Elegant English Countryside Wedding
February 11, 2014
RomanticEstate WeddingsSummer Weddings
Give me a straight-from-the-storybooks English countryside wedding, and you'll have one VERY happy blogger on your hands. I can promise you that. But add film captures from CKB Photography into the mix, and you best believe this beauty is going down as one of my all-time faves. It's a wedding lover's dream brought to life, and watch every second unfold in the gorgeous gallery right here.
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From the Bride... We chose our venue because it had so much character. Maunsel House is a 13th century manor house, full of history. It had such an incredible blend of opulence and elegance mixed with the natural and wild feeling of being on a working estate, with animals and beautiful secret gardens – plus the added extra of peacocks roaming everywhere! I loved the idea of an Art Deco feel, but didn’t want it to become too themed, and then we loved the peacocks so much that they become an influence on the design and colours of our entire celebration.

Lisa, (our stationery designer, PaperKnots) used the combination of these tones brilliantly, creating the art-deco style Peacock design that we used throughout our stationery, and then I matched the bridesmaid dresses and the decoration to the teal green and blue colourings.

We wanted our tables named after London underground stops, as we adore living in London, so we gave Lisa the difficult brief of creating an underground tube map in the same design as everything else – she did an incredible job and every guest commented on it. In fact, it’s now framed on the wall of our study at home!

My favourite little touch was the flag that George, the page boy carried down the aisle in front of me, saying ‘Here comes the Bride’. George and Milly, the flower girl, were only 2 and 3, so it could have gone horribly wrong, but they were just gorgeously well behaved on the day and giving George a flag to wave meant he had something fun to do which helped!

Our cake was very kindly made my Paul’s Aunt Marion. We sent a few clippings of simple Art Deco style designs and she did a fantastic job of creating something simple and perfect! Neither me or Paul are big fans of fruit cake so we had the bottom layer as traditional wedding cake and then the other layers were Victoria sponge. As it was so hot on the day we had to try especially hard to keep it cool so that the sponge didn’t collapse! In hindsight, we probably should have gone with fruit cake throughout!

I spent so long looking for my bridesmaid’s dresses, as I had a very clear idea of colour and style, but wanted something just a little different to the norm. So, I was so lucky and happy to find them in Coast. My bridesmaids have very different hair colour and skin tones but the teal green looked beautiful on both of them. Bridesmaid dress shopping was also made harder by the fact that one bridesmaid lives in Thailand and the other gave birth just a few months before the wedding!

I came across the Real Cut Flower Garden online and they were exactly the style of flowers I wanted – natural and slightly wild. Charlie from the garden, is brilliant and did a fab job of picking exactly the right colours and blooms to compliment all of the clothing on the day.

I actually didn’t want a 1920’s style dress, and hadn’t intended to purposefully match it to the overall style of the wedding. In fact I came very close to buying a beautiful Suzanne Neville dress, but as is often the case, I decided to try my Jenny Packham dress as I was leaving the shop. It’s so true that you need to try lots of different designs – I never would have imagined choosing a dress like that, but once I put it on that was it! I loved the cut and shape, and the absolutely amazing detailing.

We were incredibly lucky to get a heatwave on our wedding weekend, so it was 33 degrees on the day, and we were able to get married outside in a civil ceremony. We also had a blessing just with immediate family in a small chapel on the grounds which was a lovely intimate moment.

For the breakfast, we wanted it to be as fun as possible, so we raided the guests’ Facebook photos and used the funniest ones for their namecards, we wrote our own trivia on the back of the menus, and our favours were personalised bottles of Jaegermeister (because we got together on a ski trip!)…with personalised M&Ms for the non-drinkers. Once we’d cut the cake, we all downed the shots to kick off the party!

We were over the moon with our photographs from Charlie @ CKB Photography, they were all shot on film and so beautiful we didn't stop looking at them for days!