It’s rather lovely to be exploring Oxfordshire’s finest wedding venues on the blog this week, don’t you think?! On Sunday I shared Kelly and Chris’s gorgeous Henley on Thames wedding; today it’s the turn of Hannah and Mark at the fabulous Ardington House. Wow… (Oh! And while I remember, I’m looking for more weddings from Berkshire, Wiltshire, Northamptonshire and surrounding counties so do get in touch if you’ve one to share!)
Hannah and Mark were married outside, and it won’t take more than an image or two for you to see how amazing the surroundings are… this is one of the loveliest outdoor wedding venues I’ve seen.
There’s no shortage of details to inspire you: Hannah’s time making 60 paper poms really paid off: they look gorgeous in the marquee and add a touch of colour to the styling. Hannah’s other craft projects include the card suitcase, table numbers and menus, and table plan.
More than anything I adore Hannah’s dress, a stunning backless design to which the beautiful bride added a bespoke back drop necklace which she had made. Again: wow! This is wonderful!!
Images are by lovely Lesley Pattinson Photography. Find out more about Lesley here:
Our wedding story: Hannah & Mark
Wedding photographer’s website:
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
Yes absolutely 100%
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
Perfect in every way!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
I was very impatient waiting to see the photos, but the wait was worth it. They were amazing. Lesley captured things in such a beautiful way.
Your wedding style or theme:
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Best bit of budget advice?
Ebay!! and don’t be afraid to haggle on the price.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I used a wonderful local lady who does stationery and invitations from home. She was amazing and very accommodating to all the mistakes and changes I made. She is on Facebook as Alison Martin, Kidlington.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, I had seen wedding dresses like mine and always thought “wow” but it wouldn’t suit me. Then I tried one on just so I could say I had and I loved it and I knew that one was the one.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The designer was Essense of Australia. Bridal boutique is Proposals- proposalsbridalstudio.co.uk
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
I had my necklace made as I couldn’t find a back drop necklace anywhere. I found a fabulous lady from Essex and between us we designed what I wanted and she made it. Her website is bridaldevine.co.uk. My earrings were Marks and Spencer and my headband was from the bridal shop.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Mark wore a dark grey 3 piece penguin suit with white shirt and dusky pink cravat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My 3 big best girls wore chiffon full length strapless Dessy dresses. All 3 girls had a different colour, lavender, kiwi and dusky pink. My daughter who was our little bridesmaid wore a white dress with pink and green petals on from Monsoon.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I was very lucky and had two very good friends (one a hairdresser and one a make up artist) do all the bridal party.
My flowers were by a lady called Nicola. Her website is foxglovesandroses.co.uk
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
It didn’t, but I did. I had 60 paper tissue pom poms in the 3 colours of the bridesmaids hung from the ceiling in bunches of the 3 colours. I also had white wicker heart lights hung in places. I also decorated the cake table with photos of us and with candles.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
I put together all 60 of the pom poms with help from some amazing friends. I put together the card suitcase. I made the table numbers and menus which were on each table. I also made the table plan.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
It was quite traditional. 3x cakes, one fruit, one sponge and one chocolate. All made and iced by a local lady and then I had an auntie add the pearls and the lace for us, the flowers on the top were real ones from the florist.
We had an AMAZING band called Breeze. Breezeband.co.uk
On the day tips and advice:
Just enjoy! Socialise with guests and smile!
What’s the best thing about being married?
For me it is all 3 of us, Mark, our daughter and I sharing a name, being a unit. Also I love calling myself a wife!!