Lavender Blue

The third and final wedding was Liz’s. Liz and Damien got married in Handcross Park, an old school in Sussex. This wedding was like being on the set of a period film. The venue and setting were grand, an old red brick building covered in ivy with huge rooms, some panelled with dark wood and some with amazing carved ceilings and chandeliers. The grounds were stunning, manicured and vast, with a pavilion in the middle and a sunken pond with lily pads.

They arrived in style, in a vintage Daimler in gunmetal grey, classic and understated. The ceremony took place in another of Handcross’s statement rooms and Liz’s sister-in-law played the piano, during the ceremony.

Liz organised and planned her own wedding, with a little help from Inspired Weddings, she arranged her own flowers, she kept the colours classic, with a mixture of violet, white and blue and this colour palette was used throughout the wedding. She designed all of the name cards herself, hand printing them on to old luggage tags, with printed blue birds and butterflies and she also designed the menus in the same style and the food on the menu was locally sourced, which was important to Liz and Damien.

Liz included some lovely details, like the small table of photos of her late mother Alison and her grandmother in vintage picture frames, along with two vases of Lily of the Valley, which were the flower used in her mother’s own wedding bouquet.

Liz’s dress and hair was also reminiscent of a period drama, the dress, more traditional than the other two, but elegant, classic and demure, cut underneath the bust, with a corseted bodice and laced down the back. Her hair was loose curls and pinned to one side. Her shoes were simple silver courts.

Photos by Andy Mays (Inspired Photos Images)

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