We were absolutely delighted to have receive an email with Sarah and James’ relaxed, at home wedding album. And we could not wait to share this magical day with you.
Sarah chose a bespoke version of our 1950’s inspired, tea length, Olivia dress. With lots of luscious layers of tulle for her skirt, a yellow flower and a few layers of yellow tulle in the underskirt. This dress certainly had Sarah’s individuality all over it.
Their day was full of relaxed fun where guests played connect 4, ate from Street Food vans and an Ice Cream Bike and danced the night away!
What was your proposal like?
Not at all like the movies!
We were on holiday in Portugal travelling round in a campervan and had stopped in Cascais for a couple of nights. We had just worked out that we had a day’s gap between giving back the campervan and our hotel booking. After deciding it was James’ fault, I wouldn’t let him take us for a nice meal anymore because we now needed to pay for a hotel. I wasn’t expecting there to be a reason he wanted such a nice meal!
After dinner in an Irish bar (which was not what he had in mind) he took us to the port to see the sunset. Even then I hadn’t realised something was happening so when James proposed my first reaction was “Are you really doing this”?!
Not quite what he had in mind, but he got the “Yes” he was hoping for once I caught up.
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
Initially, terrifying! I’m not at all girly so suddenly being thrown into a world where everyone knows the name of fabrics and necklines was scary. My mum took me to see Lizzie and the first time we walked in to book an appointment I didn’t even touch the dresses. I did a lot of “Pintrest”ing and went to a couple of shops, but my dress turned out to be 99% the design Lizzie drew after our first appointment.
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
Go with your gut!
Lizzie’s design took my favourite parts of her dresses and made it “me”. I also really liked the atmosphere in Lizzies shop. It wasn’t pushy sales and I didn’t have to know the names of every material or neckline under the sun (thank god!!)
You will be in your dress all day it needs to be something you are happy and comfortable in – both because it “you” and because it fits you. Trying on the different styles, there were some that felt alien and others I started to relax in.
What was your most favorite part of your dress?
My underskirt!! My dress was made for twirling and as an added extra I had yellow added into my underskirt. It was amazing!
What accessories did you go for?
James bought my jewellery as my wedding present. It was from Clogau in their Past Present Future collection and matched my wedding ring which was made by Lou Lou Jewellery. I also had a tiny pin that belonged to my grandad which went in the flower on my dress. My shoes were from Rainbow Club – genuinely a pair of all-day heels.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
Village fete/ Summer party. We wanted it to be a day everyone would enjoy no matter their age and something everyone could feel comfortable at even while we were doing the formal bits like family photography.
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
James had worked on bars at weddings in the past and really liked the Tipi weddings he had been to. We went to a couple of open days and spent a lot of time looking at supplier photos online to see what parts we liked.
Did you follow any traditions?
Church wedding. Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue
What music did you have during the ceremony?
Entrance of the bridal party to Canon in D, Pachelbel
One More Step Along the World I Go
Lord of All Hopefulness
Exit of the wedding party to Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring, J S Bach
What about your first dance song?
The one – Kodaline
What was your most memorable moment of your wedding day?
During the ceremony, the vicar asks the congregation to be seated. Well… James also went and sat down, with the best man! Leaving me stood at the front of church and the whole church laughing. It’s ok, it only took a moment for him to realise, but it’s certainly something we will laugh about for years to come.
Did you pick up any tips during the wedding planning stage?
Actually do the things you talk about! We were very laid back with planning. Once we had the Church and venue sorted, we took a back seat for a little longer than we should have. When people say things get booked a year in advance they really do! Lizzie kept me on track at our fittings with a few helpful reminders.
Remember, you are planning “your” day to celebrate your marriage and the rest of your lives. It may be hard but try to choose the things that you will enjoy.
When you pick up cards or see websites you like – write it down an write down why you liked it. By the end of planning you will have a million notes and business cards and trying to remember which one you wanted… easier said than done.
Who was your:
Photographer Bethany Howarth Photography
Venue All Saint’s Church, Mugginton and then we were very lucky to have the reception at home in a tipi.
Caterer Saffron Catering provided out afternoon tea with copious amounts of chocolate brownies. The Derbyshire Ice cream bike, well…. they did ice cream for the guests while we did the family photographs Kerb Bears did our evening food from their funky street food van (which people still talk about now!). Our bar was done by Shoulder of Mutton, Osmaston.
Hair and Make Up Amazing Grace Hair and Make-up Artistry
Shoes Rainbow Club. We had the same shoes for our bridesmaids but had theirs dyed in a yellow to match my underskirt.
Flowers Polka Dot
Any finishing touches We used a lot of ribbon to decorate inside the tipi. We also had matching flowers made for the bridesmaid dresses by Lizzie, which as a great touch to link things together.