Today we’re delighted to bring you the real wedding of one of our very own stylists – Joely Higton who is the Ambience Venue Stylist for Buckinghamshire.
As you’d expect, Joely’s wedding day is a visual treat with plenty of inspiration and ideas. So if you’re living in the Buckinghamshire area and would like your wedding to look like a dream, then get in touch with Joely and have a chat.
Joely was married in August this year and the ceremony took place at Caswell House in Oxfordshire, on the border of the Cotswolds. Let’s take a look at her big day and ask Joely some questions.
Q: Joely, what sort of wedding theme did you have in mind?
A: I knew from the beginning I wanted a neutral, elegant and romantic wedding, a theme that enhanced the loveliness of the venue and worked well.
Q: What made you choose your venue?
A: It was the first that we went to visit and we just knew straightaway it would be perfect. Caswell House is a set of beautiful renovated barns with light brick work and beams. It is graced with the most stunning courtyard garden with lavender beds and a manicured grass area for outdoor garden games.
Q: How did the styling match your theme?
A: I chose rather expensive handmade lace table runners, elegant green and gold wedding stationary and stunning, full and flowing flowers with an amazing pink Proteus Venus flower in the middle of each arrangement. This flower just added an amazing hint of something different to the look; we also used these flowers in our bouquets. Around the venue itself we had arrangements of large white blooming hydrangeas, they looked beautiful! For wedding favours we had brassy, copper vintage keys which doubled as wedding favours, everyone loved these and they made amazing keepsakes for our guests.
Q: What were the particularly good points about the venue?
A: The venue is run like a finely tuned machine. The staff and the way they work are seamless and the food is out of this world. We had to do nothing on the morning of the wedding but to hand over all the accessories and added elements we wanted for the day and they set it all up wonderfully. We didn’t even know it was going on. Everyone commented on how amazing the Caswell team were. The weather was amazing, we had wall to wall blue skies and warm sunshine, so being able to be in the garden was perfect, it felt like being in the South of France.
Q: How long have you been a wedding stylist?
A: I have just completed my first year being a stylist, it’s been a fantastic year.
Q: What did styling your own wedding teach you?
A: This is a good question. My wedding most certainly taught me not to sweat the small stuff. Those tiny details you spend so long thinking about and perfecting are amazing but everyone is really there to share your amazing day with the bride and groom.
Q: Is there anything you would have done differently?
A: I have to say, to me, the day was so magical that I loved every part of it and it all went remarkably well. I just feel so blessed to have shared the most amazing day with all our family friends and in the most beautiful venue.
Q: What did you think worked best?
We had a church service first at 2pm and I think having that event first and then all going to Caswell House after created a different dimension to the day. The weather was absolutely stunning and so our guests had the opportunity to enjoy the quaint Cotswold church we married in, in a little village called Ducklington with thatched roofs and a duck pond in the centre of the village, followed by a small journey to Caswell House in the gorgeous countryside, it just made the whole day more special.
Q: Where where your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses from? What made you choose that particular wedding dress?
My wedding dress was from Allure Bridal, and what a dress! I have never felt so amazing in anything like I did wearing that dress. When I started looking I thought I would have something very fitted with long lace sleeves but this dress threw that idea out of the water. The crystal detailing on the back, layers of tulle and a gorgeous scalloped lace neckline, to me it is and always will be the perfect dress. My bridesmaids dresses were from BHLDN in America, I loved the soft elegant colour of them and the lace topper you could take off after church, all the girls felt amazing. Alines dress was Sorella Vita, I needed to find a similar dress to the older girls bridesmaid dresses with the same romantic elegance and colouring, Sorella Vita have a great range of Junior bridesmaid dresses which other designers don’t do. My flower girl’s dress was handmade in Indian Dupion silk with a contrasting sash to match the colour of the other bridesmaid dresses. I was quite adamant that I wanted Vivienne to have quite a traditional dress with her only being 6 years old. I think you will agree they all looked beautiful!
Photographer: Dominique Bader Photography
Cake maker: I love to make cakes
Flowers: On the Green
Church: St Bartholomew’s, Ducklington