A Certain Elegance

Ruth and Howard’s sophisticated affair is SO DELICIOUSLY gorgeous that every image from Amy at Especially Amy made me swoon.

The gowns in ivory and grey and the candy striped page boys could be part of a Provençal summer garden party. The azure blue swimming pool (yes pool) could be straight from an exclusive Ibiza rave and the delicate champagne afternoon tea looks fit for Royalty. In fact, it’s all at the dreamy Birling Manor in sunny Sussex.

Get ready for chic-ness in abundance…

"Suzanne Neville was the first dress shop I visited, and her “Opulence” dress turned out to be the one. My style tends to be very simple & classic, and this dress fitted the bill perfectly. The beautiful rich duchess silk fabric of the skirt immediately made this dress stand out against all the others on the rail.

Our colour scheme was ivory & grey, so with the help of Suzanne’s team, we changed the ivory ribbon around the centre of the dress to a grey one, and added matching ribbon on to the flower girls’ dresses, to tie everything together."

"I love baking, and doing my own wedding cake seemed like the ultimate challenge. I wanted to keep everyone happy (including my fruit-cake fanatic father, gluten-free mother-in-law, as well as all the other guests), so opted for 4 tiers – a traditional English fruit cake, a champagne & strawberry sponge (unsurprisingly the most popular layer!), a lemon & passion fruit sponge, and a gluten-free top tier.

Fitting the colour scheme, we chose simple, but slightly rustic, ivory icing, decorated with ivory peonies on the top (to match the bouquets and other arrangements). I couldn’t find the perfect cake stand to complement the cake anywhere in the UK, so that was bought over by the groom’s brother & sister-in-law who live in New York."

"To go with the classic feel & ivory/grey colour scheme, we opted for simple bouquets of ivory peonies for the bride & bridesmaids, while the flowergirls carried ivory hydrangea pomanders. For both the church & the reception we opted for a combination of ivory peonies and hydrangeas. My favourite arrangement was a gorgeous archway of flowers over the entrance into the church."

vendors + details

Bride’s Gown – Opulence by Suzanne Neville
Veil – Suzanne Neville
Shoes – Biel by Jimmy Choo
Florist – Thorpe Garden Nursery And Florist
Groom’s Suit – Neal & Palmer
Band – Hand Fulla Soul
Venue – Birling Manor Sussex
Awning – Stretch & Tents
Photography – Especially Amy