You might have seen photographs from the stunning wedding of Lily and Troy dotted around my website. It’s clear for anyone to see how special the day was and how happy the gorgeous couple are! And that’s why it’s such a pleasure to be able to share their wedding story with you.
The wedding had such a perfect balance of tradition and fun. Lily’s amazing white dress had all the sophistication and glamour a bride could ask for, and their fairytale venue was the most idyllic setting.
I asked Lily and Troy a few burning questions about the wedding planning that went on behind the scenes. Their answers will no doubt provide you with some inspiration and perhaps even introduce you to some quality local suppliers you didn’t know about!
Wedding Date: 1st June 2019
What theme or vision did you have for your wedding day?
I never really had a specific theme; I just wanted the venue to be full of flowers and candles so it looked really pretty and romantic. We chose flowers with soft blush tones that complimented the bridesmaids dresses, with plenty of foliage and greenery, which tied in beautifully with the Barn venue.
What was your favourite moment from the morning of your wedding?
My favourite moment of my wedding morning has got to be seeing my Dad for the first time with my dress on and hair and make-up done; his face was priceless! It was such a special moment and one I will cherish forever.
How did you choose your final bridal hairstyle?
Originally I had decided that I wanted to wear my hair up, but with just a few days to go before the wedding I panicked and decided that I wanted a softer look that felt ‘more me’, opting for a half-up and half-down do. Michelle created the most beautiful hairstyle, with soft tousled curls and finished with a stunning bridal hair pin. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough—she created a hairstyle I could only dream of.
How did you choose your wedding suppliers?
We had our wedding reception at the stunning Long Barn in Alton. We always knew we wanted a Barn as we love the warm feel of them, and as soon as we walked into the Long Barn we knew it was the one. It really is the most beautiful place, with lots of original features and stunning stone flooring throughout. Fortunately, we were able to bring in our own suppliers, which was a huge bonus for us because we wanted to have complete control over who was part of our wedding.
Our caterers (Becka Cooper Catering) were phenomenal—from start to finish they were second-to-none. The food was absolutely delicious and came in abundance!
The wonderful Claire Hayes did my make-up, who really is such a talented artist. She completely got my vision and made me feel a million dollars without looking too overdone. Claire was such a calming influence on the day and really helped to keep me relaxed as the nerves started to hit. Thank you Claire for being so wonderful.
Guy Collier was our photographer and came highly recommended by several different people. He certainly did not disappoint! Guy managed to capture the most beautiful candid photos that we will cherish forever. We loved his philosophy of steering clear of staged photos, as we personally find that sort of thing quite uncomfortable; thus it was so nice to find someone who was on the same page as us! He was professional yet so personable, and we felt like we’d known him for years despite only just meeting him. Please check out his work—he is fantastic!
Clark and Palmer Wedding Films were who we used for our videography. These two young guys were quite possibly two of the nicest people we have met and instantly made us feel at ease. There is something quite intimidating at the thought of being filmed, but Clark and Palmer were so discreet that we completely forgot that we were even being videoed. The film they created encompasses all of the amazing memories from what was such a special day and makes us smile from start to finish.
Lastly, I have to mention our band, Gatsby! This group of talented musicians got EVERYONE up on the dance floor from the moment they started playing; they were amazing! I have never heard live music quite like it; it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
What was the most magical moment from the rest of your special day?
The most magical moment has got to be seeing Troy for the first time as I walked down the aisle. All the nerves just disappeared and I couldn’t have felt more excited to be marrying my best friend and soul mate.
What 3 tips would you give to future brides planning their wedding?
My 3 tips would be:
1. Try not to people please—do what makes you and your partner happy.
2. I would really recommend getting a videographer, so you can look back on your wedding in years to come.
3. Lastly, take a moment on your wedding day for yourself and your partner to have a quick timeout.
Has Lily and Troy’s experience inspired you? Let me know in the comments! Or book a call to chat through your own plans!
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All photography courtesy of Guy Collier Photography.