I shared previews from Rose and Andy’s Sprivers Mansion Wedding pretty much the week after the wedding because I was in love with the summeryness of it all; it was one of my first weddings of the year where the sun shined. Rose and Andy’s guests drank champagne in beautiful gardens, played lawn games and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. It truly felt like Summer had landed.
Here’s what Rose and Andy had to say about working with us:
Dear lord!! WE LOVE THEM! Oh, it’s like reliving the day all over again!
We’ll be in touch soon about an album. Just gotta take all of these in and work out how we pick only a select few to make it into the book…!
We booked you for our Sprivers Mansion wedding because a) Pete is the best human ever (Rose and Pete used to work together), working with him was such fun and b) I saw what you guys worked like at Luke and Pip’s wedding and the photos were beautiful. I just knew I wanted your very relaxed style and attitude to what you do. it’s not every day you have photographers/videographers following you around so it really made a huge difference. It just felt so chilled all day.
The photos are simply fabulous! THANK YOU.
Scroll down to the bottom to read all about Rose and Andy’s Sprivers Mansion wedding in their own words including how they met and their wedding planning journey.
We met through two of our best friends. My friend (and bridesmaid) Emily from school and Andy’s Groomsmen and friend from school, Billy (they’re married). They brought Andy along to a dinner we were having and it was the best night of my life (at least, it was till our wedding day came along and pipped it to the post!). I still remember my stomach flipping as I saw him walking down Brixton village, laughing at something Billy had said to him. I knew then that I was in trouble! We stayed out till about 5am, not wanting the night to end. 2 weeks later and after our second proper date, I’d moved in with Andy and as they say, we never looked back.
We got engaged in January of 2016 and had a nice long engagement. We knew we wanted a nice sunny wedding but nothing too hot, so decided to go for May and delay it a year rather than attempt to organise something in 5 months! It was a really lovely long engagement, where we got to pick things nice and slowly without panic decision making setting in! We’ve done a lot during our engagement. We’ve both changed jobs, we’ve sold our house, moved in with my in laws for three months while we were waiting on our new house to complete. Then, we finally moved house, about two months ago. It was a pretty stressful move but nothing we couldn’t handle together! It also helped put organising the wedding into perspective!
Mereworth church is a special place for my family. My sisters and I grew up in the village, went to school there and my mum who sadly died when I was young is buried in the church, graveyard. I wanted to get married there so she could be part of the day. and I had a chance to pop down to her grave to lay a bouquet down there for her.
Sprivers Mansion was just a beautiful venue that we’d found when researching. venues near(ish) by. The owner, Jo, was so relaxed and just let us do whatever we wanted to do with the place. The gardens were also absolutely beautiful and I’m so grateful that the weather turned out to be as beautiful as it was so we could explore them all during our photo shoot! :)
I loved my dress because it was really relaxed and light. I didn’t want something tight fitting that stopped me from walking in a natural way. I also didn’t want something really structured that basically had a life of its own because it was heavily boned. My shoes were Rachel Simpson and were super comfy. I then just wore a pair of pearls, keeping everything pretty low key.
The Decor and Styling
I love grey, greens and whites — just really clean and fresh. Greens and whites made up my bouquet and a lot of our table flowers. My bridesmaids were in grey themselves so we had some light pinks in their bouquets to help them pop a little. My best friend made my flowers. She’s not a florist, just has a passion for it and I loved that she could be a part of my day in such a big way.
My best friend wrote and read our non-religious reading. When she first sent it to me, i burst into tears reading it as i was walking down the road. It just felt perfect for the two of us. Our second reading was a religious reading read by Andy’s mum. The most important addition to our ceremony was to have our organist play Debussy’s Clair De Lune on the piano as we signed the register. It was a song my mum used to play when my sisters and I were children and it was so special hearing it in a church that already holds many memories for us all.
The First Dance
Magic by Coldplay. it was a song Andy heard on the radio shortly after we’d met and it made him cry thinking about the lyrics and how he felt about our relationship. He sent it to me immediately and it’s been our song ever since.
The Words of Wisdom
Don’t get caught up on timings. I had a pretty rigid tick tock of how I’d imagined our day going. But then Laura suggested our photos should be taken later for better light and she was SO right. The sunset was stunning! I also felt that other suppliers would get frustrated by timings slipping but then you realise that they actually deal with this kind of thing all the time. So don’t ever worry about how they’re going to react!
I’m definitely a list writer and love a good spreadsheet. It really helps you plan well financially. I’d also suggest that you should allow for a buffer for pretty much everything!. Everything is always more expensive than you think it’s going to be. Especially the small stuff, like dress alterations!
Sprivers Mansion Wedding credits
Outfits (Designer & boutique ) Designer was https://www.essensedesigns.com/and Boutique was Isabella Grace / http://www.isabellagracebridal.com/
Accessories: Didn’t really have any
Shoes: Rachel Simpson / https://www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk/
Florist: My best friend. No website
Venue: Sprivers Mansion / https://spriversmansion.co.uk/
Decor/styling: Just bought candles and stuff from https://www.livelaughlove.co.uk/
Cake Maker (a friend called Lou. This was her first ever wedding cake! https://www.facebook.com/lou.porter.94/media_set?set=a.10153469630723903.1073741840.507618902&type=3)
Caterer: Secret Resturant ‘/ http://www.thesecretrestaurant.co.uk/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Maids to Measure / https://www.maidstomeasure.com/
Groom/Groomsmen: Debenhams hire suits!
Stationery: One of my friends designed everything / Got it all printed by https://www.printed.com/
Entertainment (day & evening) Day: my dad’s band played the jazz section during the reception / Band were called Sticky Tyres (also my dad’s band) and the DJ was called Jason (http://exclusivediscos.co.uk/)
Transport: Buttonholes and bouquets wedding cars / http://www.buttonholesandbouquetsweddingcars.com/
Videographer: Cross Sullivan Weddings / https://www.csweddings.co.uk/home
For more Kent wedding photography check out Ismay and Paul’s Lobster Shack wedding.