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Twenties Elegance At Stowe House.

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The grandeur of Stowe House captured Bride Lyndsay’s imagination from when she was a little girl. From her very first sight of it, nothing else would ever compare.

And I can completely understand why. It is such a striking and solid building.

Walking down the steps in a gorgeous Bridal gown and gazing over the beautiful grounds would truly make you feel like a princess.

Her simple décor choices are perfect too. When your surroundings are marble and gold leaf there is really no need for lavish details. A touch of gypsophila in dusky pink vases was enough.

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Disney Princess Dreams

Lyndsay The Bride: The conversation went a little like this:

Mat: “You really want to get married at Stowe don’t you?” Lyndsay: “I REALLY do!” M: “I think we’d be silly not to look at some other venues to compare prices and packages.” L: “You’re probably right”

Half an hour of Internet searching ensues…

M: “Found anything” L: “Ummmmm not really” M: “We’re getting married at Stowe aren’t we?” L: “I don’t mind searching a bit more” (I did)

M: “Come on, we both know we’re going to book Stowe so let’s just go for it!”

Without wishing to sound like something from Disney, I have wanted to get married at Stowe since I was a little girl. I used to spend every Saturday horse riding round the grounds where you get the most magnificent view of Stowe House.

So, long before boys were even in the picture, I’d found where I wanted to get married. The date was an easy decision too as our wedding day was also our ten year anniversary!

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Spoilt For Choice

Luckily working in television I get to work with very talented make-up artists so I didn’t have to look too far when choosing someone for the day. And it was The Great British Bake Off’s very own Jo Penford who did my hair and make-up. If she’s good enough for Mary Berry…!

I wanted to go for a fairly relaxed look with my hair and pretty natural make up. That was the extent of my brief for Jo and I couldn’t be happier with the results, I had so many nice comments on the day with all my friends wanting to book her now.

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Romantic And Glamorous

My dress came from Charlie Brear in Central London and I was lucky enough to buy it in their sample sale. I had tried the 1920’s dropped waist style on a few weeks before so it wasn’t an impulse buy in the sale, although I did pop there and make a purchase in my lunch break. I knew that I wanted a unique style to my dress and I love the romance and glamour of 1920’s fashion.

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Like A Fairy With No Wings

I absolutely loved wearing a veil, without it I think I’d have been like a fairy with no wings! My dress barely had a train so I was keen to get some length from a veil and it was the lace trim on the Rainbow Club, Spellbinder that sold it to me.

My hair comb was actually a panic buy two days before the wedding, from Accessorize UK, as I felt the need to add a bit more glitz! I wore my mother’s Rolex watch as my ‘something borrowed’ as the vintage look really complimented the dress (and I was hoping she wouldn’t ask for it back – no such luck).

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Small And Select

We had a fairly small wedding party, as we wanted to keep a relaxed and informal feel to the day. I had one bridesmaid – my gorgeous little cousin, Honey. Her dress came from Monsoon UK and ballet pumps from Zara.

Mat had a best man and one usher, their suits both came from Topman along with Mat’s tie. Mat’s navy suit came from The Kooples. There was no colour theme to the outfits, it was more important to us that the styles complimented each other, so slim fit for the boys and ethereal for Honey.

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It’s Dusky Rose, Not Pink!

Overall there was a very unofficial colour scheme as early on in the planning Mat did say to me “I’m hearing the word pink quite a lot, not everything’s going to be pink is it?” So from that moment I started calling it dusky rose 😉

Although to be honest Stowe House is so beautiful both inside and out that we really didn’t need to have a theme or scheme. We kept any touches of colour quite understated so that we weren’t battling with Stowe’s décor – you just can’t compete with the gold leaf of the music room. We did have ‘dusky pink’ vases and giant balloons though.

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Inspired By Lovely RMW Brides

Amanda Thirlby who owns Moss of Buckingham is such a wonderful florist (Chelsea Flower Show winner!) and was brilliant at dealing with my very limited knowledge of flowers and a groom who was reluctant to have a buttonhole.

All of my initial bouquet ideas were generated from other RMW brides – thank you! We went for gyp in the (Ikea) vases, which my mother in law kindly arranged for us. My ‘something blue’ was also incorporated in the bouquet with Agapanthus. Turns out Mat loved his buttonhole too!

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Keeping Things Simple

Our ceremony started with the registrar reading a brief history of Stowe House to the guests which I thought was a really nice way to set the scene and gave me a few minutes to calm down and take it all in after the overwhelming walk down the aisle. We decided against having any readings during the ceremony, we read so many and none felt quite right so we decided to keep things simple.

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Slide Away

Mat and I have never had a song that we’d call ours but we both have a whole lot of love for music so deciding on a first dance was tricky. We decided on Noel Gallagher’s acoustic version of Slide Away. We saw him perform it live at the Albert Hall a few years ago and have loved it ever since. Getting cramp in my calf half way through the dance was not part of the plan though!

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Fish And Chips

We decided to go off Stowe’s usual menu for our main course and chose traditional fish and chips, which went down a real treat, it’s a great meal to suit all ages. Our cake came from Konditor & Cook in London and I think everyone should experience their Curly Wurly cake once in their lifetime!

There was a slight mishap with the icing melting a little so it didn’t look it’s best come cake cutting time but it still tasted amazing, with one guest confessing to eating four slices!

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A DIY Job

All of our stationery was very much a DIY effort and we absolutely loved doing it – you get a real sense of pride doing things yourself and I’m a big fan of things looking a little homemade. We made our invites on Powerpoint using a RMW top tip of importing fonts from Dafont.

We also bought mini alphabet letter stamps to address each invite and place setting. We’ve lived in London for six years too so wanted to bring a little bit of London to Stowe and we did that with our table plan and names. Mat had a lot of fun with the table plan, finding the funniest pic he could of each guest. On the day guests had to find their photo to find their place.

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Didn’t Stop Smiling

ENJOY YOURSELVES! From day one we both wanted to have a fun, relaxed wedding and every decision we made was right for us. That would be my biggest piece of advice to any bride planning a wedding; do what will make you happy as a couple. Mat and I did and we did not stop smiling all day.

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Photos Will Last Forever

There are wedding photographers and then there is Matt Parry… honestly he is something else! Matt’s style is so unique and if I had a pound for every time someone said to me “your wedding photos are amazing” I’d be a very rich bride right now. When budgeting your wedding do bear in mind that photos last forever and lots of the little things you can spend plenty of time and money on won’t. Photos were at the top of our priority list, we even booked Matt booked before the venue!

I must also give a shout out to our wonderful wedding co coordinator Becky Maclean at Stowe as she was fab, nothing was too much trouble and she did a great job of making the day run like a dream!

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Venue – Stowe House
Florist – Moss Of Buckingham
Hair & Make Up – Jo Penford
Bride’s Gown – Charlie Brear
Bride’s Veil – Rainbow Club
Bridesmaid Dresses – Monsoon UK
Groom’s Suit – The Kooples
Groomsmen’s Outfits – Topman
Cake – Konditor And Cook
Photography – Matt Parry

Don’t Mat and Lyndsay look like film stars?

There was a moment when I was putting this wedding together that I had to remind myself that this was a real wedding, not a Bridal editorial shoot!

And I really wish I was 12 again so I could wear the pink sparkly flower girl dress from Monsoon UK.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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It Had To Be London.

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Liv and Teddy’s wedding is an absolute corker. It begins with sophisticated elegance – the shimmering Eden by Jenny Packham and a smartly cut suit by The Kooples and ends with a rave in an underground exposed brick vault.

Such is the wonder of a good wedding.

What happens in-between you ask?? Well Liv the Bride is here to tell you all about it, along with images from fabulous Love Lust photographer John Day.
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Our Home Town

Liv The Bride: Our wedding was on 22nd September 2012 at The Royal Society of Arts just off The Strand in Central London. Our given names are Olivia and Chris – but everyone calls us Liv and Teddy – hence the ‘L&T’ featured everywhere! We are both from London, our parents live here, we grew up here, met here and after a brief stint in Brighton, we’ve settled down here – so when it came to location, London was a no brainer.

We actually found the RSA at the National Wedding Show. It ticked all those boxes AND were undergoing an amazing renovation (pre renovation prices for post renovation beauty – bargain!) Teddy’s a designer and so we made our invitations ourselves to try and keep costs low – I definitely underestimated how long it would take but I would recommend it if you’ve got a lot of time to kill, we spent virtually nothing making them.

We went with really simple ribbed rustic brown card with our own font and vintage penguin postcards as the RSVP. Teddy also designed a website where people could RSVP, add songs to the evening playlist and find out everything they needed to know about the day.

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No Nonsense

In life I’m definitely a casual dresser – jeans, jumpers and converse make up most of my wardrobe, and black, lots of it, so when it came to finding a wedding dress I was overwhelmed. I struggled. Six months almost to the day and with time against me I headed to Jenny Packham with my mum. Now my wedding dress troubles mainly centred around my need to wear a bra with supportive straps at all times, which put me at a HUGE disadvantage and limited me to only a couple from her collection. Sigh.

The lady that worked in the shop was pretty awesome though, her no nonsense approach was exactly what I needed and she told me in the nicest possible way to stop mopping and dwelling on my limitations because she had the perfect dress for me. And perfect it was! I felt like me when I put it on, not silly or huge or uncomfortable, but pretty amazing. The Eden. One last visit with the bridesmaids and it was done – and with 10% off. Cheers Jenny!

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A Pain In The Veil

I went for it with my veil (there was no stopping me, I was going to be BRIDE) and got one that was long, and if I’m honest, a massive pain. People tug on veils when they hug you, they snag on stuff, you trip on them, they get stuck to your lipstick, and I actually preferred my pics without it on. Ah well, at least it didn’t cost me a fortune – a friend of my mum’s copied the Jenny Packham satin trimmed veil down to a T – it was an exact match, and an absolute bargain. My accessories I kept to a minimum – the dress kind of speaks for itself!

A headdress passed down from my nan, to my aunty, to me, was reworked and simplified and it was a perfect accompaniment to the dress and had extreme sentimental value. Those pearls had sat atop my nan’s head when she married my granddad over 60 years ago, and they are still going strong , a pretty good omen!

On the day the boy gave me a beautiful bumblebee necklace from Alex Monroe which I chose to wear wrapped around my wrist. The bee has become a symbol for my Aunty who passed away nearly 3 years ago – he couldn’t have chosen a more thoughtful and meaningful gift.

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McQueen Style

Now shoes were tricky – I had a beautiful beaded dress to compliment after all, converse just ain’t gonna cut it! I don’t wear heals, ever, I’ve just never been able to walk in them so I wanted to try and get a cheap and cheerful pair. However it was during my daily perusal of RMW that I discovered these amazing Alexander McQueen shoes with skulls on them (Dom & Elizabeth’s wedding ‘At The Water’s Edge’ – just wow).

After being immediately shot down by the boy at the mere thought of buying them I gave it up and moved on. Well, almost. I bought a cute pair of gold T bars from Dune and my mum had the genius idea of putting on our own skulls – £15 in Topshop on some earrings and a handy best man later and voila! My very own skull shoes for a snippet of the price. Win.

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Calling On Friends

Luckily for us we have a lot of talented mates. My brother’s best friend, Scott who works at Daniel Hershesons, did my hair (and my bridesmaids, mum and nan – such a trooper!) I always wear my hair down when I dress up so that’s what I wanted for my wedding day. We went with a subtle blonde dip die a month before and on the day he created beautiful soft waves – simple.

My makeup was done by another friend, Olga, a former Mac makeup artist turned advertising executive who I met at work, she worked miracles! We went for a reddish lip, side lashes, black eyeliner and a strong brow – basically my daily makeup but amped up. I loved it and it lasted the entire day – I was still looking immaculate at 2am, not a lash out of place. Girl done good.

Both of them were amazing and it was so lovely having people I knew with me that morning – and as they were also guests they were there to touch me up for the rest of the day!

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The Flower Appreciation Society

My bridesmaid, Emma, found our florists in a local magazine – two illustration and textile design students who turned their arty hands to floristry when they graduated, what could be more perfect for a couple who met studying art? Anna and Ellie from the Flower Appreciation Society – what absolute babes. We went for tea, had a chat about the kind of flowers I liked, discussed our budget and the styling and that was it!

From that moment on we exchanged a few emails but I left them to it, what do I know about flowers anyway? We went for wild flowers in pastel colours, with the obligatory hydrangea of course. The ladies even provide their own vintage vases for a tiny fee and style the venue for you. I had absolute faith in them that they would make the place look amazing and they did. I was there at the end of the night swiping arrangements off tables for my guests to take home!

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A Stroke Of Luck

I have to say my groomsmen outfits were a stroke of genius. After putting Teddy and then my bridesmaids in navy I had to come up with something else for the boys and they ended up wearing burgundy slim cut ‘Camden’ suits from Ben Sherman. I basically got lazy and left it a bit late so when I finally dragged them out shopping I had 8 weeks to go and EVERYWHERE was in sale, not normally a problem but both my boys are a 32 reg. Panic. I raced home and mass ordered loads of different suits online – by a stroke of luck the burgundy looked amazing and the lads were happy.

People proper raved about them on the day and I couldn’t have been happier with how they looked – white slim shirts, black knitted ties and personalised tie bars topped off their look.

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Unintentional 30s Glamour

Now for the ladies – I’m obviously biased but my two bridesmaids, Niamh and Emma, looked exquisite. Both absolute stunners it was easy to make them look amazing – their silk navy 30s inspired Ghost dresses were the first thing we bought for the wedding on an impromptu shopping trip and the easiest decision I made. I loved them, they loved them – above all I wanted them to feel comfortable and happy.

We went with 30s style hair and the same makeup as mine to compliment the dresses. It ended up being a bit of a 30s Hollywood glamour affair – quite unintentional as I’m not really one for a ‘theme’…

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Navy, Burgundy And Gold

Teddy wore a navy tux from The Kooples, a burgundy spotted pocket square from Gieves and Hawkes with matching socks and a pale gold skinny tie from Topman. Topped off by an antique gold and pearl tie bar found in Camden Passage market and black brogues from Office he looked so handsome.

Shopping for him was actually really easy – one trip to Selfridges (where we spotted the suit) and another to The Kooples to try on his size and we were done. I have to say the guys at the Kooples were pretty great – they offer a tailoring service and did loads of little nips and tucks to make him look his absolute best, and that he did. I thought I would be a ball of nerves walking down the aisle towards him but I just felt calm and happy, so happy. Too happy to even shed a tear – although he did, such a girl!

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One Of The Gang

John Day was an absolute ledge. On our first meeting he rocked up to see our swanky venue in flip flops and we both liked him instantly. I found choosing a photographer quite hard, we really wanted a mix of someone who was extremely talented and produced great shots and someone who you could easily see yourself going for a beer with. Some friends of ours got married recently and although their pics were stunning they were both left reeling at their photographers bossy and at times rude approach. Nah, most certainly not what we wanted.

I think I found John on RMW and after a couple of email exchanges with the boy (yes ladies that was one of the only things he helped organise!) he was ours. John’s style is exactly what we wanted – lots of natural pictures of people looking happy. What more could you want really? I hate having my photograph taken but John made me feel instantly at ease and he slotted into the gang pretty easily. He even stayed on after the first dance to nab some amazing pictures of the band! He was honestly just a really lovely guy and a pleasure to have around.

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Priceless Memories Captured

Originally I hadn’t really thought about a wedding video – my budget just didn’t stretch – but when my brother, Matt, suggested getting one of his mates to do it for free I thought, why not? He’s a camera man by trade and him and his mate Keith film weddings on weekends, luckily for us Keith was kind enough to shoot it, and my brother painstakingly edited all 14 minutes of it.

I was quite blasé about it at first but I’m so glad he suggested doing it because the memories it captured really are priceless – I absolutely love it and every time I’m having a bad day I watch it and it does wonders to cheer me up.

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Bake It Yourself

Me and Emma are both very fond of baking and after visiting lots of vintage wedding fairs came to the realisation that we could probably make the cake ourselves. I always wanted something pretty rustic and informal looking so we wouldn’t need to worry ourselves with creating a immaculately iced cake – just a tiered Victoria sponge affair. After researching endless recipes Delia informed us that we could freeze sponge. Epiphany.

The only worry about making your own wedding cake is the stress of devoting the entire day before to bake, but now that was out of the way we were on a roll! After baking and freezing a lot of back up cakes we went for a vanilla sponge with buttercream and fresh fruit filling for the bottom layer, then chocolate with a chocolate and raspberry filling for the middle, then lemon with a lemon curd filling for the top. We then crammed all the available ledges with fresh fruit and dusted with icing sugar.

After defrosting the cakes overnight on the Thursday the assembly process took 2 hours tops and we were done – the hardest part was delivering it to the venue! Emma is a master illustrator and so hand drew us a ‘Liv & Teddy’ banner to go around the middle, it was stunning. I would recommend anyone who likes baking to make their own cake, such a money saver and we were so proud!

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The Rolling Stoned

We tried to save as much money as we could by calling on favours and hand making things with the sole purpose of saving money for the band. My family are massive Rolling Stones fans – which means after 8 years together, Teddy is too. Every time The Rolling Stoned – a Stones tribute band – play in and around London we go, so when it came to the decision of having a band, there really wasn’t one.

They didn’t disappoint – they rocked it. We chose our venue for its beauty of course, but the evening venue – the underground exposed brick vaults that we could have til 2am cinched the deal. The atmosphere was amazing. They were followed by a good friend of ours blasting out tunes all evening, including a DJ set by my dad (yep.. he insisted). The evening part of the wedding was one of the most important to us – we just wanted everyone coming to have an amazing time and to party into the early hours with us – hopefully the band and endless flowing booze helped them along!

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My Mind’s Telling Me No

Our first dance song was a bit of a quandary. If we were being honest we probably should have danced our way into married life with ‘You should let me love you’ by Mario, the song we had our first kiss to all those years ago. But I just couldn’t do it. The choice then was impossible – we didn’t really have ‘our song’ that was appropriate for parents/grandparents etc to dance to.

In the end we swapped and changed so much that the night before the wedding I text Teddy whilst watching Dirty Dancing in my hotel room with the girls to change it to Solomon Burke ‘Don’t You Feel Like Crying’– which was lovely but actually quite sad when you listen to the words. Ah well. It was just a filler song really as half way through, the music cut out and ‘Bump n Grind’ by R Kelly came on. Having both grown up in North London we had a touch of the chav about us in our youth, which means that we love some pretty terrible music (we obviously don’t think it’s terrible, but that view is widely contested) and luckily for us our friends share our views. When the song came on the room erupted! It was a great moment and one I will remember for the rest of my life.

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A Pin For Everyone

We lost my Aunty prematurely to cancer almost three years ago now – she was such an important part of our lives and we wanted to remember her on our special day. We made a donation on our guests behalf to cancer research – providing everyone with a pin we wanted them to wear on the day. For us it was a way of including her in something that she would have been such an important part of had she still been here.

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Beautifully Eclectic

Thankfully our venue was so beautiful that we didn’t need much to make it shine. The place settings were luggage labels painstakingly stamped with our guests names and attached to old keys (most of which I ended up getting from an old insane asylum.. but I won’t think of that as a bad omen..) the menus were designed by the boy and stuck onto the back of postcards of vintage penguin books (each one selected to be relevant to each guest) and we had tea lights in jam jars, church candles and pictures of us dotted all over the place.

Our tables were named after Stones songs and the names put into gilded gold frames atop piles of old books collected from charity shops, tied with lace and fastened with antique brooches. My florists were the stars though and really brought the place to life with their stunning displays and beautifully eclectic range of vases that they let us use for a tiny charge! We had a polaroid camera that people used to take pics of themselves and paperclip into our guest book next to their message. Which was really lovely to look at the next day – especially as people and their messages got progressively more drunk as the night went on!

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Don’t Get Bogged Down By Details

When planning our wedding was that we wanted it to be fun – and for people to have a really REALLY good time. That was our main brief. My advice? Try not to get bogged down by the details. Blogs like RMW are amazing for ideas – some brides do the most beautiful things but if you’re not that way inclined then don’t worry! We had a few nice touches dotted around our venue but I must admit that towards to end I got a little lazy with my planning, so enthusiastic at the start but that tapered off. A PA in life, there is only so much organisation you can do at work AND at home! Good people, good food, plenty of free flowing booze and a rockin band will see you through. Well it did for us anyway!

Everyone says it, but it’s so important to take time out with your husband. I don’t even remember being that loved up with him on the day because we were so busy rushing around and seeing everyone! John suggested going for a second little photo shoot at dusk and I’m so glad we did, we got some beautiful pictures and got to spend some time together wandering along the Thames, just us – with John 3rd wheeling us of course!

My final and most important bit of advice I have is to have fun and enjoy every minute. Things will go wrong, they just will, but there’s no point getting angry about it on the day – just try to relax and enjoy every second.

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Bride’s Gown – Eden by Jenny Packham
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Ghost
Make Up – Olga Borowiec
Groom’s Suit – The Kooples
Groomsmen’s Suits – Ben Sherman
Florists – Anna & Ellie at The Flower Appreciation Society
Venue – The RSA
Band – The Rolling Stoned
Videographer – Matt Wicks
Photographer – John Day Photography

Loving Liv’s home made Alexander McQueens and her dark nails.

The headpiece is gorgeous too, what a lovely thing to have in the family.

And I think we’re all in agreement that there ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump n grind.

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Laid back and Loved up

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Beautiful bride Brigitte is the polar opposite of a bridezilla. She and Sam made all of their wedding decisions together, applying their laid-back approach to life to their wedding day. The relaxed, family feel shines through in the images, as does their ‘togetherness.’ These two really, really love each other.

The ‘things we like’ theme is great as it creates weddings that are so natural, authentic and fun. Although it probably helps when the couple doing the ‘throwing things together’ are so stylish. Brigitte’s veil is stunning and works perfectly with her elegant and simple gown. And Sam looks every inch the dapper British Gent.

The venue also holds childhood memories for them both – I love the possibility that their lives crossed as children – so romantic. And the flowers make me very happy indeed – so vibrant and perfect for an Easter wedding.

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Childhood Memories

Brigitte The Bride: The ceremony and reception was held in a beautiful 17th century barn at Blake Hall, Bobbingworth near Epping. We chose this venue as we both separately have great memories of this place – as children we would go here for the craft fayre.

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To our luck they had the Easter Saturday available and that was it, we booked the venue. The venue has a really family feel, we’re not sure if it’s the history we have with the place or the great team they have there. Austin and Rachel were really great.

Naturally Beautiful

I did my own hair and makeup as we wanted a relaxed feel, whimsical if you like. For my foundation I used Dior Nude BB Cream (colour one) – I absolutely love this stuff.

My perfume was Diptyque Eau Rose and my nail colour was by Rococo and called ‘Whisper of Envy.’ I wanted my hair fairly natural, with a few waves and loosely pinned up with some flowers put in as well.

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Subtle Elegance

I wanted a subtle but elegant dress that was not fussy so that I could accessorise. I really wanted a lace veil so didn’t want a lace dress. After going to bridal shops and thinking this just isn’t me, I opted for a J-Crew dress, a flowing, subtle and flattering gown(the Sofia dress). I’d seen this dress a long time ago and just kept thinking about it.

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Sam’s suit was by The Kooples – a three-piece British check suit. He wore a burgundy Ben Sherman tie and his great great Grandfather’s pocket watch and chain.

All About The Accessories

I wore Rachel Simpson Anya peep toes, then Grecian style sandals from Oasis. I wore a gold bee necklace that my friend Jen bought me and my husband’s Grandma lent me a beautiful string of Pearls. These were Sam’s Great Great Grandma’s!

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I changed my necklace in the evening, through fear of breaking the antique heirloom pearls. I opted for a mink colour petal necklace from BHLDN.

The veil was a talking point. I finally got my all lace veil. And I loved it. The rings came from Brighton, a shop called Finch Jewellers on Meeting House Lane. They were bought from a funny lady who was full of beans, we loved her.

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Touches Of Burgundy

We had one bridesmaid, my sister Amy, her two boys Leo and Lucas as page boys and one Groomsman – Andy. My sister wore the Aliana Lace dress by Ted Baker; she picked it herself. She wore burgundy shoes to go with the pageboys burgundy suits, which they picked. Andy wore the York Jacket and York Trousers by Ted Baker and a Ben Sherman waistcoat with a burgundy Ben Sherman Tie.

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We didn’t have a particular colour scheme in mind it just sort of grew from the boy’s suits and having little touches of the burgundy here and there really worked.

Things We Like

We wanted a colourful fun day but tried not to stick to any particular theme, we just picked things up along the way that we liked.
At the bar there were mini cocktail umbrellas, cocktail stick flamingos and loads of colourful paper straws. Around the barn we had bunting, lots of candle sticks and tea lights. We also found a great company to hire giant light up letters, these were amazing and a real talking point. There was an area with Moroccan cushions, a great place for the kids to relax after dancing.

As it was Easter we found some vintage inspired papier-mâché eggs for the children, filled them with chocolate mini eggs and little retro chicks we also hid eggs all around the barn for the children to find, they loved it!

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Vibrant Flowers

Our florist was fabulous, very laid back and knew exactly what we wanted. We asked for colourful, vibrant flowers with seasonal wild and garden flowers incorporated but nothing too formal. They arranged the flowers in pressed glasses on a mirrored base with tea lights. The colours were so vibrant; I honestly have never seen flowers that bright in colour!

My bouquet was similar to the tables with wild flowers including bluebells and peonies, my bridesmaid had a smaller version. The page boys had wee little button holes, one little bud with a tiny sprig of wax flower. The Groom and Groomsman had colourful buttonholes which had craspedia as well as other bright flowers.

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The aisle had potted Primulas that we gave to some of our guests; they looked so adorable and were just right for the barn. The barn didn’t need much decorating, all it really needed was the flowers and Achillea really did deliver.

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A lump In Our Throats

The ceremony was very small and personal. I walked down to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Somewhere/What a wonderful world. As the song started my dad whispered to me ‘ooh that’s your mother in tears.’ We waited a little until we walked down the aisle. And yes, my mother was in tears. The start of the song is so beautiful I think we all had a lump in our throats.

When the vows were over we walked down the aisle together and as everyone looked back Sam held me and we kissed, this was a really lovely moment and we could hear the awwws.

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I Will Wait

Our first dance was amazing! Mumford and Sons – ‘I will wait’. It started off with Sam and I dancing then we called people up to join in, we all danced then some of our friends and family made a circle by holding hands and all the sudden we were in the middle, as we danced they span round us, it was a great moment that we could not have replicated.

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At the end of the evening we had Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of your Life) and everyone held hands in a circle around us again. During the last chorus Sam picked me up, he timed it perfectly, again my mum was crying! Sam’s Dad David then walked into the circle and welcomed me to the clan!

Gaz from Discowed was our DJ, they made it into a great night out. Before the wedding Paddy even put us on the guest list of a few club nights they were doing in London, they didn’t treat us like customers; more like mates.

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Let Your Hair Down

On our guest book table we had a big jar of chocolate eggs, champagne truffle hearts and wee little bags with a packet of lavender seeds and a chocolate coin as favours.

We also had a Polaroid camera with peel off sticky back prints so people could stick them in the guest book, this went really well and we had some VERY interesting photos from it.

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On each table there was a small glass with chocolate eggs. For the evening we had a buffet with Sam’s favourite – beef and horseradish rolls. We paid for the bar which made a big difference as people really let their hair down. On our table we toasted with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé Vintage Champagne, which was amazing and a fabulous bottle!

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The cake was made by my cousin Keeley (she appeared on Master Chef) it was bright, colourful and full of flowers, it looked stunning. We left it up to her to design and she got it spot on. It was a mix of flavours and everybody enjoyed it.

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Minty Fresh

The stationery was important, it had to be personal. We don’t know where the idea came from but thought flags in lemonade bottles would look good. We painted card a mint green colour and wrote on them with a gold pen. The name tags were painted mint green manila tags with bakers twine. The menus had blossom from Rifle Paper co. We bought some cards from there and DIY’d our menus. I made the table plan, bought an old frame and used a chalk pen.

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Disorganised & Laid Back

We wanted our wedding to be colourful, fun, happy and as disorganised and laid back as we are. We tried not to have a theme as we felt that it puts added pressure on people to get it just right. We wanted to just go with the flow and for it to be all about close friends and family.

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Team Work

We tried to do everything together, I’ve heard of brides giving their grooms specific tasks to do like music or entertainment and they don’t get a look in for anything else.To us we didn’t think that was fair, it should be a great experience for the both of you, enjoy looking up things together and deciding on what you want, don’t task each other to do separate things, work together, that’s why you’re getting married because you do work well together!

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Venue – Blake Hall
Brides Dress – J-Crew
Shoes – Rachel Simpson Oasis
Veil – Delphine Manivet
Necklace – BHLDN
Grooms Outfit – The Kooples, Ben Sherman
Bridesmaid and Groomsman – Ted Baker
Décor – Pipii, Vowed And Amazed
Stationery – Rifle Paper Co.
Florist – Achillea
DJ – Disco Wed
Cake – Cakes by Keeley Louise
Photography – Peachey Photography

A gorgeous set of photo’s from Katherine at Peachey Photography, who informed me that this wedding was shot entirely on film, rather than digital.

“…I’ve actually moved from shooting in digital to film early this year. It’s so much nicer – the colours and tones are lovely, much more flattering and it all feels much more special.”

The gold and mint green combination for the table names looks amazing and exposed beams bathed in golden light at Blake Hall makes for such an atmospheric reception venue too!

Not bad for such dis-organised and laid back people hey??

Lots of love,
Fern x

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