Hey there beautiful! How is your Tuesday morning going? Fancy a little weddingness to improve your day? I have the most stunning Surrey wedding to share with you this morning. You’re welcome… 😉
It’s Katy and Luke’s turn to be stars of the English Wedding Blog this morning, with their wonderfully colourful June wedding – it’s almost a year to the day since they were married so happy anniversary Katy & Luke!!
I love the playfully elegant style of their day: the wonderful flowers and pretty styling touches make this Nonsuch Mansion wedding a favourite for me. Luke is such a handsome groom and Katy is so incredibly beautiful, isn’t she?
Images are by the fabulous Matthew Bishop Photography. Matt is amazing so do check his wedding photography out here:
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Nonsuch Mansion, Surrey
6 June 2014
Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?
A quintessentially English country wedding with an Aussie twist!
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Currently living in Australia we got sent them during the night so watched them the second we woke up and were just mesmerised. I cried a lot, they are just beautiful!
Your wedding style or theme:
We didn’t really pick a theme, I just wanted it to be colourful, fun and obviously have a few Australian quirks thrown in (we had an inflatable kangaroo hidden somewhere in the grounds for the guests to find, we didn’t even know where it was!).
Where did you find your suppliers?
Mainly through the venue – they had a brilliant ‘Little White Book’ of preferred suppliers, but my sister and mum were also amazing at researching suppliers and we did find a few through word of mouth and friends’ weddings.
Best bit of budget advice?
I went a bit crazy on Pinterest and Etsy and got a lot of things (like bunting and decorations) that we didn’t end up using. If you have the budget for it (and remember to use it) then great, but if not, try not to get too carried away.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
We got our invitations from http://emilyandjo.co.uk/, they were quite basic but very beautiful and incorporated all the colours we had on the day.
My sister is very creative and designed the orders of service, table names, place cards etc. We spent the few nights before cutting them all out and arranging.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes! And I tried on a lot! I had 2 of my friends from Australia getting married around the same time so dress shopping with them was so much fun. I saw my dress as soon as I walked in but initially dismissed it as it’s a lot bigger than I had imagined wearing, then I saw another woman try it on and loved it, so they took it straight out of her dressing room when she was finished and as soon as I put it on I knew instantly it was the one!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
The dress is called Lasei from Pronovias and I got it from a lovely boutique in Sydney called Marry Me.
Glitz and sparkle – the bride’s accessories:
My veil and hair clip was from the same boutique as the dress.
My shoes were from a shop in Sydney called Zu, but I’m not great in heels so I quickly changed into a lovely pair of gold sparkly flats from Zara.
Suited and booted – the groom wore:
Trying to plan a wedding from overseas is fairly difficult so Luke actually got the suits online from Marks and Spencers, this worked really well as the ushers are based throughout the UK so it made it easier for them all to collect from their respective towns.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I absolutely loved my bridesmaid dresses, which was good considering I didn’t see them in the flesh until the day! They were designed by Dessy and purchased from a boutique in Cambridge. I loved the colours and they matched the day perfectly. They all looked stunning!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I just googled local London hair and make-up artists and found Alicia http://londonweddinghairandmakeup.co.uk/
She was fantastic and made me feel really relaxed on the day. I had both my hair and make-up done for the day and the bridesmaids just had their hair done.
I found Michelle Rust from the venue’s ‘Little White Book’.
I was quite laid back about flowers. Because we wanted to incorporate so many colours, and the fact it was spring/summer time, there were so many to choose from so I just left her to it and I couldn’t have found anything better, she filled the place with beautiful flowers encompassing every colour.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The venue has so much character and is so beautiful and striking on its own that apart from the flowers we didn’t add much to it. Thankfully we had good weather as well so everyone could enjoy the gorgeous gardens.
DIY – tell us about any handcrafted elements of your wedding…
The stationery was the main DIY element of the day. I particularly like the name cards…we’re both wine fans and so my sister collected corks for us which we inserted the cards into. I also used my own instagram pictures for the table names (places in Australia we’ve visited or lived), which was a nice personal touch. We made an ‘Eye Spy’ game for the cameras on the tables too and gave people the challenge of capturing different things (the hidden kangaroo being one of them!).
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
I’m definitely more of a cheese fan than a sweet tooth so we had wheels of cheese make up the cake, it was organised by the venue and looked absolutely stunning! They decorated it with figs and grapes and the florist even added a few flowers, it was one of my favourite things!
During the ceremony we used Blue Topaz http://www.bluetopazmusic.com/ a string trio, they were great and did both classic and modern variations, they also played throughout the drinks reception in the gardens.
The evening entertainment was a DJ from http://www.partytimeonline.co.uk/. It was the white sparkly dancefloor that sold me to this!
Both were found through the venue’s ‘Little White Book’
On the day tips and advice:
Definitely the biggest thing that we both noticed on the day was how fast it went, one minute we were getting ready and the next we were leaving! My biggest piece of advice is, no matter what happens, from the minute you wake up, forget all the little things, enjoy and try and remember every second…and eat, that’s easy to forget!
What’s the best thing about being married?
It’s quite bizarre but you stop thinking of each other as boyfriend and girlfriend and instantly become family… that’s the best thing!