I am super excited to share with you today the *Gorgeous Green Garden* wedding of Esther and Simeon.
*Engagement* Esther, a teacher, and Simeon, a junior doctor, met during their second year at Bristol University. Simeon proposed on a canoe on the River Wye – sounds gorgeous!
*Wedding Planning* They had a ten month engagement and planned the wedding in this time during Esther’s PGCE year. She stated, “It was a welcome break during a very busy PGCE year”. It is so lovely to hear what an active role Simeon played in wedding planning also,
“Simeon was very involved too and good at sourcing things and finding good deals.”
The most stressful part of wedding planning for Esther and Simeon was finding a suitable reception venue in a relatively short period of time during peak wedding season for their wedding date and within their budget.
*Wedding Inspiration* Esther and Simeon looked in bridal magazines and online for wedding ideas.
*Wedding Style* The ‘Garden Room’ was where Ester and Simeon hosted their wedding breakfast and Dunchurch Park Hotel has lush grounds, so they took inspiration from this with their dark green colour scheme and lots of floral greenery to decorate the tables.
*Colour Scheme* Dark green and white as chosen by Simeon, to which Esther agreed!
*The Bride* Esther chose her dress in a record hour and a half from Oxfam Bridal and she used the Oxfam wedding dress shop in Coventry,
” I found an ex-display Debenhams dress – strapless, white, fairly slim fitted with a long beaded train, which I had altered to fit me properly.”
Oxfam have a fantastic range of wedding dresses that are donated by brides after their weddings and by shops. There are several Oxfam wedding dress shops in the UK and is well worth consideration for buying or donating your wedding dress. This is a wonderfully charitable, eco considerate and budget-friendly way to source a wedding dress. *Sparkle Pearls and Lace* will be featuring Oxfam wedding dress shops soon.
Esther stated that she, “loved the long train and bead detail”. We love this too and think Esther looked stunning in her dress – SUCH a beautiful bride!
Esther’s beautiful make-up was done by a local makeup artist and her childhood hairdresser completed the look with a half up half down hairstyle, combined with romantic curls and finished off beautifully with a sparkly headband.
She wore a simple, short veil, which she sourced online to accompany her beautiful dress and this complimented her loose curls perfectly.
The sparkly necklace and drop earrings that Esther found in a independent shop in Rugby really twinkled in the sunshine.
Esther found some white ballet shoes from Faith,
“I wanted to be comfortable and also not taller than Simeon.”
*Bridesmaids* Esther’s two long term friends were her bridesmaids.
They wore striking dark green strapless cocktail dresses from Debenhams and teamed them with black peep toe heels from New Look. They did their own hair and created a lovely natural and wavy look.
Esther’s younger cousins and junior bridesmaids at eight and ten years of age wore pretty white full-length dresses.
*The Groom* Simeon wore tails and waistcoat complete with dark green cravat from an independent shop in Bristol.
*Groomsmen* Simeon’s two brothers and two close friends were his groomsmen and wore matching tails. They were given gold pocket watches by Simeon. What a lovely gift!
*Morning of the Wedding* Esther spent the morning of the wedding with her bridesmaids and family at her parents house. The wedding ceremony was at 12noon, so the schedule was very efficient in the morning.
*The Church* Esther had been involved with the Elim Pentecostal Church since she was seven years of age, so it was very important for her and Simeon to marry there. It is so lovely to see what a special place this was to Esther and her family.
The ceremony included two Bible readings and traditional vow wording was used.
There were six contemporary church worship songs led by a church band and words were displayed on the screen, so all members of the congregation felt included.
*Walking Down the Aisle* Esther’s father proudly walked Esther down the aisle to instrumental music of ‘Kisses and Cake’ from the ‘PS I Love You Film Track’.
*Transport* A lovely classic cream car transported Esther and Simeon to the reception venue.
*Flowers* Esther is very creative and made her own bouquets! She watched internet tutorials and taught herself. The bouquets complimented the colour scheme, as they were comprised of white roses and greenery.
The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the same bouquets.
A friend of hers was a trained florist and organised floral arrangements for the church and the buttonholes were made by a florist.
*The Reception* Esther and Simeon had found Dunchurch Park Hotel, as it was only a short twenty minute journey from the church. They were delighted with their find,
“It was a lovely venue with lots of inside space, gorgeous grounds for photos and also a reasonable price.”
The drinks reception, “something bubbly” was served in the gorgeous gardens.
Guests enjoyed the wedding breakfast in ‘The Garden Room’ overlooking the lush green landscape.
Esther and Simeon expanded upon the garden theme with foliage draped on top table and gorgeous lanterns filled with ivy plants and leaves in abundance. This is such a gorgeous idea for a centre piece!
Tealights were used to create mood lighting.
*Menu* Guests enjoyed a scrummy menu of pate, followed by roast lamb and finished with profiteroles.
*A Piece of Wedding Cake* Simeon’s mum made the four tiered fruit cake and Esther’s mum decorated in white and gold to create the gorgeous stack of presents cake. What fabulous teamwork from the mums and such a lovely personal touch for Esther and Simeon.
*Wedding Favours* Small handmade notebooks made in Nepal were given to guests along with a chocolate heart in an organza bag.
*Wedding Stationery* Esther designed all of the wedding stationery herself and was helped and supported by her lovely family in the making of these items. The stationery comprised of a dark green background with cream ‘skeleton’ leaves sourced online.
Place cards were created using a leaf and table names were in keeping with the garden theme also being named after flowers.
Guests left messages in a lovely parchment notebook.
*Entertainment* Esther and Simeon had a string quartet to entertain guests during the gorgeous outdoors drinks reception, a magician who wandered round the reception and a ceilidh band in the evening. The six children that attended the wedding were kept amused by gift bag activity packs and games.
*First Dance* They danced to the beautiful ‘What a Wonderful World’.
*Evening Reception* Guests were treated to nibbles, pork rolls and a ‘stack of chocolate cupcakes’ to fuel them for the ceilidh band.
*Photography* I really love the photography style – Joys Photography has captured all aspects of the day with the emotion behind it. There are shots of stunning scenery, natural, informal and fun shots as well as the photographs of details, people and the experiences of the wedding itself. The photos have turned out so well and convey the true sentiment behind Esther and Simeon’s wedding: a beautiful day for a lovely couple who had put so much thought into the small details but kept at its heart, the start of their life together.
Esther stated, “We were lucky to have friends (a married couple) who were just exploring going semi-professional with photography at the time, they had done a few other friends weddings before ours. It was great because they were with us the whole day and took thousands of photos which they edited and gave us afterwards for us to make our own photo album using ‘Bob Books’ on the internet.”
*Most Memorable Moment* “Seeing everyone dance at the ceilidh – very fun!”
*Most Surprising Moment* Esther stated, “When my mum got up to do a speech as well as my Dad!” That sounds like a lovely surprise!
*Photo that Encapsulates the Wedding* “Us happy and smiling”
*Honeymoon* Esther and Simeon stayed at a local hotel after the reception and were seen off in style.
They ventured on their honeymoon two days after the wedding and spent a glorious week in Lake Como, Italy. They loved the “scenery, lovely apartment and relaxation”. Sounds beautiful and like the perfect honeymoon combination!
*Pearls of Wedding Wisdom*
* “See how much you can do yourselves, with help from others (if you are a creative type of person)”
* “Remember that this day is important, but actually your life and marriage together is the most important.”
* “I loved doing our own flowers, stationery, decorations, cake etc. It made it very personal and I was also proud of what I achieved.”
Thanks so much to Esther and Simeon for sharing their *Gorgeous Green Garden* wedding with us, it just looks SO lovely. I love how ‘The Garden Room’ inspired the colour scheme and style of the wedding,and I adore the ivy filled lanterns. All of the personal, homemade, crafty touches are just lovely and Esther’s innovation and creativity is impressive. It is really lovely how family and friends were so included in the day and helped with the wedding also. The lush green gardens of Dunchurch Park are just gorgeous for photos, Esther and Simeon look so in love in all of the pictures and the photography is just stunning! It looks like the most incredible day celebrating love, family, friendship and life. I also really love what an involved groom Simeon was and the careful thought he put into the day, such as with the excellent choice of colour scheme.*Sparkle Pearls and Lace* is so happy to be able to share this lovely day with you!