Elegant, creative, nature inspired (lockdown) wedding in Peper Harow, Surrey
What a charming celebration Saskia and Oliver had in August! A wedding full of happiness, laughter and beautiful moments! After having to postpone their wedding once already, they decided to carry on with the second date. They chose to focus on what was most important to them – getting married and having their loved ones nearby! They were so excited about getting married they just didn’t want to put it off any longer!
A rescheduled date…
Saskia and Oliver had to make so many changes to their original plan. Some were quite last minute, due to the rapidly changing government rules and guidelines. For example, wearing masks in the church for the ceremony, which was a huge last minute disappointment. However, the essence of the day was still there: Their families, their closest friends, an intimate church ceremony, beautiful flowers, and lots of good food and drink and laughter throughout the day!
A particular village in Surrey
Saskia and Oli chose the venues near their homes because they both love the Surrey countryside. They enjoy evening summer walks and whiling away the hours sitting and chatting in the sunshine. This traditional English village is gorgeous, and the views are amazing. Saskia and Oliver thought it would be a very special place to get married and apt to them as a couple.
There were many personal touches throughout the day. Firstly, during the preps, Oli and Saskia both wore clothes intended to remind them of their travelling adventures together. Saskia wore a silk dressing gown with a map of Barcelona on it. Oli’s waistcoat had a specially designed map on the inside, with gold stars stitched into it representing where they had been on holiday together to Paris, Barcelona and Thailand. Secondly, during the ceremony, there was a reading in Dutch, in honour of Saskia’s heritage in the Netherlands. And thirdly, Oli’s Father played the hang drum during the signing of the register.
An ingenious solution to a banned lockdown reception
Receptions were not allowed at all at the time the wedding was rescheduled. However, Saskia and Oli found a wonderful solution, along with the creative team of Loseley park. Speeches were held first in the grounds outside the church while the best men served up some Champagne, then all the guests drove in their ‘bubbles’ and attended a live socially distanced West End musical performance in a field in the grounds of the park. Each guest ‘bubble’ had their own bay to park in, with a bench and individual speakers. They were invited to dine al fresco in fenced dining sections circled around an old oak tree in the field as each guest was delivered with their own picnic hamper and drinks.
We managed to sneak the couple off for a moody smoke-bomb-filled session in the dark before the end of the night.
A beautiful, emotional and intimate wedding.
The atmosphere of joy at the wedding shows how it really IS possible to have a truly wonderful wedding during a Covid-19 lockdown! There was a sense of intimacy (despite the social distancing rules), of everyone pulling together to make the day special, and a determination not to let the virus stop them celebrating and marking this occasion! Actually, it felt all the more special because they made it happen despite all the setbacks.
So, if lockdown rules seem to be ruining your wedding plans, but you really don’t want to wait any longer to get hitched to the love of your life, then take some encouragement from this wonderful couple and their inspiring day.
Surrey Wedding Photography and Videography – Gione da Silva
Flowers – The Garden on Chalk Lane
Dress – Jesus Peiro
Dress Boutique – Miss Bush
Bridesmaids dresses – Zara
Tie – Hermés
Hair Piece – Victoria Percival
West End Performance – Peachy Playhouse
Reception Location – Loseley Park
Catering – Curated Kitchen
Event Organiser – Fiesta Fields
Surrey Wedding Photography and Videography