Real Wedding: An English Country Garden Themed Wedding with a Sottero and Midgley Dress
They held their ceremony in Pippa's childhood church, followed by a reception at the charming Loseley Park.
Pippa wore an unusual two piece wedding dress, courtesy of Sottero and Midgley while John was dapper in a black morning suit.
Photographer | Laurence and Ella Photography
John's December 2015 proposal is one of the most romantic and elaborate we've ever heard of, as Pippa explains.<br /><br />"John proposed at The Savoy Hotel; Two years earlier to the day, we had shared our first kiss at midnight by the River Thames, overlooking the Savoy. To celebrate our anniversary, John had organised a special day that centered around an album he had created and gave to me that morning."<br /><br />"Each page was bound with a ribbon. Every hour from midday through to midnight I had to undo a ribbon to reveal the next page of the album and discover what we were doing next that day. Lunch at Cecconis followed, as did a shopping trip down Bond Street and dinner at the Poule au Pot in Pimlico. The surprises kept coming!"<br /><br />"The day ended in our beautiful suite at the Savoy, where, at midnight, John proposed as we looked across to the spot where we had shared our first kiss on the South Bank two years before. It was such a special, magical day - there were a few happy tears to say the least!"
Once John and Pippa had found their venue, <a href="https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/loseley-park_2421.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Loseley Park</a> in Surrey, all other aspects of planning started to fall into place.<br /><br />"To familiarise the wedding party with the venue ahead of the day, we took everyone to Loseley ahead of the wedding, which was a lot of fun and a big help," comments Pippa.<br /><br />"We loved the idea of a traditional English wedding, but we wanted to avoid the day feeling stuffy and overly formal. Instead we sought to embrace the pretty, whimsical nature of the English countryside," she continues.
The wedding stationery
The English country garden theme was reflected in Pippa and John's stationery. <br /><br />"As a stationery geek and as a big believer in stationery setting the tone of a wedding, I was incredibly excited to get started on designing our very own invitation suite," says Pippa.<br /><br />"I knew right from the start that it was something that I really wanted to invest in."<br /><br />Pippa and John's stationery was designed by Kate Gale of <a href="http://www.kateruthromey.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Kate Ruth Romey</a><br /><br />"Our invitation suite was relatively traditional in terms of its wording, the colour and size of the card used, and the font style. However, Kate’s beautiful illustrations and the use of greens, pinks, yellows and sparkly gold gave the invitations a slightly more relaxed feel and added a childish sense of fun. "<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/stationery/wedding-invitation-wording-and-templates/21921.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Wedding invitation wording and templates</a>
"We embraced the pretty, whimsical nature of the English countryside, with textured arrangements of pink and white flowers often found in English country gardens," explains Pippa. <br /><br />Their florist, Kate Osborne from the <a href="http://www.thegorgeousflowercompany.co.uk/site/default.asp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gorgeous Flower Company</a>, used pink peonies, David Austin roses, sweet peas, Lily of the Valley, trailing jasmine, freesias, hydrangeas, and stocks to create the breathtaking floral style.<br /><br />"Everywhere you looked, there were luscious flowers in every corner, carrying the most beautiful scents," Pippa continues.
The bridal bouquet
"My bouquet was a dream," enthuses Pippa.<br /><br />"It combined favourite flowers from my childhood with flowers I’ve grown to get to know and love as an adult, including pink Carey roses, soft pink sweet avalanche roses, creamy spray roses, ivory and pale pink sweet peas, pink honeymoon freesias, lily of the valley and jasmine."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/flowers/eight-ways-to-preserve-your-bridal-bouquet-after-your-wedding-day/22600.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Eight Ways to Preserve your Bridal Bouquet After your Wedding Day</a>
The wedding dress
"As many brides often say, the dress I ended up falling for was completely different from the sort of dress I imagined I’d wear," admits Pippa.<br /><br />"I was convinced that I wanted to avoid strapless dresses, I was, however, open to ideas and suggestions and booked several appointments at boutiques that stocked different styles of dresses."<br /><br />"I was helped by the lovely Corinne at <a href="http://www.missbush.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Miss Bush</a> in Surrey to find a dress that worked for me. She seemed to know me better than I knew myself as she suggested styles that I may have otherwise skipped over but that fitted my vision and really suited me."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/9-things-you-need-to-know-before-wedding-dress-shopping/22232.html" target="_self">READ MORE: 9 Things you need to know Before Wedding Dress Shopping</a>
The Sottero and Midgley two-piece wedding dress
"In the end, I fell in love with a two-piece from <a href="https://www.maggiesottero.com/sottero-and-midgley" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sottero and Midgley</a>, which was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The movement in the skirt and the detail on the bodice were just stunning and I felt incredible wearing them. They definitely had the ‘wow’ factor and a real sense of whimsy to them too."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/dresses-and-style/wedding-dresses/the-best-two-piece-wedding-dresses/20775.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The best two-piece wedding dresses</a>
Sparkling wedding shoes
Pippa wore these beautiful beaded <a href="https://www.emmylondon.com/collections/bridal-shoes" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Emmy London wedding shoes</a>, adding a splash of sparkle to her ensemble.
"The bridesmaids were dressed on the day in beautiful floral-print dresses from Alfred Sung, which we sourced from <a href="https://www.chobhambride.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Chobham Bride</a>, in Surrey," shares Pippa.<br /><br />"They completely captured the whimsical, English country garden feel that John and I were after and looked stunning on. I really wanted my bridesmaids to feel happy and confident in their dresses."
The groom's attire
"After much deliberation, John decided to wear a morning suit for the wedding, which seemed to fit with our venue,' says Pippa. <br /><br />"We looked at a few options together both online and in person before John decided to buy his suit and pale pink tie from <a href="http://www.gievesandhawkes.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gieves and Hawkes</a> on Saville Row."<br /><br />"The suit was tailored to him and he was made to feel really special throughout the whole process. Scott from Gieves and Hawkes was wonderful and helped John and the entire groom’s party with their outfits in the run-up to the wedding."
"We wanted to make sure our guests never went hungry or thirsty," says Pippa.<br /><br />"With that in mind, we hosted an afternoon tea at the Church grounds immediately after the ceremony, which kept guests occupied while several of the formal photographs were being taken. With the sun shining we were able to hold the tea in the Church grounds. It was picture perfect and a real hit with our guests."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/mood-boards/wedding-style-how-to-create-an-afternoon-tea-party-reception-look/21961.html" target="_self">READ MORE: How to create an afternoon tea party reception look</a>
Wedding drinks idea
"The adults were kept entertained during the drinks reception with a ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ table that provided guests with fruit pieces, fresh juices and liqueurs to add to their fizz," says Pippa.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/planning/essentials/creative-drink-station-ideas-for-your-wedding/22394.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Creative Drink Station Ideas for Your Wedding</a>
The unique wedding favours
"Together with our wedding party, we made all of our guests little bottles of Limoncello, which ensured that the party was in full swing later on in the evening!" reveals Pippa
Wedding sweet treats
Guests with a sweet tooth were treated once more in the evening; "To accompany the teas and coffees we filled a table with glass jars of beautiful pink, yellow and white merigune roses made by the Meringue Girls, chocolate cantucci and biscotti," shares Pippa.
The white and gold wedding cake
The impressive wedding cake was created by <a href="http://www.designercakesbyelle.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Designer Cakes by Elle</a>.<br /><br />"Neither of us are big lovers of fruitcake, so we fancied something a little different in terms of cake flavours," says Pippa.<br /><br />"The bottom layer was Bellini flavour, our second tier was a Limoncello cake and our third was chocolate. Our dream cake!"<br /><br />"For the decoration, we loved the idea of weaving in the gold, pink and white from our colour scheme. The end result was so stunning. Edible gold sequins on the top tier and pale pink and white sugar flowers cascading down that were made to match the bouquets. We even managed to sneak a nod to John’s proposal! Elle featured a silhouette of The Savoy Hotel’s mascot, Kaspar the cat, on the side of one of the cake’s tiers."
The unique table plan
"One of the most exciting projects that we worked on with our florist Kate was our seating plan," reveals Pippa.<br /><br />"We loved the idea of creating something whimsical and a little interactive. Along with Kate and our stationery designer, we dreamt up a floral mobile concept. Guests’ names and the table names were suspended on ribbons, which were hung up from a simple wooden clothing rail. At the bottom of each ribbon, our florist attached a flower-filled votive. The floor underneath the votives was lined with moss and rose petals, and ivy and roses were draped down the sides of the rail, completely transforming it. The end result looked so luscious."<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/real-couples-table-plans/19542.html" target="_self">READ MORE: The ultimate table plan inspiration</a>
The family tree
Pippa and John got crafty, creating their own unique take on a family tree, by tying photos of their friends and family to gold ribbon around the trunk of a tree.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/ideas/diy-and-craft/20-creative-ways-to-diy-your-wedding/20789.html" target="_self">READ MORE: Creative DIY ideas for your wedding</a>
The wedding photographer
Pippa and John hired <a href="http://www.laurencephotography.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Laurence and Ella Photography</a> to capture their wedding day.<br /><br />"When it came to wedding photography, we knew that we wanted a photographer that would provide a mixture of traditional portrait shots and photographs that would tell a story and capture all of the magical moments from the day," says Pippa.<br /><br />"In the run-up to the wedding, Laurence and Ella were so helpful: meeting with us to chat through our running order for the day and our photography priorities, and answering all of our endless questions."<br /><br />"On the day itself we had so many lovely comments from our guests about how discrete, and how sensitive to the needs of our more elderly guests and those with babies. It was a joy having them around, and they ensured that everything ran like clockwork."
The photos from the day
"We are thrilled with the results of our wedding photos," says Pippa. <br /><br />"With two photographers there on the day, they really captured everything and portrayed it so beautifully. Picking our favourite photographs has been tough!"