Hannah & Calum
These high school sweethearts had a peachy
summer wedding, despite the showers!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MURRAY CLARKE,
Engagements don’t come better than this. Every year, bride Hannah would spend New Year’s Eve with her best friend, so they set out to Hampton Court for the day. As they wandered the maze, Hannah noticed how quiet it was and little signs telling a love story began to appear tied to the hedgerows. “It took me a while to click that the love story was ours,” smiles Hannah, “but by the time I got to the last few it was clear. In the middle of the maze I found Calum down on one knee with my dream ring in his hand! The day got better, as Calum then whisked me off to a private horse riding experience in Bushy Park, ice skating back at Hampton Court Palace and we even stayed the night with a four poster bed at the King’s Arms, right on the edge of the palace grounds!
I’d been told to keep an open mind and try as many styles of dress as possible, so I did, but I still hadn’t found the one. That’s when I met the wonderful ladies at Harrington and Cleur in Epsom. After trying on all my own choices but finding nothing, I tried on the dress Paula had pulled out and fell in love – it was so chic and just the right side of different!” The ‘Wels’ Cabotine gown was a natural white colour with eight layers of fabric forming the skirt, giving it weight without becoming too poufy. A small puddle train, pleated, high halter neck and scooped back created the most elegant design.
To highlight the beautiful back of her gown, Hannah turned down the traditional veil in favour of a stunning hair clip, also from Harrington and Cleur.
Diamanté sandals from Accessorize and a rose gold chakra bracelet completed her look. “Calum hired his suit from Dapper Suits in Surrey. We had skinny ties made specifically for our wedding party in place of more traditional cravats and Calum added a Hawes and Curtis shirt, his grandfather’s cufflinks and a tie pin gifted from a friend. He’d had his hair freshly cut and looked very handsome and also very emotional.”
Four bridesmaids attended Hannah, stepping out in Jane Norman dresses that flowed beautifully as they walked thanks to the silky underskirt and soft organza overlay.
“I chose them because they were the exact colour match for our theme;the girls looked gorgeous in them, and they all felt comfortable dancing in the dresses, too,” Hannah explains. Charlotte Churcher helped them to look their best, using MAC, Sisley, Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay products. “Charlotte did my HD brows before the wedding, as well as individual semi-permanent eyelash inserts so there would be no need for mascara, and my makeup didn’t budge all day! Sharon from Wonderful Wedding Hair was amazing too. I have tricky hair, but she made it look exactly as I wanted and, just like my makeup, it stayed in place all day.”
The couple’s civil ceremony took place in the Mill Room at Coltsford Mill, with the bride and her father walking down the aisle to Newton Faulkner’s ‘Teardrop’.
“Afterwards, guests sat down to a four-course feast, including an antipasti-style starter, roast beef and toffee sponge, finished with coffee and chocolate truffles.”
“We’d planned a rustic summer wedding theme with peach, yellow, hessian and twine accents,” Hannah tells us, “but because of the rain some of our summery details didn’t go to plan, like the garden games. I personalised wicker hearts with peach bows and twine to hang from the beams alongside lengths of hessian bunting, in keeping with our wedding theme. I also made the confetti balloons, twine hearts tied to the chair backs and bingo game that kept guests entertained before the dinner began.”
A family friend supplied this couple’s rustic blooms, using chrysanthemum, wax daisies and gerberas, with sun flowers as the feature flower.
Laura at OhhSoScrummy was the baker tasked with Hannah and Calum’s less than ordinary cake, which incorporated tree stumps, a cascading waterfall and a monkey bride and groom!
“We hired Supertones to play for our reception – they played everything live with a DJ service during the breaks. Every song was a floor-filler! After using ‘our’ song during the ceremony, we struggled to find a first dance song. We agreed that if Calum chose the song, he would learn a lightly choreographed routine with me. He lifted me up and spun me around – I felt like a real-life princess!” smiles Hannah.
To top off their nuptial festivities, the newlyweds travelled to Croatia with Thomas Cook. “We stayed in Dubrovnik and Split, also venturing to Lokrum island and Hvar. The seafood was so tasty and fresh, we just couldn’t resist, and the Plitvice waterfalls were just stunning. We even managed to visit several sets and locations used in the filming of Game of Thrones during our ten-day wonderful honeymoon!”
V E N U E Coltsford Mill, Surrey
D R E S S Cabotine at Harrington and Cleur, Epsom
B R I D E S M A I D D R E S S E S Jane Norman
G R O O M Dapper Suits, Surrey
A C C E S S O R I E S Accessorize and Harrington and Cleur
H A I R Wonderful Wedding Hair
M A K E U P Charlotte Churcher
C A K E OhhSoScrummy
E N T E R T A I N M E N T Supertones
V I D E O G R A P H E R John Harris Wedding Videographer
H O N E Y M O O N Thomas Cook