I always try and see the bright side of winter, don’t you? Early morning frost and winter sunshine, the promise of snow and snuggling up by a cosy fire… because winter can be the most romantic time of the year. I love it. So do Paula and Stephen, today’s gorgeous bride and groom on the English Wedding Blog. They created a winter wonderland wedding full of festive sparkle.
Kitley House is a luxurious 500-year-old country house hotel in the Devon countryside, very romantic and with gorgeous gardens and grounds. Mark from Evolve Photography got in touch with me to share the images of their wedding day, which I hope you’ll love. Watch out for the vintage brooch bouquet which the bride made herself! Enjoy today’s wedding on the blog… it’s a gorgeous one!
Our wedding report: Stephen and Paula
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were so pleased with our photographer. We were looking for someone that would take a story of our day whilst blending in to the background. What we got with Mark was exactly that. He also provided us with some very useful tips during the day!
Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton, Devon
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Fun, festive and informal!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We couldn’t believe how beautiful they were and we’ve only seen the preview photos! Mark had captured so many intimate moments without us even realising. Our problem is going to be in cutting the photos down to put on our wall!
Your wedding style and theme:
A festive winter wonderland. We chose navy, ice blue, silver and white as our colour theme.
Any happy tears on the day?
How did the two of you meet?
Highly romantic: We met at work over packed lunch sandwiches in the hospital canteen!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Just over a year.
Best bit of budget advice?
Make a realistic budget and prioritise what it is that is really important to you both.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Homemade silver heart stationery. We wrote our own poem to go inside our invites.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I really liked it, but to me finding the ‘perfect’ wedding dress was not a priority, I just wanted one that I felt comfortable, happy and pretty in.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Anna Sorrano bought from Wedding Dress Factory Outlet Shop, Bromley.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I borrowed my bridesmaid’s crystal hair pin that she wore at her own wedding. I wore a white porcelain Khao-Lak flower pendant and matching earrings from MAAP Studio.
The groom wore:
Grey tailcoat, trousers and matching waistcoat with ice blue cravat. Hired from Moss Bros.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The two adult bridesmaids wore navy blue knee length dresses from Eliza J House of Fraser and the flowergirl wore a navy blue dress from Monsoon.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY make-up – I had a trial run with a Liz Earle colour specialist to buy my make-up and then I did the rest. My hair was styled by Layla Smith from Experience Utopia who’s been my stylist for the past 7 years and she’s fabulous!
I made my own vintage brooch bouquet using white and ice blue roses and peonies and brooches that were my nan’s and mum’s and also ones purchased from charity shops!
I also made the bridesmaid bouquets and buttonholes.
I loved making them so much that I’ve started to make some to sell on Ebay and my shop on Etsy called BouquetVintage.
We had a civil ceremony within Kitley House Hotel.
Sections from a book called “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Kitley House Hotel is a stunning old building. It had several beautiful Christmas trees and tasteful lighted garlands down the sweeping staircase. We made our own table arrangements using blue baubles in a bowl, with a silver jug and sparkly silver Christmas decorations.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
A bit of both! Traditional with 3 offset tiers in white, with silver hearts and blue decoration. Not so traditional with the 3 layers containing our favourite cakes: carrot, Victoria sponge and lemon drizzle – needless to say there wasn’t much left!!
We had a string trio from the Bristol String Quartet to play before, during and after the ceremony. They were fantastic and played contemporary music throughout, which many of the wedding guests commented on how much they enjoyed it. In the evening we had a band called The Wireless Radio playing covers. We have been to a wedding where they played before and we really enjoyed it. They didn’t let us down! The dancefloor was full the entire night!
On the day tips and advice:
- If you stay in the venue the night before, make sure everything is ready for the wedding morning, it makes it far less stressful.
- Eat breakfast!
- Have hairdressers etc come to you.
- Try to be relaxed and enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly!
- If things don’t go quite to plan, let it go it doesn’t matter!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Being able to call each other husband and wife is still pretty exciting!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Wedding Cake: Jennifer’s Delicatessen, Saltash. www.facebook.com/jennifersDeliPatisserie
- Dress: Wedding Factory Outlet Shop, Bromley.
- Jewellery: MAAP Studio: www.notonthehighstreet.com
- Bridesmaid Dresses: House of Fraser
- Flowergirl Dress: Monsoon
- Hair: Layla Smith: Experience Utopia, Plymouth. www.experience-utopia.co.uk or www.facebook.com/layla.smith.108
- Make-Up: Liz Earle
- Men’s Suits: Moss Bros
- Flowers: BouquetVintage on Etsy.com (made by the bride)
- String Trio: Bristol String Quartet: www.thebristolstringquartet.com
- Band: The Wireless Radio: www.thewirelessradio.co.uk