I couldn’t fit the word beautiful into the title of this blog post, but it should definitely be there: Linh and Tom’s wedding is absolutely Beautiful with a capital B! There are gorgeous details, light and summery themes and styling, and moments to make your heart melt.
From the illustrated stationery to the lovely little bubbles, through to the adorable little boy in a suit and then the magical first dance, the details of Linh and Tom’s wedding day are caught so beautifully by Peterborough wedding photographer Georgi Mabee.
Linh and Tom have written a great wedding report to share with you, so I’ll leave you to enjoy their story along with Georgi’s lovely pictures. This is fabulous – I hope you love it too.
Linh and Tom’s Cambridge wedding
Who proposed, and how?
Tom proposed at Gidleigh Park, a Tudor style country house hotel in Devon, situated on the banks of the North Teign River, surrounded by Dartmoor National Park. It was supposed to be a “birthday” surprise weekend away.
Linh should have known something was up when they travelled down to Exeter on the train in First and got picked up from the station in a car provided by the venue. After arriving, Tom, nervous that one of the staff at the hotel might accidentally give the game away, hurriedly ushered Linh into the grounds “let’s go for a walk while they are preparing our room”.
So they dropped their bags and went for a walk down to the stream that passes through the beautiful, forested grounds. It was all very picturesque and romantic. Then, to Linh’s complete surprise and amazement, Tom got down on one knee took out the ring (a halo micropave diamond ring he chose himself). Linh manage to gasp out a “yes” but was otherwise speechless (unusual for her), so substituted by giving him a great big hug instead. Tom bought the ring from Blue Nile – better value for money for the same quality of stones / metal.
They celebrated with a champagne picnic, a walk on Dartmoor, and a divine dinner at the double-Michelin starred Hotel restaurant http://www.gidleigh.com/restaurant
Wedding venue styling and details:
Teal was chosen as the main colour theme. Linh’s friend Nadine hand-made the the bunting (all 150m of it!), in beautiful bold colours with the teal theme running though it. The effort (including one sewing all-nighter leading up to the wedding) was well worth it as it they looked gorgeous in the marquee on the day. Nadine also co-ordinated with Linh’s chief-bridesmaid and cake-maker Ming, to repeat the same patterns on the teeny tiny bunting decorating the cake.
As two of the bridesmaids had recently given birth, fittings and measurements which were bound to change over the months leading up to the wedding would have proven tricky, so she opted for “infinity” dress styles in stretchy heavy jersey fabric. This also meant that the bridesmaids could personalize their dresses and wear them in whatever style they felt most comfortable in.
The tables were named after English country houses, reflecting Tom’s love of history and their shared love of historical buildings. Incidentally, Tom’s family gifted the couple with National Trust lifetime memberships, which they were delighted to receive.
Wedding venue: Barrington Hall, Cambridgeshire
How would you describe your wedding style? Easy-going, practical, fun but traditional …
The wedding ceremony:
Religious or civil? Religious
Which readings did you choose? Song of Solomon 2: 10-13, and ‘The Passionate Shepherd to his Love‘ by Kit Marlowe.
Wedding day highlights
- Saying our vows, the speeches, the first dance.
- Bubbles being blown at us when we were leaving the church.
- Being surrounded by family and friends, many of whom travelled to be there from all around the world. Tom’s family live in Cambridge, most of my family live in Perth, Western Australia, and came over for the wedding, as did a bunch of my friends.
- Reading through our guest scrap book (complete with polaroid photos, stickers, etc.) when it all finished.
- Being able to walk straight across the road from the Church to the Hall.
Tom wore a morning suit with necktie and buttonhole. Having done the rounds at boutiques and sample sales, Linh in the end opted to go second-hand. She wore an ivory v-neck silk dress, with lace and diamante detailing on the back, by Augusta Jones, which she found on sellmyweddingdress.co.uk, which was almost a perfect fit, made perfect with a bit of alteration, and for less than half the price of a a brand new dress.
Watching the kids play on the bouncy castle (and having a go ourselves). Tom’s second cousin Sam, pushing over the giant Jenga just as the adults reached the denouement! Our first dance (swing dance to Paolo Nutini, Pencil Full of Lead) was a highlight, and slow dance later on to The Wedding Song, by Angus & Julia Stone. The gorgeous sky at sunset (big thanks to Georgi for pointing it out and taking us out for some sunset pictures).
Wedding music and entertainment:
We spent weeks having fun deciding (and at times, heatedly debating) on the playlist of the DJ, a combination of modern, cheesy and current pop favourites. There was also a slideshow of our photos from birth to present day in one of the main rooms in the hall itself. We wanted to emphasise the fun, relaxed and child-friendly environment so ordered in a bouncy castle (a big hit with both the children and adults), giant garden games, and a kids’ creche during the three hours of dinner and speeches, so the parents could also relax and enjoy themselves.
Wedding day advice:
Keep a sense of humour. Stuff will go wrong, but you’ll be surrounded by fiercely loyal friends and family who will swoop in to put it right. It will all make for a great story one day. Be practical and try not to get swept away by all the press and media – after your wedding, you’ll still have bills and mortgages to deal with. Also, remember that it’s not just your day – it’s everyone’s day; you’ll end up enjoying it more that way.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Georgi Mabee (photography) http://www.georgimabee.com/
- Barrington Hall (venue) http://www.barringtonhall.co.uk/
- Cambridge Wine Merchants http://www.cambridgewine.com/
- Gidleigh Park for proposals and incredible food! http://www.gidleigh.com/
A special thanks to Georgi for taking such beautiful pictures. We loved her natural style, and lots of people commented admiringly about how unobtrusive she was and how you barely noticed she was there.
And finally, whilst not an official “supplier” we would give a special mention to Joy Richardson, as wedding helper extraordinaire, in helping to sort out the bits and pieces that Linh and Tom (both living in London and working full time jobs until just before the wedding) didn’t have time to do, not to mention sewing in the 8 bustles into the dress to ensure that Linh wouldn’t trip and fall during the first dance.