This wedding is quintessentially English. From groom Captain Danny; an officer in the Household Cavalry donning his amazing frock coat to the horse drawn carriage.
Laura Rose and Captain Danny tied the knot on Saturday 26 July 2014 in a Church ceremony followed by a wildflower meadow marquee country wedding. Laura Rose wore a stunning 1930s original vintage dress with vintage 1930s veil and pretty ruffled shoes. She had the most whimsy bouquet filled with foliage and blooms and pretty curled locks.
The marquee was decked out in pretty touches, with bunting, homegrown flowers and a naked sponge cake. YUM.
Thanks goes to Anna Morgan for sharing her wonderful imagery.
THE PROPOSAL | On a beautiful Spring morning in 2013 riding our favourite cavalry horses, Hope & Yalu, at the top of Rotten Row nr Hyde Park Corner. Danny popped the question to which I asked ‘Are you sure?!’. He said ‘yes!’ so I said ‘yes!’. The ring fit perfectly and we cantered off in the direction of home (chased by a pug!) after swiftly drinking our glasses of champagne. The rest is history…..!
THE VISION | A simple country affair in the heart of the New Forest where I grew up. Garden & meadow flowers. Vintage touches. Jane Austen fused with Thomas Hardy and a dash of opulence, budget permitting!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | After spending 3 months brainstorming possibilities we began slowly but surely putting the framework of the day in place, sourcing local suppliers and getting friends & family involved, starting with the big stuff and finishing off with the finer details closer to the due date. Despite the horror stories one reads we were lucky to experience a total lack of setbacks along the way.
BUDGET | Probably middle of the road in the end, didn’t get anywhere near the dizzy heights of the 20K range ~ thank goodness!
THE VENUE | Ceremony took place at the picturesque St John the Baptist church in Boldre followed by a short horse & carriage ride down to a wild flower meadow where we had afternoon tea in a vintage king pole marquee.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Broke all the rules by buying my shoes first ~ spotted them in the Lanes of Brighton, it was love at first sight and they had my size (8!!) so job done! Dress was a 1930’s silk & georgette original cut on the bias ~ modified by the most amazing seamstress to morph it into more of a bridal gown. Veil, also 1930’s, discovered in an adorable vintage bridal shop in Devonshire ~ I was only looking for a vintage inspired headpiece but also came out with a veil. When I saw the horseshoe detail, how could I walk away from that?!!
FINDING THE DRESS | After a brief trawl through a list of vintage dress suppliers I stumbled across a little gem of a place in the Lanes of Brighton ~ they didn’t specialise in wedding dresses but their small collection was exquisite (a mix of vintage and vintage inspired). I was looking for a dress that fit me like a glove and gave me total freedom of movement, it was the 6th dress I tried on, just before Christmas.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Danny, a recently commissioned officer in the Household Cavalry wore his ‘Frock Coat’ ~ a little hot under the collar (!) but looked every inch the prince charming from dawn until dusk.
THE READINGS & MUSIC |We personally selected one reading titled ‘Heart of Love’ and our vicar selected the bible reading ‘1 John 4 v 7-12’. I entered the church to ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, our registration music was Adagio (Oboe Concerto) ~ Albinoni followed by Mrs Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) ~ Marianelli Orch. Wallfisch. We left the church to ‘Toccata (from 5th Symphony)’.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Wendy & Melanie were my maids of honour (by Debenhams) followed by Sarah & Phoebe as flower girls (by Monsoon).
THE FLOWERS | The church took excellent care of the ceremonial flowers, a wonderful local florist created the bouquets & button holes and the marquee flowers were fresh from my mum’s beautiful cottage garden.
THE CAKE | A wedding gift from a friend who runs a cake making business ~ she’s a marvel! The naked look decorated with fresh flowers fit beautifully with the homemade look. Super yummy too!! Fresh raspberry butter cream followed by dark chocolate ganache & hazelnut followed by salted caramel butter cream.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | The lovely Anna Morgan Photography.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We tried to keep things simple to avoid hours of burning the midnight oil during the build-up ~ that said my mum did spend a fair few months decorating 90 jam jars with vintage lace, ribbon and doilies!! The trestle tables in the marquee were dusted with lavender, dried rose petals and vintage gold glitter ~ hides a multitude of sins!!!
THE HONEYMOON | Monemvasia, a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Where do I start?! All of it!!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t leave it all to the last minute, start with the big stuff and work your way down to the fun, cherry on the cake stuff. It doesn’t have to cost the world, be creative and think outside the box! Personal touches go a long way.. and remember there are no rules, it’s your day! x
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Dress | Hope and Harlequin
Flowers | Yasmin Design Florists
Veil & headpiece | Days of Grace Vintage
Cake | Flour Power
Marquee | Pole to Pole Marquees
Caterers | Rosie Lea
Photographer | Anna Morgan Photography
Amazing, how very pretty.
Thanks so much to Laura Rose and Captain Danny for sharing their story with us XOXO Lou