Is there ever a more pretty and on trend colour scheme than blush pink and gold? I think not. Classic and timeless, it just works does it not? Plus it is a colour way that can be used no matter the time of year, as proved perfectly by today’s real wedding.
Set in the glorious Norfolk countryside is Narborough Hall Gardens, which provided the stunning backdrop to Alice and Andy’s autumn affair. Their day was a master-class in rustic styling with so many DIY touches to boot. One of my fave crafty projects of theirs has to be the key and door seating plan, which looked so good. I have to say the lighting was super romantic and dreamy too. Think fairy lights and candles in abundance, which gave a really magical atmosphere. One of the most beautiful shots captured today by the amazing Katherine Ashdown Photography, has to be the candlelit staircase portrait. It gave me goosebumps! But rest assured they are all just breathtaking, thanks for sharing them with us Katherine.
Onto the outfits, which were all of course utterly stylish. The florals, which were just so darling and not forgetting that scrumptious looking cake. WOW.
THE PROPOSAL | Andy proposed in Black Park, Bucks, which was used in outdoor scenes for the live action Cinderella movie, by hanging framed photos of us in the trees along with beautiful fairy lights and a bottle of champagne that had been set up before hand. Then surprised Alice as they went for a walk.
THE VISION | Country manor house, Blush Pink and Gold. Classic feel, with a vintage touch.
THE VENUE | Narborough Hall Gardens, Norfolk.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Stephanie Allin Dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Lace crop top, sash and veil bought from Windsor Brides, earrings a gift from my sister.
FINDING THE DRESS | After visiting Windsor and Eton Brides, and Ellie Sanderson, Alice found her perfect dress at Windsor Brides accompanied by all her bridesmaids, mum and niece and nephew.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Light Grey Suit from Next, Black bow tie and braces from Asos. Best Men cufflinks from Next. Blush Pink pocket square from Asos.
George – Best man
Benedict – Best Man
Matthew – Usher
Matt – Usher
Mat – Usher
Ben – Usher
The night before the wedding each groomsman was given a box that contained the bow tie, braces, cufflinks, pocket square, cigar and whiskey miniatures. In additional the two Best Men were given Emporio Armani watches with “Brothers in Arms” engraved on the back.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | Reading – “He’s Not Perfect” – Bob Marley
Music, walking down the aisle – Piano Instrumental of: City & Colour “The Girl”
Reading – Love is Giving, Not Taking – Anon
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Adult Bridesmaids: Claire and Laura (Alice’s sisters), Mia (Alice’s cousin), Sophie, Jordon and Sam (Alice’s best friends).
Blush Pink dresses from ASOS, White faux fur stoles from New Look, necklaces with initials (Esty) (gifted to them the night before in a personalised bag along with a personalised make-up and candle, make up products, personalised champagne glasses and sweet treats for our sleep over). They wore their own gold shoes.
Young Bridesmaid: Caitlin (Andy’s niece). Dress, shoes and tiara all from Monsoon, Cardigan from Next.
Little Bridesmaids: Bea (Alice’s niece) and Matilda (Andy’s niece). Baby grows, cardigans and sparkly shoes from Next. Skirts from Angel Face. Evening dresses from Next.
Page Boy: Oscar (Alice’s nephew). Suit (matching Andy’s) Next. Shirt, bow tie and braces all from Next.
THE FLOWERS | Narborough Hall Gardens Florist, colours: pinks, greens and whites. Picked freshly from the Walled Garden on the grounds of Narborough Hall, featuring pink roses.
THE CAKE | Eventiss, Kelly Allen.
Two tiers of chocolate fudge cake and one tier of Victoria sponge, with a butter cream icing topped with two fondant Ty Bears (Andy works in the Toy Industry as a National Account Manager for Ty) decorated with rosemary and garden flowers.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Katherine Ashdown
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Vintage / Classic Feel. Blush Pink, White and Gold – Autumn Garden flowers, lots of candles.
Toiletry boxes – deodorant, perfume hair brush, hair spray.
Our customer made a tea towel wedding invite hung up.
Wood centrepieces with confetti made of wood saying Mr and Mrs.
Plant pots on tables with numbers containing different herbs.
Rose petals on the alter and down the aisle.
Hand written chalk board menus.
Distressed apple crates made by Andy.
Seating Plan using an old Victorian door with vintage keys hung with luggage tags – “Take Your Key, Then Your Seat” made by Andy.
Selfie booth, sweet table, cheese cake (supplied by The Fine Cheese Company) and a sparkler send off in the evening.
THE HONEYMOON | Reethi Beach Hotel, Maldives – water villa (2 weeks).
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Surprise first dance – Alice had arranged for our wedding band to do a version of Rick Astley “Never gunna give you up” (Andy’s guilty pleasure).
My dad searching for a sixpence and then losing it in his pocket, Katherine captured this moment perfectly.
My niece going through the bride to be bag – Katherine capturing it.
Although Alice’s best friend George wasn’t able to be at the wedding, he made a surprise speech via video.
The confetti walk.
Going off for couple photos and being like…. OMG we are married..!!!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do the wedding you want to do, and don’t worry about pleasing others.
Don’t worry if little things go wrong on the day, it will still be the most amazing day ever.
Get ahead and book the venue, photographer and band early.
Make sure you pick the right photographer for you, You both need to click well with the photographer because your wedding photos will last forever and you want them to come out perfect.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Katherine Ashdown Photography
Cake | Eventiss
Band | Matt Strafford Duo
Venue | Narborough Hall Gardens
Cheese Cake | The Fine Cheese Co
Selfie Booth | Selfie Station
Guest List | Prezola
Wedding Website | www.Gettingmarried.com
Oh so divine.
Thanks ever so much to Alice and Andy for sharing their wonderful wedding story with us xo Lou