Good morning lovely wedding blog readers. If your spirits have been a little dampened by this week’s rainy weather, take a moment to sit back and soak up today’s sunny, boho luxe, English country wedding featuring a seriously swoon worthy Laure de Sagazan bride. Hayley, (the UK marketing manager for Jo Malone), married Ben on the 6th of June 2015 in their local village church followed by a marquee reception at Hayley’s parent’s house.
“We were inspired by the countryside setting of our wedding and opted for a rustic, festival theme with lots of candles and lanterns, roughly cut wood and a white colour scheme. Working for Jo Malone definitely influenced certain elements of our day, such as the body crème and cologne favours, the general scent of the venue, as well as the quintessentially English vintage tea cups.”
Photography by John Barwood Photography
Hayley and Ben decorated their tables with gypsophila in crates, vintage tea cups and Jo Malone candles on rustic rounds of wood. They hung ribbons and carnations throughout the marquee and adorned the roof with lanterns of different sizes.
“Due to the large number of guests, it was always going to be a marquee wedding but I really didn’t want the space to feel like a big empty tent, so I spent a long time looking at how best to cover the ceiling with a beautiful design of lights, ribbons and flowers. We opted for long tables as they make such an impactful statement and create a very sociable setting.”
Hayley wore a beautiful gown by one of my all-time favourite bridalwear designers, Laure de Sagazan. Laure is a Parisian designer internationally renowned for her chic, bohemian designs. With its folky, cotton lace overlay, low back and dropped waist it’s easy to see why; Hayley’s gown is the epitome of bohemian inspired French elegance.
Hayley purchased her gown from The Mews of Notting Hill, London. I bought my own wedding dress from The Mews of Clifton Village in Bristol and like Hayley I had a wonderful experience. I highly recommend making a visit to one of their beautiful stores! The Mews specialises in French bridal couture and is the only stockist of Laure’s designs in England.
“I bought my gown from the lovely Mews Bridal of Notting Hill, London and it was the first dress I felt comfortable in. Prior to this, I had tried on the more typical corset like bridal gowns, which I felt were far too structured for me. I absolutely loved the back of my dress, the dropped waist, and the unusual lace. It was the perfect relaxed gown for my country, festival style wedding.”
On her toes, Hayley wore neutral Russell & Bromley heels and her scent was Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne by Jo Malone. She accessorised with a Monica Vinader necklace, a wedding day gift from her lovely husband.
“Our photographers, John and Sophie of John Barwood Photography, were an absolute dream team! Not only did they take fantastic photos, they were wonderful to have around on the day. I’m still getting comments from our guests about how fantastic our photos are. We’re a couple that don’t usually like photos of ourselves so to have so many that we love is brilliant. I’m sure it helped that we couldn’t stop smiling!”
“My friend Hannah Martin, who is a ‘Pro Artist’ for Bobbi Brown, (where I used to be part of the marketing team) did my makeup. Hannah is absolutely incredible and known for being the go to makeup artist for brides.”
Hayley paired her gown with a simple silk, chapel length veil (also from The Mews of Notting Hill) and a beautiful rose and gypsophila fresh flower crown created by the couple’s florist, Clare Thomson.
“Because the back of the dress was such a feature I didn’t want a very detailed veil so I chose a completely plain one”.
Hayley’s two bridesmaids wore knee length, grey J. Crew dresses and fresh, ivory flowers in their hair.
“Ben and I met in Portugal while we were both on holiday with friends. We remained friends for about a year before Ben plucked up the courage to ask me out on a date! Four years later, in March 2014, we got engaged in St Lucia. We wanted to have a very fun, relaxing engagement so we decided to take our time with wedding planning.”
Our couple married in their local church, a beautiful medieval timbered building, founded in 1343 (and one of the oldest churches of its kind in Europe). Hayley and Ben decorated the church with ivory ribbons and flowers, including a stunning gypsophila archway, created by Clare Thomson.
“We were married in our local village church. It was a very intimate service, even though we squeezed in 165 guests somehow!”
Hayley’s dad walked her up the aisle to ‘Come Away with Me’ by Norah Jones.
Our couple opted for the standard Church of England service plus two specially chosen readings:.
“Our first reading was an incredible poem written and read by a friend of mine and was about us. The second was an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, called ‘Love is a Temporary Madness’, which we chose because we felt it was a lovely representation of love.”
Hayley and Ben’s wedding breakfast was catered by Top Table Events and their gorgeous naked cake was created by a local baker.
“I was obsessed with the idea of a naked cake so decided to have a carrot cake version.”
“My favourite part of the day was the speeches; it was so special hearing my dad, Ben and his bestmen speak. They all did an amazing job and it was so wonderful to see the whole marquee enjoy them.
For their evening do, our couple enlisted the skills of The Revue Band, a young and dynamic four piece ensemble who play blues, soul and rock and roll.
“For our first dance we had ‘Real Love’ by Clean Bandit. We love how the song starts really slow and a little dramatic but then suddenly picks up speed. As we hoped, all our friends joined us on the dancefloor when this happened.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“When you’ve been planning an event for so long, it’s incredibly surreal when the day actually comes around. Make sure you take a step back and take it all in because it’s the best day of your life!
If I could do it again, in retrospect I would have made sure I danced with my dad and I wish we’d had a videographer to remember the day in a different way to photos.”
Thank you so much to John Barwood Photography for these beautiful images and to Hayley and Ben for sharing the details of their big day. If you’d like to peruse other boho luxe weddings on the blog click here. For more beautiful Laure de Sagazan brides, please follow this link.
Happy Wednesday readers!
Photographer – John Barwood Photography
Venue – The bride’s family house in Cheshire
Wedding Dress – Laure de Sagazan purchased from The Mews of Notting Hill
Veil – The Mews of Notting Hill
Shoes – Russell & Bromley
Accessories – Monica Vinader necklace
Bride’s Scent/perfume – Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne by Jo Malone
Groom – Ede & Ravenscroft morning suit + Favourbrook waistcoat
Bridesmaids – J. Crew dresses
Florist – Clare Thomson Creative Floral Design
Transport – Little Limos Cheshire
Entertainment – The Revue Band via Eight Ray Music
Rings – Hatton Jewels
Catering – Top Table Events
Makeup Artist – Hannah Martin