The elegance of Deborah and Darren’s wedding is striking, the style exquisite. Today’s beautiful bride and handsome groom created a wedding day which was both luxurious and personal: when I read their wedding report I was blown away – they’ve provided the best list of suppliers (so any Warwickshire brides and grooms should really check this out!) – but my favourite part was this:
“Bride’s wedding transport – Jaguar Mk II from Banbury Wedding Cars
Groom’s wedding transport – 1966 VW Split Screen Camper van (Groom’s own)”
How adorable is the face on that little camper? Hehe. Of course there’s far more to this vintage art gallery wedding than the cars – Deborah is stunningly beautiful in her Anoushka G lace back dress. The couple’s son and daughter – only 7 and 4 – were the stars of the show, playing a really important part in the ceremony and bringing tears to the eyes of wedding guests. Do read the wedding report at the end of the feature, you will love it!
Images from the day are by lovely Linda Scannell Photography. Her website is www.lindascannell.com and you’ll also find her on facebook http://www.facebook.com/lindascannellphotography and Twitter @lindascannell
I don’t doubt for a second you’re going to adore this wedding – it has everything: elegance, inspiration and ideas you’ll love. Don’t miss the ornate frames used for – well, pretty much everything! What a wonderful way to style a vintage art gallery wedding. Enjoy!
Our vintage art gallery wedding, by Deborah and Darren
Our wedding report: Deborah and Darren
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We were absolutely delighted! We knew Linda was the right photographer for us from the moment we met her! We loved her style of photography and just as importantly, we loved her! Linda was so easy to get along with and she totally understood what we were looking for in our wedding photos.
Both the ceremony and the reception were held in The Adam Hall at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Without sounding cheesy, our wedding was everything we could have hoped for and more! I just wish we could relive it every year!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We absolutely loved our wedding photos! They really captured every part of the day so well! It reminded us of what a brilliant day we both had.
Your wedding style and theme:
The wedding style we were aiming for was simplistic elegance with a touch of vintage, but overall we just wanted the day to be a relaxed affair spent with our close friends and family.
We didn’t really follow a particular theme but we did try to tie in the fact that our wedding was taking place in an Art Gallery, by using ornate frames for our table plan and table numbers as well as incorporating this in our wedding stationery. Our colours were soft peach and white, with a touch of gold.
Any happy tears on the day?
There were lots of happy tears on the day – one of the most memorable moments was in the wedding ceremony when our children Daisy (7) and Daniel (4) walked up the aisle in front of me and my dad. It was so nice to be able to share such a special day with our children!
Daniel did a great job as ring bearer and Daisy wowed everyone with her reading which she read out perfectly in front of 100 people! We couldn’t have been prouder parents, and afterwards so many people told us that it was so emotional for them that they were reduced to tears.
Other special moments included Darren’s speech – I had been teasing him that he had to compete with the song Tom Fletcher from Mcfly wrote for his bride, so I was so touched that he had gone to the trouble of writing a little poem about our lives together which he read out during his speech.
Our first dance resulted in it being my turn to be in floods of tears – Darren and I have known each other for over 20 years and the song we chose (‘English Rose’ by Paul Weller) has been so special to us throughout that time. I think finally having it played at our wedding was such a special moment.
How did the two of you meet?
Darren and I met whilst we were both training at the same firm of Chartered Accountants in Leicester.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We spent about a year planning our wedding. Having looked at a few venues, as soon as we arrived at Compton Verney we knew it was the place we wanted to have our special day.
Best bit of budget advice?
We did set a budget at the start of our wedding planning, and in many areas we did managed to stick to it – but I must admit it did go out of the window a bit towards the end!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
All of our wedding stationery was designed and produced by Melanie Thorn of Melanie’s Studio Designs. Her work is so beautiful and the stationery she produced for us was so unique. All of the stationery complemented our colour scheme of peach, white and gold. Again, we tied in the ‘art gallery connection’ into the design of all of the wedding stationery – from the wedding invitations through to the Order of Service and the table menus.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely! My dress was beautiful even if I do say so myself! The style of it was totally different to anything that I thought I would choose, but as soon as I tried it on I fell in love with it! It was totally in keeping with the feel of the wedding venue and the style of wedding we were going for.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
My dress was called ‘Katrina’ by Anoushka G. It had a real vintage look about it – made from beautiful lace, it had an abundance of mother or pearl and delicate crystal detail all over it. I loved the detail on the back of the dress and the dainty little sleeves.
I bought my dress from Sposa Bridalwear in Brinklow, Warwickshire. I cannot thank Faye and Sue of Sposa enough for all the time and support they gave me from my first visit to the boutique until the day I collected my dress!
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I decided not to have a veil, as it would have hidden all the beautiful pearl detail down the back of my dress. Instead, Gail at Glass Oyster created me the most stunning floral bridal headdress called ‘Edie’. The headdress featured gorgeous mother of pearl flowers woven around a headband. These were complimented with vines of pearls, crystals and diamantes. The mother of pearl detail was an exact match for the detail on my wedding dress.
My wedding shoes were an ivory satin peep-toe platform shoe ‘Jennifer’ from Rainbow bridal shoes. I decided to go for more of an understated shoe so as to not distract from all the detail on my beautiful dress!
Similarly my wedding jewellery was kept minimal with a pair of pearl stud earrings and a matching pearl bracelet.
The groom wore:
Darren wore a slim-fit three piece suit from Next. It was a really gorgeous shade of blue. Both the best man and my Dad wore the same style suit.
His shoes were a pair of tan brown brogues by Hudson.
Darren’s cufflinks were a wedding present from me. They were personalised vintage map cufflinks from Posh Totty Designs. One of the cufflinks showed a map pinpointing Rome, the city where Darren asked me to marry him, and the other showed Compton Verney, the location of our wedding!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Our daughter Daisy was my one and only bridesmaid, and what a fantastic job she did! Daisy wore a full-length chiffon one shoulder bridesmaid dress from Dessy in the shade of Cameo, which tied in beautifully with the rest of the colour scheme. We bought the dress from The White Dress Boutique in Leamington Spa.
Her shoes were also from Rainbow bridal shoes.
Daisy wore a pearl bracelet which was a mini version of my own.
Our son Daniel, our pageboy, wore a navy blue waistcoat and trouser set from Monsoon. He wore a pair of tan brown brogues, which were a mini version of his Dad’s!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Both my hair and make up were done by professional make up and hairstylist Kathryn Parr. I had a couple of trials with Kathryn beforehand which were invaluable as it gave us plenty of opportunity to try different hair styles and colours of make up.
Kathryn was so lovely to have around – she did such a fabulous job in turning me into a bride, and was a great calming influence to have around on the day!
I absolutely adored my wedding flowers. Gail of Flower Thyme in Kineton was such a great help in deciding on the best type of flowers to have in the bouquets and in the flower arrangements used during the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.
I had a hand tied bouquet consisting of the most beautiful ‘Juliet’ David Austin roses, ivory peonies and ivory sweet peas. Not only did it look stunning, the bouquet smelled gorgeous!
Daisy’s bouquet was a smaller version of my own.
The buttonholes worn by Darren, Daniel and the rest of the men in the wedding party were peach avalanche roses.
The flower arrangements for the wedding ceremony included two beautiful large urn arrangements which were placed either side of the registrars table during the wedding ceremony. Along with this, there was a long and low arrangement for the ceremony table. All of these consisted of a mixture of the peach avalanche roses, Juliet roses, white hydrangea, peonies and stocks. The idea was that these would give a cottage garden vintage style to the ceremony room.
More flowers were added for the wedding breakfast in the form of tall vases for the tables – these were filled with an arrangement of peach avalanche roses, Juliet roses, white hydrangea, peonies, stocks and lisianthus. These really worked well as the room has very high ceilings and using the tall vases helped ‘fill’ the room.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
I think the most memorable part of the wedding ceremony for me was our arrival. I thought I was pretty calm, but once the door opened into The Adam Hall and we started the bridal procession I went to pieces – seeing for the first time all our friends and family, then watching Daisy and Dan walk up the aisle and finally seeing Darren at the top of the aisle turned me into an emotional wreck!
We had three wedding readings during the wedding ceremony.
The first was actually the words to ‘Make You Feel My Love’ written by Bob Dylan but probably more recently known as Adele’s hit song. This was read by our dear friend Amanda Davison.
The second reading was called ‘Weddings’ and was read by our daughter Daisy.
The last reading was read by another close friend Claire Franklin-Smith. She read ‘The Relationship Promise’ by Luke Wright.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Compton Verney is a beautiful Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion, set in 120 acres of parkland.
The Adam Hall at Compton Verney is absolutely stunning! With its high ornate ceilings and its marble floor, it was a perfect backdrop for our wedding. Other than the beautiful floral arrangements and table decorations, we felt that there was absolutely no need for any more decoration.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Our stunning cake was created by our talented friend Lisa Price, of Cake by Lisa Price. We wanted the cake to reflect the ornate detailing on the walls of the Adam Hall, combined with the soft peach and white colour scheme being used throughout the wedding and Lisa managed to capture this perfectly.
We were lucky enough to have The Nero String Quartet entertaining our guests throughout our wedding day – the quality of their music and the vast repertoire were both amazing! I will never forget their rendition of ‘She’ as the bridal party walked into the ceremony, or how emotional both Darren and I were when they played Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ as we left the ceremony as man and wife!
We had the band ‘The Shakers’ play during the Evening Reception. Again, the wide variety of tracks that they played meant that that was something for everyone to get up and dance to!
As well as the evening buffet, we hired ‘The Candy Company’ to provide a sweet buffet table for our guests with a sweet tooth! This was a huge hit with both the children and the adults!
On the day tips and advice:
My top tip would be to make sure you take time out to sit back and look around – take it all in because before you know it the day is over! In the brief moments I managed to do this, seeing everyone looking like they were having such a great time made all the planning and stress worthwhile!
Another bit of advice is to ‘let go’ on the day of trying to make sure everything goes to plan! I was lucky enough to have the best in-house wedding coordinators in Harriet and Melanie from Compton Verney, and Louise Harris from Warwickshire Wedding Planners. Between them, everything turned out just as it was meant to!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Having been together for so long before we decided to get married, very little has actually changed for Darren and I. Having said that, there is something quite nice about becoming Mrs Ward after all this time!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Wedding Venue – Compton Verney
Wedding Photographer – Linda Scannell Photography
Wedding Videographer – ALC Create
Wedding Planner – Louise Harris at Warwickshire Wedding Planner
Professional make up and hair stylist – Kathryn Parr
Florist – Flower Thyme (Kineton)
Wedding stationery – Melanie’s Studio Designs (Pershore)
Music for the ceremony and Wedding Breakfast – The Nero String Quartet
Caterers – Aubrey Allen (Leamington Spa)
Evening entertainment – The Shakers Band
Room lighting – Stage Technology
Wedding cake – Cake by Lisa Price
Sweet Buffet table – The Candy Company (Hinckley)
Bride’s wedding transport – Jaguar Mk II from Banbury Wedding Cars
Groom’s wedding transport – 1966 VW Split Screen Camper van (Groom’s own)
Bridesmaid dress by Dessy – The White Dress Company (Leamington Spa)
Bride’s hairpiece – Glass Oyster Bridal Headwear
Bride’s and bridesmaid’s shoes – Rainbow Bridal shoes
Groom’s suit – Next
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