Inspiration

The Old Rectory Estate is a gorgeous Georgian house set in Italian themed gardens, meaning you can enjoy a little bit of the Mediterranean right here in the U.K. Stylist Natasha and Photographer Natalie have made full use of the picturesque setting by hosting an intimate outdoor ceremony conducted by, celebrant, Jennifer Patrice and Italian themed micro wedding reception complete with elegant flowers and decor. Plus, the couple looks incredible in a romantic lace and ruffle wedding dress, Pamela straw hat and beige suit channelling those sun-filled Tuscan days.

VISION

1950’s Italian themed micro wedding rich with diversity and natural beauty.

Inspiration & Styling

As more and more couples choose smaller, intimate, weddings with ceremonies that are unique and personalised the ideal venue was found. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Old Rectory Estate that sits amongst the rolling Surrey hills in Bletchingly, on a day when the weather was so glorious it could have been the Florence countryside in July, this Italian themed micro wedding shoot was photographed to perfection.

Jennifer Patrice

Location

A long winding driveway leads to an impressive Georgian house painted in subtle yellow, and with eight acres of lush green ornamental gardens (which Victoria Beckham used for a Vogue photoshoot), the colour palette for the shoot was kept very neutral. Pared-back makeup and classic hair, the style of the full lace – open-backed - wedding gown and statement earrings took centre stage. A splash of vibrant colour was added by a bridal bouquet made up of roses, berries and foliage; a Pamela hat bringing the bride’s entire look together whilst the groom wore a simple linen suit finished off with a black bow tie to complement the black ribbon on the bride’s hat.

Jennifer Patrice

Italian Themed Micro Wedding

There are many venues right here in the U.K that can give you the feeling of being abroad, including The Old Rectory Estate with their picturesque Italian themed gardens. And to complement the Mediterranean vibes, stylist, Natasha Bazeley and photographer, Natalie Robinson , chose two intimate settings within the gardens to host the Italian themed micro wedding reception and ceremony laden with beautiful blooms, taper candles and ornate tableware. It's romance personified.

Celebrant

Vows are said at the top of a lavender lined aisle where the romantic wedding celebration ceremony takes place from under an arbour. Before rings are exchanged the Celebrant holds them out to guests who are asked to send their love, silent wishes and support for the couple. When the rings are then slipped onto the couple’s fingers they will then hold all the loving hopes, dreams and joy for the future from their loved ones.

Jennifer Patrice

Photography

Moving around the gardens (lovingly maintained by the owners, including water features, statues, topiary and a rose walk), the photographer was spoilt for choice for pictures. Whether it was the impressive gold-topped gates leading to the secret garden or the pergola under which the elegant table was staged. Laden with delicate linens, glassware and crockery - upon which sat calligraphy scribed place cards (inviting guests to sit down to the sumptuous wedding breakfast), the goblets are waiting for champagne to be poured whilst the mouth-watering cake was calling out to be cut by the happy couple.

Jennifer Patrice

If you've been inspired to hold an intimate ceremony, then read our article from guest writer Jennifer Patrice, who shares her experience as a wedding celebrant. Everything from what one does to why you should hire one.

Written by Lorna Shaw

Venue: The Old Rectory Estate | Model: Lucia Needham for RMG Models | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Irwin | Wedding Dress: Alon Livne | Bridal Boutique: Morgan Davies Bridal | Earrings: Soru Jewellery | Flowers: Francis Smith | Groom: Ramell Lake | Suit: Moss Bros. | Celebrant: Jennifer Patrice | Wedding Rings: The London Victorian Ring Co. | Cake: Valerie Morrison | Picture Frames: The Wedding of My Dreams | Stationery: Wonderland Invites | Table Linens: The Natural Dye Works | Stylist: Natasha Bazeley | Brides Hat: ASOS

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