Lovely readers, how is it that we find ourselves just one week away from Christmas Eve?! I absolutely love this time of year but I am feeling slightly overwhelmed by how much I need to do by this time next week! If you too are feeling a little flustered by this year’s Christmas preparations, why not take a little break to soak up this morning’s classic English country wedding? From the stunning wild daisy, rose and peony bouquets, to the wonderful flower chandeliers and dried hydrangeas, today’s summer wedding is positively brimming with beautiful blooms, not to mention an elegant bride wearing a Pronovias gown inspired by Grace Kelly’s very own iconic wedding dress. Childhood sweethearts Lauren and Tom tied the knot on the 1st of August 2015, at Dewsall Court, a 17th century house in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside.
Photographer Alice, who works alongside our Little Book For Brides member Laura Babb of Babb Photo took these beautiful photographs.
”We wanted somewhere a little different where we could spend a few days with our family and fully embrace the wedding experience and Dewsall Court had our hearts from the moment we discovered it. Dewsall had everything we could ever ask for and truly met our expectations.”
Our couple’s bouquets and boutonnieres were created by The Herefordshire Flower Studio. I particularly love the combination of blousy peonies, pink roses, wild daisies and herbs in the bouquets – just beautiful!
“I love flowers and was very excited to work with the extremely talented Herefordshire Flower Studio. The artisan floristry team understood exactly what we wanted and we feel very happy with the results. The bouquets not only looked superb they smelt great too as they included mint, jasmine and eucalyptus. The men’s boutonnieres mimicked the style and colours of the flowergirls’ hair circlets with craspedia, poppy heads and gypsophila.”
“My dress was based on the one Princess of Monaco wore for her own wedding. Although I knew I never going to achieve that level of beauty, I fell in love with the pleats and waist and sourced a lace overlay to complete the look”
I love the way that Alice has captured the emotion of the day in these beautiful photos – it’s almost palpable.
“We chose Alice of Babb Photo because of the style and standard of her photography and the results certainly lived up to our expectation. She is the BEST! Professional, friendly and supportive from the outset – we couldn’t have asked for more. We had so many comments from guests about how amenable and lovely Alice is and we certainly agree! Thank you for making our dreams come true Alice.”
“Tom and I met at school fifteen years ago. Tom asked me to marry him after the arrival of our daughter, Martha, in December 2013. We wanted Martha to be a little older when we tied the knot so we planned our wedding for August 2015.”
Our bride walked up the aisle to an orchestral version of ‘Champagne Supernova’ accompanied by her father, Keith.
“I chose ‘Champagne Supernova’ as a surprise for Tom as it is his favourite song and as expected, it was very personal and a wee bit emotional!”
“The ceremony was simply perfect for us. Having many years to contemplate and dream what our big day would be like it is so good to say that is was even better than we could ever have expected.”
Meanwhile, Tom’s brother, Oliver, had a hand in creating the groom’s stylish three piece, midnight blue, bespoke suit…
“We are very lucky to have a tailor in the family. Tom and his groomsmen’s suits were arranged through Oliver who works for Meyer & Mortimer in London.”
Meanwhile, Lauren’s lovely flowergirls looked angelic in traditional dresses paired with floral crowns.
“My flowergirls wore classic, satin, puff sleeved dresses with cream tights and gold shoes and flower circlets made by me and my sister.”
Our bride took a great deal of care in choosing the perfect dresses for her bridesmaids, who looked pretty in pink in Monique Lhuillier maxis…
“We wanted something very special for the bridesmaids, so it took a while to find the right dress. My three ‘maids wore beautiful trumpet dresses by Monique Lhuillier, with alterations made by Rosie Armitage who did a brilliant job of ensuring that the dresses fit each girl perfectly.”
Our couple made a lovely outdoor area for guests to enjoy with hay bales, festoon lighting and even a little tepee for the children to play in…
Our couple decorated Dewsall Court simply and elegantly with lots of white candles, candelabras, flowers and potted succulents. In the run up the wedding Lauren dried hydrangeas which she used to decorate the church, placing the flower heads in large copper vases. Meanwhile her creative father crafted a series of ‘flower chandeliers’ for Dewsall Court using lilac dahlias and pale pink roses.
“We wanted a botanical feel to the table settings and kept it simple with small shrubs in glass vases and succulents in copper pots. The name places were made by my sister and were handwritten parcel tags attached to a single piece of eucalyptus.”
Lauren and Tom’s wedding breakfast was catered by Dewsall Court and their beautiful watercolour cake was created by The Red Cake Company.
“The Big Moose Ceilidh Band provided our evening entertainment. A change to the agenda led to the great experience of the whole wedding party dancing the first ceilidh dance outside- we had a lot of fun!”.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“We took heed of the usual advice to enjoy the day as it goes so quickly. However, I believe it is important to fully embrace the whole experience of planning and preparation as well. I wanted to enjoy every aspect, even the stressful moments, as it will never occur again. I believe we can now rest and look back on all that we have achieved with the knowledge that we enjoyed every single moment
Huge congratulations to you Lauren and Tom! Thank you so much to you both for sharing the details of your big day with us and to Alice of Babb Photo for these lovely images. If you’d like to see more beautiful English country weddings, please follow this link. If you’ve been inspired by our bride to create a flower crown for your own wedding, why not take a peek at this brilliant tutorial from florists Lily & May; it was a great help to me when I made cornflower crowns for my little flowergirls.
Wishing you a wonderful and festive week readers. Good luck with your Christmas preparations…
Photographer – Alice of Babb Photo
Venue + Catering – Dewsall Court
Wedding Dress – ‘Janais’ gown by Pronovias purchased at Grafton Manor Hotel Wedding Dress Shop
Shoes – Charlotte Olympia
Groom – Bespoke suit from Meyer & Mortimer + Barker shoes
Bridesmaids – Monique Lhuillier gowns tailored by Rosie Armitage, Stratford
Florist – The Hereford Flower Studio
Cake – The Red Cake Company
Entertainment – The Big Moose Ceilidh Band
Stationery – Minted