All Images Courtesy of Parkershots
Sarah & David: A Summer-Time Celebration For a Botanic and Beautiful Wedding With Rustic Detailing and a Yellow Colour Scheme.
Hello, loves! I hope that you’re all well on this lovely Tuesday morning, I think Spring has officially sprung and it’s put me in the best mood. To bring a little more sunshine to your day, I have the absolutely delightful day of Sarah and David to share with you. I just know you’re going to love it!
The long-term lovers said their “I Do’s” in the most picturesque setting in Kent on the 10th of June 2017, choosing Chafford Park for both their ceremony and reception and boy, the weather was gorgeous! I just can’t wait to share with you all of the pretty snaps of their day, so without further adu, I’ll pass it over to both the lovely Sarah, David and their amazingly talented photographer, Nick of Parkershots Photography.
“Picture the scene: Beautiful Kent countryside. Rolling hills of farmland with hardly any hint of human activity reaching your ears, perfect blue skies, summer sun, and birds singing. Now inject into that rural image, 471 of the finest Italian horse power – the groom arrived for his wedding at Chafford Park in a stunning Ferrari F40.”
I’d previously asked David to text me when he was nearby, but there wasn’t really any need; I could hear the engine song of him approaching long before I saw the car on the driveway. It’s a very special car that made everyone smile upon seeing it. The biggest smile of all was on the face of David as he pulled up. I’m sure it must have struck a chord with childhood memories as he looked like a kid at Christmas. However, this may not have been the happiest I saw him look as his expression at the end of the ceremony just about topped even this.“
“Beautiful cars were a bit of a feature at Sarah & David’s wedding; outside the reception barn and providing a unique backdrop to the day were the Ferrari F40, a Porsche Speedster, and a classic Morris Minor that David had worked on extensively with his father. They were a great talking point, and added an extra touch of elegance to the day without taking over in any way. It was a great idea.
It’s always a pleasure being a wedding photographer at Chafford Park and I enjoyed so many aspects of Sarah & David’s wedding. They were clearly a stylish couple with great taste, but were also so nice to work with. It was great fun taking them around the wedding venue for portraits, and being blessed with some of the best weather we had this summer, also gave us an amazing sunset to work with.”
Here are a few words about Sarah and David, and their wedding in their own words:
How did you meet, & how did you become engaged?
“We met on a Friday night at an evening of 10 pin bowling!!! Set up by a mutual friend who was keen to play matchmaker, to her credit it worked and we had our first date a week or so later. We had been together just over 10 years by the day of the wedding.
David proposed on a night we will never forget – new years eve where we were on holiday in Sydney and had treated ourselves to one of the new years eve cruises that sails around the Sydney harbour. The proposal was just after midnight when the firework display finished. It’s fair to say there were fireworks!”
We asked Sarah and David how long it took to plan their wedding and the reasoning behind selecting their date;
“We had just under 18 months to plan as we knew we wanted an early summer wedding.” Of course, their stunning venue paired itself so well to a summer-time affair “We chose Chafford Park because of it’s rural location – on the border of Kent and East Sussex with gorgeous views over the English countryside. The venue is comprised of two barns, both of which have been recently designed for weddings and which offer a blank canvas allowing your own style to shine through.“
How did you decide on your dress and accessories?
“I visited a few bridal shops but in the end went back to the first one where I had fallen in love with a gorgeous ivory lace. The dress was a simple fit and being quite short I knew I couldn’t carry off a big meringue so this was just perfect for me.
My dress was from a gorgeous boutique in Caterham, Helena Fortley’s. The designer was Mikaella and the style a simple but elegant silhouette made of an exquisite lace. We made a few modifications to really make it mine – it was the perfect choice for me. My bridesmaid was my God-daughter – we chose a simple style just perfect for a teenager!
Shoes were not so easy but I eventually settled on a pair of strappy heels with ivory and a silver sparkle which perfectly matched those of my bridesmaid. I knew I wanted pearls for jewellery but couldn’t decide between 2 sets and so only made the final choice about an hour before walking down the aisle…”
Not only did the couples venue of choice lend itself perfectly to the time of year, but too, paired pretty with their chosen colours and theme of the day, rustic and yellow. It’s safe to say that we adore everything from their order of service to blooming beautiful flowers and decorations.
“We searched 3 counties and numerous venues, but in the end knew that Chafford Park offered the rural and picturesque setting we wanted, whilst also allowing us to put our own stamp on the day. We decided on a fresh colour scheme of yellows enhanced with white and green and used this throughout both the ceremony and reception barns. We used a styling company, ‘Not Your Average I Do’, to create an arbour for us in the ceremony room, and we decorated the chairs with simple white muslin and green tie backs. ‘Not Your Average I do’ installed white draping and a white star cloth in the reception barn. Our florist, Katherine Bly created fabulous displays in 3 foot tall clear vases, again using yellow as the primary colour.”
What inspired you to style your day the way you did?
“We wanted to create something reminiscent of an English garden party, with that chilled out summery air of relaxation and fun!”
Just look how radiant Sarah looks, we love her wedding-day look! Sarah’s locks were delicately pinned back and makeup completed by Hair and Makuep artist, Christina Jessel.
“My Mum was honoured that I asked her to walk me down the aisle. I chose Katie Melua’s ‘Call off the search’. I’ve always loved that song and the words just seemed perfect.”
The pair opted for a ceremony that was truly personal to the two of them by choosing a celebrant.
“We picked from a selection provided by A Kentish Ceremony, there was a good enough choice that we felt the words still felt personal to us.”
Did you have any readings? If so, what were they and why did you choose them?
“We had ‘On Your Wedding Day’ and ‘He never leaves the toilet seat up’, both by anonymous authors. We felt both readings really reflected our personalities and our life together whilst also being humorous.”
The boys looked oh-so dapper in their chosen outfits of the day. Sarah wanted the suits to be in a material that weren’t business like, so settled for a wool rich 3 piece in a navy blue. The groomsmen wore complimenting suits sourced from Dickies of Crawley.
“My husband (!) wore a 3 piece woolen suit from Ted Baker, all the groomsmen wore complimenting 3 piece navy suits and all finished off with our trademark yellow socks!”
Please describe your wedding breakfast and the reasons behind it?
“Food is very important to both of us, but as a wedding and events planner myself we wanted something different from the norm, and which would suit the relaxed style of our wedding. We had lots of canapés during the drinks reception and opted for a high end barbecue for the wedding breakfast. Meats and fish were served to the table on wooden chopping boards and guests were able to help themselves to platters of salads placed in the middle of the tables. Dessert was a lovely Eton Mess served on black slates.”
Delicious! The food was sourced from renowned caterers Red Anywhere and by the looks (and sounds) of it, they did an amazing job.
The rustic, evergreen and summer botanical theme was continued throughout the reception, even in the favours that Sarah and David had created. They gifted their guests dainty topiary trees that not only doubled up as a styling element, but a thoughtful gift and reminder of the day to their most loved.
“We opted for mini heart shaped topiary trees which were inspired by the outdoor surrounds of Chafford Park. We had created a logo with our name and date and painstakingly stamped this on every tree as a memento for our guests.”
“Our cake was made for us by the Groom’s mother. We both love fruit cake but know that not everyone does, so as well as our traditional iced fruit cake which created the top tier, we opted for mini sponge cakes flavoured in lemon or chocolate and individually iced; served on the lower tiers of our six tier cake stand!”
What was your first dance track and what did it mean to you?
“We picked Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out Loud’ – Sarah always loved this song so there wasn’t much discussion to be had!”
I like your thinking there, David! The entertainment for the evening was provided by Buffalo Tale, which we have heard many, many great things about.
The couple told us that their favourite part of their wedding was the outdoors festivities, all thanks to the weather, of course! They laid out lawn games that continued on into the evening, keeping it fun, relaxed and everything that they ever could have wished for. Hey, they also provided for some pretty spectacular picture opportunities too; thank you Nick of Parkershots for capturing those special moments!
“We really have to say the weather! We had such a perfect day and the venue looked resplendent. Everyone was so relaxed and even late into the evening, guests were able to be outside playing garden games.”
What led you to choose Nick from Parkershots as your photographer and please can you comment on the results?
“We were instantly impressed with Nick’s work when we looked at his website. His reportage style suited us perfectly and we could see from looking at his portfolio that he would be the right photographer for us. Nick is relaxed and unobtrusive and manages to capture so many amazing moments.”
We asked the couple, on reflection, is there anything that they would have done differently with foresight;
“The day goes so quickly that it’s hard to talk to everyone, with hindsight I would have started just a little earlier and had a longer drinks reception. Our ceremony was 2.30, an extra half hour I think would have really helped.”
Finally, if you could impart any words of wisdom to a bride to be planning her marriage and wedding day, what would they be?
“It’s never too early to start planning! Everything and I mean everything takes longer than you expect to pull together…
Don’t underestimate the budget – the wording wedding seems to add a zero to every price point – only you can decide if it’s worth it but hopefully you only do this once and want to make it count.
Put your trust in someone to check all of your final details on the day, you want to enjoy the day not be worried about the small things – create a detailed list, include drawings of your expectations and give it to someone else the day before.”
As we finish this gorgeous summer-time celebration, we would just like to say a huge thank you to the couple, Sarah and David for letting us share your very special day. We’ve honestly loved reading about the pretty goings on and your love story. I’m also sure that many other couples will find your golden words of wisdom very useful. From The Wedding Affair, we would like to wish you a wonderful future, and a healthy and happy marriage.
Also, a huge thank you to Nick of Parkershots for sending us over this idyllic wedding, your work is so amazing, as quite clearly shown in today’s real wedding! For a full story of the day, we have a gallery of all the images below, along with full vendor credits below.
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The Full Story…
The Team Behind The Talent…
Venue: Chafford Park Estate Caterer: Red Anywhere Wedding Dress: Helena Fortley Designer: Mikaella Bridal Jewellery: Lido Pearls, John Lewis Shoes: John Lewis Bridal Range Perfume: Baby Doll, YSL Hair & Makeup: Christina Jessell Engagement Ring: The Diamond Store Wedding Rings: Chrisholm Hunter at Bluewater Grooms Suit: Tedbaker Groomsmen’s Suit: Dickies of Crawley Bridesmaids Dresses: Alexia Designs Photographer: Parkershots Styling: Not Your Average I Do Florist: Katherine Bly Cake: Mother of the Groom Stationery: Designed by a Friend Entertainment: Buffalo Tale