Who doesn’t love sun drenched love? I know for sure that I do and when you see these divine images you will melt.
WWW readers Becky and Alex were married on the 6th September 2014, they opted to have a wedding which had an English country garden theme. Think delightful pink fresh flowers, joy filled children and sweet stationery.
Becky wore a beautiful lace dress and had a lush succulent and rose bouquet teamed with a delicate flower crown. She looked gorgeous! Meanwhile Alex went for a skinny grey suit and the flower girls wore sweet tulle tutu dresses.
Thanks so much today to the wonderful Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography for sharing these photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Alex proposed to me in July 2012 whilst on holiday in Mijas, Andalusia. The place means a lot to me as I had spent many childhood summers in Mijas. On the last day of our holiday, Alex took me around the old town in a horse and carriage, then out for dinner. It was during an evening stroll on the mountainside when Alex got down on one knee and asked me the big question…! It was perfect.
THE VISION | We always knew our wedding day would have an English Garden theme, so the vision was pretty, vintage with a touch of elegance. We wanted our wedding day to reflect our personalities, so we wanted to include lots of little details to put our own stamp on it.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | From having two years to plan our big day, we had lots of time to plan! However I was really surprised how many suppliers are booked up 2 years in advance, so the first things to get booked was the venue, church, photographer and wedding car. Everything else could then be booked around this.
It wasn’t until a year before the wedding I began thinking about all the decorative elements of the big day like flowers, table decorations, bridesmaid dress, flower girls, etc. I think I found so much inspiration online that it was difficult to pin down what it was I really wanted! Alex was really involved in the planning process which was great as it really felt like the day belonged to both of us.
BUDGET | £20,000 approx.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Lillian West at Victoria’s Bridal Boutique, Orpington. Shoes from Rainbow Club, John Lewis.
Flower Crown made by Jane at Blooms, Chichester.
FINDING THE DRESS | I had my mind set on what I wanted from the beginning and tried on around 20 dresses before I found the one! I was beginning to think the dress I had designed in my head didn’t exist so was beginning to give up hope until I stumbled across Lillian West’s website and found the simple, ivory lace, A-line dress I had imagined.
Vicky at Victoria’s Bridal Boutique was brilliant. She was so kind and welcoming, I really enjoyed visiting her in the lead up to my big day.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Alex wore Garda in Grey by Reiss.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | 1 Corinthians 13, Our Walled Garden by Anon. Bridal Chorus – R. Wagner, The Swan from Carnival of the Animals – C. Saint-Saëns, Wedding March from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – F. Mendelssohn.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My beautiful bridesmaid Jo wore a dusty pink dress, ‘Middleton’ by Kaliko.
My bridesman George wore a three-piece suit from River Island.
My three flower girls wore dresses from Ladybird at Littlewoods and shoes from Debenhams.
My two mini groomsmen wore suits from Next.
THE FLOWERS | The amazing Jane at Blooms Florist, Chichester. Jane was very accommodating to our requirements and made everything work to our budget. She made me the most stunning bouquet and flower crown as well as providing the table centrepieces and meadow style flowers for the garden jars.
THE CAKE | Designed and created by my super talented sister-in-law Sinead Robinson, at Mrs Robinsons Cakes, Timperley. To have the cake of your dreams is one thing but for it to be handcrafted by a family member was truly special.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The incredible Fiona at Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography – I had fallen in love with Fiona’s photos when finding inspiration for our big day. I was fortunate in being able to book her and found her so friendly and welcoming, she made Alex and I feel very comfortable and relaxed. Her photos speak for themselves!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I am super lucky to have a talented husband who works as a creative director and is skilled in illustration and design, so all our stationery was designed and made by him! I made what decorations I could which I really enjoyed and it was a great way to save money!
THE HONEYMOON | Alex and I both wanted to go to Greece and after a few great recommendations we decided on Rhodes. It was also the place my parents went on their honeymoon.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Standing next to my dad in church as we sang the first hymn and him forgetting his glasses and making up his own words – it literally made me cry with laughter, which was great at calming my nerves!
Our first dance. The song was ‘Hey Ho’ by The Lumineers played by an awesome live band called The Sweet and Lowdown. Although surrounded by our close friends and family, Alex and I were in our own little bubble of pure happiness.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | When booking your suppliers, always read the small print! You don’t want your wedding in someone else’s hands.
It’s a lovely thing to be optimistic but always have a Plan B for bad weather. It will save you obsessively checking the weather in the lead up to your big day!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Fiona Kelly Wedding Photography
Florist | Blooms florist
Dress Shop | Victoria’s Bridal Boutique
Cake | Mrs Robinsons Cakes
Stationery | Alex [email protected]
Band | The Sweet & Lowdown
Becky and Alex, thank you both so so much XOXO Lou