A glorious day at Wadhurst Castle for Lizzie and Dan’s timeless and elegant summer wedding, with Nick Davies Photography
Lizzie and Dan’s wedding is a classic – timeless styling, an elegant colour palette and beautiful sunshine… the flowers are lush, in a soft palette of dusky pinks, and the beautiful atmosphere they created is one of tranquility and romance. Lizzie is stunning in her Cizzy Bridal dress, and Dan is every bit the classic English groom in a smart navy suit with Ted Baker waistcoat. The venue is Wadhurst Castle, and all of their lovely photographs are by Nick Davies Photography.
I loved getting ready- we used the bridal room in the castle so both mums and my bridesmaids had the whole morning together- it was such fun, we gave out pressies and Dan had written me a great card which made me laugh and cry! I also remember the moment the door opened to the walled garden & I saw all of the guests turn as I walked up the aisle, from then it really was the most amazing whirlwind!
All of the suppliers at our wedding were personally recommended- my best advice would be to use that experience, take their suggestions and trust their decisions… you’ll have plenty of your own to make!
Pinterest became my bible – there are so many great ideas on there, I’ve always liked simple, personal touches so we did that wherever we could. In the toilets I had the standard basket of deodorant, hairspray and lippy for the ladies, plus I put shoe shine, hair gel & deodorant in the men’s but I also personalised small packs of tic tacs with ‘mint to be’ and the date of our wedding- they were a success but also useful!
The main criteria for our venue was somewhere we could offer a free bar to our guests- ideally supplying the drink ourselves. That was harder to find than I thought but we viewed several venues all of which weren’t right, then we found Wadhurst Castle and it was love at first sight! Clare our wedding planner was amazing and helped answer our questions and guide us through the process right up until our big day!
We decided against favours- I always think it’s such a shame at the end of the night when you see them left on tables so we spent the money on other areas. We put a sweet station in- some candy stripe paper bags (Amazon) with big bags of sweets (Lidl) in large jam jars (courtesy of my pickled onion and gherkin obsession)… very simple and yet everyone had a bag of treats for the taxi home! We also had a throwback to the 90’s with a table of glow sticks and LED flashing glasses- when 9pm came round and the disco tunes were playing these were the icing on the cake!
We borrowed some large mirror plates from one of my mum’s friends who used to be a florist, they formed the base of the centrepiece. About 6 months in advance I asked everyone I know to keep glass jars (you’ll be surprised how quickly they mount up), this gave us a whole range of heights which we then put bunches of gypsophelia in, or candles. I also bought some small crackled silver tealights from WeddingMall.co.uk which were dotted around the table too, it was simple but effective.
I met with several florists but Kim from the Flower House Studio was amazing- she really understood the relaxed and natural feel that the wedding had and reflected that in the arrangements and bouquets. I love gypsophelia, you need a lot of it to be effective but luckily it’s not too expensive so that was the base for the centre pieces, bouquets, the cake, shepherd hooks (which lined the aisle) and buttonholes. From there Kim made the suggestions and I trusted her judgement… I nodded in agreement but I really had no idea what ‘Roma’ astrantia, scilla and lambs ear were until she shared a Pinterest board with me and it all fell into place!
My dress was from a designer called Cizzy Bridal at Elizabeth King Designs in Hildenborough, it was the Corby dress originally but did have several adjustments made to it! I found wedding dress shopping fun for the first few appointments, from that point on I knew what I wanted and the whole process started to became a little more stressful!
I knew I wanted something strapless, with a sweetheart neck and a very simple silhouette but so many of the dresses were full lace and the simple ones seemed to be much more expensive and yet would still need all of the adjustments done. Then I visited Elizabeth King Designs in Hildenborough, Elizabeth knew exactly what I wanted and pulled out the perfect ‘blank canvas’… from that we made several alterations (a built in bra, slightly longer train, buttons down the back) and it was sorted!
I had a lace, boat neck top which buttoned down at the back, with ¾ sleeves which just gave me a little more coverage for the ceremony and wedding breakfast… then in the evening I took that off and put a beaded belt on to give a more relaxed feel (and make it easier to party!) I also had a simple satin trim veil which was double layer and fingertip length.
Dan’s suit was from the Moss 1851 collection at Moss Bros in a dark navy with a Ted Baker Ivory Morning waistcoat
Venue – www.wadhurstcastle.co.uk
Photographer – www.ndaviesphotography.co.uk
Bridal boutique – www.elizabethkingdesigns.co.uk
Hair stylist – Hair www.emilywoodhairstylist.co.uk
Entertainment – https://tailoredmusicforevents.com
Catering – www.amuseprivatecaterers.co.uk