It is rather a week of milestones this week, as today heralds six months until our Wedding Day, and yesterday will be exactly a year since we got engaged. I’ve only just got out of the habit of correcting myself from saying ‘we’re getting married in April next year’, to ‘we’re getting married in April’, and it only seems like yesterday that Tom and I raised a toast to it being a year until we got married. Time really does fly.
Starting the six month countdown fills me with a mix of both excitement and slight nervousness – excitement because I am eagerly anticipating the moment when the fact that we are soon to be married starts to feel ‘real’ and not like I’m planning somebody else’s wedding (surely this must come soon?) and nervousness because the closer we start to creep towards 17 April 2015, the more I realise there is so much more to do, to plan, to book, to make.
Since I still have the ‘Thankyou’ magnets for presents we bought when a friend’s daughter was born on our fridge (she is now 2), my thinking is that the magnets will be a permanent reminder to our friends to get that date in their diaries! In a way the sending of the Save the Dates felt a little symbolic – even though we’d obviously booked the venue, photographer and caterers before sending them out, it still felt like our first step towards ‘wedding officialdom’ – a sort of ‘we can’t back out now!’ type of moment. I also set up a website with accommodation and other wedding information on that will be helpful for our guests and got some postcards printed with the address on that went out with our Save the Dates.
I couldn’t finish today without sharing something just utterly wonderful you. This is one of those weddings that FILLS my heart – so many flowers, so much happiness – a genuinely joy filled day A&E nurse Jess tied the knot with freelance graphic designer and Illustrator Dom on 20th June 2014 this year at South Farm in Royston, Hertfordshire, and this afternoon, I’m going to let this gorgeous little video by Eight Wood Studios do the introduction…
“I started studying wedding blogs (thank you Love My Dress!) and magazines religiously when we got engaged. We knew that we wanted a chilled out day, with a vintage/travel theme. We have been very fortunate to travel a lot throughout our relationship so we wanted to include the places we had travelled as well as photos of our adventures dotted around the venue. As Dom is an artist we wanted his work incorporated into the day, so many of his screen prints were placed around the venue. We wanted a lot of personal touches that showed off our personalities.”
“Dom and I met 8 years ago through mutual friends, I used to play electric violin in a band and Dom used to organise art and music events in our local area. We met when Dom and our mutual friend booked my band to play at one of the events. Although, we initially lived in the same area when we first got together, we spent 3 years having a long distance relationship when I moved to Cardiff for university.
Dom and I used to travel back and forth often (if only the megabus did loyalty cards!) before I eventually moved home once I graduated. I surprised Dom with a 30th Birthday trip to New York in March 2013, the tables turned when he surprised me by proposing at night over looking the Statue of Liberty in Battery Park.”
“We were looking for a venue where we could have the ceremony and reception all in the same place as we had guest travelling from far and wide for the wedding. We found South Farm, Royston, the perfect venue for us. We had the ceremony outside in the summer house, the dinner/reception in the barn, drinks in the courtyard and garden- perfect. There were different areas within the venue where you could hold the ceremony/reception, so it gave you the freedom to choose (also given the option in case of rain!) Another reason for choosing South Farm was that you had the whole venue to yourselves without the worry of bumping into anyone that wasn’t from your wedding. Also as it is a working farm, there were lots of animals there including piglets, chickens and even albino peacocks!.”
“My dress was by the fabulous Kate Halfpenny of Halfpenny London. I’m not going to lie, I had an online love affair with my dress before I had even been to the store. I had been warned not to fall in love with a dress online, but it was everything I was looking for; lace, long sleeved, vintage style.
I made an appointment at Kate’s beautiful Bloomsbury boutique, and there were so many vintage style dresses to choose from but I knew when I tried it on, that it was my dress. The appointments were always so much fun and not stressful at all (I had worried about that). I was also really fortunate to meet the designer Kate Halfpenny at a couple of my appointments, she is really friendly, super cool and gave me great advice for not only my dress but the wedding.”
“South Farm offered us a lot of help prior to the wedding, including planning meetings, a food and wine tasting evening (where we got to stay in one of the beautiful cosy gypsy caravans) We also had the wonderful help of Sophie who works at South Farm on the day of the wedding to help make sure things went smoothly (which they did).”
“The bridesmaids dresses were purchased from Twobirds bridesmaids, I had seen the website through a bridal blog and loved the way you could adapt the dress. I went for two different colours (duck egg and peach), which at first I thought I may have been a bit mad but they really worked. The shop in Covent Garden is great for not only the initial appointments, but they also offer ‘styling sessions’ prior to your big day to help you practice tying them (along with a glass of fizz) It was a fun bridesmaid evening out!
The bridesmaids wore flat gold woven sandals from Office, as I wanted them to be comfortable (but also, they are all taller than me!).
“I wore a fresh flower crown created by my amazing florist, Miss Victorias Floral Emporium. I gave her an idea about what I wanted and she took it from there.
My earrings were vintage borrowed from my Grandmother (who is a jewellery fanatic). I wore a ring that my Dad had given my Mum on her 21st birthday. The necklace I wore was a gold Tiffany chain with a vintage locket on the end with a photo of my late Grandpa (borrowed from my Nana).
“Our wonderful photographer Marianne Ford and I met at work (Marianne is multi-talented as an A&E nurse and professional photographer!) I knew when I got engaged that I would ask her to do our wedding photos as I loved all of her photos on her website but she has a great eye for detail. She is chilled out and easy to get a long with. Her and Paul were great on the day, very professional and we were so glad that they photographed our day and the results look even more amazing then we ever could have imagined. The photo booth they provided was also really fun and creative! We would highly recommend them.
I know Laura of film production company Eight wood studios from primary school and we were thrilled that they filmed our wedding. Laura and Andy are very professional and on the day we didn’t even notice them filming us, which means the video is very natural and captures our day perfectly. I would definitely recommend getting your wedding day filmed, you get to relive it every time you watch it and we love our wedding film.”
It will come as no surprise to you I’m sure to be told that we look at a lot of wedding photographs here at Love My Dress®. However, this is absolutely no hardship at all because we all love seeing the ideas, emotions and all of the joy that is evoked via good photography.
“A dash of love and a good portion of epic”, he says, is his recipe for wedding photography success…
View the above wedding in full on Love My Dress® here
Richard Skins, a graduate of the prestigious Northern Film School but now based in Bournemouth, caught the wedding photography bug a few years ago and has loved capturing and documenting ceremonies and receptions ever since.
“My photography is firmly rooted in the documentary style of wedding photography,” says Richard. “I want to photograph the wedding as it was and how I saw it. I’m not a photographer that will raise his voice at your guests or disrupt the day and if I’m getting all the photographs that I want without disrupting your wedding at all, then I’m doing my job properly.”
Good morning beautiful lovely blog readers, I’m interrupting my prepared introduction to this feature to bring #ShareTheHonestLove to your attention – an emotional reminder of why it matters to not get swept away with wedding planning and focus on what’s really important. It’s really important to me that our content reflects this message for our readers – it’s why I wrote this, this and this too. It’s also partly why I really love these particular wedding photographs that I’m sharing this morning, that is, aside from the fact that they were taken by my friend and colleague, London documentary wedding photographer, Nick Tucker, someone whose work I find exceptional. Nick was chosen as the photographer for the wedding of Mr and Mrs Connal, who tied the knot on 5th October last year (happy anniversary guys!) and celebrated at The Yard in Shoreditch.
I love how Nick has captured the emotion of the day – the warm embraces, smiles and tears – images like this can truly make me feel as though I was almost a guest at this wedding. I’ve always felt that great photographers tell a wonderful story through their images and for me, these photographs tell a beautiful love story.
“Our photographer was Nick Tucker - Nick is an amazing photographer and such a nice guy. It was really lovely to have a photographer who we got along with, didn’t add any stress to the day and who we were confident would take some beautiful images.”
“Early on in the planning of our wedding, we both came up with a few words that represented what we wanted from our day. These were ‘fun’, ‘relaxed’, ‘beautiful’, ‘yummy’ and ‘personal’ – everything else flowed from there. We didn’t really want a theme as such but we seemed to end up with a loose theme of a 1920’s tea party with lots of bits and bobs made by me, as this seemed to link a lot of the things we both love together – afternoon tea, tea in general, gin and tonic and 1920’s style, Japanese culture.”
“We chose our venue, The Yard in Shoreditch, because it was such a blank canvas and we could personalise it to make it very special to us. We didn’t really want a theme as such but ended up with a loose theme of a 1920’s tea party as it linked a lot of the things we love. We had cocktails served out of vintage teapots , vintage cups and saucers on the tables and the cheese course was served on vintage cake stands. We gave the mother of the bride and mother of the groom a tea ball from Freud as their gift and our favours were Earl Grey and Lady Grey tea.”
“When we met we bonded over a love of Japan and Japanese culture as I had recently visited Japan and Duncan had a big trip planned. Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.
I folded 1000 origami cranes out of a book of English poetry for our wedding and created a crane chandelier to sit above the bar area and strings of cranes for above the dining area, cranes were also used as name cards, hung on trees and used as decorations around the venue.”
And I think that’s my #ShareTheHonestLove shot for this piece right here….
Good afternoon, I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! Nicola and Danny’s wedding, laden with lovely details is sure to brighten up your day. Their wedding was held in Danny’s auntie and uncle’s incredible garden on the 11th of July with the legalities being taken care of the day before. Nicola who has just finished her PhD readily admits that she is fussy but she has great taste and with some help from family created a very cool and relaxed wedding day. She even drew all the graphics and designed the invitations herself. With blankets to sit on, guests were able to lounge on cushions in the garden under festoon lighting and surrounded by masses of tea lights. The whole day was shot in beautiful detail by Kerry Diamond.
“Danny and I first met at our local cricket club when I was 14. He first asked me for a kiss, but I turned him down – we eventually got together 3 years later. He proposed on a sand dune in Morocco under the stars in middle of the Sahara Desert, using a ring made from a paperclip! When we got home we had a lovely trip to Hatton Gardens in London, where I designed my own ring.”
“We got married in Danny’s auntie and uncle’s garden in Stalybridge, Cheshire. We hired yurts instead of a marquee – I fell in love with the oak floors and awesome champagne bar. They also provide help with styling and on the day co-ordination. Lizzie and her team were excellent during the lead up and on the day.”
“Our day was inspired as much by things we didn’t want as by things we did want. An outdoor element was essential and I have a real aversion to ugly chairs covers and carpets (did I mention I was fussy?). What we did want was a fun and relaxed day but most importantly, a party that we wanted to go to. Before the day we described it to people as ‘not a wedding, but a celebration of us being together for 10 years.”
“The bridesmaids chose their own dresses. Originally I didn’t want matching dresses but I think it worked. I made the freesia flower crowns on the morning of the wedding. We remembered them last minute so were a bit of a rush job in the end!”
“I loved the detail in the sleeves, it was light and easy to move around in, I swished around a bit too much and caused some beads to fall off! In the end I loved my dress but I didn’t enjoy dress shopping, I never had the ‘wow it’s the one’ moment, not even in Eden.
“I entered a competition with Kerry to win a wedding photography package, and luckily for us, we won! Kerry’s relaxed, creative style of photography was just what we were looking for. From the first email, we felt that she was right for us. Her photographs are beautiful and show how talented she is but just as important was how relaxed she made us feel, blending in so well on the day and taking so many gorgeous photos with her second shooter Vikki. We have had so many comments saying how good our wedding photographs are.”