I love featuring different stories on these pages, each one is different and inspiring too. This couple’s story is lovely, let me tell you why.
WWW readers Verity and Martin held their vow renewal on their ten year wedding anniversary. Their wedding was an intimate and casual affair and they always said that they would hold a party for their loved ones. Ten years and three children later they decided the time was right. They chose to hold their ceremony at the beautiful setting of Holkham Beach followed by a celebration at The Victoria in Norfolk.
With a vintage feel Verity wore the 1920s inspired Eden by Jenny Packham, a gramophone played old fashioned tunes and décor was inspired by a bygone era. How very special?
Thanks to Emma Stoner Weddings for sharing these marvellous shots with us.
THE VISION | Relaxed, vintage, semi-formal, country/coastal pub. Ceremony – a humanistic blessing/renewal of vows on the edge of Holkham beach next to the pinewoods. The location is special as I used to spend my Summers there as a child.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the venue eight months before and then rest was organised in the following months. Although we were already married we wore casual clothes first time around and only our parents attended the ceremony at Brighton registry office. We had just had a baby so there wasn’t the time or the inclination to organise a big wedding celebration. We kept saying we would have a party with all our family and friends but we were always so busy with work and children (we now have three) it never seemed like the right time. Our ten year anniversary felt like the right time to have a big party and renew our vows at the same time. We chose to have a humanistic blessing on the beach at Holkham. We kept the ceremony for immediate family and then followed it with lunch at The Victoria for extended family and friends with more friends attending in the evening.
THE VENUE | The Victoria, Holkham, Norfolk.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Jenny Packham Eden in Platinum with Jenny Packham headpiece – Cadeaux 11 in antique. Shoes from Dune. My wedding ring had always been too tight so I decided to get it remade using my paternal grandmothers 22ct gold ring, the diamond from my engagement ring and some smaller diamonds and 18ct white gold from another ring. Whilst studying for a city and guilds silversmithing I came across a designer and goldsmith called Sarah Stafford whose work I loved. I commissioned her to remake my wedding ring.
FINDING THE DRESS | Very early in my online search I found a picture of the Jenny Packham Eden dress in Platinum and straight away felt like it might be the right dress. There were other dresses by Jenny Packham that I liked but when it came to trying them on it was the Eden which I felt most comfortable in.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | New & Lingwood shirt and suit. Churches brogues.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton, I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, Vow by Roger McGough and Love Listen by Ann Gray. There was no music during the ceremony but back at the pub whilst we were having lunch we had a 1920s playlist set up to play through a gramophone. In the evening two of our DJ friends were in charge of the music.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My daughter Thea who was five at the time was my bridesmaid. She wore a gorgeous dusky pink dress from Monsoon and matching shoes from John Lewis.
THE FLOWERS | My flowers, Thea’s headpiece, the grooms buttonholes and the table decorations all came from Pick-A-Lily florist in Norwich. Choice was limited at that time of year but I wanted colours of purple, dusky pink, white and greens with a relaxed, arrangement to look as natural as possible. I chose white cottage rose, memory lane rose, purple lysianthus, lavender, jasmine, scabiosa, thistle and eucalyptus.
THE CAKE | Made by Charlie Buchan of Ophelia Weddings. Both Martin and I do not like heavily iced or fruit cakes so we opted for a two tier cake dressed only with flowers and icing. One tier of peach and white chocolate and one tier of lemon and lavender. As we had lots of children in attendance we wanted to have a cake table where there would be (hopefully) something for everyone. Some of our friends very kindly baked some cakes so in addition to the delicious cake made by Charlie we had a chocolate and amaretto cake, beetroot brownies, bramble cake and lemon and poppy seed cake.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The brilliant Emma Stoner. We really loved Emma’s previous work. On the day she captured all those natural moments as well as creating some beautiful shots of just the two of us on the beach. She was creative, relaxed and didn’t impose on other guests. We are incredibly pleased with the fantastic photos from the day as are our family. We will treasure them for years to come
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The pub itself is beautiful so we didn’t have to work too hard. With the tables we had hessian runners, wood centrepieces, wild flowers in jam jars which we decorated with vintage lace, lots of candles in jars and each table was named after my favourite books. The table places were typed out and displayed in a vintage typewriter. We had a gramophone playing music during lunch. A vintage style sweets table. A vintage suitcase for cards and my mum made some gorgeous bunting from lace we had both collected. The pub has lots of little rooms off the main bar area and in one of these rooms we had a big basket of vintage board and card games. We also hired a bouncy castle to be put up in the walled garden which was extremely popular with all the children.
THE HONEYMOON | We still haven’t got around to this yet but we are considering a year long family adventure beginning next year.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There were so many but one that stands out is everyone on the dance floor jumping in unison to ‘Jump Around’ later in the evening.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t sweat the small stuff. A good party requires a few ingredients: the people you care about, good food, great music, plenty of booze all served up in a relaxed but beautiful venue.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | The Victoria, Ben Hunter-Watts (General Manager), Holkham, Norfolk. The staff were incredible.
Baker | Ophelia Weddings – Charlie Buchan
Photographer | Emma Stoner Weddings
Dress | Jenny Packham
Goldsmith and jewellery designer | Sarah Stafford
Flowers | Pick-A-Lily Florist, Norwich.
Humanist Celebrant | Mags Allison
What a special day indeed.
Thanks so very much to Verity and Martin for sharing their story xo Lou