A Pretty Spring City Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Today I have an ultra pretty Springtime Wedding to share with you lovely lot!

It was a chilly and snowy day in London town that Vicki and Pete said ‘I do’ against a breathtaking backdrop of cherry blossom and blush toned spring florals. Just wait until you see the incredible cherry blossom branch aisle! Their pretty reception was held in the picturesque grounds and garden of The Royal Hospital Chelsea (the home of the legendary Chelsea pensioners nonetheless!). It’s a stunner and a huge thank you to Kristian Leven Photography for sharing these beautiful images and for capturing every aspect of the day so perfectly.
 

Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
A cherry blossom filled church for this Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
 
The day was set to be freezing (it actually snowed!) so at the last minute I bought some white plimsolls from Topshop and wore the thickest socks I could find with them. It looked ridiculous but no one saw and I stayed warm all day!
 
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
A pretty Spring Wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty City wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
Pretty Spring wedding at Royal Hospital Chelsea
 

VICKI & PETE
DATE: 29th March 2014
GUESTS: 90
 
THE VENUE: Royal Hospital Chelsea was an easy choice as Pete’s family have lived on the grounds for the past few years, so it felt like home! Also it’s a stunning venue and easily accessible situated in central London.
 
STYLE/ THEME: We kept everything quite classic to fit in with our venue. The colour of the bridesmaid dresses inspired our flowers and stationery. Other than that we just wanted the day to be a real fun celebration.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristian Leven was amazing, he captured the emotion of the whole day so well. But most of all he was so relaxed, unobtrusive and blended in with our guests whilst managing to take incredible pictures.
 
THE DRESS: It was the first dress I tried on and I loved it so I bought it there and then.
 
THE GROOM: Pete’s suit was from Hugo Boss, he wanted a nice fitted black suit he could wear again! His shoes were from Grenson.
 
THE FLOWERS: We had seen Yan Skates work at a friends wedding a few years back and remembered how amazing the flowers looked. He certainly didn’t disappoint for our day. We had cherry blossom and gypsophilia down the isle, which gave the church the wow factor. We had so many compliments about the flowers. He did a great job!
 
STATIONERY: Pete did everything! He dabbles in graphic design and was keen to design everything himself, from the table plan to the order of service. A handy man to have around!
 
FIRST DANCE: ‘Ain’t No mountain High Enough’. We didn’t want a slow song, so we chose an upbeat one that would get everyone up and dancing.
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony and service. It was such a joyful and emotional occasion. We felt so blessed to be getting married before God and in front of all our friends and family.
 
CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Kristian Leven Photography  | Ceremony: St Andrews Church  | Venue: Royal Hospital Chelsea  | Dress: Benjamin Roberts | Groom: Hugo Boss  | Bridesmaids: ASOS  | Flowers: Yan Skates  | Stationery: The Groom  | Cake: Bride’s Mum
 

Such a beautiful day, don’t you just love the pics of bride Vicki revealing her plimsolls and thick woolly socks to her Mr! Who also happens to be a rather talented designer creating this amazing stationery suite! Huge congratulations to you both and a special thanks to Kristian Leven for sharing this gorgeous London wedding.
Love, Mrs White x

 

Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration

I have a simply stunning beach shoot to share with you today, courtesy of the super talented Sophia Kwan Photography. The dreamy setting for this elegant and timeless shoot was the beautiful Clearwater Bay beach in Hong Kong. A barefoot bride, the prettiest vintage lace dress and a simple palette of white and green… perfection!
 

Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia KwanDreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
Dreamy Beach Wedding Inspiration | Photo: Sophia Kwan
 

VENDOR DETAILS…

Photography & Styling: Sophia Kwan Photography | Location: Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong | Dress: Etsy | Model: Kaylee Suen | Make-up & Hair: Carmen Lai

A fun, hand-crafted wedding at Fulham Palace

When these stunning pics landed in my mailbox before my hols I was over the moon! You really are in for a treat this morning, a wedding day filled with so much fun and beauty. Not only is Ellie a seriously hot bride in her pretty Cymbeline dress but there’s a cake buffet including millionaire shortbread, ‘cronuts’ and Sylvanian family cake toppers! Plus a serious amount of handmade detail and not forgetting the boys – a cardboard paper football table too! This beautiful London wedding was captured by Graham Joy who is as Ellie quotes, ‘one to watch!’

 
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
 
THE DRESS:: I wanted something quite vintage in style but being 6ft tall an actual vintage dress was out of the question, as they aren’t made for tall peeps! A friend from uni and my sister in law had both bought their dresses from Blackburn Bridal and I loved them both – long, elegant and vintage style. I went along with my Mum and my dress (‘Gala’ by Cymbeline) was the second one I tried on – I instantly felt awesome. It was super comfy, felt like I could dance in it, and didn’t feel as though I’d need to hold my stomach in all day and pretend to be something I’m not. My big proviso was ‘could I go to the loo in it alone’ without needing to be a diva and have henchwomen. In summary, every item of clothing I ever wear from here on in will clearly be a disappointment!
 
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
 
BRIDESMAIDS: I’m not a very matchy matchy person and I wanted my best women to feel great and like they were dressed in dresses that really suited them. Therefore instead of getting matching dresses I gave them a budget and went shopping with each of them to find the perfect dress. We stuck to a pale grey, nude and cream colour palette. I think they looked immense and they all felt brilliant too, which was the main thing for me.
 
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
 
THE ACCESSORIES: I never considered having a veil but in a very stereotypical fashion I tried one on at Blackburn Bridal and IT WAS THE GREATEST! Beautiful, long, vintage style, and with lace around the edges. It made the dress even more lovely too.
 
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
 
DECOR : One of the huge areas of enjoyment whilst planning our wedding was designing all the little elements and planning how the venue would be dressed ourselves. I designed our save the dates & invitations, made cake stands, constructed 120 confetti cones from vintage music sheets, dried and shredded all the lavender that was growing in our families and neighbour’s gardens, designed and drew three display blackboards, and helped arrange all of the flowers with John, family, friends, and my Mum – Phew!
 
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
 
THE CAKE: The VERY talented Mr Bake made us an amazing cake buffet! Two three tiered layer cakes; salted caramel and chocolate, and raspberry and white choc, millionaire shortbread, and cronuts! It was brilliant and proved incredibly popular with our guests. We also had a small ‘cake’ of tiered cheeses to add a bit of savory to the mix. The excellent thing was that guests could snack on all the leftover cakes and cheese from the meal throughout the evening.
 
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
A fun and hand-crafted Spring Wedding at Fulham Palace | Read more on Whiter than White Weddings | Photography: Graham Joy
 
ELLIE & JOHN
DATE: 1st March 2014
GUESTS: 110 and a load more in the evening for a proper party!
 
THE PROPOSAL: We’d been talking about getting married for ages but were both mega busy with moving house, moving jobs, and were probably a bit lazy!
I was having an op in April 2013 that meant I’d be unable to walk for a while afterwards, so John suggested we go to the coast for a nice walk the week before (excellent ruse). We got the train down to Hastings and went for a lovely walk from the top of the hill back down to the town. John brought a ring that he’d chosen with him (from the amazing Tomfoolery) and asked me if I wanted to finally get married, and then the fun ensued!
 
THE VENUE: London is our home and we love the city so much, we never considered anywhere else! My father grew up in London and lived there his whole life. He passed away in 2009 and so we wanted to get married in London even more as it felt then as though he would be part of the day.
Fulham Palace is not a palace in the sense of big ostentatious, showy, golden facades; rather it’s a very old ex Bishops residence and is wonderfully unique, full of history, and covered in huge fireplaces, beautiful dark wood, and peaceful gardens with beehives and vegetables. You can do everything there, get married, eat, and have the party. They allowed us to have the wedding we wanted rather than one they were trying to sell us – I’m a freelance illustrator and designer (check out Ellie’s blog here!) so wanted to do all the decoration and design elements myself with John and the staff at the venue (amazing Aini!) worked with us to help us make everything we had in our heads work in practice. We always wanted a relaxed and informal wedding, and the venue, decoration, and format of the day definitively enabled us to achieve this.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: We wanted someone who was more of a friend rather than a stranger. I found Graham through my work and he’s just brilliant. We didn’t want any ‘cheesy’ wedding photos, and other than the few group shots for family members we wanted a documentary of the day and the details rather than anything showy or staged. We instantly felt at ease and knew that Graham wanted to take the kind of photos we wanted to see. We met up before the day for a chat over a pint and it felt so calm and easy. On the day everyone told us how comfortable he made them feel, and most of the time we didn’t even know he was there – he’s one to watch!
 
THE FLOWERS: I was very lucky, having a Mother who’s also a freelance florist! She took wedding flower courses on the side of her day job and now does the occasional wedding for family and friends, and general floral greatness for all. I scoured the internet and used Pinterest to source flowers I liked – very wild and non structured was the key for me, with lots of white and colourful spring blooms. We had 40 vintage milk bottles filled with daffodils and freesias decorating one of the drawing rooms, and lots of gypsophila and seasonal flowers everywhere else. I spent months collecting jam jars and bottles that I decorated with twine and lace for the flowers to go in. The wildness and non fussy nature of the flowers all went towards the relaxed feeling of the day – and at the end of the night everyone was offered the jam jars with flowers in to take home with them, which went down very well!
 
THE GROOM: John’s outfit was possibly better than my dress! A made to measure wool/cashmere blue suit with checked waistcoat from Suit Supply.
 
DETAILS: For our favours my Mum and I scoured every car boot, charity shop, and attic sale for 6 months and sourced 110 vintage teacups and saucers, so everyone had an element of the mad hatters tea party to take home with them. We also got everyone a British Heart Foundation pin badge which we pinned onto a card I’d designed and asked everyone to wear the badges for the remainder of the day. The BHF is a charity very close to us as they research into the rare heart condition that my Dad had. By having everyone wear a badge it was another way of us feeling as though my Dad was there on the day and to visually see these badges in the photos is a beautiful thing. John’s mum also made us about 50 metres of bunting which we used to decorate the venue.
 
FIRST DANCE: Rave On – Buddy Holly
We wanted an upbeat HAPPY song (no smoochy cheese). When we first started seeing each other we made each other mix mini-discs (showing our age!) for Christmas and each of us had unknowingly put that song on our compilation for the other, plus it’s a GREAT song to dance to.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a fantastic pianist (Ben McGowan) during the ceremony who played piano renditions of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, and Queen, and then a jazz band at the drinks reception. Both were excellent and having some live music really lifted the day. In the evening we decided to scrap the cost of having a live band and instead made the greatest playlist ever and simply took a laptop and plugged it into a PA (it left us more money to spend on beer and cheese!)
 
CARRIAGES: I got a black cab to the venue with my Mum as I have always wanted to take a black cab to my wedding!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Walking in holding hands with my Ma to ‘God Only Knows’ by the Beach Boys played on the piano was wonderful – the sun was streaming through the windows and everyone was smiling and looked so happy. We had covered the room in hyacinths and hydrangeas too so the smell was fantastic! Also seeing all the little things that we’d done come together was wonderful. We had printed over 200 photos from our lives, all our friends and family were in them and then we’d pinned them up around the venue. Seeing everyone spot themselves in photos and their excitement was brill.
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Decide what kind of wedding you want and then be confident in your decisions. Everyone’s got an opinion and you’ll never be short of advice or other people expressing what THEY want – but it’s your wedding and you should have the day that’s right for you both.
For us we wanted to celebrate with everyone we loved and then give them a brilliant time so we decided to focus our budget on that: the food, the wine, the bar, the venue, and the fun! We hired a photo booth in the evening and John bought a cardboard table football table (decorated with Sunderland and Spurs players) and we sourced a giant connect four. We ended up with a games room, dance room, and bar room. My feet were so sore the next day, from all the dancing, which is definitely a good sign!
 

CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Graham Joy | Venue: Fulham Palace London | Dress: Cymbeline at Blackburn Bridal | Groom: Suit Supply | Bridesmaids: Jenny PackhamCoastTed Baker | Flowers: Bride’s Mum | Hair & Make-up: Delia | Rings: Tom Foolery | Catering & Cake: Mr Bake | Pianist: Ben McGowan | Entertainment: Kiniro Quartet | Photo Booth: Say Fromage
 
Wowzers, what a beautiful day, filled with so, so much fun! How amazing are those Sylvanian family cake toppers, and all those cakes too?! Huge, huge congratulations to Ellie & John and a big thank you to Graham Joy for sharing these stunning pics. The lighting in those portrait shots is so dreamy.
PS. I love a bride that takes a black cab to her wedding!
Love, Mrs White x

 

A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor

I’m very excited to share with you today… Whiter than White’s first ever styled shoot and a little announcement!

The shoot took place over Valentine’s weekend at the beautiful Sheldon Manor, set in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. The venue was holding an open weekend and I felt so honored to be asked to be part of it, coordinating and styling the ‘table for two’ for the event. For those of you who are not familiar with the venue, Sheldon Manor is a stunning 13th century manor house, which just so happens to have the oldest stone porch in Britain and the most beautiful tiny 15th century chapel set within the grounds. Surrounded by historic gardens, exquisite roses, tiered lawns and ancient stone structures, it really is simply the most magical setting. As most of you may well know, I married my boy there a couple of years ago so naturally have a soft spot for this enchanting venue!
 

Valentine styled Sheldon Manor shoot | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
 

The brief… The setting was within the stunning baronial style ‘Great Hall’ with its wood paneling, large stone fire place and a Bechstein grand piano! Now, I’m no fan of the traditional red and white valentine vibe and therefore opted for a dark, moody aesthetic with a touch of glamour thrown in for good measure!
 
A palette of deep jewel like tones, mixed with saturated fuchsia and raspberry shades was softened with hints of white and blush pink. The look was lifted with golden embellishments and the soft glow of candlelight, twinkling textiles and cut glass tableware were set against a backdrop of rich wood tones. A selection of brass candlesticks with pure white tapered candles added height and drama. Each of the place settings had rustic tin heart moulds, painted gold and filled with sweets and Rococo chocolate bars tied with golden metal hearts for after dinner treats! Ombre watercolour heart garlands were strewn across chair backs and used as coasters.
 
For the florals I took seasonal spring blooms including anemones, ranuculas, tulips, clematis, wax flowers and the odd rose for good measure. Dark, sultry blackberry toned peppercorns and painted black wood were mixed amongst the petals.
 

A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor by Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings
A Valentine Styled Shoot at Sheldon Manor | Styling: Whiter than White Weddings

 

VENDOR DETAILS…

Styling & Design: Whiter than White Weddings | Location: Sheldon Manor | Photography: Richard White | Tableware: Helene Millot Furnishings | Florals: Whiter than White Weddings
 
 
Now for my very exciting announcement…

Whiter than White have partnered with Sheldon Manor to offer a wedding styling, consultancy and design service exclusively at the venue! I’ll be offering bespoke styling and a highly creative and original design service for your celebration! I have had the pleasure of working first hand with many of the venues trusted suppliers and am therefore able to offer unique inside knowledge and expertise for events at this truly beautiful and untouched country Manor House. Exciting stuff hey!
So, if you are considering getting married or holding your reception at the lovely Sheldon Manor and would like a creative hand, you can get in touch with me here!
 
I had such fun putting this shoot together and hope it has provided you with some winter wedding inspiration! A special thank you to Helene Millot Furnishings for providing the beautiful antique tableware. To view her full collection of tableware and props visit her site or take a look at all the pretty in this post I put together a little while ago on the blog.

 
Have a great week!

Love, Mrs White x

Favours from Chocolate Editions

A whole post on chocolate may seem quite over indulgent, but when it looks this good – well, what the hell! I’m currently obsessing over these perfectly packaged bars of delight from New York based Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt. With backgrounds in design, advertising and pastry their artistically packaged chocolate bars are like works of art. I think they would be perfect used as favours or simply displayed in glass jars as treats for your guests. Feast your eyes on these beauties…

 
Chocolate Bars by Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas | Whiter than White Weddings
Chocolate Editions | By Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas
 
The stunning packaging below is from a collaboration between Chocolate Editions & NYC based menswear designers Shipley & Halmos. The collection included a limited set of 25 chocolate bars each with an original, one-of-a-kind wrapper – how brilliant are they!
 
Chocolate Bars by Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas | Whiter than White Weddings
 
Neapolitan ice-cream anyone?? I haven’t had that for years! Well the inside looks just as good as the outside and all of these bars are made from the highest quality ingredients, hand-crafted in small batches.
 
Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt | Wedding Favour Ideas
 
These guys have thought of everything, including these chic but funny chocolate googly eyes and pie charts, perfect for the little ones!
 
kids wedding favour ideas | choc bars by mary and matt

 
I have saved my favourites until last – check out these marble papered bars – how amazing!!

Don’t you just love the Wonka-style golden ticket idea below. How about hiding a ticket in one of your bars and then having a bottle of champagne or flowers waiting for the lucky winner on the day?

 
Marbling wedding inspiration | chocolate bar favours by Mary & Matt
Marbling wedding inspiration | chocolate bar favours by Mary & Matt
Now for the exciting bit… Mary & Matt can make custom editions, just for you, for your big day to your exact specifications. Personalized chocolate and packaging – I like that a lot and I’m very happy I haven’t given up chocolate for lent as I have a serious chocolate craving right now.

You can contact Mary & Matt here to discuss a custom order or to simply buy some chocs!
 
Which is your favourite design?

Love,
Mrs Whitex