Garden party

20 Mar 2014

Garden party

Everything was coming up roses at Benjamin and Claire’s traditional English country wedding

Benjamin Osborne and Claire Hill

Where: Ceremony at All Saints Church, Willian followed by reception at Letchworth Hall Hotel, Herts

Photography: Belle Momenti Photography

We had a traditional country English theme to our wedding. We chose a mixture of pink roses and other flowers.

We chose Letchworth Hall Hotel because they had a great package and we also needed somewhere that people could stay, so it seemed like the perfect location. We chose All Saints Church as it was close to the venue and is beautiful and idyllic.

The best part of the day was standing outside the church after the ceremony in the beautiful sunshine and speaking to our guests. It was a relief that the scary part was over and we felt on top of the world.

The room at Letchworth Hall was decorated with lace swags, ivy, pearls and rose petals. Our centrepieces were wrought iron candlesticks with a beautiful arrangement of roses, other flowers and ivy in the middle and we had pink sugared almonds in cream lace bags as favours. My mum, Julie Hill, gave me a horseshoe brooch for my something old, my best friend Amy Watts, lent me her Tiffany necklace and my garter was my something blue. Nearly everything was new including my shoes and underwear! Our little niece Grace Sherwood, was a f lower girl and wore a very sweet dress quite similar to mine.

Our cake was chocolate and orange caramel, carrot cake and coconut sponge decorated with pink ribbon and artificial roses.

The venue provided a DJ who played a mixture of music including songs we had requested. Our first dance was to Jon McLaughlin’s So Close, which is from the film Enchanted.

WHO DID WHAT

Photography: Belle Momenti Photography, 07840 147545, www.bellemomenti.com

Venue: Letchworth Hall Hotel, Letchworth Garden City, 01462 683747, www.letchworth-hall-hotel.co.uk

Dress: Morgan Davies, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, 01462 432889, www.morgandavieshitchin.co.uk

Accessories: Morgan Davies, as above; Hinxworth Bridal, Hertfordshire,

01462 835761, www.andrewbeswickdesign.com/hinxworthbridal/hinxworth_bridal

Hair: Andy King (friend)

Make-up: Katie Bish, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, 07729 749306, www.katielovesmakeup.co.uk

Groom’s suit: Hinxworth Bridal, as above

BridesMaids’ Dresses: Hinxworth Bridal, as above

Wedding rings: Ernest Jones, 01438 723306, www.ernestjones.co.uk

Cake: Emily Jane Cakes, Old Knebworth, Hertfordshire, 01438 820884, www.emilyjanecakes.co.uk

Flowers: Skipps Florist, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, 01767 313166, www.skippsflorist.co.uk; Dream Wedding Company, St Albans, 01727 800381, www.thedreamweddingcompany.com

Stationery: Dream Wedding Company, as above

Transport: Grand Limos, 08000 186826, www.grandlimos.co.uk

Videography: Ultimate Visuals, 01582 614658, www.ultimatevisuals.com

Entertainment: Letchworth Hall; harpist Catrin Morris-Jones, 07811 946736, www.harp-catrinmj.co.uk

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