Spring is All You Need. Hannah and James' Wedding Day

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Bride and Groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen posing after wedding
Bride and Groom and Friends. Photo from Hannah K. Photography.

As promised last time, I come today with a wonderful real wedding, adorned with the sweetest Spring details. I do appreciate in season, personal and minimal decor at a wedding with the accent put on family and sharing moments together. And this wedding day has exactly that: on spot decor, genuine laughs, lots of family and love.

I hope you will enjoy browsing through this day and you will be inspired by this Spring-y vibe it puts out.

A Welcome sign at the entrance of a wedding in the spring
Welcome Sign for Spring Wedding. Photo from Hannah K. Photography.

Thank you, Hannah, and you, peeps stay in touch because for the next post I have the most beautiful and artistic style-shoot to share right from the middle of Copenhagen that you don’t want to miss out on.

From the Photographer

Hannah and James chose to get married at their home church, St. Matthews in Walsall on the 7th April 2018. The service was a beautiful act of thanks to God through song, prayer over the bride and groom and of course James and Hannah’s vows to honor, love and serve each other for the rest of their lives. All 200+ guests let out a huge cheer and applause when the now husband and wife sealed the deal with a kiss!

Soon after the ceremony, guests arrived at Redhouse Barn in Worcestershire for the wedding reception. The renovated barn was beautifully decorated in simple, modern, light and airy details. I absolutely LOVE modern and minimal decor. I had a field day capturing all the green and white table settings full of foliage and gold detailing. Plus those clear wedding chairs, shiny dinnerware, and Sauvignon Blanc… I just love wedding details!

A man offering a toast at a table for a bride and a groom
A Toast for the Bride and Groom. Photo from Hannah K. Photography.

Following the bride and groom and family photos, the father of the bride, the groom and three best men gave heartwarming, emotional and hilarious speeches. I wish I could write them all out for you because they were just so good!!

Finally, to finish off the night, Entertainment Nation’s Jam Hot kept the dance floor packed, and the groom even made a debut on bass!

From the Bride

The Inspiration for the Decor

Initially, we were aiming for the Saturday of Easter weekend, and we were going with a spring, Easter theme. Lots of greens and whites and golds. We had to change the date for the week after due to venue availability, as it was after Easter we wanted to step away from it being an “Easter” wedding but still keep the beautifully crisp, clean, light and airy feel and mixed it with lots of deep natural greens mixed in with elegant and slightly rustic golds.

A wedding table setting in a well lit old barn
Wedding Setting in Barn. Photo from Hannah K. Photography.

DIY Projects

Neither of us is overly blessed in the art department. However, we are blessed with some incredible friends and family who helped us out with all their different talents and gifts. It’s not what you know it’s who you know ;)

  • I visited lots of antique shops and charity shops to get all the gold frames then my wonderful friend Lucy did the artwork for the cards and gifts table, for order of the day, the bible verse and the Jenga guest book. -my dad worked on how to stand frames on tables -a friend’s husband printed our table plan (we used an Etsy designer for our table plan and invites)
  • James’ amazing Auntie made our wedding cake
  • We put our DIY skills into the menu. We are BIG foodies so putting together the menu, from canapés to drinks, the antipasti and the shared starter to our epicurean of desserts to suit people’s tastes was one of our favorite part of the wedding planning process. We loved hearing people getting excited about what we had chosen and what they were going to pick to eat.
A table setting and a cake for a wedding in the spring
Spring Wedding Cake. Photo from Hannah K. Photography.

Favorite Moments of the Day

For us, our wedding day was about the journey God has us on and the people in our lives. We wanted our wedding day to honor both of these things. So many of our friends made our wedding day beautiful and personal

  • James’ favorite moment of the day was seeing all our friends and family meet each other, having all our favorite people under one roof talking and having a wonderful time together. Seeing people enjoying food and drink, laughing and sharing life- we couldn’t resist joining them even if it meant leaving our table. We love our people.
  • My most memorable part of the day was standing at the front of the church in worship, so so grateful and in awe of how God had orchestrated things that had led us to that exact moment of becoming husband and wife surrounded by people who have and continue to champion us, encourage us and support us.
  • And another favorite moment of mine (if I’m allowed to have more than one) was dancing in the evening. We were so blessed to have some of James’ friends from Jam Hot play, and they really brought the party. The dance floor was packed from the first note to the last. So many people commented on how they’d never seen so many people on the dance floor for the entire night! It was just so much fun. James played the bass for a couple of songs which was heaps of fun, and I got promoted from non-musical fangirl to tambourine player 😂
Bride and groom during a christian worship service at their wedding
Worship in Church Wedding. Photo from Hannah K. Photography.

What Did and What Didn’t Go as Planned

Amazingly most things went to plan. We prioritized what needed doing first and slowly worked our way through the list of “To-Dos.” Two major things that helped was getting to know and trusting our vendors. They know what they’re doing so sharing a bit of who you are with them and getting to know them too meant it was easy to trust their suggestions for our day. Another important thing was having an excellent MC for the day, the venue arranged for him to be there and we couldn’t be more grateful. He was super professional and allowed the day to move along smoothly, everything ran on time, and it meant we were able to enjoy everything without feeling stressed about how the day was going. The only thing that didn’t go to plan was the timing of getting ready in the morning for the girls (we could have done with the MC there too 😂)! As we were all running a little behind it meant my mum not being able to help me into my wedding dress which was sad for us both.

My advice to future brides would be to allow much more time than you think you need, something is always going to take a bit longer, and it’s nice to have time to soak everything in. Thankfully for me, I had an amazing sister, a best friend and a photographer (now friend) with me and they helped me get ready and were there for me in those “waiting” moments- that was unforgettable. Oh, and the confetti pops… that definitely didn’t go

The Pictures

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The Vendors

Venue: Redhouse Barn

Photography: Hannah K. Photography

Video: Rich Rossington, a family friend

Dress: Wedding Belles of Four Oaks

Hair: Amici

Makeup: Sister of the bride

Perfume: Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel

Hairpiece: Ivy and Pearl Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Rainbow Club and Converse

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom’s Suit: Duncan James

Band: Jam Hot

Florist: Michele Gledhill, a family friend

Stationery: Freckled Fox Prints

Place Names: Kelly at Paper Jewels

Signs: Lucy Harland, a family friend

Games: Collected from antique shops

Favors: Not On The High Street – A little keepsake but money donated to Vic Gledhill and the work he does to facilitate schools being built and staffed in some of the most vulnerable places in the world.

Cake: James’ Auntie

Catering: Anthony and Karen from Morgan’s Catering