I have been wanting to write this post for a long time now. This was probably one of the most memorable days of my life. It was wonderful, perfect and all things wow.
On the 27th June 2015 my stunning big sister married her partner of around 7 years. The day was filled with bright sunshine, happy smiles and joyful tears. It's weird, seeing your sibling get married. It fills you with a sense that you are a proper adult now, it sinks in that it's no longer acceptable to gallop around your living room pretending to be horses and listening to classical vinyls on the record player. Well, it is acceptable if that's what you want to do in your mid-twenties - who am I to judge?
I have written so many drafts of this post, all of which are filled with paragraphs of gushing and love which is a bit sickening, but it is hard to put into words how memorable the day was. From the weather to the delicious food, the day was seamless. Our friends and families were all in one place at one time sharing giggles over a glass of Prosecco and swapping dance moves like they were Rihanna. It was perfect.
The day took place at Suffolks Otley Hall, which is a stunning tudor building which hosts weddings and retreat days. It has 10 acres of stunning gardens complete with lakes and mazes - they even have peacocks roaming around to make it even more mystical. What I loved about this venue is that they only host around 15 weddings per year so have time to really focus on your day and making sure is exactly how you want. Katherine worked closely with the lovely staff there who were in constant contact up until the big day. It made the most amazing backdrop for such a big day in your life.
The flowers were done by a lovely lady named Kay Souter. She is a freelance florist based in Ipswich - she did such an amazing job and I would definitely recommend her to anyone. The flowers lasted for around a week after the big day too so you have plenty of time to enjoy them. We also got some milk bottles and jam jars and filled them with pink roses and baby's breath to decorate the hall with.
The bride and groom decided that instead of having a formal 3 course meal, they wanted a more relaxed, chilled out vibe so opted for picnic hampers for the wedding breakfast and a hog roast with all the trimmings in the evening. The food was delicious, srsly, I love food and this was top notch. This was all provided by a company called Jam Tartz, who are based in Sudbury, Suffolk.
Now, the photographer Katie Drouet is literally the best person ever. Kat and I had previously done a 1920's style photoshoot with her, so we knew what an absolute diamond she was. On the day she turned up with a huge smile and a hug for everyone, she is so professional but also felt like a guest on the day and I am so pleased to have met her. She is so talented - I literally can't sing her praises enough. She took some amazing photos of the day and was not intrusive whatsoever. She managed to capture the day in its gloriousness and got some really lovely natural shots. She uses games in order to get real giggles when you are having your picture taken rather than stiff forces smiles. Here is a little snippet of some snaps she took on the day:
Otley Hall, Hall Lane, Otley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9PA