We’re pretty sure that you’re going to fall in love with Heather and Dan’s romantic and rustic outdoor ceremony, with its sunny skies, vintage and homemade touches and one truly amazing Jenny Packham wedding dress. It’s time to put that kettle on and get lost in this week’s wonderful wedding…
Heather and Dan, who live in Billingshurst tied the knot on 26th July this year and held a tear-jerking ceremony (conducted by their best friends) at Dan’s family vineyard, Newnham Park in Crowborough, continuing their celebrations with music from family and friends, into the early hours. But, enough from us, here’s beautiful bride Heather to give us all the goss on her and her new hubby’s lovely wedding day:
After being whisked away to Florence, I couldn’t understand why Dan had a slightly stressed glint in his eye. On our first evening there, we went for a romantic meal and after drinking and eating too much I decided I was tired. Dan suggested we go back to the hotel, relax for a bit and then go for a moonlight stroll along the river.
When we got back to the room, Dan nipped to the bathroom and by the time he was back I was fast asleep! The next day, the stressed glint was back and he was a bit quieter than normal but we went off for a walk around Michelangelo’s Gardens. We settled in a beautiful spot overlooking the hills and on the stroke of 4pm Dan proposed – it was perfect!
It’s not often the hen party out does the stag but mine did. The last picture of the weekend break in the Cotswold’s, was me in A & E. This was the result of me thinking I didn’t need to walk down a flight of stairs, of course I could fly!! That’s when the countdown of the wedding really started – would I be off the crutches by then and get into my heels – having a father walk his daughter down the aisle was never needed quite so much!
Newnham Park is Dan’s uncle’s vineyard. As well as being stunning, the vineyard is of huge sentimental importance to the family, so was the only place we would have wanted to get married at. It is a place where all generations of the family get together, as well as being the resting place of Dan’s Nana and Granddad – whilst they couldn’t be there for our wedding day in person it was the closest we could get to having them there.
Most suppliers where either found online or were recommendations, with the exception of our photographer and our band who are all good friends. Where we could we sourced things locally, like our flowers and food. Pinterest was essential to our planning!
Luckily for us, many of our friends have had beautiful weddings so inspiration came from those. We love music so knew a relaxed festival theme would be perfect with live music being played by our friends and family.
I saw the Sabine dress online, a week after getting engaged in 2012 and fell in love with it. I had never looked at wedding dresses before this but knew I wanted something a bit different. As luck so happens, there was a sample sale in Mayfair later that week so I thought I’d go along but not really expecting to find it – but there it was and it was the first dress I tried on, I knew it was my dress but thought I’d try two more on whilst I was there quickly, as I didn’t want anyone to say I rushed into my decision! Needless to say I bought it there and then which soon became a gift from my Dad after he saw it.
We knew we wanted to get married in front of all our family and friends at Newnham Park but as it wasn’t licenced we knew legally this would not be possible; so we decided the ‘paperwork/ legal ceremony’ would be done in my hometown, Louth, Lincolnshire, two weeks before the wedding. Without saying our vows in front of our family and friends, we didn’t view it as being married, it was merely paperwork (however it did turn out to be a very special day for us with just our close family).
Our friends mean the world to us and as we were legally married we thought why get a stranger to perform the wedding and talk about our relationship? Instead we had two of our closest friends, people that were there from the very start of our relationship nine years ago. We couldn’t ask for anything more perfect then what they did – it was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone, who better to have stood up there with you on the biggest day of our lives than our closest friends that were always there for us, before we had each other.