WWW readers Candice and Adam were wed on the 25th August 2017 at Great Fosters in Surrey. The venue ticked all of their boxes, it was historic, enabled them to have their dream outdoor ceremony plus a back up option just in case of rain. The surrounding gardens really are so lush and scenic, which made for the perfect portraits with their photographer Roo Stain. We are so thankful to be able to share these photographs today.
Bride Candice works at ASOS so there was no way that their day wasn’t going to exude style. She had her bridesmaids’ cornflower blue dresses custom made by a supplier at work and she purchased the fashionable burgundy suit from ASOS for her groom Adam. I do love the rich dark tone to Adam’s suit, it really contrasts so well with the light and pretty blue, white and greenery blooms throughout. Candice chose a beautiful lace gown by Essense of Australia, which she teamed with a lace edge cathedral length veil by Pronovias. I am sure you will agree she looked utterly stunning.
Be sure to keep an eye out for a special performance in the evening and music inspired decoration throughout folks.
Santorini May 2016 at sunset in the middle of a secluded field.
We both loved the idea of having an outdoor ceremony. We wanted a day which captured both of our personalities and passions; music and fashion so these would be included in the theme. We wanted a fairytale venue with history and somewhere big enough to hold 150 of our nearest and dearest.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
We saw several venues, all with an outdoor option but needed somewhere with a good plan B if it rained given that it is England. Once we had a date we could get stuck in. We were lucky enough to get a bank holiday weekend in August so were praying for the weather to go with it.
I knew exactly who my bridesmaids would be and they were all amazing and all helped in different ways.
Both having busy schedules, we had a lot of help from amazing family and friends whom we couldn’t have done it without. Both of our mums loved the planning process and my mum was literally my PA for a year in the lead up to the wedding.
I did the majority of the planning as I had a good idea of what I wanted but Adam got involved in the musical side of things. The guest list was difficult as together we have a huge family and a large group of friends but we did this together a made a night of it.
We got ideas and inspiration from various places, work, family, friends, blogs, films and magazines.
The Great Fosters Hotel, a beautiful grand hotel in Egham. Built for Henry v111 so had a lot of history and beautiful grounds. Beside the ceremony area was a moat and a large lake so there was lots of beautiful surroundings as we said our vows.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES
The dress was a bit of a story as I changed my mind about my dress 4 months before the wedding after having the first one made. I changed my mind about what I waned and what would suit my wedding. My final dress was by Essense of Australia.
I knew I wanted a bit of a princess gown as when else do you get a chance to wear one? I went for a tulle skirt with an embroidered bodice. My veil was by Pronovias, it was a long cathedral length veil and I loved it as it has a Spanish feel to it with the gathering on the comb and lace edges to match the bottom of my dress.
The night before my wedding my mum gifted me with my something old. A little lipstick bag to carry on my wrist made from silk from my grandmothers wedding dress so I also wore this as I walked down the aisle.
FINDING THE DRESS
I went dress shopping with my mum and sister and then took my bridesmaids to see it on different occasions.
He wanted a bold look and decided on burgundy. At first I turned my nose up to the idea but then found the perfect suit on ASOS, which I surprised him with for his birthday. ASOS is the company I work for so it felt right to get the suit from there and being such a statement colour I was sure that none of the guests would have the same suit.
THE READINGS & MUSIC
I walked down the aisle to the string trio playing a quirky version of somewhere over the rainbow as my favourite childhood film was The Wizard Of Oz .
We had readings from one of each of our cousins, the first was the Cherokee prayer and the other was a beautiful poem called the Chaos Of Stars.
The string trio played through our drinks reception, popular songs which everyone would recognise.
In the evening we had an amazing band called The Milestones who played a mix of all of our favourite music with a great deal of Motown to keep everyone on the dance floor all night.
Bridesmaids were my sister Stephanie, sister in law Lydia, cousin Lina and three of my best friends Soulla, Harman and Jo.
They wore custom made ASOS dresses, which I was lucky enough to have one of my suppliers at work make for me. The girls wore blue (my something blue) and my sister wore white being the maid of honour. They were all the same dresses with half having a different neckline. They all wore sparkly Kurt Geiger shoes.
Lots of green to go with the outdoor theme along with white roses and light blue delphinium for the bouquets. The table flowers were tall vases with similar flowers but also some palm leaves to represent where we were going on our honeymoon (the Caribbean).
Made by Sugar Craft London
Three tiers decorated by my mum with a rustic theme.
The amazing Roo Stain. We saw some of his photos of a friend of a friend’s wedding and knew he was the photographer for us. He was so friendly and kept us all very relaxed and captured the day better than we could have ever imagined. We didn’t want really posy photos, just very relaxed images which captured the day for what it was.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR
Adam’s mum is very clever and creative and made us a beautiful flower arch for the outdoor ceremony. She also made jars with tea lights and rose stems to line the aisle as well as bunting for the barn where we had our evening meal. The evening reception was in the orangery, which was decorated with a fairy lights canopy as well as giant letters.
My best friend is a very talented graphic designer named Jo Lowy and she designed our save the dates, invites, table plans and table names. The table plan was in the design of vinyl records to fit with the music theme and the table names were all of our favourite music artists. We have very different taste in music so this ranged from Beyoncé to the Rolling Stones.
Our favours were mix tape CDs including songs which played throughout the day with the CD cover also designed by Jo Lowy: “The Soundtrack To Our Day”.
Our save the dates were in the form of gig tickets as a start to the theme of music.
Barbados and St Lucia
Adam and his band played a surprise gig with a song he had written for me. Everyone loved it and lot of our family and friends hadn’t seen him play before so it was very special. Adam’s best man’s speech was also a great moment, which was a mocumentary video we had all been a part of and was a complete surprise to Adam. In addition to this just having all of our amazing family and friends in one place as they had travelled from far and wide to be there.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Try to take in every moment as it is all over so fast! Try to make sure you get 5 minutes alone with your new husband or wife to enjoy the moment. Try to make it round to speak to all of your guests even if you have a big wedding of 150 like ours.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Oh so romantic.
Candice and Adam, thank you both ever so much for sharing your wedding celebrations with us xo Lou