Sian & Martyn… Burley Manor

This weeks blog is all about the midlands girl who fell in love with the forest…

Sian and Martyn took the plunge and moved down south from the midlands last year, I know how nerve wracking this can be being a northern girl myself. However neither these guys or myself have ever looked back, embracing all what beautiful Dorset has to offer… I asked Sian why she chose Burley Manor, and this is what she had to say… It was a must for me to get married in the New Forest… when I moved to the South from the Midlands and drove into the forest for the first time it quite literally took my breath away. I wanted all my friends and family from home to experience this, feel the same way I did and be wowed by the Dorset country side. It was a no brainer for me… when Martyn and I drove down the drive to Burley Manor and saw the beautiful house set in fields of deer, I just knew this had to be the place! 

Once I’d booked the venue of my dreams, the next thing on my list was “The Dress”… my dress buying journey was fairly easy, although I did watch a fair few episodes of “say yes to the dress UK!!”… I’d had my eye on a beautiful little boutique in Leamington Spa called Tilly Trotters, I tried on a few, all different styles just be sure, but I new in the back of my mind I wanted something classic. When I came out of the dressing room to show my best friend she cried, and she isn’t a crier, so that sealed the deal! 

The next priority was my florist and stylists… I’d already found Linen and Lace on instagram and fallen in love with their styling… you popped up on their feed and your work was exactly the style I’d been pinning on Pinterest, so I hurried to book an appointment with you both… not only was your work what I wanted, you were very communicative, which is very important to me. I knew as soon as we started emailing, and your response to my ideas, that you were the florist for us. your attention to detail throughout was fantastic.

Yes, I am huge Pinterest  fan… I used it to help build ideas for the wedding, and it really helped with flower inspiration. There were two things I just had to have… I love peonies, these were a must. I also love red lipstick, I wouldn’t feel me without my red lips! so this vibrant colour also had to feature in the wedding… the boys had cherry red ties and you created a wonderful floral pallet of sunset oranges, pops of red and aubergine,  mixed with my favourite foliage, eucalyptus.

My favourite part of the day was without a doubt the ceremony. Seeing my friends and family all happy for us, and of course seeing Martyn at the end of the aisle… The flowers and the styling, it was far more than i’d ever pictured in my head and made the ceremony room feel cosy… The wedding ceremony itself, although very relaxed, was emotional, upbeat and funny, it was amazing!! I love looking back through the images, reliving the moment with a smile. 

Walking into the reception room ahead of all my guests was pretty wow too, all those candles twinkling across the room was just so magical, the flowers brought everything together… I loved it all!

Images by – Hayley Savage photography

Styling by – Linen & Lace

Venue – Burley Manor


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