Ross and Jo were married on the 20th of March and images were captured by Nick Rutter Photography.
Nick Rutter is an award Winning Photographer based in the South of the UK with a passion for crisp, beautiful, natural and relaxed Photography.
He is also a Drummer and lover of great music.
He says of his work “My approach to photography is pretty calm. I have a relaxed and natural style. I love vibrant colours, and a slightly matt/film finish to my images. I want the photographs to do something, to pop and not be bland.”
He says of the couple and their day…
“Ross and Jo are such a lovely quirky couple and had some awesome ideas for their unique wedding at Southampton Art Gallery and The Moldy Fig at The Concorde Club in Hampshire.”
“Jo loves the colour yellow (as you can see from their living room photos) and once the shoes were chosen, red was woven into the colour scheme too.”
“They didn’t pick a theme, but their tastes lead to outfits with quite a vintage feel.”
“They always wanted a personal wedding with a hand made touch, not a hotel do.”
“They chose the Moldy Fig for their wedding reception in Southampton next to the Concorde Club after an exceptional lunch there and they loved the idea of marrying at Southampton Art Gallery in Hampshire for their wedding ceremony as neither of them wanted a church wedding and they loved the feel of the space, the grandness and brightness.”
“On the day they also had a surprise visit from Ray Quinn, who was performing next door at the Concorde Club!”
I now pass over to Bride, Jo…
How did you meet?
“Ross and I first got to know each other on an unseasonably warm Saturday 10 years ago.”
“We normally worked in different Blockbuster stores but Ross had been sent to Harrow and we spent the day bonding over our love of films (and Star Wars) as all our customers were enjoying the sunshine.”
When did you get engaged?
“We were having an anniversary dinner at our favourite restaurant, The Walpole in Ealing.”
“After 8 years together and buying a house together we had discussed what we would like our wedding to look like, but I was nonetheless surprised when he popped the question.”
“We used to live around the corner from The Walpole before we relocated to Southampton and it was lovely that the first people we told about our engagement were the owners who we knew well from years of patronage.”
“We spent the rest of the weekend in our own little engagement bubble before returning home and telling family and friends.”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We had a 2 year engagement as I knew I wanted a personal wedding with lots of handmade projects.”
“To start our planning and set our budget we wrote all of the big spend wedding categories on Post Its (Food, Flowers, Stationary etc) and discussed what was important to us and where we could save money.”
“Food came out at the top of the list as we are big foodies and wanted to serve our guests something delicious, we chose the Moldy Fig after an exceptional lunch there.”
“I suggested the Art Gallery as our wedding venue as neither of us wanted a church wedding and I loved the feel of the space; grand, bright and somewhat playful.”
“My bridal attendant (we may have made this title up!) Chris and I found the shoes in Selfridges shoe hall and the rest of my outfit revolved around them.”
“It became clear that they couldn’t be hidden under a full length dress but I loved tea length dresses which I could move and dance in anyways. I love my dress but I did not have ‘the one’ sensation that bridal shops try to hype.”
“The dress was beautiful and an important part of the outfit I was creating, to which I added a floofy petticoat, a marabou shrug and a Vivienne Sheriff pillbox hat which cost more than my dress!”
Ross: “I knew I wanted an outfit that was 1920’s or 30’s in style, once I found my Jefferey West shoes I too knew that my suit had to go with them.”
“For a long time it felt like we didn’t get very far, friends kept asking how the planning was going and I would respond that I had cake toppers, underwear and beautiful shoes!”
“Once we had booked the venues and the photographer I became a somewhat laidback bride, I figured that all the ‘big things’ had been sorted and everything else would come together.”
“Luckily I had an amazing best friend/maid of honour who would constantly ask me what was next on the to-do list and encourage me to complete tasks.”
“My maid of honour/crafting guru Becky and I undertook a plethora of handmade projects from customised hangers for our dresses to a lace pinny for me to wear whilst I ate dinner.”
“I knew early on that I wanted bunting to decorate my wedding venues and my faithful friends attended my ‘craft nights’ where they measured, cut and sewed hundreds of perfect flags.”
“Another of my passions is cake and I realised that one large wedding cake was not going to cut it, I wanted ALL of the cakes.”
“We baked a few ourselves the day before our wedding (people said we were mad!) and our fabulous friends and family offered up their signature bakes to fulfil my dream of a table groaning with homemade cakes.”
“Flowers had been something I decided I didn’t want to spend a fortune on, quality over quantity.”
“I came across Kelly who I recognised from school at the New Forest Show and we discussed her beautiful fabric flowers, I loved the idea of integrating the bunting cotton fabric and producing something that my bridesmaids could keep after the wedding.”
“My bouquet was a beautiful creation, based around my brief for seasonal flowers, a wildflower feel (as it was a bit early in the year for wildflowers) and fragrant herbs, which I find to have a soothing effect (ideal if I was a little nervous before the ceremony!)”
“We kept the centrepieces simple and effective, daffodils were seasonal and fit with the, yellow and Welsh themes, so we used them in the buttonholes and centrepieces, created by my Maid of Honour’s mum as a wedding gift.”
“We also wanted to integrate our love of movies, which is what drew us together in the first place, into our big day.”
“Whilst we have different tastes in films, we are both big fans of Disney and named our tables after our favourite Disney Classics.”
“The theme continued into our ceremony music choices, which included scores from Sleeping Beauty and Star Wars, along with La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong, from Wall:E whilst we signed the register.”
When did you get married?
“We got married 10 years and 1 day after we met.”
“Since we had become engaged whilst on an anniversary mini-break, I thought it would be lovely to be married in the same week of March (it also meant we didn’t have to remember a new anniversary date!)”
“It was the day of the eclipse which sadly we could not see due to thick cloud cover.”
“Thankfully, the weather did a complete u-turn whilst we were getting ready and it was a glorious afternoon.”
What was the best bit of your day?
Ross: “The bit where she said I do, anyone who says otherwise has missed the point.”
Jo: “I won’t say the cake table then…”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“We’d pass on the advice a few recently married couples gave us; take a few minutes to stand back and soak up the party atmosphere in the evening.”
“We stood on the decking, looking in at the party inside and enjoyed a few moments together.”
“It is one day, if you are on a budget don’t be afraid to stand your ground and spend the money on what is important to you as a couple rather than things that are traditional or expected.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask for/accept offers of help, I came to this realisation quite late in the game, but friends and family solved problems I had been worrying about for weeks just by putting themselves or their skills out there for us.”
Ceremony Venue: Southampton Art Gallery
Reception Venue: Moldy Fig at the Concorde Club
Photographer: Nick Rutter Photography
Hat: Vivien Sheriff ‘Pope’ pillbox hat.
Shoes: Louis Vuitton
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lindy Bop – ‘Ophelia’ Swing Dresses
Suits: Alexandre of England. Fedora by Laird & Co. Hatters
Hair: Stuart & Peter at Element Hairdressing.
Makeup: Bare Minerals – Laura Mercier & Benefit, applied by the bride
Cars: Daimler DS420 Limousine – Just Rolls Wedding Car Hire
Decor: Created by bride and friends – fabric from Fabricland. Centre pieces by Becky’s mum – Nancy.
Cake: Created by bride & groom &friends & family. Main wedding cake (with Playmobil bride and groom by Ross’ mum Barbara.)
Decorated ‘Welsh’ cake by Curious Cakes and Bizarre Bakes.
Caterers: Moldy Fig
Entertainment (Music etc): Ceremony. Bride entrance: Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky.
Signing of the register: La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong (from Wall:E), Couple exit: Main Titles – John Williams (Star Wars)
First dances: Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man – Johnny Cash & June Carter. I wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston.
DJ/Band: The Lemongrove