A beautiful country chic outdoor ceremony for Chloe & Sam nestled within 6 acres of elegant English countryside.
We’d been together around 5 years, but it was totally unexpected. We were on holiday in Turkey at the time and I had absolutely no idea – He took me for a walk along a jetty so we were surrounded by the sea, and started to ask me something… I thought he was asking me if I wanted to go Jet-skiing – turns out he was asking me to marry him! We then had the rest of the holiday to celebrate!
Our main priority was having all our friends and family there. We wanted a relaxed and enjoyable day with as little stress as possible! 110 guests, and a few more in the evening.
We didn’t really have a theme as such – we just wanted something that would fit with the venue, so all quite natural and pretty. On the tables we had logs with lots of antique glass vases, filled with flowers and candles. We made quite a lot ourselves – the table plan, guest book, decorated vases… even dried out petals and made our own confetti.
THE VENUE & CEREMONY
We went for a viewing at High House after our friend’s mum mentioned it. As soon as we saw it we knew it was the venue for us. Everything was outside, the gardens were beautiful and it felt very relaxed (and was beautiful)!
My dress was from Bellissima Weddings. I had no idea what I wanted, so tried on a few different styles before I found the one. As soon as I put it on, I was comfortable, which for me is a big thing, as I don’t enjoy shopping or wearing dresses! It had beautiful lace, and lots of detail throughout, but looked very simple (and I felt comfortable)! Our Bridesmaid dresses were from Phase Eight.
GROOM AND HIS MEN
Sam picked all the suits for him and the best men/ushers/dads. He hired the suits for the day and bought them all matching pocket watches to wear on the day.
HAIR & MAKEUP
I found the hairdresser (Jess) online, and after a few trials, we found the styles we wanted!
My friend did our makeup as she has done a few weddings previously.
We wanted a natural and pretty look, to compliment the venue. As the gardens at the venue are covered in beautiful trees and flowers we didn’t need too much. Simple bouquets for us, and the tables – blush and cream to match bridesmaids – with lots of greenery and bound with brown twine and lace.
We had amazing canapés, followed by a huge BBQ which was delicious. For dessert we had an ice cream van sat outside on a tricycle encouraging our guests to get back outside and enjoy the beautiful evening. Gin and tonic sorbet and salted caramel ice creams were the favourites. We finished the evening with bacon, sausage and halloumi sandwiches with chips to soak up the alcohol.
The cakes we had were from our favourite local cake shop – we had a carrot cake, white chocolate & pistachio and a red velvet – delicious!
We ordered a design off the internet and tweaked it to our own style.
Garden Games were laid out for our guests for throughout the day – Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Cricket.
We also had an acoustic guitarist who sang throughout the ceremony and the reception drinks.
Our Food Choices were also an additional form of entertainment – BBQ for the main meal and an Ice-cream van as dessert.
We booked Bloomwood Photography. They were recommended to us by the wedding venue and after having a look through the pictures we asked Emma if she would do our day. She was lovely, even recommended a practice engagement shoot as she knew we didn’t like to be in front of the camera. The photos have turned out beautifully and we are so pleased.
It really was the most amazing day and we both didn’t stop smiling throughout. Walking down the aisle wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought, and I loved having an acoustic guitarist. The weather was amazing, so everyone was outside for the day. The venue was stunning.
Our friend Ed put together an amazing video for us. In the Style of ‘First Dates’ he interviewed all our friends – stories about our pasts, how we met etc. Something we will treasure forever and was a lovely surprise.
Sam wrote a beautiful poem about how we met and our relationship since. It’s a tradition in his family, and it was very funny. We will frame it and have it up in our house!
My dad surprised everyone by pulling out his guitar and singing a song instead of the traditional Father of the Bride speech – which made a lot of people cry!
BRIDE TO BRIDE
Just relax and enjoy the day. Time flies so make sure you soak it up!
Ceremony & Reception: High House
Wedding Dress: Bellissima Weddings ♥ Bridesmaid Dresses: Phase Eight
Hair: Jess’s Mobile Hairdressing
Groom & Groomsmen: Moss Bros
Flowers: Stephen at Scent ♥ Cake: Stop the World
Entertainment: Ben Eve Music
Photography: Bloomwood Photography