A Midsummer Nights Dream, in Samares Manor Gardens

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I’m in love with nature. The earth has music for those who listen; the songs of the birds, the sighing of the trees as the warm breeze filters in through the leaves, the gentle babbling of a brook in the distance, and the hum of Mother Nature as she continues building her kingdom. I feel most at peace when I’m surrounded by nature and I wanted my wedding to truly embrace this.

I wanted our guests to feel taken in by nature, like they had entered her realm. ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ conjure this rapturous, dreamy notion and inspired my colour pallet. Midnight blues, the colours seen at twilight, and small pops of cherry pink to add depth to the florals. 

I started planning my wedding day before I had even met my now husband, Danny. Over the years, my ideas have changed as I drew from new sources of inspiration; but one thing remained the same, I wanted who we are to permeate and be intertwined with each element of our wedding. The novel inspired table names, the handmade welcome bags I made our out-of-town guests and the self-authored reading my brother read during our ceremony; all of these things were uniquely us. I wanted to look back and remember how much of the day was really about Danny, I and our families. 

The table names were named after our favourite film quotes, which we all say on a daily basis in our family. Our top table was from the film True Romance - 'And all I could think was you're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool'.  Which generally was what I thought the first time I met Danny, and every so often I leave little notes on his desk with this quote.

The table names were named after our favourite film quotes, which we all say on a daily basis in our family. Our top table was from the film True Romance - 'And all I could think was you're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool'.  Which generally was what I thought the first time I met Danny, and every so often I leave little notes on his desk with this quote.

I knew I didn't want to have marquee doors to lead the way into our secret garden, it had to be something different. So it made sense to create a bespoke secret garden door. It was important that every part of the day matched and lived the theme of the secret garden, so Danny also created a bar befitting of any secret garden. Scribbled down on a piece of paper, I left it to my handy man (Danny) to make this happen. 

Our families really pulled together to help make our dreams come true. My brother in-law sanded 120 wood slices which were used as the guests’ place settings, my nan and aunty sewed all the tiny little flowers on the flower girls dresses, my grandad made his famous pork pies for the evening banquet and my wonderful mother made all the cakes and desserts. Not to mention every single family member helping out on the days before the big day lifting, shifting and making sure everything was perfect.

The gorgeous flower girls in dresses hand made by myself and  my equally creative Nan and Aunty.

The gorgeous flower girls in dresses hand made by myself and  my equally creative Nan and Aunty.

The evening banquet which was lovingly made by the whole family with meats and cheeses from Spain and a huge selection of cakes and desserts made by my fabulous mother.

The evening banquet which was lovingly made by the whole family with meats and cheeses from Spain and a huge selection of cakes and desserts made by my fabulous mother.

I had tried on dresses in Jersey and I had tried on dresses in London. No matter how many I tried they just didn't feel right, there just wasn't anything like I had pictured in my head. So naturally I designed my own. Kaydia Torrel turned my paper scribbles turn into something much more than a wedding dress. I'll be putting up another post soon about having a couture dress made, so stay tuned for that.  

My Dress was made by Kaydia Torrel a local artisan, together we created an ethereal design that would look timeless.

My Dress was made by Kaydia Torrel a local artisan, together we created an ethereal design that would look timeless.

Obviously there was only one person I would have do my flowers – Claire at Eden! Claire brought my dreams to life, she knew exactly what I like and how I pictured the day, how I wanted guests to feel as they entered our secret/enchanted garden. I selected the flower vessels and together we picked the flowers, but once Claire had the design brief I left her to do what she does best. The outcome was stunning and you truly felt as if you have entered in to an enchanted forest for a royal feast.

For the ceiling I wanted a lot of tree canopy bringing the outdoors indoors, Claire created this by layering birch foliage from the centre of the ceiling outwards creating trees at the edges of the marquee. 

For the ceiling I wanted a lot of tree canopy bringing the outdoors indoors, Claire created this by layering birch foliage from the centre of the ceiling outwards creating trees at the edges of the marquee. 

Natalie Mayer in togetherness with Anna Somma of Somma Productions captured the romance and beauty of our day and the perfectly. I think I terrified them with how visual I was with the photography and videography; trying to articulate what you see in your own creative mind to someone else is not easy but I trusted them with my vision and they didn't disappoint. We will cherish the timeless pictures and film which they have created – it truly embraces my mind’s vision.

I really hate looking at myself in photos but Natalie defiantly caught my good side here. 

I really hate looking at myself in photos but Natalie defiantly caught my good side here. 

The Gallery

 

The Cinimatography 

“A young woman finds a secret garden door and upon entering find herself in an enchanted forest were she falls in love at first sight with a mysterious man wondering the forest. They spend the day together which ends up with her leading him back to the secret door to take him back to her real world. Inspired by Alice entering Wonderland and The Secret Garden door leading to an enchanted forest much like that found in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, every moment of the day had to feel magical, natural and enchanted.”

The story is of seems like a simple love story, which is what I wanted, but to me this film reminds me of the magic I felt when we fell in love and the hidden meanings behind different parts of the film are representative of my own personal journey to this point in life. 

Vendors

Photography ~ Natalie Mayer Cinematography ~ Somma Productions Wedding Dress ~ Kaydia Torrell  Hair & Make Up ~ Lauren @ The Palour Pyrography ~ Kerry Smith  Catering ~ Treacle Catering Entertainment ~ The Acoustic Oddz & DJ Will Udoh Styling & Concept, Stationary, Bridesmaids Dresses, Flower Girls Dresses, Cakes ~ Lovely Days Studios 

VENUES 

Church ~ St Peter La Rocque Chapel  

Reception ~ Samares Manor

Hotel ~ La Haule Manor