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An elegant white-themed spring wedding at Whatley Manor in Wiltshire

An elegant white-themed spring wedding at Whatley Manor in Wiltshire

Written by Katie Byrne

Childhood sweethearts Becky and Nick brought together classic details and stylish twists for their dream celebration


Becky, 23, a human resources manager, and Nick, 24, a property developer, had a religious blessing in the gardens at Whatley Manor, followed by a civil ceremony with their family and friends. 

The inspiration...

Classic elegance! We didn't have a set theme as such but thoughout, we wanted to keep it simple, elegant and timeless. 

As we were marrying in spring, we choose white as our key colour. The wedding revolved around our flowers – they were one of the most important aspects of the day for us.

We've known each other since we were toddlers and have been seeing each other romantically for seven years. For us, family and friends mingling in a relaxed environment was the main focus behind our plans. We opted for wow-factor flowers and cake but our venue allowed us to create an environment where everyone felt at home.

We had looked around so many venues - when we visited Whatley Manor, we both knew it was 'the one'.

The style...

The dress was the one area I felt immense pressure to get right! I tried on far too many dresses, I didn’t ever get the ‘this is the one’ feeling… But the Jesus Peiro gown I picked in the end was the only dress that I really felt I would be happy to walk down the aisle in.

t was plain and simple yet a bit different with the pattern on the lace and the cut of the capped sleeves, and beautifully made. I wore them with Jimmy Choo shoes.

In keeping with the simplistic style of the dress and wedding, I chose not to wear any jewellery. However, on the morning of the wedding my Dad gave me my Nan’s engagement ring which had made into a necklace – so in the evening I wore this in her memory. 

Nick wore a Ted Baker suit, whilst my bridesmaids wore pretty apple green dresses, which matched the white flowers perfectly.

In my bouquet, I held Norma Jean roses, peonies, lily of the valley, stocks, solomon seal, jasmine and clematis trail. It was part-bound with pearl pins.

The details...

We filled our reception with flowers. We had urns of roses and hydrangea, as well as centrepieces featuring Manzanita trees, which we decorated with clear light globes. These were matched with hydrangea and peonies at the base of the tree, with mercury tea lights.

We had a string quartet throughout our ceremony and drinks reception and then a live band in the evening.

Our Rosalind Miller wedding cake had six tiers, and was decorated with sugar peonies. It had vanilla sponge and a rose and lavender filling. 

Each guest received a personalised hessian favour bag, which contained rose and lime-flavoured chocolates.

My favourite moment of the day...

Walking down the aisle with my dad, plus seeing all the months of planning paying off!

What advice would you give to brides-to-be?

Don’t try on too many dresses – trust your instinct, you must be comfortable in it. Plus, try not to get too overwhelmed by everything, and remember the reason you are having your big day is to get married – so even if everything went wrong, at least you will still have that!

Steal their style!

Photographer: Pippa MacKenzie 

Venue: Whatley Manor

Planner/stylist: Lester Gethings 

Florist: Simon Nickell Design

Dress: Jesus Peiro

Groomswear: Ted Baker

Cake: Rosalind Miller 

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