The only way I can describe this wedding is pure joy filled. Beaming smiles all day long and love clearly evident throughout.
Bryony and Jörg decided to marry in the autumn and were blessed with beautiful sunshine. The a rich red colour scheme created a cosy atmosphere alongside oodles of fairy lights, pumpkins and divine flowers. Bryony chose an original vintage 1930s lace gown which looked sublime teamed with pretty plaits in her hair. Keep an eye out for the patchwork quilt inspired cake, it’s a corker.
Thanks goes to Rachael Edwards Photography for sharing these lovely images.
THE PROPOSAL | Jörg proposed to me on our 4th anniversary of being together. I had just got back from a 13 hour gruelling hospital shift and Jörg had laryngitis and had lost his voice completely so the last thing I was expecting was a proposal. He suggested we look at photos of our Trek Maerica holiday in Canada, where we had first met. At the end of the photo slideshow was a photo saying ‘Bryony will you marry me?’ written in the sand. The twist is that the photo was taken at the end of that holiday back in 2010. We’d felt a connection from the very start. It wasn’t until later in the evening that I asked, “well what took you so long then?”
THE VISION | Rustic, autumnal and not too posh. It also had to have elements from both Britain and Germany to represent the bride and groom. It was quite a bilingual wedding.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | We married a year after the proposal and felt that that was plenty of time for planning. I did a lot of internet and pinterest browsing but most of the big decisions were made fairly decisively. We have very similar tastes and priorities which made things easy.
THE VENUE | Dorset House School in Bury, West Sussex. Its a primary school, which hires out its assembly hall (an old boat house) for weddings during the school holidays and half terms. It was once a monastery and the buildings and grounds are lovely. The barn was rustic with lots of potential to decorate with your own personality. It also has a sprung dance floor! The barn has two areas, one is ideal for the ceremony and dancing and the other is big enough for a seated wedding breakfast.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I fell in love with this dress from a small shop in Brighton called Hope and Harlequin. Its from the 1930s and I fell in love with the lace and train. They made adjustments to the waist and neckline to update it a bit. I felt like I was wearing such a unique and unusual dress.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Jörg chose a brown coloured suit, which he bought back home in Germany, as we felt that it would go well with the autumnal atmosphere.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | I walked down the aisle to a Louis Armstrong version of ‘La Vie en Rose’ and our first dance was also courtesy of Louis (‘We have all the time in the world’)… we’re big fans. We had two readings: an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (my favourite book) read by my sister and Jörg’s sister read a German poem called The Wedding Candle (Hochzeitskerze), with a translation in the ceremony programme. Her twin boys (our nephews) who were two at the time ran up to her and held onto her legs during the reading but she was a total pro and read it beautifully despite the distraction.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | My lovely sister and best friend from school were my adult bridesmaids. Their gorgeous burgundy dresses were made of a very talented friend of my sister who usually makes costumes for the theatre. She made these without charge in a matter of weeks. My two younger bridesmaids are children of two of my cousins. They wore dusty pink dresses from Monsoon.
All of them were wonderful!
THE FLOWERS | Gorgeous autumnal flowers by local florist Natalie Plummer (Amberlilys), who also decorated the venue with fairly lights.
THE CAKE | Was delicious and made by the mother of the bride, with fabric decorations made by the bride.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Rachael Edwards who was wonderful. We are fairly camera shy people and Rachael made us feel completely at ease for the couples and group photos. The most wonderful photos were those taken discretely of our guests having fun, which are great to look back on.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Bunting: some home made, some hired from Vintage Tea Hire (a small company based in Surrey which hires out an array of vintage touches including vintage crockery).
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Walking down the aisle towards Jörg, with Louis Armstrong’s gorgeous trumpet playing in the background. The wonderful speeches from Dad, Jörg and the best men’s bilingual speech. The amazing ceilidh, which was a complete novelty for our German guests who threw themselves into the dancing with complete gusto.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Do things your way, keep things simple and fun. Don’t spend too much time on pinterest as you will go mad. As our best man said: the only thing that really matters on the day is that you get married… everything else is a bonus.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Venue | The Old Boat House, Dorset House School, Bury, West Sussex
Catering | Susan Quinn Catering
Photographer | Rachael Edwards Photography
Flowers | Amberlilys
Dress | Hope and Harlequin
Ceilidh band | Unreel
Disco | Hoo Hah
Bunting | Vintage Tea Hire
How wonderful, and a fun ceilidh to finish.
Bryony and Jörg, many thanks to you both for sharing your lovely day with us here at WWW xo Lou