There is something so dreamy about a classic military wedding and Sarah and Adam’s spring celebration at Eastington Park manor house in Gloucestershire does not disappoint.
Both dressed in stunning sartorial attire including Sarah’s gorgeous Allure Bridal gown with full tulle skirt and intricate embellished bodice. She looks every bit the princess next to her dashing prince in uniform and both wearing a smile from ear to ear. Every time you look at them you can’t help but smile too.
As well as the gorgeous fashion to feast your eyes on there are the oh so pretty blooms and decor. All in delicate pastel shades all just oozing romance and all utterly fabulous. The reception in particular with cherry blossom centrepieces and ribbons on the back of the chairs is truly breathtaking…..
Sarah The Bride: I saw Allure 9100 on Pinterest, then tried it at a wedding fayre but it was a large size and swamped me. After a few months I still loved it so hunted it down at Amelia’s Classics and it was my size and I loved it! Our florist made flower pins for my hair.
Adam is in the marines so he wore his military blues, he looked so smart. He had a suit to change in to in the evening but was having too much fun and didn’t want to leave the party to get changed.
Our families came from Bristol and Grimsby, and friends from all over so we wanted to be able to have our wedding in one place where there were enough bedrooms for people to stay. We felt so relaxed at Eastington Park from the beginning. The décor was quite neutral so we could put our own touch on it. They also had the chivari chairs which we loved!
H4 Colour Scheme / decor
With Adam wearing his blues the natural colour choice was navy blue. We decorated the driveway with bamboo sticks with ribbons, and made a wooden directional sign pointing to the entrance, and also showing distances to Bristol, Grimsby and Barcelona which is where we got engaged.
As a spring wedding we chose tall cherry blossom centrepieces which were just beautiful, and colourful ribbons on the chairs. We decorated with flowers in Mason jars, to match our new surname. Our bouquets were roses, peonies and ranunculus, and our flower girl also had a gorgeous flower crown.
One of my bridesmaids is tall and the other is tiny so I thought we were going to have a nightmare finding dresses that both girls liked. We went for floor length multiway dresses from In One Clothing. They suited both the girls perfectly and they looked beautiful, it was actually very easy! Our two little nieces were flower girls and they wore BHS ivory dresses with navy sashes. Our dads and best man wore grey suits from Skopes. Our nephew was page boy and he wore a grey waistcoat and trouser set from BHS with a navy bow-tie.
The ceremony was my favourite part of the day. I struggled to fit down the aisle in my dress and my Dad ended up following me down. It was a wonderful feeling knowing that everyone we loved was in the room with us. My Sister read Union- Robert Fulghum and Adam’s Sister read Wilfred Arlan Peterson – the Art of marriage. There were a lot of tissues being passed around the congregation but thankfully we held it together.
We saw Three Scots and a Barman in a pub before we were engaged but when looking for a wedding band we kept comparing them to “that band we heard in the pub” so we found them and booked them! The only criticism I heard was that they finished too soon. For the early part of the evening we booked Richard Parsons a magician, he was fantastic and blended in perfectly. We didn’t even know he was there until he came up to us to show us a trick!
Fosters Caterers were fantastic. We had a goats tart to start, a chicken main and a trio of dessert of chocolate fondant, strawberry panacotta and raspberry meringue mille feulle – a blend of both mine and Adams favourites. In the evening Fosters served a three tiered pork pie to go with our cheese cake from Godminster which had a cheese for everyone.
We booked John and Soph Barwood quite a way in advance and then found out that our close friends had booked them for their wedding which was in July 2014. When we saw them there we knew we had made the right decision. They knew exactly what we had to do but we didn’t feel like we were being forced to pose at all. All the pose-y shots probably took about 2 minutes!
Our friend Steve White videoed the wedding as a wedding gift. Shimmying around with an iphone he was just perfect and we are so grateful.
we put a bucket of flip flops in the ladies toilets, they went so quickly and as a consequence our dance floor was ALWAYS full!
We bought an instant camera and asked people to take a selfie and hang it up on a board. We now have great (and some very entertaining) photos of every guest to keep.
Instead of Order of Service we made timelines so that our guests knew the key timings, attached to each one was a paper-bag of handmade bio-degradeable confetti which we chopped up one night over wine!
I gave Adam a Royal Marine PTI Limited Edition watch which was hidden in a Thorntons chocolate egg (easter!) His twin and Best Man gave it to him outside whilst we watched from the window, there was no way I was missing it!
The invitations and save the dates were all handmade by us with a lot of help from my parents and Sister. We bought individual letter stamps from Hobbycraft which we used for SO many things.
We made a sign from an old wooden pallet which we put by the turning into Eastington Park so that people knew they had arrived.
We spent two years planning our wedding, and we are so glad we did as the day itself went so fast. So don’t rush it, being engaged is a thing to celebrate in itself!
On the day I didn’t really care about the majority of the little things, my main memory is looking at Adam saying our vows which is the most important thing.
My friend Hayley gave me some advice which I think is very true – spend the money on inviting more people rather than decorations, she was right, having everyone there with us was the best feeling in the world.
Photography by John Barwood Photography
- Dress Designer Allure Bridal
- Bridal Boutique Amelia Classics
- Bridal Shoes Rainbow Club
- Bridesmaid Dresses In One Clothing
- Flower Girl Dresses BHS
- Grooms Suit Military Uniform
- Venue Eastington Park
- Catering Fosters Events
- Wedding Cake Marks and Spencer
- Cheese Tower Godminster
- Florist Sori Design
- Styling Lauren Grey Stylist
- Magician Gloucestershire Magician
- Band Three Scots and a Barman
- Hair Heidi Vince Hair
- Makeup Makeup by Vanessa