Wedding Wednesday- Lucy and John's Summer English Garden Wedding
Posted on September 18 2019
Lucy and John lived in sunny Sydney for eight years before settling back in England in 2018. Then in the lovely countryside of Suffolk, East of England they held their elegant english garden wedding and we must say the whole wedding is breath-taking. Scroll down to see some serious wedding inspiration...
1. Tell us about the wedding?
When we bought the house with its beautiful garden and pond, we knew straight away that we wanted to get married at home and a modern summer English garden wedding with a celebrant sprung to mind.
My vision was to bring the garden into the marquee and the colour theme was green, white and gold.
Being originally from Somerset and loving the west country based quintessential brand Mulberry I used their green and gold branding for our wedding invitations.
The groom and bridesmaids wore green velvet with the bridesmaids and bride wearing gold shoes. The dress code for the guest’s was black tie.
2. Who was your wedding dress by?
I found a bespoke wedding dress designer in North London called Jenny Lessin who I contacted to see whether she could pull my ideas and vision together. I knew the shape and design of the dress, ivory long-sleeved 3-D lace over a pale milky silk georgette bodice with satin buttons and a heavy silk satin skirt and train with satin buttons down the back. My dress was absolutely perfect in every way, simple, elegant and classic. I added a church length simple veil which finished off the look.
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As we were having a celebrant wedding at home, we needed a legal ceremony and three weeks before the garden wedding, accommodated by a score of friends heading down to London for a civil ceremony at Marylebone Old Town Hall followed by dinner at The Chiltern Fire House. I knew I wanted to wear the polar opposite to my wedding dress and came across a cream jumpsuit by Ba&sh which I fell in love with instantly. The only negative for an older bride was the lower back was open and so my dressmaker covered the open back part, the original plan was to take a piece of lace from my dress, but unfortunately, the colours didn’t match so we found an alternative.
3. Which Rachel Simpson shoes did you pick and why?
I owe the credit for introducing me to beautiful Rachel Simpson shoes to my wedding planner Kat Otter. After perusing the website, I had initially wanted to wear the Mimosa Forest Green shoes for the civil ceremony, but unfortunately, at the time of enquiry they were out of my size I therefore, bought the velvet and glitter Olivia Mauve shoes which were so beautiful and equally perfect.
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I saw the Zadie gold shoes first and fell in love with them instantly. I loved the height and exquisite design.
Both pairs of shoes were extremely comfortable and shoes I’d definitely wear again and again!
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4. Tell us about the best wedding moment?
Oh, there were too many. Twenty close friends travelled over from Sydney who we hadn’t seen for over a year – seeing those faces stood around the pond in our garden back in England was highly memorable.
The speeches by the bride, maid of honour, groom and best man were all entertaining, emotional and memorable.
Our first dance, cutting the cake, everyone dancing to the awesome band until the very last cord was played into the early hours.
But probably the exchanging of our personal vows and marrying the most amazing man on the planet at our beautiful home! I’m seriously one lucky lady!
5. What was your first dance song?
We had two – split 30/70. The Style Council’s You’re the Best Thing and Coldplay’s Adventure of a Lifetime – both very poignant to us.
6. What is your Top Tip for wedding planning, what brought everything together?
Having a vision and planning as early as possible, although I only organised mine seven months in advance, I was very lucking having the wedding at home. Having said that my top tip is a wedding planner. I found the most incredible wedding planner who had an absolute wealth of knowledge and the most impeccable eye for detail and style. She listened to my brief and ideas and brought everything together above and beyond any of our expectations.
7. What would your advice be for future brides?
Don’t leave it too late to organise your wedding – venues, florists, bands, caterers, etc all get booked up years in advance
Thanks so much to Mr and Mr's Neal for sharing their special day with us. I think everyone would admit this wedding was truly beautiful. The decor with fresh greens, summer white's and gold worked perfectly for a modern english summer garden wedding.
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