There are some wedding videos that are just so emotional, so over-the-top or so absolutely stunning, we feel they deserve a bigger accolade on our site, like the title of Love Story of the Week! To kick off this new franchise, we’re sharing this incredibly luxe wedding at an estate in the United Kingdom. There’s an adorable love story, thousands of roses, a jungle-themed party and even a carousel!
Watch the video by Alessandro Bordoni Films and then scroll on for an inside look at Natalie and Daniel’s planning process, tips and vendors!
We met through a mutual friend and ended up working at the same company shortly after, perhaps by fate or perhaps because I worked in Human Resources and may have put a good word in…either way, here we are eight years later!
We were on holiday in Santorini—it was our first time there. The first evening, we went out for the most wonderful meal, which overlooked the incredible Grecian scenery. Once the meal was done, we returned to our hotel. I opened the door to our room and was met by a candlelit path of petals, which led straight to a huge bunch of roses and chocolates. I turned around and Daniel was on one knee! Cue sappy speech…and, of course, I said “Yes!”
On paper, we would be complete opposites, but we are truly best friends and we would honestly do anything for each other. Plus, Daniel always manages to make me laugh, no matter what!
Popped the champagne and jumped into a jacuzzi under the stars!
We were incredibly lucky to not have a strict budget, but we did prioritize what we wanted to spend more on. We went through every individual item and decided whether we thought it was reasonably priced or actually worth paying a premium price for.
To choose a beautiful venue that was easily accessible to all the important people in our lives, to have an abundance of flowers and, most importantly, to have a wedding that felt like “us.”
We both thought we were so incredibly lucky to be marrying the other.
We did not write our own vows. I am not that comfortable being the center of attention or with public speaking so we opted for a shorter ceremony.
I chose a dress made by Phillipa Lepley, a British couture designer. I really wanted something simple, classic and elegant. I chose her, not only because I thought she made beautiful dresses, but also because her attention to detail is second to none! It’s an amazing experience to witness the process from the first fitting, when it’s just toile to the finished dress! Daniel wore a Gieves & Hawkes dinner suit. Again, he wanted something classic but a little contemporary. A little “James Bond,” if you will!
Walking down the aisle with my lovely dad, seeing my husband-to-be and knowing this was all perfection.
You can never start planning too early and, if you’re using a wedding planner, find someone you can trust and who really understands you as a couple.
To be able to relive your happiest day ever! Our videographer, Alessandro Bordoni, really captured the essence of our day and I can’t even tell you how many times I have already watched our video. The day goes so quickly and it can be hard to step back and take it all in, so having the videos gives you a chance to see all those little moments you may have missed. Guaranteed you will treasure those memories caught on camera forever.
We chose mainly O’Hara roses, because they are soft, romantic, smell beautiful and are the perfect shade of blush pink I was looking for. We really wanted a ceremony that was obviously beautiful and romantic but also had some drama and a focal point at the end of the aisle. I wanted something a bit different—and a bonus was that it made a nice backdrop for family photos! Our evening theme was jungle/safari, so we had a complete change to palm trees and tropical plants to transform the venue into something really dramatic and crazy!
Our wonderful wedding planner, Hannah Snowsill, had asked what type of music we would like and then gathered a list of recommended vendors she had used before. We listened online and, from there, it was easy to choose who we thought sounded the best and seemed the most entertaining. We had such a range of ages and music tastes, so we wanted a group that could do a variety of genres and would be able to read the crowd and basically just be good fun!
So hard to choose! But a few special mentions:
-Our photographer, Roberta Facchini: We chose her because we loved her romantic, warm style. She was so wonderful to work with and made us feel so at ease. We absolutely adore all our photos and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She’s incredibly talented!
-Our photo booth, Beatrice & Bertram: They provide pop-up photo booths with all sorts of crazy backdrops and props! We had a Vanity Fair/safari-themed photo booth and it was worth every penny. All the guests had so much fun, the vendors had so much energy and enthusiasm, and the best bit was looking at all the hilarious photos! It was great to have something fun and interactive for all ages.
-Our band, Totem: They really started the party and got everyone on the dance floor!
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