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A home-held, flower-filled wedding at Harehope Hall in Northumberland

A home-held, flower-filled wedding at Harehope Hall in Northumberland




Anna and Jamie tied the knot in a pink-and-green themed celebration, filled with floral details

Anna Dodd, a personal assistant, and Jamie Clifton, an editor, both 28, held their ceremony and reception at Anna’s father’s house, Harehope Hall, Eglingham, Northumberland.

Budget: £140,000-150,000

Flower budget: £15,000

Photography: Lucy Davenport

Jamie and I met during our first week of university during Fresher’s Week – we both went to Goldsmith’s University in London.

Jamie had planned to propose at the restaurant we had our first date at – C&R in Chinatown in London. On the day I wasn’t feeling well, so had asked if we could just stay in. So Jamie came home, as I was lying on the sofa feeling very sorry for myself, and he proposed there and then!

We actually got legally married in Gretna Green two days before the wedding and then held the ceremony at Harehope Hall.

We wanted the marquee to look like a greenhouse with lots of greens and pink running throughout. We predominantly used pink hydrangea and ferns. Pinks and greens only was the rule!

The flowers were very important to me as apart from the marquee, they were the main focus in terms of decoration. I wanted them to be the focal point when everyone walked into the marquee. I didn’t want it to look too girly or traditional, as that’s not my style.

We chose to do it at the family home as it felt more personal and it is a beautiful place. I loved the look of the wedding, it completely surpassed all of my expectations. It was beautiful and elegant while being understated at the same time.

My dress was from Calvin Klein; I loved the simplicity of it and the fact I could easily dance in it.

We had a beautiful cake covered in flowers from Liggy’s in Edinburgh. It was a Victoria sponge with jam and buttercream and it was delicious.

Favour-wise, everyone got glass and gold boxes which had their names in for dinner. Lots of my friends now use them to store things like shells and they look really pretty.

Apart from the ceremony, one of my favourite moments of the day was dancing all night! The best man’s speech was so funny and made me laugh so much. Nothing really went wrong – not that I know about anyway!

Jamie and I were the first and the last on the dance floor and there was just so much dancing throughout the night. We headed off to bed around 3am, but I think the party carried on without us!

My tip for brides: Don’t get too stressed about the small stuff and really just go for it and enjoy your day. You spend so long planning the day and then it goes so quickly so take time on the day to take it all in and have fun!

Steal their style!

FLORIST: Wild Flowers PLANNER: Albion Parties DRESS: Calvin Klein SPERRY TENT: PapaKata HAIR: Charlie Miller MAKE-UP: Make up by Jodie CAKE: Liggy’s Cakes 


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