A Pink and White Rustic Wedding in the English Countryside

Hayley and Andrew

Catherine Mead

When college rugby player Andrew Muthukumar's teammates introduced him to netball player Hayley Philbin at a local pub in 2004, it was game on. The two Brits, then students at University College London, hit it off immediately, and after eight years of dating, they made it official in the picturesque English countryside. Now investment-banking analysts in New York City (they moved just two days after their wedding!), the couple looks back on their big day as "the most magical and fun-filled of our lives."

On July 20, 2013 -- a perfectly sunny summer afternoon -- the pair and their 215 guests traded the hustle and bustle of London for the quiet beauty of Egham, in Surrey, England. With 50 acres of expansive lawns, shimmering lakes, and charming forests, their venue, the Great Fosters hotel, was "like a fairy tale," says Hayley.

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The Stationery Set

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Stationer and calligrapher Paul Antonio Scribe created the save-the-dates and invitations, and drew a map of the wedding location and surrounding area.

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The Bridal Party

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Hayley's attendants all wore Zoe Lem, with her bridesmaids in retro-inspired blue-and-white chiffon frocks and her junior 'maids in flowy champagne-colored gowns. Her two flower girls donned dresses from I Love Gorgeous.

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Bridal Bouquet

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Hayley's bouquet, by Flowers by Passion, showcased two varieties of roses (sweet avalanche and quicksand), hydrangeas, peonies, and for a pop of blue, nigellas.

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Lovely Looks

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Andrew's navy suit, waistcoat, and printed tie came from Favourbrook. His bride glowed in a Phillipa Lepley gown, Rupert Sanderson shoes, and a vintage pearl necklace she borrowed from one of her bridesmaids.

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The Ceremony

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After walking down a rose-petal-strewn aisle, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony. Afterward, the newlyweds exited to one of their favorite Beatles' songs, "All You Need Is Love," as played by a string quartet.

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The Programs

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Ceremony programs, created by Paper + Cup Design, aligned with the celebration's rustic theme with woodprint stationery, twine binding, and vintage calligraphy.

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The Rings

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To incorporate Andrew's Sri Lankan heritage, a Thali (a traditional Tamil necklace) tied together the rings as they were carried down the aisle.

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Flower-Petal Confetti Toss

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Guests tossed rose petals to greet the newlyweds upon their arrival at The Great Fosters for the reception.

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The Reception

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The reception was held at the Tithe Barn at The Great Fosters, a rustic space with wooden beams, Tudor windows, and a thatched roof. (Built in the 14th century, the barn is thought to have been the hunting lodge of King Henry VIII.) The reception, which was designed by wedding planner Mary Lee Herrington of Mary Lee Herrington Celebration, boasted garlands of trailing ivy and ruscus plant decorating the beams, and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Tables, swathed in striped linens, were set with pink chargers, clusters of tea lights, and a mix of high and low centerpieces.

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London Calling

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A bright-green double-decker bus transported revelers from the church to the reception.

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Heart-Shaped Wreath

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A floral heart-shaped wreath, made of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies, hung on a door at the reception.

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Wedding Portraits

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"It was magical," says Hayley of posing for portraits taken by photographer Catherine Mead around the 50-acre estate.

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Scroll Searching

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Parchment scrolls stood in for traditional escort cards.

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New York, New York

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Hayley and Andrew named their signature cocktail, a twist on a Cosmopolitan, "New York, New York" to celebrate their impending move to the Big Apple.

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Special Seating

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Instead of numbers, Hayley and Andrew designated tables with names of places that have special significance in their love story. The Roxy, for example, is the pub where they first met.

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The Centerpieces

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On the tables, tea lights surrounded clear glass vessels that held centerpieces of roses, hydrangeas, and peonies.

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For the Kids

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Coloring books kept children entertained during the reception dinner. Afterward, the youngest attendees gave their drawings to the newlyweds, which were then displayed on the head table.

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Mother Knows Best

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Andrew's mother baked the three-tiered frosted fruitcake, the traditional wedding dessert in England, and decorated it with fondant doilies and flowers.

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Potluck Desserts

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The dessert table displayed a range of treats baked and brought by the couple's family and friends. Goodies included "Krysia's Millionaire Shortbread," "Aunty Tina's Lemon Drizzle," "Annabel's Mars Crispy Cakes," and many more.

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The Newlyweds' Favorite Sweet

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Hayley and Andrew included their favorite gummy candies as well: Percy Pigs and Haribos.

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The First Dance

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Hayley and Andrew shared their first dance to their favorite song: the Lumineers' "Ho Hey!" The reception's two-piece band, Morrissey & Marshall, played the tune while the couple swayed under a disco ball.

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Getaway Car

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After bidding adieu to their guests, the newlyweds sped off in a white Jaguar E Class convertible from GreatEscapes. A "Just Hitched" banner by Paper + Cup Design decorated the back of the vintage auto.

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Catherine Mead

Photographer: Catherine Mead

Venue: The Great Fosters

Wedding Design and Planning: Mary Lee Herrington Celebrations

Catering: The Great Fosters

Flowers: Flowers by Passion

Invitations and Calligraphy: Paul Antionio Scribe

Day of Paperie: Paper + Cup Designs

Music: [DJ] Distorted Sound; [Band] Morrissey & Marshall

Hair: Kelly Leach of Room 202 Hair

Makeup: Sarah Jagger

Transportation: GreatEscapes

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