Set in the bride’s home village in Shropshire, this stunning traditional English marquee wedding is full of country charm and a touch of Provencial rustic chic. A bespoke Emma Victoria Payne dress was the piece de resistance for this spectacular country wedding. Join us as bride, Kit, talks us through how she organised her big day with the help of a stellar line up of wedding suppliers.
We got married in All Saints Church, Claverley, Shropshire, in the village where I grew up and my parents still live. Remarkably, it is the same church where my parents and sister got married so it’s a venue my family knows well, and one that has huge sentimental value to us!
The reception was held in the garden at my family home, a short walk from the church.
All of my family have used the same Horse and Carriage for generations when getting married from the church so it was lovely to do the same. Everyone else walked back as it’s only a five minute walk away.
Our marquees were supplied by Burgoynes – based in Herefordshire. We both have huge families and struggled to find a tent that could accommodate the wedding breakfast and dancing in one, so we opted for two pole tent marquees in different parts of the garden, one for the wedding breakfast and another for the party. Going through to the ‘party tent’ worked really well and meant we had plenty of space for the bar, dance floor and seating.
We wanted each tent to have a different feeling, so we chose traditional décor for the wedding breakfast marquee with an abundance of flowers, and French rustic for the party tent decorated by Jamie’s mother.
A family friend, Anna Langmead, is a florist and flew back from Nairobi to do the flowers for our wedding, which was so special.
I’ve always loved flowers and wanted flowers to be the key feature in the church and wedding breakfast marquee. Anna is incredibly talented, patient and turned our vision into reality.
Having always loved the simplicity of Spanish bridal wear I chose a London based dress designer, Emma Victoria Payne, to create a bespoke wedding dress.
Emma is a wedding dress designer of dreams – making you feel so relaxed as soon as you walk into her gorgeous boutique in Chelsea. She gives so much time to each bride and made the whole process so enjoyable. I miss going for my appointments!
I combined the simplicity of Spanish wedding dress designs with some spotted tulle which I had sourced seperately. Emma added some beautiful lace to the low v on the back of my dress to add softness. My dress was finished with removable buttoned sleeves, which given how hot the day was, I removed straight after the service.
My shoes were from Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley.
My bridesmaids and I all had our hair done by a local hairdresser, Maxine Morgan. The bridesmaids all wore their hair down and I had a loose up do. I also had a hair piece made by a Spanish artist, Paula Le Touquet whose pieces I’ve always loved.
Rachel Savine did the make up for my sister’s wedding perfectly so was an obvious choice for our wedding. Neither I nor my bridesmaids wear heavy make-up so we asked Rachel for a very natural look which she created seamlessly. My make-up lasted all day in the heat, which was miraculous!
I had my two sisters (Lucie and Annabel), my two best friends from School (Vicky and Antonia) and my sister-in law, Scarlett as my bridesmaids. Another very close friend’s daughter, Olivia was my flower girl.
The girls all wore bridesmaids dresses from Emma Victoria Payne. I wanted them to feel comfortable and love wearing their dresses, so Emma chose a large selection of dresses (all in the same fabric) which the girls then tried on and chose the style they wanted. Emma then ordered the dresses in the same colour way. I loved the girls each having a dress to reflect their own style.
Olivia wore my first birthday dress. It was chance that I stumbled across it earlier in the year and it fitted Olivia perfectly. Olivia also wore buckled shoes in cream from Russell & Bromley and wore flowers in her hair.
Fresh and Lush created a bespoke menu for us
Mix of canapés:
Tempura Tiger Prawns with Rose Harissa & Lime Yoghurt
Mini Beef Wellington with Béarnaise Sauce
Beetroot Cured Salmon Gravlax on Blinis with Dill Crème Fraiche
Honey Glazed Chipolata Sausages with a selection of Dips
Lentil, Butternut Squash & Ricotta Spring Rolls with Nam Chim Dipping Sauce (V)
Buckwheat and Parsnip Pancakes with Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish Cream
Slow Cooked Ras el Hanout Lamb Shoulder served with:
Fattoush with Sumac Yoghurt Dressing & Fresh Pomegranate
Roasted Butternut & Red Onion with Tahini, Za’atar & Bulgur wheat (warm)
Celeriac & Split Pea Salad with Pickled Red Onions, Smoked Walnuts, Mint & Coriander
Fennel Chapati Flatbread & Fresh Hummus
Assiette of desserts:
Tahini & Pistachio Brownies
Persian Love Cakes
Cape Gooseberry Pavlova
Joshua Tucker was an obvious choice for us having seen his photos from a number of our friends’ weddings. He is so talented – making us feel so relaxed and blends into the background. He sent a selection of pictures within 24 hours ready for us to review on our way to the airport for our mini-moon.
Ben Davies – Ben was recommended by a videographer who we had previously used at a family wedding. His video is perfect and is a fantastic reminder of the day – from start to finish.
We opted for a DJ over a band - Chris James. We had found bands at previous weddings had been a bit hit and miss and had met Chris at a previous wedding where the dance floor was packed all evening (which is something we wanted ourselves). Chris was fantastic – he was happy to take as little or as much guidance as we wanted.
Spending the days with our families beforehand preparing for the big day. We had an army of helpers, which made the experience so enjoyable.
Jamie’s younger brother was Master of Ceremonies and made a lovely impromptu speech that was so personal and special.
My brother decorated the car which we drove away in (two minutes down the drive!) with fireworks to send us off.
The first dance culminating in confetti cannons to bring everyone onto the dance floor.
Don’t stress too much about the small details, it’s the people there that make the wedding.
Visiting the amazing London showroom to review our items and put our list together, it was one of the first bits of wedmin we did!
Flowers: Anna Langmead
Wedding Dress: Emma Victoria Payne
Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman for Russell and Bromley
Hair: Maxine Morgan
Hair Piece: Paula Le Touquet
Make Up: Rachel Savine
Bridesmaids Dresses: Emma Victoria Payne
Catering: Fresh and Lush
Wine: Berry Brothers
Beer: Kegs of Enville
Photography: Joshua Tucker
Videography: Ben Davies
DJ: Chris James