Dress buying story is a goodun actually! So I was showing Michael some fishtail/mermaid style wedding dresses on Pinterest and he said he didn’t really like them. So I asked him to show me a dress that he liked or what he could imagine me in… so he found a dress, Maggie Sottero named Deidre and I loved it. I did a bit of research and thought that being on Pinterest it’s probably American. Anyways it turned out to be in the bridal shop 10 min walk from our house in Hitchin!!! So I went and tried it on and instantly I knew it was the one. He never knew… however when I asked if he recognised it after the ceremony he didn’t have a clue hahaha. I mean it was 2 years before the wedding that he showed it to me so I let him off.
To be completely honest we were on a budget for flowers. At first we wanted to be able to grow our own wild flowers and use them for the wedding to save money, however the season wasn’t correct and we lived in a flat at this point with no garden! So we met with a different florist and I gave a brief about wanting wild flowers, boho theme etc.. but when they showed me the ideas it was all too pristine and perfect? I wanted more WILD. So then luckily I met you! Saw your amazing work on Instagram.
Clair you completely changed my perception of how important the flowers were. The ideas that you gave us, the colours, the flowers, the arrangements were all perfect. The flowers then became the main focus of the wedding …. I chose my bridesmaid dress colours to match the colours of the bouquet. The orange bow ties were to match the ranunculus. (Hence why they were so important to me! Haha)
We did still have some of our own picked flowers on the day.. the year before myself and the bridesmaids went lavender picking. I dried them out and put them in jars around the venue and used them in the chair sashes down the aisle.
I even went to a Jo Malone shop to get a personalised scent for the wedding day so that every time I smelt it, it would remind me of the wedding day. My scents were wild flowers too being ‘wild bluebell’ and ‘honeysuckle and davana’.
Even our cake had multicoloured edible petals on it…. So thanks to you Clair the wedding revolved around your beautiful flower design.
Our wedding was definitely a Pinterest wedding. We did all the decor ourselves, making little drink me bottle favours and eat me flags. (I have a slight obsession with Alice and wonderland). Made hangers for the bridesmaid dresses etc..
Sopley was the first venue we viewed, having travelled 2.5 hours for a day of wedding venue viewing. Michael wasn’t keen on it when I showed him online but as soon as we got in the car after the viewing he said “cancel the rest of the viewings”. We did end up visiting one more but our hearts were already set on Sopley.. how can you not fall in love with it. It also fitted in really nicely with the fact we wanted to do all of the decor and designing ourselves as were hiring the venue itself.
The weather could have been better… for some reason I attract storms. So when me and my maid of honour came to Dorset for my hair and make up trial last November. Storm Deirdre happened which was the exact same name as my dress!!! Creepy. Then during our engagement photo shoot we had a hail storm so it got cut short… then the same bloody thing happened during the group shot of our wedding didn’t it… HAIL AGAIN!!? there’s a pic of the bridesmaids holding something over me to keep me dry.. we had to all leg it in the mill which was a laugh.. then we managed to get the picture again later with every single guest in which is special.
Gosh the day just went so so quickly. Favourite part is a tricky one. I did like the afternoon tea a lot because I was sat in the corner of the room and looked at everyone feeling so appreciative that all these people had travelled to Dorset for us. We had family come from New Zealand and Greece! I felt so blessed. But probably our all time favourite bit was the evening as Michael had booked a band as a surprise! He sold a load of his DJ equipment to fund it which was ever so sweet of him. I’ve never seen him dance to much in the 11 years of us being together haha.
Images by – Margesson Photography