Happy Monday morning everyone! Did you have a lovely weekend? Mine was wonderful — life by the seaside is amazing, even in January… I’m glad I have a drawer full of scarves though! Today I have a fabulous distraction from work to share with you, in the form of a beautifully elegant Buckinghamshire wedding.
Anoushka and Dan were married on a sunny September day — remember all that warm sunshine? They used candles and flowers to create a sophisticated look for the wedding reception. Their wedding day is modern and elegant, perfectly suited to the magnificent setting of Notley Abbey.
Anoushka and Dan have very kindly shared a wonderful wedding report with us today — you’ll find it halfway down the page. First let me share my favourite extract from the happy couple with you:
“After all the build up to and the fanfare of the day it is all really about you committing to spend the rest of your lives together and sipping our champagne as husband and wife knowing we had the rest of our married life ahead of us was the most exciting part!”
With thanks to wedding photographer Tom Redman for submitting the wedding and sharing his amazing images with us today. Enjoy! Claire xxx
A modern and elegant Buckinghamshire wedding: Anoushka & Dan
Anoushka and Dan’s wedding report:
Wedding venue: Holy Trinity Church, Bledlow and Notley Abbey
From the moment I saw a photo of Tom’s online I fell in love with his style and it didn’t take much to convince Dan of the same. Tom was professional throughout the whole process and we all had lots of fun on the day which really put us at ease. We always knew we had made the right choice but when we saw our photos we were totally thrilled! www.tomredmanphotography.com
How would you describe your wedding style? Modern elegance
A little about the wedding ceremony:
The service was the most special part of the whole day for us. It was really important to us both to be surrounded by our family and friends and to have all those people under one roof to share in it all. I loved the feeling after we had just been pronounced husband and wife and we looked back to rows of smiling family and friends.
Which readings did you choose?
Song of Solomon 2:10–13 and 8: 6–7, read by Dan’s sister Amy, and The Blessing of the Hands (Anon), read by my mum’s partner Steve.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
Simple and elegant.
Notley is such a beautiful venue we didn’t need to do much but we wanted to put our personal stamp on it whilst keeping things fresh and unfussy. I love candles and think they create a romantic atmosphere so they played a big part in the venue decorations which, when combined with the flowers, created the exact elegant look and romantic feel we wanted.
Invitations and reception stationery: Gee Brothers (invites).
Dan designed the orders of service, table plan and menus oh and I have to mention the wedding sign which he made for me and I couldn’t have loved it more!
Wedding music and entertainment: The Astor String Quartet for the church who played Ave Maria for the processional, Air on G for signing of the register and The Butterfly Waltz for the recessional.
Groove Instinct entertained our guests in the evening. Dan’s final request in his speech was for everyone to hit the dance floor and turn our beautiful civilised day into an awesome party. Groove Instinct ensured the dance floor was packed at all times and our guests didn’t let us down!
What did you wear?
Bride: Shoes: Zeta, Benjamin Adams Dress: Custom Made (belt Jesus Peiro)
Groom: Morning suit, ivory waistcoat and ivory tie. Button hole of an ivory akito rose with a sprig of white bouvardia taken from the bride’s bouquet.
Memorable wedding day moments:
All of it! I was so nervous I would find the day overwhelming and not be able to relax with all eyes on us and fretting about things going to plan but on the day I was just so excited the nerves disappeared and I loved every second.
There are too many moments to choose only one but the top ones have to be seeing each other for the first time in church, our drive from the church to the venue as husband and wife, the speeches and having a glass of champagne together at 2am when all our guests had gone home and reflecting back on the day. After all the build up to and the fanfare of the day it is all really about you committing to spend the rest of your lives together and sipping our champagne as husband and wife knowing we had the rest of our married life ahead of us was the most exciting part!
From Dan: Can I say all of it? Waking up to the most incredible blue skies, feeling nervous but excited having drinks in the pub with the ushers, seeing Anoushka in her dress for the first time, getting into our car and driving to the venue as husband and wife, being introduced for the first time as Mr and Mrs Ridler as we entered the reception to a round of applause and having a lot of fun on the dancefloor with all our friends and family… we persuaded the band to let us have one more song and ended the night dancing in a circle to Mr Brightside which was the perfect end to the perfect day!
Wedding day advice:
You will have heard it before but it really is true. Don’t panic if little things go wrong, they always will but no one will notice and it makes for a good story afterwards.
Our wedding car was accidentally dropped in Manchester nearly 200 miles away so I had to hitch a lift, my hair was a disaster and had to be re-done as I was about to be getting my dress on and one of my guests trod on and broke my dress within 2 minutes of getting on the dance floor so I was in the toilets with my bridesmaids trying to sew it back up! Not one of these things made a difference to the day and, if anything, they added to it.
Mainly just enjoy having all your closest family and friends together for one day all about you!
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Tom Redman – Photographer www.tomredmanphotography.com
- Joanna Carter — Flowers www.joannacarterflowers.co.uk