Rustic Chic Meets Glamour ~ Hannah & Jordan’s Wedding
Hannah and Jordan went for a combination of rustic and glamour for their big day. To achieve this they sourced their own decorations with the help of their friends and family, and turned Norwood Park into their stunning wedding day location.
Over to Hannah to tell you more…
“We got married at the beautiful Norwood Park in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. We had looked at a few venues, but they had something missing. As soon as we turned into the long driveway at Norwood Park we knew it was perfect for us as we loved the idea of having all of our family and friends in a place that could be ‘ours’ for the day. The venue included the whole hire of the house and gardens, and we were blown away by both. The evening reception was in the Gallery, which was a separate building to the main house. The lovely starlit ceiling was one of our favourite features! The gallery had an outdoor courtyard with a really rustic feel as it was the old stables. The guests who wanted to be outside still felt as they were inside because of the folding doors, so it felt like everyone was in one place. The staff at Norwood were incredible and couldn’t do enough for us!
My dress was from ‘It’s Bliss’ in Retford, my home town and by bridal designer Benjamin Roberts. I never expected to find ‘the one’ so locally. I had visions of being stuck for months on finding my dream dress, I had an idea in my head what I wanted but still tried on different styles just to be sure. ‘It’s Bliss’ was the second shop I visited and my dress was the seventh that I tried on. I knew the moment I put it on that it was ‘the one’, I didn’t want to take it off! The fishtail shape, a little lace and not too much embellishment were perfect! I did make some changes, like dipping the neckline to a sweetheart and adding a lace trim around the bottom to make it my own.
I designed the wedding stationery myself by getting inspiration from Pinterest and free downloadables. There were times that I wished I had used a supplier though! We wanted a vintage Rolls Royce for our wedding car and chose Tyson Cars as they had the beautiful 1933 cream and navy Phantom. I used a company called Branching Out for our florist as Lucie, who works at Branching Out is a friend of ours so I knew I could trust her to get exactly the look we wanted.
The style of our wedding was rustic glamour, we wanted something laid back and neutral so we knew we would still love it in years to come. We sourced most of our decorations ourselves, along with the help of a couple of our friends who got married the year before. A few bits were DIY, but that’s not my strong point!
I’d seen Doris Loves light up signs on Instagram and they looked great and we loved the fact that guests could get involved with them too. Photography was really important to us as they are the one thing that lasts forever. Neither of us like having our photo taken so we didn’t want any of our pictures to become too posed. I googled for local wedding photographers and came across Simon Dewey, as soon as we saw how he had captured natural moments we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed. We had an engagement shoot to see how he worked and we were wowed by the photos. I recommended him to anyone getting married as we have been blown away by the photos of our day.
We used One Wedding as our wedding videographers, after searching through endless cheesy video companies it was so refreshing to come across Mike and Tom from One Wedding. The videos on their website gave us no doubt in booking them, and they somehow seemed to match our theme! Music is a big thing for us, we had been to a wedding and seen the band Funkified. We wanted music that everyone could relate to and the funk/soul/jazz from all eras was perfect. We wanted to make sure the dancefloor was never empty, and it never was!
Jo from Cakey Wakey set the venue up and dressed the tables and chairs, again she was fantastic from start to finish.
For any brides planning their wedding I would say don’t forget the day is about you and your partner, if you want something then do it/book it. Don’t get too stressed about the small details, no one notices anyway. Most of all, enjoy every second as it flies by!”