I knew I wanted the main colour for the day to be lavender, which also rolled out into lilac and grey. I love the colour anyway, but it's also very sentimental to me. My grandmother used to give us sea lavender when we visited her in North Norfolk. We could take it home and it'd remind us of our holiday. It's been special to me ever since.
We tied the shade into many aspects of the day. The church pews were decorated by my mum with lavender and barley, which were fastened with white ribbon. My cousin Abigail and my Aunty Morag came with us in July to Hitchin Lavender Farm to pick it fresh, then we dried it out at home. My mum also made delicious lavender shortbreads which were laid on guests' dinner plates with another decorative sprig and each person's name in calligraphy. My bridesmaids' dresses from Monsoon and all the day's flower arrangements were chosen based on the shade.
Our florist, Katherine Brown from Ivory Floral Events, created a romantic posy of blooms for me to carry. Deep purple Ocean Song and violet Mentha roses, lilac sweet peas, blue Parvi eucalyptus and dried lavender were mixed through with slivery foliage and a few blush and white varieties. The way the eucalyptus and lavender peeked through the other flowers created a loose, relaxed aesthetic. It was perfect – and had exactly the subtle nod to our colour theme that I'd hoped for.
Our venue choices also came down to how meaningful they were to us. I've holidayed in the coastal village of Blakeney almost every year since I was born! It's a tradition to stay there each summer and do the same activities like crabbing, fish and chips at French’s or No. 1 Cromer, take the muddy walk to Blakeney Watch House and pay a visit to the seals at Blakeney Point. My parents also have a small cottage there, where Charles and I spend weekends to escape the hustle and bustle of London. As a result, there really wasn't anywhere more sentimental for us to say our vows than at St Nicholas Church in the village.
From there, Holkham Hall in nearby Wells-next-the-Sea was a no-brainer. We'd go to the historic estate as children and I always knew I'd love to have my wedding there. It has a really special atmosphere as soon as you enter the grounds. Another venue that carries huge sentimental value.
Photographs by James Kilcoin