Lucy and Jack exchanged their vows at Oakham Castle before heading to cosy country retreat The Fox and Hounds for their reception...
Lucy Walford, 31, a solicitor, and Jack White, 33, an operations manager, had their civil ceremony at Oakham Castle and held their reception at The Fox and Hounds, both in Rutland.
Floral budget: £1,600
We’re both from a small town in Lincolnshire and met just after school in 1999, although we didn’t start dating until 2003. Our engagement was a long time coming! Jack proposed to me in my favourite restaurant, Skylon, in London.
After visiting several large venues, we realised they didn’t really suit us, as we wanted a more relaxed day in an English garden pub with lots of fairy lights, bunting and flowers. We had viewed a very grand venue in the village of Exton and the owner suggested the Fox and Hounds for lunch. It was strange, we had seen quite a few large venues and nothing felt right, but the moment we walked through the door of the Fox and Hounds, we knew this pretty and homely pub was for us.
My dress was the first wedding purchase! I loved the polka dots and the boat neck – my dream dress. I never imagined I would go for a big dress. I tried it on in the first shop we visited and knew it was the one.
I’m a bit of a Pinterest junkie and my wedding board was filled full of bouquets and arrangements. I love flowers, but found it hard to decide on a general theme and kept changing my mind on a weekly basis, but our florist, Jodie from Flowerjam, was amazing at helping us to pin down a theme.
Jack was originally keen on having very simple whites and greens, but I really wanted to introduce a lot of colour. After showing him my Pinterest board, he agreed the colours would look good against the backdrop of the marquee. We used a lot of hydrangea – they’re beautiful and large, so create quite an impact.
We went for purple to reflect the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. I also had fuchsia pink David Austin roses and purple anemones in my bouquet – my favourites. Our florist Jodie was amazing, she helped us to choose which flowers would be in season, making sure our budget would stretch, but without compromising on the look.
My mum made some beautiful bunting which we used to decorate the marquee and she also made some delicious chutney for our guests to take away with them. We covered the tables in a crisp, white, linen with long hessian runners and then filled the marquee with scented candles which were lit an hour before the guests arrived.
Our favourite moment of the day was the wedding breakfast. We decided to have the speeches before the meal so we could all relax. We had a top table at one end of the marquee so had a commanding view of all our guests. It was lovely to see everyone we care about in one room having such a good time.
My tip for brides-to-be: Try to make as few compromises as possible. If you think something is out of your budget, keep searching! We made lots of clever purchases which saved us more than £5,000.
Steal their style!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tom Ravenshear FLORIST: Flowerjam VENUES: Oakham Castle and The Fox and Hounds DRESS: Lyn Ashworth HAIR ACCESSORY: Jenny Packham SHOES: Jimmy Choo BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Dessy at Angel Brides, Leeds GROOMSWEAR: A Suit That Fits CAKE: Little Miss Cake Co