Whimsical Micro Wedding With Home-grown Flowers & Candlelit Dinner

Wedding heaven with WWW readers Chloe and Jason, thanks to their whimsical Island Hall wedding in Cambridgeshire. It was all just dreamy, with home-grown flowers a candlelit dinner and a lot of love to boot.

First up let me say that I am so happy to be featuring two WWW faves today; the incredible Thyme Lane Photography captured these sensational images and Entertainment Nation provided the live band. Oh YES 🎉.

Chloe and Jason both looked incredible in their chosen outfits, there was a wildflower theme with the most dreamy flowers throughout and so many stunning decorations you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to inspiration. Go and enjoy it all below.

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Island Hall Wedding

The Proposal

Jason had planned to propose on a trip to Belfast, however had many issues with the ring not being ready so after a lot of stress for him, made a plan B and took me back to where we had our first date; The George in Stamford.

It was actually perfect. He had planned an afternoon tea and on one of the cakes was a love heart that said ‘Marry Me’. There was a pianist playing and he got down on one knee and popped the question. Of course, I said Yes!

He’d then planned a surprise engagement party that evening and all our closest family and friends were there which was an achievement in itself with a lot of my friends from uni now living all over the country.

The Vision

My original vision was a big festival-esque marquee affair in a local pub garden but once things became clearer we changed our plans entirely. In my mind I wanted something romantic and whimsical with plenty of wildflowers in blush pinks, greens and gold.

It was important to me to support as many local businesses as we could, while being conscious of sustainability and our impact.

Budget

£14k

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The Venue

Once we knew that our wedding was likely to be restricted we started rearranging our wedding, initially we had planned a 120 guest marquee wedding but knew this wouldn’t be possible and I didn’t want to postpone.

We held our reception at Island Hall in Godmanchester, a venue we had seen at a wedding fair 18 months previously and is only a stone’s throw from where we live. It is a stunning period house with beautiful grounds, perfect for an outdoor drinks reception and photos with a luxury sit down breakfast in the hall lit by candles.

The family who own and live in the house are lovely and made the whole planning experience so easy. It was a venue that we had always loved but with our original ideas would have never been within our budget; probably the only thing I do thank covid for because it really was the perfect venue.

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Your Outfits

I found Phiney at Poppy Perspective through our photographer and the world of Instagram. After going to one of her pop-ups in London I fell in love with ‘Gigi’ and the deal was sealed. It was important for me to work with an independent designer and after meeting Phiney I just knew she was perfect. Her dresses are exquisite and she is such a relaxing person to be around there was no stress involved at all, even when fittings were delayed due to restrictions.

I knew I didn’t want a veil and so planned a flower crown with our fabulous florist Emily at Thatch and Roses. It was honestly everything I had ever imagined and set off the ethereal look I had hoped for.

Jason got his suit from Jennis and Warmann, it involved a virtual fitting with his best man Bob and all our fingers crossed that everything would be okay as our window for any errors was non-existent. He was keen for a tweed suit but wanted something a bit different and the dark green was perfect. We chose liberty wildflower print ties and pocket squares to tie in to the wildflower theme. His shoes were from Lanx a small independent business in Lancashire.

The bridesmaids wore dusty pink multiway dresses from The Pretty Infinity who I found on Instagram (like most things!!), with everything being shut it was really hard to get the girls together to try anything on so I felt that this was the best option for suiting everyone and I think they all looked so beautiful.

All of our hair was made beautiful by Claire at Barberella who was a breath of fresh air on the morning making us all feel special. My friend Leah did my makeup as well as my mum’s before meeting us at the church, I wanted a natural look and she got it spot on.

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The Ceremony & Music

The ceremony was held in The Free Church, St Ives my family church. Due to covid restrictions, we were unable to have hymns but we had music throughout played by the church pianist Brian. We stayed quite traditional and walked in to Pachelbel’s cannon in D and exited with the wedding march.

For our readings my mum read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and my brother read ‘Maybe’ – anon.

Your Photographer & Filmmaker

The incredible Noemi and Pal from Thyme Lane Photography. I knew I wanted Noemi as soon as I saw her photos from another wedding and so got her booked up pretty quick, after all once the confetti is thrown and the cake eaten all you have to keep are the memories and so it was important to me that our photos would be perfect.

Jason isn’t so comfortable in front of the camera but was at ease with Noemi and Pal from the start. I think I look at our photos nearly every day and I don’t know how we are supposed to choose them for an album.

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The Styling & Decor

In the church the flowers were grown entirely by my dad and arranged by himself and my mum. I had given ideas of what I would like and was strict about no plastic but given that my dad is in his mid 70’s and very used to floral foam, it was quite an ask! He rose to the challenge and I was completely bowled over when I saw the church at our rehearsal the night before.

The venue really didn’t require a lot of styling with it being so beautiful as it is! However, Emily from Thatch and Roses styled our tables for dinner using a mix of my dad’s flowers and foliage as well as some of her own to tie in with my bouquet in little bud vases.

She used a blush pink runner and brass candlesticks that we had hired from The White Emporium with blue and white candles from Erik and Ester, as well as some personalised candles from Heather Evelyn with the words ‘Love, is all you need’. It was so beautiful once all the candles were lit, everything I had imagined.

Emily also provided our bouquets, buttonholes, my amazing flower crown, a display for our welcome sign which was made by Frankie at Bewilderly and the flowers for our cakes. She knew exactly what I wanted and our bouquets were just stunning, so stunning that I dragged my bouquet up to Scotland with us so I could carry on enjoying them.

Our main wedding cake was created by Jess at One Part Love bakery. The colours tied in perfectly with our theme and our two flavours went down extremely well, we had lemon and blueberry for one tier; and strawberry, elderflower and prosecco for the other tier.

We also had two other cakes (you can’t have too much cake right??) one baked by an old family friend; a traditional fruit cake, and the other a vegan cake for Jason baked by Bryn Bakery in pineapple and coconut.

I only did one DIY and that was our wedding favours/place name biscuits, I made them a couple of nights before the wedding after sinking half a bottle of rose and you know I think they turned out pretty good! Everyone seemed to enjoy them anyway.

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The Honeymoon

We had a wonderful escape to Scotland for a week in a beautiful AirBnB surrounded by acres of farmland. Just what we needed after the build-up to the wedding, some proper ‘us’ time with lots of hiking and good food!

Memorable Moments

Our first dance was pretty magical, held outside with an acoustic version of Ed Sheeran ‘Thinking out loud’ sung by the lead singer of our band. I wasn’t sure I wanted a first dance when no one else could dance but I’m so glad we did – and I squeezed a little one with my dad too.

Advice For Other Couples

Don’t sweat the small stuff, everything will come together in the end and you’ll be so wrapped up on the day you won’t notice anything that isn’t quite right.

Make sure you get some time together away from it all, I really loved our drive from the church to the venue in our lovely vintage car as it gave us some time to take it all in.

Oh, and small weddings are just as perfect as huge weddings, trust us.

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Oh my, what did I tell you? Stunning.

Chloe and Jason thank you so much for sharing your incredibly special Island Hall wedding with us.

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