I think everyone in the wedding industry has their own favourite things about weddings. I certainly have a few, and one of them is the 'getting ready' photos! Whether it's the ultimate girly morning with matching robes and Buck's Fizz, or the groom and his groomsmen having a nervous pre-wedding pint, I adore the sense of excitement and anticipation you get from those wedding morning shots.
Today we're sharing the beautiful wedding of Lucy and Phil, who got married in Priory Hall, a fabulous Tudor manor in Suffolk. I absolutely love the photos of Lucy's wedding prep with her bridesmaids, which have been perfectly captured (along with the rest of the day!) by the brilliant Charlie from Farlie Photography. It's so worth having your photographer with you in the morning to capture those exciting moments.
I'll hand over to Lucy now to tell you all about their gorgeous day - thank you Lucy and Phil for sharing your beautiful wedding with us! xx
Priory Hall in Hadleigh, Suffolk. It was a stunning Tudor country house which can hold the ceremony and wedding breakfast all in one place, followed by the evening celebrations. This was hugely appealing to us in order to keep the day as relaxed as possible and the facilities at the venue were outstanding for any weather eventuality - and we did have a little rain shower after the ceremony!
Country, informal and colourful! We wanted to have a relaxed, easy going, informal wedding where everyone could enjoy themselves.
A designer, lacy fishtail dress with a long veil. Once I tried the veil on I couldn't resist the feeling of being a princess for the day!
I really enjoyed wedding dress shopping although it wasn't what I expected it to be. People are very keen to share their own opinions of your dress and despite trying plenty of styles on, you know when it is 'the one'!
THE GROOM AND GROOMSMEN
Keen to keep away from the traditional the grooms party were all in light grey suits. Black seemed too formal to me!
All our rings came from Beaverbrooks. My engagement ring is a blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds and a gold band which, as I was told, is very traditional. Both of our rings are gold.
The bridesmaids were in very colourful dresses. I wasn't keen on following the trend of pastels and went for fuchsia, sage and violet coloured dresses. It was a challenge finding colours that suited each of them but also worked well together but we got there. They were the Dessy wraps - so versatile for different styles and shapes of people, highly recommended!
Charlie from Farlie Photography
We found Charlie's details on Facebook, I looked at the style of her photography and instantly knew she would be right for us. Her style is so informal and unobtrusive but captures every moment. I couldn't recommend her enough! With a lovely personality to match she fitted in so well to the day. Her photos from the day completely exceeded our expectations and it's a fantastic album to keep from the day. We have had so many people comment on the quality.
Our cake was made at a local bakery and decorated with edible flowers from Maddocks Farm Organics, who I also found whilst searching Facebook. I picked the colours of the bridesmaids dresses plus extras and had these on the white iced cake, again following my theme of country, natural and informal.
As we were not travelling from sites for the wedding ceremony and breakfast I wasn't worried about the car I travelled in as no-one would see me, so I ask two of the sales managers at my company if they could be chauffeurs with their Mercedes Benz company cars! They were honoured to be part of the day and I was very grateful, although goodness knows what nervous conversations and waffling I was talking about to my dad on the way to ceremony!
We stayed at Hintlesham Hall Hotel which is a 5 minute drive from the venue. It's a stunning hotel and a real treat. Looking back the whole wedding day, plus the day after just feels like a blur!
The ceremony was held at Priory Hall and the registrar was lovely and informal. We had a few giggles throughout the ceremony which helped with the nerves, we kept it short and sweet and I don't regret that at all, we are not ones to be the centre of attention!
THOUGHTS ON WEDDING PLANNING
I organise events for a job so found it all very simple. Because I was so calm I think it made other people fret more as they were concerned everything hadn't been given enough thought...but everything went off like clockwork!
Facebook was my friend for finding suppliers, Pinterest was amazing for ideas, although I had to stop looking as I got completely overwhelmed with way too many good ideas!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
The best advice I had was at one point during the evening to sit back with Phil and take it all in for a few minutes, we managed this a couple of times throughout the day and remember this even now. It does go so quick - treasure those minutes!
Venue - Priory Hall
Photography - Farlie Photography
Hotel - Hintlesham Hall Hotel
Edible Flowers - Maddocks Farm Organics
Rings - Beaverbrooks
Bridesmaids - Dessy