love shoot #37: english country garden {kirsty & aiden}

Summertime in England.  My favourite time of year, the soft hazy sunshine, gardens in full bloom and the smell of honeysuckle in the air.

There’s something very romantic about a traditional English country garden wedding, which is why I’m sharing Kirsty and Aiden’s lilac-infused wedding with you today!   Married at Forty Hall, in Enfield, they decided on ‘Romantic Vintage’ theme with traditional rose florals and sweet DIY touches.

The beautiful images are by October Ward Photography.

Aiden and I are originally from Enfield, North London, we now live in Cambridgeshire and have been together for seven years.  We met at secondary school and we used to sit next to each other in Science Class!!  We were good friends but when we finished school at 16 we lost touch.  Five years later we were 21 and bumped into each other in a nightclub, it was like fate! We were both single at the time and things moved pretty fast from there I suppose the whole getting to know you stage wasn’t an issue with us, we just got each other, a little cheesy but we are the best of friends! A year later we went on holiday to Cyprus, I didn’t realise at the time but Aiden had picked the most beautiful engagement ring and packed it in his luggage, he proposed at our hotel just the two of us…no audience just perfect!!

We had a very long engagement and really we weren’t thinking of marriage just because of the usual – cost – and always put it off as something we couldn’t afford.  But we lost my Mum very unexpectedly, she passed away in April 2010 and it was the biggest shock of my life.  6 months later we decided we wanted to get married around her birthday in July.  Losing mum put life into perspective for us we didn’t want to wait anymore, what if the unthinkable happened again, we wanted our family to be with us on the most special day of our lives.

We chose a place that was special to my mum somewhere she loved and we had grown up going to as a family – Forty Hall in Enfield.  Once we viewed it there was nowhere else that felt right.  I wanted Mum to be a part of the day, I made sure she was, I had her photo’s all around me in my hotel room the morning of the wedding while we got ready, and in the car with my Dad on the way to Forty Hall her photo lay on my lap.  In a strange way it really put me at ease, I could have been a complete wreck walking down the aisle instead I think she gave me a lot of strength.

After the venue was booked I was straight out looking for dresses!!  I’d been to a couple of bridal shops but came away quite deflated, I couldn’t quite find what I was looking for, all the dresses were very detailed lots of diamante, crystals and not my style.  Then I came across The White House, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.   It was an amazing experience! I met Nicola Knowles and she discussed with me the style I was looking for, created a mood board from the pictures I had taken with me and she chose a dress for me! No detail, just plain and it was just what I was looking for.  My dress was white with a sweetheart neckline and a tulle layer, together we created the detail on my dress, a tulle rose at the front and a large bow on the back…I knew I wanted a bow somewhere on the dress!

We originally wanted a Romantic Vintage inspired theme lots of muted tones of creams, pinks, purples and greens incorporating lace, pearls and bows then I would scour the internet for images and buy wedding magazines that had these ideas in them and create little mood boards.  I would always keep an eye out for items to decorate the reception.

What we ended up with was some vintage influences including the distressed bird cages which were our centrepieces, but it pretty much evolved into our own style, we had lots of candlelight – pretty lanterns, hurricane lamps filled with church candles, candelabra’s and floating candles all dotted around with scattered petals, a very romantic feel and although we never intended to have one distinct colour theme and definitely not lilac, it ended up lilac and we loved it! 

Our invitations, place names and table plan were all handmade by us, we had old black and white wedding pictures of our grandparents placed on our signing table along with the picture of mum.  We had a sweet table where we filled jars with retro sweets such as flying saucers, refreshers and lovehearts and had sweet filled cones of ‘shrimps & bananas’  & ‘Flumps’ which we placed in baskets for our guests to take away.  I also made pearl necklaces for our sweet jars which took ages! We wanted to do lots more projects but we just ran out of time!

We wanted the day to be very informal for our guests and people to feel at ease, we didn’t have any receiving line and we didn’t have lots of speeches, we wanted the pressure off of everybody and just for them to enjoy the day and the experience. I hope we achieved that.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was to a song called “They Don’t Know” by Jon B, this was our song when we first got together and although I wasn’t too sure about having it as our first dance there wouldn’t have been another song that would have meant as much, so it was perfect for us.

Don’t you just love that dress?  A true fairytale gown, and I adore the bow detail on the back (I’m a sucker for bows!)

Any advice for future brides?

Don’t over think things, I would spend ages thinking is that the right thing to do and thinking of others opinions, but if it’s the right thing for you then go with it, it’s your day after all. 

Everybody will tell you that the day will go so fast so enjoy every moment and take everything in, no matter how much you try and do this you will still wake up the next day wishing that you could do the impossible and slow time down.  There will always be something you would like to have changed or things that went wrong but don’t dwell on these, the fact is you will never have enough time to do everything you want to on your wedding day and not all will go according to plan.  But the most important thing to remember is the day is about the two of you, it’s easy to forget along the way with all the planning and wedding stress why you are doing this, but on the day nothing else matters.


Dress – The White House, Wisbech, Cambridge

Shoes Paradox London

Veil & Accessories The White House,  and some pearl stud earrings which were my ‘something borrowed from Aiden’s Nan.

Bridesmaids Dresses – The White House

Stationery – DIY

Venue – Forty Hall, Enfield

FloristAndrea Ling at The Enchanted Florist (01920 438980)

Hair & Makeup – The White House

Groom’s Suit – Moss Bross

Catering – Richmond Creative Event Catering


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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