Set in the Northamptonshire countryside, real WPC couple Emily and Hugo's English Garden wedding holds a very special place in our hearts, as Emily has now joined the WPC family as a wedding list advisor! Join us as we hear all about their beautiful, fun-filled wedding.
The church ceremony was held at Emily’s local church in Badby, Northamptonshire. "The church is very sweet and quaint with a cosy feel, everybody managed to squeeze in!" The reception was held at Emily’s family home, a farmhouse in the middle of the countryside.
The Church reception was a traditional service, along with a performance by soloist Alicia Lowes during the signing of the register.
Fitting with the couple's theme ‘An English Garden’, the Marquee was designed to incorporate parts of the garden, which Emily’s mother had spent months and months perfecting! "She practically slept with her secateurs in her bed..! The ceiling of the marquee was lined with fairy lights to create a magical evening effect, and we chose long tables to create a casual ‘al fresco’ scene."
"The idea was for everything to have a ‘home made’ feel with elegant touches. Colours were classic and soft – the main focus was on the flowers - white/green/soft pinks with brighter colours coming from the flowers in the hanging baskets. Little cylinders with rose buds hanging from the garden pergola. Lots of personal touches and details were dotted all around the reception, included mini bottles of sloe vodka made by my mother."
Emily went to Italian bridal house Le Spose de Gio for her stunning wedding dress. "Working with the designers, I came up with a completely bespoke design which I wanted to be classic and elegant with a twist, made up of silk and organza. I wanted to move away from the traditional lace option, and create something simple and completely original. With the thought in mind that Hugo loved lace (sorry Hugo!) I therefore decided to incorporate a cathedral veil with a beautiful lace edge."
"This was a tricky one, as it is always hard finding something to suit everyone, however, we finally settled on pretty pink dresses with a lace trim from ASOS, the girls looked beautiful." Emily gave all the bridesmaids a little gold pendant necklace from Indian Summer boutique in Parsons Green, to wear on the day.
With her dress being so classic, Emily opted for some very sparkly Jimmy Choo’s to add some serious wow factor. "They were completely amazing but totally destroyed my feet by the end of the night! It was worth it though."
The Chopping Block, Northamptonshire
The Oyster Meister – Everybody loved the oyster shucker going around during the canapés preparing oysters, Hugo’s favourite!
Canapés – lots of yummy canapés, the peking duck rolls were a favourite
Main: Roast lamb with roasted plum tomatoes, new potatoes and a pea shoot and broad bean salad
Pudding: Eton Mess
"Hugo works for the fine wine company Goedhuis & Co, so it was a no brainer for us when choosing where to buy the champagne and wine!
Hugo’s family are brewers by trade (booze really does run in the family!) and we decided to have our own "McMullen’s Beer Bar" inside the marquee, where guests could pour themselves a pint!
Moscow mules were in large kilners on the bar for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. This caused a slight issue with Hugo’s little brother who thought they were non-alcoholic and subsequently fell backwards off the Ha-Ha wall in the garden later in the night!"
Hugo’s nephew Orlando was the page boy. He wore silk green culottes and a white blouse with mini converse.
Phoebe Goddard. "Phoebe is a family friend of Hugo’s sister, and having taken many pictures over the years for family occasions, we felt very comfortable asking Phoebe to photograph our special day. This was the first wedding Phoebe had ever photographed, and she did an amazing job."
A couple of Emily’s parent's friends organised the flowers, along with lots of input from Emily and her mother. Emily has a love for peonies and hydrangeas, which were incorporated throughout. Flowers for the church service were made up of white hydrangeas, roses and delphiniums and a mixture of greenery, to create a classically beautiful theme.
For the reception, flowers were arranged in rustic style boxes. White rose buds hung from clear cylinders on the pergola, which led through to the marquee, and there were a couple of pretty arrangements situated on the bar and around the seating areas.
Emily’s mother also has a great passion for flowers, and came up with the amazing idea of the hanging flower baskets – incorporating stronger colours to set the marquee alive.
Hair – Emily’s mother’s hairdresser, Natalie. Emily opted for a her hair to be pinned up in a simple chignon bun with a delicate row of flowers.
Make up – Dominique Hawkes, London. Emily opted for a simple, natural look.
Emily wore a pair of pretty diamond drops earrings given to Emily by Hugo’s late grandmother, Grilly. Her engagement ring was a bespoke rose gold and diamond design by Emma Clarkson-Webb.
"One of the best men kindly organised for us to leave the church in a gorgeous vintage Bentley. One of our favourite moments was walking out of the church to see the two best men in drivers hats, ready to drive us back to the reception. We popped a bottle of champagne in the back and drove with the roof down through the country roads, in fits of giggles."
29 Fingers – a relaxed, fun band that really got the dance floor going all night long!
Emily’s mother is extremely organised, and was the best wedding planner around without the hefty price tag!
"A road trip through Italy. Starting in Florence, a few days in Tuscany, one stop in Rome and a week on the Amalfi Coast. We came back suitably full of bread and pasta!"
"Being lifted up on friends shoulders after the first dance to ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ and seeing the entire marquee of our friends and family dancing and singing along!"
"Remember that whatever happens, it is going to be the best day of your life and there is no need to stress over the small things! Also, get a videographer! We didn’t have one, and it was a big regret."
"Choosing our presents in the calm oasis of the Showroom was a definite highlight of our wedding list with The Wedding Present Co. It was so relaxing and fun, and most importantly it was a special moment for the two of us step away from the stresses of planning a wedding, and picture our married life together in a home filled with special presents from our friends and family."