Hey there lovely! I am so pleased to be sharing Harriet and Declan’s wedding with you today. Harriet got in touch with me back in October to share their gorgeous day at Nonsuch Mansion. She told me, “we didn’t follow much of a theme, but I would say we had hints of traditional/vintage themes. We had pastel colours throughout but handmade most things.”
Images are by Harriet’s photographer friend Barry Holder. Harriet looks stunning – she has the prettiest hair I’ve ever seen! There’s so much to see in this traditional English wedding and I’m sure you’ll find some ideas for your own big day in here.
With huge thanks to Harriet and Declan, and to Barry Holder Photography for the use of his images: http://barryholder.co.uk/
Our traditional English wedding at Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey – Harriet + Declan
Our wedding story: Harriet + Declan
Your wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
100%. Barry was incredible, he was professional but kept us feeling us at ease. He took us around the grounds, getting beautiful shots!
Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam
21st August 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
The perfect day that I’d love to do all over again!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were both blown away with all the pictures. They look amazing and I know I will easily look back through them all forever. I will never tire of them.
Your wedding style and theme:
We didn’t follow much of a theme, but I would say we had hints of traditional/vintage themes. We had pastel colours throughout but handmade most things.
Any happy tears on the day?
Lots from all the friends and family! I was however very proud of myself for not crying, it was very difficult to remain composed but I didn’t want to ruin my make up!
How did the two of you meet?
We met at University. A mutual friend of ours (who was one of my Bridesmaids) took me along to one of his gigs and we became good friends first for 10 months before we got into a relationship.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
We spent two and half years planning (and saving).
Best bit of budget advice?
For us, we didn’t set a budget. Having never planned a wedding before, we didn’t know how much everything cost and there were so many hidden costs (Registrar and notice of marriage etc) that we wouldn’t have planned for, so decided it best to play it by ear. This way we could decide on an appropriate budget for each supplier as and when we looked into each aspect of the day and then save accordingly.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
Me and my girls made these all ourselves. I designed the Save The Dates which my friend, and Bridesmaid Katie put together for me as a Graphic Designer and the design of the wedding invitation I created, and my lovely friend Jade drew it for me as she is a very good artist. I was fortunate to have such lovely friends and family to help me. My cousin Isabelle wrote out all the table plan and place names as she has a gorgeous font for her handwriting.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It’s was perfect for me and I felt amazing in it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
I went to a dress maker, Felicity Westmacott and told her exactly what I wanted and she drew it all out and made it from scratch. I was very involved in the whole design process which made me love it even more to know I helped create something so beautiful. Felicity was brilliant at knowing exactly what I wanted and helped it come to fruition. She made me the dress of my dreams and my veil, sewing on a trim of the same French Chantilly lace which is on my dress.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
Due to my high neckline and sleeves, I didn’t want to wear any bracelets or necklaces. I wore my favourite drop earrings that Declan bought for me a few years ago and wore them as my ‘Something Old’. I also wore a Gold Amethyst ring of my Nana’s as my ‘Something Borrowed’.
The groom wore:
A lovely grey 3 piece suit from Next. And then shoes, white shirt, maroon tie with matching pocket square and socks from Reiss.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My girls wore dresses from Maids To Measure. I had them each in a different style as I wanted them to all feel comfortable and confident. I had them in different pastel tones as I didn’t have one set colour for the day. I also asked all my girlfriends to wear the same colours and tones as I wanted them all to look part of my day as they are all important to me.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I decided to get a treat for myself, bridesmaids and mum and had our hair and make up done by Alicia Sandeman. She was great and so calm which was perfect for us to be around for such a busy morning.
The bouquets were created by Gill Pike. She is very talented and I could not have been happier with their final look. She was brilliant at knowing exactly everything I liked and helped steer me in directions of other flowers that I’d not heard of that would fit my theme. My Nana did the table decorations, and spent months growing flowers for me in her garden! Such a perfect little lady.
What do you remember most about the wedding ceremony?
Squeezing Declan’s hand when I reached him at the end of the aisle and feeling the happiest knowing I was marrying him!
We had three readings. Two were done by my brothers so that they had a part to play in the wedding (as my sister was my Bridesmaid I wanted all my siblings involved). One was a Dr Seuss reading and the other was handwritten. Also one of Declan’s oldest friends did a reading which he wrote. They were lovely and very sentimental.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Nonsuch Mansion is such a grand venue with patterned wallpapers and chandeliers, that it doesn’t need decoration. I do love bunting but it wouldn’t have worked in the venue so I had to find the right things to use to compliment the building. I had a couple of simple white hearts around, and some paper candle lanterns with our wedding date on them. I also used a small amount of bunting in a briefcase for all our cards to be dropped off. My family and friends also helped me to decorate lots and lots of jars for our table decorations.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
We had a gorgeous Victoria Sponge 3 tiered Naked Cake made by Sariah Jackson. I saw Sariah in the morning of the day setting it up and decorating it with some more of our flowers and our Mr & Mrs Cake Topper. I was overjoyed with how it looked and it tasted wonderful too.
We initially wanted a band for the reception, however realised that a DJ was better for us for a number of reasons. We’d still need a way of filling the gaps between the bands sets and also having no band gave us more room on the dancefloor. Also, we wanted our first dance to be the actual song, rather than a cover. We also had a harpist playing for me to walk down the aisle as the sound is gorgeous (and I didn’t trust the Ushers to play the right song) and it also gave us a couple of hours for the drinks reception which sounded lovely.
On the day tips and advice:
As well as a Photographer, we also had a Videographer. This is something I would really recommend, it was the most incredible footage. Jordan Mansfield is so talented, he has the eye for all the little details and recorded everything in a brilliant HD camera. He filmed everything from getting ready, the ceremony, the speeches and following us on our photoshoot. It was so enjoyable watching the day back and re-living everything and seeing another perspective of the day. It’s the perfect way to remember our wedding! Also the ceremony is such a blur afterwards; it’s almost like an out of body experience, it’s so lovely to be able to actually see what happened.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing that your relationship is complete and honest, that you are together forever and couldn’t be happier.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
Venue & Caterer – Nonsuch Mansion – http://nonsuchmansion.com/
Photographer – Barry Holder – http://www.barryholder.co.uk/galleries.html
Videophrapher – Jordan Mansfield – http://www.jordanphoto.co.uk/
Hair & Make up – Alicia Sandeman – http://www.aliciasandeman.com/
Harpist – Rebeca Jones – http://www.rebecajones.co.uk/
DJ – Steven Boys – http://www.firstdancedj.co.uk/weddingdj-home.html
Florist – Gill Pike – http://www.gillpikeflorist.co.uk/
Wedding Dress – Felicity Westmacott – http://felicitywestmacott.co.uk/
Bridesmaid Dresses – Maids To Measure – http://www.maidstomeasure.com/
Favours – Nkuku – http://www.nkuku.com/Item/House_-AND-_Home~Photo_Frames/KF05/Tiny_Kiko_Frame.html