Relaxed & Bohemian
Some weddings really do take our breath away, and Amie & Steven's relaxed bohemian celebration is definitely one of them. Their gorgeous styling, Norfolk barn venue and the bridesmaid dresses are enough to make anyone swoon, so you'll find oodles of details that you'll want to steal for your own special day. Immerse yourself in all the inspiration from their late spring wedding...
WE WANTED TO SHARE A BEAUTIFUL PATCH OF THE WORLD WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY...
“Steven is from Norwich, and we absolutely love the North Norfolk coast, as do both of our families. We wanted to share this beautiful patch of the world with our friends and family, and to provide a chance for our London dwelling friends to escape to the country for the Bank Holiday weekend! We didn’t hire an event planner; we did it all ourselves. For me, that was part of the fun of wedding planning. I’m familiar with running events as part of my job, so it was the dream challenge!
Our wedding had a laid back, boho vibe, and included little touches of our London life in the Norfolk setting. Some of our flowers were from Columbia Road, and our photobooth was made by my stepdad with House of Hackney wallpaper.
The house very much felt like a hair salon on the morning of our wedding, with two talented ladies from EJW working through the locks of six bridesmaids, my mum and mother-in-law, Steven’s nan and myself! There was a lot to do, but the girls made sure to take time until everyone was looking perfect! I’d had a trial with Elle a few weeks before, so I knew I was in very safe hands. She’s a lovely girl and a total whizz at boho braiding.
I chose my dress from Stephanie Allin‘s gorgeous boutique on Chiltern Street in London. Stephanie is a totally lovely British designer, and the boutique location is ideal for popping to Chiltern Firehouse after fittings! I went to quite a lot of shops before finding my dress, and so many times I thought I found the one, but for some reason hesitated. As soon as I tried on my dress, I knew it was right. It had a gorgeous shape skirt, and delicate lace on the top, with little petal-like sleeves. It just felt like it was made for me. I went for a shorter veil to show off the back of the skirt, and because it felt more fun. It was also a fab match for the dress.
I had six bridesmaids, and I wanted them to wear (a) something they loved, and (b) something that felt individual to each of them. I absolutely love Needle & Thread, and I was excited to try and find six dresses that were all different but with a similar theme. I actually managed to bag them in a sample sale – they remain my best bargain ever!”
THE CEREMONY FELT REALLY INTIMATE...
“I was accompanied down the aisle by both my dad and stepdad. It was such a special moment to have them both there beside me, and also very handy to have one either side, as I was so nervous about tripping on one of our antique rugs along the aisle! One of our friends said the ceremony felt as though it could have been our living room because it matched our style so well, which is exactly what we wanted!
Steven went to Samara James in Kent to choose my engagement ring. He was really impressed with the team there, so we made a day trip to Shepperton to pick our wedding bands, and had a celebratory pub lunch by the Thames afterwards.
Before the wedding, we were both most nervous about the ceremony and the speeches. Ironically, these were our two favourite moments of the day. The ceremony felt really intimate, and I can’t really remember anyone else being there apart from Steven. We both laughed and cried throughout the entire thing.”
“Swaffham Florist is run by super creative sisters who were able to make my floral dreams come true! They created several beautiful statement arrangements, and matched the colours in my bouquet to the bridesmaid dresses. They even used the remaining dress fabric (after alterations) to hand-tie our bouquets, which was a really whimsical, romantic touch.
Our venue was a blank canvas, which was perfect for us, as it meant we could really put our own stamp on the look and feel for the day. We worked with Penny at The Little Lending Company to style our day. Her ‘Lend a Hand’ service was an absolute godsend the day before our wedding. Penny prepared everything beautifully, and even made spontaneous suggestions that totally elevated the set-up.
Our drinks reception and wedding breakfast was accompanied by Shona Crossan playing the piano, and singing an eclectic set including everything from Elton John to Frank Ocean.
The awesome lads at North Norfolk Catering Co. were in charge of the food. Adam and Jack are mega passionate about food, and they made sure that every dish both looked and tasted amazing.”
CANDID, HONEST PHOTOGRAPHY...
“We love Megan Duffield’s candid, honest photography and natural, romantic style. She’s an incredibly talented photographer who became our friend throughout the wedding planning process. Megan was actually recommended to me via another photographer who I had been in contact with, and I’m honestly so thankful for that introduction.
The first time we met Megan was in London for a little pre-wedding shoot. Steven wasn’t overly keen on the idea of bimbling around our local haunts, stopping at every corner for cringey cuddles in front of the camera, but his mood changed almost as soon as Megan arrived. She totally put us at ease and we had so much fun.
On our wedding day, we were keen to include a second photographer who could be with Steven and the boys in the morning. Megan suggested Eloise Layla Nurse, who perfectly echoed Megan’s style. Together, they wonderfully captured the feeling of our day and we are so happy with the pictures.”
“My dad made a lovely toast, then both Steven and I did speeches that were heartfelt and very emotional (we are quite soppy people). Steven’s Best Man made his speech after us, and it had the entire room in fits. He was utterly brilliant and it set the tone for the party to get started.
The Photobooth Guys managed our photobooth, which went down a storm (and resulted in some curious semi-nudity from a family friend, much to his wife’s dismay!).”
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM AMIE & STEVEN...
“If you’re not hiring an event planner, then I’d highly recommend allocating a few of your wedding party as points of contact for suppliers and vendors on the day. A friend recommended sending the close wedding party (parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen) a breakdown of the day and a list of contacts and numbers. It’s a bit boring and admin-y, but it meant that I didn’t have to worry about all the other stuff in the morning before the ceremony, as the whole gang was fully equipped to deal with any last-minute bits and pieces.”