At Last.

Oliver and Sian married on 11th August earlier this year. After a gorgeous ceremony at a nearby church, the wedding party were invited to a glorious reception at Oliver’s parents’ house – Cadeby Hall – complete with a lake and high tea on the lawn.

And that’s not all folks…There’s a beautiful boat festooned with blooms, the sweetest pageboy and a swing. Yes that’s right folks…a garlanded swing!

And I haven’t even got started on the decadent frothiness of Sian’s dress.

The title for our wedding this morning takes its inspiration from Oliver and Sian’s first dance… and what a dance it was. But more about that in a minute.

The laughter, love and romance that epitomises Oliver and Sian’s wonderful day has been captured perfectly by Emma B Photography.

I Knew It Was The One

The dress was called Noella from Agapé Bridal Boutique in Knutsford.

It was the only dress shop I went to and they were absolutely fantastic, they couldn’t do enough for me. We not only bought the bridal dress from Agapé but also the bridesmaid dresses and the mother of the bride’s outfit too.

The dress was not what I thought I would have gone for but I knew it was ‘the one’ as soon as I put it on; it just felt so right (and comfortable).

That Extra Something

I chose a veil from Agapé Bridal Boutique that we attached a flower to (originally from the dress) just to add that extra something.


 
My shoes were very simple ivory kitten heels that had a strap around the ankle and a diamante buckle.

Make-up Treats

In the run up to the wedding, my mother-in-law treated me to a Jemma Kidd make-up lesson. They taught me lots of great tips for a natural wedding look so on the day I was able to apply my own make-up with confidence.

My hair was put up by my fantastic hairdresser Nicole at the Barrie Stephens salon in Narborough. The bridesmaids, my mum Linda and my mother-in-law Jill’s hair were all styled at the same salon.

Floral Impact

All the flowers were created by Flowers by Stephanie in Hinckley and they were absolutely incredible. All the bouquets and button holes were beautiful and our table centres were huge cocktail glasses filled with flowers.

It made quite an impact when you entered the room. There were so many comments about the gorgeous flowers and Stephanie worked extremely hard to make it all perfect for us.

Tailor Made

The groomsmens’ morning suits were hired but their ties were bought to match the bridesmaids and they all looked very handsome.


 
Oliver wore a morning suit and a beautiful waistcoat and tie that had been made for him in London.

From Beginning To End

Our photographer was Emma from Emma B Photography who was absolutely wonderful.

She captured our special day from beginning to end and we have so many natural and beautiful photographs of the day. I was really nervous about the wedding photographs because I really don’t like having my photograph taken but Emma put me completely at ease; it helps that she is such a great friend!

She even did an engagement shoot with us a couple of weeks before the wedding so that we could get used to having our photo taken and we were both really happy with the results. I could not have asked for a better photographer; she was absolutely fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                       

The Perfect Design

Our cake was made by Handmade by Hannah. It was a 3 tiered cake made of chocolate, lemon and carrot cake. We worked with Hannah to come up with the perfect design and we went for a vintage look.

Casablanca Steps

Our entertainment started with a bang with the Casablanca Steps a group of four talented musicians who played a variety of pieces from the 1920’s and 1930’s whilst our guests had tea and champagne on the lawn.

The Casablanca Steps continued to play whilst we sat down to dinner and they provided some fantastic moments for our guests enjoyment.

They were then followed by Campbell Bass a very charismatic singer who sang a range from ‘The Great American Songbook’. The entertainment was finished off with a DJ who took us into the early hours of the morning.
 

Fantastical Foxtrots

Our first dance was to Etta James ‘At Last’, we have both always loved this song. I have danced since a very young age and Ollie really wanted to learn a ballroom dance to perform in front of our guests. We did a foxtrot that we put together with the help of my dance teacher Tracey Taylor and it went really well.

Tea On The Lawn

Our reception was at Ollie’s parents house in Cadeby and we had a marquee by the lake.

When we arrived back from the church we had tea and champagne on the lawn surrounded by the bunting that both myself and my mother-in-law had spent months creating. Our table plan board was made using some of the material left over from the bunting.

Cards and presents were left in my Nana’s old blue suitcase that also had bunting draped around it; another vintage touch. We gave roses to the girls as their wedding favour.

We had fireworks out by the lake in the evening that definitely had a wow factor for us. The car that took us to and from the church was used in the film ‘The Mummy Returns’ and as we are both massively into films it was such great fun.

A Short Ride

Make sure you go for a short drive together in the car after the service, we did and it was amazing to spend just that bit of time alone before we arrived at the reception.

Take some time during the day to step back and take it all in because the day goes so quickly. Above all, enjoy your special day!

Dress – Agapé Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Agapé Bridal Boutique

Hair – Barrie Stephens

Band – Casablanca Steps

Solo Singer – Campbell Bass

Cake – Handmade by Hannah

Florals – Flowers By Stephanie

Photography – Emma B Photography

If there’s one thing I love about this wedding then it’s the amount of fun that everyone is clearly having. Seriously there are beaming grins on each and every face and that’s what weddings are all about, right?

And that boat, I just want to drift away complete with book and blazing sunshine. Isn’t it dreamy…

And if I can have as much fun as the two distinguished guests are experiencing on the swing when I’m older then I’ll be a happy girl indeed.

Congratulations Oliver and Sian, you guys so obviously had a blast.

All my love Lolly xxx

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

15 thoughts on “At Last.

  1. Dear Santa,
    For Christmas, can I have a swing on a tree festooned with roses, and a boat, I would also like flowers on EVERYTHING, and the ability to be dainty enough for Lee to pick me up and twirl me round without collapsing.
    I’ve been very good this year,
    Karen xx

  2. The FLOWERS!! Soooo beautiful…I love the arrangements on the backs of the chairs and by the boat and I muchly love the garlanded swing, so romantic. (Having said that, one of my fav pics is of the two ladies with the swing which is precious!) The bridal bouquet made me gasp – breathtaking colours.
    The dress is gorgeous, oh to be so tall and lovely and Sian!
    We too danced to At Last by Etta James, love that song and for us as second time arounders, so much resonance for us. We had a couple of rushed dancing lessons and the photos clearly show me ‘coaching’ my man (not good at being led me!) so I definitely have dance envy!
    It looks like an English summer wedding day straight out of Central Casting – and you fixed the weather too!

  3. There seems to be a general consensus that the swing is awesome. Gosh I haven’t used that word in such a long time. I’m told that to be down with the kids these days, you have to use the word ‘Dench’…as in Judy.

    Anyway I digress…

    @Karen I also have been very very good this year and I would like the entire Kooples collection. I don’t ask for much….

    @Nicola I too love the chair backs – I wanted to do this at my wedding because they look so breathtakingly gorgeous but for many reasons it wasn’t to be. I’m glad that one of your top photos was the ladies with the swing – it was mine too.

  4. @Karen – I too would like a swing and a boat and fresh flowers delivered to my door EVERY day.

    I am not sure my chimney is big enough though mind……

    I’d settle for the entire Kooples collection as per Lolly though.

    LOVE this wedding, the images of the guests having so much fun are particularly awesome.

    Charlotte xxx

  5. Erm……a garland swing?….a GARLAND SWING?!!!!
    Santa – I’ve been a good girl too!!!!! *flutters eyelashes*!

    The flowers in this wedding are gorgeous & completely agree with Lolly that everyone seems to be having such a fab time 🙂

    Just gorgeous!
    xxx

  6. Such beautiful blooms, I want them all!

    Can I also just say, there are some pretty epic hats at this wedding, I am seriously impressed! Someone remind me to buy some pegs so people can also peg their hats to the side of our marquee.

    It’s all too beauuuutiful! xxx

  7. Okay, so how this wedding only has 11 comments I will NEVER know!

    A few things I would like to point out:

    The veil. My GOSH! That is beautiful. I’m not sure I have even seen anything similar to it before?! Love it and totally inspired by it.

    Blue. I LOVE the use of blue in weddings, Totally under used and this wedding shows that when it’s used properly it is AMAZING.

    Tea Cups. I am SO glad that this wedding is rocking some serious vintage teacuppage (yes this is a word)

    Chair. Dear dear dear me. My heart nearly stopped. Are you being serious with the chairs?! and the flowers on the chairs?! I WANT TO BE SITTING ON THESE RIGHT NOW. SO amazingly gorgeous.

    Happiness. Well it’s just there in abundance isn’t it!

    @Lolly You are so bang on with Dench. I am glad I am able to teach you something.

  8. I absolutely loved Sian’s wedding! The Priest at the church made it so personal, and then the reception afterwards was awesome! The Page boy was a brilliant dancer – almost as good as Sian and Ollie themselves! The Swing was really cute, and both Page boy and Flower girl loved playing on it in the afternoon! I don’t think I will ever go to a more spectacular, dazzling, and sweet wedding ever again! Not to mention the table names being from places in either Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or Star wars, because of Sian’ love of all these things!

  9. Oh my goodness I have only just seen this wedding. And I am ecstatic because it is based in my neck of the woods.

    I am now going to walk the dog and casually take a nose to see if the swing is still there so I can have a go.

    x

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