Anyone looking forward to a sunny, bright, warm summer wedding? This is how magical it can be… William and Samantha were lucky enough to get a gorgeous sunny July day for their wedding, and the photos make it look so magical. Their Northamptonshire country wedding was in “a quaint oldy worldy Northamptonshire village” with a marquee reception in Samantha’s parents’ country garden. Images are by the very lovely Chantal Lachance-Gibson Photography. Enjoy!
Our wedding report: William & Samantha
Wedding photographer’s website: www.photographychantal.co.uk
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
My parents met the lovely Chantal on a visit to Scotland! They were so impressed with her helpful manner that they asked if she would travel to Northamptonshire 5 1/2 hours away. Every phone conversation and email I had with her leading up to the wedding was a delight! She was so helpful especially starting a Pinterest board so we could get to know each other’s styles! On the day Chantal and her husband Scott were amazing and calm, they let us have enough time to do all that you have to without causing time away from our guests. I was even taken aback when Scott made it his duty to ensure I had a glass of champagne in my hand when everyone was trying to grab me for a chat.
St Peter’s Church in Lowick is set in a quaint oldy worldly Northamptonshire village. Our ceremony was followed by a very large glitzy marquee in my parents’ country garden with a view over my husband’s farmland.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A magical, traditional, elegant country wedding, sun shining and guests relaxing on the lawn barefoot, champagne in hand.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were amazed! Neither my husband or I normally like having our photo taken. Being able to have photos with my dad at our old house (the Old Rectory in Lowick) where I grew up was just lovely!
Your wedding style and theme:
White and sparkly with a small hint of farming, the tables were named after makes of guns and our wedding favours were sloe gin & Baileys-filled glass gun cartridges.
Any happy tears on the day?
My best friend, one of the bridesmaids, cried when she saw me in my dress! Will welled up when I joined him at the altar, he didn’t turn round to look at me as he said he would have lost it.
How did the two of you meet?
My parents bought a plot of land to build a house neighbouring his family farm, but we first started talking when I worked in the local pub he drank in!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Just shy of six months – I like to just get on with things without too much fuss.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Home made invitations, white and pearly.
Best bit of budget advice?
Do not try to make your wedding invites! It takes forever! I did and they were lovely but time consuming! I decided to get the order of service professionally done and it was worth every penny.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Instantly! I tried on so many dresses but they were all too small so I couldn’t get a real feel for them, however one dress I tried on was classic and before I lost the weight it felt right. Every dress I tried after that I kept comparing to it! So eventually I found a shop that could get it in! They did and even when I lost a lot of weight in the run up to the wedding they altered it to feel just perfect!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore a diamanté clip in my hair bought from a boutique in Spain. My shoes were ivory satin Debut court shoes with diamanté stones dotted about and on the bottom they had diamanté “I DO” stickers
The groom wore:
Morning suits with white waistcoat and cravat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My girls looked stunning in floor length chiffon taupe halter necks with sparkly detailing.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
All our hair was up! Mine was a high bun and the girls had low off to the side buns. We used my long standing hairdresser. We all did our own make up and my friend Emma who used to work for Clarins was there to help as and when needed! She had to do my eyeliner as my hands were too shaky.
All white and sparkly. My bouquet had white roses, orchids and peonies and the girls’ bouquets were gypsophila all done by a friend’s mother. The table centrepieces were domes of gypsophila that took forever. Myself, my mum and my sister were up till 4:30 in the morning the day of the wedding trying to get them finished.
‘in that still and settled place’
‘1 Corinthians chapter 13’
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We had white buckets of gypsophila on every pew end and on the church windowsills. A large white rose and lily pedestal done by Will’s auntie at the altar. My best friend and her husband did a floral garland over the arch way of the church door. The marquee had a white star cloth ceiling that looked amazing and all the sparkly lights lit up the clear perspex chairs so everything had a shimmer.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional! 4 tiers with pearls, lace and butterflies made by my best friend, her mother and her granny ……it was stunning – they are all so talented.
On the day tips and advice:
Research your band: we had a band called “Gone to the Dogs“, they were fab! Will & myself went to hear them play and the first song they played was our favourite ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ by Lynrd Skynrd – every guest got up and danced. There was something for everyone. Also because they were enjoying themselves they played for an extra 2 hours and even let guests who are musicians get up and play with them.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Looking forward to the future and taking on new adventures.