Real Wedding: Laura and Jake
Real Wedding: Laura and Jake
When Rebecca Douglas sent over Laura and Jakes wedding photos I got complete dress envy, I really love the lace detail down Laura's arms. Laura and Jake got married on 27th July 2013 at Nettlestrad Place in Kent. From the look of the photo booth images, it looks like everyone enjoyed this wedding.
How would you describe your wedding style? Rustic county floral. We’re quite an outdoorsy couple and wanted the rustic theme to reflect this. However we also brought in the floral touches to bring in some colour.
Did you make anything for your wedding? We made quite a lot for the wedding:
Centerpieces: We found a big log in some woods that we sliced up for the base of the centerpieces. Then on each, we had a green glass bottle which we had recycled, a candle with raffia wrapped around it and a little bird cage with brown potpourri inside. We then made the table numbers with sage green and pink card, with the number on one side and a childhood picture on the other.
Favours: Little hexagonal jam jars with pretty floral fabric for the top. Each jar then had a little brown label with each guests name and this then doubled up as the place setting. Guests could then fill up their jars with sweets from the pick and mix bar we created.
Decorations: Jakes mum made some beautiful bunting with some left over floral material. She also ordered a wooden carved sign of our names and then attatched this to the bunting. It was a really nice personal touch.
Tell us about your wedding ceremony: The ceremony was held in the 13th century undercroft of the house. It was a really intimate and romantic setting, all of our guests were sitting really close to us so it felt like they were all a part of it. One of our close friends chose a reading for the ceremony and this gave the ceremony an extra personal feel.
Tell us about the wedding reception: Our reception was held in a lovely marquee situated in the gardens of the venue. We had the speeches before the meal; mainly so that all the guys could enjoy their meals afterwards without feeling nervous. There were a few things that we included in the reception to make it fun for our guests; a photobooth provided by our fantastic photographer Rebecca Douglas, a pick'n'mix sweets bar, bath bombs and a basket full of flip-flops for the girls. We wanted to make sure everyone could have a great time without their feet hurting!
What music and entertainment did you have? A fantastic band called 'the List' played at our wedding reception. One of the best men is the drummer, so we have seen them perform a number of times and knew that they brilliant at getting people on their feet and dancing.
What did you both wear? I wore a beautiful satin gown with lace detail from Blue by Enzoani. It come with a delicate lace bolero which I wore for the ceremony and meal, I then took off for the evening reception. It was the first dress I tried on and although I tried lots more, I knew it was the one. Jake and the groomsmen wore stone coloured slim fit suits with waistcoats from Next. The colours went perfectly with the sage green bridesmaid dresses.
What's your most memorable moments? Seeing Jakes face as I walked down the aisle; he looked so happy! The speeches were all fantastic and all unique, leaving the guests in fits of laughter.
Any advice for future Brides/Grooms?
1. Its definitely worth having a go at getting creative to make things for your wedding. I’m not a very creative person, but I really enjoyed having the opportunity to design things exactly how I wanted them. It also saved quite a lot of money- we made all of our invitations for £40 and they were really individual.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff (e.g if it rains, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it). I’m actually glad it rained on our wedding day as our inspired photographer took some amazing pictures of Jake and I in the rain under an umbrella.
3. Make sure you and your groom spend enough time together throughout the day. You only have this once, so enjoy it together!
4. Flop-flops for female guests! This was one of the cheapest things we did and it was so appreciated! I only spent £20 on 20 pairs of cheap flip flops and £10 for a nice basket to put them in.
Laura and Jakes ‘super’ suppliers?
Photographer / Rebecca Douglas
Rebecca is so much more than a photographer and we feel like she has become a friend. She really understands what people want from their photos and has a talent for putting you at ease in front of the camera. I’m so glad we have such amazing photos to look at to remember our wedding. Booking Rebecca for our wedding was easily one of the best decisions we made!!!
Venue / Nettlestead Place
Dress / Abigails in Headcorn. Absolutely fantastic selection of dresses and customer service was second to none.
Flowers / The Flowersmiths in Wateringbury. I loved our wedding flowers. After only a short consultation, Suzanne knew exactly what we wanted. The colours were perfect and the flowers suited the theme perfectly.