We fell for these guys as soon as we met them in their favourite kooky little Hampton Hill pub for their engagement shoot. As we chatted, giggled and took a few pics here and there, Holly&Tom told us all about their wedding plans, and we were so super-excited- it would be fun, relaxed, quirky and full of love and laughter- just our kind of wedding!
They used some of our photos from their engagement shoot to illustrate the table names- we were ever so proud! There were also lots more dotted around in pretty mis-matched frames- a little extra something to keep their guests amused!
Holly&Tom visited Charlie at The Real Cut Flower Garden whilst they were in Herefordshire making their wedding rings. They loved that they got to see exactly where their flowers would be grown! The bouquets were just stunning and everyone commented on how ‘just picked’ all the flowers looked. As the flowers are seasonal they didn’t know what they were going to get until about a week before the wedding! How exciting!
Wedding dress: Rosa by Louise O’Mahoney of Oh My Honey. We were so excited to learn that our super-talented friend Louise was making Holly’s dress- we just love her alternative wedding dress style! Holly found Oh My Honey on the internet when searching for 50s style wedding dresses. She asked Louise to make the dress a bit longer, as that length would suit her better- the benefit of having a wedding dress handmade to order! “I just absolutely fell in love with this dress!… It’s such an amazing dress I was so excited to wear it.”
Bridal hair & make up: Make up by Dani Richardson. Dani was fantastic and super cool (great for getting ready photos)! “I was blown away by my make up, it was just perfect and I felt a million dollars all day.”
Hair by Hayley Salter. Holly changed her mind about what she wanted the day before the wedding (eek)! She told us that she had originally wanted a messy side bun but decided that it wasn’t really her. It’s so important to pick a style that’s really ‘you’ otherwise you’ll be aware of it all day- believe me! As Holly wears her hair down most of time, she felt she’s be more comfortable doing so on the day. It was just perfect for her- she looked so glamorous with it swept to the side!
Wedding rings: We were so impressed to hear that Holly&Tom had made their own wedding rings! During his speech Tom mentioned how much he was going to enjoy wearing a ring that Holly had made for him and what an amazing experience it was. It was all so romantic- what a beautiful idea! Of course they had a little help from Sue Lane in Herefordshire.
We asked Holly&Tom to describe each other in three words.
Holly said; (super!) intelligent, kind-hearted, creative
Tom said; happy, fun, adventurous
We asked them which were their most memorable moments (we’re suckers for the romance!)…
Holly: “Hearing the trumpet start up as I walked up the aisle and apologising to Tom when I got to the front, for being late! The speeches were brilliant, a mix of emotion, humour and embarrassing childhood tales! It was also lovely to look around during the meal and the dancing in the evening and seeing everyone enjoying themselves.”
Tom: “Walking down the aisle as a married couple. To be doing something so amazing surrounded by all the people we care about was an unforgettable experience. No matter where I looked as we headed down the aisle, all I could see was the people we loved smiling and clapping. I’ll never forget that.”
The soundtrack… Tom’s oldest friend Steve, accompanied the organist on the trumpet as Holly made her entrance and during the signing of the register- such a wonderfully personal touch that their guests loved! Steve seemed to be enjoying himself too! In fact he picked up his trumpet again and jumped in with the band later on (after a tipple or two)! For their first dance they chose ‘Wonderful World’ by Sam Cooke. They told us that they were initially going to have Noah and the Whale ‘ Five Years Time’ but as it’s really upbeat and neither of them are confident dancers, they had an about turn a couple of days before the wedding!
♥ It is so worth investing in talented photographers who really get what a wedding is all about. Fun, laughter and love… “We’d seen some of Tino&Pip’s work on a wedding blog and they happened to be at The Red Barn’s wedding fayre on the day we confirmed our wedding date! They were both really friendly and we were blown away by seeing their photos in print.
We loved our engagement shoot, despite feeling rather nervous about being in front of the camera. They were both really down to earth and quickly put us at ease. When we got the photos back from the shoot we just couldn’t wait for the wedding day! We really would recommend them to anyone. There hasn’t been a day since we got the wedding photos back that we haven’t looked at them! It is so worth investing in talented photographers who really get what a wedding is all about. Fun, laughter and love. Thanks so much guys x”
Wedding venues: Church of St Peter & St Paul, Lingfield. The Red Barn, Blindley Heath.
Wedding décor: Holly&Tom got their table name stands, flower jugs and candle holders from Lavenders of London.
Wedding shoes: Petra by Rachel Simpson from Luella’s Boudoir. Holly found her shoes 3 days before the wedding after a disastrous attempt to dye a pair of cheap satin shoes navy blue! She told us that Luella’s Boudoir were fantastic and couldn’t do enough to help!
Groom’s suit: Next. “He looked so handsome I cried in the changing rooms!”
Bridesmaid’s dresses & shoes: Phase Eight. We loved that they had lace sleeves to match Holly’s! The bridesmaids wore their own shoes.
Wedding cake: Cheese wheel cake by Teddington Cheese. ”If you love cheese more than you love cake just go for it!” Said Holly. So as not to deprive those with a sweet tooth (like Penny), they asked family and friends to make cakes- fantastic way to involve them in the wedding and of course save a little money!
Wedding entertainment: The Fabulous Feedback Band. Everyone loved the band! Apparently the dance floor was packed pretty much all night! We couldn’t leave without grabbing a few picks of their friend Steve joining in on the trumpet!
Wedding car/transport: Sovereign Cars. Holly&Tom went for one of only two navy blue 1934 Woleseleys in the country and it looked fabulous on the day! They told us that they had initially decided to save money on the transport by asking Holly’s Dad and the best man to drive them in their VW Corrados, but in the end they were pleased they went with the Woleseley!