REAL LIFE BRIDE  - JESS

We got chatting to Real Life Bride Jess, a blogger from the Cotswolds, who gave us an insight to her beautiful wedding day.

Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh

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Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh

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Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh

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JESS MARRIED HER LOVELY HUSBAND JOSH AT MANOR BY THE LAKE IN CHELTENHAM ON 2ND DECEMBER 2019; AND I THINK YOU'LL AGREE THAT THE PHOTOS OF THEIR DAY ARE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE MANOR BY THE LAKE AS YOUR VENUE?

We chose that venue because we loved venues with character and when we walked into Manor By The Lake we just fell in love. It was also exclusive use, so the thought of having just our friend and family there was amazing!

WHAT WAS WEDDING PLANNING LIKE FOR YOU?

I loved every minute! I’m a pretty organised person and I tend to always know what I want, so it went well.

WHAT DID YOU FIND THE HARDEST PART OF PLANNING?

The table plan! I think I rewrote this about 8 times! But at the end of the day it didn’t matter where people were sat really...

HOW MUCH INPUT DID YOUR HUBBY HAVE IN THE PLANNING STAGES?

Erm, not a huge deal. He trusted me, I think!? We chose the main things together like our vows, cake flavours, food ect then I got to it.

ANY TOP WEDDING PLANNING TIPS?

Firstly, I’d say don’t sweat the small stuff. There were so many things we ‘could have had’ but didn’t because I just thought it’s not needed. When people are there, they don’t care if you have flip flops or blankets, yes they are lovey touches but not really needed and they’re not why people will come to your wedding. So not doing things like that will save money and it’s one less thing to think about.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF ORGANISING YOUR DAY?

Everything, I couldn’t possibly narrow it down. Just choosing everything and imagining it all was so much fun.

DID YOU GO TRADITIONAL WITH ASPECTS OF YOUR DAY OR DID YOU MIX IT UP WITH ANY UNIQUE AND QUIRKY BITS?

We did a few bits traditional but not a huge deal to be honest. I did the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue but we just did everything we wanted, not because it was or wasn’t tradition.

DID YOU USE THE HELP OF LOTS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO HELP WITH THE PREPARATIONS?

My Step Mum and Maid of Honour helped with a lot of things, like table plan, invite writing ect and then when we set the venue up the day before, all the bridesmaids chipped in and helped.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BEAUTIFUL DRESS…

Oh my dress! I loved it so so much. I got it from the Bridal Gallery, also known as The Cotswold Frock Shop. It was a Morilee dress by Madeline Gardner. It’s not actually the sort of dress I thought I would have had, it was low cut and I never wear things like that, but when I put it on I just felt so amazing in it. It also had pockets which was a must have for me! I am a casual sort of person so that made me feel slightly more relaxed as I had somewhere to put my hands.

WHICH PARTS OF YOUR WEDDING CELEBRATIONS WERE YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?

Getting ready was lovely. Everyone was so chilled out.. well it seemed that anyway. I also loved the ceremony bit, and that was actually the bit I was dreading the most, but it was so nice walking in and seeing my husband to be. It just felt like it was just us in the room; it was amazing but it went so fast! The evening was also great, everyone we wanted arrived and everyone just ate food and had a good time.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT ARRANGING THE WEDDING NOW YOU’RE WED?

All of it! Trying on my dress multiple times, choosing all the invites, buying bits and bobs. It was just incredible.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD ABOUT YOUR DAY?

Overall it was just amazing! If there was anything I’d say that's a must have, it would be to have a good photographer, we had Phil Webb, and a videographer, we had Specular Visuals . I only booked our videographer 2 weeks before the wedding and I am so glad I did it. It was worth every penny. They are both money very well spent and if I could do it again tomorrow they would be my essentials.

 
Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh
Jess & Josh
 

Instagram Photo credits. All taken from @jesslecc_

@jesslecc_ @manorbythelake @philwebbphoto