Steph and Teo held a laidback celebration, complete with pops of home and heritage...
Steph, 34, and Teo, 37, both sales consultants, tied the knot in a heritage-inspired celebration held at Dewsall Court, Hereford.
We decided on a laid-back Italian theme, in honor of Teo's Italian heritage. We added lots of pheasant feathers to tie in with the countryside setting, and created a rustic, relaxed feel.
We fell in love with Dewsall Court on our first visit - even though we were both hungover and it was pouring with rain! We loved that we could do everything in one place, and the décor and everything was just 'us'!
I looked everywhere for my wedding dress but couldn't find what I was looking for. In the end I bought a Sassi Holford dress from High Society Bridal which - much to the sales assistant's horror - I cut in half! I then teamed it with a customised ivory silk shirt from Zara.
I wore an ivory cashmere beret with a plume of pheasant feathers by Robyn Coles, which I matched with a pair of leopard print shoes from LK Bennett. I customised these with crystal embellished bows, which matched my crystal belt and my grandmother's brooch, which Robyn had cleverly incorporated into the hat.
Teo was handsome in a navy blue three-piece suit from Reiss.
Our wedding reception was held in the wainhouse at Dewsall, which we decorated with two long tables. We covered the candelabras with flowers, and hung strings of fairy lights between the beams.
My mum made us a three-tier cake. It consisted of a chocolate, a fruit and a rose and vanilla sponge. It was covered in rough white icing and she made olives, lavender and stephanotis out of icing to go around the bottom of each tier.
We used a lot of our own things to decorate and made reference through photos and personal possessions of loved ones which were unable to be with us. During the coffee course, everyone was given a miniature bottle of whisky or Amaretto, with a label saying 'Joe's Blessing'. This was in memory of Teo's Dad who liked a tipple in his coffee - which his mother always called his blessing!
My favourite moment...
There were so many! Walking into the church with my Dad to 'our song', everybody singing a version of O Sole Mio which our best man had written and taught them all and everyones' shock as the New York Brass Band made their way through the reception venue into an adjoining yurt which we had as a dancefloor.
My tip for brides-to-be...
Don't feel you should have something because everybody else does. Just make it 'you'!
Steal their style!
Photographer: Oliver & Ruth
Venue: Dewsall Court, Hereford
Dress: High Society Bridal
Bride's headpiece: Robyn Coles