I love featuring a couple’s wedding day after having featured their engagement shoot; following their story and seeing how their wedding day turned out is such an honour. Lucy and Matt held their engagement shoot at the Natural History Museum and today I am featuring their wedding. YAY.
WWW readers Lucy and Matt married on the 21st September 2013 at the manor house setting of Smallfield Place, Surrey. They had an elegant timeless feel to their wedding, with a touch of blue and grey.
Lucy made the gorgeous wedding cake herself, the bridesmaids wore Coast, there were pretty florals and chic stationery.
Thanks so very much to the amazing Babb Photo for sharing her photographs with us.
The Proposal… On a remote beach in St Lucia, having made chocolate bars at the Hotel Chocolat plantation in the morning, and a sail along the coast, a perfect day.
The Vision for the Day… Relaxed with family and friends. The venue was a beautiful little manor house, so we were able to play Lord and Lady of the Manor for the day – elegant with a hint of vintage chic.
The Planning Process… We were living in Norway when we started planning the wedding, so all of the early planning was done remotely by email and Skype. We moved back to the UK in the summer, so there were a few last minute decisions to be made on the menu and things.
The Venue… Smallfield Place in Surrey. An absolutely stunning little manor house that we rented for the weekend. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to find it, it was a hidden gem and nothing else would have done once we’d seen it. We had both the ceremony and the reception there. It also had seven bedrooms so we were able to have close family with us from Friday to Sunday.
The Dress + Accessories… The dress was by Paloma Blanca. It was a beautiful soft lace v-neck in a cream colour – it suited the venue perfectly. The veil was by The Couture Veil and the headdress was by Jenny Packham – I knew I wanted my hair up and needed something with a bit of sparkle as I had kept the rest of the outfit simple. The shoes were by Rachel Simpson, they were the only ones I tried on and I love them.
Finding the Dress… The dress was chosen in a weekend visit to the UK back in March. It was from Grace of Westcott, Surrey. It was one of the first dresses that I tried on, and I did visit a couple of other dress shops over the weekend, but nothing could match it. It was over budget needless to say.
Groom’s Attire… Matt’s suit was by Austin Reed, Guildford. He had tried on a three-piece grey suit previously at another shop that we loved, but we couldn’t find it in his size. Austin Reed has a bespoke service, so we recreated it in a light-weight, worsted grey wool. The ties for the wedding party were from Moss Bros, they were made from a Liberty fabric.
The Readings + Music… We had three readings during the ceremony, given by both family and friends, and had great fun choosing pieces personal to us. We were keen to have live music at the ceremony, and decided on Nicola Veal, a harpist. She can play a fantastic mix of modern and classical piece and was very happy to take our personal choices for the ceremony and afternoon drinks (even though it meant her having to learn a few new tunes).
Beautiful Bridesmaids… I had two bridesmaids, a friend from school and a friend from university. They wore dresses by Coast that are a soft grey colour that look very different in different lights! The shoes were simple nude courts.
The Flowers… The flowers were done by Jo Leslie at Josy Posy. We wanted something seasonal that would smell lovely as well as looking lovely, so there were plenty of herbs in the button holes and bouquets as well as eucalyptus, beautiful cream roses, and hydrangeas to carry through the vintage feel. There were flowers in vases along the fireplaces and window sills and a fantastic swag on the front door.
The Cake… I baked and decorated that cake myself, and I was very pleased with how it turned out. There was a fruit base and middle layer, and then a chocolate layer on top. I did it in stages starting a couple of months ahead of the wedding, so there wasn’t too much stress at the last minute.
Your Photographer… We were lucky to find Laura Babb as our photographer. We did not want too many formal shots, but more of a narrative of the day and her style suited that perfectly. We had an engagement shoot in August, so by the time the big day came round, we knew what to expect and felt very relaxed – the beautiful photos speak for themselves.
The Details + Décor… Smallfield Place is so lovely that it didn’t need that much decoration. As we had the whole of the house to make our own, we pulled together the different rooms with the hydrangeas and floral displays. We didn’t really have a clear idea for an accent colour until quite late on in the planning, but we loved the colour of the stationery we chose, so we pulled that through in the flowers, ties and bridesmaids dresses.
The Honeymoon… We went on honeymoon the day after the wedding. We flew to Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania and did a 4-5 day safari tour before heading to Zanzibar to spend some time doing nothing on the beach.
Memorable Moments… Lucy: Watching from the bedroom window at the front of the house as all the guests were arriving; Standing just outside the ceremony room waiting for the music to start; all a bit of a happy blur after that. Matt: Lucy walking down the aisle towards me.
Advice for Other Couples… Book a venue you really love and everything else will be easy.
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Veil | The Couture Veil at Grace of Westcott
Shoes |Mimosa by Rachel Simpson
Headdress |Jenny Packham
Suit | Austin Reed
Flowers |Josy Posy
Venue |Smallfield Place
Photographer |Laura Babb
Food | Anise catering
Harpist |Nicola Veal
Stationery | Minted
Honeymoon | Rainbow tours
Such a wonderful day.
Thanks so so much to Lucy and Matt for sharing their beautiful wedding with us XOXO Lou