Cherry and Andrew were married in August at Riverstation in Bristol and i love it’s urban clean lines a lot. They wanted their wedding to be informal with a quirky twist, keeping to their budget of £10,000.
I adore the teal colour scheme throughout, with Cherry’s gorgeous dress and Andrew’s tie not missing out either. They scrapped wedding flowers and a traditional cake, opting for an amazing donut wedding cake with some cute lego toppers… nom. They added some crafty touches with the street table names, the blue pom poms, fabric bouquet and the jars of beads. WOW.
Thanks so much to the lovely Becky Male Photography for sharing her photography with us today.
Names…. Cherry and Andrew
Wedding Date… Saturday 18th August 2012
The Proposal…. In Sorrento, Italy three years ago. Very romantic and emotional – Andy even asked Cherry’s dad’s permission beforehand and got down on one knee. Cue lots of tears and smiles. We then had a baby so the wedding planning didn’t start until 2 years after the proposal!
The Vision for the day…. We wanted a relaxed, informal celebration, with a quirky twist.
The Planning process…. Started 12 months ago when we booked the venue and set the date. Cherry really wanted to get married in her home-town (Bristol) and we researched many potential wedding venues but as soon as we visited Riverstation we knew it was the place for us. It’s such a lovely location (right on the historic harbourside), the food is top-notch, and their wedding co-ordinator was, from the outset, very flexible and completely in-tune with our ideas and vision.
Budget…. £10k (which we just about stuck to).
The Venue… Riverstation, Bristol (www.riverstation.co.uk)
The Dress + Accessories….. Cocktail length ivory Alfred Angelo dress, with teal satin sash and rhinestone pin (bought at a bargain price as the shop was selling off the last of its dresses). Shoes with co-ordinating rhinestone decoration were a bargain from BHS. Home-made hair corsage and garter, jewellery courtesy of my now husband.
Finding the dress…. I knew I didn’t want anything big, fussy or frilly and I had seen a few short styles on the internet which made me think maybe a short dress could fit the bill. I saw my dress on the internet first, noted the brand and put a local shop called Celtic Brides on the list to visit because I knew they stocked that particular brand. First I visited a beautiful shop in Chipping Sodbury where the staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough for us, but I just couldn’t find a dress for me – everything was too big and samey. Then when we went to Celtic Brides in Kingswood (Bristol), it seemed small and not quite as lovely as the first shop (without being mean) and the lady there said she only had what was on the rails, she couldn’t order anything in as she was bringing that side of the business to a close (she now just makes flower girl dresses). So I really didn’t expect to find a dress there, but it was complete luck that they actually stocked the dress I saw on the internet, and in my size!
Groom’s attire… Andy’s suit was tailor made by A Suit That Fits (www.asuitthatfits.com). It is a modern grey suit (with a slight pinstripe) and Andy wore a pale blue shirt with a teal tie. Stylish brown brogues completed the look. He looked very dapper!
The Readings + Music…. We had no readings during the ceremony (it was over in a flash!). Cherry walked up the aisle to “Black Coffee” by All Saints (the lyrics were so true to that moment, “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here”). While we signed the register “All I want is You” by U2, and “Babylon” by David Gray played. Then we walked out of the ceremony as husband and wife to “Pure” by the Lightning Seeds. Our first dance was “Ordinary People” by John Legend.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. Cherry’s sister Sally was a somewhat reluctant bridesmaid! To be fair, she travelled all the way from South Korea (where she is living/working) so she made a huge effort to be part of our day, but she does not ‘do’ fancy occasions or dresses! Her bridesmaid’s dress was a teal sleeved dress from Coast and had to be sent to her in Korea to try on for size! She bought her shoes just a few days before the wedding and they were a surprisingly good colour match! She wore her dress for approximately two hours before claiming it was uncomfortable and she insisted on taking it off! But at least the family all got their prized photos of Sally in a dress, a once in a lifetime moment! We also had our two year old daughter as a flower girl, and she was absolutely gorgeous and so well behaved on the day, outlasting many of the grown-ups until 11pm!
The Flowers… We didn’t have any! I am actually quite proud to show that you can have a wedding without flowers, and it can still be lovely! Cherry hand-made bouquets from fabric, ribbon and buttons for herself and her sister, and a flower ‘basket’ for our daughter. Cherry also made ‘rose’ fabric/ribbon buttonholes for the groom, best man and our prents.
The Cake… Not actually a cake but doughnuts instead! From Pippin Doughnuts (www.pippindoughnuts.co.uk). We chose doughnuts for a few reasons. Firstly, we find the whole ‘cutting the cake’ thing a bit ‘samey’ and just another photo opportunity and although we both love cake, a lot of people don’t actually even like fruit cake! So we wanted something a bit different and more personal to us. The company who supplied our doughnuts have a stall at the weekly food market in Corn Street in Bristol. We have long been regulars and big fans, so even before we set a date, we knew we really wanted their doughnuts at our wedding! In fact, they went out on a limb for us as they had already had a booking for another wedding that day but they went back to the factory after that delivery to specially make our doughnuts and they were couriered to us from Swindon with just a couple of hours to spare!
Your Photographer…. We originally weren’t going to even have a photographer because we didn’t want the usual stuffy group shots and all that waiting around, but Becky Male (www.beckymalephotography.com) was recommended to us by a friend. As soon as we looked at Becky’s website/portfolio, we could see that she is on the same wavelength as us we knew we would get a wonderful reflection of our day. Becky was happy to oblige with some fun and quirky ideas for couple shots and the end result is a fantastic collection of images that really portray the atmosphere and emotions of our day.
The Details + Decor…. Our wedding was at 4:30pm and we had all our family and friends at our ceremony and evening reception, rather than some for the daytime and more for only the evening. It was really important to us that all our loved ones could be with us to celebrate our marriage and share our special day. Our colour theme was teal and other blues and greens. The venue was decorated with hanging paper lanterns and the tables with jars full of beads and fabric and co-ordinating tea lights. Named envelopes containing seeds doubled-up as place cards and favours. Riverstation is such a uniquely beautiful venue and with the evening sunlight streaming through from the balcony, it really needed only minimal decoration. Our table names were actual Bristol street names, some which had a special meaning for us (like the name of the street where we both worked when we met) and some names were just nice and appropriate for the day, like Valentine Close and Love Lane.
The Honeymoon…. Next week we’ll be enjoying 5 nights in Cornwall – as much of a ‘honeymoon’ as you can have with a two-year-old in tow!
Memorable moments… Cherry’s most memorable moment was when the registrar pronounced us as married (she just about held it together until then). Andy’s favourite moment was when he first saw Cherry and our daughter walking down the aisle.
Advice for other couples… Think about the things that matter to you, rather than having all the ‘traditional’ wedding elements just because that’s what everyone else has. Find a venue and suppliers that can be flexible and do what YOU want. And most importantly, enjoy the whole day – it all goes so quickly!
Thanks so so much to Cherry and Andrew for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today XOXO Lou