Kelley and Will are both teachers and so they made the most of the summer holidays by holding their big day in July at Lemore Manor in Herefordshire.
This W-day is unbelievably stylish folks. From Kelley’s Stewart Parvin gown to the bridesmaids navy hat (oh I do love a best girl in a hat!) right the way through to the delicate florals.
However, it wasn’t the aesthetics of the occasion that were as important to the bride and groom as what a great time they and all their nearest and dearest were going to have, from when they woke up on I-do morning up until way past bedtime.
All of the pretty was captured perfectly by Annamarie Stepney.
Just Like Me
I treated myself to some nice new products and practised my makeup before the big day and decided I wanted to do my own make up on the day. My friend curled my hair for me. I wanted it very simple but most importantly I wanted to feel like myself.
I never really style my hair so I went with a style that felt natural to me. My lovely friend Jenny helped me get ready on the day, it was such a special time and I wanted to share this time with my closest friend, we supped champagne and took our time!
Love Is All That Matters
My dress was ‘Love is all that matters’ by Stewart Parvin. I ordered the dress from Aphrodite bridal wear in Knutsford, Cheshire. I knew it was the dress because when I put it on it made me smile…All I wanted to do was twirl!
My mum and sister ‘knew’ too. I felt that I could move freely around in it and dance – which was very important to me! The fabric was so light and easy to wear.
I also chose a lace vintage jacket from Aphrodite bridal wear and my mums pearl necklace. This is really old and beautiful and I always admired it growing up and new I had to wear it on my big day!
A Class Act
My Shoes were by Filippa Scott and called ‘Lola’. These were so comfortable, I tried these shoes on once and tried no more, they were classy and comfortable – what more would you want?!
The company we used for flowers is called ‘Thoughtful Flowers’ based in Shropshire. They arranged my bouquet and buttonholes. They were a mix of wildflowers, grasses, purple sage, delphiniums.
They also delivered freshly picked flowers from their local field on the morning of the wedding, which I then arranged for the table centrepieces and in different sized vases around the marquee and house. I also gave my mother-in-law and her husband a list of flowers that Juliet was planning to use on the day.
I gave them this list 6 months before the wedding and they grew some beautiful flowers arranged in vintage apple crates which we put in front of the bandstand where we were married.
Chic And Navy
My Bridesmaid’s ivory dress was from Monsoon bride, the navy hat was from a charity shop and the navy shoes were from M & S
Hot On The High Street
Will’s suit & shirt were from Reiss and his tie was Aubin and Wills. The Best men’s suits, shirts and shoes were from Topman.
A True Record
Our photographer is the first thing we got in place after the venue was decided. We knew we wanted mainly natural photos, that were not staged – a true record of the day.
We saw Annamarie’s website and knew we had to have her! So we arranged for her to come over all the way from Surrey!
We were conscious that we wanted people to be busy throughout the afternoon and we wanted people to mingle and have fun, we bought lots of games from Total Gardens-. We had games out on the lawn from limbo, space hoppers, jenga, boules, quoits to croquet. The lads had a big cricket game after the wedding breakfast (there was also a Dawson v Higham football match on Friday night!).
We had a blackboard (well, we are teachers!) propped up against a tree where people could read beforehand what the timings of the day and activities. This helped to keep everyone on track and stopped people asking ‘when is the meal, dancing’ etc! We had a disco later but did our own playlist on an ipod – being able to choose our own songs was great…the dancefloor was full all night.
A Love Of Literature
We wanted the whole wedding to reflect our personalities: my love of vintage décor was important, as was Will’s love of literature. For the centre of the table, I collected old books to use as stands for the flower decorations (in tea cups). I also collected strings of pearls from charity shops which were draped over the books. I collected vintage tea cups and saucers to use as centre pieces to place flowers.
Lesley from Vintage Hire (based in Gloucestershire) provided candlesticks, crockery and cutlery. Ikea do a great small cheap double sided photo frames that held my table names. Keeping with the Shakespeare theme – we had the name of 11 Shakespeare plays on one side and on the other side a fitting love quote from the play!
Lesley was amazing helping me decorate the tables and adding finishing touches.
Best Of British
I knew I wanted something fun, easy and a traditional British desert, so we opted for a Victoria sponge (3 different sizes) placed on a cake stand. It was very simple but went down a treat for a desert option.
I made my own favours by collecting small glass jars all year! I collected odd bits of fabric you can pick up quite cheaply from material shops/market. I used Cath Kidston sticky labels and filled the jars with old fashioned sweets.
The most important thing to us was that they day ‘fun’ and that there was as little ‘hanging around’ between the main stages of the day. Having sandwiches before the ceremony, games on the lawn, lots of Pimms and local ale, photo room, table quiz during the meal, games room, etc meant that people bonded and weren’t just waiting for the next main stage…and they day flowed seamlessly.
As I am a dance teacher we felt there might be a bit of expectation. So we decided to throw a bit of a curveball and re-enacted John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s dance in Pulp Fiction (to Teenage Wedding by Chuck Berry). We hoped it was also inkeeping with the ‘fun’ atmosphere we were trying to create.
Venue – Lemore Manor
Brides Gown – Stewart Parvin at Aphrodite Bridal Wear
Brides Lace Jacket –Aphrodite Bridal Wear
Brides Shoes – Lola by Filippa Scott
Bridesmaids Dress – Monsoon Bride
Groom’s Suit – Reiss
Blooms – Thoughtful Flowers
Candles, Crockery and Cutlery – Vintage Hire
Photography –Annamarie Stepney
I think the giant chalkboard idea is a lovely (and cost effective!) way of providing your guests with an “Order Of The Day” as it were.
And how much do you love Kelley’s bouquet?!
Oh and for their Honeymoon Kelley and Will went travelling around the Baltic States and Scandinavia. In total they stayed in 10 countries and their favourite places were Helsinki and St Petersburg….
Big Fun (Remember them?!) Love