Leah and Bert’s floral, vintage-inspired country wedding

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Good morning everyone! Today we have a truly gorgeous real wedding on the blog shot by fabulous photography duo, Gemma and Philippa of Cotton Candy Wedding Photography. Bert and Leah met in a bar in Kingston and the rest is history! They married in June 2012 in a beautiful church ceremony at the Church of the Holy Name in Esher before moving on to their wonderful vintage country-themed reception at Gate Street Barn. I fell in love with these images immediately, from the adorable DIY detail, to the pretty floral motifs and, of course, jam favours – amazing! I’m going to hand over to lovely Leah to tell you all about the proposal story and more.

“It was Christmas morning 2010, the first Christmas all the family were coming to us for dinner.  I couldn’t have looked more unattractive if I tried, greasy hair, dressing gown on, prepping the vegetables… Bert had said we would have a champagne breakfast and have some time together before everyone arrived.  That morning I soon decided there wasn’t time for breakfast and that I needed to get ready.  He practically forced me to sit down with a glass of champagne and some crumpets.  He then returned with a huge box which I immediately got excited about thinking it was iMac computer.  To my quick disappointment after being handed the box it was too light to be true.  I soon came across layer after layer of goodies, after reaching the end, (well which I thought was the end) I threw the box across the room.  Bert jumped across the room, I’ve never seen someone leap so quickly to something, to then be told I had missed a present.  I didn’t think it could be true but when I dug deeper I found a little black box and the rest is history!  I was in a complete daze while I finished the rest of the champagne and had only thirty minutes to get ready, by that point I didn’t care as much!

I decided on a country, vintage style wedding. I planned the whole wedding, making bunting, painting watering cans, designing the invites and personalising stationery. On the day, we decided to have a laugh with our guests using novelty aprons!  We asked one guest per table to make their way to the kitchen, unaware that they where they going to be given a chef’s hat and novelty apron.  They then had to return to the room as a group wearing their apron and carrying the fillet of beef.  It really made us laugh.”

Images © 2012 Cotton Candy Wedding Photography


Ceremony venue: The Church of the Holy Name, Esher
Reception venue: Gate Street Barn
Photographer: Cotton Candy Wedding Photography
Bride’s dress, accessories and shoes: Jessica Fontaine & Shoes by Rachel Simpson
Bridesmaids’ dresses & accessories: Monsoon
Groom’s outfit: Reiss
Groomsmens’ / ushers’ outfits: Reiss
Hair: Charlotte Mills
Cake: Pat a cake Pat a cake
Catering: Tandem Catering
Band / DJ: Groove Instinct
Crockery – Rural Vinatage
Photobooth – Mega Booth

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