Here’s an emotive Kilworth House wedding that I shot last year in May.
Dan & Siobhan are great mates of Richard & Holly whose – quite frankly – awesome wedding I shot a few years back at St Winefrides Church in Shepshed and afterwards at Grace Dieu School. That day was brilliant and I can remember Siobhan as a guest quite clearly as she was such an animated character on the day and her dress was freakin’ amazing!
Her enquiry email to see if I was available for their big day made me chuckle so I knew we were all a good match for each other…
“Having been present at Rich & Holly’s wedding and seen the subsequent photos we’ve become big fans of your work – and we’re pretty sure that no other wedding photographer offers the after-care that we’ve seen you do too! Moreover, we feel you’ve already captured Dan & I pretty perfectly – at Holly’s wedding there’s a particular moment where I’m in floods of tears at her singing, and Dan is looking the other way with a bon-bon in his mouth!”
That last part about Dan doesn’t really sum him up that accurately though as I never once saw him chewing on a sweet during their wedding.
More accurate though is the fact that I love people who aren’t scared of showing their emotions.
I do it myself…
I’m often red-eyed listening to certain pieces of music. The hankies come out when watching The Polar Express at Christmas with the kiddies (if you’re a parent, you’ll understand this) and I balled my eyes out when I stubbed my toe on the tiles on entering our bathroom and lost a toenail in the process. I got really emotional about that. OK I didn’t really cry, but I screamed like a celebrity jumping out of a helicopter into the Australian jungle.
Enough about my toes though, as that isn’t really getting across to you how emotive Dan & Siobhan’s wedding was.
Here’s the story of their day written by Dan & Siobhan themselves and intertwined with their words are five of my favourite pictures.
[vcex_spacing size=”10px”]We got married at Kilworth House. It’s a beautiful venue not too far from both our parents homes, and we fell in love with the orangery instantly. It’s a stunning, light space and the staff were so welcoming when we went on that first visit. We also were very taken with the cellar bar downstairs, and loved that even though our guests would be staying in one venue it had a very different ‘party’ feel.
The rooms at the hotel were lovely and we had reliably been informed that the food was excellent (confirmed at our tasting meal ahead of the big day!).
We were keen to have a day that felt unique to us, and from the start the staff were accommodating to the little changes we wanted to make such as the menu, or the timings or the layout.
[vcex_spacing size=”10px”]I’d say our wedding was quite classic in style, however quite informal in atmosphere. It was really important to us to keep things personal. The table centres included the champagne bottles we had been gifted for our engagement, and the place card holders were champagne and prosecco corks saved over the period of engagement too!
The bride’s father sang during the ceremony, along with some friends, and we had some wonderful readings that made for a very emotional ceremony.
There was a quiz when people sat down at their tables, that broke the ice and started the competitive spirit, and later on once the band started there wasn’t a single space on the dancefloor. We are grateful to have fantastic (and slightly bonkers) family and friends, and they really made it special for both of us.
[vcex_spacing size=”10px”]We knew of Ian through our friends who had used him a few years previously (and her elder sister before her). Having seen the images from those weddings we knew that we wanted to go with Ian. The style of capturing the emotion and character of the day – rather than just pretty magazine style images – really worked for us and looking at the photos means we can relive the day, and we keep noticing new things.
We did look through lots of other photo books at various venues and wedding fairs – but ultimately we knew how highly our friends felt about Ian, and had seen first hand how much he cares about the weddings of the couples he photographed. He was completely unobtrusive and we were delighted with the final results – especially because the weather conditions were not ideal!
[vcex_spacing size=”10px”]Our wonderful friend Rebecca Brand designed all the stationary based on some ideas I’d picked up on the internet mostly about chalkboards. The original ‘save the date’ (which doubled as a drinks coaster) really ended up helping set the whole theme early on and in a fun way for our guests.
As Siobhan finished getting ready at the venue, we saved money by not bothering with wedding cars, Dan’s mum looked after the flowers, and worked with florist family friends to prepare both the floral table centres, and the beautiful bridal and bridesmaid bouquets as well as the buttonholes.
Siobhan’s mum made the wedding cake. Siobhan bought a tiered cake stand from ebay, which meant her mum could make three separate cakes which was much easier for preparation and transportation. The individual chocolate cakes were then covered with the chocolate cigarellos (also sourced from ebay), and topped with Maltesers. It was another opportunity to keep the costs down and keep it personal – plus everyone was delighted with all the chocolate practice cakes!
Siobhan’s dress was from Lola Bridal in Northampton. Debbie and Lauren are a mother-daughter team who were welcoming, honest and not pushy. The shop is stylishly decorated and they created that wedding dress shopping experience that is so important. The bridesmaids dresses were a fantastic find from ASOS, they all looked amazing.
[vcex_spacing size=”10px”]Here are our tips for other couples planning their weddings. Do make the most of the talents of your friends and family. Everyone is so keen to get involved, and it was such a relief to know that people we trusted were looking after things.
We would also recommend you think carefully about what proportion of your budget you spend on each part of your wedding – it can be tempting to spend lots of money of things that might not even last the day, but your pictures are something you get to keep forever.
There’s nothing like personal experience, so do talk to people who have used your suppliers in the past. We trusted word-of-mouth recommendations over everything else.
Bride’s Dress – La Sposa, ‘Mullet’ – Lola Bridal: http://www.lolabridal.co.uk/
Bridesmaids Dresses – ASOS http://www.asos.com/
Grooms Shoes – Edward Green http://www.edwardgreen.com/
Suits – Marks & Spencer http://marksandspencer.com
Ties & Waistcoats – Panters Menswear, Northampton
Hair – Kelly Shane
Venue Decor – Rainbow Linen Hire http://www.rainbowlinenhire.com/
Entertainment – Jessica Samuel (Vocals), Ash Wood (Saxophone) http://www.tailored-entertainment.com/