Soft & Romantic Pastel Pretty Marquee Wedding

Soft & Romantic Pastel Pretty Marquee Wedding


Soft, romantic and pretty would be the perfect words for today's wedding celebration.

Ed and Katy tied the knot on the 21 June 2014 hosting their reception at Sopley Lake. They chose their venue thanks to the idyllic setting and decked out the marquee in gorgeous pastel details.

Ed went for a modern tweed suit, while Katy donned a gorgeous lace gown. I adore the grey bridesmaid dresses and meadow feel blooms. Fabulous.

Thanks so very much to Mia Photography for sharing her lovely photographs today.

THE PROPOSAL | 13 April 2013. In Barcelona on the rooftop of our hotel, after 7 years together (we met at university). We had spent the day wandering around the city and sitting in a beautiful beachside bar, before coming back to the hotel to change for dinner. Ed got me up to the roof under the guise of taking photos of the sunset. No one else was there, and I was totally taken by surprise. Ed had already chosen the ring which was perfect as well.

THE VISION | Relaxed and informal. Soft country pastel colours with a vintage country feel.

THE PLANNING PROCESS | We booked the church and venue very early on. We knew we wanted to get married in the church in the town Katy grew up in and that mid-summers day fell on a Saturday. After that, we did nothing for a good few months before kicking up again. We made all of the decisions together and each took on smaller specific jobs. Ed designed all of our stationery and save the date tea towels based on a tree theme to link with the New Forest.

THE VENUE | St Peter & St Paul's church, Ringwood followed by the reception in a marquee at Sopley Lake, Sopley (behind Sopley fruit farm). We chose the lake because of the beautiful and secluded setting and the fact that there was no cut off time so we could carry on partying through the night. There are also a group of yurts available for hire on the other side of the lakes and we took the 'love yurt' on the night of the wedding with our friends staying in the others. The yurts had all been decorated in the traditional Mongolian style with wood burners inside.

THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Full length ivory with lace overlay and medium sized train. The dress had a deep v on the back. I wore a floor length veil with lace trim which sat over the train of the dress. I kept the accessories simple and wore diamond earrings and a diamond necklace given to me by Ed as a wedding present. Hair for me and the bridesmaids was done by Alfred Gretch who is a friend of the family.

FINDING THE DRESS | I bought the dress in the fourth shop I went to. I had tried on similar dresses, but really did know that this was the one as soon as I put it on. I was with my mum, maid of honour and her baby son (our godson) when I chose the dress, but had taken the other bridesmaids as well on other occasions. Ed's mum even came along to one shop.

GROOM'S ATTIRE | To go with the country theme I wanted a modern tweed suit, not a hunting or shooting type tweed jacket but a modern cut and style. After lots of internet searching I found a company called Victor Valentine who tailor bespoke tweed suits from a range of fabrics. I chose the classic grey suit which was complemented with brown buttons and brown brogues, a plain white shirt and skinny fit grey tie.

THE READINGS & MUSIC | We chose the music for the church after hearing a demonstration by the organist at the church during international wedding week. For the entry of the bride we chose, Trumpet Voluntary (J. Clarke), for the signing of the register we chose Jesu, joy of man's desiring (Bach); and we went for the traditional Wedding March (Mendelssohn) to exit the church with a bang.

Jerusalem was a must for one of the hymns, our vicar suggested songs that everyone could give their full voice and would be familiar with the lyrics so we chose 'One more step (along the world I go)' and 'The lord of the Dance'.

We chose 2 of our close friends to do the readings, the first was a poem called 'The One' by an unknown author and our religious reading was from the Song of Solomon.

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | We had four adult bridesmaids, both of our sisters and my two best friends. We also had two flower girls who were the daughters of close friends. The adults were dressed in floor length platinum dresses in a Grecian style from Dessy, and the younger girls had white dresses from BHS. The smaller girls really stole the show - they were beautiful!

THE FLOWERS | Were supplied by Sue Hooper who was recommended to us by a family friend. Sue was brilliant and immediately got the feel of how we wanted the day to go. We decided to go for meadow style flowers in pinks and yellows with white and pale green. Sue even supplied some of the foliage from her wonderful garden and created a wonderful centrepiece for the card and cheese table. The flowers at the reception were all displayed in old glass vases that we bought from various charity shops and garage sales during the wedding planning.

THE CAKE | Was made by Katy's mum and iced by Karen's clever cakes who was also recommended by a friend. We went for a fruit cake, which was imply iced and then decorated by Sue Hooper with flowers between the tiers

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We found our photographer, Mia Hooper on the internet and loved her style of photography and style. We had an initial meeting with Mia when we discussed our plans and we were showed various albums and we definitely knew we had the right person.

We chose to have an engagement shoot in our favourite spot in the new forest where we showed Mia one evening, the lighting was amazing and the setting amongst the bluebell incredible, Mia made us feel so at ease with the camera and it gave us a great idea of the shots we liked as well as the ones we didn't.

On the day Mia, and her assistant, were fantastic and captured all the laughter and emotion perfectly, they were wonderful to have around and have captured the day, the laughter and everyone personalities better than we could have hoped!

THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | We wanted to keep the marquee decoration simple, leaving the setting around the lake to stand out. We used pastel coloured tissue pom poms suspended with fishing wire across the marquee. Katy's mum did an incredible job of making metres and metres of bunting which decorated the edge of the marquee and the top table. Coloured napkins were matched with the bunting and pom poems.

Favours were handmade envelopes made using sheets of Shakespeare's plays which contained wild seeds, a wooden plant marker and a note from ourselves. The favours came with mini pegs so we pegged them to wine glasses so they acted as place settings as well.

For our seating plan, we brought a personalised apple crate which we filled with pink and white gypsophilia. We printed our own table plans which were held up in the middle of the flowers by heart shaped holders.

To get the guests talking we created 'Words of wisdom for the bride and groom' sheets where they were asked to draw the person next to them and give us their best advice for married life, these made for great reading and really got everyone relaxed.

As well as a guest book we found a thumb tree which continued the tree theme of the save the dates and the stationery, the multi coloured thumb prints with everyone initials looks brilliant.

Most, if not all of our decorations were finds from ebay.

THE HONEYMOON | We wanted sun and somewhere where we could completely relax, we used a travel agent, Western and Oriental who suggested Gaya Island Resort in Malaysian Borneo. As part of our package we had spa treatments everyday and had a wonderful time relaxing by the beach and pool, snorkelling and gentle trekking through the rainforest.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Seeing Katy walking down the aisle and shaking like a leaf when she got to me, we had to hold hands to keep her relaxed.

2 of our guests challenging each other to a swim, across the lake, one of them naked!

The band, a seven piece ukulele fronted band called Koa Sound, playing our 2 first songs, Some enchanted evening from South Pacific (which Katy's grandparents had as their first dance at their wedding) and the title song from Juno (for us) as our second, the ukuleles and harmonica were amazing!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don't worry about, the small things that no one else will notice and make sure you take every moment in, the day will go so quickly!

Try and take a few moments just the two of you to soak it all in.


Photography | Mia Photography

Band | Koa Sound

Utterly lovely.

Thanks so so much to Ed and Katy for sharing their wonderful wedding today XOXO Lou

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