Morning. I hope that this gorgeous country wedding can help ease you in to the working week. Whilst Matt and Liv obviously look beautiful, it’s the photos of Liv’s dad that really make this wonderful for me. It really is such a special moment when you reach the end of the aisle and as your father releases your left hand, your right one is firmly clenched by the sweaty palm of your waiting fiance.
I am not a girly girl. Nor have I dreamt about my wedding from 5 years old. But. But I wish I could do it all again, wish that I could remember every last detail, film it from my eyes and from everyone else’s and watch it over and over. Everyone says it goes so fast. Everyone says to take moments throughout the day. So true! When Sophie Duckworth sent me these questions, it made me remember so thanks Soph!
I have been going to the same hairdresser for 15 years – travelling across the country to see them. They are Riccio Hair Design in Saffron Walden. They are all fabulous in there and now feel like family. Make-up was mostly Dior and Clinque and expertly applied by my mum!
Kelsey Rose. I was lucky enough to find my dress at a closing down sale and it was an absolute steal. Both mum and I saw it on the rack at the same time and thought it was beautiful. Luckily, it was also beautiful once on and adjusted! The shoes were Rainbow Club, from John Lewis, comfortable and sparkly and complemented the dress wonderfully.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil : Hair piece from John Lewis which , necklace from Fleur d Lys Bridal, Saffron Walden (I found it the day before the wedding!), veil from Bridal Boutique Winchester (since closed) mid length and simple.
My three best friends and I spent a wonderful day in London together with a brief. Long, blue. They moved as a unit – trying, discarding, laughing their heads off, until they found the one, a gorgeous strapless floor length navy dress from Coast. And they all looked a million dollars.
Debenhams – not sure what else to say here apart from I went with Matt when he tried it on for the first time and I burst into tears. He looked so freaking handsome.
Our wedding was in Essex, held in a marquee in the field next to my parent’s house. My parents have lived there my whole life and the surrounding fields and the river nearby feel as much my home as the bricks and mortar of the house. Having it there felt really relaxed and informal and personal.
Cathy Wilkinson (friend and professional cake maker) Cathy is a great friend of ours and she made batches of vanilla, chocolate, lemon cake for us to taste (all incredible) and developed icing colours to fit our summer colour theme and finished it off with feather brushing and tiny white pearls. The effect was perfect, stylish and sophisticated.
Don’ts for Husbands / Don’ts for Wives – A&C Black publishers. I used to work for Bloomsbury publishing so may have pulled in a small favour here. I love books and these were great little favours, originally published in 1913 and really fun and interesting.
Tollys Flowers, Newmarket. The firework centrepiece of pinks and lavender and cream were the talk of the wedding though I was worried of crushing some grannies when it was put up because it was massive! Tolly saw my vision before I did. It was such a relief to hand it over to a professional like him. I didn’t know what he’d come up with before the day as I’d only given him the colour theme but it was better than I’d imagined. Soft, pretty, delicate and elegant.
Invite (our own) Table plan and name cards – Jan Jeffreys (friend and calligrapher) who spent many hours writing them out beautifully. And we didn’t know that the colour of card we had chosen matched the marquee carpet until it was laid.
Sophie Duckworth is a most stunning wedding photographer and, as luck would have it, a friend of ours. I have spent many an hour stalking all her beautiful photos even before I was engaged and continue to do so now. She captures everything, each intimate moment for every single wedding. There was absolutely no option but to have Sophie. As for the day itself, she was so efficient and professional, she organised us all fantastically.
Cambridge Marquees who were a dream to work with. I was emailing them every day in the week before the wedding (sorry Paula!) but they came back every single time with suggestions, advice and reassurance. The men that set it up were brilliant too – fast and proficient.
Duxford Country Kitchens. A local catering company who were a joy to work with. Our tasting session sealed the deal – I can almost taste the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake now. They looked after us so well the whole night and for months before that settling all the details.
Jackie Wilson Says who are a 13 piece Soul band (one of which is Matt’s uncle) Amazing singers and players that kept everyone dancing for HOURS.
USA. We started off in Chicago where we spend four days going to baseball games, jazz bars and amazing breakfast places before journeying on to a ranch in South Dakota and seeing the sights of the Black Hills by horseback. From there, we made another road trip across to Wyoming where we stayed in Grand Teton National Park and spotted bears, elk and bison. The most incredible adventure together!