Lisa and Matt met at work but it wasn’t until three years later that they finally thought there was something there. She’d always just thought of him as “that funny guy with weird hair” but he had his hair cut and everything changed… They booked a trip to Edinburgh, where they had their first trip away and Matt was a bit jumpy, especially when the train was announced as delayed! When they got to the room he instructed Lisa to sit down and attempted to get down on one knee – ending up on two, thrusting a ring at his bride.
A beautiful shop near Lancaster Gate in London called Wedding Atelier had Lisa’s dream dress. The Justin Alexander fishtail gown with straps and a deep V on the back was heavily beaded and embellished. Lisa accessorised it with a beautiful belt, which she also found in the store, that tied into a bow at the back.
The fantastic Olivier Laudus store on Bond Street was where the bride bought her hair slide and earrings – she decided against a matching necklace as she wanted to keep things simple. Lisa ended up buying a tear drop pendant from Carat, only deciding on the morning that she would wear it, topping the whole elegant look off with fabulous shoes from Wedding Ideas favourite, Rachel Simpson. Her two bridesmaids, best friends Katharine and Laura, wore pretty dusty pink, floor-length gowns by Jenny Packham with shoes from Debut at Debenhams. The bride hit the jackpot when she found the perfect earrings to match in Accessorize.
‘English Summer time fete’ was the overall feel of this special day – the couple even
had an amazing antique carousel and circus organ already at the venue – really helping their theme come to life! They had an outdoor ceremony, lawn games, and even the font on their invitations was very ‘circus like.’ As the venue didn’t need much decorating all they needed was lights hanging up in the barn and her wonderful family spent the day before hanging up 100 tissue paper pompoms! The flowers were provided by Frida & Sophia, Lisa absolutely loves peonies and her nan’s favourite were roses – once she had that set in place, the rest just followed.
The cake was actually one of the first decisions this beautiful couple made – a cheese cake made of Brie, Cornish Yarg, Saint Nectaire and heart-shaped cheese Coeur Nerfchatel. The couple’s talented friend Maya created all of their stationery – matching it to their fun fete theme. They gave their guests “mystery flavoured chocolates” asking them to share it around to try and guess which flavours they had – creating a talking point for everyone. While they didn’t have a song just for them, they both went to a festival the Summer before the big day and fell in love with Tom Odell’s Grow Old With Me, making their first dance decision really easy!
The wonderful band Milo Max were amazing for the evening music, even giving a bit of a gig vibe when they played an encore for everyone. But the main attraction was the fantastic carousel, even giving Lisa one of her most memorable moments of the whole day, “We kept trying to kiss but missing each other as the horse was going up and down,” she laughs!
CEREMONY | Preston Court, Kent
DRESS | Justin Alexander, Wedding Atelier
ACCESORIES | Olivier Laudus
GROOM | Moss Bespoke
BRIDESMAIDS | Dresses by Jenny Packham
MAKE-UP | Zoe Marie
FLOWERS | Frida & Sophia
HONEYMOON | They started in Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls, then went on safari in Tanzania, ending their trip relaxing in the Seychelles.
PHOTOGRAPHER | Rebecca Douglas Photography