Hi Everyone! Thought I'd kick start with this very Autumnal, October week with a really very lovely vintage country wedding that took place at the Georgian House Hotel in Haselmere, Surrey.
Mr and Mrs Penson's wedding took place on 7 August and was photographed by the lovely Surrey Wedding Photographer, Amy Wass. The reason I instantly fell for this wedding was because it is full of the couple's personality, style and unique ideas – starting with each having 5 ‘handy helpers’ rather than bridesmaids and ushers!
I just love Bride Michelle's vintage style wedding dress and her pretty bouquet that looks as though the flowers that make it up were gathered fresh from a countryside walk that very morning. The detail in this wedding is a winner too – pretty china pieces, delicious looking cupcakes, flowers that bloom inside glass teapots and absolutely delightful vintage style venue and table decor! Michelle also looks fresh as a daisy – she wore no makeup on her wedding day (HOORAH! A Bride who doesn't feel the need to go and spend a fortune on flippin' MAC or Bobbi Brown!!) and did not hire a hairdresser to style her hair. She chose instead to wear a pretty garland of daisies and some cute white ballet pumps.
Michelle's dress was by an American designer called Nataya and was an EBay purchase; "It was different from any other dress I’d seen, ‘hippy-style’, not traditional…". I can't imagine another style wedding dress suiting Michelle any better!
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2010, Amy Wass, with support from second Shooter, Tarah Coonan
Aren't Michelle's flowers just absolutely delightful? Florists 'The Lavender Hill Company' supplied the pretty bouquet…
"Sue was amazing in every way! We found her at the Losely House wedding fayre, and she fitted with our country-theme perfectly. Her suggestions were all spot-on (wild flower bouquet, jugs of flowers on hay bales, a dried-lavender bouquet for the table)…"
The couple's rings were hand-made by a shop in Brighton called ‘Number Ten’ – James has a platinum band with a wave engraved through it, and Michelle has a platinum ring with sapphires and diamonds…
James's shoes were from The Vegetarian Shoe Shop in Brighton – specilaists in cruelty free shoes…
Afternoon Tea & Mismatched China…
The Mirabelle Cupcakery in Haslemere supplied these beauties!
"Hannah was superb – we met her at a wedding fayre, and she was offering cupcake wedding cakes, which we have always wanted, even before they became popular with the masses! We visited her teashop near the venue, and asked if we could borrow their mismatched vintage china for our wedding….it all went from there…"
Isn't the decor wonderful? The couple organised hay bales, vintage crockery, embroidered bunting, candles, picnic rugs, choi-time teas (flower teas that bloom in the teapot), willow hearts and favours of penny sweets….
"We had a first ceilidh dance with our 10 handy helpers…"
The Surrey String Quartet played during the ceremony and Afternoon Tea (this is Michelle’s string quartet who she normally plays at weddings with!), then Craigievar Ceilidh Band in the evening. Michelle played her violin with both groups during the day!
Words of Wedded Wisdom?
"Enjoy every second! The wedding was in our own style, the way we live and our own personal preferences. I had the most wonderful day, everything was perfect and it was better that I’d even imagined it could be!”
Thank you so very much to Photographer Amy Wass and her Second Shooter, Tarah Coonon, for sharing this beautiful photography with Love My Dress today – thank you too to Bride Michelle; my hope is that your wonderful, original wedding that is full of your own personality and style, will help to inspire readers not to feel pressured into having to do things the way other people would desire, but to plan the wedding that reflects their own, unique personalities :) Congratulations to you both on your fabulous wedding 🙂