Today I am thrilled to share this wonderful topsy turvy Isle of Wight Wedding with a focus on bright colour and Joy.
Through circumstance Julian and Stephen chose to have their reception first and the ceremony late afternoon making it the relaxed celebration they had envisioned.
Images were captured by Lucy Boynton Photography.
Lucy Boynton Photography consists of a husband and wife team, Lucy and Chris who live and work in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. They have a passion for capturing lifes most beautiful moments, and photograph weddings, lifestyle and commercial work.
I hand over to Groom Julian to tel us the couples love story, and about their wonderful Isle of Wight wedding…
How did you meet?
We met online about 16 years ago!
Tell us about the Proposal…
We’d been saying for ages that we should get married but just never got round to it.
Having already bought a house together in a move out of London about seven years ago it didn’t feel like there was any urgency.
Plus neither of particularly like being the centre of attention. But as time went on, and with a few more friends also getting married and parents getting older, we thought maybe we should just have a big party with our nearest and dearest and celebrate our relationship.
Every so often we would talk about how we would like the day to be, and then move onto other things.
Eventually Stephen decided that he would propose on holiday in Turkey, and came prepared with a bracelet to give to Julian to mark the occasion.
It wasn’t the smoothest of proposals, nor romantic.
It was meant to be on a lovely balcony overlooking the sea but mosquitos got in the way and so the bracelet was left on the bed and Julian found it by accident. After a bit of a garbled proposal, that was it. And the bracelet broke the next day.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey...
We knew we wanted to do it pretty quickly – there didn’t seem any point in having a long drawn out engagement period.
So after the proposal (September 2018) we looked for dates for the Spring / Summer 2019.
We had to work around when certain guests could be available which was a bit of a headache, particularly with some coming from overseas.
Finding a venue wasn’t easy, partly because of the relatively short notice but more because we couldn’t find anywhere that felt right.
We knew we didn’t want a hotel, or something with standard wedding packages.
We looked locally (Buckinghamshire) and in Wales (where Julian is from) and finally came across Appuldurcombe House on the Isle of Wight (where Stephen is from).
Essentially it’s a ruined stately home – most of it without a roof – close to the village Stephen grew up in.
It was a daunting prospect to have to organise a wedding at a venue with no electricity, toilets, water etc, but others have done it so we thought we could to!
It just felt perfect, even when we first viewed it on a damp November day.
Any special touches/DIY?
Most of it was DIY, in the sense that the venue doesn’t have a wedding events team / manager.
It does have an incredibly helpful owner, but we spent most of the two days before the wedding at the venue setting it all up.
We had to organise all the things we’d need and liaise with suppliers – generators, fridge trailers, lighting, furniture, flowers, plant nurseries for tree hire, caterers etc.
It was challenging at times but worth it in terms of getting the day just as we wanted it.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Isle of Wight Wedding Day?
We didn’t really have, or want, one. Our outfits complemented each other but didn’t match, but we didn’t want to be constrained by a palette.
We had flowers that were similar to the wildflowers found in the local hedgerows, different coloured large bunches of balloons for a bit of fun, hessian bunting and table runners and festoon lights strung the length of the main hall.
Also, plenty of cheap candles from Ikea around the place for later.
What was the best bit of your day?
In the run up to the day we were clear that we didn’t want it to feel like any other wedding.
We’re sure all couples say the same but we wanted it to be memorable and for our guests to feel properly looked after.
So one of the best aspects was having the ceremony and reception all in the same space, and for there to be plenty of food and drink available throughout the day.
We were really lucky with the weather so people were able to chill out on the lawn, enjoy the music and just have fun.
And while we didn’t want it to feel like a typical wedding, one of the best bits was (naturally) the ceremony itself.
We had a happy accident in that the registrar wasn’t available til 4pm.
So we worked with this and had drinks and lunch beforehand from 1pm meaning everyone was so much more relaxed (the cocktails helped) and able to enjoy the ceremony, having got to know one another etc.
And for us it was a part of the day we hadn’t thought too much about – we’d been focused on all the details and setting up of the venue.
So it was pretty overwhelming to walk into the ceremony room and be cheered on and supported by all our family and friends. It was a special moment.
Oh, and the band (Faith i Branco) we had playing on the lawn in the afternoon were amazing.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Be a bit more relaxed. Take the time to look on the day and take in what was happening.
And not prepare a speech ten minutes before we had to go and welcome guests!
Also, try to concentrate on spending at least 5 mins with everyone, before the day progresses and the alcohol starts flowing.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
You can plan everything down to the tiniest detail but things won’t necessarily work out exactly as you imagined on the day – and that’s okay.
Nobody really knows what you had in mind when planning the day, so don’t fret about small details – everyone is there because they want to be and to celebrate with you. Remember that
Isle of Wight Wedding Suppliers
Venue – Appuldurcombe House – Isle of Wight
Photographer: Lucy Boynton Photography
Cake Maker (Baklava): Pattiserie Patchi – Park Royal – London
Ice cream stand: The Events Co
Catering: Angel in the Kitchen
Florist: Bembridge Flowers
Rings: Justin Duance – Penzance – Cornwall (Rings cast in sand from our favourite beach in Cornwall)
Stationery: Save the date and Invitations – VistaPrint / On The Day Stationery – Menus & drinks lists – printed locally / Seating plan – DIY (pinboard & simple printing on a backdrop of Japanese wrapping paper)
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