Gosh this wedding is so lovely. All feminine shades of pink and peach with foxy fashion and dreamy portraits.
Loving Kat’s headpiece and flawless make-up (she recommends products and everything – I am buying them ALL obviously) and Steven is donning the most stunning suit I’ve seen in a while.
Also if you are a future bride that is deliberating whether or not to opt for a veil then this affair will definitely swing you full throttle into the “I will have a full-on cathedral number please…”
We make absolutely no apologies for this.
Charm & History
Kat the Bride: Loseley House in Guildford was our venue. I used to visit the farm on the estate as a child and we just fell in love with how breathtaking the main house was! The setting is so picturesque, set in the rolling hills and it’s just so peaceful. It’s still run by the family and their generations have lived there since the 1500’s so it has such charm and history!
I wanted to keep my hair and make-up quite classic and very feminine. Philippa Blake did my hair and she was absolutely fantastic! She was so easy to work with and exuded a feeling of calm on the morning of the wedding. She does a lot of period tv dramas so has the perfect expertise for the sort of look I was going for.
From quite early on I knew I wanted lace as in my mind this spoke classic, timeless and romantic to me. I opted for Maggie Sottero’s Bernadette which was beautifully embellished all over and with lace scalloped edging. The pièce de résistance was the back with the large peephole and huge train.
All five of my bridesmaids wore the same spring/summer dresses from Warehouse that fit in perfectly with my flowers colour scheme. Again, they were very feminine and flattered each one of their body shapes perfectly.
I chose some Kurt Geiger, Carvela dusty pink shoes because I wanted to steer away from the traditional bridal shoes. They suited my colour scheme and still retained a flirty and feminine look. I couldn’t walk by the end of the night… but they say beauty is pain!
The Father-of-the-bride and the Best Man wore a 2 piece tweed suit from the Heritage range at Next with a bespoke corduroy waistcoat. Each with a different bowtie from www.swaggerandswoon.com and tan brogues.
Stephen wore a different three piece tweed suit from the same range at Next with a fresh white button down collared shirt, tan brogues and stripey socks!
My headpiece was from www.lullabellz.com and because this with such a detailed dress, I didn’t feel I needed any other pieces of jewellery.
I opted for a cathedral veil with Swarovski crystals which subtley twinkled as I walked down the aisle.
Fresh & Feminine
I did my own make-up and kept it fairly natural, with a dewy finish. I swore by Bobbi Brown’s pot rouge in Powder Pink because it’s a cream base, it gives you perfectly naturally looking, rosy cheeks and can also be used on the lips- perfect for a blushing bride!
I wore a limited edition fragrance from Jo Malone London that was really fresh, feminine and evoked spring blossom.
We loved the Old English Heritage look for the men which fit perfectly with our venue and decorations.
There was a consistency of dusty/pale pink running throughout paired with contrasting tweed, polka dots, floral and plaid prints. Our decorations were all home made by us with the help from family and friends and everything was vintage inspired. We hand made hundreds of tissue pom poms, designed all stationery, not forgetting our ‘love letter’ guest boards- all our personal touches added to the day.
Although the theme was very British, my husband has Jamaican family so we wanted to incorporate some little touches such as the rum punch reception but with candy stripe straws, Caribbean snacks in striped paper bags and a Jamaican evening buffet at the reception. The jerk chicken went down a treat!
Our oversized balloons were great fun and add that something special to our photos, it was extremely windy and kept whacking us on the heads which added to the fun!
The flowers were absolutely beautiful and created by Lady Loseley herself. When deciding on our flowers we sat in the manor house study with Sarah for tea, she was so flexible and we were able to agree on flowers specific for our budget. Sarah More-Molyneux combined antique roses, peonies and senecio for my bouquet and my bridesmaids and I tied their bunches of hydrangeas the night before the wedding with heart ribbon.
We topped the tables with glass bottles and jars full of roses, peonies and ranunculus supported by hand cut wooden centre pieces.
For our sit down meal we started with herb crumbed fish cakes and continued with chicken stuffed with sun blushed tomatoes, basil and parmesan. Our cake was made by our close friend Tash which was a three tiered tower of Victoria sponge, it perfectly suited our vintage inspired theme, dressed with fresh flowers, strawberries and dusted with a lot of icing sugar. It looked beautiful and tasted even better!
Stephen’s aunties treated our guests to a traditional Jamaican buffet which included jerk chicken, red snapper and of course rice and peas.
A Standing Ovation
My favourite part of our “I do’s” were the vows that we wrote for eachother. This was extremely emotional and at one point I didn’t know if I was going to be able to finish mine. It was a big relief as I finished with ‘You are my best friend, my soul mate- you are my happily ever after’.
As I walked down the aisle my young cousin played Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ on the piano which made it even more special for us.
My younger brother read ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton about the dinosaurs and he read it with such enthusiasm and drama that everyone thought he’d written it himself which made everyone laugh and give a standing ovation!
Celebrating The Love
The day goes by within the blink of an eye so making the most of it and trying to take in as much as possible is so important. It’s so easy to go long periods of time without actually seeing your groom as there are so many people to catch up with so making sure you spend even just a short quiet moment with each other is also important because after all… it is all about the two of you and celebrating your love for each other.
Venue – Loseley House
Brides Gown – Bernadette by Maggie Sottero
Brides Shoes – Carvela at Kurt Geiger
Brides Headpiece – LullaBellz
Brides Hair – Phillipa Blake
Bridesmaids Dresses -Warehouse
Grooms Suit – The Heritage range at Next
Cake – Big Baking Obsession
Blooms – Sarah More-Molyneux
Photography – Hayley Savage
So then, are you now investing in an immense veil so you can have some beautiful fairytale-esque shots like Kat?
Big Heritage Love