The tower of St John the Baptist Church in Hatch Beauchamp rises up amongst the leaves and grasses of the pastoral Somerset landscape, immediately evocative of a romantic England. Matt & Lucia chose this spot to marry.
As talented musicians, they are extremely passionate about song. Many of their friends performed the most beautiful songs during their ceremony, and standing behind the choir I was swept away in the power and emotion of the voices. Amongst the pieces sung was ‘She Moved Through the Fair’, a traditional Irish folk song that Lucia had told me of at their engagement shoot, and a duet ‘O Soave Fanciulla’ (O loveliest of maidens) from La Bohème, breathtakingly performed, moving the congregation to tears.
This was a day where you really felt the joining of two families. The support and togetherness of the arrangements and the preparation of the details reflected just that. It was clear that a tremendous amount of thought had been put into each detail, from the hand painted signs directing guests around the site to the yurt for the children to play in. Both the jewelry and head piece that Lucia wore were family heirlooms, while the buttonholes were hand made by the groom’s mother.
Between Matt and Lucia there is a balance. They bring out the most beautiful and strong in each other. So when a complete rainbow swept across the sky above them, it seemed to fortell the beauty of their new life together. Thank you both for sharing this most precious of times with us.
Matt & Lucia’s Somerset wedding team:
Lucia’s dress: Day time dress: Pronovias ‘Nieves’ dress from the Wedding Wardrobe of Waterloo. Evening dress: Ted Baker
Lucia’s Shoes: Rainbow Club
Hair and Makeup: Luci Foreman
The Bridesmaids dresses and details: Dresses from Coast, shoes by Carvella
Flower girls dresses and details: Paul Costello (Irish designer)
The bouquets: Iona White
The Buttonholes: Handmade by Caroline Long (mother of the groom)
Matt’s suit: Ted Baker
Matt’s details: Paul Smith tie
Stationary: Lucia Vernon (bride) and Ali Harlow (best man)
Reception flowers: Sheena Vernon (mother of the bride), Lucia Vernon (bride) Caroline Long (mother of the groom)
Photography: Ria Mishaal Photography