By Louise Baltruschat Hollis
Oh my, I have the sweetest couple to introduce you to today and their summer wedding was just delightful.
WWW readers Amy and Jonny were married on the 18th July 2015 in their local church, followed by a reception at Wildwood Golf and Country Club in Surrey. They hoped to achieve a fresh and pretty feel all within their budget, which they kept to thanks to some crafty touches. Amy made the gorgeous stationery and signs herself alongside the scrummy sweetie table.
I adore the lush pastel blooms, bridesmaids in pale blue, and that cake. Love.
Thanks so very much to the fabulous Charlotte Razzell Photography for sharing these images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | We first got together at the age of 16, at a Christian festival, which we subsequently went to every year afterwards. Jonny decided to pop the question at the festival after five years of dating, on the beach. I wrote a post on our engagement on my blog which goes into lots of detail here.
THE VISION | Obsessed with anything wedding related, I had been planning my wedding for practically my whole life! I knew I wanted something pretty traditional, very natural, family-focused, and a fresh summery, romantic feel to the day.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had just over a year to plan our wedding, but having both just started our first jobs out of uni, it didn’t feel like very long! There were only a few things that Jonny really wanted involvement in, and the rest he was happy to leave up to me – he was very involved in the guest list, the readings, and the music, both in the Church and our evening band.
BUDGET | Our wedding cost almost half of the average UK wedding spend (not including the honeymoon). We achieved this by saving money where we could – we found an incredible florist who gave us incredible value for money, and I did a lot of crafts, such as the invitations, order of services, table numbers and sweet buffet.
THE VENUE | For the service, we got married in our local Church, which we attended as our Church. This meant it really was special to us and we knew the vicar personally. It’s also a beautiful old village Church and definitely fitted our vibe of the day! For our reception, I originally envisioned a barn as our perfect venue, but when looking into them, the thought of having to organise and coordinate the hire of tables, chairs, linen, cutlery, alcohol, food, waiters/ bar staff, clean- up etc separately on top of barn hire, meant it just wasn’t worth it for us. We eventually picked Wildwood Golf Club due to its incredibly welcoming staff, the beautiful light room, and the lovely setting of the Surrey golf course.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was from a local shop in a sample sale and I purchased the embellished belt separately from an Etsy store. My shoes were from Debenhams (Debut) and my clutch was from Accessorize. Oh, and my veil was also from the dress shop.
FINDING THE DRESS | I thought I would be a nightmare in picking my dress, but it was actually only the second or third dress I tried on. I went to a sample sale with my Mum and one of my bridesmaids, just to see what I might like, and ended up walking away with my dress that day!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jonny wore a beautiful suit from Next, which he spent literally months searching for. Each best-man (there were five) wore their own brown shoes from different brands.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Since our faith is very important two us, we choose two bible readings which reflect our beliefs and how we want to live our lives together: Ephesians 3:14-21 and Colossians 3:12-17.
The music for our wedding service was also Christian – some of our favourites songs of worship, which meant the service was a wonderful celebration full of songs. The band in the service was made up of friends and family, including the groom’s brother and father. Whilst the worship songs were modern, the groom’s Uncle played the organ for the bride’s entrance and the recessional.
Entrance of the Bride Bruckner: Prologue
Here for You (Matt Redman) Our God (Chris Tomlin)
This is Our God (Chris Tomlin) One Thing Remains
Spirit Break Out (Tim Hughes) Be Thou My Vision
Recessional: Widor: Toccata in F Major
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had my five closest friends as my bridesmaids, including my new sister-in-law. We purchased their dusky blue dresses from an Etsy store which has since stopped trading. They are all so much taller than me so I insisted they wear sandals (from New Look) rather than heels! Their bouquets were a simple cloud of baby’s breath.
THE FLOWERS | Our florist was just incredible. I couldn’t describe too well what it was I was imagining, but she created exactly what I wanted, and more! Again, our florist was local: Caroline at Autumn Leaves in Knaphill, Surrey.
THE CAKE | Cake tasting was one of the best parts of wedding planning! We got our cake from La Papillon Pattisserie (Woking branch) and ended up choosing four different flavours as every cake was just so good! I think we ended up with Chocolate and Baileys, Carrot, Coffee and Red Velvet. I had my heart set on the rustic looking “naked cake” with berries. My lovely bridesmaid Zoe made our cake topper, and my Dad created the amazing backdrop for hanging photos behind the cake.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We had the most amazing photographer we could have asked for in Charlotte, who took the time to get to know us and exactly what we were looking for. She captured the day in the romantic reportage style I really wanted, and we’ve since gone crazy with ordering prints, canvases, and thank you cards to show off her work!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The little details were really important to me, as I think they can really make the day special and really “you”. I did a lot of crafting for the day – the invitations, the order of services, the little signs for the bar, and sweets table, and things like a photography i-spy card for each table, and table numbers with photos of each of us at each age. For our favours, we gave a small donation for each guest to a local charity. Another detail that was important to me was that I had a little swatch from my grandma’s wedding dress stitched into the inside of my own dress, which I was able to show her on the day. On the cake table we had photos of both of our parents cutting their wedding cakes, as they are incredible role models for marriage for both of us. Me and my Dad made the place name holders out of a collection of old corks, sticking a penny to the bottom of each for stability.
THE HONEYMOON | I left the honeymoon completely down to Jonny, and only found out where we were going the morning after our wedding as we headed off to the airport! He’d planned an amazing ten day trip to the USA – a few relaxing days in Miami, Universal studios in Orlando, and then a couple of days exploring New York. I’d never been to America before, so this was an incredible experience and far beyond my expectations.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The party we had in the evening really was the best night of my life – there was so much love and joy I almost thought my heart would burst! Everyone was having such a wonderful time – when the band left, someone plugged in their own music and we all sang and danced for another couples of hours into the early morning. Another of my favourite moments was our first dance – Jonny had written a song for this moment with his friend who is a musician, with such meaningful words – it was just beautiful.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | So many people told me this, and I wish I’d taken it on board more – try not to get stressed! I let the planning consume my thoughts towards the end of the process, and on the morning of the wedding I was ridiculously nervous and panicky, when I should have been relaxing and enjoying getting ready.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Charlotte Razzell Photography
Flowers | Autumn Leaves Florist (ask for Caroline)
Band | Mammoth Groves – email Matt at [email protected]
Hair (Bride and Mother of the Bride) | Hayley Tilley Mobile Hairdresser
Bride Car | Classic and Vintage Car Company
Reception Venue (including catering) | Wildwood Golf and Country Club
Cake | La Papillon Patisserie (Neil Thornton, Woking branch)
Stationery | Homemade
Bridal Belt | PowderBlueBijoux
Amy and Jonny, thank you both so very much for sharing your lovely story with us today xo Lou
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