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Well I never, did you ever see a more romantic and pretty capture? These images today by Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film really are exquisite and I think you will agree when you see all of the photographs below. Huge thanks to Grace for sharing them with us too.

WWW readers Jess and David were hitched on the 22nd July 2017 and their summer wedding day really was a dream. What I love most though was just how authentic and personal their celebrations were. Their day was all about choices which were meaningful to them both. Let me explain. They were married in the church where they met and where both of their parents were married, then continued the celebrations in Jess’ parents back garden in Nottingham. How very special.

These two really do have style in spades, I mean just take the modern yet pretty colour palette of pastels mixed with dark burgundy and navy. It really works well especially in the bridesmaid attire and the bountiful bouquets. Perfection. The blooms were just remarkable, the marquee looked divine and the couple themselves just gorgeous in their chosen outfits. One of my fave moments captured has to be the sparkler exit, one not to miss!

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THE PROPOSAL | Wow. Where to begin! David and I met when we were children as we were vague family friends but only started getting to know each other at our church’s youth group in Nottingham. We started dating in 2012 but soon had to do long distance as we went to different universities – Sheffield and Hull. We bought a ludicrous amount of train tickets over the next four years.

In the summer of 2016 we went inter-railing round Europe. As we had been together for a while by this point a lot of our friends and family were hinting, guessing and even betting where David would pop the question on our travels. Venice was a popular choice. But alas, this did not happen.

On the 18th of September, the weekend before my birthday David seriously down-played the events he had planned for the weekend. He told me we were going to our favourite brunch location in Sheffield (The Lucky Fox) followed by ‘Finding Dory’ at the cinema. Sure. Who doesn’t love a bit of Disney every now and then. We arrived and the staff directed us to screen 3. We sat in the second row. It was empty. The adverts started and then the trailers. David left for the toilet. And the trailers came to an end. The screen went blank and then David’s face was there on the screen. What the flip. He told me that this film was for me: ‘project ask’. Throughout the last three months he had compiled video diaries and photos of our inter-railing journey. The first was in June just before he had rung my dad to ask for permission to marry me. I was in tears. He then had secretly videoed reasons why he wanted to marry me in each destination throughout Europe. (!!!) When it had finished he came back in and held me while I cried and we smiled. Then he said some lovely things and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I nodded a lot.

THE VISION | Ultimately we just wanted our wedding to be personal and reflect us. We wanted it to be authentic, natural, simple and fun for our guests! We loved that we got to spend our day in really familiar and personal locations and we tried to include as many of our friends and family in the day from our band members, to our photographers and caterers!

We went for a pastel colour palette with some darker burgundy and navy cut-through shades. I’m a big fan of colours and how they work together so I couldn’t resist having all my bridesmaids in different colours – which then helped me shape the reception décor.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | Nothing can quite prepare you for the planning process of a wedding. There’s an endless to-do list and in hindsight, we didn’t particularly help ourselves by having the reception in our back garden rather than a designated wedding venue… As all the little details become your responsibility – from ice and wine-glasses, to marquee set-up, and lighting! Having said this, I wouldn’t have done anything differently and it made for a more personal and budget friendly wedding as well as not getting the stab of the corkage bill! I’d advise brides and grooms to pace themselves, take it one step at a time and not get overwhelmed by the big picture. It will all come together in the end! I’d also advise you to take the time at the beginning to prioritise what is most important to you as you can’t possibly put all your time / money / effort into everything – so focus on the things that are most important to you and delegate as much as you can of the rest!

BUDGET | We tried to be as minimalist with our wedding budget as we could, as we wanted to save for our honeymoon and future life together.

THE VENUE | We got married at the church where we met ten years ago in Nottingham – Heart Church. Although it wasn’t a traditional looking church it meant so much to both to be in such a familiar space where so many of our memories began. It also turns out that we made a small bit of history on our wedding day as we were the first couple to get married at the same church as both of our parents! The reception was in my parents back garden in Nottingham which made the wedding so incredibly personal.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I adapted Anna Sorrano’s Sophia dress which I bought from WED2BE.

I bought my shoes from Dune. I wanted some shoes that were a bit different, that I could wear again, wouldn’t get stuck in grass but still looked elegant! I love them and still wear them now!

I bought my hair piece from Etsy, which worked beautifully in the braided hair style and tied in really well with the lace detailing of the dress. I wore earrings from ‘Glitzy Secrets’ and a bracelet from Tiffany & Co.

I wore Channel Chance perfume, this was the first perfume my dad bought me.

FINDING THE DRESS | I went shopping for my wedding dress with my mum, sister and mother in law. They all have very different styles and tastes but the dress I choose was the first one that they all agreed on from Wed2Be. They were much more convinced than I was for a while as it was only our first day looking for dresses! But they were so right. I never imagined myself in a fit and flare dress but I loved it and the lace detailing was so elegant!

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Navy Ted Baker suit from Slaters and he also wore his granddad’s pocket watch.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | “The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. It is the divine spark; it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven…

What a grand thing it is to be loved! What a far grander thing it is to love! The heart becomes heroic, by dint of passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests on anything that is not elevated and great. To love another person, is to see the face of God.” Les Miserable – Victor Hugo

Romans 12v9-16 “Love from the centre of who you are”.

We chose both of our readings as they were so personal to us. They reflected the kind of love that we want to have in our marriage.

For music the bridal party walked down the aisle to ‘Turning Pages’ by Sleeping At Last (chosen by my sister who was maid of honour).

We also danced out of the church to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder which was brilliantly relevant!

For our first dance song we chose Jake Isaac ‘You And I Always’. We wanted to dance to something that was original and had powerful lyrics. We wanted the song to feel like ours and Jake Isaac’s ‘You And I Always’ definitely achieved that.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaid dresses were a range of pastel colours and styles. I wanted them all to be floor length as think this is the most elegant style of dress but I’m a big fan of colours and how they work together. I hunted down the dresses from a range of different stores including ASOS, Debenhams and Monsoon and somehow managed to get most of them under £30!

All the bridesmaid’s hair was done by my talented maid Bryony, with some fresh gypsophila in their hair and they accessorised with simple pearl jewellery and wore nude shoes chosen by themselves.

THE FLOWERS | Slades Florist were amazing. Literally better than I could have imagined! I gave them such a complicated brief to attempt to try and bring all the different colours we had going on together from the pastel bridesmaid shades to the cut through burgundy shades in the groomsman’s bow ties.

THE CAKE | Our wedding cake was made by a friend, again we wanted something simple but elegant. We found the style we chose on Pinterest and loved the lavender and leafy décor against the textured icing.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER | Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film

Grace has been a good friend of mine since 2009 and it was such a privilege to have her and Mitch document the biggest day of our lives. They are so incredibly good at capturing the details that you only realise afterwards were so precious to you. We were completely blown away by the quality of the photos and film, we couldn’t have asked for a more professional and personal selection of memories!

Wedding film – https://vimeo.com/238495391/9b16409d81

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | For décor we had Gypsophila in hanging milk bottles in the gardens, festoon lights, a family tree of old picture frames of our family members on their wedding day. Our table plan was handmade by my brother Arran, with each table being a city where we went when inter-railing/where David filmed his proposal.

We both love Thai food so this was an easy choice for our wedding food! The Royal Thai restaurant has been a family favourite for many years and it was so nice to have them cook for us on our wedding day! They did an outstanding job and it was so lovely to have a selection of dishes on the table for the guests to get stuck into!

Family and friends did acoustic performances throughout the reception and some friends of ours did live music in the evening for us all to dance too!

THE HONEYMOON | After our wedding we stayed in a little private Air BnB in the outskirts of Nottingham, which was a wonderful few days rest before jetting off to Thailand! Our honeymoon was a bit unconventional… but we loved it! We spent three weeks in Thailand and managed to get a scuba-diving license, experience total-wipe out in all its bruising glory, motorbike around many islands and end up at the full moon party! We both love making memories so it was perfect for us but definitely not your average honeymoon! Jess also spent the first four years of her life in Thailand so it was really special for us to go back there and experience the culture together. We also both love Thai food (hence why we had a Thai food buffet at our reception!).

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We loved and smiled through the entire day! It meant so much to us that we were surrounded by so many lovely people from all aspects of our life. If we had to choose highlights they would probably include dancing out the church to ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’, the speeches (one by my (Jess’s) brother and sister, my (Jess’s) parents, Groom’s speech, Bride’s speech and Best Man David’s brother), dancing to our live band and our sparkler send off!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | I would say that all aspects of wedding planning (budget, time, energy) will take as much as you give it! So decide before you start when enough is enough! We’re so glad we prioritised the things that meant the most to us such as the Thai Food and made do with things that were less important to us such as a wedding car.

I heard this so much when I was planning the wedding but literally don’t worry about the details! When the day comes all you care about is the man you’re marrying and celebrating with all your favourite people!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer & Videographer | Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film

Ceremony Venue | Heart Church Nottingham

Dress | Anna Sorrano’s Sophia dress from Wed2Be

Bride’s Shoes | Dune

Hair Piece | Etsy

Bride’s Earrings | Glitzy Secrets

Bride’s Bracelet | Tiffany & Co.

Bride’s Hair | Keith Hall

Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS, Debenhams, Monsoon

Groom’s Suit – Ted Baker at Slaters

Florist | Slades Florist

Wedding Rings | Stephen Roberts

Catering | The Royal Thai Nottingham

Hospitality | Michael Wisher Staff (who were flexible and helped with friend volunteers!)

 

Oh so beautiful!

Thanks ever so much to Jess and David for sharing all about their very special wedding with us xo Lou

 

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