Gina and Tom tied the knot in classic style at a historic countryside venue
“I knew from looking at hundreds of weddings in magazines and on blogs that I wanted a coherent theme, but I loved so many styles that it was difficult to chose,” admits Gina. She ditched several possibilities – from Pucci-inspired multicolour to bold black and yellow – when she and husband-to-be Tom found their dream venue.
Photography by Polly Alexandre, alexandreweddings.com
The couple fell for 16th century Walton Hall, an imposing manor house which sits majestically in 65 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
Gina and Tom decided on a theme to complement their stunning venue and enhance its stately style. “To match the beautiful ballroom and on-site chapel, we needed a classic look,” says Gina.
Glamorous candelabra, mirrored vases and sprinklings of crystals from Wedding Day Hire created the desired effect, along with a spring palette of green, white, ivory and gold.
Tables were adorned with tall vases holding simple blousy blooms such as hydrangeas in snowy white shades.
A series of refined DIYs – made with help from Gina’s parents – helped bring the couple's vision to life. “I always knew I wanted to make my wedding stationery, and my amazing father stepped in on the design and materials,” says Gina. Orders of service, bookmarks for each guest and the table plan were all printed on luxury paper from Selfridges.
Gina looked radiant in a slimline lace and duchesse satin gown with brooch detailing at the waist from Allure Bridals. A diamanté headpiece from Adina Bridal and jewellery borrowed from her mum completed the look.
In keeping with the stylishly simple deco, Gina’s bouquet was composed of white peonies, ivory Avalanche roses and eucalyptus.
“My sister Jo found the bridesmaids’ dresses at Ghost,” Gina says. “They carried bouquets of white hydrangeas, which matched our table centres.”
Tom hired his traditional suit from Jakes of London but posed for a few photos without his jacket for a more laid-back look.
The four-tiered wedding cake, inspired by the lace and buttons on the bride’s dress, was made with love, too – by Gina’s mum. “She used Mich Tuner of The Little Venice Cake Company’s fruitcake recipe, and we had so many compliments.”
As the light faded, Gina and Tom took to the dancefloor for their first dance as husband and wife.