Helen and Andi chose to marry on the 23rd May 2015 in the same Church where Helen’s parents were married 40 years ago to the week. How wonderful is that? They then headed to the picturesque Upper Parsonage Farm to celebrate with their nearest and dearest.
They envisioned a shabby chic feel to the look of their day with traditional touches and an intimate feel. I so love the pale pink roses throughout and the barn decked out in gorgeous lights and bunting.
Helen looked stunning in a Pronovias gown while Andi donned a three piece blue suit by Reiss. Such a stylish couple.
Thanks so much to Antony Turner for sharing these beautiful images with us.
THE PROPOSAL | On Good Friday in 2014, Andi surprised Helen by hiring a boat on the Thames from Putney, where they live, and proposing on the back of the boat as they sailed towards Westminster. At Westminster Pier, the boat pulled in to allow 10 of their friends come aboard and they celebrated the engagement with a 2 hour boat trip and champagne, before disembarking at Putney to continue the celebrations with more friends and family in the local pub, on the river.
THE VISION | We wanted a shabby chic look to our wedding, very British and traditional at times but with lots of personal touches, with a relaxed and intimate feel.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We started planning the wedding straight away after getting engaged. Firstly we chose the venue and slowly we chipped away at everything that needed to be done, right up to the big day.
THE VENUE | The ceremony was at St Mary’s Church at Portchester Castle, where Helen’s parents were married 40 years ago to the week that we got married. The reception was at Upper Parsonage Farm in East Meon, near Petersfield.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The dress, the belt and the veil were from Pronovias. The shoes from Rachael Simpson.
FINDING THE DRESS | I went to Pronovias in Mayfair to try on several dresses, none of which suited me but the assistant in the shop suggested I try on this dress, it was nothing like the dress I had in mind, but instantly I felt like a bride and one of my bridesmaids cried when I came out of the dressing room. I had another appointment at the Wimbledon Wedding Dress Shop booked, they also stock Pronovias, so I went there, tried several other dresses on but nothing compared so I purchased the dress there and then. They were very helpful and it was a lovely experience.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Having been looking for the perfect blue 3 piece suit in a variety of tailors and suit makers, but been unsuccessful, either the wrong shade of blue or no waistcoat … I then tried on a suit in Reiss. I got it tailored to fit really well and it was the right blue for the occasion, complete with waistcoat.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We had the traditional entrance and exit music at the wedding ceremony as it was such a traditional setting. We had the choir sing Amazing Grace, which was at Helen’s parents’ wedding, along with Love Divine all Loves Excelling and Shine Jesus Shine, which the congregation really got into! We had 3 readings, Corinthians 13 – New Revised Standard Version, The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach and ‘Maybe’ (anonymous).
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had 4 beautiful bridesmaids and a confetti girl. The bridesmaids dresses were from Chi Chi London and were the perfect blue and style for the occasion, with just the right amount of diamanté. The confetti girl wore a dress, shoes and hair band from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | A family friend did the flowers and Helen’s mum and her friends dressed the barn with flowers. They were pink peonies, avalanche and sweet avalanche roses, blue delphiniums , white lisianthus and eucalyptus. The bridal bouquet also had some diamanté stems.
THE CAKE | The cake was made by a family friend as a one off, who is very skilled in cake making. The bottom layer was fruit, the middle chocolate and the top lemon. Iced beautifully with sheen icing, icing flowers and a hint of sparkle.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Antony Turner – After reviewing and enquiring about many different photographers, it was a kind recommendation from one who was busy that put us in touch with Antony. After reviewing his portfolio and website, we could see he instantly was in line with our desired style and relaxed approach. We never wanted staged shots that missed out on our guests having fun and us thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We also wanted someone who wouldn’t look out of place at our wedding, as if he was a guest himself. We met with Antony in a coffee shop in Havant and quickly bonded with him.
We loved Antony’s passion and vision for photography and as he talked us through more of his portfolio, we knew we had to go ahead with him. On the day Antony made everyone feel so relaxed and comfortable with him and his assistant. Being a father himself, Antony was fantastic and very patient with the youngsters, but also this gave him the necessary patience to deal with the adults who were very busy enjoying themselves. (big shout out to the grooms men for supporting the order and gathering of the group photos).
Antony captured everything we wished for, allowed us to enjoy our day and go at our own pace. He worked really well with our videographer who he had never met before and was so flexible to just go with the order and spirit of the day.
We both felt so at ease and comfortable with Antony and he got into the mood really well. He never acted as if he was more important than anyone else there on the day and everyone we spoke to, commented on how nice and polite he was.
As for the important results, well he sent us an immediate favourite of his within 24 hours, which delighted us and also gave us so much confidence that the final shots were going to be fantastic. When they did come (and at over 600 they sure did) we were blown away that he had managed to capture the complete essence of the day and every shot was so intimate and so relaxed. He managed to capture so many laughs, smiles and kisses, we really have got some lifetime memories and we are both so pleased we held out and found Antony.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Antony to anyone out there and we hope to someday have another reason why we could ask him to capture a special day/moment in our lives once again.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Given that our barn venue was a blank shell with the flexibility and permission for us to dress it up exactly how we wish, gave us the opportunity to really put our mark on the look and feel. We spent many months buying lots of little touches from a range of stores, markets and websites. Having access to the barn for 2 days prior to the wedding allowed us to really achieve our vision.
THE HONEYMOON | We went through The Couture Travel Company and Vicki Brenner tailored the perfect honeymoon to meet all our wants. We started in Koh Samui in Thailand at a beautiful boutique hotel, followed by 2 nights in Bangkok before moving on to Borneo to see the Orang-Utans and lots of other wildlife, and did some great snorkelling and sunbathing. It was a fantastic break and we really recommend splitting a 2 week holiday into several destinations as it makes it feel so much longer than 14 nights!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | The band made the evening and of course the weather needs a shout for playing its part. All our guests got on so well and the After Eight challenge during tea and coffee, certainly created some memorable moments and plenty of laughs!
In addition, Andi says seeing Helen by his side looking stunning and smiling, was fairly good as well!!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | The only 2 people who know how any and every detail should be and look like is you, so don’t fraternise and stress over some details. Some people literally only spend 3 seconds absorbing and enjoying something you may end up spending 3 months working on!!
If you want to enjoy your evening and dance away etc, then don’t have evening guests and just have a day 2 get together for main and extra guests in a park/garden etc.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Wonderful bespoke stationery and table decorations | 5 Dollar Shakes
For being our great photographer and generally being such a nice guy and giving us and our families lifelong memories | Antony Turner
Videoing our full day and working so well with Antony Turner | Look Back and Remember
The website agent where we found our amazing band (Electric Soul Club) – These guys were so easy to work with and very flexible and replied to us always very promptly | Bands for Hire
Lovely portable letters that light up and can spell anything. We had the word love and it proved a massive hit with photos and made a lovely backdrop – Really easy to work with and great delivery and pick up | Doris Loves
That After Eight challenge looks really fun, something to try I think hehe.
Thanks so much to Helen and Andi for sharing their utterly lovely nuptials with us today xo Lou