Stunning style, beauty and grace!
Sarah & Jack got married at Charlton House which is a beautiful old manor house in Somerset with gorgeous English country gardens. They filled their venue with stunning pink roses, hydrangeas & gypsophila they had arranged themselves and it looked gorgeously classic & very elegant.
The beaded Virgos Lounge bridesmaids dresses are literally too die for and are such a steal at only £75 each from ASOS! Of course the ladies were upstaged by our gorgeous Bride Sarah and her delicate lace Raimon Bundo gown. I simply adore the image captured by Lemonade Pictures of her Bridesmaid airing it before she helps dress the Bride – the way it swishes *swoon* Now I’ve seen a fully dresses Bride in the bath before but never a Groom. Genius!
Sarah The Bride: Once I had found my Raimon Bundo dress from Angelica Bridal in Islington I knew exactly the ‘look’ that the whole wedding was going to take. I like to dress feminine but I didn’t want a dress that was too big because the venue was quite ‘English country’ and it just wouldn’t have suited the day…..and it turned out to be the hottest day of the year so I would have melted! My earrings were a gift that my now Husband gave me and my shoes were L.K.Bennett. I have to say I’m so glad that I didn’t spend a lot on shoes as they are ruined now. We spent so much time on the lawn that I just sunk straight in to the grass!
My Groom is into his suits so he found it really hard to choose what to wear. We originally went to Spencer Hart to get a suit tailor-made but they are quite specific about their made-to-measure range and then by chance he tried on this suit from Reiss and loved it! It was a perfect colour too as the blue suited the colour of the vintage roses and I matched the Reiss ties to the Bridesmaid dresses-not an easy colour to match with!
The venue was an easy choice for us. My Groom boarded at Millfield School nearby and so often when his Mum came to visit him they would stay at Charlton House. It meant he had really nice memories of the place and so when he took me there to stay one weekend we thought let’s get married here! With the added bonus of being in the middle of our London and Cardiff-based families, we could book out the whole hotel so everyone could stay the night and use the spa, and really relax and enjoy the weekend.
I have always loved roses and I just instantly loved the colour of antique roses. I had an idea of what colour I wanted the Bridesmaid dresses to be however I searched and searched to find exactly what I was looking for…….and then I found the perfect ones! For only £75 on ASOS!! I really love the antique-ness of the colours and it suited a summer wedding.
One thing I was particularly firm about was wanting a specific type of chairs….I know it sounds pernickety but I really love the wooden, white-washed chairs and the venue only had conference-y looking chairs. So I spent £300 on 100 chairs and my Mum thought I was CRAZY, however on the day she had to swallow her words as they were SO worth it. Consequently, if I had one recommendation for future brides-don’t listen to your Mum! Haha!
The flowers were the product of blood, sweat, and blind panic from me, my Mum, my incredible Bridesmaids, and my Godmother…..and I even got my Granny grafting! I visited Covent Garden Flower Market a couple of times before the big day so I got an idea of the cost. I did speak to florists but, on a tight budget, it just seemed sensible to do the flower arrangements ourselves. We ended up really enjoying it!! The day before the wedding my and my Bridesmaid went to the flower market and spent £200 on roses, gypsophilia, and hydrangeas. We then drove straight down to Somerset with a car full of flowers and the air-con on high. We put them straight in to the cellar to keep them cool and then later that evening made the bouquets and flower arrangements. Pots were £1 from Homebase, and we used plastic freezer bags to keep them watertight……no one ever knew!! The staff were really sweet and after they cleared the tables they put the decorations all around the hotel for the rest of the weekend.
Bridesmaids dresses were the best find ever! If anything they were too good as everyone kept coming up to me and saying how lovely THEY all looked haha! There was so much detail on the back of the dresses that it made sense that their hair was up and Louise, the hair stylist, did a beautiful job. By coincidence, she had done the hair for the Virgos Lounge photoshoot so she knew the dresses and already knew what would suit their look.
The ceremony is actually the part I think about the least as it makes me remember the ‘walking-up-the-aisle’ bit which was SCARY. I ran the last bit because it just felt like it was taking too long!! Once I got up there though I could relax and we had a reading straight away so that me and my groom could sit down and
remember to breathe!! The most special reading we had was a poem written to me by my Husband-it was a tear-jerker, but beautiful.
We had friends helping with our entertainment which was great as it was a weight lifted off my mind. I just told him I wanted a good dance and he delivered! During the day, most people created the entertainment for themselves…….we had the ceremony at 3pm so there wasn’t too much waiting around for our guests and they day flowed quite nicely.
The food was ok-if there’s one thing that was slightly disappointing then that was it. The hotel kindly invited us to try the food beforehand and we choose the canapes, main meal and wine we wanted for the day and everything was lovely. However on the actual day the food didn’t taste quite as nice – no guests seemed to mind probably as the wine was flowing!
The cake was a triumph. Jack proposed to me at the Waldorf Hotel in New York which is where the Red Velvet Cake originated so for that reason (although I didn’t need any excuse) I chose it for our wedding cake. Hilary did a fantastic job, especially as it was her first ‘naked’ cake that she had ever been asked for. I got little single-slice cake boxes so that everyone could take a slice the next day when they checked out of their hotel rooms.
The photographer was the lovely Nichola from Lemonade Pictures. I found her through a wedding blog where someone had recommended her and I’m so pleased they did as I have had so many compliments for my photos. She travelled ALL the way to Somerset, she got on really well with the guests and was a really happy, helpful person to have around us all day. Jack and I don’t really like our picture being taken so having a photographer who took lovely natural photos meant that we didn’t have to worry about where she was and what I looked like. That being said she made us so relaxed in front of the camera that we actually started to enjoy it….maybe a bit too much! Sorry Nichola for the impromptu photoshoot!!