Oh my! Hands up who loves Peonies as much as me? Aren’t they just fluffy blooms of joy? Well Chloe and Orges included peonies into their wedding day, amongst a whole host of other gorgeous touches, yay. They were married at Mannington Gardens in Norfolk on the 20th July 2019. Firstly they had a ceremony in front of the main house, with a backdrop of flowers and dream catchers, they then celebrated in a stretch tent marquee which was filled with personal details and DIY décor. Glorious!
Chloe had not one, but two stunning dresses, the first a spectacular lace number with an epic train, the second for dancing was short and sweet, which she paired with a boho flower crown. Orges donned a navy suit with succulent buttonhole and desert boots for a really cool look. Didn’t they both look amazing?
Do keep your eyes peeled for fab signage throughout, the peony bouquet and the very pretty cake. Thanks ever so much to Cara Zagni Photography for sharing with us these utterly beautiful captures, so much love.
I was pretty much always the one that planned our days out and adventure weekends. However on November 24th 2017, Orges told me that he had arranged for us to go out to dinner to spend some time together which was so thoughtful and lovely of him and I was none the wiser! We enjoyed a lovely meal somewhere we had never been before come the end of the meal Orges disappeared for a few minutes to visit the ‘bathroom’. On his return he told me he wanted to show me something! Strange, very strange, but I followed him and I am SO pleased I did! He led me to the most beautiful candle lit hotel room complete with a scattering of red rose petals across the floor in the shape of a heart with the wording ‘Marry me’ above. The ring he gave me was beautiful; totally my dream ring and it even fit! I don’t think I could have dreamed of a more perfect proposal!
We wanted something that felt unique without being traditional or too cliché. I love all things rustic but also love things to be simple and clean. From cactus’ to succulents and gypsophila, they all simply had to be included. Orges is from Albania and I am from the UK, so we really wanted to include this aspect in our day too which we did so with hints of map throughout the day in our confetti cones and table centres. I had the most beautiful bouquet with specially selected flowers and a flower crown for my evening attire because I love all things boho! We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and enjoy being outdoors. We chose hay-bales as outdoor seating for our guests complete with blankets to snuggle up in as the night drew in.
The Planning Process
I am a wedding photographer myself, so I have had many weddings to take inspiration from and the past year I took notice of all of the details and flow of the day to decide what I did and didn’t want for our day. We allowed ourselves 18 months to plan and save every penny that we could for the wedding even though we didn’t want to spend a huge amount. We built and hand painted most of our decorations and signage for the day which I think really added that extra love. Just knowing that we had put so much of our personal time and effort into all the little details really added to the sense of achievement when it all came together in the end.
We spent more than I had initially planned on spending but I think that’s a given when planning a wedding. I had a spreadsheet where I kept track of what we had bought and who we needed to pay and when and that was definitely a massive help and I would recommend this to other brides to be! It was the little bits and bobs that hiked our bill up, with so long to plan a wedding you don’t realise how the cheaper pieces soon mound up.
We chose the beautiful grounds of Mannington Hall as our venue. We fell in love as soon as we visited and just knew that this was the venue for us. As a photographer I was looking for the perfect venue that would look great in our photographs as a backdrop and also one where I could have our marquee. We were married just outside the Hall which is surrounded by a lily pad filled moat, honestly this is any photographers dream location! The marquee was placed in a field opposite the hall and we had sheep surrounding it and lots of empty space for the kids to run around.
The Readings & Music
We had a violin version of ‘Tale as Old as Time’ from Beauty and the Beast playing as I walked down the aisle. We didn’t have any readings just a very simple exchanging of vows done by a family friend.
Your Outfits & Accessories
Chloe’s dress was from Cinderellas in Kings Lynn which has since closed down so I grabbed a deal as they were trying to empty the shop. She wanted something beautiful and elegant that would also flow with their outdoor rustic theme. Lace and a beautiful long train was an absolute must! She also had a second dress for the evening so she could dance the night away and show off that boho vibe she had dreamed of.
Orges’ suit was from Moss Bros in Ipswich. They were incredibly attentive and helpful during the selection. He went for a navy suit which then helped us to decide on the colour of the bridesmaids dresses.
Chloe’s hair was done by a local hairdresser to Norwich, Sarah Swain. She curled and styled my hair and added gypsophila which really completed the look. Her makeup was by Olivia Alice Beauty whom I had found at a previous wedding I had photographed and I knew I just had to have! Chloe is not someone who wears a lot of make up on a daily basis and she perfected the minimal but flawless makeup look perfectly.
The girls wore the same dress in the same colour from ASOS at a fabulous £50 each! These dresses are beautiful and look a lot more expensive than they are. We paid to have minor alterations to the length of the dresses. We also hand made delicate belts for each of the dresses from the pocket squares that came with the mens ties to tie all of the colours together, along with a diamanté appliqué from amazon. You would never of known it wasn’t a belt we had paid a decent amount for!
Myrtle and the Bee provided my flowers for the wedding, from the buttonholes of the groomsmen to the corsages for my guests of honour and my flower crown and of course my amazing bouquet. I chose eucalyptus, gypsophila, peonies, mint, foliage and thistle as my nod to my Scottish roots. The attention to detail was second to none, she even went above and beyond and supplied some flower décor for the ceremony as an extra surprise. Not to mention the INCREDIBLE floral dreamcatchers she made to dress my altar which was completely her idea when I was explaining my vision for the day.
The best mans outfit was from online and was in a dark navy to match the groom.
Cara Zagni was our incredible photographer. As a wedding photographer myself this was probably the most difficult and time consuming decision of the whole wedding. As soon as I saw Cara’s work I knew she was the one, her styling and colouring of her work is very similar to my work. She included an engagement session in her package which was absolutely perfect as it gave us a chance to get to know Cara and learn what its like to be in front of the camera for a change! She kept in regular contact up until the big day and became more of a friend to me. On the wedding day I barely noticed she was there at all. She captured every detail we had asked for and so much more. I am still completely shocked when I look back through our album at how she seemed to be in more than one place at once. I am not a person who is comfortable in front of a camera and really dislike having my photo taken, but I absolutely adore every shot Cara took. We couldn’t recommend her enough and are still deciding which photos to frame and put on our wall!
Matt from ‘True Capture Videography’ was our videographer. I had never initially planned on having one until I also met him at another wedding I photographed and after seeing the highlight video from that wedding I knew I had to have one! I am yet to receive my video but I am so excited to see it and relive the day all over again because he genuinely just blended in to the background, I just know it is going to be incredible.
The Details & Décor
Most of the décor for our day are things that we created ourselves or had others make for us based on our designs. We decorated pallets and hand built directional signs and our card box which my lovely best friend then wrote on for us. We also decided not to opt for a traditional guestbook, instead we made our initials out of wood and asked people to sign these instead which are now hung on the wall in our bedroom. We really liked the idea of having something from the wedding we could use as a house decoration that we would see everyday. Incorporating the tie to both of our countries into the wedding was important to us, so we chose to use paper with a map print as the cones to hold our confetti as well as to line the table numbers. I added an Albanian and United Kingdom flag to the back of my converse to celebrate two nationalities coming together.
We designed our own invites and handmade all our save the dates. We decided to use small pieces of log and turn them into magnets that our guests could pop on their fridge to remember the date. The night before we had a wonderful team of family and friends who helped us set up all our decorations and seating area and just about anything else that needed doing before the big day.
The cake was amazing! My lovely mum baked and decorated the cake for us. She owns her own tearoom and is the most wonderful baker so how could we have had anyone else bake such an important cake?! The cake was finished with hand made sugar succulents made by a family friend, they were so intricate and beautifully made you would have thought they were real.
Due to Orges being from Albania, we plan to go to Albania to celebrate our wedding in September 2019 and therefore we will be having our honeymoon after that wedding in his country!
Arriving at the venue and being overcome with emotion and realisation that you really are about to get married!
The first dance. It really is just as magical as you think it will be.
Orges flicking the train of my dress with his foot during the first dance so he didn’t trip over it!
The photos booth that we hired! It captures so many of the guests who have come to spend your happy day with you and creates a fun atmosphere and some hilarious photos to look back through!
Having my friend frantically drive myself, Orges our photographer and videographer to the perfect location at Golden hour to capture some sunset photos. Orges was very drunk by this point so the experience was a hilarious one!
Advice For Other Couples
Don’t sweat the small stuff! When the big day rolls around you really don’t care about all of the tiny details that you would.
Do what makes you happy! Invite people who make you happy and support and love you both.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Cara Zagni Photography
True Capture Videography
Myrtle and the Bee
Olivia Alice Beauty
Holly Honey Well Weddings
How very lovely, such a beautiful setting too.
Chloe and Orges, thank you ever so much for sharing with us your extremely pretty wedding xo Lou