Since becoming a devoted Downton Abbey fan, English countryside weddings captivate me more than ever. It’s something about the pomp and circumstance, not to mention the timeless charm, and this summertime affair is no exception. Sandra Rose styled the florals, M And J Photography snapped the photos, and the results? Well, let’s just say it’d give Lady Mary Crawley’s wedding a run for its money.
From The Bride…When Ross and I first got engaged, the big question was “Where was the wedding going to be?” With us living in the US, but being from two different countries it was anyone’s guess where we would get married. I am originally from the northeast of England and moved over to the US over 5 years ago and Ross is Ohio born and bred, so it made picking the perfect location for our wedding a little tricky.
Without any intention yet to marry in the UK, we stumbled upon Middleton Lodge online before we had really even thought about wedding planning. We were blown away by the images of the venue and thought the place looked amazing. After a quick phone call to my parents back home, they were on their way to check it out. We knew Middleton Lodge was the perfect place to say our “I do’s” so we made the decision to book the venue without even seeing it for ourselves. It was a decision we do not regret. The venue itself is breathtaking, with its quintessential British charm that has been meticulously maintained by its owners and staff. It is beautiful!
From the start, planning the wedding was easy. From finding my dress here in Ohio, to picking out the flowers and giant illuminated letters to all the other little details. We had a clear vision that we wanted the wedding to feel laid back yet elegant and romantic. It is crazy to think that we did it all from the other side of the world…but walking into the marquee for our reception and seeing all the little details come together to create a beautiful setting for our big day was amazing. I wish I could have paused that moment.
The day was fabulous. The great British weather held out and we had glorious sunshine all day, our guests from the US loved experiencing some real English countryside (and other parts of Europe for those who decided to make the most of their trip and turn it into a vacation). We heard nothing but great things from all of our guests, everyone had so much fun and everything was just perfect and created such a memorable day for everyone – but especially us.
Middleton Lodge was the ideal setting to be married in grand style but with an intimate atmosphere.
Belt, Hair Piece & Veil: Sara Gabriel | Bridal Gown: Jenny Yoo (from La Jeune Mariee, Columbus) | Bridesmaid's Totebags: Not On The High Street | Bridesmaids Bathrobe's: Victoria's Secret | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Middleton Lodge | Cuff Links: Tiffany & Co. | Favours - Traditional British Candy In Kraft Bags: Etsy | Florist: Sandra Rose | Flower Girl Banner: BHLDN | Flower Girl Outfit: Autograph By M&S | Gifts To Bridal Party - Bracelets: BHLDN | Groom's Suit: Bonobos | Guest Book: Oh No Rachio | Hair: Claire At Contemporary Yarm | His & Hers Signs: BHLDN | J&R Lights: Coco Luminaire | Mr & Mrs Cutlery: BHLDN | Photography: M And J Photography | Reception Venue: Middleton Lodge | Shoes: Saint Lauren | Stationery: Emma Gay Of Yellow Door Creative | Table Decor - Sourced By Florist: BHLDN | Wedding Cake: Dreamworld Cakes