before the sun went down!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Relax, smile, it’ll all be ok on the day! Ultimately, never forget that it isn’t really about the wedding, it’s about love, happiness, commitment and spending the rest of your life together. Keep that in your sights.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Kimberley Waterson
Marquee | Unique Tent Company
Suits | Slaters
Flowers | Verde Flowers
Vintage VW Wedding Cars | Brooklands Wedding Cars
Thank you so much Ben and Jess for sharing such a special day with us, just super. Rachel x