What was it like working with Heather as your photographer?
Heather is an amazing photographer, from meeting at a wedding fair, myself and Johnny knew we loved the style of Heather’s photos and liked how welcoming she is and how at ease Heather made us. At our pre wedding shoot, we both said we did not like having our picture taken and we didn’t know what to do or how to stand but, with Heather on hand we soon got in the swing of and I wondered what I had made all the fuss about! On our wedding day Heather was amazing, many of our guests commented on how nice she was and how many photographs she was taking, how she was going to get through them all! The finished product is so beautiful, there is not one photograph I dislike and everyone has said how nice it is to catch them when they are not looking. I love our album and wedding prints we ordered. It simply was the most perfect day and was captured so very beautifully.
How did the proposal go?
Johnny proposed to me by taking we away on a surprise trip to Penzance, Cornwall. We had a day trip to the Isle of Scilly, going over by plane and returning on the ferry. Johnny took me down to a secluded beach area where he asked me to marry him. It was very lovely as it had been raining all week, but on that day the sun came out and I actually got sunburnt. I was very shocked as we had only been together for 6 months, but it was definitely a beautiful day.
How did you choose your suppliers?
My hair was done by my close friend April which she did for me as a wedding gift, which was lovely. April told me about Louisa who did my wedding makeup from working with her at a previous wedding. Our wedding cake was made by close friend which was also a wedding gift. Our church flowers were done by a local lady that Johnny’s mother knows who does the flowers for the church often. Mine and my Bridesmaid flowers and button holes were done by a local florist who did the flowers for my mums wedding a few years ago. Our Decorations where done by Pretty Quirky, run by Jack Barton, a great recommendation. Our wedding car was driven by my aunts father who also did the job as a wedding gift for us.
What made you choose your venue?
All my life I always said I never wanted to get married in a church, however since meeting Johnny and visiting Haconby church I fell in love with it. I love how it is such as small church. It felt special as Johnny had lived in Haconby all his life before we bought our house in Bourne.
Our reception venue, The William Cecil at Stamford, was pot luck really. We had been to see some different venues and liked one at Ancaster but they did not have the date we wanted. So I decided to have one last look online at some venues when I came across the William Cecil. After going for a visit me and Johnny both agreed this was one. We loved that the wedding breakfast would be in the marque and then after celebrations would be in the hotel, also the gardens looked lovely and I thought they would be perfect for some nice photographs (which they sure were).
What inspired your details and styling?
I always knew I wanted to have sunflowers, so the styling was around this. Johnny liked navy for the suits so luckily that matched perfectly and I liked navy also for my bridesmaid. The decorations for the reception I wanted to keep quite rustic and simple, keeping the sunflower, yellow and navy theme.
How did you choose your outfits and accessories?
I always wanted a fairly slim wedding dress and knew I did not want anything strapless. It was nice to have a nice summery dress and luckily the weather was kind to us on the day. From picking my dress I decided to have a long veil, to go with the long train that my dress had. Johnny decided he wanted to have a cravat with the groomsmen having ties and also had slightly posher shoes with navy inserts in. The bridesmaid dress for my sister I let her pick herself, other than the colour, so I’m glad she picked something nice! My earrings were a gift from Johnny and also my something blue and my bracelet were borrowed from a friend who also wore it on their wedding day not long before.
What were the most important things, the ones you kept coming back to during planning?
For me the most important things were my dress and accessories! Ensuring they were all how I wanted and the wedding decorations, I spent a lot of time making some personal touches for the tables and our picture frame with photos from when we were young. I also wanted to make sure everyone else had a nice day and did end up moving the wedding time from 2pm to 1pm to allow time for everyone to get from church to venue and have a nice relaxed day.
What are your favourite memories from your wedding day?
The best memories for me are seeing my dad when I put my dress on, he is not normally one to be emotional! The second for me was arriving at the church coming in and seeing Johnny. I am normally very nervous, quiet person so I was dreading walking down the aisle and everyone looking at me, but on the day I felt great and felt like it went so well and was a beautiful moment to see Johnny. I also enjoyed coming out of the church and being able to catch up with everyone.
Do you have any tips or advice for other couples planning their wedding?
Make the most of it, the day goes so fast and as hard as I tried to take it all in, its amazing how much you can miss. Have fun and do not stress about the little things, the day will still be perfect.