A modern wedding in Buckinghamshire with chic little details and a touch of vintage.
Meet Megan and Harry, our featured bride and groom who’s wedding we are in love with! Megan met Harry at University freshers week on only the second night, they were initially friends but they both soon knew that this was something more.
‘I can honestly say that the moment Harry was a part of my life, I couldn’t imagine life without him.’ Megan
Their wedding took place in the beautiful surroundings of Stoke Place in Stoke Poges, a 17th mansion house in 26 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland. Decorated simply and elegantly Megan and Harry’s big day style perfectly complimented the wedding dress (style 19071) and the bride’s overall look.
But now, less us and more Megan here’s her story of her wedding day!
How did he/you propose?
After spending a normal Saturday with Harry on the 12 December 2015, I left our home to go and meet a friend at Tom’s Kitchen for the evening. She text me to say she was waiting for me in a bar at Somerset House. When I arrived a really lovely receptionist took me up in the lift and explained that my friend was waiting for me in one of their upstairs bars. When I opened the door there was a beautiful trail of candles and rose petals leading out to the balcony overlooking the ice rink. Harry was there with roses, champagne and a beautiful ring! He had hired the balcony for a private evening overlooking the ice skaters and it was honestly the most magical night of my life! We then ate dinner in Tom’s kitchen and as we walked back to the tube along the strand he told me he knew a shortcut and turned left into the entrance of the Savoy Hotel. He had booked a room for the night and even the doorman knew we were coming and congratulated us on arrival! The whole evening was a total and utter surprise and took my breath away!
When and where did the big day take place?
We got married on the 30th April 2016 at Stoke Place in Stoke Poges. We had a civil ceremony onsite for 30 guests and then a large black tie reception in the evening for 100 guests.
When did you start planning?
We got engaged on the 12th December 2015 and married four and a half months later. We were very flexible on wedding dates and initially looked at any time between March and October. We really enjoyed the excitement and continual build up that a short engagement gave us.
Where did you get your dress?
I found my wedding dress at Confetti Bridalwear in Tring, Buckinghamshire. Sarah, the store manager, was absolutely incredible on the day I chose it, encouraging me to try on as many as I liked and really taking the time to listen to what I was looking for. With only 4 months to our big day, I chose my dress in one fabulously girly day!
Is that the sort of dress you thought you would go for or was it a surprise?
I only visited two wedding dress shops and after finding my Ellis Bridals dress in the second, I cancelled the later appointments I had that day! I went with an idea of what I didn’t want but had no clue what I actually did want! I was surprised by elements of my dress, as I didn’t think I would want a train or it to be too fitted but I actually loved the elegance that that style gives.
Who came dress shopping with you?
There were three generations in the wedding dress shop as I took my mother, grandmother and one of my bridesmaids who is my brother’s partner.
How did you arrive at the ceremony?
I stayed at Stoke Place the night before the wedding with my mother and bridesmaids in a beautiful Suite. We all barely slept, through a mixture of excitement and nerves, but it was so wonderful to wake up super early and look out across the lake and grounds to an early morning frost and sunshine peeking through!
Did you have anything unusual during the ceremony?
Our ceremony was very intimate with only 30 people including ourselves. We had two readings, Friendship by Judy Bielicki and A Wedding Message by Amanda Bradley. Before the bridal party entered we had chosen four songs close to our hearts and played the instrumental version whilst guests waited. I walked in to Canon in D which is a song I have always, always, known I would walk down the aisle to. We placed a copy of the poem “The One” on each person’s seat.
How did you accessorize to make your wedding day look unique?
I really wanted to keep my wedding day look very simple and elegant so as not to detract from the stunning detail on the back of my wedding dress. My mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring was my something old, borrowed and blue. I wore some vintage style pearl drop earrings, and a pearl Swarovski bracelet that Harry gave me as a surprise. I finished my look off with a cathedral length veil with piped edging that my grandmother bought me on the day I chose my dress. Clare Turner did a fantastic job of my hair and makeup, keeping it very natural and simple – and all without a trial!
What was the inspiration or colour theme for your wedding?
I had always wanted a very classic and neutral style for our wedding day. Once I had chosen my Ellis dress I knew that I wanted our theme to be very elegant and predominantly white, matching the bridesmaid’s dresses to the nude colour on the top of my wedding dress. I adored our long oval table and spent weeks collecting various glass and white candles to create a beautiful glow in the wedding breakfast room. They were all placed on a 10m table runner which my grandmother had made us. For floral decoration we hired two blossom trees and the day before the wedding my bridesmaids and I made filled many vases with stunning white roses which we picked up at M&S (and these were still alive over two weeks after our wedding day!) and we used our bouquets to decorate the table too. We were very lucky that Stoke Place is styled in a gorgeously contemporary way, predominantly white with exposed wooden floors and ornate moulding on the walls so we only needed to add a few touches to make it our own.
Did you have any entertainment during the day?
During our wedding breakfast one of the waiters started a wine tasting session with some of our friends at the end of the table. The venue had giant chess in the garden in the evening and we had a live band called P.O.P inc, which were absolutely incredible and kept the dancefloor busy all night.
What tips do you have for new brides picking their wedding dress?
Go with an open mind and do not discount dresses on the hanger. Also, go with a view to making a decision, I chose my dress in one day and being a really indecisive person, it helped me to focus and really think about what I wanted. Finally, go with your gut instinct and trust your own judgment!
Where were your photos taken?
Our photos were taken in the grounds and house at Stoke Place. We wanted very natural photographs, so after our ceremony we went for a walk around along the lake and our photographer took photos of us as we talked and laughed together. We only had a photographer for 3 hours as we wanted to spend the day with our family and friends and did not want the photographs to overpower our time.
Where did you honeymoon?
We booked a mini-moon in Gran Canaria and a trip to Las Vegas later in the year. In the end my grandparents extended our Gran Canaria minimoon to 10 days as our wedding gift, so we have been lucky enough to have two honeymoons!
What was your favourite moment from the day?
If I could relive one moment again it would be holding hands and saying our vows in the ceremony. Words cannot describe how special that memory is to me!
All the very best wishes to Megan & Harry from Ellis Bridals xx
Venue stoke place | Megan’s dress by Ellis Bridals from Confetti Bridalwear in Tring | Make up and hair was done by clare turner | Blossom trees from host with style | Love Letters from party lights | Suits were TM Lewin | Flowers were karen elliot | Photography by Natasha Thompson
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