It’s been a stupidly hot summer wedding season so far, im 100% sure that the heatwave started at Christina & Alex’s wedding! Christina got ready with her bridesmaid at a lovely little hotel in Tonbridge, before heading over to Wise Wedding Venue for the rest of the day. Wise is a beautiful little venue near Tonbridge. Nestled in the woodlands, its filled with quirky touches, like a giant clock in the trees, and sofas hanging from branches. If you’re after something that’s not your run of the mill venue, this is the venue you’re looking for. As there was an England match on on the same day, Christina and Alex had provided a tv for their guests to watch the game on, how awesome are these guys for embracing it! As much as I could waffle on about my thoughts on the day, here’s Christinas own words about how she chose the venue and her planning.
How did you meet?
Alex stood out amongst a sea of people and I thought, he’s hot. Wasn’t his looks that caught my eye just the fact he was the only person amongst normal dressed people in a crocodile onesie but I didn’t actually speak to him that night. Then I randomly bumped into him a week later at a house party, you could call it destiny or me being a stalker. Just kidding it was destiny…promise!
Why did you choose the venue(s) you chose for your wedding day?
The beautiful tree houses, and quirky objects like the swinging arm chairs, lamp posts and chandeliers was exactly what we wanted and matched our whimsical personalities.
What was it you loved about your outfits and accessories that made you choose them?
We played to the fairytale theme and I had a beautiful handmade crown made out of rose gold maple leaves and quartz I felt like a princess – I’d wear it everyday if I could. Alex’s mad hatter inspired hat and cane was to perfection adding a bit of fairytale flair to our special day.
Tell me about the vision you had for your wedding including your theme/colour scheme/styling/flowers:
We love all things whimsical and outdoorsy so it was the perfect venue to do a fairytale meets Alice and wonderland meets harry potter inspired style magical woodland wedding mixed with some hints of gothic medieval tones (a-lot I know) I began by looking at jewel colour tones and wanted all the bridesmaids to stand out on their own as they are all special to me in different ways and have big bold personalities so we needed a variety of beautiful colours to reflect that. I always have creative ideas and love playing around with colours soI’m happy this worked and everyone looked stunning. The flowers were an extension of the jewel tone theme and I wanted to carry the colours through into the bouquet, I like Tim Burton and how he uses dark mixed with light so I wanted to add some gothic vibes and chose deep purples for that. Long banquet tables with beautiful urns was to draw more on the gothic medieval vibe but to also match how the tea party in Alice in Wonderland and coincidentally is the set up of the Hogwarts harry potter houses. This is how we introduced Hogwarts into the mix and had a marauders map seating plan. Someone had to be named Slytherin though so had to give to the family table and hope they weren’t offended. With the help of my wonderful friend and florist Steph she made my vision come true!
What was your first dance and why did you choose it?
I wish this had more romantic movie style story to it, we came back from a festival and had a bubble bath and magic was playing Stand By Me on the radio and it kind of stuck.
What were the most wonderful parts of the day for you?
My dad’s speech was such a special moment. Hearing everyone say it was the best wedding they had ever been to and loved all the tiny details. Justin forgetting to let everyone sit down at the ceremony LOL moment. Dancing with my aunt and cousins to “thinking out loud” by Ed Sheeran and trying not to cry at my aunt and uncle dancing together – so cute. The flower decoration, oh my Steph did me so proud!
Why did you choose me as your photographer, and what was your experience of your photography on the day?
You do such amazing sunset shots so that is what stood out initially but on the day my my you exceeded expectations! You were amazing at orchestrating 150 people to pose, honestly I applaud you for doing that I would of been sent down for murder if that was my job. Having our best interests at heart on the day will be something I will never forget, specifically with getting everyone to go outside for the speeches as we were boiling and lighting was rubbish was such a great idea and effortlessly sorted out so I didn’t have to worry about it. The fact you know how to undo corsets, literally the most satisfying moment was having you help me get out of my dress after wearing it for so long in 30 degree heat! Standing behind the TV screen as our guests watched the England game meaning you didn’t even get to see it just so you could capture the perfect shot – that’s dedication!
What would be your best bit of advice to other couples planning their wedding.
Don’t do a mini moon, go full out honeymoon straight after the wedding – you are going to need it! Keep all the bouquets together to avoid a bridal photoshoot emotional break down ( we can laugh about it now)
Here are my highlights from Christina and Alex’s beautiful woodland wedding at Wise Wedding Venue.