Nope, you haven’t strayed onto the set of a Richard Curtis movie. You’re just looking at Emily & Ben tie the knot in a quintessentially English country wedding. Emily’s princess tulle wedding dress is just the icing on top of this incredibly beautiful day. After five attempts of marriage due to Covid and one almost Melbourne city wedding, they finally said their I-do’s at Findon Place. Opting for Recommended Supplier Gift List, The Wedding Shop, Emily & Ben decided to keep their supplier choices organic, wanting a vibe of informal formality! With classic ivory florals and touches of gothic fairytale drama, we’re simply in English country garden heaven. Of course, it was perfectly captured by Recommended Supplier, Paulo Santos.
Princess tulle wedding dress at Findon Place
One of the most memorable moments was watching Em's 85-year-old Nanna, who had flown all the way from Melbourne (and was in A&E 10 days before due to a fall), dancing with my Mum's oldest friend, who was born in Florida. I loved that, two people who would never otherwise have met celebrating with us. Apart from that, it was the informal formality of everything - like being at a pyjama party but in black-tie. The balance was perfect.
PRINCESS TULLE WEDDING DRESS
I wore Victor and Rolf Couture for the ceremony dress. Complete with a handmade silk organza cape by my Nanna to match our dog's (ring bearer!) cape. The dress was nothing like I thought I wanted initially. I always thought I wanted a narrow skirt with a high neckline and low back. This was EVERYTHING I didn't want. But, my stylist Parisa said she thought it was perfect for me and she was right! I couldn't get it out of my head and it was even more special as I found it with my mum and my husband's mum while my mum was over to celebrate Christmas and our engagement!
Have all the ideas, but let someone else put them into practice. That's the fun bit; being totally impractical and then handing it over to someone who actually has the skills to put your ideas into practice without spending £100,000. Also, leave time for yourselves, just the two of you, even if it's just ten minutes. The whole day there were these moments when, even though we were surrounded by people, it was like nobody else was there. You've got to bottle that up because it's the whole point and it's what you'll carry with you when the wedding wraps!
A dog ring bearer is always a good idea…
We met riding horses and we love all things opera, ballet and fine dining BUT we also love a pub lunch and dog walk in our wellies - we needed suppliers who could bring both sides of this together. Once we had Alex and Findon the rest snowballed!