English Wedding Blog this may be… but it’s a well-kept secret that I simply can’t resist crowds of men in kilts. So it’s with sheer delight and totally inappropriate excitement that I’m sharing this gorgeous and fun English country wedding with you all today.
Emily and Scott’s wedding is simply beautiful (I’ve stopped talking about the kilts) – the details are sublime. I love the wedding cake: tiers with lovely blue flowers, Emily is a real beauty and her dress is exquisite! The blue theme works so gracefully; the wedding car is sumptuous – and the photography in the ruins is out of this world. All photographs are by fabulous Sussex wedding photographers Tino & Pip.
Such a gorgeous bride and groom as well… this English country wedding has everything. Wonder if there’s a spare usher? Everyone – enjoy!
Emily and Scott’s English country wedding (with kilts)!
Who proposed, and how? Scott took Emily to a remote beach on Holy Island (just off the coast of Northumberland) and proposed at sunset with the engagement ring and a bottle of champagne. A total surprise to Emily!
Wedding venue: Slaugham Place, West Sussex
Wedding photographer: Tino and Pip
How would you describe your wedding style?
English country wedding meets Scottish shindig!
The wedding ceremony:
Religious or civil? Religious ceremony at Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton
Which readings did you choose?
1 Corinthians 13 and Extracts from ‘Letters’ by Rainer Maria Rilke
The wedding reception:
What were your highlights?
The arrival through the trees in the beautiful 1960 Jaguar MK11 (provided by Premier Carriage), sunset at the absolutely stunning setting at Slaugham Place (the ruins, the arches, the moat, the bridge), playing croquet on the lawn and the slightly raucous ceilidh with music from the brilliant Licence to Ceilidh and the speeches performed through a loudhailer!
Venue styling and details:
Scottish kilts, thistles and ceilidh combined with English countryside, churches and blue country flowers.
Music and entertainment:
Ceilidh provided by Licence to Ceilidh.
First dance- Strip the Willow- it was really good fun having all your friends and family take part and share in your first dance.
The fantastic weather which allowed everyone to enjoy the croquet and bowls outside, the beautiful grounds, moat and bridges and the delicious Pimms and canapés (by SuperEvent). It did however chuck it down at about 10 but by that time no one cared!
Speeches with the loudhailer.
Wedding day advice:
Something will go wrong and no one will notice (our orders of service never turned up so the whole family pulled together on Friday night to make our own ones).
Even if you are not artistic, it is amazing how good, simple handmade additions look. We made our own name tags, seating plan and table numbers. Done with friends over a few bottles of wine, it can be fun too!
Enjoy the day- if you get the right photographers, the couple shots are a really good time to relax and enjoy spending some time with each other whilst also looking beautiful!
Recommended wedding suppliers:
Slaugham Place (catering and marquee provided by Super Event). http://www.slaughamplace-weddings.co.uk/
Beauty Call for hair and make up. http://www.beautycall.co.uk/
The Cheese Shed for the wedding cake made of cheese- it comes with a decoration pack and is so easy to do! http://www.thecheeseshed.com/
Big Day Blooms- Paula came up with unusual ideas for the flowers and was really creative about mixing in the Scottish theme. http://www.bigdayblooms.co.uk/brighton-hove-florist/
License to Ceilidh- fun ceilidh band who will get all your guests on the dance floor (even my 88 year old grandma!). http://www.licencetoceilidh.co.uk/