WWW readers Jessica and George live in Australia and so planned their UK wedding from overseas. It’s really amazing now that technology connects us across the globe and our pair planned their day mainly via Skype, Whatsapp and email. I have to say it all turned out just splendidly, with them marrying in a church ceremony followed by a reception in a tipi in Jess’s parent’s back garden in Staffordshire on the 8th September 2018. The tipi looked really beautiful decked in fairy lights, flowers and candles. It looked like such a magical setting in which to celebrate.
Relaxed, fun, romantic were the words Jessica and George used to describe their day, which all really shines through in these gorgeous captures by Amy Jordison Photography. There is just so much joy and happiness all round. I love that they continued the celebrations into the next day with a big BBQ brunch, it’s the perfect way to catch up post wedding.
Jessica created all the floral arrangements herself using red and pink blooms. Astilbe, lilies, roses and greenery were all used to great effect, the bouquets in particular look stunning. I think these two looked really stylish too, with Jessica in a tulle and lace gown and George donning a blue suit and tweed waistcoat with bow tie. Their baby daughter looked adorable in her pink dress, too cute! I think you are just going to adore this lovely celebration.
We were away camping for the weekend in Australia (we have lived there since we were 18!) Just the two of us, around a campfire. He’d had the whole thing planned out for around 6 months. He put his phone on ‘self timer’ so we could get a photo of the two of us, and whilst doing so, got down on one knee ☺
We knew we wanted a laid back country wedding in England with all of our closest friends and family. We wanted a really small and intimate wedding, with the focus on great food and drinks. We had seen some tipi weddings online and loved the look – particularly as we love the outdoors and camping – it seemed fitting ☺ Our favourite meal is a good old roast dinner, so we knew that’s what we wanted as our food on the day. We wanted long banquet style tables, with the food laid down the middle, so that everyone could dig in and help themselves, making it feel very laid back and homely.
The Planning Process
90% of our planning was done through Skype/Whatsapps and Emails, as we live in Sydney, Australia! We started about a year before the wedding, although we pretty much knew exactly what we wanted. The ceremony would be held in my (Jess’s) local village church, and the reception would be held at my (Jess’s) parents house in the garden. Once we’d got the main stuff booked (tipi, catering, entertainment) everything else pretty much fell into place. George is a meticulous planner so had a really detailed spreadsheet that kept everything on track. All of our suppliers were great to deal with over email or the phone, so that made things a lot less stressful. We had about 65 guests in the day and another 15 or so on the night. I’m so glad we kept it quite small as it made it much easier (and more cost effective) to plan.
My hair was done by George’s Aunty who is a hairdresser. I had an all up style for the ceremony as I wore a veil so you wouldn’t see much anyway, then for dinner when I took my veil off, I wore it half up half down – more relaxed.
My friend Lucy did my make up, and also ended up doing all of the bridesmaids on the day too. She is a qualified MUA and is just in the process of launching her own biz. She did it exactly how I wanted, natural but still enough to last all day and look good on camera. She used all of my products as I like to use mainly natural make up; Bare Minerals mainly. Some of the bridesmaids had a gorgeous pinky eye shadow that looked so different and worked well with their dresses. I had eyelashes and nails done by Tudor House in our local village, Alrewas.
In a tipi in Jess’s parents garden in Alrewas, Staffordshire.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Jess : I chose my dress in November 2017, whilst I was visiting family in the UK to tell them that I was 12 weeks pregnant! So yes, I went dress shopping whilst 12 weeks pregnant – if I didn’t find anything soon then the bump would get too big and that would mean I’d have just a few months after the baby was born in May to find something! Luckily I found my dress at Le Trois Soeur in London (this shop has now gone into Liquidation) by a designer called Anna Kara. I knew I wanted a simple, casual dress that wasn’t too fitted as I would be 4 months post baby so wasn’t sure how my body would be. I tried on about 8 dresses before putting mine on and just knowing straight away that was it! It was then made to measure for me. I didn’t try it on again until about a month before the wedding and luckily, it fit perfectly! I also had a beautiful veil by THE COUTURE VEIL. My tiara was by Ivory and Co. My shoes were Office (and very uncomfortable!) but they were so beautiful! Haha!
My bag was from Accessorize, although I didn’t use it really on the day, I just wanted something to keep my phone and lippy in. My earrings I designed myself from a local jewellers close to my Mum and Dad’s house.
George : Had a custom made suit by INSTICHU in Sydney, Australia. It was a navy light tweed, with a neon orange lining for a bit of fun. Waistcoats were a brown tweed, by the British Tweed Company. Bow ties were burgundy tweed (unsure of supplier!).
The Readings & Music
A song of two lovers (a church reading) read by my sister Laura.
George’s brother Harry did a beautiful custom reading of an adaptation of Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Talking out Loud’ – it was so lovely hearing the words spoken instead of sung.
Church entry music – James Morrison – Wont Let you go
Church exit music – Rusted Root – Send me on my way (it’s the music used in the final scene of Matilda which is one of our favourite movies!)
First Dance – Rag and Bone Man – As you are
The Details & Décor
I love all things décor and interiors, so this came really easy for me! As the tipis are so structurally beautiful, I felt like they didn’t need too much styling. One thing I was so glad I ordered were these huge 1m paper lanterns – I got them off Ebay, and hung 5 at different heights at the centre of each tipi. They looked so beautiful and added a lux feel to the tipis. I got some grey linen fabric from Dunelm and used that as table runners. All of the candles were from IKEA. Other than that, I just used bits and pieces I found around my parent’s house (lanterns etc). We used some hay bales around the tipi for extra seating.
Amy Jordison. She was absolutely fab from start to finish. She was recommended by my now sister in law, Daisy. Based in York, she thankfully agreed to travel all the way to Staffordshire for our day. We’d looked around quite a bit, but felt like most sites we looked at were either really cheesy, or staged, or just the quality didn’t look great for our budget. As soon as we saw Amy’s images we knew she was for us. They were natural, relaxed, and rich in colour and depth. She was so lovely on the day, neither of us had met her before (only on Facetime!) but it felt like we’d known her ages.
George’s two best friends. Jason, his school friend, and Sonny, one of our first friends we made here in Australia. Suits were from ZARA.
My brother Ben and George’s brother Harry were Ushers.
I did all my own flowers. I absolutely love floristry, and have had experience doing wedding flowers before, so felt really comfortable doing my own. I knew exactly what colours I wanted, so we went to the Birmingham Wholesale Markets the Wednesday prior to the wedding and I spent about 400 pounds to get as much as I could! Luckily it worked out perfect, I used up all the flowers, and felt like I had plenty. I pretty much chose my flowers on their colours, and whatever was in season! I also ordered some dried burgundy oats online, which gave the arrangements a bit of a country feel which I loved. I feel like this is where we really saved some money, as wedding flowers can be so pricey.
Laura and Libby – Jess’s sisters, dresses from Coast
Daisy – George’s sister, dress from ASOS
Marcella – Jess’s friend from Brazil (lives in Australia) dress from Australian brand Bardot
Jasmin (was 5 months pregnant!) – Jess’s friend from Australia. Dress supplier unknown.
Catherine – friend from Aus. Dress supplier unknown!
The bridesmaids all chose their own dresses. I didn’t like the idea of telling them what they had to wear, and didn’t want it to look too ‘matchy’. So I gave them a colour palette of ; burgundy, deep emerald, blush, dusty pink, floral (including those colours), nude.
I was a bit nervous towards the end as I knew they had all gone for different colours (which I did initially want) but still I was unsure it would all tie together. Luckily it did! They all looked beautiful and I was really pleased with how they all looked together.
My Dads ‘rap’ during his speech.
Our first dance.
Sitting down for dinner and finally everything sinking in, that we were married, and everyone was there to celebrate us.
Our daughter, Minnie, meeting lots of close family and friends on the day!
We didn’t want one particular ‘cake’, so instead asked members of our family to bake us something they loved to bake. My little sister Libby is an amazing baker, so she baked us a three tiered naked cake of Victoria sponge, chocolate and carrot. It look absolutely amazing, super professional too! We added fresh flowers to it on the day. George’s Nan and Grandad spent months (literally) making us a traditional fruit cake in the shape of a horse shoe (I love horses). Other cakes we had included; flourless chocolate cake, German bundt cake, gluten free apple cake, English trifle, Baileys cheese cake, Malteser cake. It was so much more personal having individual cakes made by those we love. Plus, you can never have too much cake! We didn’t bother cutting a cake on the day, as we felt like this tradition was a bit old fashioned for us.
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t get caught up in the crazy wedding frenzy leading up to your day.
Although we had a busy week finalising bits before our wedding, we still made time to go for a last dinner on our own, and to really enjoy the whole process, because after all, it is literally one day! So enjoy the build up and try not to stress the little things.
Take a moment to be on your own with your new husband/wife on your day.
We had quite a bit of time with just the two of us on our day for one reason or another, and it was just so lovely. Looking back I’m really glad we did as whenever we were with everyone we always ended up getting separated talking to our friends and family (as you do!)
Celebrate the day after as much as the wedding day itself.
We really milked our wedding and I’m so glad we did! We had lots of friends that travelled all the way from Australia, so we wanted to make sure we showed them a good time. The day after our wedding we had a big outdoor BBQ brunch (back in the tipi!) and we cooked a huge English brekkie. There was about 30 or so guests that came back and it was great to chat to everyone about the day and hear all the funny stories. It felt like it extended the wedding day!
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Huge thanks to Jessica and George for sharing their super pretty wedding celebrations with us xo Lou