Lisa and Lee – The Proposal
Photographer; Simon John
Hairdresser Lisa, who specialises in weddings (weddinghairbylisa.co.uk), and security specialist Lee have been together for around 12 years and met through friends in their hometown of Southampton.
Lee proposed during a holiday in Langkawi, Malaysia in January 2008. “Lee organised a candle-lit beach barbecue and proposed by slipping the ring into my glass of champagne,” says Lisa.
Lisa and Lee – The Venue
The couple wanted an intimate romantic vintage wedding and fell in love with Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa in Hampshire. “It has an old English feel with a modern twist. It’s also got a fabulous spa, and has won loads of awards. By choosing it we knew our guests would be looked after,” says Lisa.
Lisa and Lee – The Reception
Although the wedding was in autumn, the couple wanted a fresh, spring-like feel when it came to their colour scheme and chose delicate shades of green and pink throughout.
The flowers were arranged by Lynda at Exclusively Weddings. “My bouquet consisted of pale pink, ivory and pale green roses with lime green foliage,” says Lisa.
“We had huge arrangements of roses with green foliage and white hydrangeas in the venue plus lots of vintage candles with sprigs of hydrangea.”
Lisa and Lee – The Dress
Lisa’s biased-cut Spanish-influenced Pronovia dress came from Bride’s boutique in Bournemouth. “Julie, my twin sister and bridesmaid styled my hair for the day, and to compliment the dress, she arranged it to the side with sparkly clips and hydrangea petals,” says Lisa. She bought her gorgeous custom-made Gina shoes at a Make-A-Wish Foundation charity auction. Lee and his best man Neil both wore suits by William Hunt from Sakks in Southampton, and Julie wowed in a pink satin strapless dress by Mori Lee.
Lisa and Lee – The Cake and Cuisine
The couple married in Chewton Glen’s stunning Morning Room. “The weather on the day was fantastic and the room was filled with light,” says Lisa.
The Food… Their morning breakfast was expertly planned – each and every table was named after a famous golf course (Lee is a huge fan) and there were separate menus for the male and female guests.
“We just couldn’t decide on one selection of dishes so went for two,” says Lisa. The stunning nameplates and table plan were designed by Natalie at Especially Made and for wedding favours each guest received a rather stylish cupcake by caterers Add Zing.
The cake… The couple’s three-tiered fruit, sponge and chocolate cake was bought ready-iced from M&S, and embellished by florist Lynda. Add Zing also prepared a cheese tower for those with a savoury tooth.
Lisa and Lee – The Evening’s Entertainment
Soul and Motown band Groove Machine serenaded the couple and guests in the evening. “They were amazing – the perfect end to a perfect day,” says Lisa.