WHAT MADE OUR DAY UNIQUE
Loreena’s maid of honour walked her down the aisle. I think she cried more than I did! Joe’s best man Reece announced during his speech that we are Godparents to his two daughters, which we didn’t know, so that was a lovely surprise! They came over from Sweden but we also had friends from London, Southampton, Manchester, Edinburgh, the Isle of Wight... we felt so honoured that they travelled to be with us on the day.
The unplugged civil ceremony was held in the Great Hall at Forde Abbey, decorated in flowers and a grand chandelier, and was followed by afternoon tea in an equally gorgeous room with vaulted ceilings and arched windows. The couple fell in love with the venue as soon as they saw it, knowing it was the one where they wanted to tie the knot straight away! Using Autumnal colours and the beauty of the Dorset wedding venue itself, it made for a breathtaking day!
INSPIRATION & STYLING
We fell in love with the garden at Forde Abbey from the first time we saw it, so that and the beautiful colours of the season were our inspiration for styling. We wanted a romantic but fairly informal, whimsical feel to the day with lots of thoughtful details.
I always knew I wanted something different, but after visiting several boutiques with no success (and a couple of horror stories!), I booked in to see Joanne at her gorgeous studio in Brighton. I’d followed her on Instagram for years and had my eye on a pale blue/grey design, but the sample wasn’t available by the time my consultation came around, so I ended up trying on a very similar dress in blush pink. I don’t wear much pink ordinarily but immediately fell in love, and Jo helped me perfect the design with trailing burgundy flowers and antique gold lace details. I cried every time I tried it on and felt incredible on the day.