For my third and final wedding post I wanted to talk about all the personal touches that made our day so special. While planning each aspect of our wedding it always remained clear to me that where possible we would involve people we already knew and incorporate as much as we could that would make our day just that extra bit more personal and memorable for us. In doing this we also ended up supporting many local businesses which is always a nice bonus!
The minute we started planning the finer details there were certain aspects that were literally no brainers. For me I knew straight away that I wanted to have my uncle Nicholas’ vintage MG for our wedding car. Our wedding car once belonged to my great uncle, Nicholas Clay so it was an extreme privilege to have this lovely little vehicle be part of our day. It really is such a quaint, dear thing … I love the familiarity of the old leather seats and the way the engine smells and sounds as its driven. It really meant a lot to me to have Nick’s car take me on my last voyage as Miss Tree with my dad and then return home as Mrs Woodbury with my new husband. I know it would have meant just as much to some of my family too.
Another natural decision, particularly for Oliver, was that Rory, our best man, would be the only person we would have wanted to do our wedding photographs. Now when we told people that our best man was also going to be our photographer, the general reaction from most people was ‘how is that going to work?’ But honestly? I don’t really see how anything else would have worked better than Rory shooting our wedding pictures.
Oliver will often sing the praises of his best man’s endless string of talents. So for us having Rory also be our photographer was just another endearing feature of our wedding day. This is the person in which Oliver has spent hours and hours on end with, we knew were in safe hands…. at least as far as the photos were concerned! For any shots where we required Rory to be part of, his dad would jump in and fill his shoes momentarily.
As we both knew it would, everything ran extremely smoothly. We were both absolutely delighted with the photographs and I think I cried like a baby for about an hour when Rory sent some of the images over a few days later.
When it came to arranging flowers I thought it would be a nice touch to use the same florist that my parents used for their wedding back in 1984. Our wedding reception was being held in my parents garden, its wonderful that the same florist is still going all these years later and we would also be supporting a local business. It was the perfect choice! More on the flower details here.
Another easy decision for us was who we wanted to make our wedding cake. Not only is she running a highly successful business but Rebecca and Oliver go all the way back to sixth form days! We knew that as long as there was an availability in her busy diary, we wanted Rebecca to be the lady to make our wedding cake. And again to be perfectly honest there was nobody else who would have been right for the job, she is the lady of the moment for wedding cakes plus a long standing friend of Oliver’s. We were really fortunate to have her make our beautiful and delicious cake.
Lastly, the registrar who officially married us was actually a childhood friend of my dad. Once Oliver and I got engaged he was virtually straight on the phone to see if Sarah was available when we wanted to get married and asked her to be the one to do it. So having Sarah do our wedding was another lovely personal touch and it felt like it wasn’t just a stranger performing the marriage ceremony.
Needless to say, we really tried our best to go above and beyond when it came to keeping our wedding as personal as possible. And I can say that in doing this it honestly all felt that extra bit more special and meaningful to us both.
Wedding Photography – Rory Asten Bell.