James popped the question during a camping trip in May 2018. “We went to the New Forest, and after setting up our tent, we went for a walk in the countryside,” shares the bride. “As we were walking along, James stopped, looked at me and asked me to marry him! It was a really big surprise, but I immediately said yes! It was my perfect proposal – just the two of us, the sun was shining, and the area was beautiful. That evening we went to a pub for dinner and had a glass of prosecco by the campfire. It was such a happy weekend and one we will never forget.”
"As soon as James and I got engaged, we knew exactly where we wanted to get married," explains Beth. "I grew up in Herefordshire and knew Broadfield as a local vineyard. It was the first venue we visited, and straight away James and I were blown away by the beauty of the house and gardens. The house itself was undergoing renovations, but we still loved it and knew it would be the perfect setting for our big day. We love the countryside so really wanted to have a rustic, country wedding and Broadfield fit our theme perfectly. Throughout the whole process, Helen and her team were super helpful. Helen created a full schedule of the day and helped us think of details that hadn't even occurred to us. On the day itself, Helen was there to make sure everything ran smoothly and everyone was so friendly, which helped us relax!"
The happy couple gave their guests wildflower seeds in personalised packets as favours."Each table was named after a different wine, and we placed bottles on a frame for our table plan," Beth adds. "We decorated each table with jam jars filled with flowers to complement the milk churns placed at the entrance to the marquee. We also included bunting and paper pompoms in a variety of colours to tie in with our colour scheme."
The flowers were supplied by Stokesay Flowers. "I did a lot of research for florists as we mainly wanted a soft, natural look," says the bride. "Victoria was really helpful and so knowledgeable. We wanted wildflowers and roses, and she helped us pick colours that complemented each other."
"Our cake was provided by Cathy at The Stables Pantry," shares Beth. "We had a three-tier design made up of chocolate, lemon and fruit. We wanted a combination of our favourite flavours while also being a little traditional. Having a country wedding, we wanted our design to have a rustic, natural look too. We trusted Cathy as we didn't know much about cakes and we're so happy we did. It looked beautiful and tasted incredible!"
Beth and James used a local caterer called A to Zest. “For canapés, we had a British sharing board with scotch eggs, pork-crackling straws, sausage rolls, cheese, pickled onions and so on,” explains Beth. “We then went straight onto the main and pudding when we sat down.”
"I was really nervous about getting my wedding dress," recalls Beth. "I had an idea of what I wanted, but so many designs looked over the top and too girly. I went to Castle Brides, a local bridal shop that was recommended by a friend. Angela, who owns the shop, was amazing! She was so helpful and put me at ease straight away. I told her what I was looking for and she picked out a dress that was exactly what I wanted! It was a Maggie Sottero off-the-shoulder design with lace, long sleeves, a medium train and a belt around the waist. I tried on a couple of others but decided that the first dress was the one for me. Angela fitted the dress perfectly and was so attentive throughout the whole process. I felt that the gown had enough detail, and the back was beautifully detailed, so I didn't wear a veil to help show it off. I accessorised with plain white heels but took them off pretty quickly when the dancing started."
The bride hired Beth Price to do her make-up. "I had a trial with Beth a few months before the wedding and loved the natural look she created," recalls Beth. "I don't usually wear a lot of make-up, but she put me at ease and did an amazing job for me and my bridesmaids. My hair was then styled by Tabitha MacCurrach-Paine. Since my dress was so detailed I was keen to wear my hair up to show off the neckline. Tabitha tried out a couple of styles, and we picked one that was neat, but also had a natural look. I loved the finished result and was so pleased with how everything fit into the general feel of our day."
James wore a traditional three-piece navy suit from Yardsmen. "His waistcoat was grey, while the groomsmen had navy versions," adds the bride. "They all chose pale blue ties to match the bridesmaids' dresses and buttonholes with flowers from our bouquets."
"The main colours we used throughout our wedding were blue and yellow," says Beth. "Having spoken to my bridesmaids we decided on a light blue for their dresses. I chose a multiway design from Victoria Lou Bridal, and the girls loved that they could style it their own way."
To keep everyone entertained, the couple hired Ceilidh Tree. "The band were fantastic and got everyone dancing," says the bride. "We had planned to have the band perform after the wedding breakfast inside the marquee, however we had glorious sunshine all day, so in a stroke of genius, Ceilidh Tree suggested opening up the side of the marquee and performing outside. They had never done that before, but it worked brilliantly! We took our shoes off and danced on the grass, in the sun, which was just amazing!"
"I was much more relaxed than James, but then again, I didn't have a speech to worry about," shares Beth. "The entire day was exactly how we pictured it. Everyone was so happy and every aspect, from the food to the photographer and band, was perfect."
James and Beth were over the moon with all of their suppliers. "Everyone went above and beyond," explains the bride. "We were so thrilled with everyone's work, and I truly believe our day was special because of each supplier and the work they put in. Our photographer, Paul Willetts, was so friendly and helpful. We chose him because we wanted natural looking photos that weren't too staged, and his style was perfect for us. He took the most amazing photos, and we can't thank him enough for everything he did. Paul blended into the background so he wasn't intrusive in any way, which we appreciated, and we can't recommend him enough to anyone looking for a photographer."
"I think the reason our day had worked so well was that we had a great team behind us helping with everything," Beth adds. "We fully trusted everyone at Broadfield, our caterers, photographer, florist, cake supplier and band. To anyone planning a wedding, I would say to make sure you're fully confident in all of your suppliers so that you can trust them to create your perfect day."
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