Modern Elegance: A Real Wedding at Turvery House, Bedfordshire

We’re delighted to share the beautiful wedding of Claudia and Stevie captured by Summer Lily Studio! This adorable couple had their wedding ceremony at a beautiful Church and chose the beautiful Turvery House for their stunning reception! Nestled in 150 acres of parkland, Turvey House has that elegant English Heritage essence and the building is a magnificent backdrop for the weddings which are held in the grounds. The gardens are so pretty and we adore Claudia and Stevie’s portraits as they wander through them!

Claudia tells us about her and Stevie, their style and the details about the wedding day! “Stevie and I first met at High School when we were 14 and finally got together when we were 20. Sadly it wasn’t meant to be right then and it turned out not to be “our time”. We split up and went our separate ways for the best part of 8 years. Stevie went to live in New York and I continued to live and work in London for many years. Fate eventually encouraged our paths to cross back in our hometown of Bedford,  and I think they say “the rest is history.

We wanted our wedding to be personal to us and we did not want the limitations of a package style hotel wedding, (although this would have been a lot easier to organise!) We were not huge fans of marquee weddings but we were hopeful that by spending a little bit more money we could achieve a sophisticated and elegant look. The garden at Turvey House inspired our theme and styling and we wanted a timeless, and classic look but with a contemporary edge. Suppliers would ask “So…what”s your theme?”  I panicked everytime…I didn’t have a theme, I didn’t know I was supposed to? We just chose things based on what we like?! Yes, I was worried how it would all tie together but at the end of the day, it’s about what you want as a couple and not about creating a pinterest worthy wedding. (Although, I did want a Pinetrest worthy wedding!!!)

“We looked at a few wedding venues but Turvey House was the one for us. It is not a pristine manor house, in fact, it needs work. For us, this was part of the charm. The grounds are just stunning and we both just got a special feeling there, I can’t really describe it. It is a huge gamble going for a marquee wedding as you have no real clue what the final spectacle will be? But we just went with our gut feeling and are so pleased that we did.

I tried on lots and lots…and lots of dresses! I LOVED them all! There is so much choice out there and overall, the service received in all of the boutiques was fabulous. In the end I chose my beautiful Pronovias dress. It is a 2 in 1 dress which allowed me to completely remove the train for the evening. It became a totally different dress and I loved the versatility. My bridesmaids were in Ted Baker dresses and again, I wanted them to be as content with their outfits as possible. They are two of the dearest people to me, I didn’t want to put them in dresses that would not do them justice. Again, taking a gamble with them wearing different styles but they both looked beautiful on the day and it worked!

I am a dancer and so of course, there was immense pressure on us for the first dance. Stevie however, is NOT a dancer and the pressure he felt (poor guy) was even more immense. We tried not to talk about it too much until it got to about a month before. It became a bit of an elephant in the room. Stevie thought I would want to do a “Strictly” style routine and was seriously panicking, but I absolutely did not want that. I think the first dance is such a special moment between the couple, a chance to reflect on the day and take stock of all your amazing family and friends around you. The day whizzes, and I knew that when we stepped onto the dance floor I wanted to take it all in and not be bogged down by steps and the pressure of going wrong! I wanted us to be relaxed and be able to just feel the love!!! I literally watched a video clip on you tube from “This Morning”, they did an item on first dances. We stole a couple of moves from there and a lift/spin! We practised for about a week in our tiny cottage living room and we were done!

I have to say, our first dance was possibly the most wonderful moment of my life so far. Standing under a clear span roof with a beautiful pink sky sunset above us, and surrounded by our nearest and dearest all smiling and cheering us on. It was a moment I will cherish forever, I felt like a complete Princess and have never felt happier.

My advice to new brides would be to take it all in your stride. Don’t get stressed about the finer details, they are not worth it. Smile, take it all in, and you will never have looked so beautiful. Once all the planning and running around is done, surrender to the day and make some beautiful memories.”





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