We have such a pretty wedding for you today. It’s the first wedding we have featured from outside of Sussex but is photographed by fab Sussex wedding photographer Clare, from FitzGerald Photographic. There’s so much pretty inspiration we just had to share it!
Today we are also leaving most of the talking to the beautiful bride Lucy, who tells us all about her gorgeous wedding to Shaun in June this year. These photos have also been featured on the ever so lovely Beyond Beyond wedding blog.
Lucy and Shaun got married in the village of Denham near London, and held their reception at the beautiful Miklefield Hall in Sarratt Hertfordshire.
Over to Lucy…
Shaun proposed on Christmas morning 2010. It was very simple. Shaun knows me well enough to not have done a big public proposal, which would have been my worst nightmare! We simply sat in our living-room in our first home together, celebrating our first Christmas.
As we opened our presents, Shaun cracked open a bottle of my favourite champagne, he then went off into the spare room and returned back in a slightly more emotional and nervous mood than when he left. He got down on one knee and started to get a bit tearful! He then asked me to marry him. It was as simple as that. I know to some people it might seem small. There was no Eiffel Tower or doves or fireworks!! Just me my soul mate and the four walls. Perfect… I wouldn’t have changed a thing!
I have always been slightly less traditional in taste and I knew I wanted that to come across in our wedding day. I never understood why people spend all that time and money on a wedding that just looks the same as everyone else’s! Your wedding day should represent you and your husband-to-be. I wanted people to say “This is so Lucy and Shaun”. We decided on a slightly vintage theme with a twist. We had a vision of vintage cutlery, cake stands with delicious food, fields for kids to run around in and a general laid back atmosphere with a bohemian hippy feel. Being from an Irish background it was important there was plenty of food and plenty of drink on offer. It was definite from day one our guests must not pay for a thing and must leave merry and full! This as you can imagine made it tough to find such a relaxed venue.
Our wedding took 18 months to plan. We tried to get all the major things booked within the year. Venue, church, caterers, band and photographer. The rest all followed within the next six months. We were lucky enough to have my parents help with the majority of the day. We couldn’t have done it without them. Both of them are very creative and had amazing ideas which were all welcome, my Dad even designed our invites. I enjoyed every second planning our day and just wish I knew then that even the small stressful moments I would be looking back on and smiling.
We chose our venue, Micklefield Hall, in Sarratt, Hertfordshire, based on the fact that we had the place to ourselves. We could decorate and have anything we wanted, we had fields and fields of beautiful grounds for people to enjoy, the most beautiful rose gardens and a farm on the grounds which just added to the bohemian feel; the chickens were sunbathing whilst we enjoyed our drinks on the lawn and listened to an acoustic guitarist.
I really struggled to find a dress, I really did not want a strapless number and I really wanted something different with a vintage feel. Every shop I walked into was just rails and rails of strapless satin gowns that all looked quiet similar and that just wasn’t for me. I have to admit after a few months of finding nothing I had a few tears! My sister in law then came across a website that seemed to offer slightly less traditional dresses. The name was Christine Kendall Couture, I made an appointment and met with Christine who was so warm and made me feel so at ease assuring me she had the dress for me.
My dress was called Sarina and was so beautiful, it was lace with a long train with long lace sleeves, and very fitted. My dress was so detailed I decided not to have a veil or tiara as it all looked a bit much. I teamed my dress with a fresh flower daisy chain headband and my shoes were from Irregular Choice. I had minimal jewellery and had pearl drop vintage earrings from Luella’s Boudoir and an antique opal ring given to me by my mum as my something old.
Shaun also opted for slightly different attire. He is 6ft3 so tails really suited him. He chose a three piece charcoal grey tails suit. He matched the waistcoat as he really doesn’t like the silk ones with all the swirly patterns on them. He choose a white shirt with a mandarin collar, he left the collar open and had a pale pink loosely tied silk scarf around his neck instead of a cravat. My parents bought him an antique brooch to go on his lapel to hold his flower in and he chose pale pink suede brogues as his shoes which looked amazing. Why shouldn’t people talk about the groom as well as the bride!
I walked down the aisle to Pachabel Cannon which I have always loved and it was fitting as my new surname was about to become Cannon! My godparents read a reading each which meant a lot to me.
I had three little flower girls. Their dresses were cream and were from monsoon, they also had fresh flower headbands and little silk ballet pumps. I had 2 adult bridesmaids and they wore a 50s style dress in pale pink which had a china rose pattern on it and a pale pink petty coat these were from Vivienne of Holloway.
Our florist was Essential Flowers and really understood our theme well. My bridesmaids had pale pink peonies and I had a wild looking bouquet made up of daisies and gysophelia which trailed to the floor, this matched my head band. Shaun had the same flowers as me in his brooch.
My cake was made up of three tiers and was plain white and decorated with fresh strawberries and daisies again to pick up on the flowers. The tiers had one with lemon, one chocolate and one fruit cake.
Clare FitzGerald of FitzGerald Photographic was our photographer. We chose Clare because we didn’t want the pictures to be too traditionally posed and wanted a few fun funky looking images; we really liked her calm relaxed approach and creative style of photography.
We decorated the gardens of the venue as well as the marquee. We had the bridge decorated leading to the marquee with fresh flowers and there was a decking area with a bench that we also had decorated. We bought an old fashioned wheel barrow which we left outside the marquee filled with peonies and colourful flowers. My Dad bought some old crates which we filled with lavender and lined the walkway to the marquee with them. My Dad had ‘Lucy and Shaun’ printed on them, along with our wedding invite logo.
As our guests walked through to the marquee we had a jasmine archway which looked incredible and smelt great too. Each table had a vintage cake stand as our centre pieces made by my parents, and the place settings were vintage plates and cutlery, napkins tied with raffia and lavender and Cath Kidston hand creams as our gifts. We lined the marquee with eucalyptus tress and created a lounge and bar area using room separators with tea lights in them. We wanted our guests to have fun so we chose one of those wooden seaside photo cut outs that you put your faces through. It had a hunky looking couple on it in there swim wear. Our guests really loved it and it created a great photo opportunity with a difference. We also had a cart with a selection of sweets, enjoyed by both the children and adults!
A memorable moment was the actual church service. Seeing my soon to be husband look up at me from the bottom of the aisle and look so emotional was lovely. He was so tearful and looked so happy. Saying those vows meant the world.
I know everyone says it but it just goes so fast. Just take in every second. We were told by Clare, our photographer, to make a pact with each other to meet up half way through the evening, walk away from your wedding together and take a moment to be alone. Look back on your wedding party together and take a moment to take in what’s happening and just watch your guests enjoying themselves. It really was lovely to do and lovely to share it together. Great advice!
Venue: Micklefield Hall, Hertfordshire
Bride’s Dress: Christine Kendall Couture
Earrings: Luella’s Boudoir
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Bridesmaids Dresses: Vivienne of Holloway
The Flowers: Essential Flowers
The Photographer: Clare FitzGerald, FitzGerald Photographic
Delicious! Thanks so much to Lucy for sharing the story of planning her wedding with us so beautifully. So much gorgeous inspiration there. Thanks too to FitzGerald Photographic for these lovely photos of Lucy and Shaun’s uber pretty day.