Red Roses + Snow ~ A Wedding at Great Fosters

This afternoon’s wedding is a real winter wonderland… at the gorgeous Great Fosters in Surrey. I have a love for bright red tightly tied roses in a bouquet for weddings, they are just the epitome of romance, especially with the snow as a backdrop. Sorcha looks amazing in her unusual sheer gown delicately adorned with beautiful floral detailing.

Thanks so much to the fabuluous Bukinghamshire based wedding photographer, Clare West Photography for sharing her work, here is what she  had to say about the day;

“Great Fosters is a beautiful location for any wedding but the day Gary and Sorcha got married it looked even prettier with its dusting of snow. The details at Great Fosters are stunning from the dark wood panelling to the embossed leather ceilings and it was easy to forgot how cold it was outside with the open fires keeping everybody warm

Sorcha looked incredible. Her dress had a delicate, floaty top layer with embroidered details on the underdress and belt. She completed her look with a diamanté hair clip and white faux fur shrug. I met Sorcha and her bridesmaids as they were getting their hair and makeup done (and enjoying a nice chilled bottle of bubbly of course!) before moving to the Queen Anne suite to get into her dress, which might have been a problem had hotel staff not come running after us with the dress, whoops, luckily they were there to check nothing had been left behind.

All the flowers, including the bouquets, ceremony decorations and candelabra table decorations were created by one of Gary & Sorcha’s friends who was working untill ‘silly o’clock’ in the morning to get everything finished. She did an amazing job as all the rooms looked amazing.

Congratulations guys, it was an amazing day and I wish you all the best in your future together!”

The Flowers…

Out Florist was amazing. She worked until 3am in the morning the night before getting everything set up as she was worried she wouldn’t be able to get there on the day due to the major snow we had at the time. I had a dark red rose posy and the bridesmaids had ivory ones. We had red roses and foliage on the tables to go with the winter theme.

The Proposal….

We were a week into a 4 month travelling sabbatical and Gary proposed to me on New Year’s Eve on the beach in Cambodia.

The Vision for the day….

We were really keen to keep things relaxed and informal but within a beautiful setting. We didn’t want people to feel as though they needed to tip toe about and so we weren’t big on tiny details. We wanted to get married in 2010 and as were weren’t back from travelling until May we went for a winter wedding – the Vision being big log fires, mulled wine /winter pimms and warm lighting to feel all lovely and cosy.

The Planning process….

We spent about 6 months planning for the big day.

Beautiful bridesmaids…..

My sister Sinead, Gary’s sister, Girlie and my best friend, Heather, were my bridesmaids. They all chose their own dresses as Gary’s sister lives in Switzerland, Sinead is in Sheffield and was gave birth to her 3rd buy only a couple of months before and Heather lives in London. It worked out quite well – I gave them a sample piece of material so they could try and get the same colour as one another but they chose styles that they liked and felt suited them the best.

Groom’s attire…

Gary has his suit tailor made on Saville Row – it wasn’t much cheaper than the dress!!

The Venue…

Great Fosters, Egham, Surrey

The Readings + Music….

We had a reading from the film ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ? I walked down the aisle to ‘Honour Him’ – from the film The Gladiator. We walked out to Xtreme Ways by Moby and signed the register to the music from Lost!!

Finding the dress….

I found the dress online found a sample one non sale at a shop in Essex. It needed lots of amendments but it was worth it to be reduced by £1000. I wanted something different and not the usual strapless wedding gowns as beautiful as they are. I hadn’t seen one like this before and so went for it.

The Cake…

We had a cheese cake as our wedding cake – with strawberry’s and honeycomb – and we served this as out desert as well. It was amazing!!

Memorable Moments…..

Gary and my Dad’s speech were lovely and so memorable. The nerves before walking down the isle. Gary not being able to fit the ring on my finger (it felt like an eternity haha!!). Doing the Baby from Dirty Dancing lift to ‘I Had the Time of My Life’ and Gary and I being picked up to the Kings of Leon ‘Sex is on Fire’ in true French wedding style!

Advice for other couples…

Really try not to worry about the tiny details of the day e.g. we ran over on time and the band therefore played a set less but none of it mattered. If you and the groom are relaxed and happy and not too worried the guests will feel the same and enjoy the day even more.


The Honeymoon….

We flew to Tanzania two days after wedding and spent a week on safari and a week in Zanzibar.

Thanks so much to Gary and Sorcha for sharing their day with us today xoxo

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  • Lovely mood… snow can make everything magic!

  • Wowsers, this is lovely! Gorgeous light.

  • thanks girls, isn’t it stunning xx

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