Elegant Somerley Home Winter Wedding ceremony

Olivia and Owen, each finance professionals, tied the knot on twenty fifth November 2023, at Somerley Home in Ringwood, The New Forest.

The couple each needed to embrace winter and Somerley offered a quintessentially English location to take action. With it’s opulent areas, roaring open fires and Christmas decorations, it could carry their fashionable, trendy and chic winter wedding ceremony imaginative and prescient to life. 

Olivia wore a up to date Jenny Yoo robe which she found on the Halo & Wren boutique in Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The couple employed videographer Chloe Rose and photographer by Marta Ilardo – who has captured a few of my favorite weddings ever featured on Love My Costume.

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Venue & Location

We had no ties to The New Forest, in actual fact our journey to Somerley was each of our first time visiting, however we each completely fell in love with the venue.

I had at all times needed to get married on a winery in Italy and as soon as we have been engaged, we took a visit to Florence to go searching wedding ceremony venues. There have been some stunning choices, however the wedding ceremony planner who was guiding us saved speaking about the potential for rain and the way you needed to love your ‘Plan B’ possibility, ought to that happen.

My sister had additionally been to a marriage in Italy the place it rained the complete weekend. The concept and stress of dragging all of our visitors to Italy for a marriage that could possibly be something lower than my dream wedding ceremony was an excessive amount of (I’m an enormous perfectionist), and so we determined to take climate out of the equation and embrace the whole lot Winter.

The entire day was catered for indoors so it wouldn’t matter what the climate was on our day, however we simply occurred to be so fortunate that it was a lovely crisp morning and the solar was shining!

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Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

I wore a single tier, cathedral size veil from Poirier and a pair of sparkly Manolo Blahniks – Carrie Bradshaw-esque. My scent was the 154 Cologne, by Jo Malone – I don’t like something too candy or floral.

As a marriage reward, Owen purchased me a necklace from The Diamond Retailer which I wore on the day. My mum additionally gave me some diamond earrings from Abbey Superb Jewelry in Berkhamsted. 

My hair and make-up artist was Catherine Adkins of A Ending Contact.

The Costume

I’m an enormous shoe particular person, and (towards everybody’s recommendation), purchased my footwear earlier than the gown, so I knew I wanted a slit up the leg of the gown that may present them off! 

My gown was by Jenny Yoo, from the Halo & Wren boutique in Hempstead, Hertfordshire. I knew I needed a classy and trendy gown, however it wanted to suit with the class and class of the venue.

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I had met Marta Ilardo when she photographed my buddy’s wedding ceremony two years beforehand. I had adopted her on instagram since and he or she continues to get higher and higher. Selecting a photographer is all about discovering a method that you simply like – Marta’s images have been very editorial – fashionable and funky, while capturing the class of the venue.

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I used to be notably bored with having too many posed images, I had spent a lot time organizing the day, I didn’t need to miss a second or drag folks away for choreographed images. We obtained our {couples} images out the way in which in 15 minutes after which may go and luxuriate in ourselves. (It was additionally freezing!) Marta blended into the background and captured each side of the day in order that we didn’t want to consider it. 

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How They Met

We met in Sydney in 2016. I used to be residing there for a 12 months after college and Owen was there for 3 months earlier than returning to London to begin his profession in finance.

We met by way of mutual mates and have become shut mates for about two years earlier than we began courting. We frequently give Owen a tough time over ‘the 2 12 months chase’, earlier than I ultimately agreed to go on a date with him. Six years later, we’re married. We obtained engaged in July 2022, so have been engaged for simply over a 12 months.

Owen had a customized made black tie and shirt from William Younger Tailors in Berkhamsted.

The Greatest Man drove us in our Tesla, which the bridesmaids had superbly embellished and even left a small bottle of Champagne within the again seat in order that we may have a personal toast within the automotive earlier than becoming a member of the social gathering! So candy.

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After we had selected a sublime English Winter Wedding ceremony I needed to do the whole lot inside that context to the acute; open fires, fur, Christmas decorations and flowers, black tie, English themed meals and canapes. Most significantly, we needed it to be a PARTY! I needed good music and the dance ground to be busy all evening. 

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The whole lot went precisely to plan – whether or not that’s all the way down to luck or meticulous planning – I might say the latter, however we wouldn’t have modified a factor. 

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Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

The very best piece of recommendation that I used to be given (as a management freak/perfectionist), was plan as a lot as you want upfront, however on the marriage day itself, keep in mind you’re the visitor of honour and never the host! 

It’s so simple with weddings to get carried away with spending and the whole lot actually does add up. Choose three issues that you simply care about, no matter these could also be, and spend the cash on these issues – all over the place else, you may minimize prices. We did this with the flowers and did them ourselves and it labored out superbly. However when you love flowers and are actually into them – spend the cash on the flower ceiling and minimize prices on the meals/music/drinks as an alternative! 

Additionally, I spent most of my time on Pinterest – you may be actually particular concerning the themes and what you might be after for inspiration.

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Founding father of Love My Costume. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire along with her husband and enterprise accomplice Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being outside and star gazing. She is fierce in terms of championing expertise inside the wedding ceremony trade and when she’s not engaged on Love My Costume, 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 broadcast writer.

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