When Lisa Martin was looking for a destination for her wedding, she decided to stay close to home, and have her day in a quaint English farming village north of London.
Her and hubby Tom Martin said their vows in St. Mary's church, first built in 1086, right in the heart of their community. Three bells hang in the belfry and date from the 16th century further giving the place an air of ancient rhythms and long forgotten songs.
"Here time seems to stand still, offering its wisdom steeped in the fragrances of the lavender growing by the entrance," says Lisa of her dream wedding location.
"I decided to buy my dress in the USA as I wanted to have the spirit of America in my wedding mixed with the romance of England. I decided upon a Melissa Sweet dress which I thought fit the bill perfectly."
Lisa chose the gown for it's all-over white chantilly lace, boat-neck, and beaded lace appliqués.
"The plunging back and sweeping train were two other elements I really wanted to see in my wedding attire and so those worked nicely. "
Lisa hired a seamstress in England to take her dress to another level of personal style by adding lace sleeves and draping beadwork, creating a sense of romance and elegance to her country-side wedding.
Tip From One Bride to Another: Lisa says, "I highly recommend leaving a bit of room on the overall vision of your wedding dress for this sort of creative fun. I really felt the dress was my own after we added these features and a true expression of my ‘inner bride’."
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