The run-up to Abbie and Aaron’s wedding was almost as exciting as the day itself, with THREE of their bridesmaids announcing pregnancies! Thankfully all babies had arrived or stayed put for the day itself and a gorgeous day was had by all!
Over to Abbie to tell us about their day, all shown off with wonderful images by talented wedding photographer Emma Stoner.
As always, full supplier list and links at the bottom of the post…
We were visiting the German markets with our friends in Cologne, and on the day we were supposed to be flying home Aaron told me that he had booked us a trip to Rome as a Christmas gift. We left our friends at the airport to embark on our trip to Rome, Italy. W
e arrived at our beautiful hotel (JB Relais), where there was champagne and Italian biscuits waiting in our room.
The next day we did some sightseeing and then headed out for dinner and champagne near the Pantheon.
We walked back to the hotel along the river and Aaron popped the question when we got back to our room (he knows I would have died with embarrassment if he had asked in front of people!)
Where it all happened
We got ready at Kingston Estate, Staverton. I got ready with the girls in the kitchen of the house whilst Aaron and the boys got ready in one of the on-site cottages.
We got married in St Andrews church, Ashburton by the vicar Geoffrey Fenton.
Afterwards, we headed back to Kingston for reception drinks, canapés, and dinner and dancing.
Kingston was exactly what we had in mind when we were discussing wedding plans; a country house, big enough for all of our nearest and dearest to stay on site with us and enjoy a relaxing weekend away. The church was gorgeous and in Aaron‘s hometown of Ashburton- which was perfect for us.
What they wore
I wore a champagne coloured Casablanca Bridal, style 1975 with a low back. Shoes were ice blue Rainbow Club, both purchased from the lovely Jenny at Serenity Bridal. Hair was done by Jodie from The Hair Lounge, Tavistock and make-up by Chloe Clements. The girls (7 bridesmaids) also had their make-up done by Chloe, hair done by EHair designs (Emily McIntyre) and wore blue-grey one shoulder dresses from Wed2B. My 2 beautiful flower girls wore lovely ivory dresses from Debenhams.
Styling & decor
We were aiming for country class. Lots of rustic, hand-made decorations including candles, bunting, wood slices and outdoor lighting. We went for Italian themed food, giving that it was our favourite type of food and reflected the special moment when Aaron proposed.
Blackawton Blooms did a fantastic job of arranging our wildflowers- hair flowers, 8 bouquets and 2 large milk churns. We went for wildflowers, lots of leaves and layers to match our country-style. The boys had small, simplistic button holes consisting of lavender.
My sister (Richeldis Bentley, Maid of honour) and bridesmaid (Jacqui Lee) made the Italian themed cake – Victoria sponge, chocolate and limoncello flavoured layers, semi-naked, decorated with flowers.
What they ate and drank
We went on a trip to France and Brugge to pick up our wine and Prosecco. Hayley Doidge (Cru events) sorted our food- she was amazing. she used Italian inspiration to create the menu – cold meats, olives and bread to start, beef braciole or mushroom risotto for main, a trio of desserts including lemon cake, chocolate cake, meringue (all in our colours). We had a sit-down meal, followed by a shot of limoncello (not sure our guests enjoyed it!)
We hired Il Vulcano pizza van for the evening- the boys were busy all night and did a great job feeding our intoxicated guests!
Capturing it all
Emma Stoner was our photographer and Clifton Firth our videographer.
We had a magic mirror for our evening guests to enjoy.
We hired the incredible Aldo Vanucci, who we met with to describe our taste in music. He incorporated our taste brilliantly and the dance floor was packed all night!
We went back to work and waited for our Christmas holiday to begin- We spent one-week skiing in Whistler, we left on Christmas Eve and travelled to Mexico where we spent Christmas – NYE living it up in a 5* all-inclusive resort (Secrets Akumal, Riviera Maya). Bliss!
Favourite part of the day
I couldn’t possibly pick, the whole weekend was perfect. We enjoyed the hot tub party the night before…we perhaps should have headed to bed a little earlier than we did though! Storm Brian added to the drama, making our photos stormy with plenty of rainbow shots.
Advice to others
Enjoy the experience, do what you want to do. The day/weekend really does go by so fast, so make sure you enjoy every moment.
Fabulous Local Suppliers