Lydia and Mark’s day is one of beautiful, traditional luxury. They celebrated at home and chose a romantic, feminine theme for their day. Lydia is stunning in her haute couture dress by Antonia Pugh-Thomas; the flowers are fabulous and the day is so full of gorgeous, creative touches to be inspired by.
We loved sourcing the decorations and styling the reception. We lined the entrance to the marquee with three tiered terracotta pots which we had pained in soft grey and filled with lavender and seasonal plants, we put them together in April and anxiously watched them grow! We also made the place setting board and really enjoyed decorating the marquee together the day before – it really added to the excitement to see everything arriving and putting all our plans together. We used a large hamper, painted it white, and filled it with various sized flip-flops for partying in the evening, needless to say they were all snapped up as soon as the dancing started- we wish we’d bought twice as many!
My mother, sister and I decorated the marquee ourselves with vintage candlesticks, tealights and lanterns. Our florist worked with us to create wonderful arrangements to match my bouquet and the flowers in the church. We used birch trees, seasonal flowers, fairy lights, large lanterns and fire pits (which were lit during the evening) to decorate the courtyards, garden and entrance to the marquee.
The images of Lydia and Mark’s day are by Real Simple Photography, who are based in Hampshire and shoot weddings around the UK. Discover more from them here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview: Lydia & Mark
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We loved the natural, un-posed and relaxed style of photography which Jaques and Natalie create. We didn’t want our photographs to look< staged or forced so looking at their website we knew they would capture the essence of our day perfectly.
A big part of their initial appeal was they are a husband and wife team and therefore two photographers so no part of the day was missed.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
We were thrilled! From the first contact to when our photographs were delivered we have been so happy. All contact with Jacques was so friendly and efficient with e-mails being replied to within minutes which anyone planning a wedding will know is incredibly helpful! We also loved the little touches and efforts they made, for example a ‘wedding survival kit’ in the post when we booked was fun.
Jacques and Natalie were great on the day and made us all feel so relaxed, lots of people commented on how lovely they both were and how discreet the photography was.
We can’t recommend them highly enough… and have done to many friends!
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We are so happy with the photographs, they were exactly the style we wanted and capture the day so perfectly. As we looked through them it brought back wonderful memories of the whole day.
St Peter’s church, Prestbury, Cheshire.
Reception: Marks parents’ home.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Traditional, English summer, understated, gentle, vintage… and lots of fun!
Your wedding style or theme:
Traditional English summer wedding, with soft, gentle colours, lace and wild flowers.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We sourced everything, apart from our florist, cake and musicians by searching the internet to find suppliers who we felt would understand the natural, relaxed feel we wanted to achieve. Our florist was a friend who owns The Potting Shed in Alderley Edge, we so appreciated his hard work and beautiful design.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Try to use local companies where possible to save on delivery costs. We found a local company, Tamaryn’s Treasures who supplied the lanterns, candelabras, vases, tea light holders and fairy lights and because they were so local delivery was included and they were far more flexible with timings.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
A huge focus of the day for us was music. My sister is a professional violinist so we chose live music throughout the day. My sister organised a 20 voice choir for the church, with a string ensemble, organist and trumpeter. A quartet of my sister’s closest friends played for drinks in the gardens. We had singing ‘waiters’ during the wedding breakfast who had everyone on their feet between courses and a 13 piece band for the evening, who were amazing and kept guests dancing until 4am!!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We wanted very traditional invitations and a local printers helped design and print both the invitations and order of service.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
I tried on over 50 wedding dresses and couldn’t decide on a style or shape of dress. I loved elements of about 5 dresses so I had my dress made by Antonia Pugh-Thomas Bespoke in London. We loved the process of seeing the dress come together; Antonia created exactly what I had imagined. We loved our meetings with her, she was extremely experienced, professional and great fun, her advice was invaluable.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Antonia Pugh-Thomas Bespoke, London.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I wore LK Bennet shoes. I had my veil handmade by Emma Beaumont Design and my pearl headband was passed to me from my Great-grandmother.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Mark wore his own morning coat, which was made by Sams Tailor in Hong Kong.
But I would highly recommend Phillip Alexander, Wilmslow and Saville Row who made my Brother Hamish’s morning coat.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My sister and flower girls wore dresses designed and made by Emma Beaumont in Knutsford, Cheshire. Emma was so wonderful to work with, she had such stylish ideas and sourced some gorgeous material. We were thrilled with the beautiful silk dresses she created.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I loved getting ready at home in the morning, I did my own make-up after lessons from Laura Mercier. My hairdresser (of 10 years!) came to do the bridal parties hair which we wanted to be natural looking with soft curls, roses and wild flowers.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
We wanted soft, natural flowers in gentle, vintage colours. The Potting Shed in Alderley Edge (Cheshire) created such wonderful displays, both at the church and reception. They interpreted perfectly the wild, loose and ‘just picked’ look of a country wedding which is exactly what we had discussed. They used birch trees, roses, wild flowers and herbs to create wonderfully scented arrangements tied with vintage lace.
We were so happy and very grateful for all their hard work, they were just fantastic and really interpreted the look we had imagined.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I saw a photograph in a magazine of a very pretty, traditional tiered cake. I asked a friend of the family, who makes wonderful cakes if she could recreate it, the cake she made looked even more beautiful than the photograph I had shown her, and tasted wonderful! We surrounded the cake with wild flowers and vintage tea-lights, which looked lovely.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
I was so grateful to my sister for organizing the beautiful music, both in the church and for the reception. The choir in the church was magical and made the ceremony very moving. The 13 piece evening band was great fun, their repertoire list was so extensive with such a great mix of songs- the dance floor was full all evening. One of the highlights, and a complete surprise to us all were the three opera singing ‘waiters’ which Marks parents had arranged for during the meal. They moved between the tables and had everyone on their feet in between courses, dancing and singing along to ‘That’s Amore’, ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’ to name a few. We had a fresh pizza oven van which arrived at about 9pm. It worked so well for both the evening guests and anyone who was hungry later on. The pizza oven and fire pits gave a cosy feel to the courtyard while our guests were outside for the fireworks and sky lanterns.
On the day tips and advice:
Everyone says the day does go by so quickly…and it really does, so relax and enjoy! I would also say try to have as much live music as you can- we felt it made such a difference. I changed dresses for the evening which I can’t recommend enough for anyone who has chosen a dress with a train as my dress would have been a little tricky to enjoy the evening and dance in.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Calling Mark ‘my husband’, it feels so comfortable and concrete, we love planning our next adventure together.