real wedding: something blue traditional wedding {louise & joe}

Today I am delighted to introduce Shropshire wedding photographer Richard Harris and his first b.loved feature!  A creative photographer, capturing each couples personal story in it’s own unique style, Richard creates beautiful, natural images preserving the atmosphere and feeling of each moment.

The gorgeous Louise and Joe grace our pages this morning.  Their pretty, traditional wedding with heart-warming and thoughtful personal details shows you don’t need to go overboard to create a wedding that truly reflects who you are as a couple.  Louise’s elegant style and love of hydrangea’s is evident in her outfit choice and the details that fill their reception venue, whilst Joe’s love of music set the tone for the different parts of the day with a string quartet creating the perfect atmosphere to start their day, with a retro band getting everyone in the mood for an evening of dancing to their favourite 60’s and 70’s classics!

Joe and I attended the same Sixth Form College but did not meet until years later when we worked together. After 6 years together and many hints Joe proposed at Lake Vyrnwy on a sunny Saturday in June 2010 over a picnic.

We were married in the village church where I had grown up which had a very special meaning to my family and where my father is the organist and the Vicar a family friend. When looking through the church register, it was a special feeling to see generations of my family had been married in this church many years before us.  The ceremony had a very personal touch because of this!

Our reception was held at Somerford Hall in Brewood. Joe and I had visited many locations and were unable to put our finger on what we were really looking for until we came across Somerford. Relaxed but traditional with a large ballroom, we thought it was stunning.  We wanted our wedding day to feel relaxed and personal, while being traditional with a classic theme. I think that we managed to achieve this thanks to the people that played a huge role in the marriage ceremony and running of the wedding reception.   The staff at Somerford worked tirelessly to provide us with the relaxed atmosphere we asked for. This was all captured perfectly by Richard, our wonderful photographer who equally felt like part of the family whilst being an invisible reporter of our special and personal moments throughout the day.

I spent time studying wedding magazines and blogs for ideas and inspiration but soon realised it was our personal taste as a couple that we wanted our wedding day to represent, so we filled the details with things that had meaning to us.  Together we made origami cranes, as we both want to visit Japan one day. We chose traditional bonboniere as wedding favours to symbolise our hopes for our future together; health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. We designed all our own stationary and made them together with our family. The flowers and the cake were designed with my love of hydrangeas in mind!

Our family and friends are so very important to us both and were involved in helping make our day so personal.  Our wedding cake was made by my Aunty Margaret who made every petal of every sugar icing flower by hand. We were overwhelmed by the time consuming attention to detail, beauty and taste of our wonderful cake.  All of our stationary and favours we made by hand with the help of both of our parents and the day before the wedding my wonderful bridal party, including some who had flown in from Australia helped Joe and I decorate the church.  We could not have done it without any of the suppliers we used, especially everyone at Somerford Hall.

Joe loves his music so it was brilliant for him to be able to choose some of the music for the string quartet as they played both popular and classical songs, so he was able to have songs by a variety of his favourite bands and composers. The evening band were also very much a personal touch as Joe and I love a variety of music from the sixties and seventies.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Joe and I decided that we did not want to have a first dance; the idea of everyone looking at us awkwardly treading on each others toes filled us both with dread. On the day however, when the band kicked off, we were having such a wonderful time and were so relaxed surrounded by all of our wonderful family and friends we found ourselves first on the dance floor. The song was The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ which was perfect as we both love the Beatles.

Do you have any advice for future brides?

For the bride and groom, fill your wedding day with your likes and loves then relax and enjoy it, it goes really quick!



Dress  ~ Stephanie Allin at Silk Brides, Lichfield

Shoes ~ Jimmy Choo

Veil ~ Silk Brides

Hair Accessories ~ Gillian Million

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Boda Bridal, Chester

Stationery ~ designed and made by us and our wonderful families

Ceremony Venue ~ St. Michaels Church, Waters Upton

Reception Venue & Catering ~ Somerford Hall, Brewood.

Flowers ~Blue Florist, Shrewsbury

String Quartet ~ Nero

Evening Band ~ The Mod Cons


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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