Hannah and Greg married at Lillibrooke Manor in Cox Green, a farm opposite Hannah’s Dad’s house. Hannah’s Great Grandfather used to run the farm in the 20s right up until he retired. Hannah explained to RMW that the room where the ceremony was held was used to store asparagus which he used to help pick!
Lillibrooke Manor has been a big part of Hannah’s family history so it must have been amazing for her to marry there.
I had an original 1950s dress with the jacket by Elizabeth Avey. I wasn’t going to have any accessories thing but I entered every wedding competition going and I won a hair slide from Satin & Lace, which was awesome!
I went for a 50’s peep toe, satin blue shoes with a silver heel, from Kurt Geiger on sale!
Make Me Fabulous
I’m a lucky girl, my very good friend Camilla is a make-up artist and stylist. She runs a company called Make me Fabulous. I wanted a show stopping Brigitte Bardot look which Camilla created. Hair was via Camilla’s friend Claire who is also a professional bridal hairdresser.
I felt really confident and glamorous thanks ladies!
My mum Catherine, uncle John and mother in law June arranged and sourced ALL the flowers, apart from the bouquets.
Blue & green were my main colours and we wanted to use lots of wild flowers, ivy, herbs, anything we could obtain for free or grow ourselves.
The large displays in the small ceremony barn were arranged by my uncle John and family friends Richard & Brendan. John is known for styling some amazing London properties, so I knew I was in safe hands. Window boxes were made by June.
My mum organised and arranged the button holes, the wild flowers on the tables and grew the herbs I used as centre pieces (she also made her whole wedding outfit & hat from a 50’s Vogue pattern)
The flower display outside the barn was managed by Keith & June Greg’s parents.
We hired suit jackets and trousers for the best man, my brother, my dad and my father in law. We went with a company in Marlow who were extremely unreliable and I wouldn’t recommend them. Too much unnecessary stress was caused….. The shirts and ties I sourced on line. The tie colour was a vibrant royal blue which matched my shoes.
The bridesmaids dresses were from Collectif.
Originally I wanted to get them from Vivien of Holloway but they let me down. Everything I wanted or needed was out of stock…, plus the quality of the Collectif dresses, the shape and the colours were much nicer.
Shoes were from New look, pashminas from M&S.
Suits You Sir
We had a suit made by A Suit That Fits.
We wanted a vintage look but something that Greg could wear again. It was a herringbone fabric, 2 piece suit. We teamed this with a matching blue tie which pulled the theme colours together and his shoes were from M&S.
A Familiar Face
Photography was an easy choice as I know Richard Jones and love his work… We loved all the detail shots, and the candid people snaps. It was lovely to have someone I know taking my wedding photos. Rich made sure all the details were captured forever.
Simple And Yummy
We had fairy, cup and mini bite size cakes, in lemon, vanilla and almond. Simple, yummy and easy to eat. I made the flags to distinguish the dairy & wheat free ones, and nestled in some farm animals, as the barn had been a fully working farm!
Cakes made by Foxys Cakes.
Rock N Roll
We had a DJ for the evening rather than a band. We wanted, 50s rock n roll, northern soul, 60s & 70s rock, 80s dance, AND hip hop. Phil The Disco was able to supply it all.
We asked Greg’s Cousin Tim to sing for us during the ceremony. He’s a seasoned musician & performer who’s played at Wembley and we knew he would be amazing.
He performed ‘Anyone Else But You’ by the Mouldy Peaches and he composed a song for us which he recorded with a full band and made it in to an actual vinyl record for us!
The whole wedding party danced to ‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard. Every single person was up and dancing. It was brilliant. The song is taken from the opening scene to one of our favourite films, Predator. We didn’t want to spin around on our own, on an empty dance floor… this was a much better way to get the party started.
Each person had a bespoke badge attached to their name card. We found images of our favourite 50s heroes; Marilyn, Liz Taylor, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Buddy Holly, Audrey Hepburn, Johnny Cash etc and tweaked them in Photoshop. Awesome Merchandise printed these for us.
We also had jars of sweets so people could help themselves and lots of home grown herb pots for people to take home and keep.
A Family Affair
The whole concept and all the decorations were organised / made by myself and my family.
I commissioned Greg’s dad to make and design all the bespoke signs to hang around the venue. He used old bits of scrap wood, proper recycling. Our mum’s made about 200m of bunting, from all their old fabric, which was my main request. I made the table herb pots, table plan, favours, button flower displays, and sourced the paper ball decorations. The old marmalade jars used for table flower displays were borrowed from Greg’s Parents next door neighbour.
A Bit Of Nostalgia
The theme was the 1950s, because my family had lived on the farm during this period, plus it was the era when our parents were children and it has a nostalgic feel to it. The old fashioned, homemade style suited the venue particularly well but the fact that everything was actually handmade with love and affection by my friends and family made it really special.
I wanted to create a feast for the eyes and my expectations were exceeded. I have set dressing and design experience professionally so I am all about the detail and personal touches; I loved that everywhere you looked there was something creative, fun or pretty to look at.
Mostly everyone got involved and came in 50s inspired clothes which looked amazing.
I have 7 years event and production management experience and I recently started a wedding & events business with my friend Hayley, called Penny & Poppy (weddings parties & events):
We are used to bringing other people’s ideas to life, but when the concepts are your creation it’s the most amazing feeling to see everything come to fruition. I was so proud of everyone. All the planning and hard work was worth it. It was the happiest and most stylish day of our lives.
Venue: Lillibrooke Manor
Photographer: Richard Jones
Dress: Elizabeth Avey
Accessories: Satin & Lace
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Make-up: Make me Fabulous
Groomsmen attire: A Suit That Fits
Entertainment: Phil The Disco
For Hannah and Greg a vintage wedding was absolutely perfect. The nostalgic venue set the scene and from there the theme grew organically and feels completely natural. Hannahs’s accessories from the gloves to the Satin & Lace hair slide to those colour pop blue shoes are spot on, funky, retro, glamourous and fabulous.