When planning their big day, Steph and Jake had just one wedding wish – for everyone to have a good time. With this in mind, they pulled out all the stops for show stopping day…
Steph and Jake knew that finding the right venue would be essential for creating that party atmosphere at their shabby chic wedding. After browsing a few traditional venues, Steph decided to follow her heart and visit the nearest castle venue – which happened to be Farnham. “I had always said I wanted to get married in a castle and had a feeling, even before visiting, that Farnham Castle would be the one,” explains Steph. “Luckily Jake didn’t need any convincing. As soon as we saw it we knew it was where we were going to get married.”
From the moment Steph entered the Castle she was buzzing with vintage wedding ideas for the décor. She wanted to complement the modern, chic palette of the Castle with a vintage, shabby chic wedding theme featuring lots of pinks, greys and creams.
The couple styled the Surrey wedding venue with candles and candelabras, dressed with pink and cream roses and hydrangeas, to add to the romance of the setting. They also added a few extra special touches with their guests’ needs in mind. These included a cigar bar for the boys, flip flops for sore feet, and specially made cocktails personalised for their day. “All our efforts went down so well,” smiles Steph.
Steph’s Ronald Joyce dress was certainly fit for her shabby chic wedding. It featured a high neck with cap sleeves, as well as a crystal belt and full lace tulle skirt. “It was the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen,” smiles Steph.
Steph began her wedding prep in the Castle’s beautiful Gatehouse, as she got ready with her bridesmaids. Soon after, Jake arrived in a swanky Aston Martin DB9. “Jake loves cars so it had to be done,” says Steph.
Once the ceremony was over, Jake still had to wait until the wedding breakfast before he could completely relax. “Jake and his best man were so nervous about their speeches,” laughs Steph. “It didn’t help when Jake took out his speech but decided not to read from it!”
After a delicious three-course wedding breakfast, which included a trio of puddings, Steph and James could really begin to enjoy their day. They had a Volkswagen Splitscreen Campervan photo booth, as well as an evening hog roast and candy cart. “Our guests had hours of fun!” laughs Steph.
The couple even warmed up the Great Hall in style too, with a twinkling dance floor for their first dance. “It gave the evening celebrations that wow factor!” smiles Steph.
Make sure you spend some time together. You’ll find that you both have to talk to so many different people that you don’t get to be together as much as you would like. It’s a good idea to make time for just the two of you to appreciate and celebrate the day – even if it’s just for a few minutes.
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