Originally, we thought we wanted to get married in a huge, traditional English stately home. After a few months of viewing venues all over the country, we soon realised that we didn’t like the dark, often awkward-shaped, mahogany-clad internal rooms. We started to understand that we were instead looking for light, airy and summery spaces – Northbrook Park offered us exactly that. The rooms were large and open – one of the really important things for us was that all guests would feel as much a part of the day as possible. We’d been to weddings previously where, at times, you feel like just a spectator to the event taking place – we wanted everyone to feel really involved. Because of this, top of the agenda was a reception room that would allow us to have live music and a dancefloor in very close proximity to the bar and an area where our grandparents could be comfortably near to all the action without having to move around.
The ceremony was the best part of the whole day. For us, so much time and effort had gone into decorating the ceremony room. We wanted it to feel filled with beautiful flowers and to create a real focal point in the centre. We were advised by the Registrar to have a table and chairs at the end of the aisle, to take a seat during the readings and afterwards to sign the register, but we knew this was going to be one of the most important moments in our lives. We were going to stand throughout and really take it all in. In place of the table and chairs, our incredible florist, Eden Blooms, created a huge arch bursting with stunning flowers. Having this created was one of our best decisions when piecing together the day.
Another highlight was the entertainment during dinner. We didn’t want to lose any excitement or momentum as everyone took their places for dinner, so we hired a five-piece a capella group called T-tone to sign throughout. We have had so many guests tell us since the day that this was their highlight! They were just incredible, everyone was dancing along and the atmosphere in the room was just wonderful.
The Wedding Theme
In terms of a theme, everything for us started with the flowers. As soon as we were engaged I was thinking about the flowers I wanted and they were just the most important part of the decoration on the day for me. I knew that I loved eucalyptus, pale and silvery leaves, and I wanted those combined with masses of white and cream flowers. This provided us with a colour palette of greens, creams and white which then directed the styling of all our on-the-day stationary, table decorations, signage and other accessories (all created by the supremely talented Lisa at Paper Knots, who we would highly recommend).
As wedding planning progresses, everyone starts to build up a clear vision of how they want their day to look. For me, it was crystal clear in my mind from the very beginning (with the help of my huge moodboard too!). I was determined to have a bright, white, classic-looking and timeless wedding day. I think this is exactly what w
e achieved, with the help of all of our suppliers. We used this clear vision to select all our the suppliers we worked with. When we met with our photographers, Oana and Valentin (Tell Your Story Photography + Film), their portfolio was full of stunning, summery, shots of truly candid moments – exactly what we were looking for.
Hazel & Shelly at Eden Blooms supplied all of our stunning flowers. They were amazing to work with from the very first meeting. No request was too crazy, even when I said I wanted to get married under a giant arch of flowers in the middle of the ceremony room that, at that time, didn’t even exist. I was adamant that I wanted only white and cream flowers, but trusted their advice to have a small hint of pale blush roses added to the bridesmaid bouquets to match their dresses (from TrueBride) and I am so pleased that I did
My dress was by Julia Kontogruni, a little-known Spanish designer who creates the most beautiful, unique dresses to order. She also created a huge 22ft, matching veil for me with matching lace applique to the edges. I tried on every dress style imaginable (probably over 60 dresses in total) until finally I tried on this dress and knew instantly it was the one for me.