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Photography by Naomi Kenton
Liberty, a Makeup Artist and mum of two beautiful little boys (Elijah & Ezra), married Harrison, an Electrician, on 7th July 2018 at the divine wedding venue that is Elmore Court in Gloucester. The couple employed the services of The Little Wedding Helper to achieve their dreamy venue and decor styling.
Liberty looked sensational in her elegant, long lace sleeved ‘Hayley’ gown by designer Hayley Paige – which she discovered at Ellie Rose Bridal boutique in Bath. I can’t think of a dress that would suit this beautiful bride more – and I adore the subtle sparkle and detail adorning this gorgeous gown. It looks like it was an absolute dream to wear.
“I instantly fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it. Ellie from Ellie Rose Bridal went above and beyond to get it in for me and didn’t disappoint.”
“My dress was everything and more than I could have wanted; I loved the long sleeves, beaded and embroidered bodice with illusion bateau neckline and V-neck front. I adored the full intricate back, and the tulle skirt with cathedral train.”
Elmore Court has to be one of my favourite venues in the UK – the fun, exuberant and welcoming vibe projected through their brilliantly run Instagram account is a total winner. This unique Cotswolds wedding venue is a complete dream and we’re incredibly proud to be able to recommend it to you through our Little Book Wedding Directory.
“We fell in love with Elmore Court straight away, it had everything we were looking for from it’s beautiful decorated main hall to its ‘future-rustic’ dinner and dancing venue.”
Liberty’s gorgeous healthy glowing looks were perfected by beauty experts Christina Ouloupi on makeup and Ami Cass on hair.
The bride styled her look with a two-tier crystal veil, also from Ellie Rose Bridal, a pair of Sophia Webster shoes and a hair accessory from Haute Bride. She also popped a glamorous garter beneath her gown.
“Our wedding day was ultra-feminine and romantic with a girly, natural sophistication. A reflection of English summertime.”
“I am a real girly girl and I wanted my day to reflect this, I absolutely love soft pinks and ivory and love everything pretty. I adore flowers so we wanted to incorporate them as much as possible.”
Liberty and Harrison hired designer Vickie from Flourish & Lace to produce all their gorgeous wedding stationery.
“Vickie created everything from our invites to our table plans. Huge shout out to Vickie – she was absolutely amazing! My signage was Perspex with a blush wash going across with white writing going across! It’s so gorgeous I’ve used bits of it around the house as a special reminder.”
A spritz of Coco Mademoiselle perfume finished Hayley’s look. Having formerly worked for Chanel, Liberty adores everything about this scent from it’s feminine and floral accents to it’s blush coloured glass bottle.
Have you considered your wedding scent/perfume yet lovely brides? This article is an oldie but forever relevant absolute goodie.
The bridesmaids wore multi-way gowns in dusky pink by Victoria Lou Bridal, which they teamed with the prettiest Henrietta Barely There Heeled sandals, also in blush.
The sweet flower girl wore a dress made by Laura M Davey, whilst the gorgeous page boys, and son’s of the couple, wore outfits by Childsplay Clothing.
“Our florist was Emma Norton. She was absolutely amazing and such a big part of my day. I felt like we clicked right away and she got my vision of what I wanted and made it possible.”
“We went for big blowsy flowers in the bouquet to reflect our ultra feminine theme. Our colour palette was blush, ivory and green.”
So, so good to be able to add this gorgeous affair to our collection of childhood sweetheart stories…
“Harrison and I both met at ages fifteen and sixteen through mutual friends and then made it official as boyfriend and girlfriend at Liberty’s 15th birthday party and have been inseparable every since. We got engaged in Mexico in 2016 and the same year had a baby. We were engaged for two years before the wedding. We found out were we pregnant with baby number two a few weeks before the wedding and announced it in our speeches which was a special moment.”
Harrison wore a suit from ASOS (CHECK those suits ladies and gents – some killer hues and styles going down in the ASOS wedding dept. right now) and Etsy bow tie.
“We had two best men, George and Connor. We are close cousins and best mates. 9 ushers who are referred to as brothers as they have always been friends from school.”
Liberty’s dad accompanied her down the aisle to the sound of Canon in D Pachelbel played by Ardeton String Quartet.
“For me, my favourite part has to be the moment of walking down the aisle and saying my vows. It’s a crazy build up in the morning and then at the time of saying the I dos I suddenly felt really calm and like it was just us two in the room. It was such a bizarre but magical time which I had been going over and over in my head imagining what it was going to be like and it didn’t disappoint.”
A beautiful and romantic ceremony was held in a flower filled room where the couple were surrounded by all their loved ones.
Brides who’ve yet to tie the knot – these images should give you ALL the feels for what’s yet to happen.
“We discovered our photographer Naomi Kenton, on Instagram – and we instantly fell in love with her soft natural fine art style. She captures everything in such a beautifully delicate way. She was amazing on the day and we hardly noticed she was there capturing everything in the most natural way.”
“Our drinks reception was out on the east lawn and the theme was ‘British summer time’. We had a huge cart filled with Prosecco, elderflower and Pimms, to name a few!”
“We had buckets filled with ice cold beers and buckets overflowing with pretty floral ice-cubes. We also had Prosecco and peach and mojito flavoured ice lollies being served.”
Whilst the couple enjoyed time with their guests, The Bournville Waffle Company provided something a little different to the traditional canapés. Catering choices were pretty special at this wedding -the epic Smoke Catering brought the mouth-watering taste of Texas to the party later in the evening.
After the ceremony and time with Naomi capturing the most beautiful portraits, the couple ventured back into the magic of Elmore Court to celebrate with their guests.
The couple really went to town in creating the most magical and romantic of scenes for their guests to enjoy, and photographer Naomi has captured it so beautifully.
“Flowers were our main form of decor – we had an aisle arch and meadow arrangement and lots of candles behind the arch to set a romantic scene. In the ‘Gillyflower’ (Elmore Court’s purpose built, soundproof and sustainable wedding reception venue for parties), we had flower garlands running down the centre of each table, with crystal candle sticks with tall blush candles lit.”
“We had Jo Malone candles in between, which created this amazing scent of her signature ‘Peony and Blush Suede‘.”
“There were lots of silver lanterns outside, giant balloons, a floral LOVE sign, blankets by the fire pit, toasted marshmallows, sparklers, doughnuts and a suncream table.”
The couple commissioned a four-tier cake flavoured with chocolate and salted caramel, lemon, white chocolate and vanilla, from Bake My Cake, who also provided some blush heart cookie lollipops with the words ‘Mr & Mrs Carter’. It’s all in the little details…
To entertain guests, the couple hired the Ardeton String Quartet and singer Elliot Lewis who goes by the name ‘El Sheeran – A tribute to Ed’.
“Oh my gosh – his voice is incredible! He didn’t do a tribute though, but instead sang some of our favourite songs. This was amazing as it got everyone up dancing and in high spirits after the meal and ready for the evening guests arrival.”
“During the evening, we had a DJ which sounded amazing through Elmore’s incredible dedicated sound system. We also had The Marrionettes preform for the drinks reception.
The couple’s first dance was to Beyoncés ‘Die With You’.
“We choose this song as we loved the words in the song, they meant so much to us and we connected with them as soon as we heard it. It’s one of those songs it gives you goose bumps and everyone loves a bit of Beyoncé!”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“My first bit of advice would be hire amazing suppliers you can count on and that share your same vision and passion for your big day. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by the best in the business and it was so worth it on the day as it allowed me to be able to sit back and enjoy the whole day knowing everything was in good hands.”
“We didn’t really set a budget but we did spread the cost by paying things off over 2 years so it wasn’t such a big hit.”
“And last but not least on your big day, I think it’s important to step away with your husband just for a few minutes and take it all in and just give each other a big hug! It’s a crazy day and it’s surprising how fast it goes.
So beautiful! Wishing you the most amazing first wedding anniversary this year Liberty and Harrison – with love from us all at Love My Dress,
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Naomi Kenton
- Film - White Villa Photography & Films
- Planner/Stylist - The Little Wedding Helper
- Venue - Elmore Court
- Wedding Dress - Hayley Paige
- Boutique (dress + veil) - Ellie Rose Bridal
- Headpiece - Haute Bride
- Shoes - Sophia Webster
- Accessories - La Gartier
- Perfume - Coco Mademoiselle perfume
- Groom - ASOS
- Bridesmaids - Victoria Lou Bridal + Henrietta Barely There Heeled sandals
- Flowergirls -
- Page Boys - Childsplay Clothing
- Florist - Emma Norton Flowers
- Cake - Bake My Cake
- Entertainment - El Sheeran - A tribute to Ed + Ardeton String Quartet + The Marrionettes
- Rings - Goldsmiths
- Catering - Elmore Court + The Bournville Waffle Company + Smoke Catering
- Stationery - Flourish & Lace
- Hair Stylist - Ami Cass
- Makeup Artist - Christina Ouloupi