Juliet Lemon Photography presents a stunning country wedding with a pretty purple colour scheme from Andrea and Ollie!
Traditional Ollie asked Anthea’s parents for their daughter’s hand in marriage on a family visit at Christmas before proposing to his lucky bride in April. “I put it in their minds that I might ask Anthea on New Year’s Eve, but I didn’t have a ring yet,” says Ollie. “Little did I know that Douglas and Rosamund sat by the phone for the next four months waiting for ‘the call’!”
Ollie finally chose to have a thoughtful bespoke ring designed by Richard Chown in the shape of a sweet pea – Anthea’s favourite flower. The outdoor-loving groom then planned a mountain bike ride for the two of them on a gloriously sunny day. “As we stopped for a snack I told Anthea the snacks were in my back pocket and asked her to get them. Of course she pulled out a ring box too!” says Ollie. “She looked confused until I got down on one knee and asked if she’d do me the honour of marrying me. I’m so glad I asked her parents first, because her first response was ‘Have you asked my dad?!'”
The bride’s outfit
Anthea chose her stunning strapless Alfred Angelo dress at a boutique in California. “It was only the second dress I tried on!” says Anthea. “I just knew it was The One. My mother made me go to more appointments just to be sure – and maybe because we enjoyed the champagne we were given at the boutiques! – but there was nothing else that I wanted more than mine. I loved it!”
The groom’s outfit
Ollie knew he wanted the groom’s party to wear unique suits that they could keep after the big day, so he had suits tailormade by Victor Valentine, including a tweed three-piece number for himself. To fit in with the purple colour scheme, Ollie also kitted his four (yes, four!) best men out with purple skinny ties, handkerchiefs and laces for their shoes.
Anthea chose her six best friends to be her bridesmaids, and initially considered having dresses custom-made for her girls, who ranged from 5′ to 5’11”! Distance made this idea fairly impossible, however, as three of her maids lived in Australia, Afghanistan and Singapore respectively! “Thankfully, we found gorgeous, strapless dresses at Coast in a deep purple. Some of the girls wanted long and some wanted short, so we went with it,” says Anthea. “It most definitely worked and they looked fantastic!”
Anthea asked her friend Sophie Stafford to do her makeup for the big day, as she wanted to create the perfect look to take her through from day to night. “After a few trials, Sophie found the perfect balance and colours to suit me – I loved my makeup!” says Anthea. The bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done by the talented Grace at BeautyCall, who also styled the bride’s hair. “I wanted my hair back for the church service, but I wanted the ability to pull the back down leaving it half up, half down for the evening,” says Anthea. “Grace nailed it and created a stunning up do which was easily pulled out by my girls later.”
Anthea and Ollie were married at St Mary’s Church in Stoke D’Abernon by Father Godfrey Hilliard. “We could not have asked for a better service,” says Anthea. “Godfrey was warm and very open-hearted.” In a unusual twist, the bride conducted the second reading, which she had written especially for Ollie.
As St Mary’s Church sits in the grounds of Parkside School, Anthea and Ollie had their marquee set up by the river at Parkside under a blue summer sky. “We wanted chilled Ibiza type summer tunes playing as people wander across the lawn and enjoyed their canapés and bubbly, and it worked perfectly!” says Anthea. The couple entertained their guests with lawn games and a quirky rubber duck race on the river!
The food was the classic British dish of bangers and mash, with sausages made by a local butcher. For dessert, the guests were served strawberries and cream as well as Magnum ice creams. For evening snacks, Anthea and Ollie served cheese boards and Cornish pasties from a local baker.
Anthea wanted a country chic wedding with a purple colour scheme, and spent hours planning the details on Pinterest. Many of the reception décor was homemade, such as the mason jar centrepieces – Anthea painted a blackboard label on to each and wrote the qualities she felt make up a successful marriage, such as ‘Kindness’ and ‘Patience’. Instead of place names, Ollie and Anthea used photos of each guest with one or both of the couple for a more personal touch, and attached the photos to the guest’s wine glass with miniature clothes pegs.
The mother of the groom made an incredible 75 mini pots of jam as favours for the big day! “Not only did they look amazing, but the jam tasted divine,” says Anthea. “It was a real labour of love, and we couldn’t thank Jenny enough for them!”
Sadly, tragedy befell Anthea’s family shortly before the wedding. “My father had been unwell for over a year and he was told by the doctor that there was no way he’d be able to get to England for our wedding,” says Anthea. “He was adamant that we not change anything and certainly did not want us to move the wedding to California.” Just 10 days before the wedding, Anthea’s father passed away.
In place of her late husband, Anthea’s mother bravely chose to do the father of the bride speech on the day. “She was concerned she might not be able to get through it, but the words she spoke on behalf of her and my father were beautiful,” says Anthea. “The whole day was very emotional. She even teased me a little, as my dad would certainly have done!”
The couple asked their friend Bella Taylor to DJ for them on the big day. “I have never been more pleased with a set of music!” says Anthea. “What stands out were the funky remixes of 50s and 60s music, which both the younger and older guests loved!” The dancing ended with Never Forget by Take That, which everyone song along to.
After Ollie met Juliet Lemon at an event in London, the couple arranged a meeting with her to discuss wedding photography. “We knew immediately that we wanted her to take the pictures of our day,” says Anthea. “She was enthusiastic, bubbly, fun and full of great ideas! She got some fabulous candid shots as well as some gorgeous group ones. We recommend her to all our engaged friends!”