Images were captured by Clare at Fitzgerald Photographic.
Clare FitzGerald is a Sussex based wedding photographer living near to Eastbourne & Brighton, with her husband, 2 young children & cheeky chocolate Labrador.
She says of her work…”I love photographing weddings and believe in building a relationship with my couples and getting to know their story; after all I will be closely by your side for most of the day!”
“I aim to be discreet, letting the events of the day catch my eye so that I can document the individual character, detail & emotion of your wedding in a relaxed, creative & fun way!”
I hand over to Bride Carly…
How did you meet?
“Craig first contacted me in September 2010 after viewing my profile on e-harmony. Due to our respective travelling commitments we couldn’t meet in person until late November. We are now both very glad we waited!”
“Our first date was at Burger King in Victoria station.”
“Fortunately that was just where we arranged to meet, and soon moved to the Cask, a nice gastro pub not far away.”
“We had a meal and didn’t stop talking all night. After deciding to see each other again shortly after, many exciting dates followed and we then spent most of the weekends together.”
When did you get engaged?
“It was on a trip to the Crazy Bear in Stadhampton in May 2013 that Craig decided to propose.”
“The trip was a surprise – all Carly knew was that we were going to stay somewhere after a day shopping at Bicester Village.”
“Shortly after getting ready for dinner and a surprise delivery of Champagne, Craig popped the question and produced the most beautiful ring (chosen himself and the perfect fit!).”
I said ‘Yes’ of course. We had the most magical weekend away, and our first experience of tasting scrambled duck eggs.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“There is so much to think about so we tried to get organised from the start.”
We first thought about the general theme of our wedding, and the number of people.”
“We thought that about 80 guests for the day would be good, with space to accommodate extra in the evening.”
“As to a theme, our initial idea was vintage/birds, as these ties in with both of our interests.”
“With those initial ideas, we set out to find a venue.”
“We wanted somewhere that was the perfect size for our guests, would suit our theme, not too far away, had indoor and outdoor spaces and also had the perfect balance between what we could customised and what was provided by the venue.”
“After looking at a number of venues, we settled on Ramster Hall.”
“It was perfect in every way and ticked all the boxes. It combined historical vintage charm with a unique, homely feel.”
“A number of essentials were provided such as tables and chairs, a DJ and the caterers, but the rest was down to us.”
“It was important to us that we could add our own personal touch to the day.”
“To achieve this, we handmade the invites, restored a vintage travel trunk for our cards and gifts, engraved jam jars to use as vases and made our favours – mini jars of jam.”
“We are pleased to be able to offer some of these items to other couples who are getting married through our new business, www.themrandmrsweddingboutique.com”
“Although it was an option available to us, the ceremony was not conducted at Ramster. Instead, the ceremony was at St Mary’s Church in Chiddingfold.”
“As we were not local, we had to acquire a qualifying connection to the church by attending 13 services in a 6 month period. This was enjoyable and made the day itself all the more special.”
“There is so much more we could say about our wedding planning journey. Just to finish, all we would say is that we were so pleased how well the day came together and were delighted with all of our suppliers.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Seeing all our hard work in planning come together on the day without a single glitch was such a sense of self achievement.”
“The best single moment of the day was walking back down the church aisle as Husband and Wife!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Three main pieces of advice:
1. Everyone advises to set a budget and stick to it, but that is easier said than done as the more fairs you visit, the more magazines you read and the more websites you look at, you’ll see lots of wonderful ideas that you would like at your wedding.
So, how do you do it? Our advice is to decide at the start what aspects of the wedding are most important to you.
Is the invites and save the dates? Is it the venue? Is it the food? Is it the photography and videography?
As an example, we wanted either the invites OR the save the dates to be a souvenir for our guests.
We could not justify spending a lot on both save the dates and invites.
So, we spent a bit more on our save the dates (specially printed tea towels), and saved a bit on our invites as we made them ourselves (they still looked great though, and everyone loved the personal touch!).
2. Make a plan at the start off what you will do and when.
Wedding planning is stressful but also very rewarding when everything comes together.
So, get a large calendar, sit down with a cup of tea and make a list of everything you think you might like at your wedding and everything you think you will need to do.
Then work out timescales and add the dates to the calendar. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have late nights but it does help!
3. Finally, try to enjoy the planning and the day itself as much as you can.
Everyone tells you that the day does so fast and it does!
Remember how lucky you are to have met each other and to be getting married, and try to make the most of your wedding planning journey.
Thank you to Clare for showing this exquisite vintage and bird theme wedding.
The styling is on point throughout with lovely bird table names and table plan, and vintage inspired lace and pearls amidst the decor and stunning floristry.
The cake is divine, and the Bride looks absolutely stunning in her Naomi Neoh dress with beautiful bridesmaids in gorgeous floral gowns.
The caricaturist, the steel band and the DIY Photobooth are a great fun touch too.
Photographer – FitzGerald Photographic
Bridal Preparation Venue – The Crown Inn
Reception Venue – Ramster Hall
Wedding Dress – Naomi Neoh – Fleur from the Secret Garden Range
Wedding Cake – The Crumby Bakery
Flowers – The Floral Workshop
Steel Band – Big Sands
Caricaturist – Drawn by Helen
Dj & Disco – The DJ
Routemaster Bus – Red Route Buses
Wedding Car – The Classic & Vintage Car Company
Videographer – Devoted Films
Vintage décor & table centre theming – The Mr & Mrs Wedding Boutique
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