Emily the Bride:
We were after a relaxed and fun atmosphere for the wedding. Most especially we hoped for as much time with our family and friends, so planned a long weekend with a gathering at a local pub on Friday night and a BBQ on Sunday. After all, we had friends who travelled half way across the world to celebrate with us.
Luckily, the venue was so charming that we didn’t need to add many decorations, only personal touches. We made these items ourselves and some of our family members either lent or gathered items too. The wedding party also helped set up the day before. A special mention for my big bro, who hauled numerous items down to Somerset, built us a photo frame and managed to deal with a tricky church warden on the morning of our wedding!
After a short search we fell in love with Pennard House
. We were instantly taken by its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful features; the church at the bottom of the garden, two large lawns, several bedrooms in the house and a stunning coach house. We brought along lawns games to play during the reception drinks and encouraged guests to take photos with our DIY floral photo frame. We also wanted a venue with no corkage. Thankfully, the sun made an appearance after two extremely wet days beforehand (que wedding party stress) and the rain, thunder and lightning kept off until minutes after the guests entered the coach house for the wedding breakfast. Phew.
To be frank, neither of us are particularly religious but there were a few reasons for choosing a church wedding. After all, as much as we couldn’t wait to party, it’s important that the marriage is the focus of the day and a church wedding felt traditional and special to us. Both of our mums read and we sang some favourite childhood hymns.
I fell in love with the designs by Rime Arodaky
. Unfortunately, I was a little slow (although I had no idea at the time) to start looking at dresses, so I wasn’t able to get an appointment at The Mews
, Notting Hill (we live in London). Having fallen head over heels for these designs, I booked an appointment with their sister store in Bristol. My mum dutifully came along each time. I was momentarily disappointed after realising they didn’t stock as wide a variety of her dresses, but, like so many other brides, I ended up trying on another design that I had not considered before, it was the one. The team at The Mews were wonderful.
I always planned on selling my wedding dress. As special as the dress is, it makes me sad to think it will sit in the back of a wardrobe! So I splashed out on Valentino
shoes – a re-wearable keepsake. My veil was from Britten
Anni from Portraits Bridal
did my hair and created the natural make up I was hoping for. She and her assistant looked after us really well, creating a relaxed and fun environment on the morning of the wedding.