Today I am thrilled to share this stunning Valentines Day Wedding in Suffolk with deep pink and rustic details.
Images were captured by Ayshea Goldberg Photography.
Ayshea Goldberg Photography offers a luxury approach to beautiful, romantic and personal photography for UK and destination weddings and lifestyle portraiture.
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Anna…
How did you meet?
Chris and I met through a mutual friend across the counter at the Woolworths shop in Ipswich 10 years ago.
The romantic setting that dreams are made of!!
After our initial meeting, it was a few months later when we reconnected over social media and started getting to know each other.
I was 16 at the time and Chris was 18 so Myspace was still all the rage!
It was Chris who first decided he’d like to meet up with me and we went for a walk through the Suffolk countryside and just chatted.
After that day we pretty much became inseparable.
Tell us about the Engagement…
Chris popped the question whilst on holiday in New York City.
After getting the ring through airport security without being found out, Chris breathed a sigh of relief, that was until he discovered that most tourist attractions do bag searches.
For nearly the whole trip he worried that he would have to take the ring out and that his plan would be unveiled!
Chris wanted to propose somewhere quiet and in New York City that’s not always easy to find!
Luckily, we found a quiet little spot overlooking the Hudson river and Chris proposed as we watched the sunset.
The ring was perfect and it fit…almost! To this day I still find myself staring at it. Boy did good!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey…
We knew there wouldn’t be a quick turn-around for the wedding day itself as we wanted time to save and we were still living in London at the time we got engaged.
We booked our venue 2 years in advance and were able to secure Valentine’s day for our wedding.
What better day to celebrate our love than on the most romantic day of the year?!
After much internet research, we only actually went to view 2 venues and went for the beautiful Woodhall Manor set in the tranquil Suffolk countryside.
We loved the manor’s character and it fitted our idea for a rustic theme perfectly.
Like any bride, going to as many wedding fairs as possible is a must to meet with providers for photographers, cakes, flowers and decorations.
When you think about how much these people can influence your day, we knew it was important to choose people who made us feel confident and that we got along with. If we didn’t get a good vibe then that was that!
Chris and I first met Ayshea, of Ayshea Goldberg Photography, at a wedding fair at Glemham Hall in Suffolk on a sunny spring day.
I think we both immediately felt comfortable with her. She was easy to chat to, wanted to know more about us and clearly knew what she was on about…plus a crazy cat lover which I could definitely relate to!
Throughout the whole wedding planning process, I felt an incredible amount of support from Ayesha and I couldn’t have imagined having anyone else photographing our big day!!
When it came to ‘the dress,’ I knew I wanted something with a bit of lace, full length, sweetheart neckline and a bit of bling.
I’d chosen to visit Grace and Lace Bridal in Ipswich as the name said it all really!
They were so great in contacting me prior to the visit to make sure they had all the ones in stock that I wanted to try.
What you don’t realise until you try wedding dresses on is that the models make them look totally different.
I am 5ft 4 (at a push!) so I’d selected mostly A line dresses which didn’t look that big on the 6ft model on the website.
In person they didn’t do anything for me at all! I start trying more fitted dresses and these were a lot more flattering.
I didn’t want a big princess dress that would be heavy and uncomfortable to wear all day. Comfort was definitely at the forefront of my mind.
What I didn’t take into account until trying on dresses was how they would fit the venue.
At one shop I visited I tried a beautiful blush coloured, sparkly, A line dress which made me feel like a snow queen…in some ways it feels like the dress that got away…but I knew it wasn’t right…as well as a little out of my price range!
In the end I went for a modified A line dress from Grace and Lace with a sweetheart neckline, lace detailing and a sparkly vintage style belt.
I had always said I didn’t want a veil…but when they put one on me I was sold immediately. That was the big moment when I felt like a bride.
You know it’s the one when there’s tears from the Mother of the bride too!
A lot of people say that planning a wedding is stressful. I think if you give yourself enough time to refine ideas and book well in advance then you’re on to something.
I can honestly say that I was never worried about getting things done in time and I’ve been told I was always incredibly calm and never even really had a Bridezilla moment!
In all honesty I am a bit of a control freak so I didn’t ever ask for a lot of help with the planning and Chris got involved wherever he could too.
I didn’t want to go along with the idea that ‘all the Groom has to do is turn up.’ It was very much our day, not just mine. Chris was particularly involved when it came to the cake!
We are big foodies and we had set our heart on our cake being created by a London cake maker called Fondant Fox, aka Carla.
We had known for a while that we wanted meringue kisses as our favours ever since seeing the Meringue Girls at the Taste of London festival.
Fondant Fox worked out of the same bakery as them so it was a marriage made in cake heaven! (No pun intended!)
We ordered a three tier, champagne syrup-soaked sponge cake with strawberry and champagne flavoured filling and decorated in chocolate drips, meringue kisses, glitter covered cherries and topped with our specially made topper of us.
Carla was careful to even include Chris’s stubble on our topper which is one of his noticeable features!
Once the cake had safely arrived from London on the morning of the wedding I could relax…whether the groom turned up or not…the cake was at least here in one piece!!!
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
As we had chosen to get married on Valentine’s day I was very much aware of staying away from a bright red colour theme as I thought it would be too cliché.
I had originally liked a blush pink colour for the bridesmaids but thought that a brighter, bolder colour might be quite nice for a winter wedding.
We found some beautiful berry coloured full length dresses, whilst shopping in London, from Phase Eight which were the perfect colour.
They looked great on all 4 of my bridesmaids who were all quite different shapes. I was beyond pleased with this find…and the 20% off at the time made it all the better.
Sarah Lay- Flurrie of Flowers be Nature was totally fantastic. Once I had the bridesmaid dress colour sorted, I could confirm what sort of thing I wanted for the bouquets and flower arrangements.
Lucky for me Sarah was wearing the exact same bridesmaid dress for her friend’s wedding so I felt confident the flowers I chose would go well with the dresses.
I drafted in my Mum to help decide on the wedding flowers as I didn’t really have a clue.
Sarah sat with me for ages going though options and photos of all these different flowers. I’d found a particular bouquet that I liked the look of on Pinterest and Sarah was able to base everything on that.
I must have emailed her so many times making little tweaks along the way. She was so incredibly patient and she totally got my vision.
I was so over the moon with the flowers on the day that I just kept going on about it to whoever would listen!
To go with our rustic theme, we had jars of flowers as each centrepiece on the tables which sat on log slices and burlap runners.
As a massive ‘Friends’ fan, our table names were named in the same format as ‘Friends’ episodes and included photos of Chris and I at certain points in our lives.
These included ‘The one with the day at the Beach’ and, for the top table, ‘The one where they got Engaged.’ Hopes and Dreams Events provided our decorations, including the lanterns hung from the ceiling during the wedding reception.
It was incredible after all the planning and organising and coordinating with different suppliers to see it all come together in one room and it was exactly how I’d imagined it.
What was the best bit of your day?
There are definitely too many ‘best bits’ to possibly decide on a single one.
For me, seeing Chris well up as I walked down the aisle was a very special moment.
When I got to him there were a few seconds where it felt like it was only us in the room and it was a purely genuine moment of emotion between us.
The first kiss as we were pronounced Husband and Wife was the best feeling.
We had sparklers in the evening which were great fun and some of the more inebriated guests started to sing Auld Lang Syne which will forever stick in my mind!
Despite the amount of hair spray I had on my hair, luckily no one set me on fire which is always a bonus!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t restrict yourself on time. You don’t want the lead up to your wedding to be stressful.
If you’re not too bothered about waiting longer than a year then I would recommend giving yourself a bit more time to organise everything, especially if you’re planning a big wedding.
When you only plan on doing this once you might as well take the time and do it right!
Put yourselves first! I know this is difficult and there were times when I worried too much about other people.
It’s not worth it. It’s your day so above everything else make sure it’s what you want and enjoy it!
Venue – Woodhall Manor – Sutton
Photographer – Ayshea Goldberg
Suit – Coes of Ipswich
Cake Maker – Fondant Fox
Florist – Flowers by Nature – Sarah Lay-Flurrie
Videographer – We recorded the wedding ourselves!
Make up – Sophia Weddings (Sophia Spalding)
Hair stylist – Yvonne Bone Wedding Hair