The Hampshire wedding of Phoebe Battye & Pedro Simmons
At Stansted Park, Hampshire
Photography: Kate Hopewell-Smith
We were originally going to wait a couple of years to get married but after viewing a couple of venues we found the beautiful Stansted Park and instantly fell in love with it. We both knew we couldn’t wait for two whole years so we booked up for 10 months time, the 2nd August 2014. We decided on an all-white theme with hints of gold. The flowers, done by Annie, Blossom and Bird, www.blossomandbird.net were all white with orchids and roses being the main flowers, mixed with hydrangea, stocks, chrysanthemum star/bloom, astilbe and delphiniums.
I went for massive centrepieces on glass vases almost a metre tall. The bouquets were tightly packed and hand-tied featuring the same flowers. To fit with the white theme the marquee company sourced a white dance floor and we had white chair covers in the ceremony. The cake was made by Nicola Hall of Hall of Cakes, www.hallofcakes.co.uk, it was Victorian style piping and moulding and featured six tiers with gold accents and our initials ‘PP’ in gold. I like the idea of having a pick ‘n’ mix table but wanted to keep with the theme, so decided to have a treat table with handmade chocolates (champagne truffles, lemon truffles, strawberry truffles, fudge fingers and salted caramel- all white chocolate with hints of gold), gourmet marshmallows, macaroons and meringues. Then we had cupcake boxes with labels and guests could fill the boxes with the treats to take as a favour. Another great feature for guests was the polaroid guest book. We provided a Fuji Instax camera and plenty of film and washi tape for guests to take a picture, stick in the book and write a message. We ended up with a completely full guest book and hundreds of funny photos left over. We bought custom-made signs off Etsy for the bar, guest book, treat table and sparkler send off and put them into gold frames I bought in bulk online. We also made table numbers with pictures of us at that age for each table. My brother cut out the black card and then we slotted the pictures in which we resized from old pictures. For our place settings, we hired in clear charger plates with a gold rim, napkins and gold rimmed glasses. We had menus printed in fitting with the signs to slot into the napkins and then I had a lolly made for each guest with their name on as their place card. My florist also slotted a little flower into each napkin. Our photographer was quite simply amazing. Kate Hopewell-Smith is one of five Nikon ambassadors in the UK and I booked her mainly based on her beautiful couple shots into the sunset, which she certainly delivered. We also bought our wedding party glitter champagne glasses from Etsy, and I got the bridesmaids matching robes for getting ready in the morning.
What would be your top tip for other brides? Don’t forget to get a good photographer. Shop around and make sure they shoot the style you want. It took a long time to find Kate but I really wanted a photographer who was great with lighting and it’s Kates speciality. When you are married, eaten the cake, stored the dress away, read all of your cards, and the memories start to fade, you will always, always have the pictures!
MAKING IT POSSIBLE
Photography: Kate Hopewell-Smith, www.katehopewellsmith.com
Venue: Stansted Park
Dress: Justin Alexander
Veil: Sara Gabriel (shipped from America)
Accessories: Tiara from Ivory and Co, jewellery, www.glitzysecrets.com
Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy from JC Brides, www.jcbrides.com
Make-up: Sarah Waycott-Marr, www.sarahwaycottmarr.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Profile, Brighton
Stationery: Pure Invitation, www.pureinvitation.co.uk
Flowers: Blossom and Bird, Portsmouth
Cake: Hall of Cakes
Catering: County Caterers, Portsmouth, www.countycaterers.co.uk
Venue dresser: Marquee: Southern Marquees
Chocolates for treat table: www.cocochocolatiers.co.uk
Meringues and Macaroons: www.qbtreats.co.uk