Jessica and Samuel’s engagement got off to a ‘rolling start’ when Samuel proposed.
Samuel had planned the proposal meticulously with a walk between the beautiful Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door along the Jurassic coast in Dorset.
Finding the perfect spot, Samuel got down on one knee to ask Jess to marry him. In this moment, as Samuel tried to take the engagement ring from his pocket he dropped his bottle of water!
“The bottle rolled off, accelerating back towards Lulworth Cove and Jess took off after it. So there was a brief moment where I was all alone, on one knee, watching Jess jogging off back down the hill.” Of course, Jess did return and she said YES! “We happily walked down to Durdle Door as fiancés”
As Jessica and Samuel started their wedding planning their key objective was to find a venue that would give their guests a true feel of an ‘English wedding’ as lots of their loved ones would be traveling from afar for their big day.
St Audries Park is situated in a quintessentially English setting within a beautiful deer park and can accommodate over 100 guests – This made it the perfect choice from Samuel and Jessica! – “St Audries Park was #1 on our list and as soon as we arrived at the venue we knew that it was the right place for us”
Jessica and Samuel were given lots of advice and tips from family and friends to guide them through the organisation, timings and budget for the wedding they dreamed of. They also found the Brides Book, provided by St Audries Park very helpful and used this as a tool during the planning process.
Jessica and Samuel felt that it was important to include seasonal flowers and colours such as reds, oranges and plum tones to accentuate their autumnal wedding. They paired these rich colours with their monochrome theme. Their florist worked with them to tie the colour scheme together with their flower arrangements and decorated their naked wedding cake with fresh autumnal flowers and berries.
“St Audries Park only added to this with enchanting vines which covered its façade, turned red with the season.”
Jessica chose her beautiful wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes in an Art Deco 1920’s/1930’s style to complement their theme, she wore minimal accessories on the day –
“The wedding dress was so detailed yet so simple that it really spoke for itself. I did not want to embellish it further so the only accessory was a raw edged, cathedral length veil which my Mum made for me, delicate drop pearl earrings and ivory 1930’s style wedding shoes.”
Samuel chose a navy blue suit from Hugo Boss, white embossed Paul Smith shirt and shoes along with a plum tie. “The key accessory of Sam’s outfit was the plum tie which matched my lipstick colour, his autumnal flower button hole and white pocket square. But obviously… the main accessories of the day were our wedding rings!”
“We were really pleased with how everything came together, and felt so special dressed up in our wedding attire on the day.”
The couple held their ceremony in our stunning Victorian Orangery where they had a special reading by one of Jess’s close Australian friends who travelled over 30 hours, accompanied by her husband, especially for Jess and Sam’s wedding.
“Jess had previously been a bridesmaid for her a few years earlier so it was a special moment when she gave the reading at our ceremony.”
They planned the ceremony music with the help of Jess’s dad and cousin and felt this added a personal touch to the day, they also chose to add our garden games package which were enjoyed on the lawn outside the Orangery along with our indoor and outdoor candle package to add to the magic of their day spent with the people closest to them!
For the wedding breakfast, Jessica and Samuel gave their guests the choice of Sea Bass or Fillet of Beef Wellington.
“90% chose the beef wellington and the feedback was 100% positive. Everyone loved the food, the bride and groom included.”
The couple were extremely happy with all of their suppliers especially the hair and makeup artist, florist, photographer “And last but certainly not least, Claire who really made our day special! She was brilliant with all the timings and arranging people on the day and was easy to reach during the organisation beforehand.” – Claire is a personal wedding manager here at St Audries Park.
The speeches were a big part of the day for Jess and Sam, adding even more laughter and emotion to the day, the bride and groom said they couldn’t have wished for more!
As the evening started to get into full swing, one of the wedding guests surprised the party with an impromptu performance on the piano in the Drawing Room before the guests moved into the disco room where St Audries Park’s resident DJ started the night’s entertainment with the First Dance.
“Jess chose the first dance song – Radio Head, I Promise. We didn’t plan the first dance at all. It was just such a relief after all the emotions of the wedding to let loose and enjoy the evening drinking and dancing the night away. It’s an opportunity to get everyone you love together for a ‘jolly good knees up’.”
Following the big day, the wedding couple enjoyed some quality time with family in Padstow before flying to Sicily for a few days, they are also planning a mini break to Berlin this Christmas.
Photographer: AI Weddings
DJ: St Audries Resident DJ – Geoff Ryder
Florist: Sharon from Interiors & Flowers
Hair & Make-up: Adrienne Jeffcote from Hair & Makeup with Dren