Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous intimate and relaxed Staffordshire Wedding.
Al and Laila gathered their closest family and friends for this wonderful celebration in Lichfield where colourful florals and a real sense of togetherness was key.
Images were captured by Kate Hollingsworth Photography.
Kate is a Wedding and family photographer based in Sutton Coldfield and Solva, Pembrokeshire
She enjoys photographing families in the familiar surroundings of their own homes.
She also photographs special occasions from weddings to parties, trying to use only natural light in creating pictures to treasure.
Beautiful Bride Laila says of the couples relaxed Staffordshire Wedding day…
How did you meet?
We met as students, performing together in an improvised comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Tell us about the Proposal…
I can’t remember the proposal! When our son was only a few weeks old, we decided we’d like to get married sometime, but we waited a while before getting round to setting a date.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We planned our wedding quite late in the day, nearly on a whim!
Over the summer we decided it’d be nice to get married in September or October, when it would still be warm, and to still allow my sister in law to travel, who was pregnant with her first baby.
We wanted all our close family to be there, so picked a date they could all make.
We wanted to get married close to Alex’s family, so my family (who all live abroad) would have a chance to meet them all and see the area over the weekend.
We only wanted a simple day, with just the close family there, so didn’t think it’d be that big a job to organise…
And it probably wasn’t, compared to larger weddings, but we did end up rushing round getting rings, flowers, speeches and clothes sorted just in the nick of time!
Any special touches/DIY?
Our place settings were made by our lovely sister in law Regine, from Essence Gifts.
She printed onto slate hearts that most of our family now use somewhere in their homes, we loved them!
The lovely cakes were made by our friend Danielle, from Live Baking.
She made the most delicious gluten free cake for us, and topped them with little figures representing some of the things we enjoy doing together.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We didn’t have a theme or colour palette, but wanted there to be lots of flowers, and were so pleased with the sweet-smelling flowers at the wedding venue and the reception.
What was the best bit of your day?
The best bit of the day was definitely enjoying the time spent with our family at the reception.
They mostly had not met each other before, and got on so well, we all had a brilliant time.
It was very special to have them all connect. There was plenty of time and space for us all to talk in one room, and the children were free to play and roam around.
The sun coming out (after a rainy morning) was also very much appreciated, so we got to take photos after the ceremony in beautiful golden sunlight without it being too cold.
That was more than we’d thought to hope for in October!
Is there anything you would do differently?
Probably having a little more time to organise everything than the two months we had (during which we were both working and looking after our toddler, as well as not living near our wedding location), would have made things a little more relaxed, but on the whole we wouldn’t have done it differently.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
We were so glad we put enjoying the day and the people first, and didn’t let the day become a stressful thing to organise or worry over.
Thanks so much to Kate for sharing this stunning relaxed Staffordshire Wedding.
Photographer – Kate Hollingsworth Photography
Suit – Bespoke at Tailor & Cutter – Cambridge
Cake Maker – Our friend Danielle – Live Baking
Florist – Heaven Scent Florist – Lichfield
Place Settings – Essence Gifts
Rings – Fraser Hart
Hair stylist – Obsession – Lichfield