We’re really being spoilt this morning with WWW readers Joshua and Chelsea’s classically beautiful and utterly authentic wedding day held on the 6th May 2017 at Longstowe Hall in Cambridgeshire. They envisioned a traditional countryside wedding, with a rustic forest feel to the décor. Their colour palette consisted of the prettiest muted pastels, which suited the season and the rambling wisteria in the grounds perfectly.
The rustic wooden signage adorned with flowers and whimsical lettering really stood out. I also adore the pretty neutral blooms, which added pretty and greenery in equal measure. The bridesmaids were gorgeous in their pale grey-lilac hue dresses complete with delicate sash, the bride and her fave girls were captured so wonderfully by Nikki’s Moments Photography. In fact the whole affair was, from the outdoor ceremony to the emotional speeches.
Joshua and the groomsmen looked very dapper in navy blue suits and tan accessories for a modern yet timeless feel. Then there was Chelsea’s lace gown, which she teamed with a long veil and flower crown. What a stylish pair! A lovely touch was the couple choosing the band from their school prom, it’s choices like these that really make a wedding so very special.
THE PROPOSAL | 28th November, 2015. We had planned a romantic walking trip in the Peak District for Josh’s birthday, when he decided to pop the question on a hillside in the pouring rain (it was very romantic). He propped his camera on a tripod, pretending to take a picture on a timer, when really he was secretly filming! So luckily, we have the whole thing on video.
THE VISION | Our vision was to have a traditional, English countryside wedding. We took inspiration from the surrounding grounds of our gorgeous venue and came up with rustic, authentic, forest theme. Although we did not stick to a theme entirely, we decided to have pastel colours throughout and matched whatever we could to the stunning Wisteria that cloaked many of the surrounding walls within the grounds. Chelsea’s Dad helped us enormously by making many of the accessories from scratch, including our ‘Sweet Ladder”, the ‘Welcome Signs” and “Order of the Day” sign, which gave an authentic flavour to the day. We wanted everyone to be well fed, and have a cracking evening.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We first discussed what we both did and did not want. We chose what was most important to us to book first, and left the smaller details until later on. As it turns out, the smaller details took up the majority of our time and ending up rushing through the finer details right up until the big day – bad planning!
THE BUDGET | We had an initial budget of £15,000, but as the wedding day approached we allowed ourselves a little extra to bring in some additional amenities. The final total was around £16,500.
THE VENUE | Longstowe Hall was the setting for our wedding and reception. It was a stunning, traditional country house, set just outside of Cambridge, with enormous grounds and gardens. We had a marquee set up for the reception and were lucky enough to have our ceremony outdoors on a small island sitting on a beautiful lake.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Chelsea’s dress was a Maggie Sottero Ivory gown, called “Melanie”. It was a delicately laced dress that skimmed the shoulders, with a button trail accenting a deep, illusion back, decorated by a cathedral length veil. Chelsea completed the dress with a flower crown from Morgan Davies, in Hitchin. The crown was subtle, with a hint of sparkle in it.
FINDING THE DRESS | Chelsea visited several bridal boutiques before finally deciding on a style that suited her body shape. The dress was from Morgan Davies in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. After trying on six dresses, Chelsea came across “the one”, which she told the staff before showing her mum. They then applied some gorgeous accessories, including her veil to accentuate the dress. Chelsea showed it to her mum, who subsequently cried – which she never does!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Josh and his groomsmen picked out a simple, three piece dark blue suit from Marks and Spencer. With complimentary tanned belts and shoes, they went for an understated but classic look.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We opted against having readings during our ceremony, but music was ever present. We had a repertoire of our favourite songs playing during our registry signing, including “She Moves in Her Own Way” by The Kooks and “Girlfriend” by Daniel Beddingfield. Chelsea walked down the aisle to the beautiful Ed Sheeran song, “Perfect” – And it was…
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The bridesmaids were in Lavender Fog, low back dress from Asos. With a small train, we felt the colour matched the Wisteria perfectly, and complimented the Ushers dark blue. We went for flat sandals, to be comfortable all day. Their hair was up in an elegant, classy manner, with flowers in their hair. They were accompanied by a simple bouquet of gypsophila.
THE FLOWERS | We were not overly ambitious with the flower arrangements. We wanted simple, woodland foliage, with lots of greens and whites – as if it had been picked straight out of the forest! The tables were decorated with a similar vibe, with the top table draped in ivory flowers and leaf-like accessories, to give it an enchanted woodland look.
THE CAKE | Made and decorated by Josh’s Auntie, it was an ivory, three tiered cake, with two sponges and one fruit. It was in keeping with the woodland theme, draped in Gypsophila and edible flowers – yum!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Nikki was wonderful, from beginning to end. We had our engagement shoot in – you guessed it – woodland, and Nikki’s photography style really suited our vision. We had done a fair bit of shopping around before we stumbled across Nikki’s work, but we are so glad we did. Naturally, we were nervous leading up to and during our engagement shoot, but Nikki almost immediately made us feel at ease with her warm, natural and easy-going approach. The result was stunning and filled us with excitement leading up to our big day. When it came to the day itself, Nikki took control and made everything flow with ease. It was seamless and stress free. We wish she could follow us around every day and make us look as good as she did on our wedding day!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Our ceremony was outdoors and the setting itself was enough decoration for us! Inside the marquee we had simple, round tables, with homemade table numbers, decorated with lots of foliage to compliment the fresh white interiors of the marquee. The venue was littered with jars, with tea lights and gypsophila inside – jars we had been collecting for a year-and-a-half! Other décor included a memory jar around our guest book, a string draped across the wall with photos from our engagement shoot attached to it. A favourite additional piece of décor was our Game of Thrones themed table plan, whereby we named each individual table after a notorious Game of Thrones family. Needless to say, the family sitting at Table Frey were less than impressed! We also placed selfie-sticks on every table, which went down a treat. We opted for a live band instead of a DJ for our evening entertainment. Our chosen band, “Pink Champagne” had played out our prom, way back when we first began dating at the tender age of 16. It seemed fitting for us to invite them along to our big day and they did not disappoint! They played an array of hits, old and new and left everyone with sore feet by midnight!
THE HONEYMOON | We honeymooned in the gorgeous Santorini, Greece. It is the perfect place to spend your first week as a married couple together. We loved our time travelling around the small island on quad bikes, visiting the picturesque town of Oia and spending our evenings eating in quaint, authentically Greek restaurants that hang on to the famous cliff edges. Truly, truly glorious. Josh captured our time there on a vlog, which we haven’t stopped watching!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | A memorable moment for both of us, was the second we saw each other, as Chelsea walked down the aisle. An unbelievable concoction of joy, relief, excitement, nerves and love.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Book as much as you can, as soon as you can! Take a moment on the day with your partner to really revel in it, because it is gone in an instant. Leading up to the big day, don’t let stresses and worries get you down – it’s all part of the fun!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Nikki’s Moments Photography
Videographer | Lia’s Cinematic Wedding Videos
Dress Shop | Morgan Davies, Hitchin
Dress Designer | Maggie Sottero
Grooms Attire | M&S
Florist | Regency Flowers
Cake | Auntie Leri!
Bridesmaids Dresses | ASOS
Band | Pink Champagne
Caterers | Big Day Catering
Venue | Longstowe Hall
Wow so wonderful.
Huge thanks to Joshua and Chelsea for sharing their wedding story and to their photographer Nikki for sharing these images xo Lou