Some venues have incredible wow factor – and when you choose a location like Harrowden Hall for your big day you’ll know the styling touches will fall into place naturally. Today we’re talking soft, light pastels and traditional elegance for a day filled with the prettiest details.
Louise and Stephen chose their venue because they could personalise their day and really make it their own. “We were given a lot of rein with making choices and putting our stamp on it compared to other places we had seen. I had complete trust in their views and help along the way.”
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Our wedding story: Louise and Stephen
How/when/where did you first meet?
We meet back in 2008 and became really good friends which lasted a few years before getting together in 2011. I used to work in billabong (surf shop) and Steve used to come in loads and spend lots just to speak to me he says!! We became good friends over a mutual love for snowboarding, surfing and music gigs
How/when/where did the proposal happen?
It was the 2nd February 2013, Steve arranged a surprise getaway down to a luxury spa in Cornwall called The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth (highly recommended). He told me on the Friday morning to pack a bag when I got home from work that evening as we were going somewhere at the weekend. Me being a girl packed for all eventualities!! He then woke me up super early, 5am, to drive down there. Once we got there we had a gorgeous lunch overlooking Mawgan Porth beach. He then surprised me with horse riding in the beach and over the cliffs (being an avid horse rider this was perfect). He’d even sneaked in the car my horse riding hat, boots and jodhpurs! After this we went back to the hotel and had a sea front clifftop hot tub with champagne and whiskey! It was freezing outside but was extremely romantic being snuggled in the hot tubs! After relaxing for a few hours we went for dinner in their restaurant which serves up locally sourced gourmet food and an extensive wine list which is always a fav of mine when going there. We then retreated up to the snug on the top floor which has a terrace overlooking the beach….. Out there it was freezing and I was reluctant to go out but Steve insisted we just went for a look. The terrace was covered in candles and snug chairs with blankets and this is when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.. I was in complete shock! It was a perfect moment with stunning views and the words just meant everything in the lead up! The rest of the weekend was spent in the spa relaxing and staring at my brand new sparkly ring!
?What was the vision for your wedding, the style/color/scheme? How many guests?
Our vision was a relaxed soft palette of colour with a fun vibe like our personalities. We started off with a coral colour as our base and added hues of soft mint which ended up taking over. We loved the overall colour combination so much that we have incorporated it into our home. We didn’t have a particular style to go by so just picked what felt fitted well in the venue and the colours. This soft palette ended up including a vintage ice cream tricycle serving delicious ice creams, macaroon favours and stripy straws in Pimms! A summers day kind of vibe….. Pimms, ice creams and lots of cake! We had about 65 guests for the day and around 140 in the evening.
Why did you choose your wedding venue?
We chose our venue mainly down to the stunning gardens and relaxed vibe in a very pretty setting (house). We instantly felt at ease when we first visited and met with Sue the wedding coordinator. We were given a lot of rein with making choices and putting our stamp on it compared to other places we had seen. I had complete trust in their views and help along the way. The gardens made for some stunning photos.
Describe the ceremony, what made it unique/special
The ceremony was a simple affair but again with an air of relaxation. Neither of us were nervous at all and we just couldn’t believe we had found someone so suited to each other. It was a special moment to have our nearest and dearest people all together. It’s very rare that happens as we both have extended families all over the country and even as far as Hong Kong! A lot of the decorations were handmade by myself so I felt a lot of pride when it all came together in the ceremony and wedding breakfast rooms. My brother bought some gorgeous Fans back from Hong Kong for the guests to use as we were expecting it to be a hot day. Instead we had a storm but they were needed for the humidity!
?Describe the reception, what made it unique/special
The evening reception was a relaxed vibe with all our favourite people. It was like having a giant party and everyone had so much fun… even the staff. They still comment on it now being the best wedding they have ever had there. We had a photo booth and the ice cream tricycle in the evening and the all-important dress change. Everyone just seemed at ease and really enjoyed themselves which made me and Steve extremely happy. At one point I think there was half our guests on the dance floor dancing to Mumford and Sons!
Describe the flowers used for floral arrangements
We wanted a loose relaxed feel to our flowers, nothing too formal. We found some gorgeous hand blown glass lanterns In a local designers shop down in Padstow in our annual trip in 2014 back to The Scarlet where we got engaged which became our centre pieces along with a collection of homemade jam jars decorated with ribbons, lace and twine that were dotted around the venue. Our bouquets main flower was a coral Miss Piggy Rose
What was the inspiration of your wedding cake?
We aren’t fans of the traditional fruit cake so we decided we would have a few choices…. 4 in fact. Steve’s step mum used to work in a bakery and is a dab hand at making cakes so offered to make ours for us. We had a lemon cake, a chocolate cake, a vanilla and fresh fruit cake and the main cake was a carrot cake! They must have gone down well as there wasn’t much left by the time I got to them!!
?Describe the favours for guests
We had bespoke macaroons made to match our wedding colours in two flavours (praline crunch and white chocolate raspberry) which i placed into small individual bags and placed homemade luggage tags with ribbon as place settings for each person with a few extra made for our photographers, videographers and wedding venue coordinators!
Please list designer for your wedding dress, shoes, veil, and jewelry
I had two dresses. My day one was by Maggie Sottero and the dress is called Judith in Ivory/Mocha. My other dress for the evening was a bespoke made one by a company called Estilo Moda. I did some modelling for these lovely ladies in 2014 and just knew they had to design something for me. I was not disappointed. My dress was a lace top with a silk chiffon Aline skirt and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful dress.
I chose not to wear a veil but my shoes were ivory and sparkly peep toe shoes from Rainbow Club. My jewellery was minimalist so went with some simple leaf style jewellery to match the lace on my dresses and was purchased from John Lewis Vintage collections
Please list designer for groom’s attire –
We wanted the groom and groomsmen’s suits to be summery, relaxed and wearable again. We decided on a cream suit with a mint green tie to match the bridesmaid dresses with coral rose button holes. We got all the suits from Next in the end after months of searching.
?Please list designer for bridesmaids dresses
The bridesmaid dresses were again bespoke made by Estilo Moda and the girls absolutely loved them. I said they could all have whatever style suited them individually as long as they were the same colour. They all ended up deciding on the same design of dress which worked out really well but they each picked different sashes to compliment their own styles.
?Please list your wedding vendors
Harrowden Hall, Great Harrowden -Venue (Sue Waite is the wedding coordinator)
Summer Lily Studio -Photographer
Two hands One Heart Videography
Timeless Entertainment -Photobooth
Tricycle Treats – Vintage Ice Cream Tricycle
Sandy Baptiste (Perfect Petals on Facebook) – family friend -Flowers
Handmade Wedding Invitations by Kelly (on Facebook) -Stationery
Quality Chair Covers -chair covers and sashes
Turner Carriages – car
Paul Weeks -DJ (friend)
Hair by Sarah Dixon (friend)
Make up by Emily Keegan
Macaroon favours – Love Macaroons -Roberta Epps
Second wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses -Estilo Moda
Grooms Party Suits – Next
Main wedding dress – Maggie Sottero purchased from Brides of Wellingborough
Cakes by Steve’s step mum Tracy
Wedding night spent at Kettering Spa
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