Real Weddings by Peter Rowland: Rippon Lea – Megan and Matt

Matt and Megan chose a beautiful garden setting at the historic Rippon Lea Estate to celebrate their special day, a dream of Megan’s since she was a child. Stepping into 19th century luxury, the historic building provided the perfect backdrop for photographer Tania Savage.


Megan’s gown was chosen from Baccini & Hill, echoing simplicity and timeless elegance. The dress selection was simple for Megan who initially saw the dress online. “I tried the dress on one year before the wedding and knew it was the one immediately. Baccini and Hill were fantastic they who were able to work with my limited visits to Australia to make the dress and every time I went for a fitting I loved the dress more and more.”

The bridesmaids wore pale blue Dupioni Silk dresses from Watters, which were tailored by Megan’s mother.

Megan also wore a stunning diamond bracelet from Charles Rose, which was a surprise gift from her fiancé in the lead up to the big day.

The Bride’s mother helped design the stationery which reflected the couple’s garden style wedding. “Mum drew our invitations, RSVPs, envelopes, wedding programs and place cards. She worked via email with me from across the world, and once she had finished the design, I made them all up,” Megan says.

“For as long as I can remember I always wanted to get married at the Rippon Lea Estate. The gardens are beautiful, and there are so many nice places it was hard to chose a ceremony location within the grounds. We loved the idea of having the ceremony and reception rolled into one seamless event. We didn’t want it disjointed by moving locations and Rippon Lea allowed us to do this.”

Brett Currell was responsible for styling throughout the event, with a major emphasis placed on the floral arrangements. For Megan, “Flowers were one of the most important aspects of the wedding. I wanted a garden/flower theme and Brett did an amazing job. He listened to exactly what I wanted and filled me with confidence when we met. When I think back to the day and look through our photos I fall in love with the flowers again. Brett managed to capture exactly what I wanted and exceeded expectations. I still get compliments about the flowers 12 months on from our wedding day!”


Following the ceremony, guests were invited to play a game of croquet on the estate’s expansive lawns.
The couples gave their guests a selection of pale pink, blue and ivory M&Ms, which were selected from the Leicester Square store in London.
Guests enjoyed a three tier wedding cake adorned with fresh blooms from The French Lettuce.


Images courtesy of Tania Savage.

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