Naomi + Jack's elegant religious wedding at the Old Down Estate, Bristol

Monday, July 20, 2020

Mr + Mrs Cave-Browne-Cave 
Sunday 30th June 2019 │ Old Down Estate, Bristol
Instagram: @naomicbc + @jack.cbc
Two weeks after their elopement (and with a honeymoon inbetween!), Naomi and Jack held their gorgeous religious wedding at Old Down Estate. Last week we shared their Cornwall elopement, you can read all about it here. Get ready for some more beautiful shots...

Tell us about your second wedding…
Our big, religious wedding happened two weeks later. We gathered with our friends and family at Old Down Estate Manor in Alveston with the sun shining down on us. We both love nature and were certain we had to have our ceremony outside. The lawn in front of the manor overlooking the Severn Bridge really stole our hearts. Accompanied by an award-winning choir and reverend who was a family friend, we had a service filled with singing, sermons, poems and love.
Tell us about the dress...
The second dress for the big wedding was a secondhand Martina Liana dress from still white, which I had custom alterations for. I removed the invisible lace and instead created a backless dress with a detachable skirt. Like all things I couldn’t decide between a princess dress or fitted. In the end I had both. The beauty of our wedding is we didn’t compromise and found a way to have it all.
I decided not to spend too much money on the dress because unlike Jack, I knew I would only wear my dress once! So overall my dress cost £850.
What was your best wedding splurge?
The choir, it was a last-minute decision but the best one we could have made! They sounded beautiful and made the ceremony so beautiful. They sang as I walked down the aisle and sung some hymns at various points in the ceremony. Could not recommend them more. 
Tell us about the cake...
Along with all the other DIYs we spent a few weeks before the big wedding creating our very own cake. With the help of Jack’s stepmother, we created a fruit cake and decorated it ourselves. We got all of Jack’s little brothers and sisters involved and the decorations were hilarious! Definitely the funniest thing about the wedding. 
Did you make any DIYs for the wedding?
The flowers were handpicked and assembled by Katie, Jack’s stepmother, with help from Naomi and her Maid of Honour, Sabrina. The name cards were each handmade by us with traditional Zambian chitenge and the table names were written in Bemba.
For the legal elopement ceremony, Jack and Naomi exchanged matching gold wedding bands. For the religious wedding, the bride had a rose gold eternity band. How adorable!
Tell us about your Honeymoon...
For our honeymoon we went to Bali and spent time in the underexplored north region of Sumberkima hill, followed by Ubud for the second week. Our honeymoon was in between our elopement and big wedding. In hindsight it would have been better to have the honeymoon after both weddings, but this is how it worked out since we changed venues and dates were already in place. But overall it was a lovely, and relaxing experience. I was truly pampered. 
What was your first dance song?
Out first dance was a mix, we started with Tom Walker - Just You and I. We chose this song because the year before Jack and been travelling and we listen to the song in repeat just thinking of each other. Halfway through our slow dance the song abruptly cut to an afro beats song by Yemi Ade - Johny. We had spent our honeymoon practicing the 30 second choreo which as so much fun and just added a little vibrance to the wedding. 
Watch Naomi and Jack's gorgeous wedding video below. 
Naomi also has loads of helpful wedding content on her YouTube channel, such as wedding gift inspo and timeline advice (and even what went wrong at their wedding!)

From Brides, With Love xo
Venue: Old Down Estate 
Photographer: Caroline Goosey
Hair: Go Gorgeous 
Alterations: Sanda Valentina
Shoes: Prada
Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS
Suits: Bespoke
Cake: Katie (Mother-in-law)
Flowers: Katie (Mother-in-law)
Stationery: DIY 

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