Introduction

A delightful vintage wedding at Sutton Bonington Hall for Hayley and Jaime…

An enchanting, exclusive-use country house, Sutton Bonington Hall provided a romantic backdrop for Hayley and Jaime's wedding, with a subtle nod towards tradition. This gorgeous couple opted a vintage-themed celebration with lots of lovely touches, and a soft grey and dusky pink colour scheme. We'll hand you over to the bride, Hayley, so you can find out a little more about their special day…

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Venue
Sutton Bonington Hall
Location
Leicestershire
Ceremony
57
Breakfast
57
Reception
120
Dress
Mimi Toko
Flowers
Riverbank Floristry
Cake
Ian Fowkes
Photographer
Paul Eyre Images

AN INTIMATE, VINTAGE-THEMED WEDDING…

“We chose to host an intimate, vintage-themed wedding, complete with afternoon tea served on crockery that we sourced ourselves, including cake stands, teapots, sugar bowls and milk jugs! We chose Sutton Bonington Hall as it is intimate yet elegant with the most stunning gardens. Privately owned, the owners made us feel completely home and were so accommodating. A blank canvas venue, we could dress and style it to suit our theme. In fact, I cried the first time that I walked around, it took my breath away! A real hidden gem, our guests were all speechless when they arrived at our sunny September wedding. On the morning of the wedding, I got ready in the Lady Elton Suite which overlooked the gardens, it was a beautiful way to start the day.”

WE ARE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS…

“As childhood sweethearts, Jaime and I had been together for 20 years before getting married. It had been a long time coming, so it wasn’t just about the day itself, it was about the build-up too. Our wedding was very much a family affair, with people helping with DIY projects to bring our dreams to life. We made garden games for our guests to enjoy in the sunshine, including ring toss, bean bag toss and tin-can alley. We also had hula hoops that were enjoyed by guests of all ages! We filled the venue with over 100 candle lit hessian jars and bottles. One friend made our bunting while another created the most fabulous three-tier naked wedding cake. We even had personalised log centrepieces, it was the ultimate DIY wedding.”

A GREY AND DUSKY PINK COLOUR SCHEME…

“Katie of The Vintage House That Could was our amazing venue stylist. Katie was left with box after box of DIY items, helping to transform our venue into the wedding I had dreamed of for years. We opted for a grey and dusky pink colour scheme, which worked perfectly with Sutton Bonington Hall.

I wore a gown by Enzoani, with an altered neckline to make it unique. As soon as I tried the dress on, I knew it was ‘The One’. It featured head to toe lace, with a figure-hugging fit and a delicate sparkle. I complimented the beautiful train with a cathedral veil. My Maid of Honour and eldest bridesmaid wore dusky pink dresses from Debenhams, while my youngest bridesmaid wore a dusky pink and lace dress from Monsoon. The groom and groomsmen wore dashing grey suits from Jon Paul.”

WE SPOILED OUR GUESTS WITH TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA…

“Upon arrival, our guests had the chance to listen to our string quartet playing carefully chosen pieces. They also played after the ceremony, while guests enjoyed the sunshine in the glorious gardens.

For our wedding breakfast, we spoilt our guests with a traditional afternoon tea that included warm canapés to start, followed by finger sandwiches, cakes and scones. This was washed down with tea, coffee, wine and Prosecco. We chose the menu carefully to accommodate everyone’s tastes. We also wanted our wedding breakfast to tie in with the relaxed feel of the day. In the evening, we served fish and chips in cones and a range of petit fours, as well as our incredible wedding cake. We had a live band and DJ – a guaranteed way to get guests on the dance-floor!”

ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?

“Our advice to future brides and grooms would be to enjoy the wedding planning, even though it is stressful at times! Don’t try to please everyone, remember it’s your day. Oh, and let your future husband make at least a few decisions…”

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