A natural connection

Gaynes Park set the scene for Rebecca and Edward's indulgent orange and gold nuptials.

After going through the whole of school without saying a single word to each other, Edward plucked up the courage to ask Rebecca for her number at the end of a school trip to Prague in their final year. After a cinema date and a summer hanging out together, the pair had fallen head over heels for each other. “I've never enjoyed someone's company so much in my life,” she says. “I felt happy, excited, relaxed, secure and in love! My feelings remain the same, if not stronger, now.”

Nine years, four months and one day later – not that Rebecca was counting – Edward finally popped the question. “I almost gave up on the idea of marriage, but the love of my life proposed to me with a ring he'd designed himself by the 'Lake of Love' in Bruges,” explains the bride.

A year later, the couple tied the knot at Gaynes Park – the first venue they visited. Their nuptials followed a rustic theme and flowers made their celebration a showstopper. Here, Rebecca shares more about their big day…

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Rebecca Falconbridge married Edward Jewson, both 28, at Gaynes Park on 13th December, 2014.

 

A natural connection: Image 2aOur table decorations were kept simple so they didn't distract from the beautiful floral candelabra centrepieces. Hand-written place names were displayed in gold spray-painted pinecones and each guest received homemade sloe gin and blackcurrant jam as favours.

A natural connection: Image 2 “We had eight round tables for our 80 guests – I didn't want a long top table as I wanted the wedding breakfast to feel social and intimate for everyone. – Rebecca “

 

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A delightful barn conversion and orangery surrounded by a beautiful walled garden, set on top of a hill, made Gaynes Park the perfect romantic setting.

 

A natural connection: Image 4aI wanted a lace wedding dress with shoulder detailing and found Laura by Diane Harbridge in Clifford Burr. I then had a fantastic seamstress that transformed the dress into my dream gown.

A natural connection: Image 4 We had a four-tiered fruitcake decorated with ivory icing, pearl-drop piping and cherry brandy roses, made by the mother-of-the-groom.

 

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The groom and groomsmen wore grey morning suits with ivory waistcoats from Coles of Epping. Edward wore an ivory cravat and handkerchief whilst the others wore cravats to match the bridesmaid's dress.

 

A natural connection: Image 6aMediterranean Occasions, the venue's stylists, provided lighting, ivory chair sashes and a golden easel for the table plan, which was created by The Card Lab, who also designed our invitations.

A natural connection: Image 6 From my bouquet and the ceremony garland to the centrepieces and scattered vases, our wedding depicted floral beauty and creativity.

 

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My bridesmaid wore a handmade 1950s-style dress in a pinky orange-coloured dupion silk. Our two flowergirls wore ivory dresses.

 

A natural connection: Image 8aPianoDJ provided all the entertainment at our wedding; from a pianist during our ceremony and wedding breakfast, to lovely ambient music in the barn, and a DJ in the evening – our white LED dancefloor was full all night!

A natural connection: Image 8 Our photographer provided a bespoke photo booth in the evening – the photos are perfect proof of how much fun our guests had at our wedding.

 

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“Post-ceremony, we were driven around the Epping countryside in a vintage Rolls Royce – this gave us time to compose ourselves and to cherish the moment.” – Rebecca

 

Rebecca Falconbridge and Edward Jewson's contact book


Bride's accessories
Olivier Laudus
www.olivierlaudus.com

Bride's accessories
Gem Craft
www.gemcraft.biz

Bride's accessories
John Lewis
www.johnlewis.com

Bride's dress and bridesmaid alterations
Clifford Burr
www.cliffordburr.co.uk

Bride's hair and make-up
Essex Wedding Hair & Make-up
www.essexweddinghairandmakeup.co.uk

Catering
Galloping Gourmet
www.gallopinggourmet.co.uk

Entertainment
Piano DJ
www.pianodj.co.uk

Flowers
Sweet Pea Flowers
www.sweetpeaflowers.co.uk

Groom and groomsmen's suits
Coles Menswear
www.coles-menswear.co.uk

Photographer
Justin Bailey Photography
www.justin-bailey.co.uk

Stationery
The Card Lab
www.cardlab.co.uk

Transport
Lord Cars
www.lordcars.co.uk

Venue
Gaynes Park
www.gaynespark.co.uk

Venue styling
Mediterranean Occasions
www.mediterraneanoccasions.co.uk