A Chic + Stylish Wedding with a Phase Eight Dress

 Chic + Stylish Wedding

Gary and Lizzie were married in February at The Dairy, Waddesdon Manor. They wanted their wedding to be relaxed and simple. Lizzie looks so beautiful in her Phase Eight dress, while her maids look super sweet in their mismatched  Reiss and Anthropologie dresses with gypsophila blooms. Gary and his groomsmen look seriously sharp too.

I love the simplicity of this chic and stylish affair so very much. Thanks so much to Enchanting Wood Photography for sharing their gorgeous imagery this morning, here is what they had to say about the day;

“I knew that Gaz and Lizzie’s wedding was going to be fantastic from the start, as it was immediately clear that we were on the same wavelength.

On the wedding day itself, Lizzie looked radiant and Gaz looked suave; as a couple they were beautiful.

The atmosphere was fun and relaxed, the venue was incredible, and it was as hot as a summer’s day. For a wedding in February, this was more than we would have dared hope for! All in all, capturing the images for Gaz and Lizzie was simply a pleasure.”


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Names…. Gary and Lizzie

Wedding Date…. 25th February 2012

The Proposal…. We were on holiday in Malta – We had been for a romantic meal and then gone to sit down by the sea. After just putting a deposit down on our first house it was totally unexpected.

The Vision for the day…. A relaxed atmosphere with close family and friends. We wanted the ceremony itself to be short and sweet so we could spend as much time possible with our loved ones. There was no theme as such – we wanted to keep things simple. With such a beautiful venue we didn’t have to do much at all.

The Planning process…. The proposal was in July 2011 and we wanted to get married as soon as possible. Having been together for 8 years we didn’t want to have a lengthy engagement. As soon as wed found the venue we wanted to get things moving asap. The thought of having a stressful planning process didn’t appeal to either of us so we kept things minimal and managed to get a lot of things such as cake, band, decorations through favour with friends.

Budget…. After just purchasing our first house we didn’t want to spend excessively on our big day. We wanted the wedding to be as far from flashy and over the top as possible. We soon realised that we’d rather spend money on food and drinks for our lovely guests than on dresses and elaborate decorations. The bride and her maids did their own hair and makeup. Not only did this keep the cost down but it added to a much more intimate atmosphere.

The Venue… The Dairy, Waddesdon Manor. A Rothschild family property with a Dairy built in the grounds. The ceremony was held in the Glass roofed Winter Garden. Luckily the weather was fabulous and made for some beautiful shots of the nuptials. We were able to take full advantage of the lake and grounds with drinks on the terrace. The wedding breakfast was held in the West Hall which featured 2 roaring log fires adding to the atmosphere. The party then went back into the Winter garden for the evening

The Dress + Accessories….. The dress was a high street find. Paloma by Phase Eight. Im not a big fan of jewellery but Gary brought me a beautiful pair of pearl drop earrings and my mum gave me vintage bracelets.

Finding the dress…. Initially i was looking at vintage dresses on the net and stumbled across the Paloma. I said from the beginning that i wanted a vintage style dress and never considered a high street store. After deciding on the dress i was sad to find it had sold out …everywhere. I trawled websites and managed to track one down on preloved.co.uk. The lady selling it had purchased 3 dresses in the lead up to her wedding and decided she didn’t like any of them. It was 2 sizes too big so i had it
altered at Paper vintage in Shoreditch. The end result fit like a glove.

Groom’s attire… Mourning suits were definitely not an option. The groom, best man and ushers were suited and booted by Ted Baker.

The Readings + Music…. No readings – Bride entered to Embryonic Journey by Jefferson Airplane, Claire de Lune by Debussy played through the signing, Bride & Groom left to My baby just cares for me by Nina Simone.

Throughout the day a playlist ranging from Northern Soul to hip hop kept everybody in fine sprits. In the evening the amazing Liquor and Poker band played a variety of tunes keeping guests dancing for hours.

Beautiful bridesmaids….. What beauties! They are all so individual I wanted them to have different dresses which they could wear again. I chose a nude/mushroom colour and let them choose their own outfit. They were from Anthropolgie and Reiss.

The Flowers… Bridesmaids carried babies breath and I carried ivory ranunculus. Tables and venue were decorated with large bundles of babies breath and greenery from friends gardens.

The Cake… Made by a friend Cat Stevens. It was a delicious victoria sponge with rustic icing. Silk flowers were added for the finishing touches.

Your Photographer…. The wonderful Adam Dunn from Enchanting Wood Photography. He captured the day perfectly and we couldn’t have asked for anything better. Adam had visited the dairy with us a month before to get an idea of what we wanted and he defiantly delivered.

The Details + Decor…. Mine and Gary’s mums were invaluable throughout. Sourcing flowers and foliage from friends gardens and helping arrange them the day before. The venue kindly put up fairly lights and green wreaths on the beams of the dining room – usually limited to the Christmas period only. As we didn’t have a theme, we decided to have the table names of bars from when we first met whilst working abroad. The name cards were designed by Gary and we also made the chocolate favours

The Honeymoon…. We wern’t able to honeymoon straight away due to work commitments so had a ‘mini moon’ the day after the wedding at Pennyhill Park Spa. Its a beautiful setting for ultimate location. A few close friends kindly organised it for us – a real treat. We finally took our honeymoon in April and spent 2 weeks travelling Vietnam. We didn’t book any accommodation so it was a real adventure. We travelled by sleeper train and finished the trip with 5 nights in Six Senses resort in Nha Trang.

Memorable moments… From start to finish the whole experience was amazing. A day hasn’t gone by where we haven’t spoken about it. Wonderful weather, beautiful surroundings and amazing guests contributed to unforgettable moments on the most magical day.

Advice for other couples… Don’t be afraid to do things yourself. It can keep down costs considerably and make the whole thing more personal. Don’t let the planning and preparation take away from the excitement. Keep things simple. When you limit your choices it really does reduce the stress factor.



Thanks so so much to Gary and Lizzie for sharing their stylish wedding with us today. Are you planning a simple wedding? XOXO Lou

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