This week we are featuring the beautiful Hettie whose stunning wedding was featured on English Wedding Blog and was at Farbridge Barn. Her stunning photos were by Darren Matthews.

Tell us about your look

My gown was a Nicola Anne wedding dress from Brides of Winchester (they were so lovely!).  I didn’t have the whole ‘tears and take your breath away’ kind of thing, but I did feel bloody good! It fitted almost perfectly and was vintage yet modern enough to satisfy. And, of course, it got the ‘gasp of approval’ from the gang!

Describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?


What elements of the wedding are you glad you spent more on?

The photography and a videographer… we knew we would though. We really found you get what you pay for with photographers – don’t skimp on price, but do look for a reasonable offer. We are so glad we put resources into these two things!

We are also glad we found the right venue, it was pretty expensive, but we looked around for ages and it just ticked all the boxes, so it was worth it in the end.

What flowers did you choose? 

Pete organised all of the flower decorations! He found, met, arranged and organised all of the beautiful decorations for the venue. The venue is stunning anyway and it didn’t need much, but the flowers really added to the style of the day. We had a large, beautiful display for the ceremony table and then the top table and then had large cocktail glasses on each overflowing with stunning white flowers and pearls! It was quite breathtaking! It was like an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride when I walked in and saw all the flowers in place as Pete had kept the final designs a surprise!! The florist was called Nordic Twigs

How did you style the venue – did it need much decoration?

No, not really – the venue is an old barn and is stunning all by itself! But we did add a few bits to create that vintage feel… we have an old gramophone and so put this in place and used an old suitcase for cards and gifts. We also put up a beautiful blue vintage parasol (our something blue!) which was a gift from The Polka Dot Dolls… a stunning 40’s trio of singers we know – such a lovely surprise and it looked perfect!

What entertainment did you have?

We had a roaming singer, Alan Becks, for the wedding breakfast and for a 50’s set to kick off the evening entertainment… Alan wasn’t cheap, but we had heard him before and knew his voice was amazing. However, he turned out to be quite the diva on the day!! This made things a bit awkward for the Groom and Best Man (who were awesome and dealt with it all well as the Bride was blissfully unaware!), but my advice would be… if the entertainment you choose isn’t used to weddings, be aware – try and get some testimonial and research that they can do it first. They may be able to sing well, but may not be used to the wedding format!

The second band of the evening was a Rolling Stones Tribute band… told you it was eclectic! They are called the Phony Stones and Hettie’s Dad is the lead singer (Mick Stagger!) and the band are AWESOME! We can’t recommend them enough and not just because we have a relation… check out the photos and see the likeness for yourself! They sound awesome and really got the guests boogying! It was SUCH fun and the highlight for Hettie was getting up on stage to sing along to ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ with her sister and her Dad – memories that will last forever!

Your wedding advice

Hm its a tough one as what we found was – every single wedding is SO different to the next! You can’t really compare… we are all unique and our weddings should be too! I guess that’s our advice – work together, listen to each other, and most importantly… make sure the day is yours, reflects you two as a couple and ENJOY IT!

Whats the best part about being married?

Hettie: Feeling that I have my best friend forever and the closeness that it brings….
Pete: love, togetherness, stability, completeness… being as one

Thank you so much Hettie for sharing.

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