Who doesn't love the long Easter weekend......2017 was a particularly good one as Carly and Dave decided to get married on the Good Friday, giving everyone plenty of time to recover from all the partying.  

Arriving at the venue in the morning the weather was perfect....lots of cloud with a little sun - a photographers dream conditions. .  The bride, Carly was in the quaint little onsite cottage getting her hair and make up done whilst Dave having a few last minute pints with his dad and best man up the road in a nearby hotel.. Having a second photographer, (also called Carly !) with me for the day meant that I could be in two places at once.  

From the beginning everyone was really relaxed and looking forward to the day. Having everything all in one place meant that there was no need to rush (too much). The bride and groom honestly didn't stop smiling.

Here's a selection of images from the day to give you an idea of what a great, fun and happy wedding day it was.  Carly and Dave have written a few words on their venue, and suppliers to help any of you getting married in the near future.

Suits  www.suited-well.co.uk

Dress  http://confettiandlace.com/

Flowers  http://www.thelittleviolet.co.uk

Venue www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk

Hair and make up  https://www.facebook.com/KayleighsBridalPerfection/

Light up Letters http://www.giantlettercompany.com/

Bridesmaid dress  https://www.facebook.com/KHCostumes

Cake https://www.facebook.com/sweetimaginationuk/

THE VENUE

https://www.oaksfarmweddings.co.uk/

Dave and I chose Oaks Farm pretty much straight away. We liked the fact that it felt peaceful and away from it all. Five minutes down the road is busy Croydon, yet there was this lovely venue hidden away. We also liked the fact that everything was 'under one roof'. We didn't want guests to have to to and fro going from one venue to another. Plus a hotel a few minutes up the road helped!

We did view other venues but they just weren't as 'pretty'. I really loved the Stables and the clean, simplicity of it, whereas Dave liked the Barn and the rustic feel. So it catered for both our likes! The fact that the owners/staff were super chilled and helpful made things so much easier. I think we could have gone down every weekend to view it and they wouldn't have minded! 

My dress was from Confetti & Lace, Thurrock, (http://confettiandlace.com) (for some, the infamous location of 'Say yes to the dress'. And yes I was asked to appear on the show but declined. A decision I'm pleased to say I don't regret). I looked at loads of dresses online and decided to go to Confetti & Lace as I knew an appointment wasn't always necessary. The sales assistants were friendly and helpful - although it did take me four attempts and me making excuses to go back to 'the' dress which I had my eye on! I only tried 7 on but knew that my dress was the one I wanted and felt comfortable in. My visit was only meant to be a "let's go and see what they have" but I ended up buying and having to cancel all the other appointments elsewhere! There are just far too many styles out there - it's dangerous to keep looking and to whittle it down!

My gorgeous make up and hair was by the talented https://www.facebook.com/KayleighsBridalPerfection/ - I loved my look especially the my raspberry lipstick.

The flowers were provided by Jodie Sutch (The Little Violet), who was also a guest. I was so happy with what she did; on the day and when looking back at the photos. I think she did a great job and I was so pleased with how the colours all worked. http://www.thelittleviolet.co.uk

And, with a further personal touch, Kelly Harris ( https://www.facebook.com/KHCostumes/) made the adult bridesmaid dresses, Dave's uncle our videographer and my brother being the Mr DJ!

The flowers were provided by Jodie Sutch (The Little Violet), who was also a guest. I was so happy with what she did; on the day and when looking back at the photos. I think she did a great job and I was so pleased with how the colours all worked. http://www.thelittleviolet.co.uk

And, with a further personal touch, Kelly Harris ( https://www.facebook.com/KHCostumes/) made the adult bridesmaid dresses, Dave's uncle our videographer and my brother being the Mr DJ!

 CAKE BY  Sweet Imagination

CAKE BY  Sweet Imagination

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