Hi, hello, bonjour. Just me, Hollie, a married woman here. Yes, you read that right – I GOT FUCKING MARRIEDDDDDD!!!!!!
To say I’m still not over it is an understatement, newlywed highs are 100% a thing. I thought I better round off my wedding series by letting you all know how the day went and I also really wanted to give a shout out to my amazing local suppliers – so if you live in Norfolk/Suffolk and are getting married I hope you find this helpful (list and links at bottom of post).
I’ll begin with a little play by play of the day, because we were the luckiest couple ever and everything went perfectly. This includes the weather as the very next day it absolutely TIPPED it down – I’m sure you saw the reports of flooding last Sunday and probably had a back garden like a pond yourself. Could you imagine if that was the weather on your wedding day, someone was definitely looking down on me for sure!
I got ready at my home with my mum and my best friend who was also my bridesmaid – I had one adult and two gorgeous nieces walk down the aisle with me, the little ones met me at the church as my sister in law is an absolute legend and got them ready for me. The morning was chilled and calm, with me surprisingly a lot less nervous than I had anticipated being, I think when it came to the day I was actually just really excited to get going and see Daniel at the church. They won’t thank me for saying it but I think my mum and bridesmaid had more nerves than me – I found myself trying to assure them that it was going to be a fabulous day and nothing to worry about! I feel honoured that so many people close to me cared enough to have such strong emotions about our day, something I will never forget.
Fast forward an hour or two and there I was walking towards the love of my life, itching to say my vows and become a married woman. I walked down the aisle to Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’ which will forevermore choke me up, it sounded epic in the small rural church we got married in. I loved being able to share our day with our nearest and dearest, one of my happiest memories is walking between our guests who had formed two lines to absolutely pelt us with confetti – it was so much fun and the joy on peoples faces was something else. Unfortunately, the choice to get married in the beautiful countryside church did come with a downside by way of my standing on the front of my dress several times in the mud and getting it filthy within minutes of having a ring on my finger – you can count on me to keep it classy!!
We got married in Sotterley, a small village in Suffolk, and our reception was at The Boathouse in Ormesby, on the Norfolk Broads. There was a 45-minute journey between the two which was so lovely because me and my new husband (!) got the chance to catch up on our mornings and just have some time to ourselves. I would recommend having some time like this to yourselves built into your day as it really slowed the whole thing down and stopped it feeling like a real blur – something I can imagine easily happening.
One thing we did which wasn’t exactly the standard practice was a grand reception arrival to our venue by boat, ha! The Boathouse is set on The Norfolk Broads and they also own another restaurant/pub down the road, giving you the perfect chance to hop on board downstream and surprise your guests. It was a special moment to approach the reception with all of our guests waving (some crying), beautiful music playing and the sun in the sky. Can you tell I loved it? Sorry I’m making myself feel sick too but I can’t even try and downplay it, it was the nuts!
Our reception was a traditional 3-course meal, speeches and evening disco scenario – and it was an absolute ball. We had tasty food, some emotional speeches (and some rather more cheeky words from Dan’s brothers, the two best men) and we made sure our DJ knew that the music vibe was more Faithless, Spice Girls and Lil Jon than the macarena – cheesy wedding music is my pet hate! I don’t think there was a person who didn’t leave our wedding emotionally and physically spent, we really had the most amazing day. We made the decision to include children on our wedding day as we have lots of gorgeous kiddies in our families and I was so pleased that we did. The children running around using the photo props, putting on temporary tattoos and tearing up the dance floor really added an extra dimension to our day which wouldn’t have been there if it was adult only. I completely understand that it’s everyone’s personal choice but for me, it was the right thing to do.
Fast forward a week – I can’t believe it’s been a week already – and I’m home from a minimoon in London where we ate 3 Michelin star food and watched The Cursed Child at the theatre. My hubby even managed to pick me up and carry me over the threshold on our return, the neighbours must think we’ve gone mad! In another blog post very soon in the future I will update you on the rest of my life’s changes (if you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have an idea of what I’m up to) but for now, I’ll leave it at the fact that I like being a wife, a lot.
Below I am going to list the main suppliers we used for our day, they were all amazing – please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to ask me more about them or anything else! (@Justhollieblog on Insta or email@example.com if you wanna drop me a mail!)
Photographer – Camilla Andrea Photography
The most amazing photographer in Norfolk & Suffolk, in my opinion – she didn’t stop for the whole 12 hours she was with me. The preview pics I have included in this blog post are insane and I cannot wait to see our full set! I have known Camilla since my hairstyling days and there was no one else I ever wanted to pap my big day.
Venue – The Boathouse
Belinda who runs the wedding side of The Boathouse is supppper helpful and made coordinating and planning my day a dream. I would recommend this venue if a) you want amazing food, b) you love being near the water and c) if you want it to be chilled.
Flowers – Fresh and Silk
Liz is the most talented florist and just understood what I wanted straight away. My flowers we exactly as I imagined and that was so important to me – fun fact, the bit I was most excited about on my wedding day after being married wasn’t wearing my dress or eating tasty food – it was carrying around a bouquet of flowers all day! Timeless, stylish and fragrant, they were everything I wanted and more. Sitting pride of place in a vase in my living room I am going to be gutted when they die however, I’ve made sure the hubby knows exactly which flowers they are for future gifts 😉 If you’re anywhere near Beccles I urge you to go and see Liz for some flowers, wedding or otherwise, she has magic hands, I’m sure. Liz also filled my gin bottle centerpieces with little posies and made some amazing foliage garlands for my top table – I can’t wait to get my full set of pictures back to show you all – keep an eye on the ‘gram!
Invites / Table plan / Misc. stationary – Sam Wood Design
I was absolutely thrilled with the way all of the things that Sam did for me looked. She designed classy yet on-trend invites, order of services, table numbers and best of all, our table plan. We have hung the perspex table plan above our stairs so we can be reminded of it every day and it looks insane.
Hair – Hair by Lizzie Lam
Lizzie has been doing my hair ever since I stopped hairdressing myself 4 years ago, so it was a no brainer when I was booking things for the big day. She is friendly, talented and so committed to making you feel your best – I recommend her for wedding hair and also as a hairdresser in general (she is based in Mutford, 5 minutes from Beccles, 30 mins from Norwich).
Makeup – Amanda Steed Hair and Makeup
I don’t like a lot of makeup and if you’ve seen many pictures of me you’ll know that natural glam is my thing – and Amanda nailed this on my wedding day. It felt light, lasted on my greasy AF face all day which is a miracle and she was the nicest woman to have around on the wedding morning.
Venue styling – Belles and Beaus Wedding Styling
Jan from Belles and Beaus supplied me with the giant wooden LOVE letters, wooden log slices, a polaroid camera with photo booth props, and a few other bits we needed to finish the little touches. She is a dream to work with and has an arsenal of props to suit every wedding theme from boho to glam and everything in between – it’s these little touches which really give a wedding some personality. She regularly holds open days from her home which are really good to see all that she has to offer.
Lighting and balloons – Same Race Venue Decoration
All I can say is please visit Sam’s website or Instagram – she made my wedding feel like a dream by covering it in festoon lights and oversized balloons indoors and the most amazing fairy lights outside. 1000% recommend for wedding decoration!!!
Cars – Silverline Limousines and Wedding Car Hire
Words cannot describe how fantastic this company is. From visiting their showroom and being treated like royalty whilst we sat in their many beautiful cars to the impeccable service on the day. Never did I expect when booking my transport that the driver would be following me around carrying my flowers and handing me prosecco whilst I was having pictures taken – but that is what he did. He was the most helpful and valuable addition to my day and I cannot thank Silverline enough!
Cake – Slate Cheese
Because who doesn’t love cheese? The team in the Aldeburgh shop were on hand to give us a taste tour of SO many cheeses before we found our perfect mix – such a fun way to put together your wedding cake! It looked and tasted insane and our guests loved it, but we’ll be having cheese and biscuits for tea for the foreseeable… #somuchcheese
Music – Felix Simpson
You may have seen Felix playing in bars or busking around the Norwich area – as soon as we decided we wanted a male solo artist who sang with a guitar during our drinks reception I thought of Felix! He played beautifully and our guests were really complimentary about him, saying he made them feel relaxed and really added to the ‘chilled’ vibe. Non-invasive, he set up in the background and provided the perfect ambience for me and Dan to greet our guests and mingle.
DJ – The Party Starters
The final supplier I want to write a piece about is The Party Starters. As mentioned before I detest typical wedding music and both being music-mad 90’s babies Dan and I have an eclectic taste. The Party Starters have a handy online portal where you can enter your first dance, any other specific songs you want playing (such as last song and song to cut the cake) and also a place you can just put genres or the artists etc you’d like playing. The result was an evening of songs we loved and we had the best party – complete with glitterball and glow sticks!
Other suppliers used were:
Dress – Wed2B, Norwich
Suits – Moss Bross, Norwich
Hair accessory – Lavender and Jude (Bungay)
Alterations – Michel Mulchay (based in Topcroft – highly recommend)
Bridesmaid dress and my shoes – White Reflections Bridal (their bridesmaid dresses are the bee’s knees and the ladies who run it are LOVELY, check their website out – https://www.whitereflections.co.uk/)
Flower girl dresses – Monsoon
Gift list – John Lewis
I’m sure there are probably other people I have forgotten so I apologise to anyone I’ve missed – It isn’t until you’re writing a list you realise how many people are involved in creating a wedding.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into our day – I’d love to hear from you if you’re getting married and are using any of the same suppliers or to tell me about your weddings.
(Mrs) Just Hollie xox