The woodland botanical theme on todays wedding at The Lawn in Essex is nothing short of spectacular. There’s cute little ceramic animals surrounded by moss, herbs and succulents and the tallest wild flower arrangements amongst tin cans filled with even more beautiful florals and flag table names.
Bride Fliss also wears an absolutely stunning delicate hair vine to continue with the whimsical theme, but opted for a pair of statement ‘Dorothy’ esq. red glitter Vivienne Westwood shoes to go under her gorgeous Alan Hannah dress.
And if all the talk of fabulous fashion & flowers wasn’t enough to entice you, then I should definitely mention the gorgeous beach portraits captured by RMW fave Babb Photo. Quaint beach huts, rustic boats and love, ahhh swoon……
Fliss The Bride: I thought I would have huge trouble picking a wedding dress as I am quite an indecisive person. However it was the most simple shopping trip ever. I found ‘the’ dress in the first boutique my Mum and I went to and it was the third dress I tried on. The deposit was put down there and then.
It matched a picture I had almost perfectly. I felt like a bride in it, it was simple, classic and had a lovely shape.
The twig crown custom made by Copula Collective with flowers around it went perfectly and was very personal to me.
Charlie went suit and tie shopping with his Mum. He wanted to make it into a special experience for both. They spent the day searching around London. Charlie knew he wanted a three piece navy suit and found what he wanted quite quickly. The ties took a little longer, we didn’t have a colour theme/preference so had they had a job narrowing it down and went to a number of stores, raiding the tie selection and holding each up against a white shirt and navy suit. In the end they decided on the perfect one together. All the Ushers and Dad’s had the same tie, with navy suits and white shirts. As Charlie is a Jeweller he had clear ideas about his wedding ring and has a custom copula collective Aztec band which is handmade in London.
The wedding was at St Augustines Church in Thorpe Bay. I lived close to the church growing up, and often heard the church bells ringing when at home. Apparently when I was around 10 years old I said that I wanted to get married there and so with not a lot of deliberation we had decided.
The Lawn in Rochford was the reception venue, a Georgian house with big gardens. We liked it for its homely feel, old classic interior and thought it would match our relaxed whimsical garden party vibe we wanted.
I love flowers and knew that it would be a big part of planning for me. I wanted to have a woodland, natural look, with lots of moss, green foliage, herbs, succulents, white flowers and a touch of colour. Straight after getting engaged I started rusting tin cans for vases and had an image of twiggy blossom in tall vases to give height and moss along the middle of tables. The florist did an amazing job of bringing ideas to life and transformed the orangery at our venue into what I could only dream of.
I wanted to make as much as possible for the day. I enjoy crafting and baking and what perfect opportunity but your wedding. I made the guest book from an old antiques book from a charity shop with tea stained and petal paper, ribbon, lace, mini envelopes and whatever else I could get my hands on.
The favours were the ultimate bake off with a range of tray bake goodies and cake pops! and my Mum made loads of jam!
I also banked an idea from a festival quite a few years and knew I wanted to make giant apples and pears to hang in the tree. It was a lot more difficult than anticipated but had help from my Brother, Niece, Sister and Brother in Law for this.
Wedding Party Fashion
I knew what I didn’t want with the bridesmaids outfits but it was a lot harder to find. I was up for mix and match as I had 6 bridesmaids and wanted mainly skirts with little tops, in a floral or patterned fabric. It took a long time to find with a lot of ordering and returning of options! but it was worth hanging on and waiting as I think the outfits looked amazing and were so different.
The ceremony was a traditional church ceremony. We chose the hymns that we remembered from school and enjoyed belting them out at the alter on the day, it took away the nerves and allowed us to have a moment to look at each other and agree at how serial it all was.
We had all the brothers involved in the service, Charlie’s brother as best man and my older brother doing a reading and younger brother signing the register. I loved that our family were part of it all.
Our good friend from uni did a reading which was hugely emotional and left not a dry eye in the house. She chose the reading which made it all the more special.
We played London Grammar – hey now when signing the register. The song is so ethereal and a favourite for us.
We walked out to Pharrell – Happy. How does this song not make you smile?!
We um and ah’d about having day entertainment at the wedding but in the end we just had a DJ in the evening. We didn’t want a DJ that would talk over the microphone or play ‘cheesy’ disco music, after a friend mentioned, we looked into Discowed their website looked great and described exactly what we wanted. They played a whole range of songs and by the end of the night all our friends were on the dance floor. At around 10.00pm I changed into a short white sequinned dress to really get my dance on with everyone, I loved that I was able to finish off in true party form.
I love to bake so to weave this into the day friends and I made sweet treat favours which were like our canapes these were displayed near reception drinks for guests to help themselves. I was worried our guests wouldn’t get this and instructed bridesmaids and ushers to take the lead in getting stuck in, but it went down a storm and I didn’t come away with a single thing.
The wedding breakfast was supplied by the venue’s caterers, this meant I didn’t have to put to much research into it but poured over the example menus available. The food was great! My Dad was gunning for, and was pleased when we chose to have sausage, mash and gravy (who doesn’t like it), this also meant vegetarian guests could have the same and we ended with strawberry pavlova which was something a little lighter. In the evening we had a buffet of mini scampi and chip cones, pizza’s and onion rings all the favourites to soak up a few to many! As well as the crepe cart.
The cake was full of our favourites, mainly carrot and red velvet with cream cheese frosting. We managed to freeze it for when we got back from honeymoon, so didn’t miss out on any.
My first venture into wedding planning after setting a date was to find a photographer. It was important to Charlie and I that we had photos of the day to treasure. I found Laura Babb on the love lust list and loved the creative colourful energy that her photos had. After meeting with Laura, seeing more of her images it was clear we wanted her to shoot our day. We had a pre-shoot with her as I am a bit camera shy, not only did we get great portraits from it, but it set us up for the day so we could all jump straight in. Laura and Pete her husband were amazing with us on the day. The images capture it all so well! and give an amazing mix of moments. We have had so many compliments about the photography and couldn’t be happier.
My advice to other couples would be to Enjoy every minute, at times it is a lot to juggle but whatever happens the day is magical and full of happiness. I couldn’t stop smiling from start to finish. One thing I would recommend is going on honeymoon straight after as I definitely needed a ‘come down’, I was so emotional in the days after the big day!