I fell in love immediately with how Jonny captures people and emotions and knew instantly we wanted him documenting our day. Jonny is so natural and warm he made it easy for us to become used to being photographed.
Wow, what adjectives can I use to even start describing this day? Vintage, charming, characterful, fun-loving, homemade, jazz age.. yeah you catch my drift. If you fancy, check out Eliza and Richard’s pre-wedding photo session over on the blog. In their own words here’s all the fabulous details to their rather wonderful vintage styled wedding:
Stylistically I’d say overall we embraced a fusion of 1920’s with the Glasgow School. I’m originally from Glasgow and wanted hints of Charles Rennie Macinstosh’s influence in the design of the flowers and our wedding ‘thrones’ (which we each bought for the other). I was mindful of the influence of the season. We wanted to incorporate Spring blossom as symbolic of our new start together, so we had lots of cherry blossom sprigs dressing the garden and reception room. What we wanted, more than anything, was for our day to be light and fun and that nothing, other than the vows, was to be taken too seriously. We both had a blast and loved every last minute of it.
Favourite wedding details and how you came up with them?
I love our Rennie Macintosh chairs which served as our ‘thrones’ for the day and I especially love the fact we now have such key pieces of the day in our home, being used every day. The other key thing for us were the flowers which think our flowers were truly outstandingly beautiful. Again they were chosen with a Macintosh influence, particularly the use of fritillaria in the bouquets. We tried to keep a personal touch (as well as a cost saving) by making our own favours and cake…Richard’s famous fudge, individually wrapped and enclosed in little bird cadges were our pretty table favours along with some wild flower seeds…for the bees!! I think I was most pleased with how the homemade veil looked on the day, it made me feel well, very bridal!!
Why choose Hampton Manor Hotel as your wedding venue?
It was quirky and stylish, was centrally located with excellent road, rail and air links.
Can we hear some more on those fabulous dresses please?
I bought two dresses for the day one for ceremony and one for night time dancing – both of them eBay bargains! The main dress was an Eliza Jane Howell (Lucille) column dress in blush which I was ecstatic to win for a fraction of its original price. It was very comfortable and gave me the exact vintage look I was going for when paired with a homemade veil and Rachel Simpson shoes (also from eBay). The second dress was a more glitzy number which was altered for dancing and paired with an Eliza Jane Howell Romanov headpiece in nude for the evening reception. All the bridesmaids wore Biba dresses and Kurt Geiger shoes.
Richard was looking rather sharp. What was his attire of choice?
Age Uk!!! Richard saw his DJ in our local branch of Age Uk the week before the wedding and bought it for £10 – including bow tie! He also hired kilt and bought a tweed jacket and waistcoat for night time ceilidh from Moss Bros.
Any advice for future brides and grooms for their wedding day?
Enjoy and share the planning in the lead up to it. Weddings are money pits…but there’s lots of ways to save money and the environment by sourcing things second hand. We also found going for a low season time of year yielded us a good wedding package in a luxury venue. On the day itself I was excited and nervous. I drank a shot of Silent Pool gin before I took my vows! It helped!
What song played for your first dance?
Amazing by the wonderful George Michael. We had some private salsa lessons and learned a routine…but it all went the way of the pear in the excitement of it all and we ended up freestyling!!
What did you want from your wedding photographer?
I know I didn’t want the traditional and formal so after a google session I stumbled on Jonny Barratt’s website. I fell in love immediately with how he captures people and emotions and knew instantly we wanted him documenting our day. Jonny is so natural and warm he made it easy for us to become used to being photographed. I had no doubts or worries about the quality of the photographs or his ability to see those little touches that expose the range of experiences of the day, from lots of different perspectives.
What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?
Well I suppose in our lives together now as we are a long established couple we will be looking at developing new interests and skill sets with a move towards semi-retirement in a few years. As we age together I hope we continue to grow in different but complimentary ways with our various careers and interests and keep our relationship fresh. In the meantime there are our dogs and nine year old son, Theo, grown up children and grandchildren to keep us busy!
Shout outs where shout outs are due
We hired event stylists, Ava http://www.avaeventstyling.com/ Amanda and Amy are just fantastically talented and lovely to work with. Seeing the flowers was the biggest surprise on the day, I cried when they arrived and when I saw the reception venue – it looked so pretty and ethereal.
Make up artists: Justine Bunting at Hampton Manor
Hair: By the fabulous Fay and Siobhan at Hairhostess: http://www.hairhostess.co.uk/
Rings: G.L Bicknell and Sons, Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. We have always used them in the past. https://www.bicknells.com/
Photo Booth: Beas Boothes; https://www.beasbooth.co.uk/
Jazz band Ocean Arda played through the wedding breakfast https://oceanarda.bandcamp.com/
Our fabulous ceilidh band was: Musical Roots; http://www.musicalroots.co.uk/
Cars/Transport: Grooms on Time: http://www.groomsontime.co.uk/
Thinking of getting married at Hampton Manor? If you like the look of this Hampton Manor wedding photography then please get in touch with Jonny – I’d love to hear more about you, your wedding day plans and what you want from your Hampton Manor wedding photographer.