You really can’t go wrong with a pastel spring wedding set in a gorgeous garden now can you?
WWW readers Antony and Jessica opted for a May wedding and hosted their reception in a delightful marquee filled with home made décor. Think bunting, fresh flowers and chintzy crockery galore. They were blessed with glorious weather which enabled them to mingle with guests outdoors and it also gave them the opportunity to have some dreamy portraits taken by their photographer. The VW camper van was the perfect transport option in a pretty shade of blue to match their colour scheme.
I really love Jessica’s romantic and embellished Justin Alexander gown which she accessorised with a delicate forehead band. Antony meanwhile looked dapper in a sharp blue suit, tan shoes and pale green bow tie. Such a gorgeous pair of newly weds aren’t they?
Delicious Photography, thank you so much for providing these lovely photographs.
THE PROPOSAL | A weekend away to Brussels for Antony’s birthday. He was grumpy the whole time and I was getting sick of him but it was all because he was nervous. We had an argument on a hop on hop off bus the day he asked me because I couldn’t understand why he was being so grumpy. There’s a beautiful gothic church in Brussels which I called ‘My church’, because I couldn’t say its name, on our last night we were going out for tea and Antony suggested we walk past ‘My Church’ whilst walking it started raining so we were huddled under one umbrella in front on my favourite church he asked me to marry him. Antony had been ill leading up to the trip so never got the chance to ask my dad so he had bought a fake ring off the internet to give me in the mean time. We were supposed to then eat our last meal in a fancy Ethiopian restaurant but it was closed so we went to a sheesha bar and got a kebab. Perfect!
THE VISION | I was very particular about what I wanted and although I couldn’t put my finger on what the style was I knew exactly what I didn’t want – Pinterest was my best friend! I’d say shabby chic, rustic garden party but I wanted it to feel like a party.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | The wedding was all my brain child. It was as much as a surprise to Antony on the day as it was with everybody else. Luckily I had time, 2 and half years of planning time, which was important to me as I wanted to be involved in every process! It started with a mood board on Pinterest, lots and lots of car boot sale and charity shop trips hunting for tea cups and saucers, craft weekends and days spend tackling the Amazon, which was my in laws garden. I can’t take all the credit, I have a fantastic family who helped make my dream come true. In particular my mother in law who spend hours and hours shopping, painting and gluing!
BUDGET | We aimed for £9k but it ended being more like £10k.
THE VENUE | The church was Holcombe Emmanuel in Holcombe Brook, followed by the wedding breakfast and party in a marquee in my in laws garden in Rawtenstall.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was a Justin Alexander, my dress and all accessories were bought from The White Gallery in Ramsbottom.
FINDING THE DRESS | My actual dress wasn’t the first one I bought. My first one was from a vintage wedding fair and it was lovely but just didn’t feel like ‘the one’. I’d seen the Justin Alexander dress online and LOVED it. So when I saw it in the shop window of The White Gallery I had to go see it in person. One week later it was mine and I got a refund on the original. So glad I changed my mind I felt like a princess!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | One of the only aspect of the wedding which Antony was adamant about being involved in. He wanted a dark blue suit with brown shoes and bow ties, which matched my bridesmaid dress colours. Antony knew what he wanted and knew he wanted his best man and ushers in the same, so a trip to Next sorted us out, with suits and bow ties. Shoes were from Asos.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | My sister read a poem she found on Pinterest called The One, author unknown. One of Antony’s ushers did a reading by Bob Marley and my chief bridesmaid read The Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Always a difficult choice with so many super friends! I had my sister, cousin, sister in law, my friend Hannah and my chief bridesmaid was a uni friend Bethan. Their dresses were a bargain from Ali Express, I’d heard the horror stories of Chinese dresses but my experience was very positive they sent me fabric samples and the communication between us was fabulous, I cannot fault them and the fit was beautiful!
THE FLOWERS | My flowers were put together by a lady who used to own a florists in Ramsbottom but still dabbled with floristry. My mum knew her from going into the bank (my mum works in one of the banks in Ramsbottom) and asked her to do it. They were perfect, exactly what I wanted. When she turned up with he flowers she thought I didn’t like them due to my overly emotional response. However that was due to my chief bridesmaid having just given me a beautiful gift of two pin on brooches for my flowers with a picture of my Gran and Nana who are no longer with us.
THE CAKE | I didn’t want a wedding cake as I saw it as a waste of money when we were already on a tight budget, plus I knew it wouldn’t get eaten and we’d be left with loads of cake! So my Aunty made a five tier pavlova as it’s my favourite desert.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | I’d been to various wedding fairs and signed up to countless photographers email lists, however they were all so similar and posed. Anyone who knows Antony and I know we are not mushy or posers we just like a good time and a good party, so we wanted a photographer who could capture our special day as naturally as possible. Capturing all the laughs and emotion without being in your face. Katherine at Delicious Photography did all those things and more, her pictures are beautiful! She’s captured it all but we don’t ever seem to remember her being there. We’ve had countless comments on how beautiful, natural and timeless the pictures are and we agree, we could not be happier.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | All the décor was hand made or upcycled and most of it is as a result of my mother in law’s creative eye and amazing skills. I knew exactly what I wanted and was very particular about it being perfect. We didn’t have a big budget but luckily we had time so most weekends were spend in charity shops, goose clearance shops and hundreds of trips to various car boot sales throughout Lancashire! Rather than hire a bar to come a provide the booze we came up with the idea of a ‘free bar’, which didn’t cost us a fortune. So we told every guest to bring a bottle of either gin, vodka or rum to be put behind the bar and we provided three barrels of real ale from one of our. It worked out very well although it did mean people were very intoxicated by the end!
THE HONEYMOON | I’m a true believer in milking EVERYTHING possible out of a good thing, so decided that every holiday we went on for the next year would be a ‘moon’. We minimooned in Turkey for a week, two days after the wedding to chill out and relive the amazing day. The real honeymoon was in August, (being a teacher it meant we had to plan around term times) we were away for three weeks and visitors Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bali. Our favourite place was Lombok off Bali, it was so beautiful and the people were amazing, can’t wait to go back! Then we planned a ‘snowmoon’ in March which turned into ‘partymoon’ as 18 of us ended up going to France on a snowboarding holiday. We stuck by our promise to have a year of ‘moon’ holidays, it made every holiday a little more special!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The whole day was memorable but the best man’s speech was very memorable due to the extremely risky but hilarious nature of the jokes, it’s a very good job we were expecting nothing less. He’s been best friends with Antony since year 7 at high school so had plenty of stories and memories to share. The most memorable moment though would have to be at the end of the night, the party was still going with but we decided it was time for us the leave. We only live down the road and we’re staying at home on our wedding night so we got a can of beer from behind the bar and walked home hand in hand and Antony carried me over the threshold.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | The best advice I could give is to enjoy every minute as it goes by so quickly! Find time throughout the day to stand back, take a deep breath and look around at everything that’s going on and drink it in. All the people having a good time, the décor, the music, your husband/wife and the amazing day which is yours.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Delicious Photography
Videographer | No.27 Media
Dress and head piece | The White Gallery
Hair | Gemma Foster at Studio One
Make up | Laura Mercier
Suits | Next
Camper Van | Fun Campers
Rings | Goldsmiths
Bouquet Brooch | Hello Half Penny
Marquee | Lancashire Marquee Hire
Toilet hire | Portable Conveniences
Ahhh so pretty.
Thanks so much to Antony and Jessica for sharing their amazing wedding story with us xo Lou