It has been a horrible Winter day outside, and whilst Spring is (hopefully) just around the corner, I hope you all love this gorgeous Autumn wedding as much as we do.
Following a romantic proposal in Val Thorens on their fifth anniversary, Marie and Dave planned their gorgeous English Country House wedding in just eight short months! “I always knew I didn’t want a long engagement, so as soon as we got back from holiday we started looking at venues”.
“We had visited several local venues, and finally went to look at Swinfen Hall, even though we were convinced that this wasn’t going to be for us. Contrary to our expectations, as soon as we stepped through the door, we fell in love! We soon had our date and venue set and the planning was well underway!” Swinfen Hall is a gorgeous country house hotel set in stunning park land. The Georgian house has many beautiful rooms perfect for a wedding, and makes for a spectacular backdrop for photographs.
The next most important decision for any bride has to be The Dress! Marie found her stunning dress in only the second shop she went in, The Bridal Rooms, and fell in love with the exact style she wanted. The dress was the beautiful Annalisa, by Amanda Wyatt, We love the lace top and the gorgeous style to the back of the dress and it looked beautiful on the day!
The theme for the wedding was Autumn colours, and nowhere was this reflected more than with the wedding flowers! Marie chose a florist recommended by the venue, Secret Garden, and was happy for them to use their creative flair. The end result being an amazing display of rich autumn colours, and even incorporated pumpkins as flower bowls for the table centrepieces. Perfect as the wedding was close to Halloween and the overall effect was stunning!
Marie told us that one of her biggest decisions was choosing bridesmaids! With a group of four very close friends, her oldest friend from school and two sisters, Marie knew it wasn’t practical to have seven bridesmaids! She decided on her oldest friend and two sisters, but incorporated her close group of friends by giving them wedding party corsages – a brilliant idea to make them still feel part of the day! Bridesmaids dresses were by Dessy, in Cappucino, and Marie also had two gorgeous flower girls wearing beautiful dresses from Tesco, and carrying artificial flowers for durability. Very cute!
Whilst the wedding cake was not top of the priority list for Marie or Dave, they loved being able to use this to bring some more personalisation into their day with a specially made wedding cake topper featuring their golden labrador, Yorkie! Marie and Dave chose a simple, elegant chocolate cake made by Sugar Surgeons, which tasted amazing, with Marie’s mum making an additional fruit cake to add some variety!
A huge decision for any couple getting married is choosing the wedding photographer. After an initial meeting with a recommended photographer, Marie and Dave soon realised how important it is to have a rapport with your wedding photographer, as they will be spending the whole day with you! Following this, the couple met Mark Zaccaria at a local wedding fair, and the decision was made easily. Marie commented that Mark was “happy with everything that we wanted, and made everybody feel completely at ease, joining in with all of the family fun on the day”. The photos are fantastic and I would definitely recommend Mark as a wedding photographer without hesitation.
Marie and Dave decided to hire one of our own champagne coloured wedding post boxes. The colour matched both the venue and the colour scheme perfectly. Marie commented: “The post box was a brilliant way of collecting the cards which looked stunning in the traditional venue”. The couple also booked their wedding photo booth from The Little English Wedding Company.
Marie told us “We had looked at photo booths after being to two weddings that had one, and knowing the fun people had we really wanted one! However, we really struggled to find one that fitted into the theme of the venue until we saw The Little English Wedding Company’s, which was perfect. The pictures seemed better quality than any others I had seen, and with the vintage design fitting the venue too I was sold!” Instead of a photograph guest book, Marie opted for guests to write their message on the reverse of their photos, and peg them on a board – the board looked brilliant on the night and it was great reading through them and looking at the photos following the wedding! The photo booth was very popular with all of the guests, and one couple even booked it on the night for their wedding six weeks later!
“Our wedding totally was the perfect day – looking back yes a few things went wrong but it really didn’t matter as on the day I didn’t care at all! My husband even forgot his speech but everyone said it added to the day and some even thought it was staged!”
I’ll just leave you with my favourite photo from the day…