A good afternoon to you :-) I am over the moon to be back today sharing another loved up happy couple.
James and Sam were married on Easter Sunday; 20th April 2014 at their family church followed by a reception at Cubley Hall, Sheffield. They hoped for a relaxed and personal wedding day. Their wedding was a real team effort, with family and friends all contributing their talents; from Sam’s amazing homemade dress to the home baked cakes and crafty liberty print ties.
I so love the utterly delicious style throughout this wedding, complete with stunning attire, Sam’s amazing beehive hair style and the sweet touches.
Thanks so much to Mike and Tom for sharing their incredible photographs today.
THE PROPOSAL | James took me away to Windermere in the Lake District in September 2014 to the hotel we celebrated our 5 year anniversary. James then proceeded to get down on one knee (with a slight resemble to someone falling off his chair), he then popped with question while holding the most beautiful turquoise Tiffany box.
THE VISION | We wanted our wedding day to be as relaxed as possible with all our family and friends around us; we also wanted the day to reflect our personalities and everything we both love.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Right from day one we knew what style of wedding we wanted, so decisions were easily and quickly made. We booked all the big things like venue and church first and then started again with other smaller things with 6 months to go….
We had just over a year to plan everything from sending our Save the dates out, we had an army of friends and family helping us create our perfect day, from our wedding car, to all the stationery and decorations, to home baked cakes, to the flower decorations, to homemade ties and pocket squares…. This helped in the way that we didn’t get stressed out, planning our wedding was enjoyable and fun.
BUDGET | We decided that our wedding wasn’t going to be a huge affair right from day one as we both decided we wanted to enjoy an amazing honeymoon together so a large part of our budget went on that. We made wise decisions and spend money where it was needed, creating a lot of things ourselves and knowing the right people helped us save where necessary…. this meant we could splash out on our honeymoon!
THE VENUE | We knew straight away that we wanted to go down the traditional route and get married in Silkstone church where I was christened 26 years ago and where my Grandparents were married 53 years ago. For the venue we went local, in fact that local it was a mile up the road! This meant that all our friends and older members of our family (including my 100 year old Great Nana) could attend. We had always known we wanted somewhere that fitted in with our style and the Barn and Cubley Hall was always going to be the perfect place.
We were very lucky in the fact that we knew all the staff at Cubley Hall and Sandra the wedding co-ordinator was absolutely brilliant and accommodated our every request! James is a chef so our wedding food was VERY important to us, we went down to non-traditional route and had steak and ale pie and peas and fish and chips, followed by a cake table full of yummy desserts, which were all homemade by our friends and family.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | My dress was handmade by a friend who works for Paul Smith. I love the fact that my wedding dress was made just for me by someone who knows my styles and it was exactly how I wanted it with so many personal touches which I LOVED.
My Gran gave me the top half of her wedding dress (my something old) which was mainly lace, Susie created a heart out of the lace which was stitched onto my train with our wedding date embroidered in blue thread at the side, my Mum had done some investigation work and got James to find my good luck gold cat my Nannan gave me when I was 7, which was then placed in a pocket within the liner with the words stamped “for a little bit of luck”…. as you can imagine tears fell as started as soon as I saw this!
I work for a lingerie supplier and my colleague at work kindly offered to make my wedding lingerie, which was lovely and very personal which I will keep forever… And for my shoes I wore Vivienne Westwood which were pale pink to match the bridesmaids complete with a huge blue bow for my “something blue”.
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew I never wanted a ‘typical wedding dress’ and having been talked into going to local wedding dress shops to try on numerous different dresses with my Mum and Sister, it was confirmed that a shop bought dress wouldn’t be for me. I then thought I could possibly go down the route of getting my dress made and I then thought back to my Maid of honours wedding dress which was made for her by her talented friend Susie, a few text messages later she had agreed to meet up to discuss making my wedding dress…. which I then went armed with a scrap book filled with sketches, pictures and numerous website links.
I knew what style of dress I wanted and with being short I felt I knew what would suit my body shape, therefore I knew I wanted a tulle waist band, and a tulle skirt and I also wanted a swishing train but at the same time I wanted to show of my shoes (poor Susie must have dreaded this). But with a few more sketches and inspirational pictures and armed with some measurements… a toile was made, fabrics were ordered and were on the road to success!!!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | James always knew that he wanted to buy a suit as appose to renting one, this worked out well as we have a few more weddings this year so we decided to invest in a good 3 piece that would last that he can keep wearing. We headed straight to Ted Baker and got his entire outfit from there (apart from his Paul Smith socks), he likes to refer to being dressed in “Ted to Toe” on his wedding day. My amazing and talented maid of honour made James’ tie and the Best man, Ushers and the Dads matching ties and pocket squires using Lliberty fabric complete with initial and date tags!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | From day one we knew we had to include our favourite song which is Mr Brightside by The Killers somewhere and stumbled across a piano version on YouTube and decided that this was the song I would walk down the aisle to, in the service we had traditional hymns that everyone could sing along to.
We had a singer called Jake Woodhams for when we were eating our meal, this set a brilliant atmosphere in the Barn and everyone loved him, he also sung when our evening guests were arriving.
In the church my cousin Abby kindly read a reading which was ‘On your wedding day’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My best friend Carly who I have know since I was 3 was maid of honour and my Sister and friend Hannah were bridesmaids and they all wore floor length one shoulder dresses from H&M. We wanted them in soft muted tones and bought the dresses on a whim when out shopping one day, luckily they loved them and they fitted perfectly.
THE FLOWERS | Floral Magic in Stocksbridge made my bouquet, the bridesmaids posies and all our button holes. After just one discussion they knew exactly what I wanted and created it perfectly.
For our table decorations I went to the local market on the morning the day before the wedding with my Maid of honour, my Mum and my Mother in law and bought roses, gypsophila, peonies and ranunculus which were placed in jam jars, vases and decorative bottles.
THE CAKE | My Cousin has her own Wedding Cake business called Sweet Additions based in Sheffield, she is fantastic and so very talented and made our cake exactly as we wanted and we LOVED it, we had 3 tiers in 3 different delicious flavours.
My Sister in law bought our cake topper which included James’ chef whites and even Florence, our cat. Above this was a little bunting that my Maid of Honour made for us.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Mike & Tom did our wedding photography, having stumbled across them online and looking through there online portfolio we absolutely loved their approach to capturing a wedding. We contacted them straight away which they immediately replied saying they were available (it as meant to be)!
We knew we didn’t want traditional photo’s (well we had a few to keep family members happy), but we wanted natural photo’s that really showed off the emotions and atmosphere of the day and they definitely succeeded.
Our friends are getting married on the 1st August and Mike & Tom are shooting there wedding so it will be nice to see them again.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We were very lucky that the Barn is already decorated so lovely with ornaments and lots of fairy lights, so we kept our decorations very minimal.
We made all of the flower decorations our self with lots of help from family and friends; I set out from day one making all our stationery and loved every minute of it. My Stepdad had the job of making envelopes out of wallpaper samples and he’s now a professional in making pom pom’s which where used for the backs of the chairs.
My Mum makes some pretty tasty Sloe Gin so we took advantage of that for our wedding favours. She set on making 30 bottles which were transferred into miniature glass bottles with corks complete with little tags, we made confetti using lavender and dried flowers out of my Nana’s garden.
My friend Jordan did a fantastic job doing my wedding make up, she knew exactly what I wanted and I felt great through out the day, we even had a touch up session before the night do!
THE HONEYMOON | James was in charge of booking the honeymoon and he decided to make it a holiday of a lifetime, resulting in 3 weeks travelling in Thailand visiting Phuket, Bangkok and Chiang Mai with a 3 night stay in Dubai on the way… AMAZING.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Everyone said to me to make sure James and I had sometime to ourselves, we hadn’t planned to do this as the day was so jam packed but we somehow stumbled across just us two in the Barn when it had been decorated before our guests arrived, it was then when James just said…”you wanna get a drink?” We then sat there with a glass of champagne and a bottle of Corona and had 20 minutes just me and him reflecting on the day, I would highly recommend this.
Seeing my Dad’s face when I walked into the room, it will stay with me forever (and I could cry thinking about it now)…. Also seeing James at the end of the aisle who was a nervous and emotional wreck, even after downing a bottle of rescue remedy. And I will never forgot the excitement of all our guests as the DJ played Mr Brightside and me and James were lifted up by our Ushers, this was brill to see everyone dancing and having a ball.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Spend at least 10 minutes just the two of you to absorb the day and every detail in it… keep calm and enjoy everything as you only get this day once!
If you can arrange to go on honeymoon within the next few days after the wedding, I think it was the best thing ever as the excitement just kept on coming.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographers | Mike and Tom
Wedding cake | My cousins business – Sweet Additions
Wedding make-up | Jordan Naylor Makeup
Flowers | Floral Magic
Venue | Cubley Hall, Penistone, Sheffield
Oh what a day.
Thanks so so much to James and Sam for sharing their wonderful wedding with us today XOXO Lou