A VERY BRITISH CELEBRATION
OXFORD FLORIST EMMA WALKER DESIGNED HER OWN MAGICAL WEDDING, THIS IS HOW IT ALL CAME TOGETHER...
We chose Aynhoe Park in Northamptonshire because it epitomises British eccentricity and is a stunning venue inside and out. The rooms are all individually designed and the interiors are unlike anywhere else in the country. We didn’t even consider any other venues.
GROOM & CO’S STYLING
Antonio looked amazing and I’m glad I didn’t see him before I walked down the aisle. The boys all wore custom-made tailoring and the combination of fabrics worked so well. Personal touches such as embroidery were very special. I even gave my dad a surprise message, embroidered on the lining of his jacket.
By Galia Lahav from Browns Bride. I chose this because it felt like the perfect dress for a florist. It was covered in silk flowers and such intricate detail that I fell in love with it instantly. I’m still disappointed I only got to wear it for one day!
HIS & HERS SHOES
Both very British. Mine were Jenny Packham and Antonio’s were from Barker.
My three beautiful bridesmaids wore blush-pink gowns by a new British bridal brand called TH&TH. They looked fabulous.
Stephanie Swann is a Brit based in Copenhagen. We chose her because of her style and the incredible way she uses light. We were chasing the sunset with her and the boys and I’m so glad that we did. Her images are just beautiful.
Our calligrapher Megan Riera created some extraordinary pieces for our wedding breakfast. The menus showcased the selection of British produce used to create the five-course meal. She did the calligraphy on the envelopes of our gorgeous invitation suite, created by Armorial in Mayfair. She also created hand-written tags for our guests, and for the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s gifts. Plus, of course, the cocktail menus – very important!
The very dapper Revue Showband played for us. They sounded incredible and looked amazing.
Our guests were taken to and from the ceremony in a vintage London bus, and we hired a vintage Jaguar for my dad – his dream car (he has an Inspector Morse obsession).
As you can imagine, the most important element for me was floral. My bridal bouquet was made of English garden roses, locally grown sweet peas and jasmine.
I eventually had to admit that I couldn’t do everything myself, so our church in King’s Sutton was decorated by two girls who have worked with me for years, along with a local florist. We had flowers everywhere – thousands of them including roses, peonies, sweet peas, delphiniums and hydrangeas – all my favourites.
The girls created the most stunning garden-like display with large blossom trees. We wanted to have a real English country-garden feel and that’s exactly what I walked into. I have never been speechless but when the doors opened I gasped.
The wedding venue was decorated by a team from Rob Van Helden in London. They adorned tables with blossom trees and flowers, added hundreds of candles, and created a staircase cascade of flowers and candlelight. It was just magical. Each table was decorated with hundreds of peonies and sweet peas. English birch trees were used to frame the entrance – a beautiful final touch, and the most enchanting thing to walk through.