Torrential rain doesn’t begin to describe the weather for Mark & Emily’s wedding, which didn’t let up until well after dinner. But you can’t have a rainbow without the rain – and how beautiful does Pipewell Hall look in that last photo? I think the rain really made their photos. I can’t imagine the shot of all the guests walking through the Rutland countryside being anywhere near as much fun without the umbrellas.
Emily looked absolutely stunning in a Jesus Peiro gown with a really unusual tulle wrap across the front. Her tiara (worn back to front) was original vintage and those gorgeous teal shoes are Rachel Simpson. Her hair and make-up, by Liza Smith, was beautiful yet loose and informal. Emily and her Bridesmaids, in a dusky pink, carried rustic country style bouquets by The Traditional Flower Company. Mark looked very dapper in a grey lounge suit and I love that he wore his cravat in the more relaxed vintage style.
The ceremony was held at Normanton Church, now a museum and civil wedding ceremony venue, on the shore of Rutland Water. Mark set the tone for the ceremony with a few tears as Emily walked down the aisle. I think just about everyone joined him!
It was still pouring with rain as we came out of the ceremony but we found a sheltered area at one end of the church for some photos. We used the very cool Campervan for cover too. I on the other hand was mastering the art of holding an umbrella in my armpit to keep my hands free for taking photos. Not easy!
We then headed back to Pipewell Hall for the reception. Mark and Emily wanted to keep the formal photos to an absolute minimum, which gave me plenty of time to capture what their wedding was all about – family, friends, love and oh my, beautiful vintage details.
Vintage was more than a theme for Mark and Emily. It’s very much their personal style. And with Emily’s creative flair and attention to detail they pulled off something really quite special. But the best thing is that all the decor was done at very little expense, with most things being items that Mark and Emily already had at home or were able to make themselves.
The guests’ faces lit up as they entered the marquee, took in the scent of lavender (hand-tied on the chair backs) and looked around. Metres (maybe miles?) of bunting decorated the ceiling and as every good interior design would have there was a feature wall, with photos and large ‘LOVE’ letters, as well as paper lanterns brightening the corners.
Each table was arranged with mis-matched glassware, bottles and vintage china which Emily filled with old-fashioned wild flowers. There were sweet notes on wooden picks such as ‘i do’ and ‘love is sweet’ and a little white dove nestled amongst it all. Each person’s place was set with a hand-sewn lavender pomander, finished with buttons and ribbon, and a luggage tag place-name and badge. Each one was completely different but perfectly colour co-ordinated.
The pretty extended to the practical too. The table plan was fashioned from an old suitcase, using luggage labels for each list of names pegged onto lace. There were also hand-painted embellished pegs for hats and flip-flops, customised with buttons and ribbon, for dancing.
The cake table was rather lovely too. They’d brought in an old dresser from home which was laiden with sweet treats, all baked by Emily’s sister and Aunt.
The weather finally dried up in the evening so everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful grounds and views from Pipewell Hall. There was lots of fun and games on the lawn with bowling, cricket and croquet.
My day finished with the first dance. That, and going home to dry out!
♥ Ceremony: Normanton Church Museum
♥ Reception & marquee: Pipewell Hall
♥ Dress: Jesus Peiro, at Grace Couture
♥ Shoes: Rachel Simpson
♥ Bridesmaids dresses: Saint Tropez, at Sugarbird Boutique
♥ Hair and make-up: Liza Smith
♥ Groom/Groomsmen suits: Bhanu (48 Queens Square, Corby, Northants NN17 1PD | 01536 267 433)
♥ Flowers: The Traditional Flower Company (bouquets, button-holes and cut stems for dressing the marquee)
♥ Catering: Lemon Zest
♥ Stylist: Emily, with help from family and friends
♥ Cake & truffles: Bride’s sister, Charlotte’s Pantry (firstname.lastname@example.org). Cupcakes: Emily’s Aunt
♥ Bunting, favours, Dresser, table plan, Gallery, flip-flops: Emily
♥ Stationery: Emily’s Mum