A classic pastel winter wedding at Offley Manor House

A classic pastel winter wedding at Offley Place | Hayley Pettit Photography

It might be spring but Rebecca & Dean’s pastel winter wedding is perfect for a day like today. This lovely pair have been together for eight years and planned their wedding, a civil ceremony at Offley Place, in just eight months! Their day was a classic simple celebration, and all the details are just exquisite.

I love Rebecca’s dress, she look divine in her Kenneth Winston gown, and I’m obsessed with all their floral decorations. All the photos from Hayley Pettit Photography are so beautiful that I couldn’t decide, so I used them all! Plus I’m super impressed with their homemade candle teacup favours and place names – I might have to feature that as a first DIY post on the blog!

The couples portraits are some of the loveliest I’ve seen, and how lucky were they to have such beautiful sunshine on their December wedding day?!

Photography by Hayley Pettit Photography

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How we met

Dean and I met at school when we were 13 but didn’t start going out until we were 18. We went to separate uni’s (me at UEA in Norwich, him at Sheffield) and did long-distance for 5 years! He then moved to Edinburgh for work after graduating, and I decided to go back to uni in Manchester to re-train as a Primary teacher. Once I’d completed my training, we then both got jobs in Hertfordshire and set up home, where we’ve been for the last three years.

The dress

My dress was a Kenneth Winston gown, which I bought from Roses Gowns in Stevenage. I walked into the shop on my own one day for a little browse, saw it and knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on! I went back a few days later with a friend and after seeing her face and getting her opinion, bought it there and then! Living several hours away from both my Mum and bridesmaids and buying it without having their opinions did make me nervous, but I was sure in my own mind after previously trying on lots of different styles in previous shopping trips with them. I accessorised with Ted Baker earrings that Dean bought me as a wedding gift and a Swarovski necklace which was my ‘something borrowed’ from my bridesmaid

For the bridesmaids I chose matching nude/dusky pink beaded full length dresses by JS Collection at House of Fraser. They were all stunning in them.

Dean wore a three piece suit in navy blue by Hammond & Co, from Debenhams, I bought Dean a personalised tie clip which he wore on the day. His best man and ushers had the same suits.

A pastel winter wedding

We both wanted a simple, relaxed and fuss-free wedding. After having been together for 8 years, engaged for 2 of them, we decided to pick a venue that was classic and didn’t require much doing to it! We booked the venue, Offley Place Country House in April 2015, with the date set for 28th December 2015. Both Dean and I are relaxed people, and were grateful that the hotel were well organised and led us through the whole process very simply.

We didn’t have a specific theme that ran throughout the day, but it ended up being a pastel winter wedding filled with elements we both liked! It was very much “if we like it and we want it, then we’re having it!”

The photographer

We found Hayley Pettit Photography through a google search and we’re so happy we chose her! She is equally relaxed as us and put both Dean and I at ease with the whole ‘being photographed’ process, which is very unnatural to the both of us. Her natural style of photography and capturing the day from the periphery, at no point imposing, was exactly what we wanted.

Flowers

All our beautiful flowers were created by Anne Wells from Betty & Bear Wedding Flowers in St Albans.

A classic wedding cake

We had a beautiful three tiered wedding cake that was made by a family friend, Julie Gross. The bottom layer was Victoria sponge, the middle layer was chocolate sponge, and the top layer was a fruit cake. We used the same roses used in my bouquet to add the final touches.  

Entertainment

Our first dance song was was performed acoustically by two of our friends, they sang ‘You’re my best friend’ by Queen, the lyrics are really beautiful. They also performed an acoustic set after the wedding breakfast had been served, but before the evening party started.  They were wonderful performers and created a great atmosphere to welcome the evening guests.

We also hired a magician, Christopher Whitelock, who entertained us and our guests throughout the evening.

DIY favours

We decided to create our own homemade teacup candles after seeing a blog post online. We scoured charity shops for mismatched and individual teacups, before turning them into the candles. They were a mixture of cream, which we scented with cotton fresh, and green, which were scented with apple. They also doubled up as our place names on the tables.

Words of wisdom

Relax and enjoy not only the planning process but, most importantly, the day itself.  So much pressure is put on creating the ‘perfect’ day, but the emphasis for us was all about enjoying our time together with our family and friends.

They had such a beautiful wedding and those flowers – stunning aren’t they? Thanks so much to Hayley Pettit Photography and of course Rebecca and Dean for sharing their day with us.

Sarah x

Rebecca & Dean’s Little Black Book

PhotographyHayley Pettit Photography
Ceremony & Reception venueOffley Place Country House Hotel
Bride’s dressKenneth Winston
Bridesmaid dresses – JS Collection, House of Fraser
Groom’s Attire – Hammond & Co, Debenhams
FlowersBetty & Bear Wedding Flowers
EntertainmentChristopher Whitelock, Magician

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