Images courtesy of Grace Elizabeth Photography
Jess & Tom: A Lovely Bohemian Wedding in Norfolk featuring D.I.Y details, Beautiful Blooms & Dusty Hues
Oh, hello loves! Boy, am I so delighted that you have landed on the pages on our blog for today’s oh-so gorgeous wedding – I truly mean that, too.
Jess and Tom’s wedding is one that not only has brought a huge smile to my face, but has filled me with utter joy and adoration for the couple, who I almost feel like I know. Isn’t it strange how photos can show a thousand (and more!) emotions? I do have to also thank the wonderful Grace Elizabeth Photography for that. Grace’s talent is amazing, and this wedding certainly shows that in full. Cue D.I.Y details, delicious desserts, pastel blooms and a whole lotta’ love. The dream day!
So, without further ado, I’ll pass it over the the beautiful couple to tell their love story from the very beginning and of course, all of the pretty goings on from the 16th of June 2018. Their wedding day.
Jess and Tom had been together for 3 years, and knew each other for a lot longer! Whether the duo had been set up or not, it’s clear to say that they are personality perfect for each other, hence why Tom got down on one knee with a sublime bespoke ring from Ivy Nixon.
“We met first when we were 11/12 but then lost contact until a few years ago when a mutual friend organised a meal. We happened to sit opposite of each other and it started there… To this day we think we were being set up!
We’ve been together 3 years this year and spent a year getting to know each other before that! In some ways we’re very similar, we both love to have a laugh. Tom keeps me down to earth though, he’s the laid back one!”
“It was a really sweet proposal. Down by the river, a route we often took to get to the town.
Before we got engaged we spoke about rings and had a little look round the high street jewellery shops. I saw nothing I really liked, they just weren’t quite me! From that Tom had a pretty good idea of what I liked and he decided to get my ring bespoke made by a lady in London, Ivy Nixon is her business name. I love it.”
It’s only natural that everyone thinks about their wedding day, even from a young age. For Bride, Jessica, this was something she had always dreamt of and her day was turned into a reality within the short space of six months; proving the couple were eager to make their commitment.
“As a girl I’ve always dreamt of getting married, never of a fairy tale princess wedding but just having a really special day! The first thing we booked was the reception venue, we had to know what we had to work with before booking anything else!
We were engaged 6 months before the wedding.. Not long at all I know! But it was a lovely amount of time actually”
“We planned our wedding together, endless evenings and weekends researching. One of the most important things for me was picking the right photographer. That’s pretty much the only part of your wedding day you can keep forever and I was determined to pick someone who would exceed my expectations, and they did!”
Jess and Tom certainly chose well with Grace Elizabeth, an Essex based photographer covering predominantly Suffolk, Norfolk, and North Devon. However Grace too, like the many of us is a wanderlust and is willing to travel all over, and even overseas for weddings and elopements.
We adore how Grace captures perfectly the itty-bitty details, couple candids and the important family photos in such a effortless and beautiful manner.
Jess, following her vision of a special and personal day skipped the princess dress and chose a gown that matched her vision and style; a dreamy elegant lace dress, purchased from Monsoon. The bride don her hair in a wonderful up-do, with flowers gently entwined and wore jewellery from The Jewellery Cottage.
I’m sure you will agree, that Jess made for a true Bohemian beauty?
“My wedding dress was from monsoon, as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one! I loved the lace and how fairly simple but totally elegant it was.”
In a romantic dusty pink colour and with intricate lace detailing, Jessica’s favourite girls dresses married with her own perfectly.
“The Bridesmaids also had a bit of lace at the top of their dresses which tied in nicely with mine. Tom wore a blue suit from next with brown shoes. His tie was from ASOS and incorporated the blue and pink. The other men wore blue suits also with blush pink ties.
Even our page boy and little ushers had blue suits with blush bow ties, they looked so cute!”
After the bridal (and groom!) prep, each party made their way to the ceremony venue at the local Kingdom Hall. The dapper boys arrived on foot after some ‘Beetles’ styled photos which were just great, whilst Jess and her maids arrived in separate cars. Hers being a vintage, which complimented the day.
“We are Jehovahs witnesses and so it was obvious we would get married at our local kingdom hall. It also has lovely grounds for our family photos.”
“We didn’t have a theme as such but we kept to fairly simple, natural and generally pretty. We did have two colours we based our day around which was dusty pink and blue. The Bridesmaids wore dusty pink dresses whilst the men had blue suits. Our flowers revolved around those colours and lots of greenery too!”
The oh-so talented Myrtle and Moss fashioned the unruly but divine bouquets using the choice of dusty hues, ivories and lush greenery. A very beautiful combination indeed!
In order to help you, our loyal readers, we asked the newlyweds if there would be anything that they would change from their special day. Jess’ response certainly is one that reiterates how important it is that couples surround themselves with family and friends. As much as your wedding happens once, and you will want it to be the most beautiful day ever – it’s the people that truly make it.
“I honestly wouldn’t change a thing. It was such a special day and we felt so fortunate to have my lovely family and friends there to share it with us.”
With their guests and styling in mind, Jess and Tom booked the local village hall, Binham Memoral Hall as their reception setting. Grice and Foster helped out with all of their hiring needs, transforming their venue into a true wedding wonderland. Of course, with added help from the Bride and Groom!
“Then the reception venue was a local village hall in a beautiful village called Binham. Again it had amazing views and backed onto a field with a children’s play park which was perfect for our guests and outdoor seating and food. Opposite is the old priory and also a working farm which we used for our couple shots.”
“From all my pinterest exploring I knew I loved the foliage and so I did my own table decorations which included grey velvet table runners and foliage draped down the middle.”
Following the arrival at the reception venue, Jess and Tom spent some quality time in the sunshine exploring the local area for their couple photos, along with Grace. They stumbled across the most stunning locations which were just perfect for their ‘free spirited’ and relaxed affair.
Their love and happiness radiates through these pictures, and I certainly couldn’t fit enough of them in this section of the blog, so please, please do take a look through the gallery at the end of this post!
They’re so special.
Back at the reception, everyone tucked into a feast of delicious Thai from Norfolk Thai Cuisine; it’s fair to say that the guests were well fed and watered at Tom and Jess’ special day!
The duo also created a D.I.Y bar, hand-decorated their guest book and made their day as personal where possible.
It’s clear to see that the speeches were full of belly laughs, tears and pure joy – a true indication of how precious this day was. Also, this is exactly how a power point should be done at a wedding! Take note, loves…
As if we thought the guests couldn’t be in for any more surprises or treats, Jess and Tom only went and booked the most ah-ma-zing evening food. The Food Dude brought to the party waffle sticks and crepes. Yes you read correctly!
This for sure, is a wedding that we would have loved to attend!
As always, we must ask the Bride and Groom what their top tips are, to help other couples planning their dream day;
“1. If you can do it yourself, do it! It’s fun and it saves money!
2. Don’t forget it is all about you two! Yes you want to please everyone but ultimately its about you.
3. If something goes wrong or not quite to time don’t worry! Sometimes it actually makes it better and nobody notices anyway. They are all having a great time!”
As we draw to a close on this beautiful bohemian and special day, we would just like to say a little thank you to the couple, Jess and Tom for letting us share your very special wedding day. We’ve adored reading about the gorgeous goings on! With love from The Wedding Affair, we would like to wish you a wonderful future and a healthy and happy marriage.
Also, thank you (as always) to Grace Elizabeth Photography who captured the summers day and all of the details perfectly. For a full story of the day, we have a gallery of all the images below, along with full vendor credits.
Have you enjoyed reading about Mr and Mrs Donnelly’s special wedding day, perhaps you’ve taken away some inspiration for your own relaxed and lovely wedding? Please do let us know by saying a “Hello” in the comments section below.
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The Team Behind The Talent
Ceremony Venue: Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses, Fakenham Reception Venue: Binham Memorial Hall Photography: Grace Elizabeth Photography Florist: Mrtyle & Moss Decoration & Hire: Grice & Foster Event Hire Food: Norfolk Thai Cuisine Waffle Sticks & Crepes: The Food Dude Engagement Ring: Ivy Nixon Dress: Monsoon Jewellery: The Jewellery Cottage Suits: Next Tie: ASOS