Real wedding: Freya Rose and her Hampshire wedding
Wedding style came naturally to shoe designer Freya Rose who married Matt at one of the oldest churches in the country. Get lots of wedding inspiration from their wedding day at St Hubert's in Hampshire.
Photography: Carrie Lavers
Romantic wedding ideas
All of our real wedding stories have romance and love at the heart of them, but the start of this blossoming love story is one of the sweetest. 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. So they did exactly that, on a gloriously sunny June day surrounded by their adoring friends and family.
Freya’s son Johnnie was pageboy and their daughter, Willow, was their 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 down the aisle, 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.’
Wedding décor inspiration
This real wedding had a modern English countryside feel for the daytime with décor, stationery and accents in white and gold designed by Freya herself. ‘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 firepitat the Park House Hotel toasting marshmallows.’
The bridal attire
Freya chose two dresses for her incredible wedding day – a bespoke design by her friend and eco dress designer Sanyukta Shrestha, and a shimmering Champagne-coloured dress by Amanda Wakeley for the evening.
As a successful shoe designer herself, it seemed only fitting that Freya Rose would pay great attention to what was on her feet for her wedding day. Her bridal and occasion wear shoes are utterly gorgeous, and naturally the same can be said for her own wedding footwear. Of course she could not settle on just one pair of heels, so Freya created not one, not two, but three…
‘The first wedding platforms, entitled “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 of shoes, “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 pair of bridal heels Freya wore were, “Rose in Bloom”, sky-high platforms in taupe shimmer suede and golden leather to match the brass rosebud detail on the mother-of-pearl heels. And, she admits, ‘I can’t wait to wear them all again!’
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