4 Seasons Hampshire Marriage ceremony | Suzanne Neville Bride

Alex and Alyssa’s lovely and thoughtfully thought of August 2023 marriage ceremony was held on the 4 Seasons Hampshire resort in South East England.

Alex works in industrial property and Alyssa is a meals stylist, meals author and recipe developer so delicacies and placement was all the time going to be necessary for this trendy couple. To assist them ship their imaginative and prescient, they employed the providers of marriage ceremony planner Ella Hartig, who pulled collectively a proficient workforce of artistic suppliers

This was a weekend marriage ceremony characterised by pure easy magnificence and a heartfelt want by the couple to make sure each one in all their visitors had essentially the most lovely, enjoyable and gratifying time creating recollections. The couple love internet hosting dinner events and needed their visitors to really feel like they had been experiencing simply that – a house away from residence, full of good individuals, meals, enjoyable, consolation, luxurious and an escape to the attractive panorama of the English countryside. 

Photographer David Christopher has captured that sentiment superbly in these photos. Get pleasure from!

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We had been impressed to make our marriage ceremony day really feel like we had flung open the doorways to a countryside property, pulled out the entire china and glassware to take pleasure in our favorite meals and drinks with our favorite individuals and inspired them to discover the grounds and expertise one thing new with somebody they’d simply met. 

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I grew up American but in addition maintain Canadian citizenship. Alex grew up in Canada which is the place we met. Our marriage ceremony weekend kicked off on Friday with a barbecue fashion night within the backyard of a conventional countryside English pub, The Hoddington Arms in Hampshire, United Kingdom.

We hosted our marriage ceremony ceremony and reception the following day, on the 4 Seasons Hampshire. I grew up within the Colorado, Alex grew up in Montreal, we met at The College of Western Ontario and moved to London collectively six years in the past. Due to this, we’ve household and pals world wide and we felt essentially the most pure place to conduct our nuptials was within the place we at the moment name residence.

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We knew that over 80 p.c of our visitors can be touring by airplane to attend our marriage ceremony and it was necessary to us that our venue was inside about one hour of London’s worldwide airports. We additionally needed our venue to have the ability to accommodate all of our visitors so that everybody might have a house base and get to know one another all through the weekend. 

After contemplating over 40 venues, the 4 Seasons Hampshire being the primary, and we couldn’t cease dreaming in regards to the beautiful gardens, apple tree crammed orchard, and chic but homely really feel the property emanated. From archery, tennis and clay pigeon capturing to lounging by the out of doors pool, we liked the concept of all of our visitors collaborating in these actives and creating recollections collectively.  It was additionally a bonus as we’re each Canadian, to have fun our marriage ceremony at a Canadian resort model, set inside the superbly quaint countryside of the place we now name residence. 

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To proceed a homely really feel for the weekend, we hosted a relaxed brunch for our visitors on Sunday morning on the 4 Seasons with the intention that everybody might head downstairs of their slippers and reminisce with us formally as Mr. and Mrs!

I designed my outfit for our rehearsal and welcome occasion and labored with Younger British Designers, Sophie Pittom and Nikki Huston to create it. The lace bodice was hand sewn utilizing Sophie Hallette lace which got here from the ends of the reams of material from the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s marriage ceremony costume that had been gifted to Sophie and the Younger British Designers organisation. We added a hand stitched blue flower into the lace, a way Sophie has made a reputation for herself in, on the again of the bodice which mirrored the place of my coronary heart.

Working with Sophie and Nikki was extremely particular. They’re each artistic and proficient and I used to be grateful they had been in a position to deliver my imaginative and prescient of a design to life to flawlessly.

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Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

Hair and make-up was styled by artist Lauren Irwin. I had my nails painted within the ‘She stated Sure!’ shade – a color I’d first noticed in a nail salon when dwelling in New York Metropolis and saved for my Large Day. 

I selected Manolo Blahnik’s Nadira fashion for my sneakers, as a result of I liked the way in which the asymmetrical embellishment each mirrored and complimented the one shoulder design of my costume. 

Scent was an extremely huge a part of marriage ceremony and it was necessary to me to have sensory experiences all through our marriage ceremony weekend. For our marriage ceremony day I wore Diptyque’s Orphéon Eau de perfum.

I’ve all the time liked the Dyptique model and this scent spoke to me for my marriage ceremony day the second I smelled it. I really like its heat masculine notes of tonka bean and cedar which can be balanced by a female mild sweetness of juniper berry.

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I handmade and painted my veil with the identical scroll border design our great stationer, Brigitte Vitali had made for our marriage ceremony invites.

For jewelry I borrowed David Yurman pearl studs in a diamond setting from my sister and wore a classic diamond tennis bracelet which was a marriage and thirtieth birthday present from Alex, through McKenna & Co

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My inspiration for the bridesmaids clothes was a pastel watercolour portray that displayed each geometric and floral sample. I needed the entire women to be in a mixture of colors and costume cuts. Our marriage ceremony colors had been periwinkle, pink and yellow and two women wore every color. The yellow clothes had been from MacDuggal the periwinkle and pink had been from JessaKae

I used to be a debutante in Denver, Colorado the place I grew up. Throughout this special day, I carried a ‘Tussie Mussie’ for my flowers. To include this expertise from my youth, every bridesmaid every carried an vintage Tussie Mussie as their floral bouquet, which I sourced from world wide.

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A First Look

I used to be so excited to see Alex on our marriage ceremony day! We did a ‘First Look’, so we might take most of our images earlier than the ceremony which might enable for us to have the ability to take pleasure in our cocktail reception!

I additionally liked seeing the entire small particulars presently; I had been dreaming of just like the florals within the tussie mussie’s for all of my bridesmaids, our particular candles flickering with their distinctive crackling wick and naturally the coupe glasses.

We labored with McQueens Flowers. With my profession as a Meals Stylist, the fantastic thing about meals and components is essential to me and I needed to include each flowers and different vegetation into our designs for the day.

For our ceremony we included cavolo nero kale, artichoke, cabbage and brassicas in addition to the flowers British backyard roses, alyssum, lavender, chrysanthemum, and taller stems of delphinium, gladioli and allium to border us.

For bouquets, I selected flowering artichokes, blousy roses, candy peas, butterfly ranunculus, delphinium, snapdragon, lavender and candy alyssum.

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I should not have a conventional household dynamic, so as an alternative of strolling down the aisle, the place the entire visitors should normally flip round to see the bride, I entered the ceremony from the alternative aspect of the backyard and danced ‘up’ the aisle, dealing with in the direction of the entire visitors.

My sister danced with me as she held my costume practice, Kate and Pippa fashion. We met Alex half approach up the stroll approach and the he and I accomplished the stroll up the aisle dealing with all of our visitors collectively.

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Our photographer was David Christopher. After interviewing three different photographers, we fell in love with David’s work and his editorial, non-traditional marriage ceremony images fashion.

His photos are like flipping by the pages of a shiny style journal and we liked the way in which he effortlessly captured each individuals and ambiance.

David was excessive vitality and a blast to work with from day one. He was gracious with our must rearrange our marriage ceremony date, as a result of pandemic, and considerate with my element oriented method to capturing our day.

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How They Met

We met at Western College throughout the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority new member welcome social gathering hosted by Alex’s fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. I used to be celebrating my new membership within the organisation and our paths crossed throughout the night. We each keep in mind introducing ourselves that night time and spending a very good portion of the night chatting about every little thing from crusing to rising up in Montreal and Colorado, and what made us select Western. Unbeknownst to Alex, it was throughout this dialog that I stated to myself, ‘Alright, that’s it! He’s THE ONE’ – with out precisely understanding why!

Alex was in his fourth yr and I used to be in my fiarst, and our buddy teams had minimal overlap outdoors of those sorority and fraternity events. It wasn’t till April the next spring once I would ship a tweet that might alter the course of our relationship; I had simply been provided an Au Pair place in Quebec and needed Alex’s recommendation on dwelling and staying there. Since I didn’t have Alex’s telephone quantity and I didn’t have a Fb account, I resorted to tweeting him.

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Alex was extremely encouraging of the chance and reassured me. With my transfer to Alex’s hometown, we might find yourself seeing one another usually that summer time, and this resulted in us hanging out on weekends.

Our friendship grew nearer all through that summer time and by the point I returned to Montreal the next yr, we had been planning to see one another each time Alex was again on the town. 

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Alex’s work introduced him to Montreal a number of occasions and through August lengthy weekend, I satisfied him we must always attend a music pageant collectively. We might share our first kiss that Friday night and the remainder of the summer time was full of dates within the Previous Port sipping Tom Collins cocktails.

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I returned again to Western College for the college yr, uncertain if I needed to have an older, lengthy distance boyfriend throughout my remaining college years. However we saved in contact by the Fall and noticed one another a pair occasions, making the brief drive down the 401 for Homecoming or an extended weekend in Toronto.

Our budding romance was furthered on Thanksgiving weekend. I wouldn’t be returning residence as Canadian thanksgiving wasn’t a vacation for my household again within the US and so Alex determined this might be a very good alternative for the 2 of us to spend some extra time collectively. He urged a visit to Niagara wine area and we shortly made plans for a weekend getaway on the Lake.

His mother remembers pondering there should have been a particular woman to maintain Alex from coming residence for Thanksgiving that yr (one thing for which she has since forgiven me for!).

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We spent a terrific weekend collectively, ingesting wine, getting caught in a rain storm greater than as soon as, and being requested if we had been on our honeymoon.

It wasn’t lengthy after this weekend that Alex requested me to be his girlfriend and we might start what can be a 3 yr long-distance relationship, crammed at first with trains and late night time bus rides between London, Ontario and Toronto after which flights from Billy Bishop to Newark Airport.

After a yr in New York,  I uninterested in the concrete jungle and 4:45 am alarms on Mondays and determined to make the transfer to Toronto, transferring in with Alex to start out the following chapter of our lives collectively. Now we have been collectively ever since, first in Toronto and now London persevering with to journey and make recollections collectively.

Alex proposed in August 2019 in Lake Como, Italy. The backyard the place Alex proposed was full of Alyssum, the flower after which I’m named.

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The Reception

We employed classic door frames from Virginia’s Classic Rent, within the periwinkle blue color that matched our day completely which we later repurposed to hold our escort playing cards from. For the eating room we introduced in a sofa, espresso desk and plush chair set to create a ‘mushy seating’ space off the dance flooring.

For the cocktail reception we employed in a white washed wood bar and 20ft lengthy harvest desk for the charcuterie and canapés 

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Brigitte Vitali did all our stationery for us. From the bespoke design of our marriage ceremony crest, envelope liner, the watercolour imagery and scroll design to our wax seals. Her lovely artistry was such an necessary a part of our day. 

Our bespoke marriage ceremony crest we designed and used on our invites in addition to on the candles and pillow decor all through our marriage ceremony, incorporates a unicorn head from the Cunningham Scottish household crest to symbolise the groom which sits in a mattress of Alyssum flowers to symbolise the bride.

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The interlocking A’s are each of our initials which additionally sweep into C’s, signifying Alex’s final title and the title transition I made in marriage.

We employed colored linens and water glasses to switch our marriage ceremony colors into our dinning room.

We love wine and tasting menus. In lieu of a conventional three-course marriage ceremony meal, our dinner menu included a wine pairing with every course and a ‘Remise en bouche’ or ‘palate cleanser’. This was our approach of incorporating each our love for elevated dinning, and the French tradition of Montreal which is each the place the place Alex grew up, and the place our relationship actually bloomed, into the meal programs. 

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Whereas dwelling within the UK, we’ve celebrated birthdays and spent lots of time within the Cotswolds. We burn the Cotswold’s Candle firm No. 3 scent candle in our residence. The particular flickering wick and scent is such a notable a part of our residence and relationship whereas being primarily based within the UK.

To make our marriage ceremony dinning room really feel like an extension of our residence, the candle burned all through our marriage ceremony and, in order that the recollections related to the scent of our celebration might proceed with every visitor again in their very own properties, we gifted every visitor a candle emulating ‘Nothing brings to life once more, a forgotten reminiscence like perfume’ – Christopher Poindexter.

For our preparations, alongside the tables we included vegetation together with artichokes which symbolises hope and prosperity and courgettes (zucchini) which symbolise abundance and fertility.

It was necessary to me that everybody loved champagne all through our day from coupe glasses, slightly than atypical flutes! so we employed crystal coupe glassware from Choices Nice Rent (previously ‘WhiteHouse Crockery’).

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Our cake was by Violet Truffles. We each have a candy tooth and its one thing we proceed to fall in love with one another over. Though we each love chocolate and I’ve been recognized to bake for Alex’s yearly and full present listing request of ‘chocolate birthday cake’, we needed one thing mild that might match our summer time night marriage ceremony.

My favorite cake flavour is lemon and after numerous tastings, I noticed Claire Ptak’s work on Instagram after she had created the cake for the Royal Marriage ceremony.

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Tasting each her well-known lemon and elderflower and Amalfi lemon, we each liked the true lemon flavour and that it gave a nod to Italy, the place we received engaged.

It was necessary to me that everybody take pleasure in a chunk of our marriage ceremony cake and that marriage ceremony cake be served because the dessert course to finish the visitors meal. We selected a 3 tier cake and Violet Bakery for his or her design approach incorporating contemporary florals from our florist because the element. 

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Night & Dancing

For our first dance we selected ‘Higher Collectively’, by Jack Johnson. ‘It’s higher collectively’ has been one thing we’ve stated to one another since we began courting. When it got here to picking a tune for this a part of our day, it was the apparent tune!

We employed the Star Membership Band and harpist Rachel Horton Kitchlew to entertain our visitors.

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In the course of the dancing portion of the night, as an alternative of a bouquet toss, I carried out another ceremony the place I welcomed every feminine visitor, single or married, to carry a ribbon connected to a bouquet I held and danced in a circle with me.

With my eyes closed, I launched ribbons one after the other and the ladies holding the final remaining ribbon was handed on the bridal flowers.  

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Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

The day earlier than we left to drive out Hampshire, I made the choice to have a backup costume that was brief incase I felt my costume from the day was limiting my strikes on the dance flooring. I ordered from Miss Selfridge, to reach the following morning earlier than we left, a skinny strap white silk costume with ostrich feather element alongside the underside that fell simply above my knee.

It ended up making its debut for the final hour of the night time and I used to be so glad to have it for that ‘simply in case’ second. 

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Once I look again on our day, I’m so pleased we celebrated the night earlier than with all of our household and pals. Today that had all the joy of the marriage in a relaxed ambiance is one thing we’ll cherish endlessly and the recollections of enjoyable we had dancing on the highest deck of the pink double decker will stick with me for a lifetime.

On our marriage ceremony day we’re so glad we wrote our personal vows, stayed the entire night time on the dance flooring and stood up on a desk and danced as hubby and spouse. I really like pondering again on getting up on the stage and singing my coronary heart out with my sister, stopping at every second and soaking within the joys of what was taking place round us with our favorite individuals.

There will probably be issues on the day that don’t go as deliberate and never every little thing is in your management however it can nonetheless be excellent and nobody will even discover. Simply soak all of it in and have one of the best time! 

A Word From The Planner

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It was such a pleasure seeing Alex and Alyssa’s day all lastly come collectively so superbly. They had been blessed with such great climate over the course of the weekend and visitors actually did get to see one of the best of British, from a quaint British pub for the welcome occasion to a extra formal affair within the beautiful backyard at 4 Season Hampshire on the marriage day itself. Alyssa has a terrific eye for element so it was actually enjoyable working alongside her to deliver this imaginative and prescient to life.

The gorgeous color palette labored completely and all of the florals meant one thing to Alyssa which was actually pretty. By tying in Alex and Alyssa marriage ceremony crest all through the design of the day, from pillows, to candles, to stationery, and by specializing in issues that actually mattered to them as a pair corresponding to meals styling and bespoke private touches, it actually did really feel like an genuine day celebrating them and their distinctive love story!

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Founding father of Love My Gown. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire along with her husband and enterprise associate Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being outdoor and star gazing. She is fierce in relation to championing expertise inside the marriage ceremony business and when she’s not engaged on Love My Gown, she helps her husband Philip within the operating of the household’s sustainable flower farm and floral design enterprise, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she grew to become a printed writer.

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