David and Louise tied the knot on a gorgeous summers day in their village, with a church ceremony followed by a do at the village hall. This wedding gave me a really warm homely feel due to it’s relaxed vibes. With guests walking between the church and the village hall, the village fete bunting left up especially for their day and home made touches throughout.
With a budget of £6500 they crafted some lovely details, including 100 felt bird place names, pom poms and fairy lights adorned the hall and crockery was hired in to serve the meal.
Louise looked so chic in her stylish up do and Monsoon shift dress teamed with orange Christian Louboutins, meanwhile the bridesmaids wore vivid lace dresses and sparkly necklaces. Wow.
Thanks goes to the marvellous Lisa Dawn Photography for sending over these images to us to enjoy.
THE PROPOSAL | David proposed to me on our sofa in our house – low key but a romantic moment none the less !!
THE VISION | To get married in our village and have the reception within walking distance and to make sure everyone had an amazing time.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We were keen to get married in our village church and have the reception in the village hall so once I had managed to secure both of those venues for that date then planning went quite smoothly as I gave myself just over a year. David had the task of organising his suit and that of his best men and the ushers.
We wanted to make sure that we took advantage of the beautiful village, Droxford, we lived in and were keen for friends and family to just arrive at the church and then be able to walk to the village hall for the reception making everything very simple, relaxed and relatively inexpensive.
I had never thought about what my wedding day was going to be like and so all that mattered to us was that we got married and that the people we loved were with us and could celebrate, we had good food, plenty to drink and that no ABBA was played at the reception!
BUDGET | We spent around £6,500.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I had never thought about getting married and so the dress was not important for me – it was really all about the shoes!
I bought my shoes (neon orange patent Christian Louboutins) before anything and that was my inspiration for what the day was going to be like – bright, shiny and good fun!
I got my dress for the daytime from the Monsoon bridal collection in the sale which made me think perhaps I should have a dress for the day and a dress for the evening and then another pair of shoes to go with it!
My evening dress was from Virgos Lounge and so I purchased a second pair of Louboutins to go with it!
My earrings were from Accessorize and my mother in law lent me her mother’s ring to wear for the day which was lovely. I also wore my Tiffany bracelet which was given to me by my brother and sister-in law.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Neither of us wanted grey or black suits and we loved the navy blue suits that were around at that time and so David hired all the suits from Moss Bros in Winchester.
His shoes were from Russell and Bromley and he purchased these himself – they had an orange sole which matched my shoes perfectly!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had a reading from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin read by my sister in law, Victoria, a poem read by our friends Lynda and Elliott and the reading 1 Corinthians 13 from the bible by our friend Brett.
I walked down the aisle to the ‘’Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My lovely friends Susie, Ange, Lizzy and my lovely sister in law’s Hannah and Rachel were my bridesmaids.
The bridesmaids dresses came from Topshop and they each had a bright and colourful necklace to wear. Their shoes were nude patent court shoes from Next.
I also bought their lovely earrings from Stella and Dot.
THE FLOWERS | Heather and Rose.
As soon as I met Heather she completely understood my vision for the flowers on the day. I wanted very informal arrangements and on the tables at the reception we had cut flowers that were in jam jars, bottles, cans and vases. All traditional country flowers but all different colours.
In the church we had ears of corn at the ends of the aisle with chiffon ribbons and a milk churn filled to the brim with flowers.
The bridesmaids had pom poms bouquets of gypsophila (‘baby’s breath’) and my entire bouquet was made of white freesias and was stunning.
THE CAKE | I ordered a rainbow cake from the Hummingbird Bakery in London and a selection of their mini and large cupcakes in red velvet, carrot, chocolate and vanilla.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lisa Dawn Photography.
I first met Lisa and Scott at my brother’s wedding as they were the photographers for his wedding and was extremely impressed.
We had a lovely engagement photo shoot with them in the January where they braved the mud and came out for a walk with us and our dogs.
Words cannot express how incredible they are. You would never know that they were taking pictures. Lisa and Scott are quietly in the background taking natural shots of everyone capturing those really special moments that as a busy bride and groom on the day you miss.
The photos that they took managed to capture the very essence of the day.
We had a few formal shots with family and some shots taken on our own after the ceremony and how they managed to get us to look quite that good is nothing short of brilliance!
I cannot recommend them highly enough.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I made felt birds (100!) for each guest as place names for the tables – the main body was felt and then the wings were Liberty Fabrics (David helped as we got close to the day with bending the wire for the legs!)
We had metres and metres of beautiful bunting handmade by my wonderful friend Susie (that she had made for her wedding).
Paper pom poms, candles and little wooden hearts that had ‘Mr and Mrs Nettle’ engraved on them.
I hired in all the crockery and table linen and we borrowed the tables and chairs from a neighbouring village hall!
My friend Susie and I did all the décor ourselves in the hall and David put up the fairy lights and bunting.
Our village had its summer fayre the weekend before and left the bunting up in the square especially for us which was lovely.
THE HONEYMOON | We had a mini moon at ‘The Scarlet’ Hotel in Mawgen Porth, North Cornwall which was fantastic – that was just for a few days after the wedding so we could wind down.
We were then going to plan a bigger trip for 2017 but I discovered I was pregnant and 9 months later Evie was born!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There were so many wonderful memories of our day but my two most memorable moments was walking down from our house to the church with my dad and my most wonderful friends and soon to be sister in laws and then seeing David at the end of the aisle with just the biggest smile on his face – I will never forget that.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Remember the day is about the two of you and no one else – we were given excellent advice by my cousin and his wife to every now and then just wander off, just the two of us, and spend time together – you spend so much time talking to other people on the day and sometimes it is nice to just escape and remember what the day is really about.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE | I have mentioned our wonderful florist and wonderful photographer but really want to say a huge thank you to my friend Susie’s mum Terry and her team of friends who helped organised the day for us – they sorted the food and drink and were just so happy. Without Terry’s help and advice the day would not have gone as smoothly as it did!
Photography | Lisa Dawn Photography
Flowers | Heather and Rose
Cake | Hummingbird Bakery
Ahh I love it ALL.
Thanks so very much to David and Louise for sharing their wonderful wedding story xo Lou