Kim + Louie // Hanbury Manor Wedding

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Our ‘Reel’ Wedding Blogs are back!

To start off with a bang, it is the gorgeous wedding of Kimberley and Louie. Such a lovely couple to work with and a real pleasure to provide a wedding film for their wedding day. Their ceremony took place at St John the Baptist’s Church in Cottered, before they moved on to their reception at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire.

Here’s all the details on how they planned their big day. Thanks for having us Kim and Louie!

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The Brides Fashion

So this was the most daunting task I had to do to date. Trying to find ‘The Dress’.

People told me before I went dress shopping that I would end up picking the opposite of what I went in for. And to a certain degree, they were right! However to be honest, I had no idea what I wanted! There are so many beautiful dresses out there, how can I pick just one!?

To start the search I visited  4 different bridal shops near to home to find out what designers I liked and what sort of styles suited me. However none of them felt like my dress. I then found the most beautiful designer called Madeline Gardner who had just brought out her new volume of wedding dresses – only problem was, only 4 stores in the whole of the UK stocked the new range. Knowing that the dress that I loved was too far away, I decided to carry on the search to find something else. However, no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get Madeline dress out of my head, so I made the decision to take the 2 hour car journey down to Tilly Mint in Fleet to try it on.

When the day of my appointment came, I was so excited – the day had finally arrive for me to try on ‘The Dress’! So when my appointment came, I picked up the Madeline Gardner dress and happily went off to try it on. The dress was absolutely amazing, so sparkly and pretty. However, when I looked in the mirror – the dress just wasn’t me. The picture that I had in my head was different to the one staring back at me. The wonderful shop owner, Victoria, noted my disappointment so she was eager to help me find my perfect gown. So with the help of my mum, they both went off in search for it, and what they came back with was just mind blowing! As soon as I tried on the Stella York dress, I fell in love – it was perfect for me in every way. The lovely long train, the simplicity of the satin on the bottom half of the dress, the beautiful sparkly laced beading and the fact that it was backless was just the icing on the cake! The dress definitely picked me – it may not of been the dress that I walked in to purchase, but it was definitely was the right one. 

Bridesmaid/Flower Girl Fashion

Picking the style of the bridesmaid dresses was a lot easier than I initially thought. With 7 bridesmaids I thought this would be a tough task, however after watching Emmerdale, and seeing Alicia dressed up as a bridesmaid in the most gorgeous dress, I knew that it was the perfect dress for the girls. I was very lucky that these dresses were made by the wonderful Jenny Packham and came in several colours.

For the flower girls dresses, I knew that I wanted to get them gorgeous white princess dresses to match mine. I managed to find these dresses in Debenhams and both of our flower girls loved them!

The Grooms and Groomsmen Fashion

Picking Louie’s suit was probably the easiest decision we made – most probably  because it was his choice and he knew exactly what he wanted! A slim fit navy blue suit with a navy waistcoat. We also knew that as we wanted the rest of the men’s suits in the bridal party to match Louie’s, the best option would be to hire all the suits.

With mixed reviews about several high street hire company’s, we decided to go with Young’s at Debenhams as they were extremely helpful, reasonably priced, and our groomsmen would be able to visit their local Debenhams store to get measured/pick up the suit prior.

As we wanted Louie’s suit to match my attire and differentiate him from the rest of the men, we decided to add a white cravat and handkerchief to his suit, and the rest of the men had light pink.

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The Venue

Picking a church wasn’t as straight forward as we hoped. Unfortunately we couldn’t get married in the church near to where we grew up, as the majority were either not big enough to fit us all in, or were getting restoration work done. In the end, we decided to pick a church in Cottered, a tiny village that was in-between where we live now, and where we used to live. This church was absolutely beautiful and just big enough to fit everyone in, but just small enough to still give us that intimate feeling.

After our ceremony, we then moved on to our  the reception location, and from the moment we first saw Hanbury Manor we fell in love. Hanbury Manor is a beautiful local hotel and country club with stunning grounds and top service to match. We loved the way that we could use several different areas throughout the day/evening to great different atmospheres for our guests.

For the wedding breakfast we decided to pick the Thundridge Suite that looked out on to the golf course. This room made our wedding breakfast feel nice, light and airy. Exactly the feel that we were going for.

For our evening reception, we decided to use Poles Hall, which was the old chapel of the Manor House. This room is absolutely breath-taking and looked unforgettable when it was all dramatically lit up for us in the evening.

We did have a little bit of a bumpy ride with the wedding team at the start (as several of the team left), however this had no reflection on the day, as they team we ended up with were superb! Both Eleanor and Alice went above and beyond all our expectations and provided us with first-class service on the day.

When picking a venue, I think it is very important to always have good communication with them and trust them to deliver a good service on the day.

Colour Scheme

I thought our colour scheme would be the easiest thing to decide and initially it was, we decided on a lovely nudey/pink with accents of silver and navy. The pink/nudey colour was absolutely gorgeous and I had found the most beautiful bridesmaid dresses to match this scheme. It seemed it was meant to be.

However then things started to get hard. Trying to find anything else was to match the colour was near impossible. Even down to the groomsmen neck ties and handkerchiefs. If we picked nude, it clashed and made the dresses look pink, and then if we introduced pink then the dresses looked nude! So we then decided to make the decision to go with pale pink instead. Fortunately for us, they did the exact same dress in a pale pink and the shop happily let us swap all the dresses for the new colour.

Although pale pink wasn’t the colour I initially set out for, it was definitely the right choice in the end and I am so glad that we change our mind.

Flowers

For our Décor we knew we wanted flowers to be the center of attention. The style of flowers we wanted were soft and delicate and what we envisioned was a romantic English spring wedding.

When it came to choosing flowers, we were very lucky to find Stacey at Designer Flowers who was able to offer us everything we wanted – including flowers that were out of season!! We opted for Roses, Hydrangeas and gypsophila.

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Entertainment (day & evening)

Entertainment was quite important to us, and we wanted to ensure that our guests were entertained throughout the day.

For the ceremony it was really important for us to have a String Trio. I have always loved the sound of a soft string performance at a wedding and it also reminded me of one of my favourite films, ‘Father of the Bride’. Finding Bow-belles was very easy, and there were able to play all our songs of choice. I feel that the string trio really helped to set the atmosphere that we wanted at the church.

After the ceremony, guests then headed to Hanbury Manor for our arrival drinks and they were then greeted by the wonderful Neil Devlin, who provided up close magic to our guests. This helped to keep guests entertained whilst we got our photos done. We also included a ‘Pimp your Prosecco Table’ to help people make their favourite Prosecco cocktails!

For the evening, and the rest of the day, we hired a company called SPJ to provide background music during the day, and an evening DJ set to get people on the dance floor in the evening. We also hired Barmy Booth to provide a photobooth – helping us to capture some fun shots in the evening!

Photographer

We came across Expression Photography at a wedding fair hosted by Hanbury Manor and we fell in love with their work as soon as we saw it. Rachel and Mark are husband and wife team who help captured our day perfectly (alongside Chris and Laura)! I would recommended this guys to everyone as there work is truly mind-bowing!

We also had an engagement shoot with Mark prior to our wedding day, and I would definitely recommend this, as it really helped us to understand the types of poses we would do on the day, and helped us to get to know a photographers a little better!

Videographer

Picking Chris at Perfect Moments to film our wedding was an easy decision – his work speaks volumes and he is truly talented. Although Perfect Moments is not based near us, they were the only real option for us as his work was truly the best we saw! If you want a video to capture the raw emotions your feel on your wedding day – pick Chris! Although photographs help capture the moment, the video helps you remember the emotions you felt – and that really is priceless!

Suppliers

Brides Gown
Designer/Style: Stella York 5902
Boutique: Tilly Mint
Website: http://www.tillymintweddings.com/

Jewellery
Designer: Coo Jewellers
Website: http://coojewellers.com/

Shoes
Designer/Style: Benjamin Adams, Packham
Website: http://www.benjaminadamslondon.com

Veil/Headpiece
Designer/Style: Halo & Co, Crimson Vine of Blossons Headpiece
Boutique: Karen Forte
Website: http://karenforte.com/

Florist
Company: Designer Flowers
Website: http://www.designerflowersessex.co.uk/

Venue Decor/styling
Company: Mediterranean Occasions
Website: http://www.mediterraneanoccasions.co.uk/

Cake Maker
My beautiful nan, Genevieve Knights and my wonderful Auntie Pauline.

Bridesmaids Dresses
Designer: Jenny Packham, Lily Waterfall Evening Dress
Website: http://www.jennypackham.com/

Groom/Groomsmen Outfits
Company:  Young’s at Debenhams

Videographer
Company: Perfect Moment Films
Website: http://perfectmomentfilms.co.uk/

Photographer
Company: eXpression Photography
Website: http://expression-photography.co.uk/

DJ
Company: SPJ Ltd
Website: www.spjuk.com

String Trio
Company: Bow Belles
Website: http://www.bow-belles.co.uk/