Today I am thrilled to share this gorgeous Surrey Wedding at Amber Lakes with Scottish flair and accents of grey and white.
images were captured by Fazackarley Wedding Photography & Film.
Simon Fazackarley is a Brighton wedding photographer providing wedding photography in London, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire, as well as national and destination weddings.
Alongside him is his wife Heather who acts as a second photographer but who also runs the Wedding Film side of the Business.
Their style is relaxed, unfussy and fun, and they love to create beautiful, timeless, images filled with joy and laughter.
Simon says of the day…
Katharine and Greg celebrated their wedding at Amber Lakes, a brand new wedding venue near Windsor, and were only the second couple to have had their wedding there.
Its set against the backdrop of a stunning lake, and is an oasis of calm yet within easy reach of central London.
Katharine had told me about her plans for the day, and being a professional events planner – the day was meticulously organised.
I started the day with her and her mum in Windsor, at the lovely Harte and Garter Hotel in Windsor where everything was kept low key and relaxed.
I left her to get into her gorgeous Lusan Mandongus dress and headed with the guests aboard a lovely vintage London Bus to Amber Lakes, where I caught up with Heather who had been covering Greg’s preparations, and looking at locations for capturing images later in the day.
They had a beautiful ceremony performed flawlessly by Ed Hardy before exiting to the impressive sound of Piper Chic..
Greg is Scottish, so were a lot of they guests, and they really did they get the party going.
There was a Ceilidh in the evening and rarely have we seen a dance floor get quite so lively.
After the band had finished for the night, the party carried on with the sound of the wonderfully talented Billy Keane.
I hand over to Bride Katharine who tell us about themselves and their day…
Tell us a wee bit about yourselves…
We are Katharine, and event planner and Greg, a property developer.
I was born and raised in South London, Greg is a Scotsman. We have a wee pet cat called Pippa and a pet Newt called Newty…..
We live in Putney and have family both in London and Scotland.
How did you meet as a Couple?
Greg and I met at a badminton club in Wimbledon.
Prior to us meeting however, I was friends with Greg’s mum, Lorraine who I had known since I was 17.
When Greg moved to Wimbledon from his home town in Scotland, he joined the badminton club and we started to play mixed doubles together. I
It all kicked off from there, so we have a lot to thank Greg’s mum for!
Tell us about the Proposal…
Greg proposed just after our 3 year anniversary in August 2017
The proposal did not go to plan….Greg had put together a set of clues that he gave to me during a drive up to Edinburgh from London.
If I worked out the clue, Greg would give me the next one.
I believe his plan had been to propose at the top of Carlton Hill in Edinburgh, however man flu took hold of him and he was ill in bed for days!
I then managed to catch the flu and we were both feeling very sorry for ourselves in Scotland.
Eventually when we both felt a little better we took a walk to the Falls of Acharn and Greg proposed!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey …
I am an Event Planner (Yellow Raincoat Events) so it felt right that I should plan the wedding (of course with a little input from the husband!).
We had the venue, photographer, florist and caterer all booked within a couple of months of being engaged and the invites all sent out.
The most difficult part of the planning was finding the wedding dress, biodegradable golf balls and an inflatable Pegasus!
Any special touches/DIY?
* We had name labels created to put on the front few rows of the ceremony chairs to ensure our closest family members could see everything during the ceremony
* As well as a table tennis table, bowls, giant Jenga and boat rides available for our guests during the day we also sourced biodegradable golf balls from Spain and an inflatable Pegasus which was a golf ball target in the lake surrounding the venue
* We hired a London Bus to pick our guests up in Windsor and take them to the venue, Gregs Nan used to work on the buses in Scotland and my Gramps is a big fan of a London Bus so it seemed the right choice
* We had a hand fasting ceremony pre saying our vows, a tradition in Scotland
* Large white balloons lined the driveway to the venue, we had lanterns dotted around, chalk boards to highlight the various cake flavours available and direct guests around the venue, an old style steel bath tub which we filled with beers and wines for guests during the garden games and an enormous mirror which we wrote the table plan on
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
Greg and I both love white and grey, so our stationery, linen and flowers were all in line with these two colours.
What was the best bit of your day?
The Ceilidh! The whole family got involved with the traditional Scottish Ceilidh, it was a hot day though (approx. 28 degrees!) so everyone was exhausted by the end.
Is there anything you would do differently?
The evening ended at 12 am, I would have extended it to 2 am so the day could go on longer!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
I would ignore what you think a ‘conventional’ wedding should be and go with what suits you as a couple.
We didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen, instead my Gramps was my Best Man.
We wrote our own vows which were personal to us and did away with the traditional words
. My dad walked me down the aisle, however my mum did the ‘father of the bride speech’ (she said she bought me up with my dad so it was only fair they split the roles!).
Venue – Amber Lakes
Photographer – Simon Fazackarley – Fazackarley Wedding Photography & Film
Celebrant – Ed Hardy
Cake Maker – Hummingbird Bakery
Florist – Gardenia of London
Rings – Camelot Jewellers – Brighton
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Yellow Raincoat Events
Stationery – Wimbledon Print Company
Make up/Hair stylist – Stephie Hoyle
Ceilidh Band – The Sassenachs Ceilidh Band
Singer – Billy Keane
Scottish Bagpiper – Charles Mackie – Piper Chic
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