How gorgeous is Bride Kimberley?!??! We are all head-over-heels for her Bridal look – the smoky eye, the plaited up do, the statement necklace (from Gibson Bespoke btw – check them out but prepare to swoon), the Choo’s, the Annasul Y gown with that gorgeous fitted bodice and lace detailing…seriously there’s nothing we don’t LOVE. Groom Piers looks rather dashing too, in a modern slim fitting suit with a smart double breasted jacket and waistcoat.
The gorgeous couple were lucky enough to get married at the Brockhampton Estate, where Piers family home is located, which meant the couple had free reign over pretty much everything about their big day…and it looks like they threw a really good party. I look at weddings everyday, and this one made me want to be at a wedding immediately – I know – it’s that good!! In fact, I should probably clarify – the images by Anna Clarke made me want to be at THIS wedding specifically, it’s such a fun one…
Kimberley The Bride: The venue was the easiest choice to make of all, being Piers family home we couldn’t think of a better place to hold our special day. We got married at Brockhampton Chapel, a tiny quant church located a short walk from the house. Its simple, rustic charm was perfect and exactly what we wanted. We hired a marquee for the Reception from Ridgeway Marquees which was situated within the grounds of Brockhampton House, this gave us a blank canvas and allowed us to decorate exactly how we wanted.
I had the very talented Rebecca Frances create the look for me for our special day. She is not only amazing at her job but happens to be one of my oldest, best friends and of course one of my bridesmaids. She truly is amazing and so talented; I cannot speak more highly of her. She captured the look I was after straight away and made me feel like an absolute princess. Her approach and attention to detail was impeccable and it is easy to see why Rebecca has won so many awards. My make up lasted all day and was flawless, I could not have imagined anyone else creating my wedding look and sharing our special day with us.
The most important thing for us and the first thing we booked was the photographer, we felt it was so important for us to have beautiful photos as these are your memories. I booked Anna without even meeting her as I was blown away when viewing her photos online and knew I had to have her. I could not have imagined anyone but Anna and Simon Clarke photographing our special day, they made us feel so at ease and captured the day perfectly. It was extremely important for us to have a relaxed day, from the second we met Anna and Simon we just spent the whole day laughing and joking. Two extremely talented individuals who have given us the best memories we could have asked for.
For me I wanted a simple dress with not too much detail so I could have a statement necklace made. My gown was by Annasul Y and was purchased from Grace Couture in Nottingham, a simple tulle strapless gown with lace edging. My necklace was my pride and joy, created by the amazing Gibson Bespoke. The shop is located in Ireland and I thought being in email contact only would be difficult but Debbie was amazing, she responded promptly and couldn’t have been more helpful. My shoes were a simple beige wedge by Jimmy Choo, comfort was extremely important to me as I’m not the best at wearing stiletto heels at the best of times. I hunted high and low for an elegant wedge heel as wedges can often look frumpy but these Jimmy Choos were elegant and oh so comfy 🙂
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaids looked stunning in their one shoulder floor length Coast dresses. I got these at a bargain price in the sale and they were just perfect. My gorgeous Mum’s mother of the bride outfit was by the designer John Charles and complemented the colour and theme of our wedding.
All the boys had their suits custom made in Thailand; with all the groomsmen in single breast suits, it was important for Piers to be slightly different, so he opted for a double breasted jacket with waistcoat. We hunted high and low for ties to match our colour theme and can you believe after weeks of looking we managed to find the perfect ones for all our groomsmen in Primark.
For our colour theme we used a variety of different colours; pinks, purples and blues. We wanted our flowers to be a mix of bright colours as to make an impact in the marquee. The marquee is such a vast white space so we felt it was important to have some bright colours to liven it up. The gorgeous flower ball in the centre of the marquee definitely did this. Again to add a bit of colour we had individual hearts made for the backs of the chairs that we purchased off eBay, it was such a simple concept but yet so effective. To make use of the gorgeous views we opted for one side of the marquee to have clear, windowed sides to make the space feel really open and again bringing in lots of colour from the countryside surroundings.
I am fortunate enough that our family friend is a florist and created the most spectacular flowers for our wedding day. Having just discussed our colour theme I left it to Alan at Flowers of Worcester to create the most beautiful bouquets/ table decorations and not to forget the impressive flower ball in the centre of our marquee. The use of bright colours was perfect and exactly what we were after. All the vases for the table decorations were purchased form Ikea and left for Alan to work his magic.
The ceremony was held at Brockhampton Chapel. The chapel is not routinely open to the public, but being located within the grounds and having a historical link to Brockhampton House it only seemed right that we were to get married here. The Chapels cobbled floor, old fashioned wooden benches and the odd broken stained glass window made it feel all the more unique and special.
Being Piers’ family home it meant a lot to us to use this for the wedding. Its location is surrounded by Worcester’s rolling countryside and provided the perfect backdrop for the most special day of our lives. All the celebrations were held in a marquee within the grounds which was suitably tied in with the most stunning flowers and plants created for us by the Where Next Association; an amazing charity providing work experience for people with learning disabilities. Entertainment was one of the most important things for us as we wanted our guests to have the best time. The evening’s entertainment started off with Apollo Soul, a local duo who provided us with some background music throughout the meal and then started the evening’s entertainment. Following on from them we had the most amazing band, Up For The Downstroke. Having seen them at the Jam House before we knew they were perfect for us. Their up tempo Dance, R’n’B and Urban Soul music is exactly what we wanted. I am most definitely not a cheesy music fan and there was not an ounce of cheese in sight!
Trying to find caterers willing to work in a marquee is much harder than we originally thought! After searching high and low we came across Kemp & Kemp Catering who were able to provide all the equipment they needed and were more than happy to work within the confines of a marquee. To start we opted for an Italian sharing platter and then pork belly for main. Piers’ Mom kindly volunteered, which I’m sure she now regrets, to make desserts for all our guests. She made a total of 14 different cakes for the day which were all beautifully presented on a dessert table next to our wedding cake for guests to help themselves.
Our wedding cake was made by The Little Pink Cake Shop in Worcester, Angela was amazing from our very first appointment and truly is a perfectionist. She provided us with a beautiful 5 tier wedding cake made up of victoria, chocolate and lemon sponge and not forgetting the traditional fruit cake. If our guests weren’t on enough of a sugar high by now our wedding favours were an individually boxed Krispy Kreme doughnut, which all our guests loved!
Elite Bars were recommended to us as they provide all the equipment needed to set up a fully working bar in a marquee. They had many options of different bar styles and allowed us to choose what spirits and which draught beers/ciders we wanted. They served all our alcohol throughout the day, arranging for unlimited bubbles and pimms to be served to the guests on arrival.
The Paper Goods
We made all our own stationery including invites which had the web URL to our own wedding website which made it really easy for guests to be able to RSVP, look at local hotels, contact us etc. We used the website www.gettingmarried.co.uk, the website was straightforward and simple to use and best of all was free 🙂 Having grown up with Piers and attending the same school we thought it would be a great idea to have our table names as our school house names. Our table plan, order of service, menus and invites were all handmade by ourselves, we kept the design fairly simple and minimalist and made sure the same theme followed throughout.
The most important advice is to just have fun and don’t get too stressed out about small details. You could spend forever being pernickety over small details that sometimes just aren’t worth the hassle. As long as you are surrounded by all your friends and family the day will be amazing no matter what.