Candalabra Centrepiece | Matt Penberthy Photography | Classic Wedding at Guyzance Hall, Northumberland | Tom Flowers Wedding Dress with Long Satin Gloves & Ivory & Co. Headdress | Blue John Lewis Bridesmaid Dresses
Traditional Four Tier Wedding Cake | Matt Penberthy Photography | Classic Wedding at Guyzance Hall, Northumberland | Tom Flowers Wedding Dress with Long Satin Gloves & Ivory & Co. Headdress | Blue John Lewis Bridesmaid Dresses
White Bridal Bouquet | Matt Penberthy Photography | Classic Wedding at Guyzance Hall, Northumberland | Tom Flowers Wedding Dress with Long Satin Gloves & Ivory & Co. Headdress | Blue John Lewis Bridesmaid Dresses
White Fireplace Overmantel Floral Arrangement | Matt Penberthy Photography | Classic Wedding at Guyzance Hall, Northumberland | Tom Flowers Wedding Dress with Long Satin Gloves & Ivory & Co. Headdress | Blue John Lewis Bridesmaid Dresses
Wedding Cars | Matt Penberthy Photography | Classic Wedding at Guyzance Hall, Northumberland | Tom Flowers Wedding Dress with Long Satin Gloves & Ivory & Co. Headdress | Blue John Lewis Bridesmaid Dresses
If you like your weddings classic and fairytale esq. then this is the wedding for you.
Bride Molly looks every bit the princess in her Tom Flowers gown from Berketex Bride, with a tiara from Ivory & Co., a borrowed cathedral length veil and completing her outfit a pair of long satin gloves. Surprising herself even with her love of the traditional bridal look, but there’s no denying how stunning & elegant she looks.
Every princess needs a castle to marry her prince and this time it just so happened to be Guyzance Hall in Northumberland, a private estate surrounded by picturesque gardens making gorgeous backdrops for Matt Penberthy Photography to do his thing and capture all those dreamy portraits. Just wait until you see the sunset pics *swoon*.
They decorated the venue with white roses and ivy, racing car personal touches, some very cool signs and their bridesmaids wore the prettiest shade of blue gowns from John Lewis I ever did see. So are you ready to start this love story? Thought so. Lets begin…
I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet that this morning’s beautiful sylvan affair will be pinned to within an inch of its life by you folks.
I mean how can it not. There’s Annabelle’s ethereal beauty (I’m seriously coveting her tumbling locks!), the drop dead gorgeous bridesmaids in antique hued silks, hanging lampshades and an outdoor leather sofa, floral wreaths, a swing, a heap of kisses, the sweetest signage and a plethora of boys in blue.
Oh and then there’s THE dress.
What’s more Annabelle’s frock was specifically designed for her by bridal designer extraordinaire Stephanie Allin who then named it “Annabelle” after her. How immense is that!
I also have to say that I applaud any bride that puts thought into her wedding breakfast setting; the one hundred jam jars filled with tea lights throughout the woods, the big banquet set-up and the specially requested wooden floorboard planks in the marquee make the whole set-up completely enchanting.
Don’t believe me…take a look for yourself.
Summer In Pembrokeshire
Annabelle The Bride: There were two things that were always going to happen, we were going to get married in the Summer and it was going to happen in beautiful Pembrokeshire, where both of us were born and grew up. Our wedding day was August 3rd 2013. The wedding ceremony took place in St Mary’s Church Haverfordwest a medieval church built in the heart of the town.
We both wanted a marquee reception at a venue that showcased Pembrokeshire’s natural charm. A visit was made to Hilton Court Gardens (Roch, Pembrokeshire), a venue perfectly situated amongst acres of romantic woodland. There was something so magical about the gardens and the surroundings; it was ideal. We would be the first wedding that they had hosted, making it even more special.
A Hint Of Drama
I have always had an appreciation verging on obsession for beautiful dresses, so wedding dress shopping for me was always going to be hugely enjoyable.
I was lucky enough to get an appointment with Stephanie Allin in her Mumbles Boutique. After a cup of tea we chatted through the dress and my thoughts. It had to be romantic, but with a hint of drama ( a long train was a must) and I ideally wanted to use the fabric from her Indie Rose creation, which is an unusual oyster/blush colour and boasts the most beautiful texture.
In a matter of minutes Steph had whipped up a sketch based on our conversation. It was like she had stepped into my imagination and drawn my perfect dress, she just got it. Some people would be wary about choosing a dress without physically seeing exactly what it would look like first, but I remember Steph said to me “ I don’t let any of my girls leave this shop until everything is perfect, do you trust me?” And I did.
I absolutely adored my dress. One of my favourite parts about it was a thick piece of lace that was stitched all the way down the back of the train. We added this in towards the end after a conversation Steph and I had about the BBC drama the White Queen and how much we were enjoying it and seeing all the medieval fashion. We thought the lace would be a nod to that era.
My friend Beth runs a wedding accessory site called Pearl and Willow, which sells gorgeous vintage inspired items. I knew that I didn’t want to wear much jewellery, just earrings and decided on a pair called Diedim, designed by Australian designer Stephanie Brown, which I purchased through Pearl & Willow.
From the very beginning I wanted a veil. It was really hard to find one that complimented my dress, as I loved the train and detail on the back and didn’t want anything that was going to hide this. Again I turned to Stephanie Allin who designed me a cream medium length veil adorned with lace at the bottom, it reminded me of Maid Marian! On the day to add a extra bit of romance, I placed a clip of flowers just above the veil comb.
I am renowned often laughed at for wearing impractical shoes. Just ask our photographers who I think during one of our first meetings were impressed with my ability to walk through a muddy woodland in pair of 6 inch sandals! Therefore, my wedding shoes were of course very high- a pair of gold stiletto sandals from Dune.
I have basically had the same hairstyle since I was a little girl, so I wouldn’t have felt like me if my hair hadn’t been down. Elements of the wedding were going to have quite an ethereal feel and I wanted my hair to be styled in a way that reflected this. Sarah who did my hair made me feel so relaxed and really listened to what I wanted which made all the difference.
Sarah came to the house on the morning of the wedding to do my hair which she curled then brushed through to create soft waves. This was followed by a lot of backcombing! We then decided to loosely pin back the front pieces. Carl was very complimentary about my hair on the wedding day, which I didn’t expect as he never usually notices these things.
I did my own make up on the day, with my friend and bridesmaid Jade stepping in to do my bronzer as I can never seem to get this right!
A local florist in Haverfordwest called Tussie Mussie arranged the bouquets for the bridal party and the pin holes. My favourite flower has always been amnesia rose, so I wanted this to for the base of the bouquet along with a selection of other dusky colour roses and fresh herbs. My only other request was that the bouquet wasn’t overly structured. Every bouquet was tied with lace ribbon, the same lace that had been used for my dress.
Amnesia roses were used again for the buttonholes along with stems of wax flower.
To me the church where we got married has a haunting beauty about it which I wanted to emphasise. I didn’t want loads of formal flower arrangements, Instead we used mainly ivy and lace, which hung from the pew ends and window sills. Decorating the church was a real family affair. A family friend was in charge and along with aunties, cousins and sisters they made it look wonderful.
We did add some colour to the entrance arch where Dean (a family friend) draped lace and flowers; it was very romantic.
Guys And Gals
All six of my gorgeous bridesmaids each have their own style and idea of what they do and don’t like in a dress; I wanted to reflect this in my choice of bridesmaid dresses. When it comes to fashion I am really not a matchy matchy person and love putting items together to create a certain look, so having a range of different style and colour dresses was very me.
Four of the bridesmaid dresses were from Ghost using their dye to order collection which had an perfect range of dusky colours for me to choose from. The other two were from John Lewis. Each bridesmaid wore a dress that was really suited to them, they looked incredible and very romantic which is what I wanted.
Carl sorted the usher suits himself. First of all he went for grey suits, but two weeks before admitted it had been playing on his mind that they weren’t quite right, so exchanged them for teal blue suits from Next. It was definitely the right decision.
Carl knew exactly what he wanted, a classic charcoal grey suit just like his Dad wore on his wedding day. We were visiting my sister in Bristol and whilst we were there decided to call into Hugo Boss to take a look. Carl tried on one suit and when he walked out of the changing room both my sister and I said wow, he looked so handsome, he had to have that suit.
Flowers In Her Hair
O & C Photography were recommended to us so we arranged to meet up with them at Hilton Court Gardens. We both walked away from the catch up saying that we had found our photographers, decision made.
We were really impressed with how genuine Charis and Owen were, we didn’t feel like like just another bride and groom. Their approach to wedding photography was perfect for us; they had the right balance of being laid back but obviously very conscientious about their work. I had a few ideas in my head of how I wanted the photos to look and they encouraged me to send over images that I liked, they really listened.
With O & C Photography you get two photographers which for us was brilliant as it meant that the morning of the wedding Charis went with the girls to capture them getting married and Owen went to the pub with the boys.
Both of them really embraced the day Charis even put flowers in her hair to be in keeping with the woodland theme!! Our family and friends all commented on how great the photographers were, they were very much part of the day. A few weeks after the wedding we received the photos and we were delighted, they captured the feel of the day perfectly.
Tea And Cake
We decided to have a vintage themed tea and cake area. A friend of ours built us a wooden backdrop which we wallpapered with Laura Ashley wallpaper. In front of this we put a table laid up with teacups and saucers which we had collected from charity shops, Great Aunts and Grandparents and placed the wedding cake next to them.
Neither of us are a big fan of icing or fruit cake so we had a different flavour for each layer – raspberry and champagne, white chocolate and lemon. The sponge was smothered in a thick buttercream and had fresh roses on the top. The whole tea and cake area looked really effective and the cake was delicious.
Love Of My Life
We wanted our dancefloor to constantly be full of people, so we chose a band called Symphony Sid and the Swing Kings, a local band who are guaranteed to get everyone up dancing We also had a disco (West Wales Disco) which played all our favourites!
Carl chose the first song, I didn’t know what it was going to be until I stepped up on the dance floor. He chose a queen song called Love of My Life. The song is significant as we both generally have different taste in music, but when it comes to Queen we both agree. It’s a beautiful song and I love it even more now.
For our wedding theme we drew inspiration from the beautiful venue and the fact that I am a hopeless romantic, something Carl finds very amusing! The theme was Romance in the Woods.
We wanted to incorporate the woodland and gardens into our day as much as possible. A mini seating area was set up under a tree complete with a couch and lampshades hanging from the branches. There were also swings and hand painted wooden signs dotted around, I think the most popular sign was the one saying “to the bar!”
At night we hung over 100 jam jars with tea lights throughout the woodland. Carl’s parents had spent many evenings wrapping wire around the jars!! Also, at night Hilton Court created a large fire pit and up lit the gardens. Collectively it all looked so effective, the woods were enchanting.
Inside we wanted it to look like one big banquet so decided on long rows of tables. My stepmum was incredible and spent months bringing my ideas to life, she always found a way to make them work, however impractical they were! Some of my favourite accessories were the array of floral napkins which were actually cut from curtains found in charity shops and the long lace table runners that again my step Mum had made. We all spent a year collecting cut glass vases and glass candle sticks from charity shops. These were lined up along the table and filled with flowers and candles.
One of the best decisions was regards the flooring in the marquee. I felt strongly that carpet would not work with the look I was trying to create so asked the marquee company if we had to put carpet down or if we could just use the wooden floorboard planks. First of all I think they thought I had gone mad, but it really worked.
We found an old red post box at a local vintage shop which we bought and used for wedding post. It’s now on display in our house and is a nice reminder of a very special day!
What I loved about our wedding was that it was that it was simply us. Couples shouldn’t feel that they have to do things a certain way because they think it’s how it should be done or because it’s fashionable at the time. A wedding is about the two of you and that’s what your day should reflect. We were surrounded by family and friends who were drunk, laughing and having a good time – that’s what made our day.
My only other bit of advice is advice I was given by my friend who got engaged a few months before me. Planning a wedding is a really special time and something you will only do once, so enjoy and appreciate every bit of the experience. Whenever I felt stress levels rising I always thought of this and it made me feel better. In fact, I wish I could do it all again!