This is a very cool wedding from June of last year. Sylvia & Ben spent the morning at Eleven Didsbury Park before celebrating with their family and friends at the stunning Bramhall Hall. Thanks so much to an amazing couple for having me as their Bramhall Hall Wedding Photographer, I had an awesome time with your family and friends!
It’s over to Sylvia & Ben with some details of their day, Enjoy!
Theme – Let’s say country – vintage! Pale pinks and whites, lots of lace and deep emerald green for the bridesmaids. Brown for the groomsmen to add to the old fashioned vintage look.
The Dress – By Benjamin Roberts, and shoes were from the Rainbow wedding range.
Men’s Suits – By John Francis.
Bridesmaid Dresses – By D’Zage in alpine green.
Stationary – By Bianca Ng at Two for Joy Paper Studio found on folksy.com.
Favours – Custom made by Vintage Twee found on etsy.com to our theme / colours. Candelabra Centrepieces were from Tamaryn’s Treasures, as were our lace seat covers/bows, wishing tree and basket for cards. Flower jars, place names and table plan made by me.
Flowers – Green Earth Flowers in Poynton.
Jewellery – John Richard at Debenhams.
Hair and Make – Sarah Meredith who should get a mention as she was amazing and is the only person to ever get my hair to stay curly for a whole day!
Advice from Sylvia – Don’t try to save money on your dress or your wedding rings. I was nearly talked in to a ‘sale’ dress in a store reduced for one day only and the pressure to go for a good deal was immense. Your pictures will be iconic and with you forever and you should know you look and feel your best. If it doesn’t feel completely right, leave it. I also nearly went for a wedding ring that cost a lot less than the one I eventually chose. I decided that rather than have it be grouped in as part of the cost of the wedding, I was getting whatever I wanted and paying separately for it for ten years if needs be! It’s on your hand every day for the rest of your life so don’t be afraid to invest, I’m glad I chose what I did and still love looking at it over a year later.
Advice from Ben – it’s worth taking some time to think about what to put in to a speech, I practiced beforehand and timed myself to make sure I wasn’t rambling on or skimming through things. I received great feedback and people are still commenting on my speech so I really think its worth taking the time and effort to do it properly.
Best Decision – Researching incredibly thoroughly, sometimes I thought my eyes would bleed I googled so long, but without that I wouldn’t have found this amazing photographer, or amazing hair and make up artist. Finding quirky unusual suppliers like Bianca Ng and Vintage Twee meant we got a custom bespoke and friendly service without the massive price tag you would expect for that level of service. The best option is never the easiest to find, and its worth the extra time spent looking.
Regrets – None that really matter, it’s true you don’t care about the weather on the day, my mum went to the venue without giving me my borrowed and blue, and the cake design wasn’t in the right colours, but on the day you really don’t care.
One thing I do regret though is not getting to hear our string quartet play during the drinks reception. Although it didn’t rain, the air wasn’t dry enough for them to play outside where we were having our photos taken. We’d got the musicians to learn some new music on our request and whilst our guests keep telling us what they heard and how good it was, it was lost on us. Again, it doesn’t really matter, the main thing is that people thought they were great which is what we wanted to achieve.