Rachel & Jat
Jat and Rachel took a chance with their venue – and they couldn’t have been happier with how their big day turned out. The styling was important to this couple, they focused on creating a lovely wedding which featured Jat’s Indian culture mixed with a vintage vibe.
Over to Rachel to tell you all about their day…
“Both of us had a strong idea in our minds that we wanted a stately home style venue that would be able to hold the ceremony through to the reception however we decided to look at what seemed like every venue in the county just to get a clear idea of what was out there and costs. At the time the Walled Garden was just starting to launch and the website was a basic single page with little information, very few images and although it didn’t exactly sell its self something kept pulling me back to it and I just knew we had to arrange a viewing. When we saw the place it was early April, the garden was only was only just starting to show signs of bursting into life, the marquee was very basic and bare and they were not yet licensed for ceremonies. But despite all this we fell in love with the place, it was something so different and we could see the potential, especially when we talked with Emma Davidson about her vision for the ceremony room, developing the garden and the marquee – everything we thought we wanted changed and we knew it was the right choice for us.
The marquee and gardens allowed our wedding for feel very relaxed which I never expected to feel on the day! The guests were able to come and go with ease to enjoy the garden and the time in the marquee. More importantly the young children we had were able to run around, play and enjoy the day as much as the adults by having the outdoor space and plenty of room in the marquee too. By having this outdoor space we were also able to set out some activities for the children to keep them entertained – skipping ropes, skittles, hula hoops, bean bags – although I think some of the adults enjoyed this much more than the children!
The team and The Walled Garden could not do enough for us and were very accommodating to our requests. They also helped to create an Indian inspired barbecue for the evening so we could again incorporate this side of Jat’s culture into our wedding.
We were very conscious about not having a ‘themed’ wedding and ensuring it was more of a style. It was always going to have a vintage style but we wanted it to be different to the ‘Vintage Country Garden’ theme of birdcages and bunting that was so popular at the time and wanted it to be more classic and timeless that would fit perfectly with the Victorian garden. It was a chance visit to an antique and collectibles shop in Lincoln on a day out that actually set our style. We came across some beautiful vintage medicine bottles that we thought would be perfect as centre pieces with flowers in them and from that point it helped build the style.
When we met with Lee Garland at the Wedding Event with a Difference and we saw the Vintage Booth and knew it would fit in perfectly. It was fantastic fun, all the guests loved it and it was a real ice breaker to help the guests mix a lot more easily with those they did not know and also gave them their own keepsakes to take away.
For the flowers, I didn’t want anything ‘traditional’. When I met with Rebecca from Floraldeco, most of the flowers that I had on my list would unfortunately have been out of season but we talked though the brief and Rebecca was fantastic at making suggestions. The one flower that I always wanted was the Cafe Au Lait Dhalia but Rebecca advised that they are very hard to get in this country as they are hard to grow so it would not be something we could go with. Two days before the wedding I dropped off the medicine bottles with Rebecca and she gave me the most fantastic news that in the time since we first met she had been working to find a UK supplier for the Cafe Au Lait Dhalia and she had the Dhalia’s arrive that day to be used in my bouquet. I was amazed and overjoyed! It was testament to Rebecca of how fantastic she is!
I also wanted my dress to have a vintage look to it without being too ‘typically bridal’. When I went to Belle & Bouquet, the final place on my list, I knew as soon as I saw it that it was what I had been looking for, it was stunning. It was so different to all the dresses that I had seen before, with only a hint of lace detailing to tie in with the venue styling and felt just perfect for me when I tried it on.
Nat at Yummy Little Cakes was fantastic too. During the briefing meeting we talked through the pictures we collated and instantly Nat got us. Her idea to decorate the cake in a design similar to our invitations tied everything together. Knowing that Rebecca had managed to get the Cafe Au Lait Dhalia, Nat also planned to design the flowers to match which was another lovely and thoughtful surprise. As we wanted to incorporate Jat’s Indian culture, we discussed this with Nat and she was fantastic and so accommodating making one of the layers Pistachio, Cardamom and Rose Water which was delicious.
Finally, make the most of the Save the Date magazine and event. I first went to a national wedding fair and came away feeling totally overwhelmed. When I visited the Walled Garden I was given a copy of the Save the Date magazine and it really was a life saver, I became a little obsessed with it! Save the Date became my ultimate ‘go-to’ for everything from inspiration to suppliers. You can see from the supplier list that most of it is made up through Save the Date recommend suppliers. The quality of all suppliers is second to none and they can all be worked with on a variety of budgets. I really do think I would have been lost without Save the Date, the team we pulled together from suppliers were fantastic and I don’t think we could have pulled it off without them.
I have recommended Save the Date to everyone I know that has got engaged in the last 2 years.”
Here is a list of the wonderful suppliers that contributed to this fabulous wedding:
Venue – The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields,
Photographer – Lee Garland
Cake – Yummy Little Cakes
Flowers – Floral Deco
Make-Up – Vanessa Peacock
Photo Booth – Vintage Booth.me
Hair – Zullo & Holland
Dress – Belle & Bouquet
Entertainment – Vintage Booth Me
Suit – Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids – Jenny Packham