Leah and Adam seem like one cool couple, so it goes without saying that their wedding is one swanky affair too, full to bursting with stunning details and midsummer gorgeousness. The wedding ceremony took place at Nymans Gardens in Sussex and the grounds look absolutely breathtaking.
Bride Leah walked up the aisle to her groom playing the guitar to her, I honestly don’t think I would have been able to keep it together! What a special and romantic moment, well done Adam!
This wedding is a detail lovers dream, with homemade cakes, outdoor games, including pig throwing! Meadow flowers in jam jars and the bride and groom arriving at the reception in a vintage VW campervan; all of this & more was captured beautifully by Simon Fazackarley Wedding Photography you have to see it!
Leah The Bride: Right from the moment Adam proposed to me in the coppice corridor, laying on a carpet of soft green grass with meadow brown butterflies swirling around us we knew we wanted our wedding to be a simple, relaxed, family affair full of personal touches and natural beauty. We would have got married right there if we could. Instead we spent just under a year and took our time planning – making sure we had fun and found opportunities to learn, discover and be inspired. We are both very lucky to have supportive and open minded parents and siblings. They encouraged us all the way, and made some of the more stressful situations much more manageable.
In keeping with our vision for the day, we wanted both venues to be full of their own natural beauty. We had to do very little to them. Nymans – a place of extraordinary beauty in Horsham West Sussex, was in full floral swing when it came round to our June wedding, I couldn’t have asked for any more. It speaks for itself, I don’t need to big it up. Nymans National trust garden will be there forever, a place we can take our children and grandchildren to and show them where we got married. Copsale Village Hall just ticked every box, it had the outdoor space we needed, we could eat outside, camp, light a fire. We had it all weekend, there was no curfew, we could play live music till late. It also had a lovely quirkiness about it. We kept the decoration minimal showing off its raw charm, just using lots of flowers and a little lighting.
The dress was from Minna – her team custom make dresses from sustainable fabrics directly from their Brixton studio. I did all my shopping around on Pinterest and various wedding blogs and sites and when I found Minna’s website I knew I had found the one. So I never tried on anything other than Minna’s dresses. She has so many beautiful dresses it took me three goes in order to choose the one for me. My criteria – it needed to be comfortable, I wanted to be able to breathe, dance and eat without limits. Next, it needed to be simple, I’m not one for rhinestones and sequins, I just wanted the fabrics to do the talking. One of my visits I timed to happen on my birthday, bringing my family and bridesmaids together for two purposes. Minna’s Brixton studio is housed in the heights of a church, on that day I heard the choir downstairs sing Happy Birthday, a massive coincidence and for me, a sign that I was in the right place.
My locket was a present from Adam, my Dad gave my mum a locket on their wedding day, a personal touch we wanted to maintain – creating a new tradition. My earrings were found via Etsy and were the beautiful work of London based jeweller and designer Sarah Straussberg. My wedding band I inherited from my Nan, I had always loved it, now it has a purpose again.
My shoes were by Alice Temperley in her Somerset range. As soon as I saw them I knew they were the ones, I never tried on anything else before or after.
Adam invested a lot of time looking for the perfect suit and accessories, like me he wanted to feel comfortable. He wanted something he would be able to wear again, something that worked with his tall and lean build. He settled on a Burberry lightweight travel suit with a crisp white shirt and knitted tie. And how could we forget the orange socks and brogues. It was Adam’s choice of socks that helped make our final decisions on our colour schemes for the flowers.
The Hair and make-up Artist
I invested in Jeni Dodson, an indulgence I am very glad I chose to make. Jen’s make-up just helped boost my confidence and helped me to be the best version of myself. Her make up accentuated what I had and kept the natural look. I was so calm on my wedding morning, I knew all the hard work on my part was already done, I had chosen my perfect team and I had nothing to worry about, I was about to marry my best friend and have an amazing amount of fun doing it.
I have to say my hair was a collaboration between Caroline and Jeni. I knew I wanted flowers in my hair and what Caroline came up with was perfect. Jen used them to weave a crown into my hair. What she created with my ‘little bit too short hair’ was just perfect.
I only approached one florist having found her website and examples of her work. I went to visit Caroline at her home – Cherfold Cottage in November, even though the garden at that point was almost empty of flowers I still knew she had what I wanted, she would be using flowers in season, and many of them grown in her own garden. I was inspired by her. I have been growing flowers from seed in my own garden and visiting other peoples gardens ever since. We communicated a lot through Pinterest. Both of us posted pictures of flowers and arrangements that inspired us.
The hanging flowers on the walls in Copsale hall and out on the shepherds crooks on the green were arranged by Adam’s mum and aunt from a selections of flowers we picked up from New Covent Garden Market on our way down to the venue.
The Bridesmaid Dresses
We had decided we wanted to use our wedding as an opportunity to learn. Dressmaking was always an ambition so I made all the bridesmaid dresses. I used patterns from indie pattern designers By Hand London and Christine Haynes and made the dresses up in Liberty Tana Lawn Fabric. I took a six week dressmaking course with Ray Stitch in Islington London, which helped grow my confidence and start me off with the basic skills I needed. Like growing flowers the dressmaking became another of my passions. I’ve written a guide to making your own bridesmaids dresses on our blog humbelle
The Wedding Stationery
Was designed entirely by Adam and myself. Adam doing the majority of the work, me as the back seat driver, I like to think we made a good team. Adam designed the invites, the table cards, the order of the day, the menus, the thank you cards and our wedding newspaper. Although Adam spends his day designing digital products he had a chance to rekindle his love for print design. We considered using an illustrator, but I love what Adam came up with. More on the designing and making of our wedding newspaper can be seen on mine and Adams blog humbelle
Cakes were made by my parents, cousins, aunts, friends and I. The hanging flowers were arranged by Adams mum and aunt from a selections we picked up from New Covent Garden Market on our way down to the venue.
The Food & Drink
Our caterer was probably the hardest person to find. We wanted fun, super tasty sharing food for the wedding breakfast. We love food at restaurants like, Ottolengi, Moro and a local favourite Railroad cafe, in Hackney. Tina from CanTina based in Brighton understood us and shared our taste in food. We visited her at one of her supper clubs she runs out of her own home in Brighton with my parents and a host of 12 random guests. We were totally blown away by it.
It’s safe to say Adam I love eating. We didn’t want to make our guests (or ourselves) wait till later in the day to eat so we decided on a ceremony venue picnic, also to make the most of the beautiful gardens and not feel the need to leave too early. For the picnic snacks we decided to take a punt on The Hungry Guest based in Petworth. We ate with our eyes from the website and after a quick call to them decided they had what we wanted, boy their sausage rolls were good! Our Jar salad was bought from M&S and kindly decanted into jars by my lovely bridesmaids.
Our cake bakers were easy to find. The cakes were made by my parents, cousins, aunts and friends and me. All so yummy, my mum even made her mum’s rock cakes – a recipe that now lives on.
Later on the evening we provided a platter of cheeses and cured meats, we spent a very enjoyable time tasting cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy and meats from various venders on Borough Market near London Bridge.
We sourced local craft ales from our local breweries, Wildcard Brewery in Walthamstow and Pressure Drop in Hackney. Safe to say we did a fair amount of tasting before we decided on our purchases. We also had a go at making some of our own cordials to go in our cocktails. With some local foraging along the Walthamstow Marshes we collected what we needed to make our elderflower cordial. We then made strawberry syrup, which went beautifully with our chosen cocktails.
I can’t help but want to congratulate my now husband on playing the guitar whilst I walked up the aisle. He has played in front of a fair few crowds in the past, but this must have been pretty nerve racking. We kept it a secret from almost everyone. He played an acoustic version of Old Pine by Ben Howard. I think that moment followed by the reading of our own vows definitely moved some people to tears, I only just held it together.
The Smooth Sailors – super funky disco band – were discovered by my brother in law and his partner. Their rendition of Love Machine by The Miracles for our first dance was so awesome. They totally brought the party later on in the evening with classic and new disco tunes. For the rest of the day we used Spotify to set up playlists and played it through wireless speakers.
My dad drove me and the bridesmaids to the ceremony, Adam and I drove ourselves to the reception venue in the VW Campervan we had hired for the week. Buttercup the VW was a beaut’ and totally full of character. She took us on our tour of the Cotswolds for the first part of our Honeymoon. We documented our travels over on our Exposure website
Simon was impeccable, he was able to both blend in and command attention. He has an amazing eye. Adam did a lot of research into photographers. It was so important the beautiful moments would be captured in a way that would make us feel like we were their again, reliving the day.
The whole weekend wouldn’t have come together without the help of our friends and family, helping to set up and clean up the aftermath at Copsale Hall. We had a massive google doc that helped schedule the whole thing. In many of the photos you can see our family and friends helping out.
So I am so pleased to say we have absolutely no regrets about our wedding, no if onlys. Our friends and family were amazing. They were our drivers, florists, bakers, bar people, craftsmen, set up and clear up teams. There to help us whenever we needed it, and they didn’t mind one little bit, I think they may have even enjoyed it.
Photography by Fazackarley Wedding Photography
- Brides Gown Minna
- Shoes Alice Temperley
- Wedding Ceremony Nymans Gardens
- Reception Venue Copsale Village Hall
- Florist Cherfold Cottage Flowers
- New Covent Garden Market
- Wedding Breakfast Caterers CanTina
- Picnic Nibbles The Hungry Guest
- Cheese Neal’s Yard Dairy
- Pale Ale Pressure Drop
- Ruby Red Ale Wild Card Brewery
- Groom / Bestmans Suit Burberry
- Groom / Bestmans Shoes Peter Werth
- Invitations Printed Hato Press (Risograph)
- Newspaper Thank you’s Printed by Newspaperclub
- Band Smooth Sailors
- VW Campervan Buttercup Bus
- Engagement Ring Rust
- Earrings Sarah Straussberg
- Hair & Make-up Artist Jeni Dodson