I am head over heels for WWW readers Trish and Kevin’s wedding. Why? Well let me explain all. They were married on the 21st July 2018 in a church ceremony before celebrating at Kingsettle Stud in Hampshire. Their vision was to create a day which was boho chic and very them whilst keeping to a £10,000 budget. I have to say it looks as though it all turned out perfectly if the beautiful images are anything to go by. Huge thanks goes to Mark Tattersall Photography for sharing with us these incredible images.
A big part of their day was centred around music, with friends playing live music during the day and a band from WWW faves Tailored Entertainment entertaining everyone by night. I love that they agreed to come together during the wedding if one of their important songs played, it’s such a wonderful idea.
Another element to their day that I am utterly loving has to be the exquisite florals. I mean would you just look at the flower arch and bouquet above?! Wow. Also do look out for seriously stylish outfits and some really lovely DIY touches. I think you are really going to be left feeling inspired today.
The proposal was totally surprising. Kevin had taken me to Paris when we first met for my birthday and due to this we went back a few times when we could so it become a special place for us. On the May bank holiday weekend 2016 we decided to go back to Paris for the long weekend. We checked into a little boutique hotel in the centre of Paris and had a lovely day of sightseeing. That evening Kevin and I were walking to go to dinner when he started taking pictures of me on a disposable camera, (he thinks he’s retro!), I of course was giving him rude gestures until we arrived outside of Norte Dame and Kevin asked a couple to take a photo of us in the same location we take every time we have been back to Paris. Kevin stood behind me as we posed for the picture and I felt him let go of me and as this happened the lady taking the photo gasped and as I turned around, Kevin was down on one knee with a beautiful ring in his hand. He popped the question, I said yes, and we continued to celebrate until the early hours of the morning. Kevin continued to surprise me as I thought we were leaving Paris the next day but he had booked a penthouse apartment overlooking the Eiffel Tower for another few days. It was perfect!
The vision we were going for was a boho type of feel. The venue lent itself to that as it was a working stud farm and in a beautiful rural setting. I knew that I wanted a relaxed, but a touch a glam feel so we went with that.
The Planning Process
The planning process had it’s ups and downs. I really enjoyed looking into the different areas of what needed to be covered and me and my husband split which bits we were going to be in charge of. Luckily a few of my friends had got married the previous year and therefore gave me starting points. I was more in charge of decor and logistics of the day and the ceremony and my husband was in charge of the food.
The ceremony venue = St. Nicolas Church
Reception venue = Kingsettle Stud Farm. Rory and Susie run the farm and they are so helpful and accommodating!
The Readings & Music
We were really lucky as many of our friends are musicians so we had three of Kevin’s best friends play live music whilst in the church and at the arrival drinks. Ollie and Murry sang Some Where Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version) whilst playing the ukulele. This is one of my all time favourite songs so it meant a lot. One of Kevin’s other best friends George did a reading and Kat played the cello when people arrived for drinks after the ceremony. We were very lucky to have such talented friends!
The band – Festival Folk. Honestly couldn’t have asked for a better band. They were fantastic. We love live music and this band got fully involved and played our first song perfectly!!! They were such a good laugh!
Your Outfits & Accessories
My dress was from Brides of Winchester and was Pronovias dress. I got my very long trailing veil from here as well. My shoes were from ASOS and I wore my husband’s grandmothers pearl earrings that his grandfather gave me.
My husband’s suit was from M&S luxury and had his waist coat specially made in Italy.
My make up was done by one of my bridesmaids – she is fab and a make up genius so she told me what to get before the day.
My hair was done by Michelle Crosser from Bridal Hair in Hampshire. She was amazing and actually saved me last minute as someone else had cancelled a couple weeks before my wedding. Michelle was great in the trial and on the day.
Bridesmaids again were the same, they all got their own dresses as long as it was a shade of blue and maxi length. I got them all flower crowns to wear as well as two little ones for my flower girls. I love the miss match look and this meant that all my bridesmaids (I had 6 and 2 flower girls) were comfortable and happy with what they were wearing.
The flowers were from With Wild Abandon and were one of my favourite things at our wedding and really made our pictures. Sophie was lovely and totally took on the ideas that I wanted and made them even better than I thought they could be. They were rainbow in colour but kept a rich summer feel.
Groomsmen and woman all wore whatever they wanted. The only rule was that it needed to be a shade of blue to match the colours we were going for. I got them all a handmade buttonhole with different colour flowers.
Mark Tattersall was amazing. We had a pre wedding shoot and full day photography of the wedding. He totally made us feel comfortable and got to know us as a couple and what photos we wanted. We specified what specific photos we wanted and the general feel and got exactly what we wanted. We were so happy with the pictures and quality and how Mark got involved in the day. He was great to work with.
Mark also did our small wedding video of the highlights of the day. I cannot tell you how happy we were that we got this. He layered with our first dance music and songs from the wedding. It is at the bottom of this blog Mark did on our wedding.
The Details & Décor
Most of the décor I made myself, from the wedding invitations to the wedding favours and flower hoops, handmade thank you presents. The lot! We did this as I wanted a more personal touch as well as not wanting to hire things that had been at every other wedding. It was a lot of work but very pleased we did this as it totally made it our own. Plus we saved a lot of money this way!
The Selfie Shack – vintage style photo booth. They were brilliant. So kind and helpful!!
One of my best mates from uni, Gemma made my wedding cake and brought it over from Northern Ireland!! She made the top tier and then we had different cupcakes for the rest of the cake and everyone at the wedding had one for a dessert. She even made MR and Mrs Brewer toppers for each cupcake.
Our honeymoon was amazing! We were lucky enough to do a bit of travelling over the summer. We left for our honeymoon 2 days after our wedding so we were riding the high all summer! We went to Hong Kong, Borneo, Kula Lumpa and ended in Bali. It was perfect!
The ceremony itself. Me and Kevin dancing together and finding each other whenever one of our important songs came on. This was a pre arranged agreement to ensure we spent enough time together and enjoy our day as a couple. The speeches – they were very emotional!
Advice For Other Couples
Do whatever makes you happy for your day and don’t think about other people expectations of what the day should be like. There is no right or wrong and everyone is just so happy to be a part of your day that it will be perfect no matter what!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Mark Tattersall Photography
With Wild Abandon
Brides Of Winchester
So so wonderful.
Trish and Kevin, thank you both so very much for sharing your incredible wedding with us xo Lou