Daisy and Henry chose elegant vintage decor with rustic touches for their stunning and sophisticated spring wedding.
How they met
This cute couple first laid eyes on each other when Daisy visited Henry’s office for a job interview. “Little did I know that Henry asked the interviewer to hire me because he thought I was ‘fit’!” laughs Daisy. “I hope that isn’t why I got the job, but luckily I did get it, and the rest is history!”
The bride’s outfit
Daisy found her stunning David Tutera for Mon Cheri gown at Xquisite Bridal in Leighton Buzzard. “The owner was amazing, and gave me all the time I needed to make such a big decision,” Daisy recalls. After trying on only six dresses, the bride chose a lace and taffeta mermaid gown, complete with a chapel train and Swarovski crystal embellishments. “It was completely different to anything I had seen, and I felt so glamorous and elegant in it,” smiles Daisy. 1920s-style shoes from Emmy and a pretty Blossom headpiece finished off the ensemble perfectly.
The groom’s outfit
Henry looked very handsome in his bespoke tailored dinner suit from Suit Supply. “He looked so dapper and relaxed on the day,” Daisy says proudly.
The six gorgeous bridesmaids wore glam full-length dresses in navy lace over a blush overlay. “They went really well with the look I wanted,” says Daisy.
The couple tied the knot in a traditional religious ceremony at St Mary Magdalene church in Upper Winchendon. “As we left the church, a string quartet played Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, which sounded amazing,” remembers Daisy. “Everyone sang along as we danced down the aisle! It’s one of my favourite memories.”
Local florist Sue’s Flowers created a beautiful bridal bouquet of pale pink roses, astilbe, hypericum berries and greenery. “I wanted a bouquet that was bright, summery and reminded me of the countryside – and that’s exactly what I got!” smiles Daisy.
The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor provided the perfect grand venue for Daisy and Henry’s vintage-inspired reception. The guests were served a delicious three-course meal of ham hock terrine, slow-cooked beef with red wine jus and mango and passion fruit pavlova. After the wedding breakfast, the bride opened the speeches. “My dad and Henry both gave amazing speeches,” says Daisy. “While the best men’s speech was hilarious, it was very long – they talked for about 40 minutes!”
With rustic countryside centrepieces, 1920s furniture and literary props, the couple’s decor was an elegant combination of themes. “I wanted a mixture of elements, rather than a specific look,” says Daisy. “I want guests to feel transported back in time.” The bride borrowed a 1900s desk for the wooden guestbook, and decorated it with old coins, Titanic tickets, vintage books and feathers. The couple spared no expense on the centrepieces, importing trees from Denmark and decorating them with fresh green moss to match the moss letters spelling LOVE positioned beside the lake.
As they both work in creative industries, Daisy and Henry had plenty of contacts to help them create their unique stationery designs. The couple chose a literary theme for their wedding stationery, which came complete with bookmarks, vintage illustrations and customised engraved pencils.
The couple’s elegant wedding cake was a true family affair, with both mums having a hand in its creation. “My mum used to be a cake decorator and Henry’s mum is great at baking, so they teamed up to make us a cake!” says Daisy. “My mum even made every icing rose by hand, which took weeks.”
In lieu of favours, Daisy and Henry donated money on their guests’ behalf to BUST, a breast cancer care trust in Bristol. “It’s a charity that’s close to both our hearts,” says Daisy.
The first dance
Choosing a first dance song was easy for this romantic couple. “We danced to You Look Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton, which has been our song since the beginning,” Daisy smiles. “Henry often sings it to me – although he would kill me for saying that!”
Live band, Candy Apple Blue kept the dancefloor full at all times. “If there is one suggestion I could make to anyone, I would say hire this band!” says Daisy. “They absolutely made our night.”
Unusually, the bride didn’t know where she was going on her honeymoon until she arrived at the airport! “Henry wanted it to be a complete surprise, so he planned the whole thing,” says Daisy. “It meant I had one less thing to think about!”. The secret destination turned out to be Mauritius, where the couple snorkelled with sharks, went deep-sea fishing and danced the night away.