Nothing can dampen this relaxed rustic celebration at Mapperton House & Gardens with a Savannah Miller wedding dress and special four-legged VIP guest! The drizzly weather was certainly not going to get in the way of this couple having a fantastic day, the guests simply popped up their brollies and watched as the exchanging of vows in the gardens of the beautiful Dorset venue. Drying off indoors everyone enjoyed all the couple's favourite things, including a stylish space-themed wedding cake and a Japanese feast. And as the bride wanted the wedding to promote equality she took to the mic and made a speech alongside her groom. A photo booth, crazy golf and a variety of singers were on hand to make sure everyone was entertained throughout the day!

What Made Our Day Unique

Mainly, we have an amazing group of family and friends of all ages and our suppliers were great. The people really make it! I'm an Illustrator and my husband is a Cinematographer so we both work in the creative industry and wanted a wedding that really reflected us and our style. Most of my work has the exact colour scheme that our wedding ended up being and we both love space, our dog Lyra is named after a constellation so it seemed like an ideal 'theme’. We basically curated everything to be completely us, from the Japanese food to the peonies, these really are ALL of our favourite things. I'm a big feminist too so had to make sure our wedding promoted equality, I made sure I did a speech and both my parents walked me down the aisle. We really just wanted everyone to have a good time and keep everyone entertained throughout the day!

Rachael & Max

Savannah Miller Wedding Dress

The bride looked beautiful in a long-sleeved Savannah Miller wedding dress adorned in lace and finished off with a foliage crown. Flanked by her eight bridesmaids who matched in foliage crowns with white tops and pleated midi-skirts in a variety of pastel shades! And of course, we can't forget to mention the VIP guest, Lyra the cockapoo, who looked sensational in her flower collar!

Inspiration & Styling

The vibe was somewhere between contemporary and boho. I basically wanted everything I saw on Pinterest and in my Rock My Wedding book and refused to compromise on anything so spent hours sourcing the most cost-effective items or figuring out how I could make them myself! It was really important to us that everyone was included, whatever age and whatever food preferences! I couldn't resist branding our wedding either, which went across stationery, website, newspaper and hand-painted signage. We hand-painted stars onto table runners and sewed them up, I made the planet coasters/place names and sewed the kid's chair.

Rachael & Max

If you are a bride and, like Rachael, want to make a speech at your wedding then don't be afraid, Becky and Charlotte bring you a podcast episode dedicated to bride's speeches! They cover how to be confident in yourself to do your own and some of the things you can talk about too. There’s also a little bit in there for your bridal party too in case they are planning on saying a few words.

Imogen Read

Written by Imogen Read

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Venue: Mapperton House & Gardens | Marquee Hire: Taddle Farm Tents | Videographer : Wagtail Productions | Bride Dress Designer: Savannah Miller | Grooms Suit: Vintage Suit Hire Company | Bridesmaid Skirts: ASOS | Ted Baker | Fashion Accessories: Kate Spade | Leather Jacket: ASOS | Shoes: Office | Free People | Coffee Cart: The Barista Bike | Flowers: Portia Potts Floristry | Hair & Makeup Artist: The Shed Boutique | Stationery: Rachael Presky | | Gift List: Prezola | Crazy Golf Hire: Bournemouth Crazy Golf Hire | Photo Booth: Remarkable Photo Booth Co. | Wedding Rings: The Quarter Workshop | Entertainment: Amy Walklett
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