Oh I do so love a wedding held at one of the lucky couple’s parents’ houses and we’re in for a treat today, with WWW readers Matthew and Fiona’s big day held on the 27th May 2017. They chose to do the legal bit ahead of the main event with just family, leaving them free to plan everything just as they wanted, including a stunning outdoor ceremony. I just love the flexibility that a wedding at home allows our lovely couples, and this pair really took advantage by making lots of the décor themselves and of course using the help of their generous family and friends.
Matthew and Fiona also made sure to use local suppliers and seasonal products where possible. Aren’t the flowers including Fiona’s favourite peonies simply stunning? There are so many brilliant homemade details to enjoy here but I think one of my favourites has to be the personalised bar, and what a touching tribute to name the beers after grandparents who couldn’t be there.
Everyone happens to be turned out rather nicely too. Fiona kept her Maggie Sottero dress a secret from everyone except her Mum and don’t you just adore the gorgeous hair vine she chose to go with it? Matthew was a French Connection groom with a special Scottish touch, which was also carried through to the darling page boys. It goes without saying that the bridesmaids looked beautiful in their ASOS numbers.
Thanks to the brilliant Laura Rhodes from Curious Rose Photography for these fabulous images of a wonderful day.
THE PROPOSAL | Matthew took me away to Bath for the weekend, which is where we met. He took me to the place where we had our first kiss and got down on one knee – I was totally shocked! We had been together 9 years, but I was not expecting it. Matthew then arranged for friends and family to celebrate with us over the next couple of days.
THE VISION | As the wedding took place in my parents’ garden, it was all about the countryside and nature, and bringing the hill (that they live on), to the wedding. We tried to source as much as possible locally, using talents of friends and family and handmade.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We had 14 months of planning, and we tried to do as much as possible ourselves, but as it was at my parents’ house they were able to organise most things.
THE VENUE | My parents’ house in Worcestershire. We had a marquee in the garden. We got legally married at Malvern Registry Office a couple of days before, just with family. We then had a Humanist ceremony in the garden in front of our friends and family.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Maggie Sotterro ‘Tami’ brought from Wedding Days in Cheltenham. Beaded flower hair vine from Gillian Million. Bespoke veil, made to match the lace on my dress from Gillian Million. Gold shoes from Next. Gold sparkly pumps for the evening, from House of Fraser.
FINDING THE DRESS | Only my mum went with me to buy the dress, I wanted it to be a surprise for everyone else! When I went to Wedding Days I actually didn’t pick the dress to try on. After trying on all my initial choices, and not really liking any of them the lady helping suggested this dress would go nicely with a garden/countryside theme with the flower and leaf detail. As soon as I tried it on I loved it – I loved the sheer back, the flowers and the champagne colour.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Matthew got his suit from French Connection. We managed to find Matthew’s family tartan, and we used it on the back of Matthew’s waistcoat, on the pocket squares and on the bow ties for the page boys.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Our friend played the violin whilst our guests arrived, and as I walked down the aisle. He had learnt pop songs, and played the intro to Eminem’s Lose Yourself when I walked down the aisle.
My sister wrote a beautiful poem; and she read it perfectly – it was a real emotional moment of the ceremony.
Matthew’s brother Will, also read A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My beautiful bridesmaids were my sisters, Joanna and Claire, and my oldest friend, Laura. The bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS, and they each chose their shoes and how they wanted their hair. My niece was also a flower girl, and her dress was from Monsoon. She also had little high heels from Monsoon, which she absolutely loved!
THE FLOWERS | My Auntie and close family friend did all my flowers. They were simply beautiful, and we tried to use all seasonal flowers – in particular pink peonies, which are my favourite flower. I wanted lots of flowers that you would find in the garden, such as stocks, Ranunculus, Delphinium, Love in a Mist, Lisianthius, Rose and Chrysanthemum. My favourites were in the milk churns and in random verses dotted round the garden.
THE CAKE | We got our cakes from The Linton Kitchen in Cambridgeshire (this is close to where we live). We loved their style of cakes. We had three different sizes and flavours: Vanilla, Chocolate & Coffee.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Our photographer was Laura Rhodes from Curious Rose Photography. I actually went to school with Laura, and when I found out she was a wedding photographer I instantly got in touch. It was great getting to know Laura again, and we both loved her laid back style.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The beautiful garden and the surrounding hill really made most of the details! My parents spent months making the garden perfect, and we added lots of bunting, beautiful vases and milk churns of flowers. In the marquee, we also kept in 3 trees to add to the ‘nature’ theme. We also had the table settings made by Puddle Paints – gorgeous watercolour paintings of different animals that you would find on the hill. There was also quite a bit of gold glitter – I glittered over 100 pine cones…because, why not?! We also arranged to have 4 different local ciders and ales, and we named them after our grandparents, who could not be there. It was great hearing our guests ordering a pint of Pat Handy!!
THE HONEYMOON | We went on a mini-moon to Bath for a few days. We stayed in the Royal Crescent Hotel. We have booked to go to South Africa in 2018 where we will make our way down the Garden Route, finishing with a safari in the Eastern Cape.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | We loved the speeches – they were all so brilliant! Our friends were the Master of Ceremonies, and they started the evening off with a game of Mr & Mrs. The questions were hilarious, and it got the audience involved.
The band ‘Double Bass Dan’ were brilliant, and it was great to see everyone on the dance floor all night.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t get too stressed on the lead up – enjoy being engaged and the planning process as much as possible. Remember, other people are only trying to help and don’t be afraid to make decisions, even if they upset some people!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Curious Rose Photography
Marquee | The Marquee Company They were so good – they built us a bar, and even a bridge for our guests to get to the toilets in the next field.
Hair Vine & Veil | Gillian Million
Band | Double Bass Dan
Catering | Orchard Catering
Cakes | Linton Kitchen
Table Settings | Puddle Paints
Thank you ever so much Matthew and Fiona for sharing your simply beautiful day with us here at WWW. Rachel x