A Summer Wedding in England

A few weeks ago, I attended my first wedding in England.

And well, after thinking about it, it was the first wedding I’ve been to in at least ten years… besides my own of course!

Tom’s dad got married to his beautiful fiance, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day– both weather-wise and “wedding-wise”!

ghyll manor grounds

The wedding was held at a beautiful hotel in Sussex, at which we stayed the night before and the night of the wedding (no drunken cab rides home thank goodness!)

ghyll manor tom

The grounds were just stunning, and the sun made them even more beautiful.

ghyll manor grounds tom

ghyll manor garden

ghyll manor flowers

family garden

The lighting was so nice at this point that I had to stop my parents and my aunt for a quick picture.

I decided not to get snap-happy during the wedding ceremony, as I wanted to enjoy it and appreciate every bit of it. I also didn’t want my loud shutter disrupting the peace…

I didn’t really get around to taking some photos until a bit late in the day, which you’ll see in a bit.

But first… here’s what I wore…

dress for wedding

I was on the hunt for a dress for the wedding for quite a while but couldn’t seem to find anything that I loved or that fit the right way. So when my friend Amy gave me this beautiful dress from her boutique J’Adore Style to wear, I was the happiest girl in the world– especially because it fit PERFECTLY and was exactly what I wanted in a dress. It’s a great dress for a wedding, you can see it on her site here.

guest dress for wedding dress for summer english wedding

The shoes are from Asos— another thing that it took me a while to find, but when I did, they fit perfectly, were comfortable (relatively speaking) and we’re only £20!

dress for english wedding

Now, enough pictures of (just) me…

After the beautiful ceremony (yes, I shed a tear) and cocktail hour, we sat down in the tent (or marquee as the English call it) for a lovely dinner.

me and tom

Too much fun with the camera…

jof and kate

tom and me at the table

After dessert was served, the speeches began. Sam started it off…

sam speech

Then Grant…

grants speech

sam's hair

And then the star of the show– the best man, Tom!

tom speech

Tom was quite nervous before he got up to speak (the only time I’ve EVER seen him nervous was for this and to speak at our own wedding) but as soon as he started, everyone was already laughing. I was so proud of him– people were practically crying from laughter! I wish I had recorded it but Tom didn’t want me to (although after the fact he wished I had too.)


Some of our friends came a bit later in the evening to celebrate with us as well! We all started to get a bit silly at that point… could have been the wine? The champagne? The love in the air?


cupcakes kate and jof

Cupcakes are the new wedding cake.

cupcakes girls

wedding cupcakes

This is the last of the photos from the night– as soon as the band started playing, I put my camera back in our room and started dancing!

The day was just perfect and I was so happy to celebrate not only with Grant and Sam but to have my family there as well!



  1. August 15, 2014 / 1:09 am

    Looks like a beautiful day! I also love your outfit. I just realised I haven’t been to a wedding in 7 years, I need someone to get married ASAP so I can buy a cute outfit too haha.

  2. August 15, 2014 / 7:50 am

    It looks like the perfect wedding! Congratulations to your inlaws! And the brides hair was just gorgeous… and you! How lucky are you to have gotten that dress?? It’s so beautiful! You looked fantastic! Everything looked so romantic, I bet the boys got crazy after the dinner!
    Have a great weekend,

    • August 15, 2014 / 6:19 pm

      Thanks Tammy, the wedding did turn out to be perfect, it couldn’t have gone better. I’m glad you liked the dress as much as I did! 🙂

  3. August 15, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Glad you enjoyed your first British wedding it looks like a lovely day and your dress is gorgeous!

    • August 19, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      I did enjoy it very much 🙂 Thanks Caroline!

    • August 31, 2014 / 2:21 pm

      Aw thank you Hayley! 🙂 I agree about the sun too !

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