Boy oh boy do I have a treat in store for you today.
Jessica and Harry’s September wedding was a triumph. A celebration full of love, smiles and style. They held their reception on the family farm complete with tipi tents, tractor transport and a love sign.
Jessica is an art director and designer and she came into her own when it came to designing the décor. Think chevron fabric, crystals and cut out letter banners.
Alongside the divine blooms and flower crowns Jessica wore a sensational dress by Delphine Manivet, just check out the back detail, so stunning.
Huge thanks today to Cotton Candy Weddings for sharing their imagery.
THE PROPOSAL | I proposed whilst walking through Green Park in London on 7th February 2014 with his grandmothers ring. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and we treated ourselves to a night at Browns Hotel in Mayfair and dinner at Scotts!
THE VENUE | Jessie’s parents farm in Chidham, West Sussex. An incredible setting in Chichester Harbour with a brilliant barn for the dance floor and tipi tents for the dinner and speeches. Church is at the end of my parents drive and people got lifts back to my parents house on a tractor and trailer.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Delphine Manivet from The Mews Bridal – Notting Hill. Shoes- Chloe. Necklace, a quartz crystal that I had made for the day. I made crystal necklaces for my bridesmaids too.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | I wore tales and a waistcoat both made by Sims and MacDonald on Lambs Conduit Street.
THE READINGS | Song of Solomon 2.10-13; 8.6,7. An extract from Captain Corellis Mandolin. An extract from The Alchemist.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Susie my older sister, Grace my oldest friend and Antonia. Plus little Freddie. They wore whatever they wanted. I bought Freddie’s outfit from Nanos in Westbourne Park and Gap.
THE CAKE | Neither of us really like fruity cakes so we had a delicious cheesecake instead. With loads of berries and fruit. Rosie made a 3 tier cheesecake that stayed up! It looked and tasted ridiculous.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Cotton Candy Weddings who beautifully captured the look and feel of the day.
YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER | Jeff Wood who is amazing! I urge to to book him for your wedding. Here’s the link to our trailer http://www.jeffwoodvisuals.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | As I’m an art director and designer this was my favourite bit! Lots of mood boarding and design, and Harry and I tried to make as much as we could ourselves. Harry’s Mum and Godmother made our beautiful napkins! We wanted it all to feel effortless and wild and fun, with lots of little attentions to detail like personalised napkin belly bands that not only had your name on but what you specifically were eating… allegies and all. We had a whole load of crystals too, I pick crystals that meant good things for marriage and love, rose quartz, aquamarine, blue agate, amathyst, clear quarts and charged them in the super moon in the month before the wedding. Everyone got to take some home to share the energy and love of the day. Harry built this brilliant oyster shack for us to have the seafood bar on and I painted the sign with lots of Om signs on. The tables were names after Hindu gods, ours being Ganesha who if you chant to him removes all your obstacles. I made the whole party chant to him before we ate supper! Espresso martinis for pudding really got the party going. Then Twinkle and Dark and Stormy cocktails finished it! Our 3D giant love sign made by Danny a carpenter from my parents village… so good!!
THE HONEYMOON | We had a lovely short break just outside Sorrento in Italy immediately after the wedding in a hotel right up in the hills where we ate tonnes of pasta and played backgammon whilst trying to decompress! We then went to Sri Lanka for a longer honeymoon over Christmas and new year.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Jessie’s chant to Ganesh. Me crying all the way through my speech! The aphro-disi-shack oyster bar. All of it! Having a moment with my Dad in the car outside the church, we had to sit there for a bit to recompose. Seeing Harry’s face at the end of the aisle. Driving off in my old beetle, just Harry and I. Harry’s incredible speech, my dad’s speech. The food was so delicious and we have Rosie and Debbie to thank for that. Thank you letter from so many of our friends and family saying what an epic day it was, we feel so incredibly blessed.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do as much as you can yourselves – it’s the personal touches that make all the difference. You will argue, don’t let it get you down, it’s the initiation to marriage! Take time to hang out on your day, to stop and be grateful for all those people you love and the wonder of your infinite LOVE.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Film | Jeff Wood
Photography | Cotton Candy weddings
Tipi | Stunning Tent Co
Dress | The Mews Bridal Notting Hill
Flowers | Wild Willow flowers
Jessica and Harry thank you both so much for sharing your story xo Lou