I take my hat off to this gorgeous pair. They not only planned their wedding in 4 months, but from Australia too. No mean feat, but boy oh boy did they pull it off in spectacular fashion.
WWW readers Tiffany and Matt were married on the 23rd July 2016 in the town Church where Tiffany grew up and held their celebratory party afterwards at Brook Farm, Cuffley in Hertfordshire. The setting is just breathtaking and perfect for a tipi reception, which is of course what Tiffany and Matt plumped for. Think festoon lights, a ladder filled with potted plants, lanterns, succulent favours and copper candle holders. Stunning.
Tiffany looked so very beautiful in her simple and elegant gown, which she wore with peep toe heels. Matt chose a navy tweed suit and the bridesmaids donned delicate multi-way lilac frocks. Their attire was all tied together by the coral Peonies and foliage filled blooms, which by the way looked heavenly.
Thanks so much to Kate Gray Photography for sharing these wonderful photographs with us.
THE PROPOSAL | We were trekking in Nepal and were taking a ‘rest day’ so we went for a ‘short’ hike up to the nearest peak. At one of the mini summits Matt asked if I’d like some chocolate? Having just trekked for 2 hours on a rest day I obviously said yes. However, little was I to know that what came out of his rucksack was not chocolate but was in fact was a sparkling diamond engagement ring!! Shocked, and very surprised, several minutes later I of course said YES! However, I obviously asked about the chocolate as well!? Matt had also carried up a bottle of Champagne and two glass mugs so we could toast to our future together. Starting on top of the world.
THE VISION | To create a relaxed family friendly countryside wedding that reflected our outdoor adventurous nature.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We live in Perth, Australia so the whole wedding was planned from the other side of the world.
We had one weekend in January when we came over for Matt’s Brother’s wedding to choose the venue. As we live in Australia I knew I wanted to get married in the town Church where I grew up. This in mind Matt and I set about finding a wedding venue near Harpenden, Herts. A friend had recommended Brook Farm so we went to take a look with my parents. It was a typical cold and foggy winters morning in January.
As Laura, from Brook Farm had warned me that they were currently re-landscaping the site so we would have to use our imagination a little bit. Heading down the bumpy unmade road down to the picturesque ‘field’ and ‘lake’ where our wedding reception would take place. Still in development Brook Farm was more of a mud bath with JCBs, diggers and mud tracks. My Dad’s face was a picture as he asked me you want to have your wedding here?! I knew that by Summer the venue would be perfect and Matt and I had no doubts that this was exactly where we wanted to have our wedding.
Matt was heavily involved in the planning of the wedding from the venue through to the menu, working in the fishing industry, fish featured heavily on the menu which was great.
Planning a wedding from the other side of the world in 4 months meant we had to make decisions quite quickly and just go with your gut feel and trust suppliers to do their job and see your vision.
Recommendations from family and friends were invaluable, I would never have found Brook Farm or our caterers without the help and recommendation from our friends.
THE VENUE | Church – St. Nicholas Church, Harpenden.
Venue – Brook Farm Cuffley.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Purchased from Tuscany Bridal in Perth WA.
Wedding dress name: Yvette.
FINDING THE DRESS | Finding the dress was one of the easiest and hardest things to do.
As all my family and friends live in the UK, I went with a friend from work to look at dresses. Talking to the lady in the shop I quickly found out that wedding dresses take 3 months to be shipped to Perth so quickly worked out that I would have to order the dress that day! I quickly face-timed my sister, waking her up at 6am to do a double check that I wasn’t choosing something totally disgusting, I wasn’t’, she loved it. Phew! Then I ordered the dress. I was sad that my Mum and Sister weren’t able to see the dress in person before the big day however, it did make it extra special when they got to see it for the first time.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Tailored navy blue tweed suit.
Matching ties from PINK London.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Bert Kaempfert, Swinging Safari –This quirky retro tune is the music that was played as we left the church It was my Grandpa’s favourite and he always used to play it on his record player when I was little. It was also a song that Matt’s Dad played when I met them at Christmas for the first time.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two bridesmaids and two flower girls.
The bridesmaids wore long lilac dresses.
THE FLOWERS | Betty and Bear Flowers.
This lady is a legend, tucked away in a quite avenue in St. Albans this lady is busy in her charming white shed at the bottom of the garden. Down the garden path you go, past the mini wheelbarrow full of succulents into her Aladdin’s cave full of beautiful floral delights.
I just had simple bouquets for the bridesmaids consisting of baby’s breath, gypsophila.
I wanted my bouquet to look like I’d just walked through a the bush in Australia and through the back garden of my parents’ house in Hertfordshire, so there was a real mix with everything from Peonies and gypsophila to eucalyptus leaves.
THE CAKE | My Dad made our wedding cake.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The wonderfully talented Kate & Jon Gray.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted to create a simple classic look with references to our life in Australia. For our decorations we choose some copper glass lanterns from Anthropology with polished abalone and pearl shells from fisheries that Matt works with in Western Australia. We had groups of small succulents on each table, these were our table decorations as well as our wedding favours. Saving costs on expensive flowers.
THE HONEYMOON | As we’re not beach holiday people we’re going to Japan for our Honeymoon. We can’t wait to hit the slopes and check out all the sights of Tokyo and Kyoto.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Matt: For me my most memorable moment was sitting next to my wife at the wedding breakfast and looking around at everyone having such a great time. Laughing, joking and loving the food that we chose. We wanted the food to be different, so chose share platters of seafood to start, followed by share boards of beer and roasted vegetables both courses got everyone talking it was magic to watch.
Tiffany: Walking into the Church with my Dad and seeing all my friends and family for the first time, some of which I haven’t seen for several years. The magic of them seeing my dress for the first time, a complete surprise to everyone. Walking down the aisle with my Dad and seeing Matt instantly brought tears to my eyes. This is the moment I would love to relive all over again.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Keep things simple, don’t over complicate things.
Don’t try and do too much, your guests are there to see you. They’d probably be happy with a pizza van in a car park as long as there was free wine, beer and a chance to dance and see you! Don’t fuss, it’s the people that make a wedding not the wedding favours or the colourful paper lanterns.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Kate Gray Photography
Food and catering | Carte Blanche
Venue | Brook Farm Cuffley
Make up | Makeover Box
Flowers | Betty and Bear Flowers
Church | St Nicholas Church, Harpenden
Transport | Time Bus
Tiffany and Matt, thank you both so much for sharing your wonderful wedding here at WWW xo Lou