Samantha & Lee had a beautiful wedding day at Highley Manor in West Sussex and chose Sally at Studio Rochford to photograph the big day as she is Lee’s step-sister! Here we ask Samantha to give us her reflections of their special day.
Where did your wedding take place and what made you choose that location?
It took place at Highley Manor, West Sussex. We chose the location as I had always wanted a manor house or stately home and the owners couldn’t have done enough to assist us. Furthermore it was near a lot of our family and friends and we live close by as well.
What was your colour scheme or wedding theme?
Teal was my chosen colour, although getting all the shades to match as closely as possible was extremely difficult!
What was your dress like and why do you love it?
My dress was a Suzanne Neville ‘Fontaine’ dress and it was made of gorgeous silk, A line, sleeveless, full length. I loved it because it was long enough for a start(!) fitted beautifully, and had added a little flower to the side of it to make it a bit more different to a standard dress of that design.
Tell us about your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’
My something ‘new’ was pretty much everything I had on! But I treated the jewellery as that. Something borrowed and blue was a garter I borrowed from a friend, which I didn’t actually end up wearing… and the something old was that I had borrowed my bridesmaid’s tiara that she used for her wedding.
Where did your groom get his morning suit?
The groom got his morning suit (with the Bride’s direction!) from our local Moss Bros and we got all the other suits from here too.
Did you buy each other wedding presents?
Not really, we’d spent enough on the wedding! I did buy him a couple of jokey presents and he had bought a couple of jokey things for the speech but we had told each other we weren’t going to do that.
Can you tell me about your wedding cake?
I wanted to have a pretty simply cake but I didn’t want sponge so unfortunately had to get one made. However it turned out beautifully and was a 4 tier ivory iced square cake with two tiers lemon drizzle and two chocolate. I didn’t get any of the lemon drizzle but I’m told it was lovely!!
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
This is really difficult as I spent ages online researching. I wanted to make sure I was getting a good deal and to try not to be bankrupted, but at the same time I wanted things to be nice and look lovely. I would say the most useful source is the internet but definitely magazines help get an idea of how things can look.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
Well naturally the photographer, which goes without saying!!!
But also the shop I bought my wedding dress – Truly Gorgeous in Chichester, West Sussex. Sunay was fantastic – she knew what would look good on me and did her utmost to get it for me, and it fitted perfectly. Would thoroughly recommend her. Furthermore she wasn’t local to me – took me an hour to get there and she did her best to accommodate my working in the city and living an hour’s drive from the shop.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
I think I started planning a bit too soon, which meant I didn’t have the excited panic at the end of it but still managed to get stressed! I would say just be organised, don’t let anybody bully you into doing something you don’t want, and if you want something (and can afford it) go for it! I nearly got ready at the venue in an effort to save money on the cars, but in the end decided to get ready at my parents and get an old 1957 Bentley and I loved every minute of it and it was well worth the money. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if people can knock money off. I only started this towards the end of the purchasing which was a mistake. Some people won’t do it, but it’s worth a try!
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?
Most definitely. We had gone with Studio Rochford because of family connections but in reality they were the one company that actually provided the service we were looking for. We met with Jo when we came to visit initially who was incredibly helpful and gave us an idea as to how we would want our album. Sally did a spectacular job on the day with an unruly family and a pre-wedding disorganised bride (in relation to photos!). She said she was nervous but you would never have known! My mum and her family (no relation on this side!) specifically commented on what a great job she (and her daughter) had done. Would definitely recommend them!
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
My favourite photograph is the one with Lee and I on the stairs looking up. I love how my dress looks here and the contrast of it against the stairs.