Pretty, Real Weddings
A Homemade Pretty, Pink + Green Countryside Wedding
25.01.2012

 

Kirsty and Paul were married back in September in the beautiful Surrey countryside. This gorgeous couple wanted a traditional countryside wedding, incorporating Kirsty’s Italian roots and Paul’s Scottish background.

Kirsty looks exquisite in Jenny Packham, wow!! What a beautiful bride she makes. They wanted a pink and green colour scheme, which worked perfectly, with the colours used for their gorgeous maids and their charming reception. I love so much about this wedding, from the ribbons to the cheese cake, to the bunting and the wellies, this is one pretty, homemade wedding.

Thanks so much to the amazing London based wedding photographer, Rebecca Wedding Photography for sharing her gorgeous work today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“It was a super fantastic, fun & relaxed day! I even got to use my pink hunter wellies for the bride…Yay! Oh & look at the beautiful Jenny Packham dress! The detail on the shoulders of the dress sparkled during the ceremony it was truly magical! xx

The sweet ceremony was held at a cute church in Ewhurst, Surrey ~ followed with the reception at the stunning Coverwood Lakes just a couple of mins up the road.

There were lots of Italian touches {the brides family is Italian} Lots of Limoncello, Sambuca & the table names were all Italian including the top table ~ Baci {kisses ~ how cute!} Then also Scottish touches {from the grooms side} with lots of Kilts & a proper Ceilidh band & lots of dancing!”

 

 

 

Names…. Kirsty and Paul

Wedding Date….17/09/2011

The Proposal…. Snowy Sunday afternoon in December. We went for a walk along London Southbank and after a cosy mulled wine on the Thamesis dock boat bar,  Paul went down on one knee in the snow- completely out of the blue!

The Vision for the day…. We wanted a traditional country wedding. Mainly we wanted to have a relaxed day with minimal ponce and circumstance! As I ( kirsty )  am  half Italian, we wanted to incorporate Italian traditions into the wedding as well

The Planning process…. We married 9 months after getting engaged so it was a busy start to the year! What we didn’t factor was that lots of people get engaged at Christmas and New Year so by the time we started thinking about organising things at the beginning of January – it was a bun fight! We had to move fast to get a venue date this year – so it was a bonus to get an (end of) summer date!

The Venue… We got married at Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Church in Ewhurst and the reception was held in a marquee at the beautiful Coverwood Lakes in Peaslake.

The Dress + Accessories….. My dress was called Syrie by Jenny Packham – it is a very simple dress which suited me, the venue and the simple look we were going for. I Love it and knew that Paul would love it too! My headpiece was made for me by the girls at Euphoria-  it was made to match the detailing on my dress and also my pearl earrings which my Grandmother gave me for my 18th birthday, which i wore. My mum also had them make me a matching bracelet as a gift on the day. My shoes were from Russell and Bromley- although i did spend a lot of time in our wonderful photographer, Rebecca’s bright pink wellies!

Finding the dress…. I found my dress at a wedding fair – although i wasn’t actually ooking for a dress! It was the second dress i tried on and I completely fell in love with it and put a deposit on it then and there! I also wore a long puddle veil.

Groom’s attire… Paul wore his morning suit but bought a new cream waistcoat form Moss Brothers. The boys wore their own morning suits with  a selection of ice-cream colour ties,  which were stripey, spotty or plain!

The Readings + Music…. Our close friends Alice and Alex, whose wedding we met at 5 years ago read ‘A lovely love story’ by Edward Monkton- adapted to suit us, and another friend Viv read a passage from Colossians for us. Lucy Barratt sang Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus during our service. We opted for the traditional Wagner and Mendhelsson as our processional/recessional.

Beautiful bridesmaids…. My lovely sister Anna was our Maid of Honour (and unofficial wedding organiser!) and my two close friends Jo and Annabelle were bridesmaids. My niece Sophia was our very sweet flower girl. The girls wore dresses in pink and green that my mother made. They were based on the idea of ‘infinity dresses’ and very simple to make but looked fantastic! As the dresses can be worn in different ways, and as they were in different colours, i wanted them to have wrist corsages so that they would look like bridesmaids throughout the day and night- its such a shame when expensive bridesmaid bouquets get abandoned as soon as you get to the reception. I made my bridesmaids fake flower corsages with big, blousy, oversized flowers bought from the high street and attached to a bracelet with different, ice cream colour ribbons trailing off it. Sophia, my flower girl wore a beautiful dress from Monsoon.

The Flowers… Our flowers were by ‘Celebration flowers Surrey’ – by Diana Dean. I explained our flower ideas to Diana and sent her a few photos of things i liked and she exceeded herself- we absolutely LOVED them!  Our colour theme was pale pink and greens and we wanted simple arrangements that didn’t overpower everything else- Paul said he didn’t want it to look like Elton Johns’ boudoir! Diana went to great lengths to get exactly the right shade of hydrangeas that i wanted and incorporated them in both my bouquet and the table decorations, which were designed to be taken away as bouquets at the end of the night. My flower girl carried a single hydrangea stem.

The Cake… My wonderful sister volunteered to make our cake- we wanted something simple and not too fussy. Anna made a three tiered cake with tiers of lemon drizzle cake, carrot cake and a Victoria sponge- it was delicious!

Your Photographer…. We were over the moon with our lovely photographer Rebecca, who we found online and immediately loved her style of photography. When we met with Rebecca to discuss the wedding we instantly felt that she understood what we wanted from our wedding. We felt very comfortable with her and knew our guests would too. Rebecca was fantastic on the day, she managed to get so many amazing shots but was completely unobtrusive. We love the photos she took and we have had so many compliments- we can’t thank her enough!

The Details + Decor…. We wanted a simple look in our marquee as the venue was so beautiful we wanted to let it speak for itself. We decorated the drinks area outside the marquee with tealights in jam jars under the covered walkway and hung lengths of pastel ribbons from a tree. The lake was lit  with flares and the trees were uplit. The pathway to the portaloos was lit by lanterns. We were very lucky that my great friend Cath, made us some fab bunting to hang around the venue. She used different  white and cream material such as lace and brocade for a simple, beautiful look. In the marquee, we hung pastel paper pom poms we made, and hung ribbons from the backs of the chairs on the top table. My sister hand wrote all the name tags which were little labels which we tied with different pastel ribbons, around the napkins. Our table names were Italian words that Paul had learnt over the years (Kirsty is half Italian) and they were propped up on antique silver forks which we had bent so they stood upright on the tables. The Table plan was made by Kirsty from a cheap second hand mirror and again lots of ribbon! Kirsty’s mother hand made favours of lavender heart pomanders for the girls and matching little pouches filled with sugared almonds for the boys. The guests threw rice and lavender over Paul and I when we came out the church, as this is an old Italian tradition and we made all the confetti cones from paper doilies. We hired the ceilidh band,  the YOO HOOS who were brilliant and got everyone up and dancing.

Our caterers did us proud and supplied us with copious canapés during the drinks reception. For our breakfast we opted for a crispy pancetta and mozzarella salad- as a nod to the Italian side and then a scrumptious roast pork belly for main. For dessert we had summer pudding. We then had a selection of cheeses from Italy and homemade wedding cake made by kirsty’s sister.

The Honeymoon…. We spent 2 glorious weeks in Barbados- Bliss!

Memorable moments… Saying our vows to each other in church, our first dance ceroc-style to You’ve got the love by Florence and the machine and the wonderful dressing up photobooth and the hilarity that followed!

Advice for other couples… Planning a wedding is hard work- but its meant to be fun! When i was in danger of losing perspective, Paul would remind me of what the day was about- remember its about two people getting married- the rest is just a party!

Credit where credit’s due…

Photographer: http://www.rebeccaweddingphotography.co.uk/
Dress: http://www.nobleandwrightatelier.co.uk/
Hairpiece and jewellery : http://www.euphoriacouture.co.uk/index.php/avant_garde
Hair and make up: http://www.makeupforbrides.co.uk/index.html
Catering and Marquee: http://www.superevent.co.uk/what-they-say-about-us
Venue: http://www.coverwoodlakes.co.uk/
Cake: email [email protected]
Band: http://www.yoohooceilidh.co.uk/
Singer: http://www.lucybarratt.co.uk/

Thanks so much to Kirsty and Paul for sharing their gorgeous wedding day with us today xoxo Lou

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