The beautiful English countryside, sweet peas and foxgloves, a lace wedding dress and croquet on the lawn. Could Lisa and Rob’s wedding be any more perfect for this blog? They chose Homme House and photographer Gemma Williams for their Herefordshire wedding, which has some of the prettiest detail ideas and I’m so pleased to be able to share them with you!
The bride and groom: Lisa and Rob
Who proposed, and how? Rob proposed in Jervis Bay (Australia), by surprising me with a weekend away. We stayed in a beautiful “luxury” campsite, which included showering under the stars!
Wedding venue: Coddington Church, Homme House for Reception
Wedding photographer: Gemma Williams – www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk
“Lisa & Rob now live in Australia, but returned to Herefordshire for their wedding in July. Lisa had arranged everything from Oz, and they only returned to the UK a couple of days before the wedding for the last minute preparations. They had done an amazing job, as their wedding day went absolutely perfectly!
Rob’s family live just down the lane from a beautiful little church in rural Coddington, and Lisa got ready in a B&B just the other way up the lane, so everything was within walking distance of the ceremony. The church was filled with the scent of the sweet peas, cornflowers, roses and other wildflowers, all grown by Rob’s dad in their garden for the occasion. As the boys sorted out their pink ties, the bride had her hair done by Hilary’s Wedlocks and carefully got into her gorgeous vintage lace dress which she had brought in her hand-luggage with her all the way from Australia.
The ceremony was very intimate, with a special arrangement of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ sung by a friend, and readings by family. Rain threatened as Lisa & Rob left the church as husband and wife, but it didn’t stop the most impressive confetti-throwing ever! The newly-weds sped off to Homme House in their open-top vintage sports car with tin cans trailing behind them.”
Homme House: a 15th century Herefordshire wedding venue
“Homme House is a lovely homely venue, dating back to the 15th Century, and is surrounded by parkland and woodland. The marquee at Homme was beautifully decorated with old jars and vases filled with more sweet peas and wildflowers, and the table names were drawings of various Australian animals! I particularly liked the kookaburra and the wombat! The cake by Special Ice matched the rustic English floral theme with more sweet peas on every tier. After dinner and speeches, everyone grabbed their drinks and headed from the marquee into the main house, where the evening’s partying got off to a fabulous start with Lisa & Rob’s enthusiastic first dance!”
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
What did you wear?
Rob wore traditional tails, Lisa wore a cream lace wedding dress
Recommended wedding suppliers
- Caterer’s AtoZest http://www.a2zest.co.uk/
- Homme House http://www.hommehouse.co.uk/
- Photographer Gemma Williams http://www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk/