Mon 24th Oct, 2011
After a beautiful engagement in in Cinque Terre, Italy, Stefan & Louise tied the knot in August at the beautiful Belmont Abbey in Hereford.
"Their reception was held at nearby Hellens Manor. We both wanted a wedding that showed off the beauty of the venue and of the Herefordshire countryside. I’m addicted to flowers and lights so wanted as many garden flowers as possible throughout and then as many lanterns and lights for when the sun set. The straw bales fitted in perfectly. There were donkeys, ponies and horses so there was definitely the countryside theme going on! Thankfully the weather was perfect so the straw bales really helped everyone to mingle and enjoy the summer evening."
Stef and Lou had a few things to overcome in the lead up to their wedding...
"Unfortunately the lead up to the wedding was quite stressful. Stef contracted septicaemia in March and spent the following 3 months in hospital. Luckily he recovered and was able to make good progress at home. However, once he was out of hospital we had only two and a half months to plan the wedding. It was very difficult to fit in wedmin around Stef’s recovery, but he didn’t let it deter him - he was a star!!"
I adored my bouquet. My mum’s friend is a retired teacher but absolutely amazing with flowers. She kindly did all the flowers which were just superb.
When I went for the fitting for my wedding dress 4 weeks before the wedding the dress didn’t fit at all. The shop in which I had bought it said that if they were to alter it and make it a size smaller they couldn’t guarantee it would look nice (!!!). This really didn’t fill me with much confidence so I went on a manic rampage to find another dress. The shop had said they would sell my other dress which meant I was free to find one ready for 4 weeks time. This is a lot harder than I had thought. Luckily I have a fabulous mum, best friend and sister. They booked appointments all over London to find a dress that would be ready in 4 weeks. I found the perfect David Fielden dress in a shop called Teokath in Wimbledon.
"The wedding was very much a diy/community affair. For instance, Stef’s mum is Swiss so we had a liqueur called Roteli for the favours. Stef bottled all of these at home which took an age – he was amazing!
A few touches I did love were the solar lights in the orchard, the straw bales and the barrel of the local beer Butty Back!"
Supplier info (UK)
Dress: David Fielden
Photographer: Dominic Whiten
Bridesmaids dresses: House of Fraser
Groom’s suit: Moss Bross
Transport: Hereford Wedding Cars
Cake: Makes and Cakes
Music: The Creatures
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