Billy was Christened at St Peter's Church in St Albans. It's a lovely place and we liked the traditional atmosphere that comes with a church wedding. It was also a short walk from our reception venue, the recently renovated St Albans Cricket Club, which has nice period features and is surrounded by lots of green space. It was the perfect size for our 100 guests – we wanted it to feel intimate and they just about squeezed in! The club’s staff couldn’t have been more friendly and accommodating, which took a lot of stress out of planning the day.
Another reason we chose the cricket club is that it's unadorned in itself, so we had plenty of freedom to decorate the place ourselves. I’d go so far as to say that one of the main reasons I wanted a September wedding was because I love autumn flowers so much. My mum (also a flower fanatic) booked us into a DIY wedding flower course at Common Farm Flowers in Somerset a year before the big day, so we knew what would be in season at the time of the wedding and could make the posies ourselves. This was both a cost-saving measure, but also ensured there wouldn't be any stiff or overly formal arrangements. On the day, everything came from the Gillyflower farm, which supplies buckets of cut flowers ready to arrange. The day before the wedding, my mum and I made about twenty delicate tumblers of cut dahlias, wild fennel, sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, wild basil and Rudbeckia for the tables. The style I like, loose and wild, was a good fit for our informal venue. We also ordered some garlands of fresh hops from Hop Garland to accessorise the entrance to the cricket club. They're surprisingly affordable and made a big difference.
Bettina, who runs Gillyflower, created my bouquet and a delicate garland of flowers for my hair. She made the latter using strawflowers, which I’d actually never heard of. They're quite hardy, so the headband kept really well. The posey I carried included dahlias, scabiosa, wild grass, zinnias and fennel, as well as some beautiful roses, which we didn't have in any of the other arrangements. It was tied with burgundy ribbon from V V Rouleaux, which Bettina used in my headband to match.
I never pictured myself in a big white dress, and figured that if I felt uncomfortable it would probably show. I remembered seeing a picture of Olivia Palermo’s wedding outfit, a full white skirt with a white top tucked in, which caught my imagination. I loved the idea of separates and thought a light jumper would be perfect for September weather. I considered a full satin skirt and toyed with the idea of having something custom-made, but, in the end, ordered the Watters Amora tulle skirt from BHLDN. I had been ogling it online for months and took the plunge when I saw that the price had been marked down. I wore it with a pale pink cashmere sweater from Brora and bejewelled, tie-at-the-ankle Jimmy Choo ballet pumps from The Outnet. I absolutely loved my skirt but didn’t want to be hindered when dancing later on, so, a few weeks before the wedding, I bought the Arta lace culottes and matching top from from French Connection’s bridal line. It was lovely changing into it after dinner - like pulling on pyjamas! I also (literally) let my hair down for the party, which felt quite liberating. I had to remove a lot of hair grips!
Photographs by Yokan