English Country Wedding in the rolling hills of Wiltshire Valley

Clem and Will’s Quintessentially English Country Wedding took place on a Summers day in June at Hatch House amongst the rolling hills of the Wiltshire Valley. Following three years of engagement and a pandemic later Clem & Will were married in the historic Church of Fonthill Gifford a stone’s throw away from the picturesque country pub, The Beckford Arms, where they had their first date. Clem & Will both grew up in the surrounding villages and when it came to choosing their wedding destination they immediately knew that they wanted to celebrate their marriage in their favourite place and that which holds their happiest memories as a couple. They quickly decided upon Hatch House as the perfectly understated, lesser known but grand in its own right beautiful setting to host their wedding day. With its breathtaking walled rose garden and luscious green backdrop Hatch House was everything they were looking for in a venue to showcase the English countryside at its finest. It is a Cliche but it really is so true that you blink and your wedding day flys past you so it is so special to pause and look back on our day and all the details that made it everything we had wished for. It was really important to me that our wedding day was entwined with personal touches, every detail was considered. We worked closely with our team of incredible suppliers to bring our vision of a Quintessentially English wedding day to life, with touches of blue scattered throughout the wedding day from bridesmaids dresses from Maids to measure, to table napkin bows and floral displays, together we really did bring the vision of our day to life. We chose a traditional church ceremony for our wedding service which was followed by a champagne reception in the Walled Garden and croquet on the Lawn at Hatch. When I pictured our Wedding Day I always had a very clear vision of all of our guests mingling sipping on champagne in the walled garden at Hatch and we were incredibly lucky that on the day the weather held out and although it was a little windy the rain stayed away until we had settled into our marque for the evening, I still can’t believe how lucky we were to be able to enjoy the beautiful walled gardens at Hatch for our drinks reception. Naturally as the founder of Clementine and Mint, Lifestyle Accessories brand, which was actually born out of looking for the perfect headbands for my bridesmaid Bridesmaids and not finding them on the market, it was truly incredible to see all of my bridesmaids wearing our Handmade White Satin Headbands from our Bridal collection. I also changed into our White Satin Padded Headband in the evening alongside my Aje Party Dress. For the relaxing morning of preparations the bridesmaids all wore Personalised Linen Dressing Gowns from the new Bridal Collection that is coming very soon from Clementine & Mint. We chose to work with the incredibly talented Chloe Winstanley as our Wedding photographer. I knew that we could trust Chloe to capture every moment and detail of our wedding day to allow us to relive it forever through the most precious images. Chloe’s passion for capturing beautiful love stories is so evident across her work and she really did surpass all of our expectations with our wedding album. Chloe’s talent to capture the most natural of moments is incredible and it really did feel like we had a good friend by our side all day. One of the first things I did when we got engaged was book Clementine Cusack as our wedding Videographer. Clem’s work is so incredibly unique, she captured the most magical moments from our day, many of which we missed. I couldn’t tell you how many hours of my life I have spent reliving our wedding day through our video, every time noticing something new. Chloe and Clem really did make the most perfect Duo. If you are newly engaged and not sure where to start I recommend you book them quickly. Flowers were always going to be a large part of our Wedding and we actually chose and planned our wedding date around the flowers that were in season during the month of June. I love quintessentially English flowers and it was so important to me that we could source locally British grown flowers where possible. We worked very closely with my good friends Pamplemousse Dorset to bring together our floral vision and wow did they deliver. Arriving at the Church and turning the corner to see the beautiful Urns outside the church reduced me to tears just before entering the church. Our flowers consisted of English garden roses, Lily of the Valley, Sweet Peas, Delphiniums, foxgloves, viburnum and many more beautiful white, green and lilac flowers. I really wanted my bouquet to have a beautiful scent, Pamplemouse exceeded all of my expectations and our Bridal bouquets were simply breathtaking, the smell of sweet peas and garden mint will forever remind me of our Wedding Day. We wanted our marque to have the feeling of being in a cottage garden so we filled it with live potted flowers, including lavender, foxgloves, delphiniums and we even added some hornbeams trees for beautiful height and a touch of green. Each of our tables were named with a potted herb, they filled the marque with the most beautiful scents and the herbs are now planted in our herb garden at home. For our Wedding Breakfast we ate delicious Mediterranean inspired food and nearly all of our guests commented on how much they loved the truffle fries (a personal favourite of Wills & I’s!)

Our Wedding Cake was made in Somerset by a very talented baker, we chose a very simple icing finish with a beautiful hand dyed silk ribbon bow from the Silk Studio. We had three tiers, all in different flavours because we simply couldn’t choose between Sicilian Lemon, Dark Chocolate & Espresso and Carrot & Walnut cake. Our wonderful caterers sliced it up and served it alongside cheese toasties to everyone on the dance floor from trays and I have the best memories of eating wedding cake and dancing the night away with my bridesmaids! After trying on many Wedding Dresses and not having that wow moment I decided to work with a local seamstress to design and make my own wedding dress. It was an incredible experience. I visited a lace workshop in London and chose the lace and just weeks before our wedding day changed my mind on my veil and in the end chose a very subtle scallop trim which I loved and felt it sat perfectly alongside my full lace gown. I trusted my gut and luckily I really did have the dress of my dreams, I love that it was so unique to me but I did literally try it on finished for the first time the week of our wedding. With my Wedding Dress having quite a long train I decided that I wanted a fun short dress to really be able to dance in and well who needs a reason to need to buy two white dresses? I saw my evening dress on instagram for the first time and instantly fell in love with it, I found one left in stock, it came all the way from Australia and miraculously it fit like a glove. I loved how much of a contrast to my main wedding dress it was with long tulle sleeves and a square neckline. I can’t wait to wear it again! For my wedding accessories I wore a pair of Blue Manolo Blahink Hangisi, my something blue and new and also a very kind wedding gift from my Mother in Law. For jewellery I kept it very simple and wore a pair of drop diamond earrings from Theodora Warre and have regularly worn them since our wedding and love that they hold the happiest memories. Will and all his ushers wore traditional morning suits to stay in keeping with the style of our day. Will’s waistcoat was a beautiful soft blue linen from Sirplus, the groomsmen ties were from Charles Tyrwhitt and Will wore a pair of personalised Sophie Breitmeyer cufflinks that I gave to him as a gift on the morning of our wedding along with a personalised gift note. I ordered a set of personalised blue and white notecards from Memo Press, one of my favorite small businesses and gave a little note to all of my family and loved ones ahead of the Wedding Day.

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