A fab real wedding with pink ‘maids and vintage touches in Wiltshire. Freddie and James got married in June 2011. Read on to find out all about it!
WHO: Freddie and James
WHERE: Guyers House, Corsham, Wiltshire
WHEN: June 2011
PHOTOGRAPHER: Albert Palmer
How they met
“James and I first met at secondary school,” explains Freddie. He was quite a few years older than me. I remembered him, but he didn’t remember me. I think it’s fair to say that girls always remember boys, and not the other way around!”
“James proposed after 18 months. He took me to a beautiful cottage in the Cotswolds, sat right next to a lake,” explains Freddie. “At sunset, he suggested we go to feed the swans, so with hot cross bun in hand we stood by the water and fed the birds. While I was looking away, James had got down on one knee behind me. He eventually had to cough to make me turn around!” she laughs. James had also set up a video camera to capture the moment on tape
The bride’s real wedding outfit
Freddie’s decadently dreamy gown was from the Benjamin Roberts 2010 collection, which she was able to buy off the peg. Even better, the dress fitted her perfectly so she was able to save on alteration costs. The breathtaking design featured layers of tulle and ivory, with a lace-overlay encrusted with glittering crystals and pearls. “It’s safe to say I felt like a princess – and it really is true what they say, you’ll know when it’s ‘the one’”
“It’s safe to say I really felt like a true princess on my wedding day…”
The groom’s outfit
“James knew he wanted something tailored, and similar to an old suit his Grandfather used to wear,” recalls Freddie. “He was planning on going vintage, but then stumbled across Marc Wallace and knew he had to have one.” The suit was a three-piece style, made from woven-grey material, with a floral lining. We love it!
Freddie had lots of gorgeous helpers to accompany her down the aisle – three bridesmaids, three flowergirls and a pageboy to be exact! The older ‘maids wore heavenly soft-pink gowns from Coast while the little ones looked like cute princesses in their Monsoon dresses. The adult ‘maids were also treated to a pair of Kurt Geiger heels, lucky things!
Was a civil service accompanied by music from harpist Claire Dibble. Freddie and her father walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D
“A family friend, Philippa, did all of our real wedding flowers and they were just stunning,” smiles Freddie. “I know she had a good idea of what we wanted, so we felt totally comfortable leaving all the arrangements in her hands.”
“We didn’t need any transport, all the events took place at Guyers House, Wiltshire. However, a friend of ours has the most amazing Austin Healey, which he kindly let us use in the photos,” recalls Freddie. So jealous!
Freddie and close friend Kirsty handmade some of the stationery
On the back of each guests’ chair was a little metal tag, embellished with the words ‘with love’. We love this vintage touch. Flowers also decorated every room, and little stone lovebirds stood beautifully on the reception tables
“Our cake was from Choccywoccydoodah. I always knew I was going to buy my cake from them, but after tasting their delicious sample, that was it – the deal was done!” laughs Freddie
“James did the most amazing and funny groom’s speech video…”
“James did the most incredible speech I’ve ever heard!” exclaims Freddie. “He’s amazing at filming and editing video, so made an unconventional groom’s speech video. He used old clips and photos of everyone he wanted to thank, and spoke over the footage. After that, he showed a music video of himself and his best men singing and dancing along to my favourite song Kiss the Rain by Billie Myers. He’d got ALL our friends and family involved, and even sneakily flown over to the Canary Islands and filmed my Dad and Stepmum, pretending he’d been on a work trip!” We’re officially amazed!
Were charming wooden hearts made by Vintage Amethyst
James organised the honeymoon as a surprise for his bride. The couple spent their luxurious break at Pangkor Laut Resort in magical Malaysia.