I think today’s wedding portraits are possibly some of the most beautiful ever to grace this little wedding blog. Julie and Mark look so so in love, and totally funky in their attire. Julie makes a stunning bride, i adore her vintage feel gown, and Mark’s velvet suit is uh-may-zinggg ;-) Not only are the couple looking great, but the wedding was held in the magnificent Ely Cathedral… what an outstanding backdrop.
You are going to love Julie’s account of the day, she had me giggling with her witty and beautiful words.
Thanks so much to the amazing Essex based wedding photographer, Marshal Gray Photography, here is what he had to say about the day;
“It was the day following the other important, albeit less rock n roll, wedding that was taking place this week. And the gods were smiling. The weather was beautiful and the location equally stunning. Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire is an awesome spectacle and I felt extremely honoured to be shooting Julie & Mark’s wedding day. This bride and groom were an absolute joy to work with and whilst the majority of my shooting is organic and candid there is a space during the day which I put aside for bride & groom portraits. I was a little concerned that I wanted to get the bride and groom to the reception without any delay. Julie and Mark however were so relaxed from beginning to end and made it so easy for Cristina (my second shooter) and I to get the shots we wanted. The reception took place at Worlington Hall Country House Hotel and whilst this was less spectacular in size than the Cathedral obviously – it was still a beautifully lush (I can’t believe I used that word) location to get some pretty cool portrait shots. (Again … I have to big-up the bride and groom as I had to drag them away from their desert to catch the best of the late evening light).”
The proposal was totally out of the blue, it happened inside Toni & Guy hair salon in Cambridge whilst I was getting my hair coloured!
The Vision for the day….
We didn’t have a particular theme in mind it was more a mish mash of Country Garden, Vintage and Shabby Chic.
The groom’s suit was chosen by Mark, I knew he wanted a blue suit but all he could find was navy. That was until he found a website that tailor made suits to individual budgets, he booked an appointment and took a friend with him. Around five weeks later the suit was delivered and Mark excitedly tried it on and called me in to the room, I was horrified. A blue, velvet suit was not what I had in mind; however I can honestly say on the wedding day Mark pulled it off fantastically!
The Planning process….
We got engaged in November 2010 and were married in April 2011, some people thought we were crazy to plan a wedding in five months but it wasn’t that difficult. We started by viewing venues for the reception, once we had decided which one we liked we then got in touch with the Cathedral, we knew we wanted an April or May wedding, the Cathedral had the 30th April available so we snapped it up. We then set upon finding a photographer, this was a surprise to us as we stupidly thought a photographer was a photographer, we began looking at websites and was astounded at how the calibre varies. We were in talks with a few photographers but once we met Gary Lashmar (Marshal Gray) we knew we had to have him, his work was exactly what we were looking for. Everything else seemed to fit into place after that, isn’t Ebay great!
Dress + Accessories…..
My dress was by Pronovias called Rosana, it was in ivory lace and it looked almost vintage, I loved wearing it! The vale was also ivory with a lace trim and I opted for a long design.
I only visited two bridal shops and tried on approximately twelve dresses, I knew when I tried it on that it was the one. I stared at myself in the mirror with a beaming smile and said ‘hello’. Speaking to a dress is always a sure sign that you like it; I bounced off the stool and told the assistant that I would take it, then I asked the price, luckily the dress was in the sale and I paid the deposit that afternoon. I had three fittings and I even managed to put a little weight on before the wedding (way too many easter eggs), the seamstress was very good about it and the final fit was perfect!
The Readings + Music….
For the entrance song I chose the traditional Bridal Chorus, we sang three hymns within the service which were, Give me joy in my Heart, Lord of all Hopefulness and One more step along the world I go. The exit song was Ode to Joy, we did originally want, Great Balls of Fire but that didn’t go down too well with the Canon!
I chose one bridesmaid mainly due to financial reasons. I didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind so we looked at lots of various styles and colours before settling for that particular dress. I purchased the dress from an online store that was based in China; the dress arrived with just two weeks to spare before the big day, which was a little stressful to say the least. Fortunately the dress was extremely well made and fit Jess perfectly so my risk paid off.
I searched the internet for ideas before I visited the florists. I knew I wanted a sunflower in each pot as they are my favourite flowers; I also opted for tulips, lilacs and gerberas too. I was going to have a sunflower bouquet but I changed my mind and went with gerbera daisies for a more boho look.
The Details + Decor….
The decor was kept simple with white table cloths and white chair covers with an ivory lace sash to match my dress. We wrote the table plan on an old mirror and for the table numbers we used photographs of Mark and me posing with numbers one to five at various locations. We also decorated the outdoor area with floral bunting to give it a garden party feel.
We decided to have pastel coloured iced fairy cakes instead of the traditional wedding cake; Marks sister baked them so we saved lots of money, they looked fantastic and tasted delicious!
The venue was held at Worlington Hall Country House Hotel in Worlington, Suffolk. It’s a 16th century former Manor House set in five acres of grounds. David the manager was great he told us that we could do what we wanted! The food was outstanding we chose Vegetable Soup to start, Chicken in Tarragon Sauce, with Vegetables and New Potatoes and a Cheesecake with Blueberry Compote for dessert we also chose a cheeseboard with decanters of Port for each table. The honeymoon suite consisted of a living area and kitchen on the ground floor and a bedroom with a four poster bed and bathroom with roll top bath on the first floor. We were very happy with the service and the hospitality from David and the rest of the staff.
We booked the photographer quite late and luckily Gary could accommodate us on our chosen date. We had a pre-wedding shoot about a month before our wedding and I’m so glad Gary suggested it as we knew exactly what to expect on our wedding day. Gary made us feel so relaxed and we hardly noticed him on the day, we are very happy with how he captured the day.
Has to be when my bridesmaid was treading on my train as I was walking up the aisle.. hilarious.. love you Jess!
Advice for other couples…
Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be stressful, know what you want then barter, barter, barter!
Destination not yet decided, but it will be in a cottage somewhere very quiet!
Thanks so much to Julie and Mark for sharing their day with us xoxo
Credit where credit’s due……