I so love a playful colourful wedding, which is exactly what WWW readers Hannah and Samuel envisioned for their summer wedding. They held their wedding at Alll Saints Clifton Church followed by a reception at Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire.
The had the most amazing florals, which they arranged themselves; along with some help from a DIY tutorial on WWW. I so love the bouquets and pretty flower crowns, so so pretty!
Hannah had the loveliest bridal look, with a ruffled dress by Terry Fox and sweet shoes with socks. Samuel donned a traditional suit while the bridesmaids wore lovely mismatched dresses. Ekkk so gorgeous.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Lovestruck Photography for sharing their images.
The Proposal… Valentine’s Day 2012 in our favourite restaurant ‘Sophie’s’ Covent Garden, London. Down on one knee followed by applause and a complimentary bottle of champagne.
The Vision for the Day… Vintage inspired, relaxed (no MC or hotel in sight for us please!), whimsical, hand-picked flowers, playful, muted spring colours, lots of puddings, lots of mismatched fabrics and a day that reflected us.
The Planning Process… The bride had a notebook called the wedding book! She bought fortnightly wedding magazines and cut out and stuck all of her inspiration into the wedding book. The planning really took off after the bride’s dissertation hand-in on 01.06.12 (one year before the wedding) and the engagement party on 23.06.12. The planning could have easily been a full time job but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It let my creative juices flow!
Budget… £9580. Contributions from the Groom’s parents and the Bride’s mum and dad. The bride’s mum also bought the rings and the wedding dress. The bride’s step-father paid for the church hire, choir and bell-ringers, he also played the organ and instructed the choir.
The Venue… Ceremony: Alll Saints Clifton Church, Bedfordshire
Reception: Moggerhanger park, Bedfordshire (Georgian manor house)
The Dress + Accessories… Terry Fox, Naughty Alex, bought from Morgan Davies, Hitchin. The bride bought Claire Pettibone’s Queen Anne first but sold it after she wasn’t happy with the alterations!
Handmade flower crown, string of pearl beads, bride’s mum’s Sapphire ring (something old, borrowed and blue), blue frilly socks (something new) and Irregular Choice shoes adapted by the bride. The veil was also from Morgan Davies.
Finding the Dress… I wanted something lacy, vintage inspired and whimsical. My mum cried when I put it on so I knew it was the one. It was floaty and so easy to move around in. It was also great for a warm June wedding.
Groom’s Attire… Brown Prince Edward suits hired from Fogarty’s. Striped ties to imitate vintage school ties.
The Readings + Music… Entry of the bride: Pachelbel, Canon in D played on the organ. Hymns: Love Devine All Love Excelling and Jerusalem. Readings: I carry your heart with me (bride’s mother) and Letters to the Ephesians (groom’s mother). Choir: For the beauty of the Earth. Signing of the register: Feels like home by Edwina Hayes. Exit of the bride and groom: Mendelssohn, Wedding March from a Midsummer’s Night Dream.
Beautiful Bridesmaids… Kajal (maid of honour, best friend) Coast pink dress. Alice (sister) Debenhams cream dress. Chloe (cousin) Monsoon cream dress. Ella (niece) Ted Baker pink dress. Mismatched individual dresses chosen by the girls that can be worn again.
The Flowers… Eustoma Piccalo cream, Stock, Lisianthus, Hydrangea, Peonies, Veronica Rose, Aster Claudia, Statice (donall birds), Phlox, Tana Pure Kamille, Tanaceteum Baya, Gypsophillia, Virburnum, Craspedia, Antirrhinum Cool, Chr + Stallion, Scabios, Ixia Pine Empower, Rosa Sweet Avalanche, Jana Spray Rose, Spray Rose Lovely Bubbles, Spray, Rose Sweet Avalanche, Belle Rose, Rose Memory Lane, Paeonia Festiva Maxima, rose mimi eden, Sweet Peas.
The Bouquet: (Inspired by Whimsical Weddings! http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2012/06/diy-whimsical-wedding-flower-bouquet-tutorial-by-william-clarke-flowers.html) Sweet peas, Rose mimi eden, Eustoma Piccalo cream, Spray rose, Astrantia, Alchemilla mollis.
Button Holes: Craspedia, Scabios, Asters/daisies, Foliage.
Bride: Gypsophillia, Eustoma, Rose mimi Eden, Sweet Peas, Peony
Maids (including bouquets): Gypsophillia, Roses
Bouquets, flower crowns, button holes, corsages and jar, watering can, tea cups, pew ends and tin displays all created by the bride and groom, maids, mothers, maid’s mum and (most importantly) Aunty Julie! All flowers sourced from Savin’s Wholesalers, Sandy. All tins and cans were collected and decorated by the bride and groom.
The Cake… Bride’s: Un-iced tiered sponge with seasonal fruits. Groom’s: vintage floral inspired iced chocolate cake and cupcakes. All made by Karen Younger and kept a surprise from the bride!
Your Photographer… The Amazing Lovestruck duo!
The Details + Decor… Boho, vintage, country house, quirky. Tandem bike sourced from eBay and renovated by the groom for our maiden voyage! Hand crafted flowers in jars, tea cups and tins with locally sourced ribbon. Typewriter for guest messages. Chalk board with timings. Vintage frames housing photos of our parents’ and grandparents’ weddings. Personal items and photographs displayed on bird cages. Bunting made from charity shop fabric made by Aunty Margaret and the Bride’s Godmother Deb. Jars of sweets (jars collected) by the couple. Tea cups sourced from charity shops. Table number flags made by the bride. Brown paper bags on each table containing quizzes, trivia, sweets and colouring for the kiddies. All of the sweets were personalised to those sitting at the table (each invite RSVP asked for their favourite sweet).
Dessert table containing donated desserts from the guests decorated with fabrics sourced from grandparents and Cath Kidston. Vintage Ice Cream Van called Elsie (from Elsies Ices). Garden games collected by the bride and groom. Photobooth: handmade props made by the bride and Polaroid film sourced from Ebay. Bottled water in hand painted crates at the church went down a storm!
Sweet and flower jars, selected fabric, bunting, table number flags, tandem bike, tea sets, wicker hearts, typewriter, bird cages and watering can may be rented from the bride, contact [email protected]
The Honeymoon… 5 nights at Center Parcs, Elvedon. The groom treated the bride to a twilight spa session on the first night and guests contributed to the activities. The bride and groom will be having a second honeymoon to Canada June 2014.
Memorable Moments… Speeding in the wedding cars (Honda Accord Type R, kindly driven by 2 of our guests). Confetti shower at the church gates. The amazing and hilarious speeches. The bride forgetting to announce the cutting of the cake. Eating ice cream and chatting to guests. The refreshing and very funny tandem ride which gave us 5 minutes of alone time in the sun. Running out of the venue prior to the 1st dance to get THE sunset photos. Sticking photobooth moustaches on bust sculptures around the venue. Caricature drawing.
Advice for Other Couples… Work together! Get yourself a ringbinder or some sort of filing system right at the beginning of the planning process to store ideas and invoices. Start a spreadsheet for expenses and remaining budget. Eat healthily a few months leading up to the big day; it really makes a difference! Get your guests involved. Google your chosen theme for inspiration early on.
Have a file for people to refer to. Include the timings of the day and how you want the venue to look if you have family and friends helping you to dress the venue and to help the day run smoothly; it avoids everyone asking when you need to get on with things.
Credit Where Credit is Due…
Caterers | Benedickters, Ampthill, Bedfordshire
Flowers | Savin’s wholesalers
Hair | Emma Ghosh
Make up |Caron Brooks
Caricaturist | Josie Camus
Vintage ice cream van: |Elsie’s Ices
DJ | Venue’s own
Cars | Guests’ own
Venue | Moggerhanger Park
Photography | Lovestruck Photography
Dress | Terry Fox
Oh so lovely. And this is a special wedding for me to see, with this church being in the village next to mine and our best friends are getting married at Moggerhanger Park in the summer, now I am super excited :-)
Thanks so so much to Hannah and Samuel for sharing their wedding with us XOXO Lou