The Italian job

Lizzie and Andrew's rustic Italian theme was the picture of elegance

Lizzie and Andrew clicked from their very first date, finding a common interest in travelling as they exchanged stories over a bottle of wine. The couple enjoyed some amazing holidays together and then on New Year's Eve in 2011, as they were looking back at photos from their travels that year, Andrew decided it was time to pop the question. Lizzie tells us, “Andrew said he had a brought me a present which was hanging in a pouch on the back of our Christmas tree. When I pulled out a ring box, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was a complete surprise!” Within weeks the couple had started planning their wedding, and drew on a particularly special holiday to inspire their day. “We went to Italy for a friend's wedding in our first year together and had an amazing time. We both love it there and wanted to recreate some of the rustic Italian style with the urns and gorgeous flowers and, of course, the food!” Here, Lizzie reveals more about their big day...

The Italian job: Image 1
Birtsmorton Court is a beautiful venue with great gardens. It has a great balance between traditional and modern.


The Italian job: Image 2aWe wanted a church wedding and Birtsmorton Church appealed because it's old and picturesque.

The Italian job: Image 2 Each stage of the wedding was in a different part of the venue, which meant we got to enjoy all of the beautiful grounds and keep our guests guessing.


The Italian job: Image 3
The wedding coordinators at Birtsmorton Court were really friendly. They helped to plan the order of the day and set everything up on the morning of the wedding.


The Italian job: Image 4
I chose a strapless dress with a smile neckline and a full-bodied skirt as I am tall and slim. The fit was fantastic and it was made of Thai silk, which felt really luxurious.


The Italian job: Image 5aMy bridesmaids carried hydrangea and rose bouquets in cream and green with dark berries and purple tones. They included thyme and other amazing scents. I loved the muted, soft colours.

The Italian job: Image 5 When I started looking for a dress, at first I couldn't make up my mind. Go Bridal in Birmingham was really helpful and talked me through the different styles.


The Italian job: Image 6
I chose long, strapless dresses for the bridesmaids but it was hard to decide on a colour. A couple of my bridesmaids are fair skinned and didn't want anything too pale, so we agreed on a dark mauve shade which flattered them all.


The Italian job: Image 7aOur tables were named after Italian cities we had visited, both as a couple and with some of our guests.

The Italian job: Image 7 The Italian urns were filled with flowers as well as thyme, mint and other scented leaves which made the marquee smell amazing.


The Italian job: Image 8
I chose simple and romantic cream vendella roses for my bouquet to suit our colour scheme.


The Italian job: Image 9
My florist really helped to bring my ideas to life. She pulled together a great look, which was exactly what I wanted. The urn table centres chimed perfectly with our rustic Italian theme.


The Italian job: Image 10aWe decorated the reception room with hurricane vases, candles, tea lights and flowers. The look and feel of the day was exactly as we had pictured it.

The Italian job: Image 10 We bought a plain tiered wedding cake from M&S and our florist decorated it with flowers.


The Italian job: Image 11
My sister did my hair. She's creative and knew the relaxed style I wanted. I wore roses clipped into my do.


The Italian job: Image 12
A string quartet played in the church and in the gardens during the drinks reception. It created a great atmosphere and complemented our theme.


The Italian job: Image 13
We saw Gemma's photos on Birtsmorton's Facebook page and liked the fact she had already photographed a wedding at our venue. We loved her style.


The Italian job: Image 14
Andrew is a big fan of live music so we booked Still Crazy, a local band who we'd seen at a friend's family party. It played the 60s and 70s tunes we wanted and got everyone dancing. Then a DJ took over to finish the night.


Lizzie and Andrew's contact book

Still Crazy

Bride's dress
Go Bridal, Birmingham

Crown Catering

Classic Fireworks

Flowers of Kidderminster

Gemma Williams Photography

String quartet
The Cantabile String Quartet

Birtsmorton Court

Wedding rings
Parrys of Malvern


Our on-line advertisers

When it's time for you look for local businesses to help you with your wedding, take a look at our advertisements below. Most will have links to their own websites. These advertisements are updated regularly so please revisit often and mention County Wedding Magazines when making any enquiries.

The Conservatory at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden
East Sussex National Golf Club
Kings Lynn Town Hall
Eastwood Park Training & Conference Centre