Morning loves – how does this find you today? I’m feeling good today! We’ve been working so hard on developing some new features for Love My Dress that we’ll be launching very soon (all being well, this week!). In the meantime, brides, have you applied to become a member of a private Facebook group for brides to be and newlyweds only? It’s a protected space (no suppliers allowed) with moderated content (no sales or promotions) that enables our lovely, supportive and helpful community of blog readers and social media followers to share and support one another. Apply to join here if you haven’t yet already! I also have this little bit of good news putting a smile on my face, and for any of you interested in pursuing blogging, you might want to read this little blogging career interview I gave.
Chartered Surveyor Sarah married Solicitor Thomas on 21st May 2016 with a ceremony at St Boniface Church in Bunbury, followed by a Tipi reception held within Sarah’s parent’s own garden, using tipis provided by Marquees & Events. This wedding is full of charm and lovely personal touches, but it gives me that extra bit of pleasure to share it with you today for two reasons. The first, it was photographed by a personal favourite photographer, the wonderful Mark Tattersall, and secondly, the gown, shoes, veil and other items were supplied by our brilliant Little Book For Brides member, Agape Bridal Boutique (we shared Agape co-founder Alex’s own wedding here – it’s one of my all time absolute faves!).
“We both have big families and have grown up with lots of family occasions so we wanted the whole day to be focused around everyone we loved. With the setting at my parents the obvious theme was ‘The Garden’ so we went with that. I also love Art Deco and wanted to include some features of that to the day. We didn’t have an event planner but we did have on-the-day co-ordination from Michele Dunkerley at The Planning Boutique.”
“After that dinner we bumped into each other more and more and finally went on our first date in March 2012. We went away in the April to Kinsale, County Cork and absolutely fell in love with the town. We have been going back ever since. So when it came to choosing somewhere to go for my Birthday weekend in 2015, which is the weekend after New Year so always a come down, we decided we’d go for sea food, live music, roaring fires and some good old Irish charm.
Little did I know that Thomas was travelling with precious jewels in his pocket – apparently all the magazines we read on the flight and each billboard we passed had references to weddings – I didn’t have a clue.”
“We arrived early on the 5th Jan, it was dull and drizzling so I suggested a quick power nap in the hotel before heading off on a walk to our favourite pub. I was woken from my nap to be told that the sun was out so we should definitely start walking to the pub now (it was 11am!). I was still trying to wake up whilst Thomas was stood by the door with his coat on. Off we went, we got to The Old Kipper House which is a place that we often stop and take photos over the harbour, in fact, it’s where we took our first selfie with a double rainbow in the background, and there were two ‘buskers’ or so I thought. When in Ireland…”
“They were actually playing Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ on Spanish guitars and Thomas got down on one knee. I was shocked! I’m told I asked ‘did you organise these people?’ rather than giving an answer. I obviously said yes! The rest of the day is a blur of phone calls, photos and champagne in our favourite pub – The Bulman in Summercove.”
“I grew up in Calveley and always wanted a family focused wedding, we’re fortunate that my parent’s house, gardens and the surrounding fields make for a beautiful setting, it was a no-brainer to ask them if they would provide their gardens for the reception. The church is the sister church to our family church in Calveley – it’s absolutely stunning with huge windows pouring light in. You may have spotted St Boniface Church on Home Fires, the recent WWII drama produced by ITV which is filmed in Bunbury.”
“Agape was the first bridal shop I went to and ‘Pippin‘ was the sixth dress I put on. I just knew it was right before I even came out of the dressing room. I’m very petite and was so worried that I would be swamped by a dress. The ladies in Agape have created a shop and service that most girls dream of getting when they shop for their wedding dress so selling me the dress wasn’t hard.”
“I was pinned into the dress in the most discrete way so I could actually see the fit and it just made me feel amazing.”
“The top of the dress was very structured so you felt ‘in’ and the body of the dress and skirt gave such a beautiful silhouette.”
“We tried to keep the Church service more formal with the cars and the Ghost dresses worn by the older bridesmaids and then we went with a relaxed garden party for the reception to give everyone time to mingle and chat and just enjoy the day rather than being caught up in timings and formalities.”
“My father walked me down the aisle to the sound of Bach’s Jesu Joy Of Mans Desiring played on the Church Organ.”
“Our readings were 1 Corinthians, chapter 13, and The Owl and The Pussy Cat by Edward Lear. We love the sentiment that Corinthians provides – it was the reading that my parents had at their wedding and the words still ring true today.”
“The Owl and the Pussy Cat is a poem that my mum used to read to me as a child and was something fun and a little different to contrast with the religious reading.
“Finding a photographer was getting frustrating as we really didn’t want staged photos and wanted to capture the moments in the day and the personalities of our family and friends. Mark Tattersall had photographed a wedding in 2014 which my sister was bridesmaid for, she had raved about how good he was at the time but I had completely forgotten about her recommendation.”
“We actually then saw a blog of the wedding on LoveMyDress and bingo – the exact relaxed, candid photos we wanted. We met Mark in a pub half way from each of our homes and had made our mind up in 5 minutes that he was right for us. Mark met us a month before the wedding at my parents house to get a feel for the light and location.”
“On the day I hardly saw Mark (he said he would be discreet.) so to get the photos emailed through and see a repeat of our day unfolding on the screen was magical. Capturing moments and personalities is definitely his forte. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mark.”
“The wedding décor was styled with large paper lanterns from paperlanterns.com the fairy lights in the tipi provided the added ambiance that we wanted. I made made over 100 candles to put throughout the tipi, they were all scented with honeysuckle and peony which in mass was very effective.”
“The tables were decorated with log slices bought from ebay, cream jugs from Dunelm Mill filled with freshly cut flowers and the homemade candles.
For the place settings we had wooden hearts with everyone’s name burnt into them, purchased via Etsy, these heart place names teamed up as the favours for the day.”
“We found Gemma of Baked in Bunbury via a Facebook link that one of Sarah’s friends had liked. Her cakes are simply amazing. We couldn’t decide on flavour so went for four tiers to get a bit of everything – vanilla sponge, fruit, chocolate and lemon – it was delicious. The design of the cake was to reflect the day with the base covered in petals, the fruit cake had the colour of Sarah’s dress in a metallic, the green tier reflected the bridesmaids dresses with the string lights that were around the tipi and the top tier held apricot coloured peonies – Sarah’s favourite flowers which we only had a few of on the day as the weather had not been warm enough to bring all the peonies out for the flowers.”
“We wanted to keep with the natural garden feel for the day and have very relaxed, seasonal flowers. The Great British Florist had a stall at a Vintage Wedding Fayre in Chester and their presentation was exactly what we were looking for. The fact that the flowers are all British grown and therefore you can only have in-season flowers made them an easy choice.”
“I don’t know if I have just one favourite part of our wedding – I loved the car journey to the church with my dad, I can’t remember what we chatted about but it was very relaxed and I remember the sun being so hot through the window onto my arm. The speeches were also a fantastic part of the day, my dad, Thomas and Luke our best man are all very good public speakers and they had fantastic speeches prepared.”
“We chose Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ for our first dance, as it was the song that was playing when we got engaged. The band learnt it for the first dance and did a great job of making it more individual.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Get yourself a Michele (Wedding Day Co-ordinator), Michele was trending on our wedding day; when the children needed a banana they went to see Michele, when the rain was pouring into the tipi entrance it was Michele who was paling water out with plastic crates, when the tap stopped working in one of the toilets … we found Michele. Having someone there just takes any responsibility off you and really lets you sit back and enjoy the day.
A lot of venues come with an event planner – make sure that they are actually your sort of person and are going to do things the way you would, if they’re not, a Michele who is will be worth every penny.”
“I also didn’t realise how strange I would feel after the wedding, not the next day or maybe the day after but a week after when all the Facebook messages have stopped and you don’t have anything to plan or sort or endless emails and phone calls to make and when you stop waking up in the night thinking ‘I must remember to do that’. It’s all a little empty. When we were in the full flows of wedding planning I remember explaining to Thomas that my brain was like an internet page open with hundreds of open tabs all which needed something doing.
After the wedding it’s like shutting off the computer. Make sure that you have lots to look forward to and fun things to keep you in high spirits as it’s a very funny time/feeling.”
“In hindsight I would have got ready earlier, everything was timed to perfection and we weren’t late however it would have been nice to have a glass of champagne with the girls and my mum before we all left for the Church and just have 45 mins or so of chatting to the girls.
I also would have danced more -I would like to do the whole wedding day again but in particular the evening, it suddenly disappeared and I don’t feel like I danced anywhere near enough.
And finally, I haven’t mentioned the weather yet – oh my goodness did it rain. The week leading up to the wedding had been a bit drizzly in the morning and then dry and sunny in the afternoon. Not on our day, it rained all morning and carried on until about eight o’clock in the evening. Fortunately for all the important bits the sun came out and we managed to have the photos we wanted outside and to arrive at and leave church in sunshine. Having an outdoor wedding, the weather is always a risk, but sometimes you just have to think ‘sod it’, cross your fingers and hope for the best. I have a vivid memory of cutting the cake and feeling my feet slowly immerse in a puddle.”
What an absolutely gorgeous day – if you adore Sarah’s gown as much as I do, perhaps drop into Agape Bridal Boutique – sometimes it’s worth travelling to a boutique outside of your area to find the gown you want. Plus it makes a lovely day out for you and your Mum or bridesmaids.
Love Annabel xxLeave a Comment!
- Photographer - Mark Tattersall
- Film - Lewis Rennison
- Venue - The brides parent's garden using Marquees & Events
- Wedding Dress - Pippin by Watters via Agape Bridal Boutique
- Bride’s Veil - Rainbow Club UK via Agape, accessorised by Chloe at Agape with peals and diamantes along the comb.
- Bride’s Shoes - Rachael Simpson's 'Mimosa' via Agape
- Bride’s Hair Accessories - Rose gold hair pin via Etsy
- Perfume - Elie Saab Eau de Parfum
- Accessories - Swarovski earrings + necklace gifted by father
- Grooms Suit - Ted Baker suit + Barker shoes + T.M. Lewin tie/cufflinks
- Younger Bridesmaid - BHS dresses + sparkly pumps via John Lewis + headpiece by Julie Ann Bird
- Older Bridesmaids – Ghost Sylvia in dusty green via Agape + Hair Comb by Vintage Styler
- Page boy - John Lewis trousers + waistcoat, Next shirt + brogues, Etsy bowtie
- Florist - The Great British Florist
- Cake - Baked in Bunbury
- Transport - Chester Wedding Cars
- Entertainment - Festival Sons
- Rings - Private Gemologist
- Catering Company - Homemade Tasty Foo
- Stationery - Invitations by Jessi
- Hair - Kreative Hairdressing
- Makeup – The Makeup Project
- Paper Lanterns - paperlanterns.com