Wedding Photography at the Ye Olde Plough House
Thank you to Mr and Mrs Kittle for taking the time to fill out this questionaire on their Wedding Photography at Ye Olde Plough House.
What date was your wedding and why did you choose Ye Olde Plough House?
Our wedding was on Saturday 19th May, and held at Ye Olde Plough House, Bulphan, near Brentwood. We didn’t want to have a wedding breakfast, and Ye Olde Plough House were able to offer us The Cavalier Suite for our ceremony and whilst we were having our drinks reception and photographs they turned it into our evening venue, complete with resident DJ. The gardens are beautiful at Ye Olde Plough House; a definite bonus with this venue. It was the perfect choice to enable our guests to stay over and have breakfast together.
Did you have a colour scheme ?
Our colour was described as hot coral, and really suited all three bridesmaids.
What were your dress and suit like?
Debbie’s dress was a strapless, fitted ivory lace and chiffon gown with a small train, designed by Alfred Sung and was made in Canada. It was bought through Confetti and Lace, at Lakeside. Debbie borrowed her headdress from her sister, Victoria, and her jewellery was a birthday gift from her mum and sister. The shoes were ivory silk with a Swarovski crystal detail from Benjamin Adams. Dave hired a grey tail suit with ivory shirt, tie and a waistcoat with a floral design arranged by Debbie’s friend who works at Anthony’s Menswear in Billericay.
Who were your bridesmaids/flowers girls/ page boys? What were their outfits like?
The bridesmaids were Dave’s daughters Jennie and Leah, Dave’s niece Ocean, and the pageboys were Debbie’s nephews, Ralph and Dylan. The bridesmaids wore Mori Lee full length strapless dresses with a diamanté detail on the hip also bought at Confetti and Lace, Lakeside. They wore crystal headdresses and silver shoes. The boys wore a mini version of Dave’s suit to match the ushers, but with plain waistcoats.
What personal extras did you have for your wedding?
Dave is a windsurfer and so the only choice is a VW camper van. We found Millie, though Cool Classic Cars, a camper bus and couldn’t wait to arrive to the sound of The Beach Boys playing!
What flowers did you have?
The flowers were cream Cala lillies, freesia and roses with green foliage, the bridesmaids had mini versions without the lillies from Petals and Plants in Stanford-le-Hope.
What cake did you have?
We took ages to decide on our cake, and looked at loads of pictures. Then whilst walking round a wedding fayre, we saw it. A new design by Jeannie’s Cakes, and the first time she had shown it. We had replicas of our flowers made in sugar, and one of them was colour matched to a sample we gave. We had fruit and sponge layers, it must have been good because it all disappeared before we got a piece ourselves!
What table decorations did you have at your wedding?
We planned to do all the research for the wedding ourselves, but matching the colour of the bridesmaids dresses proved a challenge. We searched for some help through a venue decorator and contacted Sharon at Vision Balloons. Sharon met Debbie at the venue to talk through the whole day and what she wanted. Sharon really wanted to understand everything and to take away some pressure. She said she could find the colour and we put our trust in her, she was great. We had white chair covers over the venue’s chairs, with hot coral sashes. The sashes continued around the cake table and wishing well table. The tables had white tall arrangements which lit up, with white feather plumes, sitting on glass circles with coral and clear crystals. Outside the venue around shrub arrangements and pillars were battery operated twinkle lights to add some sparkle.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Kuramathi Island in the Maldives (Kuramathi.com). We flew the day after the wedding to Mali airport then transferred by seaplane to the island. The view of the reefs as you flew over the islands was truly magical. We stayed in a beach front villa with thatched roof, an outside bathroom and wonderful fresh food often cooked in front of you. It was a no-shoes resort, where everywhere was soft white sand like you see in the pictures. An absolutely magical place and definitely a wrench to leave!! Just perfect.
Is there any other personal information that you would like me to include such as special vows, entertainment, special mention to family members etc.?
Debbie asked her school friend to do the reading and, Jackie James flew over from Dubai with her husband Jason.
A friend of Debbie’s, Denise Tomlin designed the wedding invitations, they were then unique and everyone’s name was personally printed on the invites. We spent all day one Sunday with paper, scissors and glue making them up. It was just like Blue Peter!
Dave asked his windsurfing mate, Ray Robertson to be his best man, they went for a full English breakfast, a Turkish shave and could not resist stopping by the beach to see their fellow surfers on the morning of the wedding.
Debbie is extremely grateful to Anil Das for agreeing to give her away.
Debbie walked in to Shania Twain “From this moment”, and we walked out to Black Eyes Peas “I gotta feeling”.
Dave’s ushers were Russel Apperley-Janes (his brother-in-law), Stuart Johnson (Debbie’s brother) and Graham Williams (Debbie’s brother-in-law).
Victoria Johnson and Sue Apperley-Janes (Debbie’s and Dave’s sisters) were a huge support, especially on the day and we can’t thanks them enough.
Lastly, a huge thank you to Debbie’s mum Brenda, for her support, and all our friends and family who made our day just perfect.
Why did you choose Pauls Studio for your wedding?
We knew this wasn’t going to be an easy decision but we knew that we would know instantly when we found the right one. The flyer for Paul’s Studio came through the door and immediately we felt they were different, their photos came alive on the flyer and thought “we’ve found him”‘ we couldn’t wait to go to the studio and meet Paul. Paul was totally reassuring, understood what we wanted to achieve and gave us the confidence that he was the right choice. We had an engagement shoot which took away all Debbie’s nervousness about being photographed, we had a great time. On the day, Paul went with the flow, he had a calmness which everyone felt and his photos are absolutely amazing. We tried to choose 50 photos but it was impossible to choose, so we ended up having 70! We are really, really pleased the final album. Thank you Paul, and all at Paul’s Studio. We would definitely recommend them to any bride and groom, you won’t be disappointed.
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