We literally had the best day of our lives. Having all the people you love together in one place is just amazing!!!! I managed to stay composed all day, didn’t cry once. A few tears welled up, but I hate crying in public!! I loved my dress, the bridemaids dresses, Chris’s and the boys suits, the venue, the food, the band, video, photos, speeches, flowers, make up, hair, DJ, everything!!! The only thing that was a shame, was the terrible weather!!! Apparently it’s lucky to have rain on your wedding day, someone blatantly made that up to make the bride and groom feel better! How can it be lucky to have rain!?! Never mind, it certainly didn’t spilt our day, just a shame for the photos as the grounds are so pretty.
I wanted to share with you all the fabulous contacts I made for everything wedding related. Everybody was amazing, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend all of the below. If you’re planning a wedding, or even a party, they might help you.
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My gorgeous flowers were made by a local lady. Karen came to the house with books and ideas, we chatted through what I’d like and she made some suggestions, then she went away and designed and arranged them all perfectly. We also used her centre pieces and had a little basket and petals for the flower girl too. I was really impressed and she’s very reasonable too.
The band are called The Official Receivers. My family and I have loved this band for years!! They’ve played at the jam house in Birmingham, they’re that good. It’s an 8 piece soul and motown band. I don’t do dancing much, but OMG I was up from the first song to the last!! They also let my very talented brother do a song with them too. He sang try a little tenderness and blew everyone away, even the band were impressed. They’re just amazing at getting the party going, they create a brilliant atmosphere and are really professional. Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rick is the main contact. http://www.officialreceivers.net/contact.html for info.
Make up was done by a gorgeous friend Niki C. She was just amazing on the day, came nice and early and knew exactly what to do as we’d had a trial. My make up was flawless, she’s so talented. She knew how to make the best of me and my bridesmaids. I particularly liked her contouring and the way she did my eyes. Love her!!!!!! Again very reasonable rates. It was great to have her there too, as she kept me calm and really helped with the whole process too. Superstar. Check out her facebook page and website.
Our hair was done by my lovely friend Shannon. She’s based at Nash White. I’m so lucky as Shannon actually booked the day off and came to the venue, bless her. Shannon is an exceptional hairdresser, again like Niki, she even pitched in and helped me stay calm too. We drank fizz and relaxed while she did her magic. She even offered to re touch it night, I’d had to many glasses of champers to care though by that point lol. She did hair up for the bridesmaids and then curled my nieces hair too. I can’t recommended Shannon enough, she’s based at Nash White, my fav hair salon ever!!!!!!!!!!
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Then we were very lucky to find the lovely Stuart via a facebook recommendation for our video. We went to his studio at his beautiful home and chatted through what we wanted and he talked us though his experience, then we watched some of his work. We’re thrilled with the final product and loved the little shorter video for social media too. Stuart stayed right up until the band came on. He was never intrusive and very respectful, even when I turned in to a slight bridezilla when I was trying to rush to finish getting ready, my earrings wouldn’t go in, the necklace wouldn’t do up and the shoes were a nightmare to get on, ha everyone went very quiet!!! He’s captured every moment and the video took us through every possible emotion. I can’t stop watching it!!!!!!!!!! His contact details are below.
Our photographer is also someone we know, the lovely Siobhan. She was amazing!!! It really isn’t an easy job, I did feel for her!! We had a free engagement shoot as part of the package. This was brilliant as it meant she got to know the sort of shots we like and also how fussy I am about myself in photos!! I can’t bare what I call fat arm pics, I’m a tea pot poser ha ha. Never a squashed arm on my pics!! Siobhan also met us at the venue before the wedding. This have her a feel for the rooms and outside, which sadly we couldn’t utilise 😦 We flew out for a couple of shots, so fingers crossed. She was funny, patient, incentive and creative with the shots, calm, attentive, always checking my hair for me or getting the most flattering angle. She also bought another photographer to take more shots of the boys while they arrived too. Then she asked for a list of all the photos we wanted and with who. This made it run so much smoother and more efficiently. She gets on the floor, stands on a ladder, climbs over things lol, anything to get you a good pic. She also made us a beautiful photo signing board with our fav shot from the engagement shoot, You can visit her website http://www.siobhanelizabethphotography.com, or find her on facebook. I cannot wait to see all the photos!!!!!!!!!
DJ Andy Saunders, what can I say. Just amazing!!!!!!!!!! We didn’t stop dancing, he was just fantastic, everyone said so!!!!! The tunes were just never ending, you couldn’t stop dancing!!! My brother in law and his brother did a dance routine ha ha break dancing, it was just brilliant. Then he let my friend bust out boom shake the room and use his mic. He came early to set up, played filler music when the band broke for food and water and also played our first dance for us. He’s such a nice guy too. If you want an amazing DJ you HAVE to book Andy!!!!!! His website is http://www.andysaundersdj.co.uk, he’s also on facebook.
My gorgeous hubby really researched his suit. He went with one he found on Instagram. Whitfield and Ward, he had to go to Manchester, but it was so worth it. They also have a store in Essex. They all looked so dapper, really really loved them.
http://www.whitfieldandward.co.uk or follow them on insta. Best suits and accessories I’ve ever seen!!!
Dress fitting was carried out by the lovely Claire in Dunchurch. The place where I got my dress from has sadly closed. Claire was the owners sister, so that was perfect!!! She knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted the dress to sit. I did make quite a few alterations to it and Claire carried them all out fantastically. She made some brilliant suggestions too and made the dress fit me perfectly. Couldn’t of been happier with it.
hwww.thefittingroomalterations.co.uk or again there’s a facebook page for her.
The dress shop as I said has now closed I’m afraid. I think I’m going to get my dress cleaned and then sell it. I’ve never loved a dress so much in my life and I’ve had or have a lot!!!!! I just think it’s such a lot of money to waste, I’d also love for someone else to get to feel how I felt in mine. Will think about this a bit more, if you’re interested let me know!!
My cousin made our cake as a wedding gift. She actually made it to look like my dress and it did. There were two sw cake tiers, a Spanish orange cake and a carrot cake tier. How cool is that!!!! It was beautiful, we were thrilled with it!!!!!!! Sarah owns her own bakery and has even worked for royalty! So how lucky were we to have her make ours, so kind.
Hogarth was the venue where we held our wedding. They couldn’t do enough for us. The bridal suite is out of this world and the hotel is stunning. We visited a lot of places!!!!! Both of us were wowed by Hogarth, the wedding room is incredible and the bedrooms are just stunning!!!!! I highly recommend it as a wedding venue and Nathan is a total star!!! The food is incredibly high standard, everyone commented on our beef main. No where else was an option for us, loved it!!!!!!!!!! We all got to have breakfast together in the marquee the next day too, that was interesting with lots of hangovers lol. Hogarth have a fb page or visit the website here http://www.hogarths.co.uk
Right I think that’s everything. Let me know if you’ve got any more questions.