The wedding of Annabel Savery and Anthony Stones

PUBLISHED: 11:22 15 August 2011 | UPDATED: 11:40 09 October 2012

These stunning photos capture the magical day of Annabel Savery and Anthony Stones

These stunning photos capture the magical day of Annabel Savery and Anthony Stones, who were wed this summer in Bedstone Church, a stones throw from Bedstone College, where Annabel was formerly head girl and where her mother is Head of Early Years. It was a day filled with personal touches, from the ant themed invites made by Annabels sister, to the bridal flowers straight from her parents garden, to the first dance song performed by the grooms former bandmates.

Bride and groom
Annabel Ruth De La Garde Savery, of Bedstone, Shropshire, and Anthony (known as Ant) James Stones, of Hereford. After university Annabel was editor for Discovery Books in Ludlow before going freelance and moving to London to study for her Masters degree in English Literature; Anthony, who attended Hereford Cathedral School, studied for an MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck in London and is now a freelance theatre director and playwright.

Best man
Tom Harrington

Annabels sister Alice Savery, and cousins Poppy & Madeleine Calder

How and where did you meet?
We met through mutual friends when we were about 16; we stayed in touch over the years and got together in January 2009 when we had both finished at our respective universities, said Anthony.

Location for wedding
St Marys Church, Bedstone, followed by a reception at Lyde Arundel, Herefordshire.

Your Shropshire connections
Annabels parents were both born and grew up in Shropshire and the family moved to Bedstone in 1994, which was then home to Annabels grandmother Suzan (nee Ripley), who was born in Bedstone, where her family had lived for two generations. Annabel was schooled at neighbouring Bedstone College and her mother is Head of Early Years.

The engagement and build-up to the big day
We got engaged at a friends wedding in December 2009. We knew that we wanted to get married in Bedstone church as it has such strong associations with my family, says Annabel. Ants mum recommended a reception at Lyde Arundel and it was perfect. I think we may have been the most laid-back pre-wedding couple ever - we seemed to manage to avoid getting stressed out by making decisions and planning it together, completely 50-50.

The wedding stationery was designed by Annabels sister Alice, and was themed around two small ants (in recognition of Anthonys nickname of Ant). It helped to make the wedding unique and completely tailored to us.

The gown
Annabels dress came from Elizabeths in Shrewsbury. When I saw it I knew it was right, but spent a day trying on all sorts of dresses elsewhere before racing back to Elizabeths before closing time! The dress was white, with a full skirt, and floral embroidery on the top and around the skirt and train.

The suits
Ant chose morning suits from Debenhams, with grey stripe trousers, tail coats, and waistcoats. They wore green silk cravats made by Jacquie Howell of Altar Images.

The bridesmaids and mother of the bride outfits
Jacquie Howell of Altar Images made all these outfits. Adds Annabel: She was also an invaluable help, or rather saviour, on the day.

The bouquets and button holes were all roses taken from Annabels parents garden in Bedstone. The church gateway was also decorated from the garden by her family. The flowers inside the church were beautifully put together by Charlie Ryrie, from The Cut Flower Garden near Hay on Wye.

Annabel did her own make-up and hair, with help from Jacquie Howell.

The day
Just wonderful. The most precious part was the ceremony itself in St Marys Church. After photos we travelled to the reception venue Lyde Arundel in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, where we had welcome drinks on the lawn before the wedding breakfast. Our menu was a local goats cheese salad with apple and beetroot; pork with gooseberry sauce and vegetables; and lemon tart with raspberries and mascarpone. Speeches followed dinner; very moving and amusing they were too! Our evening guests arrived at 7.30pm and two bands Ant had been in, one from university and one from school, started the music. They played I Got You Babe for the first dance. Then the soul band Hot Feet took over and we danced into the small hours.

Wedding night at The Castle House Hotel in Hereford, followed by 10 days in Austria, touring Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg.

Jennifer Peel, of Jennifer Peel Photography.
Tel 07849 389 223

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