Every wedding couple is special to me…but when it’s one of your own getting married, the pressure is immense! I was delighted when colleague and friend, Natasha of ‘MakeUp by Natasha Louise’ booked me to photograph her wedding. I asked her to tell us a little bit more about how she found the booking and planning process from the other side of the stage. Please enjoy Natasha and Alex’s big day!!
Thank you, both, for trusting me with your memories. Over to you…
Alex and Natasha McAll
Date of wedding- 16th November 2018
Location of ceremony and reception- Kingscote Barn, Tetbury.
What made you decide to get married where you did?
It was a tough choice because we have SO many gorgeous venues around the Cotswold although we were pretty certain we wanted to get married in a barn. We quickly ruled out having a ceremony elsewhere, as we wanted our guest to fully relax in one setting, and limit the chances of being caught in the British weather! We visited a few other style of venues just to make sure, and for us, the barns felt more us. We instantly both fell in love with Kingscote, the atmosphere, the decor and the staff were right up our street!
How long was your wedding planning process?
18 months; although we were pretty relaxed (unorganised?!) and left a lot to the last 6-8 months!
How would you describe your wedding day in 3 words?
Winter, relaxed and boozy
How did you meet?
We meet whilst working together in Herefordshire. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight, we both went for the same job and things were a little tense for a while! Soon after we discovered that our relationship was a little more than just work colleagues
What was the proposal like?
Absolutely perfect!!! Alex whisked me off to Venice for my 30th, and during the second day, on the cutest of bridges, Alex got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Obviously there was no hesitation in my answer. Al asked my son, Alfie to help choose the ring which made it even more special.
How did you choose your photographer?
I’d worked with Sheryl professionally a few times and so I knew her work was what we were after- atmospheric, fun and relaxed! Although we needed our photographer to provide more than just good photos. Neither Al and I are huge fans of having our photos taken, so we needed whoever we chose to be put us at ease. I knew Sheryl would do this- she made me laugh from the moment she arrived and instantly put our guests at ease too.
After looking around a few local boutiques and being spoilt for choice, I took my mums wild card and visited a small boutique (The Bridal Gallery) in Malvern which is where my mum grew up. During my first visit I found ‘the one’ a blush lace Opulance hunger! As predicted by almost everyone, it wasn’t what I thought I’d choose but it felt like me and after a record number of fittings, it was perfect!
And the suit? And bridesmaids?
Alex is 6”4 so finding a well fitted suit has always been tough so from day dot he knew he wanted one made. He decided on tweed as it fitted with the theme and the time of year perfectly but it proved difficult to find- who knew?! Moss Bros came up trumps in the end! We hired the users suits from a independent business (Dapper Dans) in Wolverhampton- again finding tweed was difficult
Theme or colour scheme?
We didn’t really follow a theme, but I guess it ended up being fairly rustic. The colour theme changed a few times- being in the industry myself and seeing weddings every week made me doubt my decisions ALOT! We ended up with Mulberry, grey and copper and I think it worked out well in the end!
No question is was always going to be Jo (Issy and Bella). I’ve been admiring Jo’s flowers for years and I knew her style would be the perfect fit for us. From the first meet I knew I was in safe sands. I gave a short brief of colours and left everything else down to Jo. I LOVE flowers, and we always have them in our home so I wanted lots of them throughout our wedding. I’m sure the budget was far more than Alex had ever dreamed, but he agreed it was more than worth it.
What did you eat? A traditional winter warmer menu from McBailes.
To start we had pork belly ham hock with a homemade slaw, followed by Gloucester Old Spot sausages and creamed mash and last but not least- toffee apple pie with custard!!
In the evening we had wood fired pizzas and our family made the most amazing smore station which went down a treat by the fire pits!
And the wedding cake?
My gorgeous bridemaid Emily, is such a fantastic baker (she should definitely do it professionally!) so we asked her if she wouldn’t mind making our cake for us. I have a dairy intolerance so I was super chuffed when I found out Em had made it dairy free- not that any of our guests could tell- it was that good!!!
Any special moments, mentions or highlights of the day?
So many special moments, but a few that stand out- my beautiful maid of honour surprisingly me with a speech. It was just amazing and left me speechless. Tor is not known for her secret keeping skills (me with anyway!) but she kept quiet about this one!! My lovely cousin Laura also did a speech which was filled with lovely words from my friends and family which may have left me a little teary!
My son walked me down the aisle, which was such a special moment for me, and I was SO proud with how seriously he took his role (he’s only 9- so it could’ve gone either way!!).
Issy and Bella– flowers
Nicola Harrison– makeup
Stacey- Updoo- Hair
Dapper Dans– usher suits
Moss Bros- Grooms suit