Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Surrey Wedding filled with vibrant autumnal colour and some lovely Hampshire Slate.
The Wedding of Kirstie and Leigh was held at Farnham House Hotel on the 21st of September 2013.
Images of the day were captured by Nick Rutter Photography.
Nick Rutter is an ward Winning Photographer based in the South of the UK with a passion for crisp, beautiful, natural and relaxed Photography.
He is also a Drummer and lover of great music.
He says of his work “My approach to photography is pretty calm. I have a relaxed and natural style. I love vibrant colours, and a slightly matt/film finish to my images. I want the photographs to do something, to pop and not be bland.”
I had a chat with gorgeous Bride Kirstie….
How did you get together?
“We had known about each other, and had seen each other around town for a while before we got together.
How did you get engaged?
“We had been together 3 years before Leigh proposed, after he took me out for a meal in a lovely little pub.”
“His mum helped him choose my Engagement ring.”
Tell us about your Wedding Planning Journey
“We went to 5 venues before we found the one.”
“We chose Farnham House Hotel as it was good value for money, in a nice setting & not to far for our guests.”
Also the Staff were very helpful, always helped with any questions I had and nothing was too much of a problem!”
“The colour scheme we chose to compliment our day was orange with sage green.”
“I handmade our invitations in white with a white bow with green ribbon underneath & 2 pearl stars.”
“When I was looking for my dress I visited several bridal shops in the Hampshire area, but couldn’t find a dress that made me think wow.”
“My cousin works in Brides of Winchester and so I went there and tried on several dresses with her. We found one that I really liked, but I wanted it in a different material.”
“She found another dress by the same designer in the material I wanted, which I wouldn’t have usually tried on, as it looked quite big on the hanger.”
“We tried on the dress, to get an idea of the material and as soon as I walked out the changing room everyone’s mouths dropped and we knew this one was the One.”
“We then put a jacket with it and my mum practically put the deposit down straight away.”
“The dress was by Chanticleer and was called Cabaret and the jacket was called Paige.”
“The designer of the dress Tracy Salt, is friends with my cousin and kept in touch with us throughout the process and she even wished us good luck on our wedding day through Facebook.”
“It was so lovely knowing who was making our wedding dress and that it was being made in the UK, meaning such an important part of our wedding day was in safe hands. The dress was made exactly for my size, so there were little alterations.”
“Both my veil and shoes were from Brides of Winchester, and my headpiece was my something borrowed.”
“Leigh’s and the groomsmens suits were hired from Moss Bros.”
“We went as a couple but I chose the suit, colour and tie (all the men liked it straight away).”
“Bridesmaids dresses were from Coast. I chose Maxi length for the maid of honor and tea length for younger bridesmaid .”
“The colour was sage green (thyme on the label).”
“Choosing hair and make up was a challenge. My first trial was unsuccessful (she never turned up!) but then I met Natasha Wiggins and loved her.”
“I had hair up with curls and pearl hair swirls & pins in,with a tiara.”
Tell us about your Wedding Day
“Our big day was the 21st of September 2013 at Farnham House Hotel in Surrey.”
“Our Wedding Car was a Range Rover driven by a friend (he drove me to the venue and then stayed as a guest).”
“Leigh and I had both our ceremony, and reception at the same venue.”
“My dad walked me down the aisle to The Entrance of The Queen of Sheba and when Leigh and I left as a married couple the music playing was The Lumineers, Ho Hey.”
“Our flowers were by The Blooming Workshop.”
“As the wedding was in autumn we went for bright orange and sage green flowers.”
“The flowers were a mix of roses and gerberas and the table decorations were orange gerberas in a little water in goldfish bowls on mirror plates, the reflections were amazing.”
“The top table had the long and low arrangement which was moved by The Blooming Workshop between the ceremony and reception.”
“We also had bay trees which were at the top of the aisle and moved between the ceremony and reception – very expertly, we didn’t notice.”
Our Cake was by Cakey Bakey Goodness . It was 3 teir with white and green ribbon and sugarpaste flowers.”
Our cake topper was made by the cakemaker also and was of myself & Leigh with our son & we all had wellies on! (As we normally wear them all the time!) ”
“Each guest was given a cupcake for their wedding favour and also our slate heart place settings which doubled as additional favours.”
“We wrote on the hearts with liquid chalk pens, so guests can wipe their names off after the event and use the hearts for little decorations around the house, or if they wanted to remember the day they could leave their names.”
“We got the slate heart place settings from Hampshire Slate and tied orange string on them to match with our wedding colour.”
“Hampshire Slate also provided many other slate decorations which we decorated the venue with, from signs pointing guests to the wedding, to Mr and Mrs chair signs and also some lovely thank you heart signs which we wrote Thank You on and posed with for our picture for our Thank You Cards.”
“The heart place settings were so popular that no one were left behind and one guest loved hers so much that she tied it onto her dress – it proved quite handy as no one had to ask her name! Everyone commented what a lovely gift they were.”
“We also had a ceramic bowl for people to write their good luck messages on, which we got fired after the wedding.”
What was your favourite part of the day?
“Everything, we wouldn’t change a thing.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting Married?
“To other couples, enjoy every moment, remember it’s your day! Don’t let anyone upset you! ”
Thank you so much to Nick for allowing me to share his incredible Photography and this stunning Surrey Wedding.
Thank you also to Kirstie and Leigh for sharing their story and their gorgeous Big Day.
I love the striking autumnal orange, its a shade that really pops at a wedding and is perfectly blended with the subtlety of the sage green.
The cake is spectacular and a perfect reflection of their wee family, and the amazing hampshire slate has been used so well to accessorise and decorate throughout the day.
Venue: Farnham House Hotel
Photography: Nick Rutter Photography
Stationery: DIY by Bride
Wedding Car: Driven by a friend
Florist: The Blooming Workshop
Cake: Cakey Bakey Goodness
Suits: Moss Bros
Bridesmaids gowns: Coast
Slate heart place Setting/Slate Signs and Decor: Hampshire Slate
To Contact Nick Rutter Photography
Phone: 07968 449930