Elegant, romantic and classically beautiful.

That's how I'd describe Jamal and Jacqui's wedding at the grand yet somehow wonderfully intimate venue, Nonsuch Mansion, in Surrey, England.

That's also how I'd describe Allister Freemans timeless photography and the superb florals by Emma Lappin Flowers.

Yep, not only are Jamal and Jacqui a perfect match but so were their wedding vendors ~ everything came together so beautifully.

And Jacqui was positively radient in her slinky, sparkly, exquisite Jenny Packham gown.

This is why I adore English weddings…

From Jacqui, the bride:

Our vision was an elegant wedding in a country mansion with classic but individual detailing.  We chose to get married in spring so that we would have an amazing choice of flowers and we worked the blush pink and grey colour scheme around the flowers.

The Flowers

We had a real mixture of flowers – I got a bit carried away adding all my favourites but I was thrilled with the results on the day!

The bouquets included gardenia peonies, spray garden roses, larger garden roses (in quicksand, memory lane and talea), lisianthus, anenomies (for the bridemaids only) silver brunia (for the bride only), wax flower and eucalyptus foliage. The buttons holes were the larger garden roses with eucalyptus and the groom's also had some silver brunia to dress it up a little. 

DIY Projects

For our invitations and orders of the day we bought card and pretty stamps and embossed a design onto the front (it took ages but was really cost effective and I like to think it added a personal touch to the day!)  We made confetti pouches out of embossed glassine bags fastened with personalised stickers which we bought from Etsy and we also made our seating plan.

The centrepieces had all of the above plus stocks. Our florist, Emma Lappin, was amazing on the day and did a wonderful job of decorating the venue using tea lights and single stem flowers in glass votives. We also moved our flower arrangements between our ceremony and reception so that we could re-use them.

Wedding Photography

We spent a long time looking through what felt like hundreds of photographer's portfolios online before we contacted Allister.  We wanted to come away with photographs that provided an honest portrayal of the whole day and we aren't keen on too much post-production.  We felt that Allister's photos captured moments from a stunning perspective in a way that doesn't feel staged.

Jacqui's Favourite Moment

I have so many favourite moments – from walking down the aisle to Pachelbel's Canon to dancing with all my friends and family to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now at midnight – it was an amazing day full of love and happiness. 

Advice For Other Couples

The best advice I could give to other couples is to make sure you have a day or two before the wedding where you stop doing wedding prep and just relax.  The day goes so fast it is important not to worry about the little details and to just soak up every minute and create incredible memories.

Many thanks to Jacqui and Jamal for sharing their special day with us and to Allister Freeman for sharing his beautiful photography.

Aren't those flower arrangements incredible?!

Which of your favourite flowers will you be having at your wedding?