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WPC Real Wedding: Kit & Jamie's Shropshire Country Wedding

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.

Location

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.

Transport

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.

Marquee

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.

Flowers

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.

Bridal Fashion

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.

Hair & Make Up

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!

Groom

Jamie wore a traditional morning suit.

Trousers and Jacket: Oliver Brown

Waistcoat: Ede and Ravenscroft

Tie: Favourbrook

Shoes: Churches

Bridesmaids

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.

Food & Drink

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

 

Main Course:

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

Zaalouk

 

Assiette of desserts:

Tahini & Pistachio Brownies

Persian Love Cakes

Cape Gooseberry Pavlova

Photography

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.

Videographer

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.

Music

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.

Standout Moments

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.

Advice

Don’t stress too much about the small details, it’s the people there that make the wedding.

Highlight of WPC

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!

Favourite Presents

52 Aperture Year In Memories Photo Frame, White
The White Company
£185.00
Napkin Ring, Single Mounted, Bead, Silver Plate
Arthur Price
£19.75
Forage Basket, Bembridge, Rattan
Garden Trading
£45.00
Wedding Photograph Tray by Anthony Steuart, Large, Navy/Gold
Anthony Steuart
£180.00
Table Lamp, Winnett, 61cm
Soho Home
£150.00
Pendant Light, Stella, Clear Glass, 28cm
Pooky
£145.00
Glass Hurricane Lamp, 30cm
Oka
£35.00
Highball Tumbler, Edinburgh, 14.8cm
Royal Scot Crystal
£27.50
Traditional Cast Iron Scales, Brass Scoop, Blue
£83.00
Umbrella Stand, Bengali, Blue/White, 45cm
CH Collection
£37.50
Serving Trolley, Mirrored, 2 Tier
CH Collection
£387.50
Champagne Flute, Mayfair, 21.8cm
Royal Scot Crystal
£32.50

Suppliers

Marquee: Burgoynes

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

Groom’s Fashion: Oliver BrownEde and RavenscroftFavourbrook, Churches

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