First off, I can’t quite believe it has taken me this long to write about Anna and Tyron’s stunning summer wedding at Soughton Hall. I can only apologise … BUT, thinking about that day is filling me with joy as it was just so bloody wonderful. So perhaps writing this in November on a cold and pretty gloomy day is super smart of me! Also, how lucky am I to be able to include the work of the amazing Heledd Roberts in one of my blog posts?! Her work is drrreeeaamy and I am truly swept right back to that day, on June 1st 2018.
I first met Anna around 18 months before the big day. She described her dream wedding as grand, classic and romantic – perfectly fitting for the chosen venue. At the heart of the wedding there would be sentiment, Anna did not yet know how, but she knew that she wanted her day to honour dearly loved family members who were no longer able to attend.
Anna is a bubbly girl, with lots of ideas (perhaps too many! haha!) but I just loved working with her. She was full of enthusiasm, and her love for her fiancé Tyron was obvious from the start. It was not just her love of Tyron that was clear … but also her love of her dogs; Bibby and Bessie, who would also be central to the day! It was quite a while later that I first met Tyron, and it was lovely to see that he was equally as excited and full of ideas as Anna.
Plans developed well, and I was super excited about the styling. It was a more traditional look to what I had created before, but Anna’s stunning Pronovias gown which she settled on very early in the process provided a perfect canvas for creating the rest of the look. It had a classic high neckline and low back featuring the most gorgeous button details. This elegant look was to be complemented by loosely arranged bouquets bustling full of fluffy roses and greenery. This idea and concept didn't change at all, but along the way the detail changed quite a bit. That's the thing about weddings, in that sometimes you are planning so far in advance that of course your ideas will develop. You will see things that you like more than your original ideas and circumstances will lead you to have to make changes. Don't be afraid of this! As long as you are surrounded by super talented suppliers who are as eager as you are to see your dream wedding come to life, anything can happen! It also helps to have a super cool wedding planner in charge of communication, just saying! (Just don't change everything so last minute that even a fairy godmother couldn't fix!).
As always, I could write about this wedding forever. I’m really struggling with my highlights here as there are so many. But here are my top 3:
Anna and Tyron’s invite stationery suite incorporated an oil painting by Anna’s late grandmother. They are classic and elegant and are exactly what we were looking for. Lots of sketches in our notebooks over tea and cake led to a clear idea, and Silk Beau managed to produce these beauties. How sweet that her handwriting was also included.
Now, I am not a pet lover. Sorry! But Anna and Tyron are, and I know a lot of you who are reading this
will be too. Can you have dogs at your ceremony?
Well, YES! Look how adorable Bibby and Bessie are all set to walk down the aisle with Anna, her Father and her bridal party!
Also… how amazing is it that Anna walked down the aisle accompanied by her school choir (she is a primary school teacher!) and then she excited with her new husband under a guard of honour made up of her class children.
YES! to all of these little ceremony details that make an otherwise traditional and well-rehearsed ceremony truly personal.
Another bit of the wedding that began in a notepad with some sketches. Anna and Tyron knew that they wanted to honour their lost family members by naming their guest tables after them. But they wanted to do it in a subtle and beautiful way. I think we nailed it with these centrepieces! Continuing the family affair, Tyron’s father built the tall floral bases from reclaimed wood and iron. They were dressed with loosely structured floral arrangements and tousling greenery from Wild Floral, Chester and then 3 simple photographs were hung from each. Just gorgeous. The emotion of the guests once they saw the wedding breakfast décor and recognised the significance of the centrepieces was also a highlight in itself.
I can’t finish this post without mentioning the photography again, and more specifically how the weather forecast can have couples worrying about it. Anna and Tyron’s wedding day was on June 1st. We’d had glorious weather for a good few weeks and were looking forward to much of the same. But it wasn’t to be, in the week of the wedding all the forecasts changed! We were looking at a storm! … On the day itself, it held out long enough. Just after the guests were seated for the wedding breakfast though, the heavens well and truly opened! One might say this was good timing … but since we still had the bride and groom photo session to do, I must admit I did start thinking what a shame it would be to have to shoot their shots inside when there were such amazing grounds outside. Fear not … I was working with Heledd! And Heledd knows that all you need is a willing couple, a very slight break in the rain and some good natural lighting to capture the most wonderful images. I don’t need to say much more here, I’ll just leave you to enjoy!
If you need more from this wedding - check out the highlights video by Emily J Roberts!
Anna and Tyron, I miss our chats and all your last-minute ideas! Wishing you all the love in the World, you wonderful couple.
A huge shout out to the amazing suppliers involved:
Venue: Soughton Hall
Photography: Heledd Roberts supported by Stacy Haf
Bridal party and groomsmen flowers: Luna Flower
Venue flowers: Wild Floral Design
Invite stationery suite: Silk Beau
Venue stationery: Lilly Bear
Transport: Meredith Jones
Make-up: Faces by Poppy
Videographer: Emily J Roberts