WEDDINGS

Emerald Art Deco Wedding

Bride & Groom at Maunsel House

So, you might know by now I have a little crush on film photography.  There’s just something about the softness & light that seems to perfectly fit the romance of a wedding day.  And I think it’s rather lovely this twenties-inspired celebration was captured on film by talented Charlie of CKB Photography – a medium which gives the images a timeless elegance and a endless sense of style.  Add to the mix a Jenny Packham dress, emerald & gold peacock-inspired details from PaperKnots and the simply stunning Maunsel House as a backdrop and you’ve got yourself one simply beautiful wedding!

Freya Rose Wedding Shoes Jenny Packham Esme flower girl & page bou outfits Flower girl & Page boy Jenny Packham Esme Jenny Packham Veil Bride in Jenny Packham Veil

the story

We chose Maunsel House because it had so much character. It’s full of history and has such an incredible blend of opulence and elegance mixed with the natural and wild feeling of being on a working estate with animals and beautiful secret gardens – plus the added extra of peacocks roaming everywhere!  We wanted everyone to make the most of the weekend, so many of our guests came down the day before and we had a clay pigeon shooting party on the grounds. Later we sat outside and Paul and I hosted a pub quiz (something that we’re known for) which was a great way to get everyone together and have a bit of fun.

We were incredibly lucky to get a heatwave on our wedding weekend, so it was 33 degrees on the day, and we were able to get married outside in a civil ceremony. We also had a blessing just with immediate family in a small chapel on the grounds which was a lovely intimate moment.

Emerald Green Bridesmaids Dresses from Coast Maunsel House Wedding1920s inspired wedding ceremony Jenny Packham Esme Wedding ceremony at Maunsel House Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Jenny Packham Esme

the fashion

I actually didn’t want a 20’s style dress, and hadn’t intended to purposefully match it to the overall style of the wedding. In fact I came very close to buying a beautiful Suzanne Neville dress, but as is often the case, I decided to try my Jenny Packham dress as I was leaving the shop. It’s so true that you need to try lots of different designs – I never would have imagined choosing a dress like that, but once I put it on that was it!

I spent so long looking for the bridesmaids dresses, as I had a very clear idea of colour and style, but wanted something just a little different to the norm. So, I was so lucky and happy to find them in Coast! My bridesmaids have very different hair colour and skin tones but the emerald green looked beautiful on both of them. Bridesmaid dress shopping was also made harder by the fact that one bridesmaid lives in Thailand and the other gave birth just a few months before the wedding!

My favourite little touch was the flag that George, the page boy carried down the aisle in front of me, saying ‘Here comes the Bride’. George and Milly, the flower girl, were only 2 and 3, so it could have gone horribly wrong! Thankfully they were just gorgeously well behaved on the day and giving George a flag to wave meant he had something fun to do, which helped!

Jenny Packham EsmeBride & Groom at Maunsel House Wedding at Maunsel House Emerald Green Bridesmaids Dress from Coast Here comes the bride flag Wedding MusicWedding musicWedding at Maunsel House

the decor

As with many brides this year, I loved the idea of an Art Deco feel, but didn’t want it to become too themed, and then we loved the peacocks so much that they become a huge influence on the design and colours.  Lisa at PaperKnots came up with the art-deco style Peacock design that we used throughout our stationery, and then I matched the bridesmaid dresses and the decoration to the emerald green and blue colourings from the peacock.   We wanted our tables named after London tube stops, so gave Lisa the difficult brief of creating a tube map in the same design as everything else – she did an incredible job and every guest commented on it. In fact, it’s now framed on the wall of our study at home!

 Art Deco Peacock Stationery by Paperknots Art Deco Peacock Stationery by Paperknots Art Deco Peacock Stationery by Paperknots Art Deco Peacock Stationery by Paperknots

We wanted the meal to be as fun as possible, so we raided the guests’ Facebook photos and used the funniest ones for their namecards, we wrote our own trivia on the back of the menus, and our favours were personalised bottles of Jaegermeister (because we got together on a ski trip!)…with personalised M&Ms for the non-drinkers. Once we’d cut the cake, we all downed the shots to kick off the party!

Jenny Pakcham Esme dress & veil

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the photography

We were over the moon with our photographs from Charlie at CKB Photography, they were all shot on film and so beautiful we didn’t stop looking at them for days!

Suppliers:
Photography: CKB Photography // Photography – Assistance: Rachel Thomas // Dress & Veil: Jenny Packham // Shoes: Freya Rose // Vintage 1920s hair accessory: Revival Retro // Bridesmaid Dresses: Coast // Flower Girl : John Lewis // Page Boy: Monsoon // Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren Black Label // Make-up: Eve Ashby // Hair: Creative Wedding Hair // Venue: Maunsel House  // Stationery: Lisa Butler of Paperknots // Flowers: The Real Cut Flower Garden // Catering: Posh Nosh  // Toasts: Nyetimber

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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