I spend many hours talking about my clients weddings and I love every second of it, but I thought it’s about time I shared some of my favourite details from my own wedding. But first, I’m going to give a shout out to my incredible wedding photographers, Benni and Carol – two amazingly talented Italian sisters who captured our big day with the most incredible images, some of which I’m going to share in this blog.
Firstly, we were blessed with the weather, we picked an early April wedding day and were totally prepared for rain (I bought bridal umbrellas and everything!). We woke up to a lot of mist, but miraculously we had an unpredicted heatwave which allowed for an outdoor drinks reception and even a little sun burn for our guests!
1. The Car
To get to the church I hired a Saab Turbo 900 (from the incredible team at Great Escape Cars) for my Dad to drive me in, it was the make and model of the car he had when we were growing up. He’d driven me in it so many times no other car would do for this special drive, so I tasked my husband-to-be and the groomsmen to pick it up from the west country and get it to Surrey safely (despite a couple of break downs) and it was totally worth it to see the tears in my dad’s eyes when he saw it!
2. The Church
Tiny but perfectly formed. There were just two rows of pews and they all faced towards the aisle. Walking down and back up was the most overwhelming part of the day without a doubt and I burst into tears as I walked in and saw all our closest friends and family. To be surrounded by everyone important to us was exactly what we had hoped for throughout the planning and was a totally surreal experience to walk in and see them all in one go.
3. The Venue
Our reception venue, Gatton Hall, (sadly no longer a wedding venue) is part of a beautiful school in Surrey. It looks over a lake and grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. Inside, we named our tables after whisky (my husbands tipple of choice), and we had stacks of antique blue books I'd sourced as our table centre pieces. Our three course meal was paired with wine from Denbies Wine Estate. Then we had a popcorn bar and cigar bar for our guests in the evening with a live DJ.
4. The Dress
My wedding dress was by Stella York from Love Bridal – the only shop I needed to visit – I fell in love with the perfect combination of its fitted shape and the romantic over layer and gorgeous lace detail. Growing up spending hours looking at wedding magazines I'd always loved the Stella York designs (my Pinterest was full of her dresses long before I was engaged!), I had no idea when I tried it on and fell in love that my dream was coming true! It was made even more special that one of my best friends chose it for me to try on. Even in the shop I didn’t want to take it off – I recommend waiting for this feeling to truly know you’ve found the right wedding dress!
5. The Cake
The wedding cake…like you had any doubts… I made it myself. Knowing things would be full-on in the days preceding the wedding, I opted for four tiers of fruitcake so I was able to make and decorate it all in advance. I handmade sugar paste roses in pinks and golds as well as some blue hydrangeas (to match my bridal flowers my mum was arranging) set into the space between the bottom two tiers and added edible blue lace and a mirror cake topper that included our two cats to personalise the cake to us. As is tradition, we’ve kept the top tier – and still had plenty to serve our guests on the day as part of the evening buffet.
It really is hard to pick just 5 of the details to share, maybe I’ll do a sequel blog with more beautiful pictures and details about my big day. Maybe these five ideas have inspired your wedding plans, or if you’re already married I’d love to hear your 5 favourite details!
All photography by: Benni Carol Photography.