This wedding is cooler than an igloo with aircon. And it comes as absolutely no surprise to me, Naz and Brad’s engagement shoot detailed their plans for all-out big day fabulousness and my goodness me, they really delivered.
There’s few grooms that we’ve featured who have contributed quite as much as Brad did and certainly not to the extent of the blooms. I am blown away – the buttonhole and bouquet are nothing short of genius.
And if any of you are in anyway thinking that even though you love it – perhaps you shouldn’t attempt a red lip because it’s W-day and you should go for something a little more “nude”…. then think again.
We wanted a venue that was rustic, old and had a country feel to it and Gaynes Park ticked all the boxes. It is set in the beautiful countryside of Epping and surrounded by farm land and stunning walled gardens that make a great country wedding setting. The orangery was where the ceremony took place and then moved over to the “Mill Barn”, a converted barn with high ceilings and exposed beams which had a real rustic old charm to it and was perfect for look we wanted to achieve.
I’m a hair stylist and I wanted to create a classic, elegant look to match my dress that was not overdone and as natural as possible. All hair and makeup was done by myself, along with staff from my salon based in Upminster, The Boutique. I’m known for my bright red lipstick so keeping true to myself, I wore ‘Lady Danger” by Mac and bright orange heels.
Perfect In Every Way
I knew what dress I wanted from day one and I had in my head something silk and sophisticated. Having looked at several shops I knew it was going to be difficult until I came across “Belle & Bunty“. I fell in love with the ‘Mae’ dress as soon as I put it on and knew this would be the dress I would wear on my wedding day, just perfect in every way.
Amber And Peaches
The veil was by Belle and Bunty which was a full length chiffon set off with an open palest pink almost white peony “shirley temple” in my hair.
The perfume I wore on the day was a wedding gift from my husband to be, who left me the gift as I got dressed in the apple cottage at Gaynes Park. It was a bespoke perfume he had chosen and made by perfumers “Floris” and had it named after me and our wedding date… “Nazmiye 160613”. It was a floral scent of white roses, amber and peaches.
We wanted the bridesmaids to look natural, elegant but without having a strong colour. We came across the ‘Rose ruched maxi dress’ from Debenhams which worked well with the soft muted colour and had a flow of elegance to bring the country chic theme together.
Ben, the best man, wore a slim fit dinner suit by ‘Next’ with matching bow tie to coincide with the grooms look and both had matching coral/orange peony buttonholes. Page boys aged 9, 2 and 1 years old had matching suits to the best man.
A Natural Palette
There was no strict colour scheme as such, but the colours were selected by seasonal summer flowers, rustic country living and earthy tones. The idea was to replicate a natural hand picked palette that tied in effortlessly with the surroundings of Gaynes Park.
The gardens were in full bloom during the wedding so we wanted to keep the grounds as less dressed as possible, with a handful of large paper pom poms in white dressing the trees to the long walk that the bride makes before entering the orangery.
Blooms By Groom
Bradley has had an unusual amount of input with our wedding as he has designed and produced most of it, from the stationary, invites and our own personal logo and even down to the flowers. The brides bouquet and flower selection was based on summer flowers, that had a feel of being hand picked from the grounds, losely tied with rustic foliages and scented herbs to accompany the in full blooms. Peonies such as ‘Sarah Bernhard’, ‘Shirley Temple’ and the punchy and bright ‘Coral charm’ were losely hand tied with sprigs of rosemary, Astilbe, spray roses and large open roses such as ‘Sweet Avalanche’ and cottage flowers then bound with natural twine.
Table centers pieces were designed in the same rustic, country feel with the same flowers as in the brides bouquet spilling over naturally in bespoke made reclaimed wooden containers. These were painted in a ‘Muted clay’ and then had our initials and wedding date stenciled onto the sides. Green, soft pinks and white hydrangeas filled with other country garden flowers such as Dahlias, veronica and eustoma broken up with scented foliages and ivy gave a real rustic charm to the table that was littered with candles, votives and birch bark cut into heart shapes.
The ceremony was emotional, with our Harpist singing ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy as I walked down the isle. The harpist, Jharda Walker was also involved in a proposal video involving that same song where Bradley proposed over Youtube in the background with cue cards.
During our meal we wanted to have soft jazz music played so we had a live jazz duo by Louise Dodds. The relaxed atmosphere was perfect for guests to get to know each other if they hadn’t met already and the cool jazz vibes got everyone ready for the evening events.
English And Turkish
To kick of the evening music we had a band set up and ready to sing live for our first dance. Groove Environment are a funk and soul band who beautifully sang ‘The look of love’ by Dusty Springfield as our guests watched on. Then straight into some good old funky soul to get everyone on the dance floor and danced the night away.
As my background is from northern Cyprus we wanted to incorporate both English and Turkish music, so in between sets we had DJ Delight play us some traditional Turkish music. We also included a dance called the ‘Testi’ which involves dancing with a clay pot and passing this around to others which is then smashed onto the floor to break the testi by the bride.
As a surprise for our guests we also included a belly dance who came on during the Turkish music set.
Sweets And Treats
Guest were given warm and cold canapés after the ceremony and then a four course meal during the dinner service. The menu consisted of starters of spring vegetable soup, main course of local sourced fillet of beef and seasonal vegetables and dessert of vanilla cheese cake and raspberry coulis. After dinner teas and coffees with chocolate truffles led the guests to the speeches. Bradley had designed and made mini menus that were waiting for guest on their plates upon their entrance alongside wooden carved hearts as favours which had swing labels with our logo and wedding dates as a keepsake and thank you.
For later in the evening we had freshly made piri piri style chicken wraps, lamb sausage baps and selections of salads all served outside in the evening sun where guests could chill out, eat and enjoy the views.
Bradley had designed a logo of our silhouettes that we had printed onto all our wedding stationary. Save the date cards and invitations were printed on recycled pulp and had a country fayre theme with a gate fold that opened up to present the guest with information about what to expect on the day. Stationary was designed by the groom and the printed using printed.com. The inserts were home made which we both stayed up until the early hours to send out!
The table plan was an old rusty antique mirror that we had sitting on an easel. Each table number was given in Turkish to bring in the cultural aspects while style keeping the fonts and style rustic and country. All interior props such as mirrors, lanterns, table decorations were all provided by Bradley and set out by himself and the best man on the morning of the wedding.
Special And Memorable
Our advice would be to make your wedding as unique to you as possible. You will hopefully never have to do this again (!) so why not make it something special and memorable for what you love and stand for and you will have fond memories for the rest of you lives.
Oh and enjoy the day, the stress before is always worth it!
Edgy And Inspiring
We wanted something special for our photography and it was one of the few last things we actually decided on as we really was looking for something different. Then we came across Gary from ‘Marshal Gray’. He got us from the moment we met him in my salon and from them on we just got the feel his work was going to be look we wanted to achieve.
Edgy, inspiring and completely off the track to traditional photography and from the pre-shoot we couldn’t wait for the wedding. It is the moments you don’t remember at the wedding that he has managed to capture and these are priceless.
Lights, Camera, Action
The interior drapes, lighting and a bespoke projection of our logo was all provided by LoveLight entertainment. They hung a stunning large crystal chandelier to the centre of the old ‘Mill barn’ and drapes to the ceiling just to add an element of glamour to our rustic theme. Up lighters scattered around the barn and to the outside highlighted the beauty of the old buildings and looked beautiful at night. Our logo was projected onto the wall behind our top table and can be seen in some of the photographs.
Because we wanted to remember this day forever, we had MintySlippers who have created some stunning videography for weddings, film our day.
Venue: Gaynes Park
Brides Gown – Belle & Bunty
Brides Veil – Belle & Bunty
Maids Dresses – Debenhams
Blooms – Bradley The Groom
Stationery And Decor – Bradley The Groom
Lights And Drapes – LoveLight entertainment
Band – Groove Environment
Photography – Marshal Gray
It’s amazing isn’t it how decor as simple as lights and drapes can create such a beautiful and elegant backdrop.
And if you do get a minute please do leave some love in the comments section for Brad’s bloom and paper skills – immense.
Big Forever Love