Freya Rose’s Magical Hampshire Wedding!
“British Shoe Designer Freya Rose Rees marries Matthew Attwood Archer, Saturday 1st June 2019.”
Running a busy international design business with fans like Kate Moss, alongside being a mum to an active 5-year-old boy meant that Freya was a little short of time when it came to dating. She decided to try a dating app – and thankfully Matt was her second date!
“I had just returned from a work inspiration trip to Bali. We met for a couple of drinks, then he walked me home and came in for some Indonesian Kopi Luwak coffee – Matt proposed six months later.”
When asked what he loves about Freya, Matt said, “There is never a boring day or a dull moment,” and when Freya was asked the same, she said, “Matt is the most genuine, kind and loyal person I’ve ever met.”
Freya and Matt married on Saturday 1st June 2019 at the picturesque St Hubert’s Church in Idsworth.
The Day Look
The daytime look was minimal, chic and elegant, with a distinctly modern English-countryside feel. Décor, stationery and accents in white and gold were designed by Freya and expertly created by Lo & Behold Bespoke, with ethereal flowers by Blossom Boutique. Freya’s natural hair and makeup look had been created by Amanda Clarke – top celebrity MUA – who kept her calm in the morning and translated her vision perfectly. A sprig of Honesty flower, taken from Freya’s grandmother’s garden and hand-painted in gold leaf, was used on name place cards and elegantly woven into Freya’s beautiful updo.
The first dress that Freya wore was made especially for her by her friend and eco-dress-designer Sanyukta Shrestha, and she carried a gorgeous bouquet of white sweet peas and peonies by Blossom Boutique – inspired by her grandmother’s wedding bouquet but with a modern twist.
She wore jewellery by her mother, acclaimed jeweller Barbara Tipple, and a long-length veil that she designed herself with special rose-floral lace. The beautiful bridesmaids wore white outfits from Topshop and Ghost, with gold and silver accessories and of course, Freya Rose shoes!
The Evening Look
For the evening, the look was more relaxed with a focus on warm, golden tones that looked stunning in the evening light of the woods. Wedding guests enjoyed live music from The P.Y.Ts (via Headliner), Mediterranean food by The Southsea Deli, singing and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit in the stunning grounds of Park House Hotel & Spa. Freya had changed into a shimmering ethereal champagne dress by Amanda Wakeley, and wore her hair naturally down with a delicate golden rose headband by Lila.
For her ‘something old’, Freya carried a vintage beaded bag with an oriental motif.
Freya’s bridal gowns and shoes, designed specially for her big day.
Freya had two very special ‘something blue’s’ – the first was a divine necklace with rare blue moonstones and diamonds, gifted to her by a dear family friend. And the second was a poem, written on blue paper by her late father that she found the night before her wedding. The words were beautiful, poignant and delivered a wonderful message relevant to Freya and Matt’s big day. Freya says it was this poem that helped her get through her wedding day nerves, and the line “Slow down, and it will be well,” is the best piece of advice she will now give to any bride-to-be.
Not forgetting the shoes! Freya had three luxurious pairs of breath-taking bespoke wedding shoes – of course! Each pair was made to Freya’s own unique design, using exquisite materials such as polished brass, sterling silver and her signature mother of pearl. These three pairs of shoes were Freya Rose’s most innovative and opulent designs to date, each one taking months to finalise and perfect. Our specialist jewellers used ground-breaking and complex techniques to craft the most intricate heels.
Freya says the first pair, ‘Freya’, was designed to give her height, as she stands at a petite 5’ 2” whilst her partner Matt is a tall 6’ 2”. These gorgeous platform shoes were made in a soft ivory shimmer suede with silver leather lining, a subtle rose-floral mother of pearl heel and sterling silver monogrammed initials: F.A and M.A. This shoe finished her daytime bridal look perfectly with their simplicity and timeless style.
The second pair, ‘Glory’, are a modern take on a classic platform silhouette, with ornate floral block heel in sterling silver and mother of pearl. Freya designed these stylish, statement shoes to be ultra-comfortable and perfect for photos in the fields and in the woodlands – and for dancing the night away.
Finally, the last pair of heels, ‘Rose in Bloom’, were another beautiful sky-high platform, this time in sultry taupe shimmer suede and golden leather to match the brass rosebud detail on the mother of pearl heels. These also featured exquisite monogrammed initials. Freya simply cannot wait to wear each pair of shoes again!
The Family & Ceremony
Freya and Matt married at St Hubert’s Church in Idsworth, one of the oldest churches in the country, built in 1053 AD with incredible Roman murals on the walls. It is located in the rolling hills and idyllic countryside of the South Downs. Freya’s own grandfather had been the vicar there between 1950 and 1960. This was the place that the couple had always wanted to marry in. Matt had told Freya this on their second date!
It was important to Freya and Matt that their children be involved in their wedding day. Freya’s son Johnnie was their pageboy, and he designed the cover of the order of service, whilst their daughter Willow was made a custom pair of baby shoes with silk flowers for her role as a flower girl. The children both came into the church with Freya for the marriage ceremony. Johnnie had told Freya as they left the house that morning that she looked like a goddess, and that this was the best day of his life! The venue at Park House Hotel & Spa was also chosen so that the children at the wedding could play and enjoy the grounds.
Freya’s brother (and best friend) Joseph walked her down the aisle, accompanied by her children and bridesmaids. She says she is sure her father, who sadly passed away last year, was there with her too during the truly magical ceremony.
Suppliers & Instagram Tags
Freya’s Day Gown: @sanyuktashrestha
Shoes and veil: @freyaroselondon
Product photography: @dimplesanddaisies
Freya’s Evening Gown: @amandawakeley
Styling and stationery: @loandbeholdbspk
Band (The P.Y.Ts): @headlinerio
Flower girl’s attire: @teaprincessaust, @dior
Roving artist: @silhouettist
Hair accessories: @lilaaccessories_
Wedding cake: @suepike1265
Hair and makeup: @amanda.clarke.london
Evening food: @the_southsea_deli
Bridesmaid’s attire: @topshop, @ghostfashion, @freyaroselondon
Groom’s attire: @turnbull_asser, @crockettandjones_official