Q: What’s the one thing every couple says after their wedding?
(Apart from ‘It was the best day of our lives.’ or ‘Gosh, that was expensive!’)
A: ‘The day went by SO fast.’
That’s why preserving the precious memories of your wedding day are just as important as all the planning leading up to the big day.
It’s wonderful that Jack and Susanna have all these lovely layers of their day to help them remember and relive their wedding ~ from their timeless photos to their romantic wedding report and their stunning wedding films.
Each medium tells their story in it’s own unique way but together they paint a gorgeously detailed picture of their day.
So it is with great pleasure (and a tinge of sadness that the epic Jack & Susanna music love fest is nearly over) that I share their charming reception photos and gorgeous wedding film with you all.
Watch out for an amazing sheet music chandelier, book planter centerpieces, a dapper cane and a little red reception dress!
The Reception Venue
We are incredibly fortunate to have Down Hall Country House Hotel on our doorstep as it was the perfect place to host our wedding reception and Anna Oliver and her team were just incredible from day one.
The Eclectic Decor
We never had a colour scheme or regimented theme to the flowers, decor or style of the wedding – we just knew what we liked and so we created it! We never would’ve been able to do it without our incredibly talented and dedicated friend Chloe Harber from Harber Floral. With her help I sourced the 250 antique bottles and countless piles of vintage sheet music and books. We then spent days and weeks making the book planters and I got hours of hand cramp writing luggage tag labels for place names, our homemade favours, the table escort dressmaker – everything!
The DIY Projects
My friend Holly Elson, from Emergent Behaviour, made the phenomenal sheet music chandelier installation which hung spectacularly above the top table. Jack’s sister knitted all of the buttonholes for the boys and I sourced vintage scrabble tiles with their initials, so that each one was personal. Chloe then beautifully put them all together with some fresh herbs and pearly pins and they looked incredible.
I added some ‘J and S’ touches from lovely suppliers on Etsy and some old photos of our parents getting married, back in the day!
One other surprise I had made for Jack was a Super Mario Wedding Cake, made by the brilliant Sue Horgan – the mum of one of my students – as something a little jokey and silly… just like us!
The music was supplied by friends throughout the day – from the service, to the uplifting ‘Night Light Orchestra’ on the terrace at Down Hall whilst having our photos, to the meal’s harpist, to the evening’s phenomenal ‘Gerard and the Watchmen’ and ‘One Night Stand Big Band’ of which my eldest brother is a member – and performed a jaw dropping saxophone solo in the middle of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ which seemed to last for roughly 10 hours! We just never stopped dancing and it was the happiest scene ever!
Now, here on Bridal Musings you know I love wedding films but I have this one particular rule ~ I only feature films that are under 10 minutes long.
Mainly because I know you lovelies are a busy bunch and truth be told I often switch off after 10 minutes myself!
But I’m making an exception to my own rule here because quite frankly this wedding and this film by Studio 1208 are both so EPIC.
The Wedding Vendors
Our vendors and suppliers were probably the most joyous finds for us! The music was supplied by friends throughout the day – from the service, to the uplifting ‘Night Light Orchestra’ on the terrace at Down Hall whilst having our photos, to the meal’s harpist, to the evening’s phenomenal ‘Gerard and the Watchmen’ and ‘One Night Stand Big Band’ of which my eldest brother is a member – and performed a jaw dropping saxophone solo in the middle of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ which seemed to last for roughly 10 hours! We just never stopped dancing and it was the happiest scene ever!
We have talented film makers and photographers amongst our friends and families also, but we wanted them to be guests on the day and not have the pressure of capturing the day for us. I’m so glad I therefore then went on a hunt for the perfect people and my mind was blown as soon as I saw Studio1208’s work! First finding them on bridalmusings.com and also seeing their work featured in ‘Brides’ Magazine, I was over the moon when they said they were available. As the emails passed back and forth I could tell that Nick and Maria were not only going to be the most perfect people to film our day, but that they were quickly becoming friends also. They were so fun on the day and also so discreet – many of our guests didn’t realise we were having a video being made and said they never felt the intrusive presence of any cameras, during the service or reception.
The end result, as you can see, just captures our day so perfectly – it gets our emotional and goofy personalities whilst somehow making us look like film stars – that’s the immense talent of Studio 1208! We were on our honeymoon when Nick emailed us a remix of one of our wedding choir’s pieces and that was such a special moment, listening to this cleverly, sensitively crafted track whilst looking out onto the Indian Ocean. It is fair to say we are huge Studio1208 fans for life!
I had the luck and joy of meeting Karen and Doug, from Howell Photography, when I was singing at a wedding that they were capturing and we instantly clicked (pun fully intended). I love their energy, their love of taking natural photos over posed shots and we enthusiastically agreed to no silly cutting of the cake poses or holding a pen whilst signing the register! Along with Studio1208, the Howells were keen for us to have some alone time during the wedding and we are so grateful for that as it gave us some really special moments to reflect on our epic day and to look into each others’ eyes and say – we’re married, we did it, I love you!
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Squires, wishing you a lifetime filled with love, music and happiness!
I’d also like to thank all the superbly talented suppliers involved in their wedding who shared their beautiful work here on Bridal Musings.
Videography: Studio 1208 | Photography: Howell Photography | Evening Photobooth: Photo Emporium | Hair: Kate O’Sullivan | Make Up: Kayleigh Pyne at Make Up By Kayleigh |Nails: Bronte Hellmers at Goddess Studios | Earrings: Something Borrowed, Antique Art Deco Diamond Posh Totty from Lady Haber Kornberg (aka Grandma!) | SHOES – Carvela and Louboutins | Dress and Veil: Manuel Mota at Pronovias | Flowers and Decor: Harber Floral Design | Sheet Music Art Installation and Decor: Holly Elson |J and S Letter Decor: Roseberry Boutique at Etsy | Scrabble Tile Place Names –Spell It Out For Me at Etsy | Mr and Mrs Squires Customised Banners: Sara Tenanes at Etsy Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s RC Church, Bishop’ Stortford | Reception Venue: Down Hall, Hatfield Heath, Bishop’s Stortford, UK | Toast Master – Mark Greatbatch at Your Wedding Toastmaster | Cheese Wedding Cake: Artisan | Pork Pie Wedding Cake: The Ginger Pig | Super Mario Wedding Cake – Sue Horgan | Sweetie Table: The Sweet Shop | The Wedding Reporter: Emma Woodhouse | Entertainment At The Service: Musical Director: Katherine Hare | Guitarist: Alex Bayly of The Last Men | Pianist, Organist: Charlie Penn | Harpist: Bella Chipperfield | Singers: Susanna’s Students | Trio of Brothers: Nick, Ant and Ben Cork Benedict Music |Entertainment At Down Hall: Harpist: Julia Mascetti |Night Light Orchestra | Gerard and The Watchmen | One Night Stand Big Band