Images by Faye Amare Photography
Simon and Lisa first met when Lisa was a bridesmaid and Simon was an usher at a friends wedding. Don't we all need friends like that!!!! Simon proposed on New Years Eve in the ski resort of La Tania, France. This was where they took their first skiing holiday together so it was one of their favourite places. When Simon proposed in 2016, they set about planning their big day. The first thing thwy booked was the venue. Their venue search was a challenge as they wanted to get married in just 9 months time, on a Saturday and most venues where booked years in advance. However, Lisa said "Pentney Abbey had the wow factor, we just fell in love with it and the grand gatehouse".
The Abbey has all of the history of a 14th century venue but the barn has been sensitively restored so that it has a luxurious and modern feel. The main reception room boats natural stone walls and huge light oak beams and we particularly like the filament bulbs which have been suspended from large oak planks hanging from the ceiling.
The colour palette for the wedding was white blush. The colour scheme was subtly introduced via the exquisite floristry.. Michelle and Megan from Swaffham and Fakenham Florist commented "Lisa's bouquet featured blush pink sweet avalanche roses, spray roses, blue thistle and blush astilby with just a touch of soft grey eucalyptus to give a rustic country feel, and the bridesmaids all had smaller versions to complement the bride. Lisa had a colour pallet for us to work with and we then suggested flowers to work with her requirements, the flowers complemented the time of year and the venue."
The three bridesmaid wore white blush dresses from Coast and also carried stunning mini bouquets which mirrored the bridal bouquet. Lisa remarked that "the dress and bridesmaids dresses came together very easily as I new I wanted to keep my dress simple. Sue at Dreams bridal made the whole experience stress free and was so helpful. The bridesmaid dresses were the first ones tried on and even Milana, the youngest bridesmaid from California who flew in 2 days before the wedding fitted perfectly!"
Now hold the phone..... LETS talk about THE CAKE because this cake, created by Vanilla Cake Design is absolutely stunning. I don't think I will ever get bored of naked cakes. Despite it being "naked" each couple seems to dress them in completely different ways and so they always looks so beautiful and different. I love the styling of this cake, its classic, its beautiful and its perfectly suited to its surroundings at the barn.
Lisa got her dress from Dreams Bridal. She wore Mori Lee 5108 in ivory and added straps and a belt.
Weddings are all in the details and those touches that are relevant to you as a couple and your journey together. It is these details which, to me, make a wedding stand out. That is why we LOVE this picture of Simon with his ushers, dad and brother next to this Nuffield 460. They wanted to do this picture as Simons' dad used to use this type of tractor growing up and Elliott the page boy loves tractors so it was a surprise for him. Simon wore a blue suit from Goddards and shoes from Loake.
We also, love this table plan which Lisa made herself. We can certainly see things like this appearing in the industrial style weddings which we hope will be appearing in the wedding world very soon.
In their ceremony Simon and Lisa chose the reading The One by unknown author and 1 Corinthians 13. The hymns were We pledge to one another and one more step. Their first dance was Ed Sheeran, How would you feel.
At the end of the tree lined drive is a spectacular gatehouse with huge wooden doors which dates back to the 1300s and is complete with medieval carvings, arched windows, hanging tapestries and a secret staircase.
Its perfect moments of joy like this that weddings are all about! How gorgeous is this shot!
We love the idea of having extra evening entertainment. Casinos are a great way for your guests (who aren't so confident on the dance floor) to have fun and relax. This couple spoilt their guests with not only a casino but also Martin Hinchcliffe, the up close magician. Lisa remarked "The magic was one of the most memorable for the guests he was amazing. I was not sure of a magician at first but Simon convinced me and I am so glad we did. I would recommend this to anyone."
We love the wooden love letters here from J&M Events.
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Wedding Planner for Songbird Weddings and Events