If Mary Poppins did weddings then this elegant affair would be it, as it’s “practically perfect in every way.”
Every bride should look and feel like a princess on their wedding day and that’s exactly how Bride Amy felt and looked in her illusion back, lace Maggie Sottero gown. The fact that the gorgeous celebration took part in a castle too only adds to the magical wonderfulness.
London Wedding Photographer Voyteck has captured every smile, every emotion and every detail of this classic wedding and wait until you see the stunning white flowers with hints of blush, your jaws are going to hit the floor. You have been warned, now come and enjoy….
Rachel and Nick tied the knot in June 2012 in Elsted, West Sussex.
Rachel mentions in her write up that they wanted to have a classic country wedding with a kick-ass party!
They managed it.
Florals were really important to them and they combined drop dead gorgeous blooms with beautiful aroma’s to create a really contemporary look and feel. I am particularly loving the button holes complete with sprigs of fragrant Rosemary.
The light, airy and relaxed photography today is by Helen Cawte.
My dress was from Truly Gorgeous in Chichester, West Sussex. I knew it was the one when I put it on and literally couldn’t stop smiling… it made me feel feminine and elegant and a little bit like a princess all in one!
I searched everywhere for my headband and it was only the week before the wedding when I went to collect my dress that I found “the one!!” (it’s from Truly Gorgeous).
My jewelry is all from my wonderful husband who spoiled me rotten with Tiffany (what a way to go!) including my “something blue” bracelet which he gave to me the Christmas before we got married. My pearl earrings were from my darling mummy.
No Pain No Gain
My Shoes were every girls dream… I’ve always wanted Christian Louboutins (well the dress came in under budget!) My feet were killing me by the end of the night but I love love love them!
Classic And Elegant
My hairdresser, Gabby at Mane Street was AMAZING and did 3 trials with me to perfect the look – i wanted classic elegant and well i felt both so job done 🙂
Herbs And Roses
Flowers were really important to me and I wanted them to bring elegant colour to the day. I splashed out and went to The Real Flower Company in Midhurst who were quite frankly incredible!! I choose an antique rose (called Julia Baby) as the signature colour then made it very country with lots of fresh herbs – them smell was divine!! We were incredibly lucky to be able to use out “village flower ladies” to create the beautiful church flowers – I really couldn’t believe the work they did, from a beautiful arch over the door to intricate displays.
I had nine (yes nine) bridesmaids ranging from 18mths to nearly 30 so I wanted something classic that would tie them all in – I found the flower girl dress in Moonsoon and the ladies dresses were from LK Bennet. I loved the cream theme and thought they looked incredibly elegant – even poor Lindsay who was six months pregnant! The flowers added necessary colour to the outfits.
My groomy was a TOTAL diva when it came to his outfit… I went to one shop and job done but we literally trailed around all the department stores in London to find his get-up! I thought he looked amazing though! In the end his suit came from Hackett, his shirt and tie from Tom Ford and shoes from Boss.
He also has the most infectious smile and as i walked up the aisle i remember thinking – “right choice lady – he’s a hotty!” He did also forget his words during our vows, which totally cracked the atmosphere – we both couldn’t stop laughing!
Our photographer was the MOST amazing supplier we found (and we had some good ones!) Helen Cawte Photography must be used at every wedding in the country if you want an incredibly realxed and lovely person, who is so so talented it’s silly!
Attention To Detail
Again, I was so lucky to find the most amazing cake maker – Helen at Bellissimo Cakes, Liss in Hampshire). She actually went to the flower shop to find the roses in my flowers to re-create into sugar roses for our cake – BEAutiful!
Our band was The Serious Hat Band who got us all dancing – oh and my brother and I did a number too! Our first dance was to You are the Best Thing – by Ray Lamontange – for silly secret reasons!! 🙂
Nick is Welsh so we wove in Welsh elements to our day – fabulous Welsh Black Beef at dinner, Welsh Cakes as Favours and Welsh Hymns during the service.
We wanted a classic country wedding with a kick-ass party! so we decorated our dining marquee with sage green wicker hearts and bunting and I made all the place names, menu cards and table names to tie in (and also match the invites I made!)
We made our wedding signs too which were very popular!
Get Some Sleep
Every part of the day was so special but the best thing was just seeing everyone having an incredible time – some stuff wasn’t quite as we planned – including my garter falling off just as we started our first dance! but it is all irrelevant so long as you both have the most amazing day! My advice would be to allow loads more time for drinks reception / getting everyone seated / wedding breakfast – it takes much longer than you could ever imagine!
Oh, and also try and get a good nights sleep – I was awake at 4am (poor bridesmaids!)
For A bride who awoke at 4pm I think Rachel managed to keep the party going with style and no sign of flagging. I love it when a bride gets up in front of the mic to do her thing 🙂
Rachel and Nick had a really relaxed and modern elegant wedding with some really nice homely touches too. A little bit of D.I.Y here and there really will make your guests feel special and that the stops have well and truly been pulled out for them.