From the magnificence of Loseley Park‘s Great Hall, to the charming relaxed atmosphere of the 19th century Tithe Barn, today’s feature has everything I love about a modern English wedding. Beautiful bride Helen and her husband Gareth made the most of one of Surrey’s most breathtaking venues to style a celebration which was memorable, elegant, welcoming and fun for all of their friends and family.
The pretty flowers are a real treat, especially inside the barn – along with the fairy lights along the beams, the floral decorations are just fabulous. Despite a “pretty major” wedding dress disaster, Helen looks amazing in her dress, and I love all the creative touches she added to the day.
Images are by the very lovely Sophie Duckworth Photography. Sophie’s based in Surrey and you can read more about her here:
Huge thanks to Helen and Gareth – you looked amazing, your decor is lovely and I am thrilled with your wedding report! and to lovely Sophie Duckworth for sharing all of those beautiful images with us all on the English Wedding Blog today. I hope you love today’s real wedding as much as I do!
Our wedding story: Helen + Gareth
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Very! Sophie was easy to get along with, bubbly and fun and put two people who don’t like having their photos taken at ease with a camera!
Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey
6th September 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Everything we dreamed our day would be, it was just perfect.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were in awe of Sophie’s abilities, she is truly an amazing photographer. We thought our photos captured our day perfectly and we couldn’t have been happier with them.
Your wedding style and theme:
To begin with it didn’t really have a theme, but a few things like the dusky pink and hessian (much to Gareth’s aversion!) crept in, evolved and created a bit of a vintage feel to it.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We had 15 months of planning, but it was very on and off, we couldn’t plan permanently. Initially we had lots of enthusiasm and picked all of our suppliers, took a break for a few months (and saved a few more pennies) and then picked up the planning about 4-5 months before the day.
Best bit of budget advice?
If we’re really honest, we can’t give any good budget advice as we didn’t stick to ours at all! Either be extremely disciplined or ensure there is a large contingency! We budgeted well, then saw pretty things and forgot all about the budget.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We couldn’t find anything we liked online or from suppliers so Helen designed and made all of our stationery herself – save the dates, invitations, table plan, table names and place names. We knew we liked the dusky pink colour so it started with 90 metres of dusky pink ribbon, some kraft card, a bit more hessian and evolved from there!
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, very much so after a few (major) hiccups getting one!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The Farnham Boutique saved the day – after Helen’s dress disaster elsewhere, Vicky and Becky came to the rescue, quickly finding a gorgeous dress after another boutique closed down! Vicky and Becky design their own dresses at the boutique.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
Helen’s earrings were from Jersey Pearl, a pearl bracelet from Tiffany’s courtesy of Gareth on the day, a beautiful pearl hair piece from Brides of Winchester, and pearly/sparkly heels from Rainbow Club
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Gareth wore a charcoal morning suit, with an ivory paisley print waistcoat and dusky pink cravat, all from Anthony Hirewear in Godalming, Surrey.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
The bridesmaids wore dusky pink custom made dresses (also from The Farnham Boutique), which were all in the same colour and chiffon material but in different styles. We also had two flower girls (2years and 4years) who wore ivory lace flower girl dresses and looked extremely cute!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Definitely hired a professional! It would have been too stressful trying to DIY! My hair was styled by Kay at Ruby Mane in Farnham and my makeup was applied by Ausra Ruksene.
Our flowers were beautifully crafted into bouquets and table displays by Keeli and Jade at White Lilac Flowers who spent hours going through our thoughts and ideas, putting mood boards together, supplying tea and biscuits and generally made the whole experience fun!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Loseley House itself didn’t need any decorating as it’s so ornate already, but we added a few touches to the barn to make it ours for the day. Aside of the flowers, we changed the chairs, added fairy lights to the ceiling, had a bit of bunting around the room and a few other personal touches!
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
Aside from the stationery, we made bunting for the barn (involving more hessian!), jars full of sweets for the favours, a few decorated jars for tea lights, we painted an old wooden stepladder to put a few trinkets and memories on and we also made a fun photo wall to get some impromptu photos with a few silly props!
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional, we’re both traditional at heart – although we did add a 4th tier to it so we could have rocky road cake! The wedding cake was the first thing we picked and booked. We found a picture and met Jennie at a wedding fair, her cake tasted amazing so it was a very easy choice.
Gareth had always wanted a String Quartet at his wedding, so we had The Baker Street String Quartet play during the ceremony and the reception in the gardens and they really did play beautifully. In the evening we had Russell Shaun and a 6 piece band playing jazz and swing music to get a few people dancing!
On the day tips and advice:
Take a deep breath and don’t let anything stress you. Enjoy every single moment as it feels like it’s all over in a flash.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives with our best friend (and having our weekends back as there is no more planning to do!)
Worst thing – How difficult it is to get your name changed on everything!!
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Photography – Sophie Duckworth – http://www.sophieduckworthphotography.com/
Brides Dress & Bridesmaids Dresses – http://thefarnhamboutique.com/
Wedding Shoes – http://www.rainbowclub.co.uk/
Flower Girl Dresses – http://www.johnlewis.com/
Venue – http://www.loseleypark.co.uk/
Caters – http://www.jmkcatering.co.uk/
Car Hire – http://www.clovercare.com/
Flowers – http://white-lilac.co.uk/
Hair – http://www.rubymane.co.uk/
Fairy Lights – http://www.partylights.co.uk/
Suits – http://anthonyhirewear.com/
Entertainment – http://www.alivenetwork.com/