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Two Wedding Dresses And a Sweet Knitted Cape For a Swallows And Amazons Inspired English C

Two Wedding Dresses And a Sweet Knitted Cape For a Swallows And Amazons Inspired English C



Happy Monday morning lovelies, such a beautiful day up here in Whitby, the sun made the most majestic appearance from behind the pretty hillside this morning, so beautiful!

I’ve chosen a suitably glorious wedding to share with you on one of the last days of sunny September. Rob and Pippa’s wedding took place on 18 May this year, with a ceremony at St Mary’s Church Brighton, the couple’s parish church, followed by a reception at Birling Manor, East Dean. Their photographers, Sacco & Sacco, felt these photographs would sit within our hallowed wedding blog pages and I’m so delighted they did too. Pippa’s wedding style is so pretty and whimsical, everything from those delightful flowers in her hair, to that charming little knitted cape. I also love the whole laid back English country garden vibe about this day…

“We had quite a traditional wedding in some respects with a church

ceremony and a sit down meal with speeches followed by dancing, but we

felt it was important that both us and our guests felt relaxed


There were some nostalgic and whimsical

elements to the day with inspiration taken from some of my favourite

childhood books: Swallows and Amazons for the table centres and Winnie

the Pooh for the quotes.”

Love My Dress – Photography Copyright (c) 2013 – Sacco & Sacco

“We’d been together for five years when Rob surprised me with a

proposal at the top of Mt Scenery, a volcano on the island of Saba in

the Caribbean. It was just the two of us in this tiny overgrown space at

the summit surrounded by mist and lush green cloud forest, 3000ft above

sea level.”

“I guess subconsciously I’d assumed that when the time came

it would be a rather more romantic affair and I would look like a

princess, but instead it was like a scene from Indiana Jones and I was

an out of breath ball of sweat with my top tucked in my bra! It was a

pretty magical setting though, miles from civilisation with just the

sounds of the rainforest and hummingbirds for company.

Getting back down the 1000 or so steps on the descent was interesting as the shock had turned my legs to spaghetti!”

“In contrast to our engagement, Rob and I were both keen to

have a traditional English country wedding. Having both been raised in

the South of England, this seemed like the natural thing to do. We

didn’t set upon any specific themes, but it was important to us that the

day felt honest and personal, and a reflection of our personalities.

“I wore two dresses on the day. For the ceremony, I wore the the ‘Olivia’ gown by Reem Acra and later for dancing during the ceilidh, I wore the‘Beams of Light’ dress by Catherine Deane for BHLDN.

Finding my ceremony dress wasn’t easy. Whilst I was so

excited about the flowers, stationery, DIY and pretty much everyone

else’s wedding attire, I put off looking for my ceremony dress until

quite late in the planning because I was weirdly dreading it!

I knew I’d

find it difficult to find exactly what I wanted. All the bohemian

nymph-like dresses I was drawn to were sadly less than flattering on my

broad swimmer’s shoulders, but I knew I wanted something comfortable and

unstructured so I could feel relaxed on the day.”


never heard of Reem Acra, but when I first saw the ‘Olivia’ dress, my

heart actually started beating faster! It was elegant, structured in the

right places, and the miles of gathered silk charmeuse meant it moved

like something from a dance sequence in an old Hollywood film.


was heartbroken as it was out totally of my budget so I spent the next six

months with increasing desperation trying to find an alternative and

put it out of my mind. In the end and with very little time to spare I

just decided to bite the bullet and go for my dream dress.

I knew it

would mean I’d have to economise in other ways and sell it after the

day, but looking back I’m so glad I went for it… it was unbelievably

comfortable, needed no alterations and it made me feel like a film star

for the day!”

“My silk/mohair cape was hand-knitted by a very kind and talented

lady who knits to raise money for Cancer Research. I found the knitting

pattern online and someone put me in touch with her. I didn’t even meet

her in person until after the wedding, but her skill and unimaginable

patience has given me the most beautiful future heirloom which I shall


I don’t wear much jewellery so hadn’t given a lot of thought to

wearing any on the day. I actually made my necklace whilst sitting in

bed at around midnight the night before the wedding! I couldn’t sleep so

I got out my pliers and made a simple pendant with some of the spare

beads that came with the dress. It was good to focus my mind on something and settled my nerves!”

“The flowers were provided by Florian of Hove.

We were fortunate enough to win the majority of our wedding flowers in

an Interflora competition, where our Tortoise & the Hare themed save

the date photo won a public vote! We only entered on a whim after my

sister texted us to tell us about it, but we’re so glad we did and it

enabled us to have the most stunning flowers.”


flowers were such an important part of the day for me, having grown up

in a very green-fingered family with parents and grandparents who worked

hard creating and maintaining their beautiful cottage gardens. I was

looking forward to planning these more than any other part of the

wedding and even our May date was partly chosen to coincide with the

availability of the flowers I love most: peonies, jasmine, sweet peas

and lily of the valley.

When I first stepped inside Florian’s boutique, I knew that the owner Carrie would

completely understand the style I had in mind. As well as beautiful

seasonal flowers, the shop is a treasure trove of vintage jars and

bottles, wooden crates, antique frames and chests.


wanted the flowers be soft and representative of an English garden in

shades of peaches, cream, coral and green. Carrie combined my favourite

flowers with roses, stocks, rosemary, eucalyptus and wax flower to

create stunning bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids to capture this


“It was a stroke of luck that I found my Valentino shoes

in a sale at 70% off, I wasn’t looking for designer shoes but I came

across them whilst dress hunting at a sample sale and thought the bows

on the front were amazing! I’m intending to get them dyed another colour

so I can get more wear out of them because I love them and they’re so


I changed into more practical nude suede wedges from Dune for the ceilidh.”

“Although we didn’t have an event planner, we’re very lucky to

have a number of very creative and talented Brighton friends who added

immeasurable value and character to the day, including our friend Emma

Norris from design and props company Dusty Cupboard. Our friend Charlie of

CharlieBear Creations,

and a costume designer, did a great job supplying and putting up the

draping, and also custom made several fantastic 3 metre high flags

especially for us.

I’d been passed down beloved

old hardback copies of the Swallows and Amazons books that originally

belonged to my uncles in the 40’s & 50’s. I couldn’t bring myself to

use those exact ones in the table centres, so I bought second hand

copies off eBay. I also found the little wooden sailing boats on eBay

and I was able to have them personalised so I could give them as gifts

afterwards. I made the flag table names out of wooden dowel rod and

coffee-stained calico fabric.

“My bridesmaids lent their amazing talents to the planning and I

really couldn’t have done it without them. My sister, Corrie, designed

our bespoke stationery for us and my close friends Emma and Stevi with

whom I went to Uni, made the awesome wedding signage and altered the

usher’s suits and bridesmaid dresses. I found simple ivory dresses on ASOS,

which Stevi doubled up to make more substantial and she made gorgeous

embroidered belts and matching bags. The cardigans were from Monsoon.”

“My mum made the adorable flower girl dress for my little niece who

stole everyone’s hearts on the day by leading us up the aisle.”

“Rob and I fell in love with Birling Manor

as soon as we saw it. It’s a beautiful little sheep farm in East

Sussex, about a 40min pretty drive along the coast from where we live in

Brighton. It has beautiful views of the Sussex countryside where we

often enjoy going for walks, so we felt instantly at home and connected

with the place. The owners were so friendly, relaxed and

accommodating, only taking bookings for one wedding a weekend and

allowing access in the days before to set up which was a massive bonus.

We decided we really wanted both a marquee for the day and an indoor

space for the evening and this venue allowed the best of both worlds

with the beautiful garden and Grade ll listed hall. We decorated the

hall and then screened it off until the evening so that it was a

surprise for the guests. I really liked the idea that different spaces

would be revealed and used for different parts of the day so that it

felt like a little journey.”

“After trying on lots of suits which didn’t quite fit, Rob

decided to go for a made to measure option from Gresham Blake in blue

mohair. The tailor was really helpful and guided us through the full

process of selecting cloths, linings, details and cuts and ensured Rob’s

suit was a perfect fit. Truth be told, I’m a bit gutted he doesn’t have

to wear a suit everyday as he looked so darned hot!


spending hours of a time trying to find a shirt that properly fitted,

making trips to London, considering having one specially made, etc, Rob

eventually found the perfect shirt in Next in Brighton. Given that he

spends his days in t-shirts, we had no idea how difficult buying a

decent fitting shirt could be..!”

“We were torn between having a very classic, pretty wedding

cake or having something quite off the wall and comical. Rob’s original

suggestion of a ‘Marriagasaurus’ wedding cake with the bride and groom

in its mouth was eventually vetoed, probably for the greater good.

Although we intended to economise on the cake, we were eventually won

over by the exceptional creative talents and enthusiasm of Sada Ray at

the Flutterby Bakery in Hove. Her design was a fabulous whimsical

creation which played on the Tortoise & The Hare theme from our save

the date cards and also incorporated a nod to the Brighton Pavilion and

our love of festivals. My jaw hit the floor when I saw it for the first

time – it was a work of art and we nearly rebelled against cutting it!


Marriagasauras made a sneaky appearance around the back of the cake

too, as a surprise for Rob! We opted for a Madagascan vanilla sponge

with a Chambord buttercream filling which tasted as good as it sounds.”

“The wedding photography was captured by the wonderful Sacco & Sacco

and we felt so blessed to have found them! Jayne (Sacco) is an absolute

pleasure to be around and always made everyone feel very comfortable

and relaxed, whilst being unobtrusive.

Jayne’s photography is infused

with her empathic good nature. She is brilliant at catching all the

details and the special moments between the bride and groom and guests,

as if she’d known them all personally for years. I could go on about how

talented she is, but I think the photos speak for themselves!”

“I’m hopeless at hair and makeup and as the service was quite early in the day (11.30am) I knew I’d need help doing both. Iroped in assistance from a lovely friend and MAC make up artist BebeNewson and my local hairdresser, Kiefer Cooke, which enabled me to relaxon the morning of the wedding.”

Kiefer came to the

rescue after another hairdresser let me down 2 weeks before the wedding,

which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He knew

instinctively what I wanted and what would suit me, plus he was calming

to have around as we knew each other, so I wasn’t stressed about

anything on the day. He used a special technique which literally

involved sewing my hair into place with a needle and thread! It stayed

perfectly in tact all day and survived the night of ceilidh dancing,

although it was pretty amusing working out how to remove it back at the

hotel at the end of the night!”

“On the day, my wonderful dad walked me down the aisle of our

parish church of St Marys to the impressive sound of the Bevington

organ. The interior of the church is breathtakingly beautiful, I think

it’s definitely one of the hidden gems of Brighton and it felt so

special to be able to exchange our marriage vows there. As a contrast

to the organ, a friend sang Joanna Newsom’s version of Ca’ the Yowes to

the Knowes by Robert Burns as we signed the register. The song is

special to us and hearing it sung a cappella in the acoustics of the

church brought goose pimples!”

“A friend made a wooden arbour to serve as a backdrop for our

vows at the church which I decorated with ribbons and Florian dressed

with flowers and foliage. The focal piece at the reception was a floral

chandelier which hung from the centre of the marquee. It completely blew

me away when I saw it! Carrie worked so hard to create something

spectacular and the flowers surpassed all my expectations.


were able to save on budget by doubling up the pedestals and pew ends

from the church as table centres at the reception venue alongside sweet

pea stems in old medicine bottles I collected from eBay.


save money, I also decided to undertake the floristry in the hall

myself the day before the wedding using ribbon, ivy and gypsophilia on

pre-made hoops to hang from the lights. It was slightly bonkers but

something I really wanted to do. I had a couple of practise runs at home

in the lead up so I knew how long it would take, although I hadn’t

taken into consideration that I’d be recreating the 7 displays whilst

10ft up a ladder, which was interesting! I was in my element, but I did

have to rush straight to my manicure appointment with black nails and

ivy sticking out of my hair!”

“I wanted to wear a veil for the church ceremony but didn’t want to

take away from the detail of the dress, so I chose a plain silk tulle

Augusta Jones veil which I purchased from White Mischief Bridal in Henfield.”

“We had two readings; Colossians 3 v 12-15 and Paul’s letter to

the Philippians 4 v 4-9, the inspiring words of which were used as the

theme of the address and continued to resonate throughout the day. An

extract from the reading; ‘Finally, brothers and sisters , whatever is

true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever

is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or

praiseworthy – think about such things.'”

“The marquee was provided by The Arabian Tent Company.

The service from start to finish was exceptional, and the marquee

itself was stunningly beautiful. We were familiar with the tents and

knew we wanted one from the start as we had friends who worked for the

company. You can choose different linings, but it was the Cornish Cream

interior which I’d coveted and created a spectacular backdrop to the sit

down meal.”

“We thought it’d be a good conversation starter to provide

the guests with a Wedding Survival Kit, complete with various essential

items such as a toothpick, mint, chapstick etc, and set of

tongue-in-cheek ‘Weddiquette’ instructions. The key problem with these

wedding favours was what to store them in; it was finally decided that

80 large matchboxes needed to be bought, emptied and decorated, which

Rob undertook himself with good humour!”

“The main entertainment for the evening was bluegrass and hoedown,

provided by the awesome Cut a Shine. We first experienced Cut a Shine at

the Secret Garden Party festival, long before we were engaged. We loved

the timeless spirit of a good old fashion barn dance, and vowed that if

we were ever to get married, we would try to book them and recreate the

experience. We really didn’t want anyone else so we were pretty lucky

to be able to book them and they didn’t disappoint!”

“My mum put an enormous amount of effort into creating an incredible

sweet table using my grandmother’s lace tablecloths, doilies and old

crockery amongst other things she’d gathered together. Friends and other

family members contributed homemade treats for people to nibble on

during the barn dance including lemon-meringue marshmallows, pistachio

meringues, pecan tassies and gingerbread men. We were very spoiled

indeed! The marshmallows are available from Sweet.”

“I really really couldn’t choose 1 favourite part of the day, I

loved every second! I have to mention the speeches as one of my many

highlights though; my Dad, Rob and his brother (the best man) had

everyone roaring with laughter throughout. Friends are still talking

about them now.

“I came across my short ceilidh dress by accident whilst drooling over everything on the BHLDN

website early on in the planning. There was something a little bit

Marilyn about it, and the pretty lace back made it unusual. I knew I’d

want to let my hair down on the dance-floor in the evening whilst still

feeling like the bride and I loved it so much I couldn’t resist ordering

it even though we hadn’t even booked a date yet!

We danced our first dance to You Send Me by Sam Cooke.”

Words of Wedded Wisdom…


are certain things that can’t be organised until nearer your wedding

day. For everything else try and start early! Doing wedding DIY can be

enormous fun and add personal value to your wedding, but try and do what

you can early on in your engagement because wrestling with it under

pressure in the fortnight before can take some of the enjoyment out of

it. And enter competitions! You never know!

Set up a wedding-only email

address so you can keep wedding-related matters together and separate

from your normal life! It also means your inbox won’t get bombarded by

marketing emails long after the wedding.

If I could change anything, I’d have tried to talk to every guest on the day, especially those

that had travelled a long way. The day was such an incredible whirlwind,

I was worried I didn’t get to speak to some people as much as I’d have

liked, but I think every bride feels this way!

Finally, Love my Dress

was a great source of real wedding inspiration and full of some

fantastic DIY ideas. The hard part was choosing which ideas not to

incorporate because I wanted to use them all!”

Breathtakingly beautiful and such a gorgeous way to start the week. Thank you so much Sacco & Sacco and huge congratulations to you too Rob and Pippa.

What do you love most about this wedding? You can see more literary inspired weddings here, as well as more on Reem Acra, BHLDN and Spring wedding inspiration too. If you love this colour pallette, you can explore more pretty peach weddings too.

What do you love most about this beautiful day, how has it inspired you?

With much love,


Photographer – Sacco & Sacco

Venue – Birling Manor, East Dean + marquee by The Arabian Tent Company

Wedding Dress – ‘Beams of Light’ dress by Catherine Deane for BHLDN + the ‘Olivia’ dress by Reem Acra

Veil/Headpiece – Augusta Jones veil which I purchased from White Mischief Bridal in Henfield

Brides’ shoes – Valentino + Dune wedges

Bride’s accessories – necklace made by the bride

Grooms Suit – Gresham Blake + Jones Bootmakers shoes

Bridesmaids Dresses – ASOS + New Look shoes

Flowergirl’s dress – made by the bride’s mum

Flowers – Florian of Hove

Cake – Flutterby Bakery

Car – Tudor Grey, 1964 Bentley S3 was provided by Sovereign Car

Additional Styling – Dusty Cupboard + CharlieBear Creations

Rings – Exclusive Jewellery in Brighton

Catering Company – Super Event + Oakfield Farm

Hair and make-up Artist – Bebe Newson

Venue Styling on the day – Dusty Cupboard + CharlieBear Creations

Ceilidh – Cut A Shine Hoedown Collective

Happy Monday morning lovelies, such a beautiful day up here in Whitby, the sun made the most majestic appearance from behind the pretty hillside this morning, so beautiful! I’ve chosen a suitably




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