Lizzie & Reon’s The Ferry House Wedding

Written by Caitlin Hoare
Images by Daniel Luke.
Lizzie & Reon’s wedding at The Ferry House is cool AF which is ironic because it took place on one of the hottest days of the year…

As much as I love a big, show-stopping wedding celebration, it’s the more understated, super stylish ones I love the most. Cue Lizzie’s beautifully simple slip dress (and gorgeous mini for the evening), Reon’s sunglasses and grandad collar combo, a motorbike (because, why not?) and the most epic couple’s sunset portrait shoot…by the sea. Uh, LOVE.

It’s really blimmin’ cold out there right now so let’s warm things up a bit with this balmy summer celebration…

Notes from the Bride

lizzie says…

We live by the sea and it was really important to us to get married near water. The riverside location of The Ferry House made this the perfect venue for us.

I wanted a simple elegant dress and found a simple white slip (low back and long sweep train) online. I really wanted a sheer layer so I wore a sheer top over the dress which I found at The Own Studio bridal boutique. This really helped elevate the look whilst keeping it really simple and clean. Originally I was only planning on wearing one dress but once I discovered we’d be getting married during a heat wave I realised I’d need an outfit change. My second dress was a short white dress with feathers on one sleeve fom Karen Millen, which I purchased a week before the wedding! More disco than bridal but it made for a perfect evening dress.

I’m obsessed with pearls and have a few piercings in my ears. With the dress being so simple I wore a collection of pearls in my ears and on my fingers. My hair was inspired by French 60s cinema, I wanted a slight wave and a curtain fringe. I did my own makeup and just went for a really natural clean look, beige eyeshadow, brown soft eyeliner, peach cheek stain and rose lip stain. My bridesmaids were my teenage stepdaughters (identical twins) so I wanted them to look their age and feel comfortable. They wore short lace simple white dresses and flower crowns. Reon wanted to wear a light suit and slightly less formal attire, so wore a grandad collar instead of a french collar.

The Ferry House is so beautiful and all about the surroundings, I didn’t feel we needed much styling. We used white linen for the tables, and the little extras The Ferry House provide (log centerpieces etc).

I chose Blooming Green Flowers as my florist because they grow their own flowers using organic principals – so you get seasonal flowers for your wedding. I wanted wild seasonal flowers, and definitely no roses! They created a beautiful piece to hang over the gazebo. I asked for my bouquet to be ‘fluffy’, lots of green, deep pinks, purple and to look wild and freshly picked.

My mum made the wedding cake after going on a flower making (icing) course. She made a three tier cake with bespoke flowers all over, roses to reflect my heritage and tropical flowers to reflect Reon’s. The Ferry House provided the food which was all locally sourced or grown on their farm.

We chose Daniel Luke to take our photos because we liked his style of photography, quite formal but he knows how to capture beautiful landscapes and sunsets. He did not disappoint!

Best part of the day

I really enjoyed the first dance. It was the final thing we knew we had to do in front of everyone and of course, much like the other parts of the day (ceremony, speeches) we were nervous. But by this time finally the alcohol had kicked in and so I managed to relax and have some fun. It felt like the party got started at that exact moment.

From one couple to another…

Appoint someone to handle any issues that might occur on the day (taxis not showing up, guests not being able to make it last minute etc, table plan adjustments). There’s bound to be something unexpected on the day and handing over the responsibility to someone else day of the wedding will allow you to just focus on your day.


Venue The Ferry House

Photographer Daniel Luke

Flowers Blooming Green Flowers

Dress Part 1 The Own Studio

Dress Part 2 Karen Millen

Hair Sophia at Sister Joan

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