If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times, the headwear at English weddings is BEYOND. Those gorgeous hats send me into a tizzy of fashion envy each and every time I lay my eyes on a lovely wedding from across the Pond. Polly Alexandre Photography sent us the latest addition to the UK pretty parade and it definitely fits the bill in terms of amazing fashion as well as a gorgeous backdrop at a little old Castle. Can you think of a better way to start your Monday? See every last lovely British detail in the gallery.
From Polly Alexandre Photography… When Kelly rang me up last Spring to say that her fiance, James, wouldn’t have anyone else to photograph his wedding I was honoured. When she explained James was a fashion photographer I was doubly honoured not to mention a little nervous! When Kelly & James got engaged they were delighted to take up an offer from the cousin of the family Kelly used to nanny for to hold their wedding in the grounds of their family castle. Grimsthorpe Castle is a part of the Knepp estate, and is a historic house, park and garden in Lincolnshire.
The couple planned a wonderful summer wedding in the grounds of the castle. Kelly & James wanted their guests to have a fantastic day and spared no expense in laying on entertainment and thoughtful touches to make the day as enjoyable as possible for their friends and family. with a ton of fun things to keep guest amused including games, a dress-up photo booth and a fabulous tuk tuk decorated in flowers and garlands for rides & bathroom trips! (Sooooo much fun!) The afternoon mojitos were accompanied by a live Cuban duo bringing that party feel to the sunny afternoon. Kelly, looked like a true 50’s film star and I loved her elegant hair and make up. The fabulous Miss Pickering did the flowers (helped by the hound?) and there was a luxurious gold & pale pink theme in the marquee with grand candelabras with dripping candles (I love the real thing…so atmospheric).
With James’s best man’s wife going into labour on the day of the wedding, James’s Dad stepped in at the last minute to deliver a heartfelt and funny speech on his behalf. And of course there was the star of the show, little Lily. James and Kelly’s baby daughter. Having her there on their wedding day made it even more special and Kelly recalls one of her most previous moments of the day was playing on the grass with Lily in the sunshine.
In the evening a dress up photo booth was created and a cool bar and lounging area made the most of the summer evening. As the sunset late into the evening, fire lanterns were let off by the guests….some rather too enthusiastically, causing the DJ to make an announcement to halt the merriment immediately to ensure the whole thing didn’t go up in flames!
Wedding Photography: Polly Alexandre Photography / Wedding Venue: Grimsthorpe Castle / Wedding Dress: Mark Lesley / Wedding Cake: Couture Cakes / Flowers: Miss Pickering / Tuk Tuk: Nottingham Tuk Tuks / Wedding Band: The Pop Collection + Mambo Jambo via Alive Network / DJ: John Kilby via Steve Allen Entertainments / Catering: Fiona Herbert Catering / Photobooth: Say Fromage / Groom’s Attire: Colin Bell Menswear / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHS + Monsoon / Toastmaster: Matthew Biggin / Garden Games: Big Fun UK / Film Work: Richard Photo