I have one of the loveliest celebrations to share with you this morning, with some super gorgeous photography.
WWW readers Hannah and George tied the knot on the 7 September 2013. They had a vision of a Devon feel country day with a really relaxed atmosphere. They had a sweet pastel colour scheme, with their DIY décor in pretty shades and the bridesmaids in blush pink and baby blue.
Hannah looked so elegant in a Tara Keely dress with her hair in a pretty half up half down style while George wore a bespoke suit with polka dot tie. I so love those fluffy pom poms, the rustic cake and the lush florals.
Thanks so very much to the wonderful Helen Lisk for sharing her photographs with us today.
The Proposal… George proposed during a week away in North Devon. He had been walking around with the ring in his pocket for a few days, waiting for the right place to propose; and when we were overlooking the Valley of the Rocks, he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him! I said yes immediately (I had always said that if he did it I would prefer to be in my glad rags but I happened to be in a hoodie and walking boots)!!! I was so unbelievably excited! He had asked for my parents’ permission the weekend before and had also arranged for us to go out for dinner with them to celebrate on the Friday; which was just perfect as they live in Torquay and we live in Essex. It was so nice to share it with them.
The Vision for the Day… We wanted it to be a really relaxed and fun day with lots of personal touches. We had people travelling from Scotland, St Helens, London and even Australia, so we really wanted to have the Devon feel to the day. As we had so many people travelling, we also wanted to make sure they were well fed and had plenty to drink…all fuel for a good party!
The Planning Process… I LOVED planning the wedding. So much so I was worrying about what I was going to do with myself when it was all over! George is an accountant so one of the first things we did was to create a ‘Wedding Spreadsheet’ which was like our bible! I involved as many people as I could as lots of friends and family wanted a part of the day.
The Venue… We got married at the beautiful Muddifords Court in Cullumpton, Devon. It was the absolute perfect venue and fell in love with it straight away. When we went to visit for the first time, they were still cleaning up from a wedding the night before that had finally wrapped up at 4am….we instantly knew it was the one for us! It has its own pub called ‘The Nip Inn’ and two beautiful barns that we held our ceremony and wedding breakfast in. It is a blank canvass, so you can do whatever you like with style but at the same time, you don’t even need to do anything to it as it is already so beautiful. They have an ornamental lake at the front of the house and the bedroom are amazing with roll top baths!
The Dress + Accessories… My dress was Tara Keely. I had some earrings my mum bought me and a cuff from Dune. I had a statement pearl necklace for the evening to change my look slightly.
Finding the Dress… Dress shopping was one of my favourite parts of the planning process. I had three appointments in one day, but as soon as I walked into The Bridal Rooms of Wellswood and met Jo for the first time, I just knew I would buy my dress from her.
We drank bubbles I tried on some beautiful dresses. She actually recommended I try on the dress I bought, so she knows her stuff. My mum and maids cried, so I knew my dress was the one even though it wasn’t exactly what I imagined.
Groom’s Attire… George had a bespoke suit made with Cad and the Dandy in London. He figured it would be worth it considering he would get more wear out of it than me in my dress!
The Readings + Music… My mum wrote a poem and read it out, which was so special. It was about us individually growing up and then us as a couple. One of my closest friends also did a reading of I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… My beautiful bridesmaids were my three closest friends; Candice, Hannah and Jade. They wore Warehouse dresses in two different colours. They were the first thing I bought!
The Flowers… We didn’t go mad with flowers as we knew it was an area we could bring the overall cost down on. I had white/ivory roses, (peony like) pink roses, white/ivory freesia & gyp for me and my maids had hand tied bunches of all gyp with hessian handles.
The Cake… The cake was made by a family member…. we actually had three. We had a large Victoria sponge naked cake, a smaller chocolate naked cake and then a cheese cake with some cupcake bouquets.
Your Photographer… Our photographer was the best decision we made in the whole process. Helen Lisk was absolutely amazing from start to finish; all of the personal touches she included really made her stand out and so many people at our wedding loved her and said they would want to book her when they got married. She was truly incredible and made us feel completely at ease.
The Details + Decor… The style was quite country. We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, but went for pastels and to match the maids that were in pale peach and pale lilac. We had so many people help us with decorations; my mum spent hours making tissue paper pompoms and decorating hundreds of jam jars with lace and hessian. She also made a coconut shy! My mother in law made tin candle holders for outside and more, my aunty hand painted a Grease inspired photo board and I made all of the wedding favours which were bags of sweets wrapped in vintage hankies and tied with a luggage tag that doubled up as a place name. We also personalised our table numbers and rather than go for just a number, we went for an age and had a photo of us at that age at each table. Our top table was a photo from our engagement shoot with Helen Lisk and is one of my favourites.
The Honeymoon… The honeymoon was incredible. We went to Canada for two weeks and travelled from Vancouver (meeting up with two friends that lived there and couldn’t make the wedding), through the Rockies and to Calgary. We feel in love with the country and want to go back. We had a hot tub in every place we stayed and even had a wild Elk come over and graze meters from us while we were relaxing in one. We went whale watching, flew on a sea plane and went on loads of amazing walks.
Memorable Moments… The most memorable has to be when George surprised me and sang me a song. I was so shocked! I had always said I wanted a band, but to keep to our budget, we just couldn’t stretch to it. So in secret he had spoken to John, one of his best men (who is in a band called The 99s) and planned to sing ‘it’s all about you’ by McFly. It was incredible! I was so touched.
My mum’s poem was very special and had the room in tears. George’s speech was also amazing, I felt so proud of him.
I also absolutely loved getting ready with my girls in the morning. I will never forget it and made me realise what amazing friends I have.
Advice for Other Couples… Plan your budget first and try and stick to it. There are so many surprising costs you might not anticipate so keeping everything in one place (like a spreadsheet) was really helpful for us.
Also, people love to have an opinion on the decisions you make, but just remember that it is fine to listen to them, but don’t be swayed by them. It is your day and you should do it your way, no matter what people say.
Lastly, take it all in and savour it. It is so special and looking back, it just makes me smile.
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Photography | Helen Lisk
Venue | Muddifords
Flowers | The Culm Florist
Caterers | Scoff Catering
Dress | Bridal Rooms
Thanks so so much to Hannah and George for sharing their wedding story with us :-) XOXO Lou