Today’s beautiful wedding at Careys Manor is just lovely, and the story told by Zara is just as wonderful.  Shot by the lovely Rob from ShootingHip, a Hampshire Wedding Club Member, it is my privilege to feature his work.  I am forever in awe of the work Rob produces, he has the most incredible observation skills and captures truly the most intricate shots, of the most beautiful moments.

Do take some time to savour all of the details, from the bright florals to the carefully crafted styling details made by Zara, with the happy couple clearly having a brilliant time., surrounded by their friends and family.

Tell me how you met? Was it love at first sight?

We met when I was at uni in Northampton and Stuart worked for a company near campus. I wouldn’t say love at first sight but I definitely fancied him, haha.

About the proposal, set the scene for me and then explain how you felt (I love this bit!);

He picked me up from a hen party I had been to the night before (luckily there was not a huge amount of drinking, and I’d made it to bed relatively early) so no hangover. He was adamant about going to a place down the road from where we lived called Marlow on the way back from Windsor where he’d picked me up from for brunch. I was a bit tired, no makeup, hair tied up and hoody and jeans on (so not the most attractive). I asked if we could go home first and then go for lunch a bit later. Stuart totally ignored this request and we went straight to Marlow. He said about going for a walk by the river before or after this place we like to go to eat.  Nothing felt out of the ordinary, we had done this many times before. But when we got out the car he was being a bit strange making sure I was on a certain side to him. I then saw the bulge in his jacket pocket and thought OMG!!!

We then went for a walk first as I thought I knew what was coming (it had only taken 6 years of being together and many years of unsubtle hints from myself and all members of both our families) haha! As we were walking by the river in Marlow in early April 2016, the sun was shining it wasn’t too cold, no one else around by the water and then Stuart goes “I have a present for you.”…………… I felt that jump in my chest and stomach. He then lunged, yes lunged (later found out he didn’t want a muddy knee) and asked me what I was doing the rest of my life and would I marry him. I cried (standard) and obviously said yes. It was all over very quickly. It may not have been what you see in the movies but when I heard the effort he had gone to with getting the right ring made, doing research on diamonds etc.  He even timed train stops on the way home to go to the shop, so he still got home the same time as normal so I wouldn’t suspect.  I loved the fact that he asked my dad, and my stepdad for their approval, ensuring they both felt involved. So above everything, it was the thought and consideration he took that sticks in my mind.  Making ours a slightly comical, not your typical lovey-dovey proposal.

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What was the first decision your made regarding the wedding?

Where we would hold the day, and of course the actual date.

Describe your day in one paragraph

Really was the best day of my life. I never understood why people said that till I experienced it. The things that didn’t go quite to plan just add to the story.  The amazing day full of laughing, dancing, drinking and eating gave the most perfect memories. All the planning didn’t live up to the reality, it was English lace meets Scottish tartan set in a rustic but elegant New Forest setting.

What made you decide on your venue?

The look at feel of the place obviously but also Francoise the wedding coordinator she was so on the ball, we knew we could trust her with our special day.

What was your extravagant expense?

We didn’t really have anything classed as an extravagant spend. We could have had a DJ included in our venue package, but we chose to have a ceilidh band instead.  They also do music covers making sure there was something for everyone. Because of the dancing plan we had to source and pay for a larger dance floor to accommodate the frivolity the band caused, the one at the venue was too small and would not have coped.

What was your most frugal (yet essential) expense?

The place setting names for everyone. I found a place in Latvia on Etsy who slice small ovals of willow tree, sanding them for me. 100 pieces cost me about twenty pounds, I then got alphabet stamps that clipped together also from eBay and an ink stamp. Then came the task of stamping everyone’s names on to each slice of wood.  I enjoyed putting together a lot of the decorations myself.

Tell us all about your dress. Where did you get it? How did you know it was the right one? How many fittings? Any other information you would like to share.

I got it from a bridal shop in Beaconsfield call Pure Couture. It is an Essence of Australia dress, originally strapless but I had the in-house seamstresses create small lace off the shoulder straps and a lace back for it. It has mink satin underneath ivory lace, fitted with a full lace train. It was the first ever dressed I tried on but was not what I thought I wanted so was a bit self-conscious in it that first day.  My mum, however, was amazed by it!!. I thought I wanted more of a ballgown style rather than fitted so after many other styles not suiting me I left confused, went around about another 4/5 bridal shops.  Trying on a ridiculous amount of dress and ended up comparing, in the end, everything to that one.  So back we went!

Reception styling

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What was your theme? Tell me a few things that you are particularly pleased with that really help frame the wedding around it.

Rustic woodland wedding theme with a touch of Scotland (not sure you can classify that as a theme really).  As we were in the New Forest, we thought embrace it fully.  So we decided to bring the outdoors indoors with the tree centrepieces, and logs we foraged ourselves for down the aisle.

If you could give other couples just one bit of advice, what would it be?

Relax on the day, you can’t change what will happen.  If it doesn’t all go to plan it doesn’t matter, it will still feel like the most perfect day.

Moments. The funniest?

I laughed so much throughout the day this is a hard one to pinpoint.

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and merrily into the evening

The most touching?

Towards the end of the night, Stuart and I were dancing.  We were the only ones on the dance floor to a slow song.  The music began to change and as it did, our family started dancing around us in a circle, holding hands moving around us.  Then our friends joined moving in the opposite direction. Stuart lifted me up and swung me around in the middle. Afterwards, I loved how it all just happened.  An enjoyable lovely moment, completing our day and celebrating our marriage.

The one you NEVER expected?

The car taking us to the wedding didn’t turn up to pick me up.  So the owner of the house we rented for the weekend, drove my mum and my bridesmaids in their car.  I laugh because the bumper was gaffer taped to it.  My stepdad then drove me with my dad to the wedding.

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The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
The Hampshire Wedding Club, Hampshire Wedding, Hampshire weddings, Weddings in Hampshire, The home of Hampshire Weddings, Natasha Newland, Hampshire wedding blog, Shooting Hip, Hampshire Wedding Club Member, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa
We hope you have enjoyed this real wedding feature, and we can not wait to bring you more stylish Hampshire wedding articles and inspiration very soon.
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Tasha, Editor of the Hampshire Wedding Club

Credits

Photography: ShootingHip Wedding Venue: Careys Manor Flowers: Centrepieces by Owen Lavin at Little Lillies, wedding florals by Clair Lythgoe Make-Up: Beautiful Brides, New Milton Wedding Dress: Pure Couture, Beaconsfield Wedding Cake & Dessert Shoes: Rachel Simpson Ceilidh Band: Big Cool Celts Decor: Corporate Events UK

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