Hello everyone, and welcome to my last real wedding before Christmas – I’ve been saving today’s wedding for a special day as it’s just so beautiful, and I think the romance of an English country wedding is a perfect note to end with in the run up to Christmas day.
I asked Jonathon and Louise to describe their wedding in just one sentence, and this was their reply:
“I married my best friend, and got to share it with all of our loved ones in a beautiful setting with yummy food and wine!“
Isn’t that beautiful?
And as gorgeous as the images of today’s wedding are, it’s all about the love for this adorable couple. Congratulations Louise and Jonathon, and thank you ever so much for sharing your wedding story with us today on the English Wedding Blog. Many thanks also to wonderful London wedding photographer Rik Pennington for submitting his beautiful images to the blog. Everyone – you’re going to adore this wedding. Enjoy!
Jonathon and Louise – a beautiful Mansions Country House wedding by Rik Pennington Photography
Mountains Country House, Kent
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Our wedding photographs were even better than we could have hoped for. Looking back at them for the first time brought back loads of memories that we are so glad he captured. Lou enjoyed seeing all the larking around the boys did!
We chose Rik Pennington for his amazing cinematic wide shots and personal observed moments and he captured both beautifully for us.
Your wedding style and theme:
We had a romantic English country wedding with subtle Art Deco touches. The Art Deco inspiration came from the architecture where we live in Sydney. Coincidentally the Gatsby movie came out a month before our wedding, so everyone loved it. The main colours were dusty pink, pale gold and cream.
Any happy tears on the day?
Louise cried during the vows, which was adorable. I nearly cried during my speech and had to turn around and take a very deep breath. I think most of our guests cried at some point.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We spent about 18 months planning the wedding all from Australia, then 3 weeks finalising details when we got home to the UK. We hadn’t seen our venue or tasted the food or wine until we landed, which was exciting and nerve racking!
Best bit of budget advice?
Whatever you think you will spend, add 30%. Always allow more for your honeymoon too as it’s amazing how much things can cost in luxury retreats.
Invitations and stationery:
Jon is a designer so he designed all of our stationery in the Art Deco theme. It was lovely to have the save the date, invite, place names, menu and order of service all match. His best man Mark printed and cut them all which took days!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It’s weird, I didn’t really have the ‘it’s the one’ moment I don’t think, but I did love it and felt very special in it. It’s the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted. I’m glad I had the cap sleeves added because I didn’t want to do strapless!
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
My mum gave me my Nana’s engagement ring, it’s Art Deco black opal and diamonds, it was my something old.
I also had a pearl bracelet from my parents and some art deco style marcasite earrings, which I found in Sydney along with a matching hair comb.
Lastly, Jon’s mum gave me some pearl hairpins from her marriage to Jon’s step dad as my something borrowed.
The groom wore:
Classic morning suit, with subtle gold waistcoat and gold tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Jon actually found these when we were shopping one day!! They were beautiful dusky pink dresses from Alannah Hill in Sydney. They were more 60s style but the colour was perfect and hopefully something they would wear again.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Professional hair and make-up. I don’t think I’d trust myself!
Heidi, one of the bridesmaids designed and made all of the flowers for the wedding. We had beautiful English garden roses and they smelt divine! Heidi also picked some Aussie flowers such as wax and eucalyptus. The finishing touch on the bouquets was some gold wiring work that Heidi added – they were better than we could have imagined.
The boys had white roses for the buttonholes with some rosemary. The venue had lots of little vases with roses. The tables had half candelabras with flowers at the top, again using roses but with hydrangeas added and amaranths hanging down, then we had low arrangements on gold cake stands.
The ceremony was perfect. Very personal and emotional – Louise cried a bit and I think most of the audience did too.
Our best friends and brothers did our readings – they were all quite nervous but delivered them perfectly. We were very proud and choked up watching them read.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing about being married, is knowing that we get to wake up and have adventures together every single day for the rest of our lives.