Real wedding… Claire & Ben

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A little bit of wedding to peruse today…

Claire & Ben got married on the 4th May 2015 at the beautiful South Farm near Royston.

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Meeting Claire & Ben for the first time it was clear that they wanted a relaxed feeling to their day. Claire says that they didn’t have a particular theme…

“just a laid back spring wedding with a homemade country vibe”

…which they certainly achieved even down to the homemade pots of jam they made together as favours for their guests.

Claire & Ben’s brief for their flowers was to include lemon & lilac as the colour scheme & the rest they were pretty relaxed about. I used pictures of Claire’s bridesmaids dresses – bought from Coast – as inspiration for the shades of lemon with a few small touches of lilac to accent.

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Claire wanted to incorporate some family jewellery & brooches into her bouquet which she collected from family members & posted to me. This can be a great way to add a personal touch to your bouquet & a lovely way to include family members who may no longer be around.

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Ben – as is often the case with my grooms – was quite specific about his buttonholes in terms of style & size. These were made to match the girls flowers but with a slightly simpler style & they looked fab against the guy’s blue suits from Ben Sherman.

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You may recognise Ben’s best man who is the lead singer for Enter Shikari – I’ll admit I had to be told! Don’t they look fab!

When asked what products and services Claire & Ben were most impressed by on their big day they were obviously spoilt for choice…

“Too many to choose from, everything was amazing and that’s no exaggeration especially considering how important the day was to us.”

It just goes to show that choosing the right suppliers for your day is key in creating the day you imagined & all running smoothly on the day.

Claire chose to wear 2 dresses on the day including this beautiful vintage number, both dresses from Heritage Brides at Hatfield House.

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Claire advises…

“if you are having a vintage wedding dress and you’re making alterations make sure you give your seamstress a good few months notice.”

The couple also have this advice for any brides & grooms to be…

“Start early, we planned everything so far in advance we didn’t have anything to do for months so there was no stress in the lead up to the wedding. We kept spreadsheets on everything we wanted & set a budget we could afford. There’s no point starting married life in debt.”

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Claire & Ben’s wedding was even more fun as it was the first time my good friend Cat from The Teatime Treatery & I had worked on the same wedding. Cat created their stunning wedding cake covered in beautiful sugar flowers in shades of lemon.

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Finally I asked Claire & Ben for their big tips for brides & grooms currently planning their own day…

“Lots of planning, careful budgeting read wedding blogs & download Pinterest! I found wedding fairs a bit of a waste of time and a quite old fashioned concept. I didn’t like anything I saw there except for the good fortune of meeting Nicky from PhotoBuzz and Kate. Seeing the amazing bouquets I knew I wanted DaphneRosa bouquets for my wedding. Also don’t be afraid to ask your suppliers for recommendations. Our guitarist, wedding cake & my wedding make up all came from recommendations & all were amazing & I couldn’t imagine our day without them!”

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Claire as also kind enough to share a few words about her flowers… I love my brides!

“I knew straight away from meeting Kate that I wanted DaphneRosa flowers at my wedding. I wanted something bespoke that I could keep from our special day. Kate is incredibly talented & was so helpful with her ideas & suggestions & is someone who clearly understands her clients & kept me involved throughout the process. If only I could think of another occasion where i could order more bouquets!”

You can find Claire’s testimonial along with others from my lovely brides & grooms over on our new Testimonials page.

Kate

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Photographer – Marie Wootton Photography

Dresses – Heritage Brides, Hatfield House

Alterations – Snippets Needlework, Stevenage

Bridesmaids dresses – Coast

Suits – Ben Sherman

Cake – The Teatime Treatery

Venue – South Farm

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