Following a romantic proposal in Italy, university sweethearts Jennifer and Andrew tied the knot in a summer wedding at the grand Somerleyton Hall.
Jennifer and Andrew’s Country Garden Wedding
Jenni and Andy’s love story began when they were students – they met whilst studying architecture at the University of Liverpool. They got together shortly before graduation and the rest, as they say, is history.
The proposal was unexpected for Jenni but utterly romantic nonetheless. When Andy’s 30th birthday came around, the pair took a trip to Naples in Italy to visit Jenni’s cousin Roxanne and her partner Bruno.
During the holiday, the couple visited Sorrento and Pompeii to see the sights before finally arriving at the destination where Andy planned to pop the question – the Castel dell’Ovo.
On the bridge of the castle, Andy suddenly dropped to one knee and asked Jenni to marry him – what a dramatic spot for a proposal!
Jenni said yes of course, and they spent two years engaged before tying the knot in a weekend celebration at the grand Somerleyton Hall.
Rather impressively, the couple planned each and every detail of their dream day from start to finish, all within a six month time frame!
Three Stunning Wedding Dresses
Jenni chose to have three incredible dresses for her wedding day – one for the ceremony, one for the first dance and one for the evening party.
The evening dress was handmade by her talented mum and was inspired by a Giles Deacon design which Jenni had been crushing on for so years.
She first spotted the ball gown on Kerry Washington while attending a film premiere for ‘Django Unchained’ and fell in love with it – little did she know she’d be wearing a similar dress for her wedding day years later!
For the daytime ceremony dress, Jenni knew straight away that she wanted a classic mermaid dress from Zac Posen, having been a fan of the label’s famous figure hugging dresses for years.
As for the first dance dress, Jenni needed something a bit shorter and floaty so she could move about with grace and ease, owing to the fact that she and Andy had a choreographed dance routine planned (more on that later!).
Jenni paired her dresses with a gorgeous Swarovski necklace and bracelet set and the amazing ‘Evangeline’ winged shoes from Sophia Webster for a unique look.
Her handsome groom Andy certainly looked the part too – he sported a blue suit with brown shoes, a grey tie and personalised cufflinks.
The happy pair originally looked at getting grey suits for Andy and his groomsmen but soon decided that blue was a dapper choice.
A Picturesque Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
The whole wedding took place at the breath taking Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk – a venue renowned for its beautiful gardens.
Naturally, Jenni and Andy had to take advantage of the majestic gardens and opted to have an outdoor wedding ceremony which was undertaken by a close family friend.
The stunning bride walked down the aisle with her dad to a lovely acoustic version of ‘Look at Me’ by Carrie Underwood, performed live by singer Chloe Blackwell.
After a romantic ceremony, the university sweethearts were pronounced as husband and wife and they swapped elegant wedding rings from London Rocks Jewellery and Karl Karter.
This was all followed by a brief formal ceremony which was just for the eyes of immediate family to witness, whilst guests mingled and sipped bubbly amongst the gardens.
The Breath Taking Wedding Venue
The mother of the bride was the one who first discovered Somerleyton Hall and she recommended it to Jenni and Andy.
The pair fell in love with the venue and knew it would be perfect because of its grand aesthetic and landscaped gardens. They also loved the intimate areas within the grand estate setting, which provided a more secluded feel.
To make the most of their special wedding venue, the happy couple decided to hire Somerleyton Hall for the whole weekend so that they could extend the celebrations.
The venue’s bespoke approach to weddings meant that Jenni and Andy could customise their day as they wished – planning every little detail themselves so that their day was completely personal.
This extended to the menus as well which Jenni and Andy handpicked. They decided on a delicious afternoon tea reception after the ceremony, followed by an evening candlelight feast with a British and Asian fusion theme.
An English Country Garden Theme
As most of the wedding took place outside in the wonderful landscaped grounds, the English country garden party theme was most fitting.
The theme was complemented with pretty accents of nude pink, which co-ordinated with the Little Mistress bridesmaid dresses and nude pink groomsmen ties.
At the reception, the seating plan turned into a game where guests had to decipher where they were sitting from a selection of clues.
Each table was named after a place that had significant meaning to Jenni and Andy, along with a short story about why the place was chosen.
The gardens were the perfect backdrop to the day which, naturally, was filled plenty of stunning floral details. Certain flowers were even homegrown on the estate especially for Jenni and Andy’s wedding décor.
In addition, Somerleyton Hall introduced the couple to florist Julia Knights from Fernside Flowers, who created the buttonholes, the floral halos for the hurricane lamp centrepieces and the bridal bouquet – which consisted of pastel pink roses and white hydrangea.
The Floral Inspired Wedding Cake
Jenni and Andy had an initial disaster with their wedding cake when it collapsed shortly before the wedding – something that no couple wants to happen!
However, the venue enlisted a local baker to save the day and the cake was reconstructed just in time.
The three tiered ombre cake was made up of two elegant white tiers top and a ruffled, rose inspired pink layer at the bottom.
The cake was perched on a stylish white and silver cake stand and topped off with a personalised cake topper and some sparklers.
The tiered treat sat on a summery cake table tastefully decorated with ivory candles and vases of flowers. Jenni and Andy cut the first slice of it outside in the gardens.
Live Music and Sparklers For the Evening Party
Jenni and Andy hired two bands for their wedding day, to entertain their guests with a varied mix of music and provide an amazing atmosphere.
Soul to Soul Acoustic treated guests to a fantastic selection of music for the ceremony and the afternoon garden party, whilst evening guests were entertained by a live performance from London based vocal harmony group, Brick City.
The couple were thrilled with the live music and felt so lucky that the bands agreed to play on their wedding date, especially as everything was planned within six months.
A particularly memorable moment was when Brick City incorporated the couple’s names into a compilation of songs!
The highly anticipated first dance was another unforgettable highlight. Once Jenni had changed into her second dress of the day, the couple performed their own version of the dance Alfonso Ribeiro did on American reality show Dancing with the Stars.
Of course, the dance had to have moves inspired by Alfonso’s famous character Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
To top off the evening party, guests created an arch of sparklers which made for some incredible outdoor photos.
A Turkish Mini-Moon
Not only did Jenni and Andy managed to pull off a wedding with every detail completely tailored to suit their personalities, they also managed to stick to their budget too and were super strict with expenditures.
If they could change anything about their wedding day, they wished it could’ve lasted longer as the celebration absolutely flew by.
They didn’t have long to sit still after the wedding though, as the newlyweds jetted off to Turkey straight after for a week long mini-moon.
And there was still more globe-trotting to come for the smitten pair, as Jenni and Andy also jetted off for a three week honeymoon to San Francisco, Hawaii, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Santa Monica in the spring!
Andrew & Jennifer’s supplier list
Photography by: Him and Her Wedding Photography
Venue by: Somerleyton Hall
Accessories by: London Rocks Jewellery
Something Different by: Karl Karter
Music and DJs by: Soul to Soul acoustic