Today I am excited to share this gorgeous Haughley Barn Wedding with a Naomi Neoh Dress, and aspects of New Zealand.
Images of the day were captured by Daffodil Waves Photography.
Nicola, of Daffodil Waves is a Welsh wedding photographer living in Birmingham where she relocated after she married her Birmingham boy.
Her company name comes from the fact she was born in Swansea and had an amazing view of the Sea from her bedroom.
She has always had a love for photography. Every year she went out and bought the lastest camera and carried it everywhere she went.
Just this time they got a lot heavier.
A few years ago she made the decision that she wanted to take her photography to the next level and decided to study photography.
She fell in love with photography even more, especially developing her own film.
The rest is history as they say….
Nicola says of the day and the couple….
“Faye and Daniel live in New Zealand and luckily for me, they got in touch, as they were coming back to the UK to get married.”
“Planning a wedding when you live here can be scary enough so imagine how they felt being so far away.”
“It was Faye’s Mum that found Haughley Park Barn as the potential wedding venue, went to see it and told them the venue was perfect.”
“Based on this, it was booked, and they put their trust in her that this ticked all the boxes they were looking for.”
“I don’t think she could have got it any more right if she’d tried and the whole day was held there, including the bridal prep in the beautiful cottage.”
“At this wedding I also witnessed something for the very first time. Singing waiters!!”
“Talk about funny, watching the guests wondering what was going on as they started off small by dropping cutlery, whilst the guests thought the staff were drunk was a riot!”
I now pass you over to beautiful Bride, Faye…
How did you meet?
“We met at school and were friends from about the age of 13 we didn’t start dating however, until we were at University together at the age of 20.”
When did you get engaged?
“We got engaged in September 2012 whilst on holiday in Fiji. Dan proposed one night on a deserted beach (after I’d told him many years before that would be an ideal proposal!)”
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
“We currently live in New Zealand so most of our planning was done from very afar!”
“The venue was actually found by my parents, we gave them a list of criteria plus a few venues we’d seen online.”
“They visited the venues we picked but none of them were quite right so my mum did a little research and found Haughley Park Barn.”
“My parents and Dan’s mum went to view it and booked it there and then.”
“The next time we spoke they told us they’d booked our wedding without even discussing it with us!”
“They made the right choice though – it was perfect!”
“Most other suppliers were booked by me and Dan from NZ. We called the main suppliers and then emailed the rest.”
“We made a trip back to the UK the Christmas before (2013) and finally got to see the venue for the first time and meet with all the suppliers I had trustingly booked!”
“This also included a meet-up and engagement shoot with Nicola in London’s Spitalfields Market and the all-important dress shopping for me and the bridesmaids!”
“My dress was from Boa Boutique in Richmond and was by Naomi Neoh.”
“I originally saw a Naomi Neoh dress in a wedding magazine and fell in love – no matter how many other designers I looked at I kept returning to Naomi’s dresses.”
“At the time there were no stockists in NZ so I took the risk of waiting until our return at Christmas to find ‘the dress’. I had 2 days to find it!”
“I booked various appointments at different stores and left Boa Boutique until last.”
“Nothing came close except a dress similar in style to Naomi Neoh’s Snowdrop. As soon as I arrived at Boa I knew I had to try Snowdrop.”
“The assistant asked me to pick out some others anyway and then made me try all the others before she’d allow me to try Snowdrop!”
“Once on, I knew it was the one and could happily retreat back to NZ knowing I’d have my perfect dress waiting for me on my return.”
“Pinterest was my main source of inspiration during planning. I found the rough design of cake on there, the table plan (made from the basket of flowers) and used a few designs I liked to brief a designer for our stationery.”
“Even though we’re both British, we’ve been living in NZ for five years so wanted to incorporate our ‘adopted country’ into aspects of the wedding”
“This is why we used lots of fern leaves (the national flower of NZ); music from NZ artists (our first dance was to Avalanche City – Love, love, love); our table names were all Maori words related to love, romance and marriage; our favours were NZ chocolates we brought back with us; and we got all of our NZ friends to recreate Huka poses at our engagement party which we then displayed at the wedding.”
“The last thing we booked were the comedy waiters – amazingly I had to convince Dan to book them (most people assumed it was his idea).”
“We kept this part secret from all the guests and it was the best decision – they were easily a highlight of the day and we’ve had so many comments from guests about the fun they had and how different the wedding was.”
When did you get married?
“We were married on Saturday 13th September 2014.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Finally getting to the end of the aisle and saying our vows.”
“It felt like it had been a long time planning and at the end of the day, it’s that moment that you’re planning for – everything else is just a party!”
“Aside from the vows, I loved the moment everyone started to realise the waiters weren’t quite who they thought they were – their reactions were priceless!!”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Try to make it personal to you and don’t forget the real reason you’re having the wedding in the first place.”
Thank you so much to Nicola for sharing this Haughley Park Barn Wedding.
I adore the teal colour scheme and the gorgeous fern detailing and gypsophillia throughout the styling.
So elegant and reflective of the couple and their life together.
Photographer – Daffodil Waves
Venue – Haughley Park Barn
Bride and bridesmaid dresses – Boa Boutique, Richmond
Bride dress – Naomi Neoh (Snowdrop)
Brides hairband and brooch – Jo Barnes Vintage
Groomsmen suits hired from Young’s at Debenhams
Caterer – Crossways Farm Caterers, Suffolk
Cake – Amelie’s Kitchen, Ipswich
Stationery – Adela Rosa
Waiters – Spanner in the Works
Video – Shoot it Yourself
Flowers – Kaye Souter Flowers, Ipswich
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