This might sound really obvious but when planning I found it easier and more affordable to choose things that had a meaning or were more personal to myself and Jay. Just like how we chose the music mentioned in my last post and the decorations we added to the venue. Our flowers were no exception to this. Though we had no specific colour scheme, I seemed to pin and highlight lots of wildflowers, purples and pinks... I'm not even a girly girl and my favourite colours are black and grey but I was drawn to them.
We knew we wanted the inside of Crook Hall to look and smell as beautiful as all the gardens outside - my brief to our florist was simple, I wanted everything to look like I'd gone out into the family fields at home and picked everything myself. That it certainly did and they smelt incredible. My Mom knew Charlton's Florist through her business and recommended them - they knew exactly what I wanted. They hand tied all the flowers with twine and hessian and pinned my Grandma's broach to my bouquet for me. My Mom and I had made hundreds of pots, jars, glasses and tied these with baling twine and farmers string which the girls at Charlton's filled with similar flowers and these we filled the venue with.
We'd heard about Morrelli's at a Belle Bridal Wedding Fayre held at Wynyard Hall. They weren't there but a lady told us about Mr. Morrelli and since it was a summers day in July we were getting married and who doesn't love ice cream... We spoilt ourselves. We got to choose loads of ice creams and sorbets to have and this was probably one of our guests favourite parts of the day. Everyone over-indulged and Morrelli's personalised and decorated their little ice cream bike just for us. I can't recommend them enough.
Jay had always wanted a summer wedding whereas I wasn't too fussed - given the old tale that rain on your wedding day was lucky, I actually wanted a shower or two. Though I also wanted everyone to be able to explore Crook Hall's Gardens... No amount of money was going to enable us to change the weather however by some stroke of luck or someone watching over us, I got exactly what I wanted. It rained while I was getting ready on the morning briefly, there was a light shower while our ceremony took place and everyone was safely indoors and then the sun came out right in time for everyone heading outside. There was a very light drizzle when we cut the cake (made by a family friend) outside but I loved it. We'd purchased umbrellas for everyone in different colours from the pound shop just in case but it went back to beautiful sunshine again. Lots of people have told me rain ruined their day for them, embrace it is what I say. Some of the most beautiful wedding photos are taken in the rain... and I think if you choose the right venue, it really doesn't matter.
We never booked anything for our wedding because 'that's what happens at a wedding.' It's easy to fall into a trap where you think you absolutely must have this or that and if not then your big day won't be as special. I am so pleased I never succumbed to this. And by doing not, it saves you a lot of money. Choose everything from your vows to your decorations with thought and meaning and who cares if it doesn't go with your colour scheme? It all comes together in the end and quite frankly on the day, you couldn't care less.
If you're planning your wedding or helping someone with their big day, then you absolutely must get yourself a copy of Belle Bridal Magazine and head to one of their wedding fayres. Both were invaluable tools when planning mine and where a supplier was not a friend or already known they were found within the pages of Belle Bridal. My only wish is that I could do it all again. Happy wedding planning everyone!
All photography credit to Jade @ Gasp Photo Co