Today we’ve featured a classic, timeless wedding featuring some of the best wedding suppliers in Surrey. We LOVE Holly’s wide leg jumpsuit, and we like how they kept things simple but bucked traditions to make the day their own…
Q. What was the theme/style for your big day?
A. It was really important to us to keep the day as relaxed and as true to us as possible. We leant heavily on our suppliers and their knowledge of the venue to pull together a simple and cosy look that worked well for the time of year, but also didn’t cost the earth to create.
Q. What was most important to you when it came to tying the knot/celebrating your marriage?
A. We wanted to remove any traditions from the day that could make us nervous. We’ve been together for 13 years so it felt unnatural to follow the traditions of not being together the night before etc. We decided to get ready at home with all our nearest and dearest which was so much fun, and my parents (bride’s parent) ordered a vintage bus that took us all up to the venue. We managed to squeeze in a quick glass of fizz before everything started.
Q. How did you choose your venue and suppliers?
A. We live in South Croydon so we were keen to find a venue near us. Botley was one of the first places we visited, and it was hard not to get swept up in just how incredible it is. Plus, it’s the perfect venue for a winter wedding.
We explored the suppliers recommended by Botley. It was important to us to keep the process simple and work with people who know the venue well. Neither of us had planned a wedding before so we wanted people we could trust and take guidance from. Every single one of them, from my hair and make-up artist Olivia Mills, to our florist Mad Lilies, our caterers Two Many Cooks (who so many of our friends and family said provided the best wedding food they’ve ever had!), our band The Party Starters, to our photographer Kerry (Teddy Pig Photography) were incredible and were so much fun to work with.
We also had a good friend of ours design the invites and wedding stationary; menus etc which was a lovely touch and made everything feel that little bit more personal.
Q. Where did you get your ideas and inspiration?
A. For venue decor I used Instagram and Pinterest a lot. Then I let the bridesmaid’s dresses dictate things like wedding stationary once I had picked them.
Q. Tell us about your dress.
A. I’ve never been a huge dress fan, and for years had always said I would love to wear a jumpsuit as my wedding outfit. When I started looking around I kept my mind open and tried everything from dresses to separates and even a bridal suit but I just couldn’t shake off the feeling that I would be most comfortable in a jumpsuit. There aren’t many bridal jumpsuits around, and the ones that I did try were never quite right… enter Naomi Skull. Naomi created a bespoke jumpsuit that was everything I had imagined – the widest legs you have ever seen, a beautiful high neck and a cut out back. I LOVED it. And to make it feel a bit more ‘bridal’ I opted for a cape too, which ended up being a great decision as the stormy weather on the day made for some epic photos. I would really encourage any bride to look into bespoke outfits, it actually works out the same, if not cheaper, than an off-the-rail dress and it’s totally unique to you. What more could you want!
Q. What was on the menu?
A. I’ve already mentioned it but so many of our guests raved about the food. It was the best feeling as food was so important to us.
For the reception we had a mix of canapes paired with Crémant for those that wanted fizz, and a keg of Titsey Lager that is brewed on site..
We picked food that we loved but also knew would be crowd pleasers. Then we made sure the wine paired well but was drinkable so guests could continue to enjoy it into the evening.
STARTER: Salad of burrata with seasonal oranges, British air-dried ham & toasted hazelnuts on endive. Served with Chalk Hills artisan breads and salty butter slates.
MAIN: BBQ butterflied leg of lamb with chargrilled vine tomatoes & garlic aioli. Served carved on platters with rosemary & roasted garlic heads. Accompanied with bowls of roasted parmentier potatoes, roasted winter roots & thyme.
DESSERT: Rich chocolate mousse with raspberries & honeycomb
All followed by tea, coffee and Tony’s Chocolonely
Q. What was the quirkiest element of the day?
A. There were a couple of things, firstly I would say the bridesmaid dresses. I spent a long time trawling through all the different bridesmaid sites and just didn’t feel comfortable putting my best friends in dresses I knew they would never pick for themselves. So I decided to focus on picking dresses that worked for each of them individually. None of them matched but the colours complimented each other and when I look back I am so happy that we went for outfits that showed their own styles. Lots of guests commented on how they loved watching each of the girls walk down to aisle to see what they were wearing.
It was a complete surprise when my dad walked into the big barn after dinner playing the bagpipes. It was such a lovely nod to our Scottish roots.
Q. Tell us about your photographer – how you found them, how they fitted into the day and what you thought of your finished gallery.
A. We found Kerry after a pretty lengthy search for a photographer. We were really keen to find someone who focused more on the essence of the day, and not on heaps of formal photos that would take us away from the fun. Kerry’s style was exactly what we were looking for (and she loves a jumpsuit too so it felt like it was meant to be!) She completely blended into the day so there wasn’t a moment where you felt like you were getting papped, which meant we could just really enjoy the day fully. And when we did sneak off for a few posed pics she made it so much fun that none of the photos look forced at all, in fact some of those are our favourites.
Obviously, I am very biased, but the final gallery is amazing! We loved being able to look back over all the pictures and see our friends and family’s reactions to the day. We will treasure those photos forever.
Q. What was your favourite memory from the day?
A. Walking into dinner, we walked into Bamboleo by the Gypsy Kings and I just remembering loving that moment when we turned into the barn to see all friends and family standing and cheering. Its probably my most watched clip from the day.
Q. What was your first dance to/what did you walk down to the aisle to?
A. I walked up the aisle to Temper Trap Sweet Disposition and we came back down to Hall and Oates You Make My Dreams.
We didn’t have a first dance as we both felt it was a bit of an odd concept for us. We asked the band to kick off the night with our favourite song – Florence and the Machine You’ve Got the Love, it was amazing to start the night dancing with our loved ones.
VENUE: BOTLEY HILL BARN
CATERER: TWO MANY COOKS
PHOTOGRAPHER: TEDDY PIG PHOTOGRAPHY
FLOWERS: MAD LILIES
HAIR AND MAKE-UP: OLIVIA MILLS
BRIDE’S OUTFIT: NAOMI SKULL BRIDAL
GROOM’S OUTFIT: ZEBEL
BAND: THE PARTY STARTERS