Dean & Joanna’s The Knowle Country House Wedding Day
Hey Folks! Today’s blog features Joanna and Dean’s wedding day! Joanna and Dean got married at St John Vianney Catholic Church, and then went onto the Knowle Country House for their wedding reception.
‘We knew the venue was just perfect for us as soon as we viewed it. The gardens are simply stunning and the house feels welcoming and homely and the staff were brilliant and couldn’t do enough for us.’
Joanna and Dean went for a navy and pearl colour scheme with a hint of blush pink to add extra romance to the day. They chose vintage cream candelabras with church candles wrapped with ivy and Rose heads to decorate the venue. The candelabras had pearl detailing gentle draped over the arms. Either side of each of them were small bowls of water containing pearls and a large headed sweet Avalanche Rose.
They had various different flowers but the Avalanche rose took center stage as their main bloom for the day.
‘I had a hand-tied bouquet the flowers were ivory avalanche roses, rich cream vandella roses, white freesia, white bouvardia, pale pink sweet avalanche roses and soft ruscus foliage with pearls running throughout the bouquet. The bridesmaids had smaller versions and the groomsmen had a single ivory avalanche rose with foliage.’
‘My wedding dress was lace with a sheer sweetheart neckline and a pleated satin around the waist. I fell in love with the dress as soon as I tried it on and loved the length of the train, the long veil with a lace edge looked gorgeous with the dress.’
‘My sister, Sam, is a hair-dresser so I naturally wanted her to do the hair, although she felt the added pressure of making sure her sister was happy on her wedding day! My hair was curled and then put up low and loose with some soft bits down at the front I brought a gorgeous vintage looking hairband to finish the look. I asked my make-up artist to use natural make up but with more emphasis on the eye make-up.
‘ The Groomsmen wore navy suits with ivory ties and pocket squares. The Bridesmaids wore navy Dessy dresses which were cocktail length, with open back, and bow detail on the waist. The teenage bridesmaids wore full length Alfred Sung, one-shoulder dresses, with a bow belt in navy to complement the adult dresses.
Joanna and Dean shared a few of their favourite moments from their day.
‘The day was amazing, exactly as we wanted it. We wouldn’t change a moment. It was traditional at the church and emotional (with a lot of people shocked at Dean getting tearful in the vows..except his mum and dad and Jo!)..
The reception had a house-party feel, which is another reason we chose the venue, intimate but with enough room for everyone to enjoy the day in the gardens and have a good dance.
The special moments..almost too many to mention but the boys joining us in the first dance, along with our surprise confetti cannon.. followed by the whole dance floor rocking with family and friends. James Corden’s special message to Joanna, planned by Dean more than a year in advance.
And there was a moment when we came back from having our photos done and were walking off the bandstand when we were alone and we looked across the lawn, the sun was shining and our boys were running around with their cousins and friends and all our family were laughing and joking and holding a drink. For us, that was magical.’
The Knowle Country House Wedding Photographer