Lovely Nikki married in May this year at the Old Rectory in Hastings. She is in my mind the ultimate superwoman bride as she had just given birth to her baby 6 weeks before the big day! Her beautiful and airy photos make me want to open up a bottle of something light and fizzy and soak up the sun. Thank-you for sharing these with me..
Did you have a vision for the day?
Although we didn’t have a ‘theme’ for the day there were elements of a cute garden party with the bunting and wildflowers. We wanted it to be relaxed above all else. We found out that we were expecting a baby just after we sent our invitations out so the desire for everyone (especially me) to be comfortable became even more important. This meant looking for an alternative to my original dress which had a tight bodice style top and instead creating a mixture of separates which were much more flexible. We then worked around this style to make sure the groomsmen also looked relaxed.
What was your favourite part of wedding planning?
My favourite part of planning was probably going a little pinterest crazy! I did a lot of DIY craft projects based around ideas I saw on Pinterest; I designed my own invites and stationary, made loads of tiny felt roses to scatter on the tables and a hanging paper chandelier. It also gave me the idea for our favours – I bought and wrapped second hand books for each of the guests so everyone left with something to read! Pinterest also helped me find lots of lovely crafty ladies, including Marie, who I bought extra bits and bobs from that helped complete the look.
What were the more difficult aspects of wedding planning?
I found it a bit hard to let go and let people help me towards the end. I got really into the crafty bits and little details but wanted to do them all myself. This meant trying to set up the night before and on the morning of the wedding (with a six week old baby!) became a bit stressful. I didn’t allow myself time to relax and get ready in a nice, calm, enjoyable way before the wedding; the way I had envisioned it. In hindsight I should have delegated a bit more and let go of a few of those jobs.
What are your favourite memories of the day?
My favourite part of the day was probably the ceremony followed by the drinks reception. The weather was spectacular which really helped with our garden ceremony and complemented the really happy atmosphere. Everyone was genuinely happy, relaxed and loving the sunshine and it was lovely to mingle with them after the ceremony with a Pimms in hand and soak that up.
Do you have any advice for other bride-to-bes?
Don’t have a baby right before your wedding! Also, make sure you take your time on your wedding day – try to relax and soak as much of it in as possible. It’ll be over before you know it so make the most of it!
Photography: Naomi Kenton
Groom suit: shirt and trousers were from Next with waistcoats from Debenhams.
Bridesmaids: a multiway dress from Debenhams for the Maid of Honour and a Monsoon dress and bolero for the flower girl.
Accessories: Marie Canning
Flowers: Blush Floral Design