First thing to say about this wedding is that there are some seriously talented people in these families. Not only did groom, Alex, design the invites, order of service and all the other beautiful graphic design elements of the day. But a member of their family also made the cake… and just wait until you see this cake. It is stunning!
Back to the wedding. Becky & Alex chose to celebrate in gorgeous, relaxed style with a pretty garden wedding at The Walled Garden at Cowdray. Their aim for a relaxed day with a pretty vintage style and touches of elegance was spot on. It had been two years in the planning and was just perfect. A wonderful ceremony, beautifully decorated with lots of personal touches, a day warm enough to enjoy being outside and lots of fun with the couples family & friends.
Becky stayed at the Spread Eagle Hotel a little down the road. When I arrived the preparations were in full swing. It was a calm and lovely morning, while Becky, her mum, bridesmaid and bridesman all got ready. She chose to keep her make up natural and her hair down, wearing a real flower crown for a little added extra. The wedding dress was by Lillian West, a pretty yet simple lace design. The flowers, designed by Blooms Florist, were simply stunning. They not only created a beautiful bouquet of soft, dusky colours with succulents as a highlight, but also pretty pink, white & green floral table decorations and jam jars of meadow flowers for the outside table. All of which worked so well for the relaxed yet elegant look that the couple were going for.
The ceremony was at All Hallows Church, a little country church in the grounds of Woolbedding House. The inside of the church was simply but prettily decorated and the ceremony itself brought a few funny moments, some happy tears and lots of smiles. At the beginning of the ceremony I watched as Becky started giggling with her dad. It turned out that he was making up the words to the hymns because he had forgotten his glasses and couldn’t read the order of service! I love that its often the little moments like this which are the ones that mean a lot and will be remembered. After the ceremony and some manic confetti throwing, the guests travelled to the reception in the coolest green vintage bus, while the couple drove in elegant style in a vintage car. Once at the reception everyone relaxed, enjoying drinks in the garden and the warmth of the late summers day. The meal and speeches followed, with Becky choosing to say a few words as well. While guests chatted and kids ran around the courtyard in the evening sunshine I whisked Becky & Alex away for a few moments, to make the most of gorgeous evening light and the sunset.
The band set up and kicked off the evening party and after Becky & Alex’s first dance the dance floor filled. I loved being a part of Becky & Alex’s day, there were so many personal touches that really made it special to them. If you are wondering what the table names are, they are the names of all Becky’s pet rats…yep, you heard that right. For the record, they are the coolest names ever!
I’m thrilled to bits that Becky & Alex’s wedding was featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. This is particularly special as that was one of Becky’s favourite wedding blogs and where she first saw my photography.
Venue – The Walled Garden at Cowdray
Brides shoes – Rainbow Club
Bridesmaids dress – Kaliko
Grooms suit – Reiss
Make up – Kat Priest
Hair – Envy Hairdressing
Flowers – Blooms
Caterer – Buns to Banquets
Cake – Mrs Robinson’s Cakes
Band – The Sweet & Lowdown
Vintage coach – Southcoast Motors
Wedding car – First Choice Wedding Cars
This wonderful wedding has also been featured on the blog Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.
Thanks loads for letting me share your day, Becky & Alex, it was wonderful.