our wedding story… Liana and Chris

Wedding Photography by Lucy Shergold

Liana (our media planning manager) and Chris got married last month and promised to share their beautiful wedding day with us. Liana has written a wonderfully detailed account and there really is no need for me to explain anymore. Read on to be swept away and inspired by their stunningly stylish, country wedding:

When I woke up on the morning of my wedding the first thing I did was leap to the window and throw open the curtains. All week I had been manically refreshing the BBC Weather page on my phone, and although the forecast for 16 July was consistently showing rain, I had all my fingers and toes crossed for a small miracle. Sadly when I looked out of the window I wasn’t greeted with sunshine and rainbows but instead thunderous black clouds and drizzle. Five minutes of whining, followed by my sisters repetitively telling me that photos come out better when it’s over cast (which is actually true), and I was right as rain (excuse the pun!).

My bridesmaids and I all got ready together which was so much fun. The mood was amazing, everyone was just buzzing with excitement and they all made me feel so relaxed. My make-up artist Ellie Tobin was incredible and just one of the nicest people I think I have ever met; she made me feel so at ease and gave me a really natural look. She also did a fantastic job on my hair, incorporating a beautiful and intricate headband and long silk veil both made for me by Gillian Million.

Putting on my dress (made by Stewart Parvin) was probably the most nerve racking moment of the day and not because of what was to follow. Unlike most brides, the week before the wedding I ate a lot! There were just so many dinners and drinks to go to I kind of lost track of my diet. As my sister helped me into my dress I was pleading out loud ‘please fit, please fit, please fit’. Thankfully it fit and I was so delighted with how my dress turned out. Stewart Parvin is a miracle worker! The structuring inside his dresses is incredible and really flattering. I know brides often say it and I think it’s horribly cheesy, but I really did feel like a princess in my dress.

My first tear of the day was shed when my lovely florist Emma Vowles delivered mine and the bridemaids’ bouquets. Emma was the only florist I visited in the run up to the wedding, just from looking at her work on her website I knew she would do a brilliant job and she exceeded all my expectations. The majolica roses she had selected for my bouquet were so unbelievably delicate that they looked like pale, pink porcelain. I could not have been happier! We chose our venue, Hotel Endsleigh in Devon, predominantly because of the stunning setting and the gardens and the flowers Emma provided just worked seamlessly with the surroundings. She also very cleverly managed to co-ordinate the bridesmaids’ dresses with their bouquets, despite never actually having seen the dresses. The bridesmaids wore long eau de nil coloured dresses from After Six at Dessy and carried beautiful pale green hydrangeas mixed in with white lisianthus. They all looked stunning as did my flower girls who wore gorgeous, adorable dresses from Little Bevan.

We’re delighted that Liana felt like a princess in her gorgeous wedding dress, as inarguably; she looked like one! Liana and the dress (and Liana in the dress!) looked absolutely stunning. There may be an added reason why she felt slightly regal though, Stewart Parvin, as you may remember, recently designed a dress for a certain Royal Bride too!

The next installment of Liana and Chris’ wedding story (complete with more gorgeous pictures!) will be posted on Wednesday, so do come back and read more about their special day then.

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