Harry and Esther were married on Saturday 19th September 2015 in the grounds of Clare Priory in Suffolk. They followed their beautiful outdoor ceremony with a country garden festival style party in a beautiful marquee. Guests camped over in bell tents, there was live music, Italian food and home made décor… wow.
Esther looked totally stunning in an original 1930s vintage gown with her hair in braids, while Harry donned a grey suit and black tie. Their baby son looked so cute and the maids wore navy maxi dresses. Oh the style.
Many thanks to Kimberley Sta-Maria Photography for sharing these dreamy shots with us.
THE PROPOSAL | Proposed on a hill under an olive tree on the Greek island of Ithaca.
THE VISION | A big party in the Suffolk countryside for all our friends with the spirit of a summer festival.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Originally planned for the last May bank holiday weekend in 2015, Esther became pregnant so the wedding date had to be postponed and new ‘save the dates’ quickly sent out to all the guests. Baby Henry Valentine was born on June 13th 2015 and the wedding was held three months later.
BUDGET | Wanted to keep the budget low by doing everything ourselves and to maintain a personal touch to everything.
Used local teenagers to serve the food and the bar.
Bought decorations from pound shops in Peckham and from eBay.
Flowers gathered from the garden and the hedgerows. Pomander and posy flowers and rose buds were bought from the supermarket.
Cake was home made by the grooms step mother.
THE VENUE | The ceremony took place in the grounds of Clare Priory in Suffolk. A beautiful and ancient priory of Augustinian monks.
The reception was held at the brides parents. The champagne and canapés were served on the lawn and the wedding meal was served in a marquee in the meadow. The tables were cleared and the evening dancing was held in the marquee.
Guests camped in teepees and bell tents in the meadows around a camp fire.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Vintage late 1930’s bias cut silk satin dress with puffed sleeves, lots of covered buttons and tiny loops down the back and a long train. The dress was customised to be front opening to allow Esther to breast feed baby Henry on the day.
Ivory patent shoes by Valentino. Accessories were kept to a minimum and just wore simple pearl earrings. Hair was Dutch braided. The bride and the bridesmaids wore Chanel ‘Rouge Noir’ nail polish.
A vintage fur stole for the evening.
FINDING THE DRESS | Esther always wanted to wear a vintage dress and the dress had been chosen from a private vintage collection before she found out she was pregnant. It was very much left to the last minute as to whether the dress would still fit three months after having the baby!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Harry wore a suit by J Crew.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, a personal poem written by the groom’s Step Father.
2 hymns including Amazing Grace.
The wedding blessing ended with all the guests singing ‘Blueberry Hill’ together in harmony.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Wore Navy maxi dresses with silver shoes and vintage white silk flowers in their hair. They wore fur shrugs in the evening when it became chilly.
THE FLOWERS | Flowers and greenery were gathered from hedgerows for jam jars on the table and the marquee decorations.
The bride’s mother bought flowers from the supermarket early in the morning for the bride’s pomander and the bridesmaids posies. Much cheaper than from the florist!
THE CAKE | The groom’s Step Mother home made a ‘naked sponge’ with berries and rose petal jam – served with fresh double cream for pudding.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Photography by Kimberley Sta-Maria.
We asked Kim to take naturalistic, documentary style photographs.
It was important to us that the photographer captured the real emotion of the day. We never wanted the photos to feel staged or uptight like some traditional wedding photographs do. Kim achieved what we asked for and so much more.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | The marquee was decorated with greenery from the hedgerows and a big silver moon. The long trestle tables were bare wood with jam jars filled with flowers along the centre. Scrabble letters laid out for names places. Bubbles and crayons for the little ones.
Food was served Italian ‘family style’ with slates of food and big bowls for guests to share. Slates with anti-pasti, baskets of bread, lamb tagine, cous cous and salad with edible flowers.
THE HONEYMOON | Mini-moon to Chia in Sardinia, mega-moon to Japan, New Zealand and South East Asia for 3 months of travelling with the baby whilst Esther is on maternity leave.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Arriving in the marquee for dinner with baby Henry in tow – to the theme music from ‘Superman’..
Dancing to the New Orleans style brass jazz band. The party took on a Mexican fiesta feel complete with hats for all the guests.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | To achieve your dream wedding without paying too much you need to get all your friends and family to help you.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Catering | Rose Kentish Kitchen
Band | Brass Volcanoes
DJ | Disco Wed
Wedding transport | VW van by ‘Go with the Flo’ campervan hire
Marquee | County Marquees
Bell tents | The Tipi Hire Company
Photography | Kimberley Sta-Maria Photography
Harry and Esther, thanks so much to you both for sharing your lovely nuptials with us here at WWW xo Lou