I think this is the first vow renewal we've EVER featured on RMW and I certainly hope it's the start of many. Gorgeous Danielle and Paul have been married for 20 years and have two sons together, so felt it was the right time to renew their marriage vows. They chose the spectacular Doddington Hall as their venue, and filled it with flowers, bold colours and quirky decor choices. The whole look is really vibrant, modern and a little bit rustic - you're going to love it! Magda K was their to capture the fun, and what fun they had...

Our Story

Danielle the Bride: Paul and I have been together for 22 years and we tied the knot 20 years ago in a true 90’s style wedding, we have two amazing boys Dominic and Fabien and to have them at our vow renewal was something very special.

The Photography

We knew I didn’t want overly posed, planned grouped photos and I was lucky enough to be introduced to Magda K Photography we instantly fell in love with her relaxed bohemian style and I am sure you will see why! I feel like her images tell the story of our day and captures all the love and happiness our friends and family shared.

The Bride & Bridesmaids

I wore an Alan Hannah dress and lace cape with Rachel Simpson Gardenia blue shoes during the day and Ophelia during the evening. I had garden roses individually wired in my hair, that was styled into a classic chignon by one of my oldest and closest friends and accessorised with yellow diamond earrings by Carat Covent Garden London, for the evening I glammed the look up by turning to my talented friend Justina once more, she designed and made a bespoke oversized choker out of two vintage crystal necklaces, we loved sourcing these items locally. Makeup by Josephine Way took me through from day to night with a smokey eyes and a natural berry lip. My adorable flower girls wore classic blue and pink dresses from Monsoon with seasonal fresh flower crowns.

The Boys

Paul can pull off anything! He opted for a less traditional style and wore a light checked suit by Marc Darcy showing off a little ankle, our boys wore suits from Topman with matching colourful bow ties from Mrs Bowtie. Finished off with braces and a loafer shoe.

The Venue

Doddington Hall is one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in the country we renewed our vows in the long gallery, it was a relaxed and intimate ceremony with our closest family and friends, our eldest son Dominic was best man to Paul and our youngest Fabien gave me away. We headed over to the Coach house for food and celebrations, starting with drinks and a selection of canapes, followed with a BBQ consisting of Doddington Red herd beef burgers, handmade Doddington estate pheasant & rare breed Berkshire pork sausage, chicken skewers, pork loin in bbq drizzle along with sides of new potatoes, jumbo moroccan couscous, garden salads and slaw plus so much more, all sourced from the estate or locally. Evening was finished with a Charcuterie table, we really are foodies! The entertainment was a real success, we surprised our guests with singing waiters and a magician, along with an 8 piece band whom filled the floor with their vocalist and saxophonist playing soul and funk.

The Flowers

Flowers were the one area I knew I didn’t want to hold back on, I am a florist myself but knew I couldn’t achieve what I wanted on my own as well as planning everything else, so I roped in help from Rachel Catkin Flowers who I had complete faith in she created a breathtaking oversized asymmetrical bouquet of seasonal british fresh flowers with hand dyed silk ribbons from Little Acorn Silks. Trailing asparagus fern and larkspur hung from the ceiling in the coach house struts and beautiful bright urns decorated the tables.

The Décor

Save The Date event stylist know me well and know my style as I’ve worked with them many a time on other couple’s weddings, we hired rustic trestle tables and chairs from All Things Borrowed and the girls dressed these with lace runners, glass beaded charger plates, coloured glasses and personalised table numbers which were significant dates in our lives.

The Cake

Sophie from The Confetti Cakery created a masterpiece which sat next to the top table on an beer barrel with an old door as it’s back drop with a cheeky “cakey” sign which was an inside joke with the groom, with lamps saying "light of my life" as the cake topper a nod to my husband’s profession.
Fern Godfrey

Written by Fern Godfrey

Venue: Doddington Hall | Flowers: Catkin Flowers | Silk Ribbons: Little Acorn Silks | Cake: The Confetti Cakery | Styling: Save The Date Event Stylist | Make Up: Josephine Way | Groom: Marc Darcy | Bowties: Mrs Bowtie | Bride: Cherished Wedding Boutique | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Band: Urban Intro | Singers: Silver Service Singers | Magician: Tom Wright | Lolly Pops: Dottie Goes Pop | Table & Chairs: All Things Borrowed
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