Good morning! Are you ready to start the week with a bang? I hope so as i have a gorgeous wedding to share with you all.
Shelley and Simon were married back in August and they wanted an unfussy relaxed party feel to their wedding.
Shelly looks oh so beautiful in her short wedding dress and i adore the grey colour scheme. A simple, sun shining beauty of a wedding day…
Thanks so much to the amazing Northamptonshire based wedding photographer, Aaron Collett Photography for sharing his images with us today…..
Names…. Shelley and Simon
Wedding Date…. 20th August 2011
The Proposal…. I’d always imagined a really romantic proposal, as it was in bed on Christmas day was just perfect! We had decided that Simon was going to make breakfast in bed and after about 4 different runs up and down stairs I finally thought I had all my breakfast until Simon raced back downstairs and brought my Christmas card up on a side plate – also on the plate were two love hearts and my engagement ring.
The Vision for the day…. We had been to a fair few of our friend’s weddings over the years and as much as we had enjoyed each of their days for different reasons we knew that none of them were the type of wedding that we wanted. We are both pretty unfussy people and all we wanted was a lovely church service and a very relaxed party with everyone having lots of fun and drinking and dancing.
The Planning process…. The planning process was pretty easy. Once we had got our reception venue and the church booked it was just fitting in the things that we wanted, working out what was the most important and making them happen.
Budget…. Our budget for the whole wedding and reception was £7000 – a number we plucked from the air and were pleased to say we stuck to it!! I think the end total was about £7600, not bad.
The Venue… Our wedding ceremony was in my local family church – my mum and sister were both married there before me and there wasn’t really any thought of the service being anywhere else.
The reception was held at the Hunsbury Hill Centre, a beautiful 18th century setting with barn and lawns hidden away in suburban Northampton, just beautiful.
The Dress + Accessories….. I had no idea what kind of dress Shelley was going to wear but feared I was going to have a gypsy bride as Shelley was not backing down from the ‘it’s going to be pink and massive’ line. On the day to my surprise Shelley did in fact wear a pink dress but rather than the nightmare I feared she looked amazing in a short pink 50’s style dress. She also wore a pearl necklace (the first Christmas present I gave her) and a sapphire charm (which I got her as a wedding gift).
I love shoes! I couldn’t wait to be wearing my Kurt Geiger peep toed shoes out in public for the first time. Everyone commented on how stunning and how high they were, but they didn’t come off till I got back to the hotel in the evening.
Finding the dress…. I’d always wanted to be the fairytale bride but didn’t realise how difficult it would be finding THE dress. After trying on a mountain of traditional long, white bridal gowns and getting more and more depressed on each shopping trip I suggested to my mum that maybe I should try a completely different dress. After browsing the bridesmaid dresses in my local bridal shop I tried on a particular pink, short and bouffy bridesmaid dress. I instantly felt like I was wearing the dress and not the other way round and after the initial shock my mum agreed that short, pink and bouffy was the dress for me.
Groom’s attire… I didn’t want the formality of top and tails and preferred to buy a really nice three piece suit that I felt comfortable in and that was much more in keeping with theme of the day. My outfit was completed with an amazing pocket watch from Shelley that I got as a present on the morning of the day.
The Readings + Music…. Our first reading was made by one of my best friends, Helen. It was called ‘He Never Leaves The Seat Up’ by Pam Ayres. With just enough sentiment and humour it really connected with us the first time we read it.
Our biblical reading was from Ecclesiastes made by Simon’s Uncle Steve, a lovely short and concise reading that explains a relationship perfectly.
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
We both love watching live music so we were always going to have a band for the evening music and were lucky enough to stumble across Wrinkle Rock. Whilst on a camping trip we ran out of beer so walked down to the beer festival and managed to catch the last two songs of these guys set, which happened to be by two of Shelley’s favourite bands, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. A few enquiries later and they were booked, and they didn’t disappoint on the night getting everyone up to rock n roll the night away.
Beautiful bridesmaids….. My amazing sister Claire and sister-in-law Jenny looked beautiful in short gun metal dresses. The colour and style really complemented both mine and Simon’s outfits. Unintentionally we had a silver themed wedding. They were both invaluable sources of help and advice in the run up to the wedding and of course in organising my hen night. Claire and Jenny’s children were our ‘bridesboys’ (Jacobs choice of role for him and his brother Reuben) and Eleanor looked so beautiful in her princess dress, no one could not ‘aww’ as her and Reuben walked in to the church holding hands.
The Flowers… To follow the relaxed atmosphere we wanted I had a bouquet of mixed summer flowers in creams and greens to match the table decorations, which were from the House of Fraser spring window display (if you don’t ask you won’t get!) Claire and Jen had wrist corsages and everyone else white carnation button holes.
The church flowers were done by Rhiannon who does all the church flowers throughout the year. We just wanted some whites and greens around the church nothing too formal just enough to set the atmosphere.
The Cake… Everyone knows I’m a Mary Berry at heart and so I was always gonna give making my own cake a bash, and if not have a Marks’ sponge on standby. As it turned out my weekend of list making and planning meant that by Friday evening I had three tiers of dark chocolate, lemon sponge and a light fruit cake all iced and in boxes ready for my friends to assemble on Saturday morning. I was so pleased that I’d actually made and iced my own wedding cake, well chuffed.
Your Photographer…. Aaron was an old school friend of Shelley’s sister Claire and his name was put forward from the beginning. After seeing some of Aaron’s photos we knew instantly his style was what we wanted for the day. We had an engagement shoot prior to the day and despite the blustery conditions the resulting photos confirmed we made the right choice. On the day Aaron blended into the background and was able to get some amazing shots. We were so happy with the final photos, they captured the day beautifully. In addition to his photography skills Aaron was a great help in ensuring we hadn’t forgotten to do anything in the weeks leading up to the big day.
The Details + Decor…. A group of my friends lovingly agreed to decorate the venue for us with bunting around the outside of the building and party boxes for the kids hanging from the tree to really create that party feel. We also had a wall decorated with pictures of family and friends on their wedding days.
The Honeymoon…. With Shelley being an international jet setter (trolley dolly) we decided on a multi stop tour visiting Paris, Verona and Tuscany. Most of the travelling was done by train and a dinky little Fiat 500 rather than by plane and that made it all the more special.
Memorable moments… Ice cream van went down a storm, loved by both the little and ‘big’ kids.
For us the drive from the church to the venue with me at the wheel of my mini gave us a moment to ourselves to say to each other ‘wow we actually just got married’, plus the beeps and waves from other drivers and pedestrians made us feel like celebs.
Advice for other couples… Just enjoy every minute of it and don’t get stressed about the little things as it’s just one day and the beginning of the rest of your life together.
Credit where credit’s due….
Venue – Hunsbury Hill Centre (http://www.hunsburyhillcentre.co.uk/)
Photographer – Aaron Collett Photography (http://www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk/)
Dress – Shop For Brides (http://www.shopforbrides.com/)
Suit – Warwicks (http://www.warwicks.net/)
Food – Ian Brodie Catering (http://www.pigroast.co.uk/)
Flowers – Homeland Florists (http://www.homelandflorists.co.uk/)
Band – Wrinkle Rock (http://www.wrinklerock.org/)