A classic and timeless English wedding celebration with a modern edge…
We're busy swooning over Bethany & Ross' classic and timeless English wedding. Simple yet sophisticated, the couple had a traditional celebration with a modern edge. Bride, Bethany, says "Everything was simply perfect" and we couldn't agree more. From the cake to the guest book, all of the details and decorations will offer you so much inspiration for your very own special day. So, let's have a nosey at their gorgeous images, captured by Page 7 Photography…
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE
“We chose Tutbury church to get married as Tutbury is where Ross grew up, and this church means a lot to him. His Grandma and late Grandad got married here also. We chose Dovecliff Hall Hotel as it is local to both of us growing up and it is just a beautiful old building. It suited the theme of wedding we wanted; traditional, timeless, English country wedding. We visited a wedding fair here and both just fell in love with the venue. It felt perfect and just seemed right. We had a special feeling about it.
The décor of the main reception room is simple yet elegant, with chandeliers and ornate coving. As soon as I found ‘The Dress’, the theme of the wedding seemed to fall into place. We wanted simple and classic. The bridesmaid dresses were a pastel mint green and so we wanted everything else to be fairly fresh and natural. We chose pastel blush for the flowers and so stuck to the two colours of blush and mint green. We had ivory chair covers with a subtle mint green sash and the blush flowers on the candelabras and wreaths around the hurricane vases for our centrepieces complimented these perfectly. For our favours we made mini jars of honey personalised with ‘meant to bee, Bethany and Ross’ with a mint green ribbon and a bumble bee charm attached. This is because Ross has always bought cards/gifts with a bumble bee on because of my name beginning with “B”. So this was a personal touch for us. We decorated light fittings with mint green, blush and cream paper pom-poms, and also hung these from the trees down the long driveway to the venue.
Our tables were named after New York landmarks as this was where we got engaged. Our table being The Rockefeller Centre as Ross proposed to me in front of the giant Christmas Tree here.
We also had a sweet cart that my cousin made for us, as well as a drop box instead of a guest book where guests sign a wooden heart and drop it into the frame. Alongside the drop box we also had a wish jar where our guests could right words of advice to us both. We had pictures of family members who are no longer with us in a “family” frame and had a lovely plaque alongside it that read “we know that you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away”. We made bags of blush confetti and put them in a box that read “please throw petals and wishes for the new Mr & Mrs”. This made lovely photographs as all of the confetti was the same colour.
It was a relaxed day and everything ran perfectly. Both of us couldn’t have wished for anything more.”
WHAT DID YOU ALL WEAR?
“My dress was a Jesus Peiro gown. His designs are so simple yet different. It was just perfect for me. Matte off-white satin, full skirted with a tasteful V-neck and plunging back. It had a simple bow on the front and a train at the back.
The bridesmaid dresses were a pastel mint green chiffon. They were full length with a lace top and a pretty open back.
The groom and groomsmen had unusual almost tweed style wooden suits in a pale blue/grey. The groomsmen had mint green ties and the groom had the same colour but in a cravat.”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT AND DRINK?
“We had a champagne welcome drink with canapés of welsh rarebit/pork and pepper brochettes/chicken and mustard tartlets. The wedding breakfast was a starter of melon and raspberry coulis/main course of roast beef with all the trimmings/dessert of mango and passionfruit pavlova with a choice of white, red or rose wine. The evening buffet was a BBQ, beef burgers, hot dogs, salads, mushroom skewers and chicken skewers.”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR WEDDING GUESTS?
“We had a disco in the evening, and after mine and Ross’ first dance, followed by my dance with my dad, me and my family and bridesmaids surprised Ross and all of the other guests with a flash mob! It was brilliant and thankfully caught on camera! We also had a magic mirror which is a photo-booth with a difference. A touch screen mirror that the guests can personalise their photographs with.”
ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“I would tell future brides & grooms…
Enjoy every minute of your special day. All of your planning and hard work has paid off and now it is time to enjoy the day with your new husband/wife and everyone else that you love. Do everything that you both want to do and don’t worry about anyone else. Take a few minutes to yourselves, just the two of you, to have a little kiss and cuddle and take everything in and be excited for what your future holds as husband and wife!”