Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?
A. Our theme was laidback country garden. Our colours were lots of green, with touches of white and grey.
Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?
A. My husband and I have been together for 10 years. We thought it was about time that we got married. As a wedding photographer I didn’t want to have a big wedding. We both wanted something small and relaxed with just our closest family and friends.
Q. How did you chose your venue and suppliers?
A. With only 30 guests at our wedding you would think it would be easy to find the right venue, but it took a long time to find the perfect place. Temple Guiting Manor and Barns in the Cotswolds had everything we wanted. An incredible house, beautiful interior, stunning gardens and the option to get married on the grounds. We just fell in love as soon as we saw it and could see our wedding being the most amazing day if we had it there.
Suppliers were easy for me being in the industry, I’ve met some incredibly talented people over the years so it was amazing to work with them closely on a personal level.
Q. Tell us about your dress.
A. I was very lucky to get my dress made by a designer called Stewart Parvin, who designs and makes dresses for the Royal family among others. I was introduced to him by my friend Annabel who does embroidery for him. It was amazing to have a dress personally designed and made for me, I couldn’t have asked for anything more special.
Q. What was on the menu?
A. We chose to have a relaxed, family-style BBQ. It was a hot sunny day in August and we loved the idea of a laid-back wedding breakfast.
Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?
A. Our actual wedding ceremony was held in an old peacock shed. It was basically a small wooden barn structure set in the beautiful gardens of the estate.
Q. Tell us about your photographer – how you found them, how they fitted into the day and what you thought of your finished gallery.
A. Our photographer was Alexa Loy, who is a friend of mine. She has always been a huge inspiration to me, so when it came to picking my own photographer I knew exactly who it would be. Looking back at our wedding photos was such an incredible experience that I will remember forever. Alexa gave us the photos on a USB stick which we plugged into our TV and watched with a glass of champagne.
Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?
A. My dad seeing me for the first time is something that I will never forget but getting to marry my best friend with all our loved ones will stay with me forever.
Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?
A. Our first dance song was Skinny Love by Bon Iver which means a huge amount to us. My husband’s dad passed away a few years before our wedding and he introduced us to Bon Iver. Ever since then, we go and see them live as much as possible and this particular song means a lot.
The song I walked down the aisle to was Old Pine by Ben Howard another musician that we both love and reminds us of when we first met.
Venue – Temple Guitting Manor & Barn – templeguitingmanor.co.uk
Photographer – Alexa Loy – www.alexa-loy.com
Wedding Dress – Stewart Parvin – stewartparvin.com
Paper Flowers – www.rachelemmastudio.com
Hair – Love Hair by Lou – www.lovehairbylou.co.uk
Make up – Georgia Make up
Shoes – Ted Baker
Flowers – Beth – www.potsinbloom.com
Sign – www.sylviesigns.com
Doodle Bar – www.mellowdoodles.com
Ice Cream – www.rollmeup.co.uk