Hello Everyone and welcome to another “PiP Blogger”
I have another wedding shoot for you today, and in particular a very detailed, emotional, heart felt and selfless wedding from such an amazing couple, Tam and Jools. I asked Tam if she would give me a detailed description of there day, as apparently she organised pretty much all of it! And boy did she send me a fantastic and detailed write up of her wedding. I lost my dad to Cancer so this wedding really meant allot to me, you will see why. So, I am going to sit back and let you all enjoy what she has written about her day. It's long but very much worth the read. I couldn't have written it better myself. Enjoy, and remember to join my FACEBOOK page to keep up to date on my latest work.
“Firstly we chose the date as it was the Autumn equinox (22nd Sept) and our favourite time of year. The venue was the only place we looked at and booked it straight away. We wanted the feel of the wedding to be rustic and with a rural harvest festival /farming feel running through with lots of tactile materials and hints of autumn and purple and lilac. So the use of wheat and hessian used within the bouquets and flower decorations. The men having wheat as buttonholes. Angela's dress had autumn leaves with autumnal colours with purples and lilacs.
Jools being a retired rural beat police officer and our love for things ‘country’ and having friends in the farming community. Crockwell Farm was just the perfect venue, the owners and staff were lovely down to earth people. We also wanted to make a ‘weekend’ of the wedding, so we could be with our close friends and family and have a ‘celebration/relaxed party feel’ from the Friday to the Sunday.
We also loved the caterers that Crockwell Farm have as their only caterer “The Chopping Block” They locally source the food which we think is important. Also it was gorgeous!!
Crockwell Farm have great wines!! (They also own the pub in the same village) We love food & wine!! It was important to us that the guests were well fed and watered! Also its a known joke that all our friends think I’m a Prosecco queen!!
I was conscious of not having that lull after the ceremony and before the food. Thankfully the weather was gorgeous at this stage and we could all be outside. But we chose to display the guests wedding photos in the bar area, with a montage of photos of Jools & I growing up to be a point of interest for the guests and get them talking and laughing about them. Also it was good fun everyone sending me emails of themselves on there wedding days and getting them printed and framed. To the guests that had given us their photos, we gave them their framed photo when they left and also on their place setting was a x4 passport photo size print for them to take home. We had lots of guests saying they loved the way they were displayed and had enjoyed trying to find a photo in the first place, with people going up into the loft finding treasured memories. The best man Andy even said that they hadn’t got a framed photo of his and Terry’s wedding day in the house anymore as life moves on and photos get replaced with others. But now they have one!!
We had cancer research donations through the give in celebration website which Cancer Research UK run. We knew we didn’t want gifts or money towards our honeymoon. I had found an advert in a wedding magazine and just thought this would be perfect. My mum has just got over having bladder cancer. I nearly lost my mum 2 years ago as the cancer was very aggressive and she had to go through a tough surgery and emotional time having to have her bladder removed. She also had to go through some horrific chemotherapy which made her very ill indeed. Also we knew of others that had fought and lost to cancer. Our guests could also leave messages on the website with their donation and everyone said it was a great idea, that they knew of others that had suffered, or relatives and friends that had lost their lives to this disease. Lots of people said it was very “Tam & Jools” to do this. As they all said we are a very giving and warm couple. The favours we brought were cancer research pin badges ordered from their website. None were left behind on tables once everyone had gone and most guests were wearing them! We raised £1700 which was fantastic.
The table names were from the villages that Jools used to police. It was my idea to take the photos of the actual road sign of the villages and put them in frames on the table. So Jools and Andy went around the villages taking photos of the sign with the police 4x4 parked up on the verge!!!
The wood for the table plan and guest signing wood came from my step dad John. He has everything in his workshop!! It was one single piece of wood and is Oak. It originally was a mantle shelf above a fireplace in a welsh cottage. The tags for the table plan we got from Not on the High Street.com (great website!!) This is originally where I got the idea from but it was so expensive, so we went to John and showed him what look we were trying to achieve. He did look a bit puzzled but came up trumps with what he made for us (& it cost nothing!! and we get to keep the wood forever!!)
Again this matched in with the rustic tactile feel.
The chocolate tractor lollies were brilliant and I got them from “Maple Mollys .co.uk” Again I saw an advert in wedding ideas magazine and went on the site and found tractors which were just great for the theme! All handmade chocolate and they were lovely!!
My dress was ‘Lorie’ from the designer Maggie Sottero I brought it at “The Ivory Wardrobe” in Woburn Sands. I knew I wanted lace and an alternative colour to ivory/white and get an elegant but wow feel with out being too over the top. But I loved it and Laura the owner is a lovely lady and the shop is gorgeous. I was brave in ordering it in that colour as nobody else had ever ordered it in that colour before, so it was a bit of a gamble as I had to buy it before I had seen the colour!! My side tiara was from Chezbec.com it was in the shape of a fern to represent our good friends who emigrated to New Zealand and couldn't be with us on the day.
Our florist was Sofia Pugh who owns and runs “Green Room Flowers” from Northampton. She works on her own from home. She has a work studio and she is a dog owner with two great Boxers! I just found her on searching for Northamptonshire florists. I loved the photos on her web page and we really clicked when we met her. She is very passionate about her job and was very excited about working with wheat and grasses and making a rustic feel to her work. She didn’t disappoint and her work was exquisite. In fact Crockwell was so impressed that they have now asked her to go to their open evenings, as the recommended florists they were using were not being fresh and modern with their displays and not following brides briefs.
The cheese wedding cake was from "Churchmousecheeses.co.uk” based in Cumbria and they couriered it straight to the venue with the fruit and berries to decorate it with.
Jools said to say that ‘He turned up’!!
And there we go ladies and gentlemen! Told you it was good! I will now let you enjoy the photos, but you will now know what they all represent.
How Jools caught Tam so he could date her. How romantic!
My First PhotoBOMB!
Tam is the biggest Robbie fan I have ever, ever met.. I LOVE this photo
Jools is an amazing drum player and got to play a set with the band! Was very cool. They played this:
I love getting creative at weddings. This was a combination of long exposure, sparklers and 2
of Tam and Jools friends helping me create all the hearts. First time I tried this at a wedding,
I was blown away with the results!