Elise & Adam | Clandon Park, Surrey

Our first wedding to show off is my very own!

We were married on a rainy bank holiday in May 2010, it was the most memorable day for us and worth every penny and every tear!

About you: Elise, 24 & Adam, 27 when married, I’m a Graphic designer and run Toast Wedding Stationery, Adam is an Orthopaedic Surgeon. We had been together for 5 years and engaged for 18months before we tied the knot!

How we met: We met in a night that I (Elise) use to work in! some awful dancing and drinking. Numbers were exchanged and despite not remembering what the other person looked like – we had a first date! 3 days later and our love bloomed, ha ha.

The proposal: We had been together for about 2.5 years and just bought a flat together, Adam had made plans to propose so bought a ring and waited for the perfect time – we were about to go on holiday to Turkey with my parents, to a place I really love. We went for an afternoon stroll along the marina and beach, unbeknown to me, Adam had the ring on his pocket – and I was picking up rocks on the beach making suggestions on how they would make lovely rings…..  little did I know!! on the way back Adam suggested I go with him to a little arch I always said would make a lovely wedding spot…. he said some very sweet words and out popped the ring. It left me speechless, and I eventually said YES!! after many happy tears, and guilt for winding him about about the massive shiny stones on the beach

The planning/vision: I knew we wanted a vintage type of wedding, with birdcages and big roses, the green we chose was an olive/sage colour, the rest of the day blended around that. I obviously made the stationery and invitations myself – we had Love Birds – I created the design for us, but actually made it for 3 other couples before making them for our own wedding. We didn’t have a budget… which was a bad idea! it wasn’t no expense spared but I think we could have been a bit more money savy! Adam got involved in the plans as far as the stag and picking the wedding venue. I was a bridezilla! We really enjoyed choosing then venue, we saw lots! and each one make us feel special – champagne and mini food tastings are great fun!

The Venue: We eventually settled on Clandon Park in Surrey (which has sadly now been in a devastating fire) we saw pictures and initially wasn’t sold, but we had just seen another venue near by and saw they were open, so we called up and they invited us in there and then! We were blown away, the Marble Hall was breath taking and we were instantly sold, the downstairs stables where we whould have the receptions was a worldaway from the elegance of the marble hall, but it created an close wine cellar feel. It was perfect for us!

The Dress and Accessories: I chose a Blue by Enzoani Dress called Accra, I tried it on and ordered it weighing 4 stone more that I did when we got married! so it was a completely different look! I loved my dress it was covered in lace and had a touch of diamonte and pearls. I chose to not wear a veil as I had a huge train on my dress. I had my hair up in a tidy curly bun, I bought some hair clips from Rachel Simpson – i had matching shoes too! my jewelry was quiet heavy in the faux diamonds and white gold. My Wedding ring is an exquisite creation from Ungar & Ungar – purchased 1 year before the big day, but as I lost alot of weight it didn’t fit and its not the type of ring that can be resized! fortunately they were happy to exchange for a ring a few sizes smaller, as I hadn’t yet worn it!

The Grooms ‘outfit’: Adam chose a lightly pinstriped suit from marks and spencers and asked his best mens and ushers to wear grey suits. We chose a palladium ring for Adam as it was a great price and a much more durable metal than platinum.

Bridesmaids: My bridesmaids wore sage full length strapless dresses from alfred angelo, I picked the dress in the hope they could wear them again if they had them shortened.

The Flowers: We chose to use ivory white florals mainly roses and peonies, with green ivy foliage, with a light flurry of pink, the flowers were placed into birdcages as centre pieces, My bouquet was a solid ball of roses, and I made faux Dog Rose cuffs for the bridesmaids.

The Cake: We had a selection of beautiful handcrafted cupcakes – too good to eat!!

Photographer: I found our photographer online as they came as a pair – we really wanted a wedding video too! We were lucky enough to have a trainee photographer come along and act as a reportage photographer, she captured so amazing images and invited us to her house a month later to do a cherish the dress shoot! which we got some incredible pictures with

Details and Décor: We used the birdcages for centre pieces and our florist did a gorgeous arch and pillar decorations. We had a harpist playing our entrance and exit for the ceremony. We hired an icecream cart as a little treat for our guests before the wedding breakfast! Oh which was sausage and mash! with posh gravy. Dessert was a trio of mini desserts, ad we had a cheeseboard and a sweet table for the evening.

We also hired a live band – my best friend and bridesmaid had spotted them playing in a local pub and told me how brilliant they were, they happened to be playing closer to us one Friday – so we decided to check them out! we hired them that evening!

The big day moments: Taking sometime out, just me and Adam whilst having photos was really nice, we were able to have some laughs between ourselves and soak up the atmosphere from afar!

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