Today I am thrilled to share a gorgeous handcrafted Hampshire Village Hall Wedding with blush, cream and green elements.
Images were captured by Tansley Photography.
Carol & Paul Tansley are Hampshire wedding photographers who have been capturing weddings for over ten years.
They both come from a fashion magazine background. Paul has over 20 years experience as a professional photographer, having previously shot high-end fashion in London, he now exclusively shoots weddings.
Carol is a talented and creative art director and photographer and was previously the Art Director of Wedding Magazine.
Their experience in weddings goes way beyond just photographing them.
They specialise in capturing the story of your wedding day unobtrusively with beautiful, candid photography, that truly captures the emotions you were feeling, in photos that you will enjoy for years to come.
In the last ten years we have shot over 300 beautiful weddings and have won many wedding industry awards for our images.
They would love to get to know you and tell the story of your big day.
They say of the couples Village Hall Wedding day…
Helen got in contact with us ten months before the big day but we didn’t meet up till closer to the wedding day, when we had a walk through of their day which is always useful for both us and couples.
The more we understand about their personalities and the type of day they are planning we are better prepared to capture how that day feels, and can advise on timings and how to plan certain shots.
On the day I drove over to Guildford to Helen’s family home for her bridal preparations in the morning.
This was very relaxed, which is always a good sign, and I was able to shoot some lovely natural moments of Helen and her family getting ready.
Just before the ceremony I headed over to Bramshott Church, in a neighbouring village to our own. It’s a beautiful little church and I’ve always looked forward to shooting a wedding there.
Helen was all smiles when she walked down the aisle and I got a whole series of frames of her and Andrew laughing together as she arrived.
In fact, the whole day was one full of smiles and laughter, such a happy, a relaxed day.
Guests just enjoying being with each other, chatting, drinking and laughing. It really is what every wedding needs.
Weddings aren’t about how much money you spend – but how much fun you and your guests have.
The more people laugh, smile, hug etc. the easier my job as a wedding photographer is. I’m sure this is exactly the atmosphere Helen and Andrew wanted to create and I was glad to be able to capture it all in pictures for them.
I hand over to beautiful Bride Helen…
How did you meet?
Our story is a long one! We originally met in around 2005 or so.
I was working in a music venue and Andrew was out with friends, one of which he told “I’m going to marry that girl one day.”
Fast forward a year or so and Andrew was working in a shop. I would regularly go in and effectively stalk the ‘cute guy with the rolled up sleeves.’
Obviously, we were both too shy to act on either of these situations as we never knew this about each other until much later on!
Eventually we ended up on the same university course. We were both in relationships at the time but became firm friends.
Finally, in 2013, we both found ourselves single and, already being best of friends, becoming a couple was inevitable!
Tell us about the Proposal…
We were in Croyde, Devon, on holiday. We go every year and it’s an incredibly special place to us both.
Andrew hadn’t told anyone about the proposal except my dad and mum, as he asked their permission.
It was a boiling hot day (I don’t cope well in the heat!), May bank holiday Monday and everywhere was incredibly busy.
We’d never really talked about marriage, both of us thinking the stress etc would be too much!
We were having a beer on the beach, which was just gorgeous and I thought to myself, “If he was ever going to propose, this would be the most perfect place to do it.”
But there were too many people around. And I was too hot and wanted a shower!
Little did I know, he’d had the ring in his pocket all day, terrified of losing it and trying to find the right moment without loads of people around.
So, off we went back to our accommodation. I was very content, in my pyjamas, with no make up on, reading a book on the sofa.
He popped into the bedroom and came out and just did it!
I always thought I’d have an inkling, as Andrew’s terrible at keeping secrets, but I truly had absolutely no idea and it was so perfect.
No bells and whistles, nothing over the top. What made it even more special was that Andrew’s parents were coming down a couple of days later and they had no idea he was going to propose so we got to tell them together.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
I’m incredibly lucky that one of my sisters works in the bridal industry, another sister is a florist and my best friend is a hairdresser so we had plenty of tips.
We knew from the beginning that we didn’t want anything over the top, very understated, and just a good party.
We’ve never been bothered about the tiny details or any fuss.
As cliché as it sounds, we just wanted to get married and the wedding itself wasn’t something we spent an awful lot of time or stress on! We were very laid back about the whole thing.
We wanted it all to be local and as cheap as possible. Bramshott church is a very special place to Andrew and his family and we always thought we wanted a village hall wedding, to keep costs down and so we could do our own thing with it.
Any special touches/DIY?
Lots of DIY! Andrew’s best man, Tom, and his wife, Sarah, made some amazing letters to go on the stage.
Andrew’s mum, Penny, made all our favours, which were succulents for people to take home as we wanted something that people would want to keep.
We used ‘Shoot it yourself’ to film everything, that was one of the Usher’s jobs, and the video is so wonderful and personal…and hilarious!
One of my best friends, Lorna Emery, made my ‘Wifey’ jacket for me to wear when it got a bit chilly.
My sister-in-law (the florist) made all the foliage hoops, runners and touches, with help from Tom’s dad for all the free foliage (he’s a gardener)!
We didn’t have a band or DJ as we knew it would most likely be a hot day and people might want to be outside more.
We made 2 Spotify playlists, one for the day and one for the evening which went down a treat and plenty of people were dancing.
My Uncle made the wedding cake and, if they were keen bakers, we asked guests to bring along a pudding. This meant we had such an array of different desserts and it was something that we didn’t have to budget for.
One of my favourite things, which we have up in our house now, are the photos of our grandparents and our parents on their wedding days, which we had on the guest book table.
I also just made the table plan on word and printed it on to card, along with our orders of service for the church.
My friend has a gorgeous Cream VW camper van which I always said I wanted as a wedding car when I got married. She was incredibly generous to drive us and to give us champagne once we were married!
What was the theme / colour palette of your Village Hall Wedding Day?
To be honest, we didn’t really have one to begin with! I suppose it was quite natural, greens, blushes, whites and creams.
My sisters were my bridesmaids and I asked them to just find something they’d be comfortable in during the day.
Turns out they managed to find a colour scheme! With the table flowers they were wild flowers so you couldn’t choose a colour scheme, which I loved. My bouquet was mainly blush and green, along with the button holes.
The ushers and Andrew all wore different suits. Again, Andrew said to just wear something they had and that they’d feel comfortable in.
What was the best bit of your day?
From getting ready, to walking down the aisle, to the ceremony, to the village hall wedding reception, to the speeches, to the dancing.
Genuinely, all of it. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Not one thing. Except maybe make the Motown section of the evening playlist a little shorter and get on to the more modern music earlier – I got carried away when making it!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. To be honest, people rarely notice the little things. They notice the atmosphere more than anything, I think.
We planned our Village Hall wedding day to suit us and our likes, which was hard at times because we knew some people wouldn’t like it or think it was particularly wedding-y.
But we thought that was important, that we planned the day we wanted. That meant we were both totally relaxed and at home throughout the day and could fully enjoy ourselves without stressing, and I think that meant other people enjoyed themselves too.
Also, I would thoroughly recommend a video of some sort. I could barely remember anything, especially the church ceremony, so it’s so lovely to have the DVD to look back on and remember.
Lastly, spend out on a good photographer. We scrimped and saved on many aspects of the day but wanted to spend money on the photographer!
We knew that the photos would be our lasting memory and it’s so important to have photos that you’re happy with and that capture your day as you wanted.
Thank you so much to Carol and Paul, and the couple for sharing this beautiful handcrafted wedding.
I love the detail, love and attention that has gone into crafting the little details, and making so many friends and family members a part of the day making it much more personal.
Photographer – Tansley Photography
Ceremony Venue – St Mary the Virgin church, Bramshott
Reception Venue – Headley Village Hall
Bridesmaid Gowns – Various! All high street.
Suit – Tom Fox Tailoring – Guildford
Cake Maker – Paul Galluci
Florals – Bouquet and button holes – Blomster Designs
Florals – Hoops / runners / bridesmaid bouquets and flower girl crown – Polly Ruocco
Florals -Table flowers – Pigpen Flowers
Videographer – Shoot it Yourself
Rings – Etsy
Stationery – DIY
Make up – Lolo and Co
Hair – Laura Bellairs
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