This simple, chic and elegant day was so full of love and style it’ll have you pining for a summer shindig.
Aaron and Louise were hitched on Saturday 29th July 2017 and held their honest and natural wedding celebrations at a family farm in Essex. A marquee was the perfect set up to their pretty style, which was decorated with pink florals in jars placed on logs, tea lights and macaron favours. All the pastels came together so perfectly, especially with the darling bridesmaid dresses. I mean just look at those mismatched blush frocks and divine bouquets. The flower arrangements included some summer faves; roses, peonies, astilbe and gypsophila for a classic romantic style.
Then there were the fun moments. You’ve got to love the bumper cars entertainment, it must have been such fun. Plus the confetti bomb first dance to Al Green’s Lets Stay Together must have been pure magic.
On hand to capture all the loveliness was Gemma Giorgio and we are head over heels with these dreamy shots today. Thanks so much Gemma.
THE PROPOSAL | The rooftop of a large Medieval tower in the botanical gardens Uzes, South of France . We were on a large family holiday and only Louise’s dad knew that the proposal was imminent. The grounds of the gardens were beautiful and we climbed the top of the tower with a stunning view before Aaron waited for other visitors to leave and drop down on one knee and pop the question.
THE VISION | We wanted a simplistic, natural honest wedding. Less frill and chair covers, more flowers, candles and great food.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | As the venue was at my Aunt and Uncle’s house, we had a lot of flexibility with dates. First priority was booking the church, choosing the dress and trying to find the right catering company for us. We found a company called Relish, who luckily work hand in hand with Camelot marquees.
BUDGET | £20K
THE VENUE | St Margarets Church Stanford-Le-Hope followed by a marquee and bumper cars reception at Louise’s Aunt and Uncle’s house Heath Place Farm, Orsett.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress came from Confetti and Lace in Lakeside shopping centre. Pearl drop earrings and shoes were the ‘something borrowed’ from Louise’s mum and aunt respectively. The single pearl drop necklace was a ‘something new’ gift from Louise’s mum.
FINDING THE DRESS | Confetti and Lace was only the second wedding dress shop I had visited with my mum. I hadn’t really thought about what my perfect dress would look like; I just knew what I didn’t like. After 7 or so different styles I realised I hated bling, loved lace and preferred something simple. Et voila! Sweetheart neckline, ivory colour with lace and small lace shoulder straps.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Marks and Spencer, Savile Row collection, Indigo Tailored fit.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Never marry but for love – William Penn, A love poem between two lovers, Song of Solomen, Chapter 2 verses 10-13, Love is patient Love is kind – 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
Hymns: Jerulsalem, Morning has Broken, Make me a channel of your peace.
1st dance: Al Green – Let stay together.
Bride and father of the bride: Jackson 5 – I’ll be there.
Evening DJ playlist was mainly motown hits with many 80s classics.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | After selecting my bridesmaids and flower girl I gave them the task of finding their own dress. I gave each maid a £150 budget and suggested they look for dusky pinks or nude and told them to find something they adored. I couldn’t think of anything worse than taking 5 grown women with their different body shapes and styles and trying to please them all. This way they all got to wear something they were comfortable in, made them feel fabulous and reflected their personality. Win Win! Two of the dresses came from ASOS, two from independent bridal shops, one from john Lewis and one from Debenhams.
THE FLOWERS | Our contact for the flowers came through a family friend, Kirsty from ‘YourFlorist’. She was amazing and really helpful. We were able to curate the perfect mix of flowers, foliage and colours.
THE CAKE | Mary Bakes Yummy cakes was recommended to us by a friend. The naked cake was a simple sponge cake had tiers of buttercream with strawberry jam and tiers of butter cream and lemon curd. Our florist added some flowers to the cake on the morning of the wedding.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Gemma Giorgio Photography.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Slices of tree trunks as the base of the table centre pieces, jam jars filled with flowers and candles. Table names were botanical herbs.
THE HONEYMOON | Three weeks in Vietnam. We started in the north (Hanoi) and ended in the south, on a small island just off the coast of Cambodia.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Seeing all our loved ones in the church, our first dance and first ride in the bumper cars as husband and wife!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t try to please everyone because that’s impossible. You’re only planning on doing this once so make it the best it can be for the two of you.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Photographer | Gemma Giorgio
Catering | Relish
Marquee | Camelot Marquees
Cake | Mary Bakes Yummy Cakes
Flowers/cake decoration/table decoration | Kirsty Your Florist
Wow, so stylish. I totally love Aaron and Louise’s darling outfits too.
Huge thanks to both Aaron and Louise for sharing their wonderful wedding story xo Lou