Today we are so excited to share the beautiful wedding of Heather who got married on 6th April 2019 at Romsey Methodist Church, followed by a reception a Clock Barn in Whitchurch. Her photographer was the amazing Mia Hooper

Tell us about finding the dress

I am notoriously bad at making decisions so I decided quite early on that I would only go to a couple of boutiques to find my dress. My sister bought her wedding dress from BOW and it was such a wonderful shopping experience that I knew I wanted to go there too. I took my parents and 3 bridesmaids and tried about 7-10 dresses; there was one I really liked but I just didn’t feel 100% sure. I booked to go a second time to try on a few more, and my mum found a beautiful dress in one of the catalogues – lace sleeves with a big princess skirt with dramatic pleats, it looked perfect! To my surprise Laura told me they did actually have it in store, I just hadn’t picked it out because the sleeves were part of a jacket and added after. As soon as I put it on I felt really excited, it was so fun and it had pockets! I didn’t want to take it off, so I knew I’d found the one. 

How did you choose your venue

I had my heart set on a barn wedding from the start, it was just finding one local to Romsey that was big enough for our wedding that was the problem! Eventually we strayed a little further afield to the Clock Barn and we were instantly wow-ed, it was so beautiful! We loved that there were 3 different spaces to the barn, gorgeous grounds, and it would only be us there all day. Galloping Gourmet provided incredible food, including the most amazing pizza in the evening, and the service was faultless. We were so well looked after, we didn’t worry about a thing. To top it off, the Farmhouse next door for our family to stay in the night of the wedding really sealed the deal. It was the most beautiful venue and it didn’t matter that it was further away, Joe and I really enjoyed having the time to ourselves in the car after the excitement of the ceremony.

How did you choose your photographer

We decided early on that the photographer was one of the most important things to us, as the photos are one of the few things that last forever! You’d think that would make finding the perfect one difficult but in reality choosing Mia was one of the easiest parts of wedding planning. When we visited Clock Barn we saw an album of one of her weddings and thought the photos were so beautiful and natural. When I got home I started to research various photographers in the area but didn’t think any of them seemed to quite compare. We arranged to meet with Mia and she was so warm and friendly, she really understood what we wanted to achieve through our wedding and the photos so we booked her then and there!! Everyone agreed, she was absolutely fantastic and we would recommend her to anyone. Her service goes beyond the day, releasing teaser photos just a couple of days later and providing us with the most gorgeous box for our USB stick and some pressed flowers from the day – a wonderful surprise. We couldn’t have asked for more! 

What was your theme?

We just wanted our wedding to feel as personal as possible. Mustard yellow is my absolute favourite colour; Joe said it wouldn’t feel like our wedding if we didn’t include yellow in the colour scheme! So then we chose teal, grey blues and white to go alongside. I created all the stationery with my brother-in-law, handpainting everything with watercolours and then making it digital, so it was a real labour of love! I handpainted our schedule onto a pallet as well as decorations at the church. My sisters and I made tonnes of paper confetti cones, and we spent hours on 3 photo walls of us too. My brother in law did the address in the church which was very special, and Joe recorded himself playing the piano for my walk down the aisle too. There were nods to Disney throughout, including the table names which were Disneyland rides and “Our Adventure Book” from Up as the guestbook. In the evening, Joe’s band the After Party played, featuring Joe on keys for several tunes which was great! It was truly our wedding, and it was wonderful to see all the personal touches come together. 

What flowers did you choose?

To go with our theme we chose loads of beautiful yellow flowers; craspedia, Icelandic poppies, daisies, and ranunculus along with white David Austen roses and anemones. Because of the teals and blues in our colour scheme we chose to have silvery foliage like eucalyptus and dusty miller as well as succulents for something a bit different! We chose to have a mix of plants and flowers for the table centerpieces which we then gave to some of our family members and most of them have replanted these so (with the right care and attention) they should be nice lasting memories of the day! Andrea at Catkin & Pussywillow completely understood the look we were after and the end results were even more beautiful than we could have imagined. 

Tell us about the cake

My husband is completely obsessed with salted caramel so we knew this needed to feature heavily in our cake! Together with the wonderful Sue from Suephisticated Cakes we came up with a gorgeous creation including 3 different flavours; white chocolate and raspberry, lemon and elderflower, and chocolate with salted caramel. She then covered it in white chocolate ganache with salted caramel dripping down, caramel shards and the best macarons in the world! It was simply amazing! Often wedding cake is left at the end of the night so instead of favours we gave our guests cake boxes to create at the tables so they could take a slice home. Delicious! 

How did you feel on the big day?

The morning of our wedding I was really nervous; we’d been planning it for so long and now it was finally happening! But as soon as I saw Joe waiting for me at the front of church I felt instantly relieved and so excited. All my worries about being the centre of attention vanished and when we said our vows it felt like it was just the two of us which was so special. Our ceremony was so personal and so important to us, we both loved every minute of it. 

What was your first dance?

Our first dance was Hall & Oates “You make my dreams come true”. The song is so much fun and we’ve enjoyed belting it out on many a road trip! We choreographed a completely ridiculous dad-dancing-style routine which was very “us” and got a lot of laughs from our guests! 

Top tip(s) for other brides

Trust your suppliers! There’s a reason why they do what they do, they are the experts and so a lot of the time they will have a better grasp of something than you do!! There were times where I would suggest something and a supplier would recommend an alternative and this didn’t bother me at all; they always had a good rationale and explained why they thought their idea would be effective, and instead of brushing this off and just doing it our way, we trusted them and they were ALWAYS right! Yes it’s your day and yes it should be everything you want it to be, but you pay your suppliers for their expertise so let them do their thing and don’t micromanage it. We found this was much less stressful and meant there were lots of little surprises throughout the day. 

Highlight of the day

There were so many highlights it’s near impossible to pick one! Our ceremony was incredibly special and we will treasure it always, but one of the most fun times was playing “Mr & Mrs” in the evening with our shoes – absolutely hilarious! My sister Katie and best friend Dulcie came up with a list of surprise questions and it was just a great moment. It was followed by pizza, silliness in the photo booth and lots of dancing to my husband’s band, we had the best time! 

List of wedding suppliers not mentioned above

Band: The After Party  https://www.facebook.com/TheAfterPartyBandUK/   
Magician: Michael King  http://www.michaelkingmagic.com/   
Make Up: Evie from Made Up
Hair: Belle Hair Boutique:  https://www.facebook.com/BelleHairBoutique/  
Cake: Suephisticated Cakes   https ://www.suephisticatedweddingcakes.co.uk/  
Car: (Rolls Royce SilverCloud) Mr Rolls:  http://www.mrrolls.co.uk/   
Suits: Astares Havant  https://astares.co.uk/   
Photobooth: Speedy Pix https://www.speedypix.com/ 
Flowers: Catkin & Pussywillow  https://www.catkinandpussywillow.com/ 
Venue: Clock Barn https://www.clockbarn-weddings.co.uk/ 

Thank you so much Heather for sharing your beautiful wedding 🙂 

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