Real wedding: Designs on you

When shoe designer Freya Rose married Matt at one of the oldest churches in the country,
St Hubert's in Hampshire, style and sentiment were at the top of their wedding wish list

Freya Rose wedding confetti

Photography: Carrie Lavers

By their second date, Matt had already told Freya he wanted to marry her at St Hubert’s, one of the oldest churches in the country and a parish where Freya’s own grandfather had been vicar in the 1950s. And they did exactly that, on a sunny June day surrounded by family and friends, with Freya’s son Johnnie, as pageboy and their daughter, Willow, as a flower girl. ‘My father sadly passed away last year, so my brother and best friend, Joseph, walked me down the aisle,’ says Freya. ‘It was a magical ceremony and I’m sure my father was beside me, too!’ Freya carried a bouquet of white sweetpeas and peonies, inspired by her grandmother’s wedding flowers.

The celebration was a family affair throughout, with Freya’s mother, jeweller Barbara Tipple, providing the ‘something borrowed’ – a stunning pair of moonstone and diamond earrings. The ‘something blue’ was a poem written on blue paper by Freya’s late father. ‘The words were beautiful, poignant and delivered a wonderful message relevant to our big day,’ says Freya. ‘It helped me through my nerves, and the line “Slow down, and it will be well”, is the best piece of advice I could give to any bride to be.’

The daytime look had a modern English countryside feel with décor, stationery and accents in white and gold designed by Freya. ‘I wanted the details to be appreciated without being too overwhelming. We used sprigs of honesty flowers, taken from my grandmother’s garden and hand-painted in gold leaf, to use on the name place cards and elegantly woven into my updo. The evening look was more relaxed, with a focus on warm, golden tones that looked stunning in the evening light of the woods.’ ‘In the evening, we sat around the firepit at the Park House Hotel toasting marshmallows.’

Freya Rose bouquet
Freya Rose shoes
Freya Rose ceremony

Freya chose two dresses – a bespoke design by her friend and eco dress designer Sanyukta Shrestha, and a shimmering Champagne-coloured dress by Amanda Wakeley for the evening. And, of course, no shoe designer could settle on just one pair of heels, so Freya created three.

‘The first platforms, “Freya”, were designed to give me height, as I’m a petite 5ft 2in while Matt is over 6ft tall,’ she says. ‘These were a soft ivory shimmer suede with rose-floral mother-of-pearl heels and sterling silver monogrammed initials.’ The second pair, “Glory”, had floral block heels in sterling silver and mother of pearl. ‘I wanted something ultra-comfortable for photos in the woods – and for dancing the night away.’ The last ones, “Rose in bloom”, were sky-high platforms in taupe shimmer suede and golden leather to match the brass rosebud detail on the mother-of-pearl heels. ‘And I can’t wait to wear them all again!’

Freya Rose wedding cake
Freya Rose marshmallows
Freya Rose place setting

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Venue parkhousehotel.com
Photography carrielaversphotography.co.uk
Bride’s dresses sanyuktashrestha.com; amandawakeley.com
Bride’s shoes & veil freyarose.com
Jewellery barbaratipple.co.uk
Décor & stationery loandbeholdbespoke.com
Flowers @blossomboutiqueflowers
Hair & make-up Amanda Clarke at joygoodman.com
Groom’s outfit turnbullandasser.co.uk; crockettandjones.com
Bridesmaids’ dresses ghost.co.uk; topshop.com
Catering thesouthseadeli.com