“Jonny got on well with everyone and even had a little dance with us at the end! He didn’t waste time on ‘staged’ shots. We are over the moon we booked him!”
Alpheton Hall Barns Wedding Photos | Suffolk
Sarah & Mark met at work and it wasn’t long til Mark was on one knee proposing on Lake Buttermere in the Lake District. Sarah was very confused when Mark suddenly started legging it away from her, as the “spot” had crept up on him much sooner than he’d remembered it! When she emerged from the tunnel where he was waiting on one knee, she initially thought he was trying to take a photo of her at an unflattering angle but once they’d got past that, she said yes.
What was the wedding inspiration? They had a pub theme for the table names (favourite pubs where they’ve shared great memories with friends and family). Aiming for a relaxed day, nothing too formal. The decor was simple, pretty and rustic, which felt right for the venue. In their own words: nothing too fancy!
Karen Willis Holmes Wedding Dress
The dress was by Karen Willis Holmes, an Australian designer. We found it in Angelica Bridal, in Islington. It was actually the first day we went dress shopping, and after a horrendous experience in the second shop, I’d pretty much lost all hope. I’d also just returned from 2 weeks away with Mark in Italy, where I’d eaten all of the carbs and drunk all of the Aperols. The dress was the first dress I tried on in the third shop, and I kind of knew as soon as I put it on that I loved it. My maids of honour and mum loved it too which sealed the deal. I surprised myself as I am usually much more indecisive. A highlight was my mum asking, “how much for cash?” LOL
Groom’s attire? This was one of the hardest jobs for me. I originally wanted a tweed suit but couldn’t find anything that looked good. In the end the best man and I went for blue Ted Baker suits. There was a bit of a panic a couple of week’s before the wedding when SJ declared that the suits were too shiny. It was all fine on the day, and they looked great (in most lights :)). The shoes I bought cost me a fortune but were well worth it. I left the ties to the last minute and had to go to three different shops across London to buy them as there were hardly any left in stock!
Bridesmaid’s shoes were their own. The dresses were Asos.
Wedding Day Advice
Get the big things done early doors (venue, food, drink, photographer). If you’re going for a venue that allows you to choose your own caterers, decorations etc. be prepared to take on a bit more stress. It is well worth it though if you don’t want canapes for the reception (waste of time and money). We had Monster Munch during the reception which complemented the relaxed pub theme of the day. Lebanese sharing platters for dinner were a hit. A friend did an incredible dessert table for us too which was a total crowd pleaser!
Alpheton Hall Barns Wedding Photos
We are over the moon we booked Jonny! We spoke to a few other photographers, it was all quite overwhelming. After speaking to Jonny and listening to the way he liked to work, it felt like the right decision to go with him. We weren’t disappointed! Friendly and professional without being overbearing. He made people feel at ease. Took the time to get to know us and what we wanted prior to the wedding. Nothing was too much trouble! He got on well with everyone and even had a little dance at the end. He didn’t waste time on ‘staged’ shots. Jonny nailed all the key moments of the day when people were looking natural and having fun!
Alpheton Hall Barns Wedding Suppliers:
Florist: Rebecca Avery Flowers www.rebeccaaveryflowers.com | Hair: Knot Your Average Bride www.knotyouraveragebride.co.uk | Cake: Brons Bakes www.bronsbakes.co.uk | Dress: Karen Willis Holmes www.angelicabridal.co.uk | Caterers: Catering For Suffolk Ltd www.cateringforsuffolk.co.uk | Bar: Chris Haycock www.bullsbridgebars.com | Music: Chris Mott – Instagram @sittingupstraight | Transport: Drive Atlas www.weddingwire.co.uk/wedding-cars/drive-atlas–e112944
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