Good afternoon folks! Today’s mid-week treat comes in the shape of a romantic, English country, garden wedding, featuring a bride wearing a glamorous, Audrey Hepburn inspired, Jesus Peiro gown. Rosanna, a personal trainer, married Craig, a tennis coach, on the 8th of August 2015, in a marquee pitched in the garden of Rosanna’s family home, filled with blush coloured blooms. As the night drew in, the gardens and marquee were transformed into a magical wonderland by dozens of strings of fairy lights and giant illuminated letters, for a party which continued into the wee hours.
Rosanna opted for an elegant 1950s inspired gown by Spanish bridal house Jesus Peiro, which she purchased from Miss Bush Bridal in Surrey. Our bride’s gown was carefully picked out by the boutique’s proprietor, Emma Bush.
We have to admit that we are huge fans of Miss Bush, here at Love My Dress HQ. Emma is a longstanding supporter of the blog and her beautiful boutique is listed in our Little Book for Brides. Emma recently shared this brilliant article exploring some of the challenges she faced while planning her own wedding as well as some stunning images from the couple’s engagement shoot, both of which made us fall in love with her even more. I highly recommend taking a peek.
“Emma at Miss Bush picked out my Jesus Peiro gown for me. It was really different to all the other dresses I had chosen and I would have never thought to try it on. I fell in love with it as soon as I put it on. I really liked its clean bright look, simple lines and flattering cut, plus it suited my hair and skin tone.”
“I started following Love My Dress a couple of years ago when my sister got married. I just love looking at all the lovely photos of real weddings – the dresses, the flowers, the bridesmaids. We wanted to have a glamorous and romantic wedding with a garden party theme. We chose white, pale pink and gold for our colour scheme.”
Rosanna’s five ‘maids looked lovely in white and pink maxis from , with her little flowergirl rocking a blush pink, sequinned number from Next.
Our couple said ‘I do’ in a marquee pitched in the garden of the bride’s family home. Rosanna’s dad walked her up the aisle to the sounds of ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree, performed by pianist and vocalist Vanessa Hastings.
“I LOVE this song! Vanessa played and sang ‘Kissing You’ beautifully. She even timed it perfectly so that I walked down the aisle to my favourite part of the song.
Our ceremony was led by independent celebrant, Anji Petersen. The ceremony was really personal to us and included a song and two readings. We found it hard to choose our readings at first but Anji gave us tons of inspiration which was really helpful. Our song was ‘Grow old with me’ by Tom Odell. The ceremony was one our favourite parts of the day, we put a lot of thought into it and it felt very special. Being able to tie the knot in my family home made it even more so.”
Our couple’s big day was carefully captured by photographer Juliet Mckee…
“We picked out Juliet initially because we loved her website and previous wedding shots. When we met with her in person she was so calm and friendly we knew she was the right photographer for us. Juliet was great in the run up and even came to my parent’s house ahead of the wedding to get ideas for shots. I don’t really like being the centre of attention and was worried I would hate having the more ‘posed shots’ but Juliet made us feel relaxed on the day and was so quick that it didn’t feel awkward at all.”
“Our food was catered by Super Events. We can’t recommend them highly enough – they were so professional and managed the whole day exceptionally. Super Events organised our food, the marquee and the posh toilets.”
Rosanna and Craig decorated their venue with lots of flowers, baubles, ribbons and lights, decorating the tables with handmade sequinned runners.
“Our flowers were arranged by local florist, Celia Keenan. Celia did the flower’s for my sister’s wedding and lives five minutes down the road from my parents’ house. We opted for tall centrepieces to help make the main marquee look more glam and lots of big open blooms.”
“Craig’s mum made our cake! I designed the look based on lots of different cakes I had seen on Pinterest and she created it perfectly for us.”
For their first dance, our couple performed a choreographed routine to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
“We decided to go for a choreographed first dance. It sounds cheesy, but I’m so glad we did it – we loved every minute of it. The routine was simple which meant we could actually do it and it was so much better than the classic sway. We enjoyed the lessons we took at First Dance and it was nice practicing together. It did take quite a bit of persuasion to get Craig on board, but he loved it in the end!”
“Roberto mingled with our guests after the ceremony and then again after dinner. It was a great way of filling downtime and helping guests to get to know one another better. We chose e2 because the bass guitarist is a family friend and they are an amazing band! They had a great set list and created a brilliant party atmosphere. We danced all night!”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Embrace the planning, it all goes by so quickly. Try and choose things that you really want rather than trying to please others.”
Wise words indeed from Rosanna. A huge thank you to our couple for sharing the details of their big day and to Juliet Mckee Photography for the lovely images. If you’d like to see other beautiful brides wearing Jesus Peiro gowns click here. You can find lots of wonderful country garden weddings in our extensive archives.
Wishing you a great rest of your week!
Photographer – Juliet Mckee Photography
Celebrant – Anji Petersen
Venue – A marquee in the bride’s family home, hired from Super Events
Wedding Dress – Jesus Peiro gown purchased from Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley, Surrey
Headpiece – ‘Tesoro’ by Jenny Packham
Shoes – ‘Eva’ by Rachel Simpson
Groom – Hugo Boss suit + shirt, tie, cufflinks and shoes from Charles Tyrwhitt
Bridesmaids – Little Mistress dresses purchased from Dorothy Perkins + bracelets from Topshop
Flowergirls – Next dress
Florist – Celia Keenan
Cake – Created by the groom’s mother
Entertainment – Pianist Vanessa Hastings + magician Roberto Forzoni + e2
Rings – Nick Eagle
Catering – Super Events
Stationery – Harri Leigh Design
Lighting – Large illuminated letters hired from Mighty Fine Entertainment + Fairy lights from Lights 4 Fun
Hair Stylist – Amanda White
Makeup Artist – Mel Kinsman