Sarah and Ashley tied the knot in a fairytale celebration at the romantic Farnham Castle - scroll down to watch their wedding video!
Sarah, 28, and Ashley, 22, tied the knot at Farnham Castle in Surrey on 3 July 2016.
Ashley arranged a fairytale proposal in front of Hever Castle in a Cinderella carriage as he knows how much I love Disney and fairytales. Because of this we knew we wanted a fairytale wedding in a castle.
After viewing five castles that didn’t tick all of the boxes for us we came across Farnham Castle. It had everything we wanted – a beautiful castle, the wedding would be all in one location, onsite accommodation, neutral and light interior décor and fantastic catering. It also had the bonus of being in a beautiful location atop a hill overlooking the lovely town of Farnham.
We had a subtle theme of Beauty and the Beast as this is my favourite Disney film. We incorporated this using themed table names, roses in glass cloches, candelabras entwined with roses... Our colour scheme included a mix of whites, pale rose pinks and pale sage green.
I knew I wanted pastel and light colours and as the venue décor is very light it worked really well. We wanted a laidback and fun atmosphere. We would have hated for it to have been too regimented and been too focused on the details rather than enjoying ourselves with our guests.
My wedding dress was a Dando London gown, purchased from Confetti and Lace in Farnham. This was actually my second dress and I had to purchase it the day before my wedding as my first dress was ruined in alterations and when I went to pick it up two days before the wedding it was unwearable!
Luckily when trying to find a replacement dress the day before the wedding I found a Dando London dress that I had actually previously tried on and loved but didn’t get because I already had a dress. I had loved it when I originally tried it on and it seemed almost like fate that I ended up wearing that one. It was obviously meant to be my dress.
Throughout my dress search I knew I wanted a timeless dress that was sleek, elegant and sophisticated. I loved the beading detail on the dress and the gorgeous low back. This made it sexy but the sleek fitted skirt still maintained the classiness I was looking for.
I wore an ivory pair of Jenny Packham shoes and kept accessories to a minimum by wearing a pair of drop earrings by Ben-Amun and a long dramatic cathedral veil.
Ashley wore a cream three piece suit from Next, brown tassle loafers from Russell and Bromley, brown braces and an ivory tie and pocket square from Swagger and Swoon topped off by a Tag Heuer watch given to him as his wedding present.
The bridesmaids wore pale green floor length beaded dresses by Adrianna Papel and accessorized them with some crystal stud earrings. Their dresses were so beautiful and sparkly in the sun. The flower girls wore ivory dresses from Monsoon. It was important to me for them to be comfortable so their dresses were light weight and soft so not to itch them throughout the day.
I had a large white bouquet combining my favourite flowers, peonies, and roses to go with our theme. This was broken up with some green foliage. The bridemaids also carried bouquets of peonies and roses but these were a mix of pinks and whites. The flower girls carried small gypsophilia bouquets. The groomsmen wore pink rose and gypsophilia buttonholes and the groom wore a white rose and gypsophilia buttonhole.
To stay in keeping with the Beauty and the Beast theme we used a lot of roses throughout our floral decorations. The other main elements were gypsophilia and green foliage to keep it more rustic looking. Our floral centerpieces consisted of roses and green foliage winding up the centre of a large candelabra. On the top table we had roses in glass cloches on wood blocks and foliage and gypsophilia winding around them along the table.
We had a three-tier naked cake covered in berries, physalis and fresh flowers, with a cake-topper which we ordered all the way from Florida that simply read 'Happily ever after'.
The bottom tier was a Madagascan vanilla Madeira sponge with a vanilla buttercream and summer berry jam; the middle tier was a light lemon Madeira sponge cake split into multiple layers filled with a homemade lemon buttercream; and the top tier was homemade coconut Madeira sponge split into multiple layers filled with a coconut cream and blueberry buttercream.
The reception room was decorated quite simply to highlight the beauty of the room itself. We had cream table cloths and place cards, table names and a table plan to match our invitation stationary. The tables were decorated with the candelabra centerpieces and surrounded with rose petals.
The guests each received a cake jar, which contained mini versions of our wedding cake in jars provided by our cake supplier. All children also had play packs to keep them entertained. Around the room uplighters lit the walls with white light and the large flower urns from the ceremony room were brought in to stand either side of the large fireplace behind the top table.
We had a harpist who played all the way from the ceremony through to the speeches. Throughout the drinks reception she played on the steps of the castle and played a mixture of genres from classic, modern, musicals and some Disney.
In the evening we had a five-piece band and live singer. They really got the party going and played a great mix of party classics and current songs. We even had a huge boys versus girls dance off finished off with a conga involving everyone at the wedding.
Our first dance was to Beauty and the Beast’s Tale as Old as Time by Celine Dion. Although I am a former dancer my husband is definitely not! So we didn’t choreograph a routine but instead used the time to take in everything that had happened, take in our guests happy faces around us and just appreciate the moment with my new husband and be thankful for how amazingly the day had gone so far.
Our favourite moment of the day was after the ceremony. We had a few minutes to ourselves as our guests lined up to throw confetti then after the confetti throw we were greeted by all of our guests.
This was the first time I got to speak to our family and friends and it was such a lovely time seeing how happy everyone was for us. Having that five minutes to ourselves was lovely as well. The calm before the storm to take in that we had just got married and spend a bit of time alone before enjoying the rest of the day with all of our loved ones.
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Photographer: Jacob and Pauline Photography Venue: Farnham Castle Florist: Classical Floral Designs Dress: Dando London Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell Groom's Suit: Next Wedding cake: Bluebell Kitchen Harpist: Amy Turk Evening band: The Distractions Videographer: HD Moments