We have a beautiful, love filled wedding to show you today, featuring photography from Ann Aveyard and also a sweet wedding video from Chris Watkins. Becky and Jamie got married in June this year at The Manor House Hotel in Castle Combe, Wiltshire. Their wedding was the most gorgeous, family affair with such lovely personal touches. We still can’t believe Becky and Jamie’s son gave the best mans speech – at just 7 years old! Grab a cup of tea, enjoy a leisurely wander through the beautiful photographs and read Becky and Jamie’s story in their own words below…
BECKY + JAMIE’S STORY
We met when we were teenagers, 18 and 17 years old. Our love story has been a little backwards. When we had been together for only nine months we were surprised with a positive pregnancy test! Our son was born and two years later our daughter. We always talked about marriage but we wanted to get our lives and the children’s future secured first so we both did degrees whilst the children were small and then purchased our first home together. When Becky had graduated we could finally afford our first proper family holiday together. We went to Sardinia and after 8 years together, Jamie proposed with the most beautiful custom designed ring, at sunset on the beach whilst we were having a picnic. The children were with us to share the special moment. Our son was in disbelief “Is it a real ring?” and our daughter had her priorities sorted “I always wanted to be a flowergirl!” Our wedding day was only 10 months after the proposal and it was what we always dreamed off. Finally, after 9 years together we have finally managed our first holiday together for our honeymoon in idyllic Mauritius, which we returned from earlier on in the week.
The dress was a Charlie Brear Payton dress with a lace overlay, and I purchased it from a little shop in a small town, Bradford on Avon, called Perfect Day. I had a vague criteria – I wanted straps, a pretty back and I didn’t want a dress that I might see someone else wear. I had a really good stylist called Kerry, who pulled out some dresses that she thought would fit my brief and some that were completely different to check that I had considered all options. The Charlie Brear dress was perfect as you could choose the shape of the dress you wanted and then make it individual with the different overlays and belts. If I am being completely honest, on my first visit I didn’t ever get the overwhelming feeling that you see people have on the TV that that dress was ‘my dress’ so I left the first appointment without purchasing it and arranged to go back the following week. But when I went home I couldn’t stop thinking about it and couldn’t wait to go back and try it on again – that’s how I knew it was ‘the one’. My veil was given to me by my mum, it was just a perfect, simple chapel length veil which complimented the dress perfectly.
I left the shoes really late and so had to emergency buy them in time for my fitting. I got them from John Lewis in the end (as I could pay for quick delivery) but they were beautiful. And I’m pleased that I didn’t spend a fortune on them as nobody saw them and I took them off within a couple of hours!
My necklace was extra special. Jamie’s Nan loves making jewellery and so she made me and my daughter beautiful matching necklaces with a simple pearl on. My earrings were my something borrowed from my bridesmaid who had got married exactly four years to the day, I was also bridesmaid for her. I was given a heart shaped locket from another bridesmaid. In it was an old picture (my something old) of me and my grandma as she had passed away a year before we got married so that was very important to me. I now wear the locket everyday.
Jamie’s suit was from a little shop in Southampton called Victor Valentine. His suit was custom made for him. His shoes are from Kurt Geiger. The bow ties for Jamie and the groomsmen/best man/father of the bride were also custom made from a lady that we found on Etsy.
Our sons outfit was custom made, exactly the same as Jamie’s!
THE HAIR + MAKEUP
My hair stylist was a guy called Nathan Amor, who I went to primary school with. He is more than just my hair stylist, he is also a friend. When he does my hair normally, we always eat bacon and eggs whilst I am waiting for my foils! So he was obviously the natural choice, I wanted someone that I would feel comfortable with and that I didn’t mind getting ready around. He knows my style and is honest with me so between us we came up with a style that wasn’t too overstlyed as my dress was quite delicate, it also complimented my long hair.
Roxie Cotter did my makeup. I was very impressed with the work from her portfolio and she was a perfectionist on the day. I loved my makeup – it wasn’t too heavy, yet I still felt bridal and beautiful.
Ann Aveyard took photos of our wedding. She was recommended to us by my cousin who has a keen interest in photography. She was amazing and captured so many beautiful images of our day, both intimate ones of us both and also candid ones of the whole day and our guests. She was a complete professional all day. Prior to the wedding we had a good conversation and so she knew what we wanted and she managed everyone perfectly to ensure she got everything. She gave us a taster the very same day and had all of the photos beautifully edited within just a few weeks!
The wedding video is amazing! Chris Watkins shot it so beautifully with use of a drone for the grounds too. It makes us laugh and cry every time we watch it. He posted it to his facebook page and it has since had nearly 180,000 views (which amazes us that so many people would be interested in our wedding). It captured the atmosphere of the wedding perfectly, its definitely one of the most cherished things that we have from the wedding. It speaks for itself… (have a peak here!)
One of my best friends, Alison, made my cake as a wedding gift for me. I helped with some of the decorations, making some of the roses to decorate the cupcakes – I had intended to help much more but was just far too busy. We had one large cake in pale blue (same colour as the bridesmaid dresses) and pink sugar peonies on. Then there were cupcakes in pale pink (flowergirl colours) and the pale blue with white roses on. She did the most fantastic job even though she had never made a wedding cake. I loved it!
I used a florist called Jill Jefferies for my flowers. She was recommended by The Manor as she knew the venue and had dressed it before many times. She recommended peonies as it was a June wedding and they fit in with the theme. The other flowers were completely by recommendation from Jill and included, dusky pink and white roses and gypsophilia for the little ones. I also had a beautiful chandelier in the ceremony room and the room that the party was in – this had wisteria and created a beautiful feel to the room.
We found a band called ‘The Shadow Monkeys’ – they were amazing! We briefed them before about the kind of music we wanted and some they played live and others they did in their DJ set in between the live music. They got everyone on the dance floor, they even came onto the dance floor with us at times. They were so good, one of the groomsmen has booked them for his wedding next year!
We hired a photo booth from a company called “Booth 19” – this was a real hit with the guests and we also got a really fun guest book out of it. We purchased sweets and jars for people to snack on, I’m now growing herbs in the jars!
THE STATIONERY + FAVOURS
I thought it would be a good idea to make my own save the dates and invites. The ‘save the dates’ were simply a photo of our children, dressed up as a bride and groom (including veil and shoes!) holding chalkboards that said “Mummy and Daddy are getting married” and “Save the date – 03/06/16”. The wedding invites took around 50+ hours to make. But they were beautiful when they were finished, and I got some really good feedback from them!
We had seeds as our wedding favours as I wanted something that people can look at and remember us by after the wedding. Also they are wildflowers to attract butterflies and bees which we really liked. The little packets said: ‘Grow Some Love Mr and Mrs Treweke 3rd June 2016-09-21’ and on the back: ‘Sow these seeds and watch them bloom, to remember us the bride and groom’. For the children I made goody bags with homemade wedding themed activity books, lollies, bubbles etc.
The ceremony was a civil ceremony and we kept it as short and sweet as possible. With 20 children at the wedding we didn’t think that anyone would want to sit still too long! Also, we were worried that we would be too nervous/emotional to actually speak.
THE FIRST DANCE
Our first dance song was by Ed Sheeran, it is an album track called “Tenerife Sea” – it is an album that we both like and the words seemed perfect. Also we like the fact that it has never been released as a single so it doesn’t risk being over played, so when we put it on it feels really special.
THE BEST BIT
Our son, aged 7, was best man. He did the most fantastic speech and had everyone in tears. It was emotional, funny and serious all in one. He wrote the speech with very little guidance from me and the content was a complete surprise to Jamie.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, everything you worry about in the run up to the wedding is so minor and insignificant in comparison to how amazing your day will be. Make your dream wedding a reality – have a vision and stick to it, you can cut costs by a bit of DIY and pulling favours off friends and acquaintances. Also don’t ask others for an opinion, because it’s likely to not be the same as yours, it is your wedding, do things your way!
Oh how lovely! Huge congratulations to Becky and Jamie, and thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. We are still admiring Becky’s gorgeous Charlie Brear customised dress, sigh! Big thank you to Ann Aveyard for allowing us to share her work.
Hair / Nathan Amor | Makeup / Roxie Cotter