A stunning floral filled wedding at Bignor Park in Sussex | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe

Gooooood morning and happy Monday to your beautiful face! Aside from the gorgeous setting, and beautiful photos we need to take a moment for Robyn’s Halfpenny dress! It is tailored in quite a traditional way but the fabric used definitely makes is a modern statement piece I love it! I think you are all going to enjoy this one, a lot!

photography | Babb Photo

Dress and Veil – Halfpenny London, purchased from their store on Woburn Walk. It was such a simple, but impactful dress, which felt both contemporary and traditional at the same time. I think that resonated with me and the type of day we wanted. I loved how versatile it was as well given the outfit combinations possible. 

Shoes – LK Bennett

Accessories – Isobel Hind purchased at Halfpenny. My earrings were rose gold and green amethyst with small diamonds around the edges. They were a 30th present from my parents. I also wore a rose gold Victorian signet ring as my something borrowed (courtesy of my sister). It’s engraved with a Victor Hugo quote, ‘life is the flower for which love is the honey’

Bridesmaids – LK Bennett (skirts and dresses)/ Ted Baker (tops) and LK Bennett Shoes. 

Hair @ Koko Hair in Guildford, http://www.koko-hair.com/

Make up by Kerry Lucey, http://www.makeupartistsurrey.co.uk/

We fell in love with Bignor Park and then everything else had to fit in. It’s a beautiful but relaxed place and that was just how we wanted our day to be.

Suit – Bespoke 3 piece from Timothy Everest, Redchurch Street. 

Tie from Turnbull & Asser, Jermyn Street

Ties from Liberty London, socks from Happy Socks online. Groomsmen all wore their own blue suits.

Laura Babb – We absolutely adore our wedding photos and couldn’t have dreamed of better results. Laura and Pete were so easy to work with and we loved their informal and relaxed approach. We spent too long chatting at our reception drinks and didn’t have time for thee couples portraits before dinner. Laura grabbed us after the food however and we quite literally chased the sunset into the fields behind the house. The spontaneous photos are just stunning.

Tom’s dad is an illustrator and did all our beautiful stationery for the day as well as creating our own logo! 

Fittleworth Flowers (on Facebook). Beth and Wade Houlden live locally and have a garden at Bignor Park from which they supply a couple of weddings a year. I loved the idea of having locally grown flowers and Beth and Wade completely surpassed all expectations. They are hugely talented as well as the most lovely people to work with. They lent us their VW camper (named Della) and did everything they could to make our day as easy, happy and beautiful as possible.

Beth immediately understood what I wanted. After I met her for the first time she came to find me at the house afterwards and handed me a beautiful bouquet she’d just picked from the garden. Wade was the man responsible for making the poles of our pole tent into trees with birds (robins!) flying from them. He didn’t even blink when we asked if it was possible!

The ceremony. As a non religious ceremony we weren’t expecting it to carry such weight. We were however both very moved by it. The registrars did a great job at making it feel personal despite never having met us. It was very touching to see all our friends and family gathered to see us married. We couldn’t have asked for more gorgeous surroundings either. I never wanted to get married in a church, but getting married in a beautiful place was important to me.

We had such a fabulous day it would be wrong to wish for anything to be changed. 

My mum, Ginny, did all the styling for the marquee including hand stitching numerous lengths of hessian with messages in coloured string. She has a real eye for design and has always embraced decoration for events be it dinner parties, Birthday’s, Easter, Christmas etc. It meant so much to me that she did it (even if I was a grump initially and banned her from using anything heart shaped, bunting and anything with ‘Mr & Mrs’ on!). It made the day seem even more ‘us’.

http://www.tentsnevents.co.uk/ Mike and Ash at Tentsnevents provided us with the most beautiful pole tent for the day as well as the ceremony tent and dining furniture. They went above and beyond and they were very true to their word re going ‘all out’ on the festoons for us!

http://virginiasvintagehire.co.uk/ for our sofas and coffee tables.

http://eventflaghire.co.uk/ for bunting and the festival flags.

http://beautiful-bells.co.uk/ for the bell tents.

The Ronnie Scott’S Rejects – We had a jazz quartet play at our reception drinks and then a 7 piece for the evening. I wanted absolutely everyone/ all ages to be on the dance floor and Niall and the band were perfect for that.

http://www.nakedfoodcompany.co.uk – Carole Lindsay is a rock star and an absolute pleasure to work with (as were her team). She’s full of energy and new ideas. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Advice – 

Simply to relax and enjoy the day. All the hard work is done and while some things may not exactly go according to plan you will be the only person who notices. Also, don’t get too caught up in having the best of everything. It’s so easy when you begin planning to want the flashy tepee or most expensive tables etc. When it comes down to it what you will remember were your friends and family who were there to celebrate with you and the smiles on their faces. Fancy tables, chairs or cutlery etc won’t be what defines the day. For me what made our day a success was embracing everything that Bignor had to offer. It was a very home grown wedding, from the flowers to local caterer (we were Carole’s first client!), local marquee company, the bell tents, hay bales etc. I love that we used smaller suppliers and young and enthusiastic people. Each and every person went out of their way for us.

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