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A sweet and dainty English garden wedding with a dash of Brazilian spice – Henry and Carina’s Derbyshire wedding

Morning lovely people! Wherever you are in the country this morning, please stay safe and warm. I’m thinking of all of you who in the south – we’ve escaped the gales up here in the Lakes but I know from my friends around London and Exeter it’s pretty scary down there. Anyway – I couldn’t resist sharing a few sneak peeks of Carina and Henry’s Derbyshire wedding a little while ago, and I’m over the moon to be able to begin this week on a high with such an amazing celebration. You’re going to adore this!

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The images are by my lovely new sponsor Rik Pennington Photography (more about him later!) and they are just wonderful. I really think they capture the atmosphere of today’s wedding and I’d love to hear from you today too – leave a comment for the gorgeous bride and groom, or for Rik or just say hi! The comments box at the end of the post is there especially for you and I love hearing from my wonderful readers.

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So what do we have for you today? A beautiful English garden wedding, with romance and designer style. A Monique Lhuillier wedding dress. A suit by Gary Shepherd tailoring. Flowers by the amazing Tineke Floral Designs. And those beautiful images are by UK wedding photographer Rik Pennington. Everyone – enjoy! This is truly exquisite. Claire xxx

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Henry and Carina – a sweet and dainty English garden wedding in Derbyshire

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The bride and groom: Henry and Carina

Wedding venue:

The ceremony was held at St John the Baptists Church, Winster, Derbyshire. The reception was at Henry’s parents’ home in Winster, Derbyshire. The cocktail hour was held in the garden and the reception dinner and dancing were held in a marquee.

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time? Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were so excited about the arrival of Rik Pennington’s photographs. We had seen many great weddings that he‘d covered before ours, and we were in love with his natural documentary style. As everything about our wedding had ultimately worked out so well (including the weather for once) – we knew that the photos would have captured some incredible moments and memories. Sure enough, Rik went above and beyond what we’d expected. The photos were stunning, and really reflected the happiness and feeling of the day. I couldn’t recommend Rik more highly. www.rikpenningtonphotography.com

Your wedding style and theme:

Our colours were blush and ivory with silver and multi-tonal pink accents. We wanted to combine the romantic and relaxed feel of a garden wedding with some glamorous accents like chandeliers and lavish floral arrangements.

We also wanted to make sure to honour both of our cultures (Carina is Brazilian and Henry is English). We had an English-themed rehearsal tea for our wedding party the night before the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, we created a dessert table with traditional Brazilian desserts (Beijinhos, Brigadeiro, Camafeu) as well as our favourite English sweets (Percy Pigs) and hired a gypsy jazz band to play Bossa Nova during the cocktail hour.

Any happy tears on the day?

There were some tears when we saw everything set up the day before the wedding; it all looked so beautiful and as so much time and effort has gone into planning it all – to have it finally come together in front of us was a huge moment. There were of course a few more tears on the day—our wedding was the culmination of a four year, long-distance romance and we were so touched that so many family members and friends travelled from all over the world to celebrate with us.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

We began the planning process in June 2012 when we got engaged, collecting ideas for venues and colour schemes etc. Our most productive month was in December 2012 when so much of the major plans were decided upon. This included catering, the venue, the band, wedding dress etc. Then over the course of 2013 leading up to the wedding in August, we did bits and pieces gradually – so that we never had a mad panic towards the end.

Best bit of budget advice?

Set a budget from the outset, and add on 20% for all of the unexpected costs. It is almost impossible to envisage all of the hidden costs that will occur – so having a small buffer eases the pain when they do arise.

Invitations and stationery:

Our invitations were from Gee Brothers in London. We then designed our own day stationery to match our colour scheme (order of service, place cards, escort cards, individual menus, favour boxes, etc…).

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

Absolutely, it truly was my dream dress! I wore a Monique Lhuillier gown (Scarlet); this designer is known for her romantic and feminine style. I fell in love with the various details of this dress – the sheath silhouette, sweep train, open back, Juliet neckline and the re-embroidered lace—which were the perfect complement for our romantic garden theme.

Glitz and sparkle: The bride’s accessories:

Given the casual garden atmosphere, I aimed for subtle glamour. My earrings were a present from my mother-in-law and my clutch and crystal hair barrette were a present from my mother. My bracelet was from Neil Lane and my shoes were from Badgley Mischka.

The groom wore: A Gieves and Hawkes Morning Jacket, trousers made by Gary Shepherd Bespoke Tailor in Derbyshire, Ferragamo tie, and Church’s shoes.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

My bridesmaids wore blush silk chiffon dresses from JCrew. The dresses had a fitted bodice and A-line silhouette and fell just above the knee. They paired their dresses with their own choice of pearl accessories and silver-toned strappy sandals. Our flower girls wore blush organza dresses from Bhs. The dresses had delicate straps, a wrap bodice and layers of tulle for a poufy look.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

My hair was done by Cinzia at Sally Montague Hair Salon in Ashbourne. She was wonderful and delivered exactly the kind of soft, romantic feel I had envisioned. I decided to do my own wedding make-up.

Wedding flowers:

Our wedding flowers included ivory hydrangeas, pale peach “Jana” Spray roses, ivory “Avalanche” roses, “Bombastic” blush coloured roses, pale pink Astilbe, Lavender and white phlox. For the church arrangements, we used ivory hydrangeas, gypsophila and white delphiniums. The wedding florist was incredible, Kerry Wilkinson from Tineke Floral Designs. She created the most beautiful and full arrangements and from the beginning she knew exactly the look that we were after. She is simply lovely to work with. www.tinekefloraldesigns.co.uk

The ceremony:

The ceremony was at St John the Baptists Church, Winster, Derbyshire – this is very near to the home of Henry’s parent’s house where the reception was held. It is a beautiful old country church. The local Vicar performed the service which began at 3.30pm. There were traditional vows, 2 readings and 2 hymns: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and Praise my Soul the King of Heaven. We also had a soloist (Carol Bown) perform Ave Maria which people loved.

Wedding readings?

Excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams, (read by Carina’s sister Bianca) and Colossians 3.12.17 (read by Henry’s brother Oliver).

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

The church was decorated with various floral arrangements and candles, which created a beautiful warm glow.

The garden was meticulously cared for by the groom’s parent’s – we added some outdoor accent furniture (umbrellas, tables and chairs), which were all provided by Jacquie Andrassy.

The marquee was literally built from scratch according to our preferences by Jacquie Andrassy and her incredible team. We were thrilled with her creative ideas and the quality of her work – everything was immaculate and far exceeded our expectations.

Jacquie provided all the furniture, linens, lighting and most of the decorative items used in the marquee, including incredible chandeliers, accent mirrors, candelabras and silver glass tea lights and vases that created a romantic ambiance and added the perfect amount of glamour to our casual garden affair.

Our table linens were ivory and we had silver rimmed charger plates and grey napkins. Each place setting was decorated with a blush place card and menu, which were topped off with a sprig of lavender and a favour box.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

We had a traditional wedding cake, made by Rose Denyer at The Pink Cake Box. It was a vanilla cake with raspberry preserve filling. The cake had 4 tiers, with sugar lace detailing with a piped pearl border on the second and bottom tiers and scattered piped pearls on the first and third tiers. The cake was ivory, with stunningly crafted sugar roses and rose buds in the muted blush and pink shades that complemented the rest of the décor in the marquee. The cake was not only beautiful, but also absolutely delicious.

Entertainment:

Jonny Hepbir Trio and Sara Oschlag performed live gypsy jazz during the drinks reception, and again for our first dance and for an hour following this. They were a huge hit. We then had an excellent DJ that took over and kept everyone dancing for the rest of the night.

On the day tips and advice:

The more planning that you can do prior to the week of your wedding the better. Make an itinerary (with details of what’s happening every 15 – 30 minutes). That way everyone knows what should be happening when and the day will feel in control. Have a strong team around you, and trust them. And of course, relax, sit back and enjoy. Little problems that pop up are just part of the fun.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Getting to spend every day with the person that you love. We also had an incredible honeymoon in Italy which was a big post wedding perk. And of course now instead of planning for our own wedding, we can just enjoy those of our friends and family!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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