Fate played a part in the meeting of Lisa, a graphic designer, and Rory, a business development manager. Both from the United Kingdom originally and raised in the United Arab Emirates, they attended the same school and even shared mutual friends. Years later, they found themselves at the same New Year's party, but it wasn't until three days later, on a flight back to London and seated next to each other, that they realized the universe was trying to tell them something. After four and a half years together, they returned to the U.K. once more for their English country wedding on Saturday, August 6, 2011.
Because of their wedding venue's limited capacity, Lisa and Rory had to split their guests into two groups: full wedding guests and party guests. Inspired by Jen Lopardo at L'Office Optimiste, they wanted their second invite printed on a balloon. Hello!Lucky designed it to resemble the hankie invite and attached it to a decorative card with ribbon.
Lisa and Rory's nuptials took place at The Olde Bell Inn, in Hurley, England -- less than an hour from London. With enough rooms to accommodate all of their guests (and a late-night liquor license, to boot) the venue was perfect. Its quaint country location and pretty gardens helped seal the deal.
To reflect the beautiful landscape, the couple chose sunny yellow, sky blue, and grassy green for their wedding color palette.
Lisa wore a bespoke gown and veil by Britta Kjerkegaard of The Couture Gallery, bejeweled Christian Louboutin shoes, and vintage pearls borrowed from the maid of honor.
Rory sported a made-to-measure three-piece tweed suit from a tailor in Dubai, a green-and-white floral Liberty of London shirt, and a Spencer Hart tie. He also wore bright yellow socks from Uniqlo and a pocket square made from the same fabric as the bridesmaids' dresses.
During the ceremony, the man of honor, Nick Batanoni, read William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 16" and Rory's godfather, Chris Mitchel, recited George Elliot's "To Be One with Each Other." Maid of honor Sara Al Qaiwani sang "Estrellita" (Spanish for "little star") by Mexican composer Manuel Maria Ponce, accompanied by the four-piece band New Hot Cross Club.
A mix of smilax, ivy, and soft ruscus was draped organically from the chandeliers.
Two signature libations were offered during cocktail hour at the inn's pub, The Malt House. The "Marital Bliss" was made with fresh lemon juice, water, sugar, and vodka. The "Pimms O'Clock" contained Pimms, lemonade, orange juice, apple juice, lemon juice, cucumber, and mint.
Photography: Chloe Browne of Caught the Light
Location and Catering: The Olde Bell Inn
Wedding Planner: Mary Herrington from Forever & Ever Events
Florist: Chantal Flores Design
Wedding Rings: Cara Jewellers
Photo Booth: Say Fromage
Rentals: Theme Traders
Hair and Makeup: Kaz Fernando
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