WWW readers Charlotte and Jamie wed in a church ceremony followed by a beautiful reception at Bury Court Barn in Surrey. Their day was filled with all sorts of gorgeous greenery and I can only begin to imagine how delightfully the scent of lavender filled the air. I just can’t get enough of all the potted arrangements, I love that guests could take these home too instead of cut flowers going to waste.
Charlotte set her heart on her Paloma Blanca gown after seeing it in a magazine and was determined to get it. As you can see, her perseverance certainly paid off, she looks just gorgeous. I adore bridesmaids in separates and I just can’t get enough of the these lovely ladies in their Coast prom style skirts, which they teamed with Topshop vests.
With nearly half of the guests making the trip to Surrey from Canada, an English country garden wedding was in order. Think pastel blooms, luggage tags, upturned wooden crates and the most gorgeous antique-look world map table plan. The tiered cheese ‘cake’ is just the sweetest and what English garden wedding would be complete without bunting?
Thank you ever so much Lydia Stamps Photography for sharing these wonderful images with WWW.
THE PROPOSAL | Aspen, Colorado (USA). We were living in Toronto, Canada at the time and in December 2013 Jamie surprised Charlotte with a weekend trip away skiing (something we had always loved doing together). Charlotte had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport check-in desk…at which point she had to put on her best British accent so that we could still check in our baggage (we are always running late!). The actual proposal was fairly comical as Jamie only realised after he was down on one knee that the ring was still in his bag…
THE VISION | Until we got engaged we’d never really thought about what our wedding day might be like. We didn’t really have a theme as such but if I had to describe our vision it would be an English countryside wedding with a very relaxed and informal feel surrounded by family and friends. We had ~40% of our wedding guests over from Canada, and so thought a very typically British wedding would be a lot of fun for them!
THE VENUE | St. Mary’s Church, Bentley, Hampshire.
The Barn at Bury Court, Bentley, Hampshire.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Paloma Blanca 4105 Chantilly Lace Wedding Dress. All lace dress with keyhole back detail. Ribbon and brooch embellishment at waist – which I made a bit more simple with just a ribbon. Fit and flare skirt with couture hem. Sweep Train. Colour: Champagne. Accessories: a silver water lily bangle with a pearl from my 21st birthday. Earrings that had been passed down from Jamie’s family
FINDING THE DRESS | I didn’t know what I wanted initially but quickly narrowed it down to something with straps, lace, and an interesting back! In the first shop I went to (Mirror Mirror in London) I tried on a beautiful Paloma Blanca dress, but it was outside my budget. When I found the designer was actually based in Toronto, where we were living when we got engaged, I decided that it was the right dress for me and bought it second hand!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Navy blue suit from Suit Supply. White shirt, light blue tie, brown shoes.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had three readings: 1) From the old testament, Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7 (read by one of Jamie’s friends from university), 2) ‘The Promise’ by Eileen Rafter (read by two of Charlotte’s school friends) 3) ‘The Key to Love’ (read by Charlotte’s godmother). In the church we had hymns (Give me joy in my heart, Jerusalem and One more step along the world I go) and Charlotte’s cousin sang Moon River. The entrance music was Pachelbel, Canon in D and the recessional music was Hornpipe from Water Music, Handel
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Caz Higgins, Becky Green, Kate Campbell, Caz Barnes. They wore ice blue prom style skirts from Coast, with white vest tops from Topshop
THE FLOWERS | Sue Vaughan is a local florist who we found on Facebook and made the beautiful buttonholes and bouquets for us, which we gave her free rein on, deciding she knew a lot more about flowers than we did! For the table decorations, we bought pots of sunflowers, lavender, and herbs from a huge flower market in Battersea, London, which we wrapped in hessian and twine and gave to our guests to take home at the end of the night.
THE CAKE | We went for a cheese tower instead of a cake, as Charlotte’s mum kindly made homemade evening cakes and treats.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Lydia Stamps – absolutely amazing photos and wonderful to work with!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | With some help from a friend we made our own wedding stationery in PowerPoint, and a hand drawn map. We used a lot of vintage maps and brown luggage tags to decorate the venue with, to celebrate our love of travel and the fact people were celebrating with us from all over the world. We also made some hand painted wooden signs, using old wood from a reclamation yard.
THE HONEYMOON | We went for a week to Tuscany and Umbria (Italy) and mainly relaxed, and ate and drank a lot.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Despite our church wedding, Jamie is actually Jewish and his friends and family decided to embrace the Jewish chair dancing tradition, throwing us both up into the air. Other memorable moments included a friend ripping his trousers on the dance floor, and walking down a muddy but beautiful footpath between the church and the reception venue.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Have fun, don’t get stressed, and compromise. It is a special day so make sure you take the time to enjoy it!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Lydia Stamps Photography
Venue | Bury Court Barn
Dress | Paloma Blanca
Groom’s Suit | Suit Supply
Accommodation | Anchor Inn at Lower Froyle
Catering | Jacaranda Catering
Music | Zu Zu Men
Flowers | Sue Vaughan (highly recommended!)
Guitar during drinks reception | Guy Valarino
Cheese cake | The Cheese Hamlet
Thank you so much Charlotte and Jamie for sharing your very special day with us here at WWW. Rachel x