Today’s bride and groom, Emma and Andy, both wanted their wedding to feel like a garden party and dreamt about saying their ‘I Do’s’ in the fresh air. “When we went to see Kingston Bagpuize House we knew it was right. It was grand and beautiful and yet it was also very homely.” And so the plans commenced for this English garden wedding.
Emma and Andy choose Catherine Photography to capture the day, as our bride explains “Catherine totally understood what we wanted for our pictures and her contemporary, informal style was perfect. She caught all those little quiet moments that make up your memories of the day and her gentle approach put us and all our guests at their ease. In the nicest possible way we hardly noticed she was there!”
Like so many other brides, Emma explains “I had never had a dream dress in mind so my mum and Maid of Honour filled their arms with what they thought was ‘me’ and I tried them all on until they both stopped and said ‘that is The One’. The One turned out to be Magnolia by Amanda Wyatt and when I put it on I felt really pretty.” The delicate lace dress with flower applique was the perfect fit for the English garden wedding theme. Emma didn’t want her arms on show (I know what that feels like) so wore a lace jacket with her wedding dress. Emma continues “Shopping for my dress was fun – what girl would not enjoy floating around in designer gowns or laughing at those that looked ridiculous? I just wish I had been on even more trips with my mum and girlfriends to try on even more!”
Emma had two flower girls instead of adult bridesmaids and took the ‘flower’ element as a lead for their outfit. Cotton printed tie back dresses and pink ruffle cardigans were accessorised with fresh flower headbands, replaced by fake flower clips for dancing later. Emma’s florist Helen Jacobs was given only a few pointers “My husband and I did not want traditional pieces so we left it with her to design the flowers. They were absolutely perfect and fitted the country garden feel we hoped for exactly. She worked with all the bits and pieces we had collected and her table displays and artistic touches were so natural and soft.”
To give that intimate English garden wedding feel Emma and Andy hosted an informal afternoon on picnic blankets amongst the grounds. Emma explains “The setting and tea party inspired the soft vintage colours we wanted for the flowers and little touches, but the biggest success (and the thing I most enjoyed putting together) were the photo boards. Having been together for 18 years we had such history, and being able to show that to all our guests and for them to see how important they have been in our lives was wonderful. I spent many happy hours gluing pretty buttons to tiny pegs, cutting ribbons, collecting old brooches and other jewellery and searching for all the cups and saucers for the afternoon tea. My house was strewn with decorative papers, pearls and old crockery for months!” Collecting and making things for your wedding can make the run up to the big day even more exciting, just allow enough time for each task so it’s a pleasure rather than a rush.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Beautiful bride Emma recommends you “Remember that your day is really about one thing – that moment where you look at each other and say ‘I do’. At that moment, the flowers, dress, who is there, what car you arrived in – none of that will matter. In those moments of feeling stressed and trying so hard to be organised and perfect, just remember that to one person in the world you already are.”