Camilla and Keir’s gorgeous country wedding was inspired by their love of art, with lots of personal touches that will melt your heart!
How they met
Camilla and Keir met at university. “Keir caught my eye at an end-of-year awards party, and we were introduced by a mutual friend,” says Camilla. “He was studying the same subject but in the year above me, so he gave me his number in case I wanted any help with revision. A week later, we had our first date at the pub.”
Keir stole his bride’s heart with his thoughtful proposal. “We were on holiday in Croatia to celebrate Keir qualifying as a teacher, staying on a remote island called Vis,” Camilla says. “As a surprise, Keir hired a boat so we could explore the hidden parts of the island, and at the end of the day, on a secluded beach, he got down on one knee. The most touching part was that he proposed with my mum’s beautiful 1930s emerald and diamond ring. I couldn’t believe he and my mum had managed to keep it quiet!”
The bride’s outfit
Camilla almost overlooked her perfect dress. “Emma, the owner of The Bridal Room boutique in the Cotswolds, picked it out, and when I saw it, I didn’t think it was really me,” Camilla explains. “I was imagining myself in something floaty, whereas this Demetrios gown was glamorous and sexy, but once I put it on, I fell in love.” Camilla added a hair slide from Bridezillas, a pearl necklace given to her by Keir on the morning of the wedding, and a satin-edged veil belonging to her friend Chloe – perfect for her ‘something borrowed’.
The groom’s outfit
Keir originally planned to break with tradition and wear a tweed suit, but decided to try on classic tails just to rule it out. “When he put it on, he looked so handsome – like my very own Mr Darcy,” smiles Camilla. The three-piece herringbone suit from Frederick L Mabb was teamed with a white shirt and pale pink cravat and handkerchief.
The four bridesmaids looked beautiful in blush pink, full-length chiffon dresses from Debenhams. Little flowergirl Georgia wore a pretty pink lace and chiffon gown from Monsoon.
“I always knew I wanted to get married in the church in the village where I grew up, where my mum is a church warden,” Camilla says. “The vicar is a family friend and was so welcoming and accommodating.” The ceremony included a ready from Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, and a solo of Eva Cassidy’s Somewhere over the Rainbow performed by Camilla’s sister, Harriet. “She was so nervous she did an amazing job and it was such an emotional moment,” Camilla remembers.
Local florist Wendy Symes created the beautiful floral arrangements. “I wanted my bouquet to have a vintage element, so she incorporated antique brooches and pearls belonging to our mums,” says Camilla. “Wendy also provided vintage glass vases for our bouquets, which doubled up as top table decorations. ”
The wedding reception was held in a marquee at Camilla’s parents’ farm. “It has amazing views, and was perfect for our theme,” Camilla explains. The couple also included details from Alice in Wonderland, with tea party-themed touches such cake stands on each table. “We had straw bales outside the marquee for people to sit on, and with the locations of some of the furthest-flung places that our guests had travelled from,” adds Camilla.
Art teacher Camilla wanted to make as many of her wedding details as possible herself, with the held of friends and former students. “We had vintage china hired from Paradise Catering, and bunting made by an ex-student,” says Camilla. The tables were named after the couple’s favourite artists, and Camilla asked her Year 12 students to reproduce artworks to display on mini easels. “As a surprise for Keir, I asked his Year 3 class to write their definition of love on cards, which I placed on the table in heart stands,” Camilla adds. “There were some very cute, and very funny, answers, and Keir was so happy that I’d involved his pupils.
Keir’s cousin, Laura Milne – an art teacher and cake designer – made the simple and elegant three-tier cake. It was dressed with Art Deco-inspired lace, satin ribbon and draped piped pearls, topped with flowers co-ordinating with those used in the bouquets.
Camilla handmade ceramic hearts for the female guests, tied with ribbon and a ‘Keep me’ luggage label. The men were given miniature bottles of alcoholic sours with a label reading ‘Drink me’.
The first dance
The newlyweds danced to The Blower’s Daughter by Damian Rice. “When we’d been together for a year and a half, Keir made me a CD of all the songs that meant something to us,” Camilla explains. “This was the first song on the CD, so it felt very apt.
As well as a five-piece disco funk band and DJ, the guests were entertained by garden games. “We also had a fingerprint tree and a life-size bride and groom cut-out for people to take photos behind,” adds Camilla.
The couple enjoyed a two-centre honeymoon in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.