Georgie Lunan, 29, married Doug Evans, 31, at The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Clandon, followed by a marquee reception at Georgie's father's house in Merrow, both in Surrey, on 3rd June 2017. She says:
Doug and I held a Church of England service, with some classic readings, such as 1 Corinthians 13: 4–8 ('Love is patient, Love is kind...'). But we also added some personal touches to what was otherwise a very traditional ceremony. I walked down the aisle to Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley, one of our favourite songs as a couple; my uncle and cousin jointly read a story, Guess How Much I Love You, which both Doug and I grew up with; during the signing of the register, another of my cousins and our friend sang acoustic versions of pop songs that hold special significance to us.
I always knew I wanted to get married at home, and my father's garden is just perfect for a wedding reception, so it was a dream come true. I loved waking up in my old bed on the morning and pottering about in my pyjamas, getting everything ready for the day. It was comforting, personal and super relaxed.
I wore a dress by Louise Selby, whose bridal boutique is utterly beautiful and serene – precisely how I imagined wedding dress shopping should be! Louise herself was knowledgable, friendly and, most importantly, honest. When I would lean towards a design or style she knew wouldn’t quite work for me, she would say so – but in a friendly, reassuring manner. I was desperate for this, rather than every reaction being, ‘oh, it’s SO perfect’, when it clearly wasn’t. This way, I felt confident that I'd leave her shop with something stunning lined up for me.
I fell in love with Louise’s Delphinium dress, a beautifully cut, silk crêpe design, with a cowl neckline and deep-v back with lapel detail. It was simple yet striking. But I couldn’t shake the idea of having some lace on my dress. So, I tentatively asked Louise if she would consider adding some to her design... It felt risky asking a designer to amend her design, but Louise was pleased to listen to my ideas and happy to create something bespoke for me. We added scalloped lace inside the deep-v back, as well as a stunning trim to its hem. It was beautiful – and fit like a glove.
I always knew that flowers were going to be a significant part of our décor – but, sadly, our allowance didn’t quite match my ideas. Having approached a number of florists, I was disheartened to think I'd have to change my plans to accommodate my budget. Eventually, I came across Surrey and Berkshire-based florist Rosie Orr and went to meet her in her charming cottage. Instantly, I knew she'd become my Flower Fairy Godmother. She found clever, cost-effective ways to achieve everything I wanted. What more could you ask for?!
One of our favourite elements of wedding planning was, in fact, creating our wedding gift list. It was lovely putting it together in the serenity of The Wedding Present Co.'s London showroom and their advisors were so helpful. It was like ‘playing house’ choosing different wine glasses, china and cutlery, then seeing how they'd all look together in the store, which is actually set up like a double-storey home. Building our gift list of dreams, champagne in hand, was a brilliantly spoiling experience!
Our first dance was to Queen's Don’t Stop Me Now. We went backwards and forwards for ages, trying to choose. Then, one day, this song came on as we were driving in the car. We both burst into song and danced along to it from start to finish! We loved that it starts slow, before the exciting moment when the tempo bursts in. On the night, our ushers were armed with confetti canons around the side of the dance floor, which they let off just as the beat dropped. We were showered with confetti. It was amazing. And the upbeat tune really set the tone of the rest of the night – no one seemed to leave the dance floor!
Photographs by Richard Greenly