Darren and Claire’s laid back Spring wedding just oozes love, romance and sheer femininity! Determined to keep the proceedings simple and relaxed from the outset, the couple deliberately chose the locations for their wedding ceremony and reception based on the beautiful architecture already in place.
Claire told The Brilliant Hum, “Our local church is stunningly beautiful and rather than spend hundreds on flowers decorating the inside, we knew all it really needed was some simple floral pew ends and romantic pillar candles to let its natural beauty shine through. All our guests were blown away on the day.”
Following their wonderful day, Claire and Darren have kindly shared a few of their highlights from their special occasion with the team at The Brilliant Hum:
Preparing for the big day, Darren was excited but understandably nervous as to what lay ahead, most notably the thought of his forthcoming wedding day speech playing havoc with his wedding day nerves!
Darren says, “I hate public speaking at the best of times, so the thought of making what was perhaps THE most important speech of my life infront of all my family and loved ones was very nerve wracking!”
Helping him through on the day however, was his trusted right hand man and best friend, Neil who, was close by to offer some sage words of advice, help Darren dress for the day ahead and offer a cheeky pre-wedding celebratory whisky to calm the nerves!
The local Anglican church provided the most stunning backdrop to their marriage vows. We were blown away by the beautiful architecture of the church roof and the most amazing window in any church we have seen. With the sunlight streaming through this most amazing window, it is quite easy to see why Claire and Darren fell in love with this place.
We love this shot of Claire and Darren on the steps of the church – their first picture as a married couple! Here at The Brilliant Hum we love those shots that move away from traditional images of the bride and groom and this is such an unstuffy and relaxed image of the happy couple just simply enjoying themselves in the moment!
In keeping with the informal approach, Claire wore a beautiful strapless gown with tulle overlay and chose to do away with the tradition of wearing a bridal veil. Her beautiful gown featured delicate crystal beading to the bodice and Claire accessorized her look with dainty crystal and pearl teardrop earrings with matching bracelets and dusky pink lip gloss. Her beautiful blonde hair was curled and swept into a classy half chignon. Delicate floral bouquets of dusky pink roses, gypspholia and green fern were a romantic and girly choice.
Forever a magpie here at The Brilliant Hum, we were certainly all a quiver when we clapped our eyes on this little beauty. Claire’s stunning platinum and diamond square cut pave wedding and engagement rings are both classic and unique and certainly something of a show stopper! We have ring envy!
We love Darren’s choice of morning suit. Influenced by his love of music and The Beatles in particular, Darren chose a suit which both reflected his sense of music style and added an element of fun to the occasion. In a lovely royal blue, his suit was edged in black piping; this detail was then picked out in Darren’s choice of tie and shoes.
Claire’s bridesmaids work dusky pink three quarter length floaty gowns complimentary to the theme and carried bouquets of pink, purple and ivory roses.
Claire’s niece Sophie was her youngest bridesmaid and was super excited to dress up like a princess and be asked to perform bridesmaid duties for the very first time! We love the look on her face in this shot of her posing with her friend in the Reception area of the Grand Hall! The grandiose gilt mirror and beautiful brickwork forming the backdrop of this image makes for an interesting shot.
Continuing the pink colour scheme through to the Wedding Reception, Claire and Darren chose accents of gold to add contrast, detail and a sense of understated luxury to the scheme. This can be seen expertly in the stunning cake décor. We love how Claire has chose to incorporate a variety of textures and elements into the different layers of the cake. The very on trend gold marbling of the bottom layer is expertly contrasted against the gold pebble effect of the middle layer; all offset beautifully by the addition of delicate piped pink and peach sugar flowers wrapped round the outside of the wedding cake.
Keeping things simple, Claire and Darren chose to hand make all their table décor. With crisp white table linen and burlap hessian table runners and cutlery holders, the décor was kept simple and allowed the beauty of the couple’s floral displays to take centre stage. Lighting up the room and adding a further touch of romance were strategically placed pillar candles and an abundance of twinkly fairy lights.
Perhaps our most favourite shot of the collection and the one we choose to leave you with is this stunner! They say a picture can tell a thousand words…well, the one that springs to mind is divine. If ever an image could convey true love and devotion than this must be the clincher. Your wedding day is a moment in time where you and your loved ones come together to celebrate and mark your marriage to one another…But what we think this image expertly captures is the one thing that truly matters – your love and the commitment you make to share your lives together as husband and wife.