Georgia and Daniel had been eagerly anticipating their wedding day, ever since that bright blue skied, crisply beautiful day on which Daniel proposed, down on two knees in the Cotswolds mud. Daniel produced a sparkling ring, Georgia cried with joy, and the newly betrothed couple, giggling and over the moon, started daydreaming about their big day.
Take a look at the delightful photos of Georgia and Daniel’s wonderful wedding, perfectly captured by Neil Walker:
Knowing that this would be the day they would never want to end, they chose to tie the knot on Midsummer’s Eve, the longest day of the year, and the day associated with love and romance, magic and enchantment.
In choosing a venue, there were three key requirements: they knew that they wanted an elegant English country house; it also had to have lots of lovely outside space for the ceremony and reception; and critically, it had to have accommodation for their friends and family to stay overnight, especially important as many of their guests were coming from abroad. This would be an opportunity for friends and family who don’t get to see each other often enough to enjoy a relaxed catch-up.
After visiting many venues, the one which ticked every box and then some, was Braxted Park, in Essex. This handsome Georgian mansion, set within picturesque grounds, is idyllic. As Georgia explained, “It had gorgeous scenery, flowers in bloom, and the stunning lake with swans and ducks, and a beautiful inside option in case it rained.” Braxted Park house also has a delightfully romantic bridal suite in a quaint garden cottage, the perfect hideaway for the bride and groom, as well as 12 luxuriously renovated en-suite rooms for guests.
As it was a beautiful day, the couple were able to hold their ceremony outside on the manicured lawns. The chairs were laid out on two sides, one side for men, the other for women. The aisle down the centre was marked by elegant pillars, each topped with an pretty floral arrangement, and scattered petals. Georgia had miniature picture frames containing photos of her late grandparents stuck into her bouquet, so that they could be with her as she walked down the aisle.
As both Georgia and Daniel are Jewish, they felt it was important to honour many of the Jewish wedding traditions. They had a traditional Chuppah, a wedding canopy representing home and hospitality, under which the bride and groom exchange their marriage vows. As Georgia loves pastel colours, the Chuppah was festooned with exquisite flowers in white, hushed pinks, delicate yellows, and muted mauves.
Also in keeping with tradition, once Daniel had slipped the wedding ring on Georgia’s finger, he then smashed a glass on to the ground and crushed it with his right foot.
They also had traditional Jewish dancing, which Georgia described as both terrifying and fun; and I can see why! The men and women danced separately, with the bride and groom each being lifted up on chairs, high above the heads of the guests. Cue a lot of laughter, some great photos, and a lifetime of happy memories.
As well as the traditional elements, Georgia and Daniel knew that they wanted their wedding to be fun and relaxed, so out went the black suits, and in came fairy lights, sparklers and lovely little touches like green and white striped straws.
Georgia made a unique guestbook in which people were asked to ‘leaf’ their fingerprint on a tree which the bride herself had drawn out, and provided the ink stamps and wipes. The fingerprint tree is now framed and on the wall of their home together; a very special keepsake from their wonderful day.
Having gained a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, Georgia and Daniel had lots of other ideas to really personalise their wedding day. Aside from the gorgeous handmade table plan, place cards and table numbers, there was a Cigar Terrace, with matches in handmade boxes bearing the words, The Perfect Match; handmade teabag wedding favours, with the words, ‘The Perfect Blend’; and at the end of the day they had a sparkler send off – all the guests were given sparklers to create a tunnel through which the newly weds – the perfect fairy tale end to an enchanted Midsummer’s wedding!
When asked what they would change if they could do it all again, Georgia answered, “Do nothing differently!!!”. So, given that Georgia and Daniel’s big day went so perfectly that they wouldn’t change a thing, what advice would this bride give to others planning their own wedding? Top tips include:
1. Book the services of a wedding planner or toastmaster to ensure that everything in the background runs so smoothly that you don’t even notice it happening, leaving you free to enjoy the day;
2. Bring along a pair of comfortable, flat shoes for when your feet start aching;
3. Delegate! Give all the ushers and groomsmen jobs, as well as assigning two trusted guests to be photo runners, whose job it is to make sure everyone can be found for the various photo shoots;
4. Consider booking two photographers for the morning, so that one can be with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready, while the other is with the groom and his entourage – that way not a moment is missed!
Photographer: Neil Walker Photography
Videographer: Tim Spatz
Bride’s dress: Angelica Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Mirror Mirror
Groom’s outfit: Dress2Kill
Flowers: Alina B
Catering: Pardes, 90 Cazenove Road, Stamford Hill, London
Cake: Carmelli’s Bakery
Hair and make up: Sabrina Lily Makeup Artist
Toastmaster: Howard Robbins