Flo & Ben’s classic & timeless Rothamsted Manor wedding, with Tori Deslauriers Photography

Published by Claire Gould on

There are some weddings so beautiful they look like they’ve jumped straight from the pages of an heirloom wedding album, passed through generations. That timelessness and grace is one of the loveliest things I see in my wedding blogging days! Whether you adore the vintage look, or simply want to create a wedding which will stand the test of time (and then some!) Flo and Ben’s day will inspire you no end! Images are all by lovely Hertfordshire wedding photographer Tori Deslauriers Photography, who gets a glowing review from the happy couple!

Wedding photographer’s website


Wedding photographer review

Tori was amazing. Before the wedding, she arranged a complimentary engagement shoot with us. It was a great way for us to meet Tori and get comfortable having our photos taken. We also loved the pictures! On the day, Tori was just fantastic. She brought a second photographer too. She was so kind and friendly and made everyone feel at ease. Her documentary style meant that she captured the genuine joy and fun of the day, without making photo-taking dominate the day. We love the photos that Tori took and we will treasure them forever.

Your best moment or memory

For Flo – when Ben sang Nice ‘n’ Easy by Frank Sinatra during the speeches. He sang like a pro and it was very romantic
For Ben – being announced as we walked into the wedding breakfast with everyone cheering as we walked in hand in hand (with a pint too)

Tell us anything you did differently – we love hearing about NEW traditions (or none at all!)

I didn’t have bridesmaids. I asked my 3 brothers to walk down the aisle in front of me instead.

Venue name + review

Rothamsted Manor. The venue was so beautiful. We had a winter wedding so we wanted a venue that would be inside as well as outside. The rooms are just stunning and it was such an incredible place to host all our friends and family.

Tell us a little about your outfits – both of you!

Flo – I bought a vintage 50s wedding dress from ebay and had it tailored a little bit. I bought my vintage style shoes from etsy. I had my hair done in a 50s style with a big white flower. I absolutely loved planning my outfit and loved my 50s look.
Ben – I wore a beige suit, with cherry red shoes, chequered burgundy tie and a Yorkshire Rose pin badge. I got all the groomsmen to wear the pin badge too.

Dress or suit shop name + review

Ebay & Moss Bros

Florist name + review


The flowers were gorgeous

Cake maker name + review

Mel’s Bakes

Wedding readings?

Camomile Tea by Katherine Mansfield and a poem written by Ben’s dad

Camomile Tea

Outside the sky is light with stars;
There’s a hollow roaring from the sea.
And, alas! for the little almond flowers,
The wind is shaking the almond tree.

How little I thought, a year ago,
In the horrible cottage upon the Lee
That he and I should be sitting so
And sipping a cup of camomile tea.

Light as feathers the witches fly,
The horn of the moon is plain to see;
By a firefly under a jonquil flower
A goblin toasts a bumble-bee.

We might be fifty, we might be five,
So snug, so compact, so wise are we!
Under the kitchen-table leg
My knee is pressing against his knee.

Our shutters are shut, the fire is low,
The tap is dripping peacefully;
The saucepan shadows on the wall
Are black and round and plain to see.

First dance song? Playlist recommendations?

Beauty and the Beast (Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson) It was epic

Hair + makeup name + review

makeupbyjodie Loraine was my hair and make up artist. It was great that they matched me with an artist who had experience of doing vintage hair. I was so so happy with my hair and make up!


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.


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