[A]s soon as I spoke to Ruth on the phone for the first time about her wedding at Lillibrooke Manor I knew it was going to be a good one. A music themed wedding with vinyl invitations; a 50s style tea-length lace wedding dress; an awesome and funny, super laid-back bride and a family band! It sounded amazing, and on the day, it really was.
The morning of the wedding
I arrived super early as it was a bank holiday weekend and I had visions of being stuck on the M25 as Ruth was walking up the aisle so I left LOADS of time, and guess what? There was no traffic at all. So I headed over to the venue, Lillibrooke Manor, set in the beautiful Berkshire countryside and had a little snoop around before the craziness of the day really got started. It’s a stunning venue and I fell in love with it straight away. The beautiful red brick of the building and the wooden doors with their old fashioned knockers. The lush green fields behind and the stunning pink blossom on the trees. The amazing barn covered in fairy lights and multicoloured bunting. It was all just fabulous.
Once I had done a sufficient amount of snooping I then head over to the Sanctum on the Green hotel in Cookham where Ruth was getting ready with her mum and her bridesmaids. I was excited to see that she had decided on a vintage hair and make-up look to match her 50s style dress. It’s a style that really suited her and she looked absolutely incredible. I also fell in love with her floral print bridesmaid dresses combined with their red shoes, they looked so colourful and summery.
The wedding at Lillibrooke Manor
Over at the venue guests were beginning to arrive and Paul was there with his groomsmen to greet them. The small barn at Lillibrooke Manor is a beautiful room for the ceremony. The wall at the front is completely glass which provides plenty of beautiful natural light. Everyone was happy and excited for the day to come as they took their seats and Paul was at the front showing off his new pocket watch, a wedding gift from Ruth.
Ruth arrived at Lillibrooke Manor in a cute yellow campervan called Lola, which would later double up as a photobooth in the evening. I adore campervans so I absolutely LOVED this idea.
During the ceremony Paul and Ruth were so relaxed and happy, and kept making each other laugh throughout the whole thing. It set the tone for the rest of the day, lots of happiness, laughter and love.
The speeches and dancing
The speeches at Ruth and Paul’s wedding were hilarious as expected. They were fun and heartfelt and enjoyed by all. My favourite part was when Ruth’s Dad signed off with “Live long and prosper” accompanied by what Star Trek fans will recognise as the Vulcan salute.
The first dance was to Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” which certainly got everyone singing along and joining in with the dancing quickly. It was a packed dancefloor straight away and I think it stayed that way much of the night!
I can’t end this blog post without mentioning the family band. When Ruth first told me about this it sounded like good fun, but honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect! I definitely didn’t expect them to be amazing, but they really REALLY were. Ruth sang with her brother and sister, accompanied by other family members on their instruments and it was just so much fun. Everyone was loving it, dancing and singing along, including me!
This was one of my favourite weddings ever because Ruth and Paul made it feel so personal to them. They put in so much work but were really relaxed on the day, and for a couple who claim to be un-photogenic they both look fantastic in the photos. It was a gorgeous wedding at a stunning venue and I’m really excited to share these photos with you. If you’re planning a fun themed wedding, I would love to be involved! Please get in touch via my contact form.
Venue: Lillibrooke Manor
Wedding dress: Cutting Edge Brides
Bride’s shoes: John Lewis
Bridesmaid dresses: Lady Vintage
Groom & Groomsmen suits: Windsor and Cookham Formal Hire
Florist: Green and Gorgeous Flowers
Hair Stylist: Pin Ups Bridal Hair
Make-up Artist: Catrina Murrell
Campervan: Lola the VW Campervan
Cakes: Ice Up Your Life