Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous rustic inspired Cambridgeshire Wedding with powder blue and silver details.
Images were captured by Lina and Tom Photography.
Husband and wife team Lina + Tom Orsino-Allen have been shooting together for ten years covering weddings locally from their home in Cambridgeshire but also travelling across the UK from Devon to Scotland and everywhere in between.
They also travel internationally together to shoot weddings and have worked as far afield as Iceland, Ibiza, Santorini, and Mexico amongst other places.
They have a number of awards which include 2x Four Counties Wedding Awards Winner – Wedding Photographer of the Year, multiple Fearless Photographers and Masters of UK Wedding Photography Awards.
Early this year Lina was a Fearless Photographers Awards judge and has spoken about their work at the Fearless European Conference as well as WEDx and JellyBean conference, as an established public speaker on the branding and finding your ideal client in the wedding industry.
Voted Top Ten UK Wedding Photographers 2018 by Zankyou Weddings and Top 50 Wedding Photographers by GoHen.
They say of the couple and their day…
Jack emailed us after they saw our details on the South Farm website, apologising for emailing on the 22nd December but he didn’t want to wait to find out if we were free, which was lovely.
We quickly discovered we already had many connections, such as we had shot a few of Kate’s work colleagues’ weddings and were about to shoot some events for the company.
Summer 2018 will go down as the sweaty one, and the one where many cakes met their demise!
Yet Kate and Jack’s day was gloriously sunny yet a welcome, slightly cooler day.
The details were beautiful and everyone was in a great mood right from the morning, and it carried through to a very lively dancefloor!
We had such a fun day with this fab pair.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Kate…
How did you meet?
Our friends introduced us to each other just over 8 years ago at a summer party.
We instantly clicked and became the best of mates, before finally getting together a few months later – despite a disastrous first date!
Tell us about the Proposal…
Jack booked a surprise dinner at one of the top restaurants in town to celebrate our 6-year anniversary, and had arranged the best table with a stunning view over the city.
After an amazing dinner, he came over incredibly nervous, and when trying to find the words to begin asking the question, very awkwardly blurted out “well… thank you for being so pleasant!” which had both of us cracking up!
What followed was such an incredible moment as he said the loveliest of words – and then excessive happy tears, uncontrollable excitement and lots of champagne!
We tried to enjoy being in the moment before sharing the news, but that lasted all of about 5 minutes as we were just bursting to celebrate with our nearest and dearest!
A stranger took photos and videos of the moment, which were such a nice surprise and a lovely and amazing thing to be able to see and keep.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
The planning journey began in those 5 minutes mentioned above, straight after the proposal, when Jack asked, “so, how do you fancy August 2018?”
Both of us work in events, and so it was always going to be a very thoroughly planned and detailed wedding… we couldn’t help ourselves! We love a spreadsheet and we love a plan!
We are very similar and were lucky that we tended to agree on what we wanted.
We went to see a few venues, the first being South Farm, which we both totally fell in love with, and just nothing else would compare after that.
It was unique, with an absolutely beautiful setting, incredible versatile spaces, an amazing team of people – and possibly the best food we have ever eaten!
Once the venue was booked, our epic spreadsheet with a million tabs was created – the home of our budget, guest list, ‘to do’s, suppliers… you name it, it was in there, and it kept us totally organised!
What was the theme/colour palette of your Big Day?
Powder blue and silver, with wood! We aimed to keep everything beautifully simple yet rustic looking.
We had a dedicated font and colour palette and included that on everything.
Any special touches/DIY?
Oh yes! This was an absolutely huge part of our big day and I spent many hours, days and weeks crafting and creating, I loved it and became totally addicted!
I was lucky to have some amazing helpers too.
I made all of our stationery, including the invitations and on-the-day pieces, as well as the bunting, chalkboard designs, gift bags and cards for our wedding party, and personalised coat hangers for the bridesmaids.
We created our own centrepieces using our favourite gin bottles filled with fairy lights, and jam jars filled with stunning floral arrangements created by our friend and her mum.
They also dressed our place settings and signage – using rosemary from my Grandma’s garden and eucalyptus picked from her friend’s garden.
My Dad made our amazing wooden table plan, my Grandma made our beautiful cake, and my sister did my hair and a couple of the bridesmaids too.
It was so special to have so many unique, homemade things, that so many people had helped us with.
What was the best bit of your day?
It’s true what they say, the day goes by in a flash and you’ll enjoy every moment! It’s hard to pinpoint an exact best bit, and this may sound a bit cliché, but just being in the same place as all of your favourite people at once really is the most amazing feeling ever.
And, according to Jack, “the ice cream cart… that was bloody brilliant!”
Is there anything you would do differently?
Nope! It all fell into place perfectly (as everyone told us it would whenever we had a panic) and we wouldn’t change a thing. It really was the best day.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Trust your own judgement! Some of the decisions you have to make are huge, and it’s easy to worry you haven’t made the ‘perfect’ choice.
Once you’ve made a decision, stick with it and believe in it – all that matters is it’s right for you.
If you’re planning to do a lot of DIY, it’s never too early to start – it takes way longer than you may expect.
It’s also never too early to book suppliers! Good ones get booked up sometimes years in advance; grab them as soon as you can.
Photography – Lina and Tom
Venue – South Farm – Hertfordshire
Bridesmaid Gowns – Victoria Lou Bridal
Suit – Next
Cake Maker – Brides Grandma – Ann
Florist – Wild Frost Café (bouquets/ buttonholes, and top table arrangement) and friends Lorna and Kate (centrepieces/ heart shaped wreath/ pew ends and greenery)
Rings – Ernest Jones
Stationery – DIY
Make up – Sabrina Professional Make Up
Hair Stylist – Rachel James (Kate’s sister and bridesmaid) and Cara Sinclair
Ice Cream Cart – Courtesy of South Farm
Light Up Letters – The Letter Hire People
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