Eleanor and Sebastian’s wedding knocked my socks off the first time I saw it! I’m so delighted to be able to share it with you today – they’re the loveliest couple and this really is an incredible day. Seb wears a Vivienne Westwood suit, and Eleanor a David Fielden gown – and they look amazing.
Images are by the lovely Alexis Jaworski Photography:
The wedding venue is spectacular: Micklefield Hall is new to the English Wedding Blog but I really hope to feature more weddings there! By way of an introduction they really don’t get much better though… enjoy!
Our wedding report: Eleanor and Sebastian
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes, extremely pleased
Micklefield Hall, Sarratt.
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Glamorous, elegant and stylish set in stunning surroundings with all of our favourite people.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were so excited, Seb and I loved our engagement photos so much, so we knew we would feel the same about the wedding snaps. It was so emotional so see the moments captured by Alexis. We will treasure them forever.
Your wedding style and theme:
We wanted vintage glamour. Seb set the theme with his Vivienne Westwood suit, and my David Fielden dress tied in perfectly
Any happy tears on the day?
Of course..but not to the detriment of my make-up!
How did the two of you meet?
Seb and I met online, we are a statistic!
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Definitely keep a spreadsheet, and spend wisely on entertainment for the guests. Ice breakers are great for the tables, and relieve potential silences.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Our talented friend helped us design the stationery. We printed the invites, gift cards and travel info onto luxury textured card, all presented in a black pearlescent wallet with a magnetic fastening. We tied black ribbons around the wallet, and wax stamped our pearlescent envelopes with a custom made stamp. We wanted a high-end look, and I think we achieved it.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely. I went to the boutique to buy a different dress, but at the last minute I changed my mind and found a different dress, within five minutes the deposit was down. It was an incredible emotional moment! I love that dress to this day, and felt like a film star.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
David Fielden, Angelica Bridal, Islington.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Birdcage veil from Angelica, and satin bow shoes from Kurt Geiger. When the veil came off, I had a 20s style feather clip hair accessory.
The groom wore:
A Vivienne Westwood 3 piece suit
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
We went for navy satin dresses, in various shapes to fit the girls. The flower girl had a white dress with a cornflower blue wide ribbon.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
For the first time ever, I hired someone for the day. I wanted a natural look, and was thoroughly pleased with the result. My make-up lady works very closely with a hair stylist too, so I had a vintage style up-do.
Hydrangeas, white roses, cornflowers and amnesia roses. Heavenly.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
We were lucky enough to get married outside, it was just incredible. I am not sure it’s possible to pinpoint one moment as being the most memorable. We were just so incredibly lucky to have had a ceremony around a pond – it was magical.
We had three readings. Two were traditional, and one was a number of one liners, to add a light-hearted aspect to the day. We wanted to do things a bit differently to the norm.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Micklefield Hall is breath taking. We needed very little decoration. We hired a gramophone for the drinks and canapés, then in the marquee we had floral centrepieces and uplighters. The view spoke for itself, so minimal decoration was required.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Pretty traditional, with cascading flowers to match our colour scheme. We went for four tiers; two were lemon sponge, and were two buttercream sponge. Very light and summery. The stand that the cake sat on had a cut out decoration, so we put fresh cut hydrangeas through the holes to create a full floral base.
We had an amazing band, they really warmed everyone up and had us all on the dance floor. We also had a quirky photobooth, but instead of the standard booth style, it was a little white picket fence and a backdrop, with plenty of room for big group shots. It was so much fun, we still have compliments to this day. The groomsmen also arranged a limerick competition for the tables. That was agreat idea, and a very funny surprise. To end the night, we had Chinese lanterns, although not all of them went up as planned!
On the day tips and advice:
Just enjoy it. Take it all in, talk to your guests and love every second. It’s gone in a flash. If possible, have a select few back for an after party, we were lucky enough to have a few people back to continue the party. It was brilliant being able to talk about the day with loved ones.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Making plans together, and creating memories to talk about. To know that we will be there for each other forevermore is heart-warming and comforting.
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