WWW readers Amy and Will wed on the 19th August 2017 at Amy’s family home in Buckinghamshire and I’ve got to tell you, it was simply dreamy! Think ethereal meadow setting, outdoor ceremony and a clear marquee looking out on the stunning views. Amy and Will wanted a really personal day and frankly, how more personalised can you get than your brother marrying you?
The British weather was good to our pair and I bet their guests just loved the open air setting. This wedding took place in front of a simply beautiful ceremony arch, which was turned into a photobooth backdrop later on. Amy’s Rembo Styling dress matches the dreamy vibe of the day brilliantly and you’re just going to love the stylish white blooms and greenery.
Kari Bellamy has captured Amy and Will’s wonderful nuptials just perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
THE PROPOSAL | In New York (Amy’s parents live in New Jersey) on our 10 year anniversary. Will proposed with Amy’s Grandma’s engagement ring.
THE VISION | Amy always wanted to get married at home in her parent’s garden (possibly influenced from early life viewings of Father of the Bride). We wanted something very relaxed and personal, and something that would be unique.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We have friends who were getting married, or had got married recently who gave us lots of brilliant advice. One friend in particular had a fantastic spread sheet template, which we used – with coloured tabs for different aspects of the day – I love a spread sheet! Both of our families were also really supportive in the planning process, letting us do our own research but pitching in with helpful pointers.
THE VENUE | Amy’s family home in Buckinghamshire.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress from Rembo Styling. Necklace from Missoma London. Bracelet from Astrid & Miyu. Wedding Ring from Monica Vinader. Engagement Ring – Amy’s Grandma’s. Shoes – LK Bennet. Blue anklet – Etsy (a present from Maid of Honour)
FINDING THE DRESS | I knew that I wanted something quite bohemian-looking. So I started with Pinterest and went from there. I eventually found Rembo Styling and loved every dress in the collection, and they were all in budget, so I knew it had to be from them. I found a small boutique in Surrey who were having a one day trunk show. I tried on about five, and got the first one I tried – it was called ‘Aimee’.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Will’s always liked a three piece suited and knew he wanted grey. He did some online shopping, and found something he liked from TM Lewin. He went to the store to try it on and buy. He then had the trousers and jacket altered to fit perfectly. His shirt was an official Lions tour of Australia dress shirt, with an embroidered Lions logo from Thomas Pink. He borrowed a silver tie and purple socks from Amy’s Dad.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Amy’s brother conducted the ceremony. Amy walked down the aisle with her Dad to Baba O’Riley by The Who. Both of our Mums gave their ‘first impressions’ of each of us, Will’s Mum Helen talking about Amy, and Amy’s Mum Kay talking about Will. Two of our good friends from university who live in the USA (Emma and Andy) also spoke about us as a couple. We walked back down the aisle to You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oats. Our first dance was (You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson. We also had a family band – Will (drums), Will’s Dad Rob (bass guitar), Will’s Brother Jack (vocals and guitar), Amy’s Brother Rob (lead guitar) and Amy’s Dad Ted (hype man/roadie). It involved months of practice and was every guest’s favourite part of the day. They played: Get it On by T Rex, Johnnie B Good by Chuck Berry, Twist & Shout by The Beatles, Tutti Frutti by Little Richard and Brown Sugar by Rolling Stones.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Amy’s best childhood friend Rachael and Will’s sister Ruth. Dresses from Asos.
THE FLOWERS | A good friend of Amy’s Mum, Sally MacDougall is an amazing florist. I knew I wanted all white with lots of greenery with a touch of purple from lilac and thistle. Other than that I had no idea. Sally was amazing – I showed her some pictures on Pinterest of what I liked, and she got it straight away. My bouquet had white roses and lots of eucalyptus. I also bought a third bridesmaid dress, which Sally used to attach to the bouquet. The bridesmaids had gypsophila balls. The button holes were thistle and Will had a white rose. On the tables we had white roses and greenery in jam jars, with dried lavender in smaller candle holder jars. We also had gypsophila in jars hanging on garden hooks in the front garden to lead guests through to the back garden. Sally also made the most amazing display for our arbour – which was hand-made by Will’s Dad.
THE CAKE | We decided that this was one of the traditions that we didn’t necessarily need. Our caterers – Seasons did an amazing pavlova dessert. And Amy’s Godfather provided a phenomenal cheese display from his French shop – Deliciously French.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Kari Bellamy – she was amazing! Almost as soon as Will proposed I was researching photographers, and Kari’s style was exactly what I was looking for. We definitely wanted something more ‘documentary’ style, and all of the shots are so natural – she really captured the overall feeling of the wedding so well. And she made everyone feel so comfortable. She was at the upper end of our budget, but it was something we chose to spend a little bit more money on, and it was so so worth it! She was so brilliant that Will’s brother Jack has asked if she will photograph his wedding this year.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We had a marquee from Joseph Benjamin which took up the whole of the garden. They were brilliant – from the set up to on-the-day management. Though it was in a small space, it looked spacious. We had clear panels at the end, looking out to the meadow, and on the ceiling above the dancefloor, which really opened it up.
THE HONEYMOON | A road trip to California two months later. We visited San Francisco, drove Highway 1 to Monterey, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Sonoma. We used Zankyou to set up a honeymoon gift list where guests generously donated to specific activities / stays for the honeymoon. It was an amazing experience.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | I loved that it was my brother who married us – it felt extremely personal and he did a phenomenal job! I know that he was nervous, but he loved doing it, and it made it so personal. We also hung a polaroid frame (made by Will’s Dad) to the arbour where people could take photos – it became a DIY photobooth. We had a basket of fancy dress items that people could use. My bother also bought us a polaroid camera as a gift and we used it as a guest book, so people took their photo, put it into a book and wrote a little comment, which is such a great thing to have. Also the family band was so so much fun! The speeches were also all so excellent – we had my Maid of Honour Ruth, my Dad, Will’s brother (Best Man) and Will.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Teamwork makes the dream work. It applies to the two of you but also to all of your family and friends – they’ll want to be involved and accept all the help you can get. And remember that it’s the overall feeling from the day that people will remember, not necessarily the little details.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Kari Bellamy
Marquee | Joseph Benjamin
Caterers | Seasons
Florist | Sally MacDougall
Dress | Rembo Styling
Groom Suit | TM Lewin
Gift List | Zank You
Bridesmaid Dresses | ASOS
Cheese Display | Deliciously French
What a gorgeous day you had! Thank you ever so much for sharing your al fresco nuptials with us Amy and Will! Rachel x