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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

 

The Wedding Collective | The Dress | Belle & Bunty

Welcome back to day two of our exciting week long collaboration. If you missed our story behind The Wedding Collective and scene setter inspiration yesterday then click here to hear all about it!
I for one am a huge fan of London based designers Hannah and Alice’s wedding label Belle & Bunty, every time I peruse their lovely website I just wish I could get married again! These girls most certainly rock with their super pretty and ultra glamorous vintage inspired bridal collection. Understated elegance is at the core of all they do and each and every one of their stunning gowns is created and made within the UK (we like that!). Not only that but the clever ladies have recently won the ‘Bridal Designers of the Year 2013′ by the Tailored Bridal Awards! There really is no one better to put together our dress mood board for the latest edition of the ‘The Wedding Collective.’
I therefore leave you in the very capable hands of Hannah from Belle & Bunty as she explains her inspiration behind this gorgeous mood board…
 
Dreamy sunset colours form the palette, with shades of soft coral, cerise pink and dusty orange sitting alongside highlights of turquoise as clear as the ocean. Inspired by a relaxed travelers vibe the Brides look is effortlessly laid back with a nod to Boho.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Dress Mood Board by Belle & Bunty

Credits: 1: Brigitte Sire | 2: via Oh Mai Darling | 3: Belle & Bunty | 4: via Style Blazer | 5: Belle & Bunty | 6: via Glamouria | 7: via Bliss | 8: via We Heart It | 9: via Highlanders Poems | 10: Etsy | 11. via Fora | 12. Belle & Bunty

 
Two wedding dresses allow the bride to indulge in her love of beautiful fabrics seen in Balinese & Moroccan markets. The daytime dress combines delicate ivory lace with blush silk satin while the evening gown plays on the sunset mood in a shade of coral. A pastel pink feathered cape inspired by exotic African birds adds drama and starts a running “feather” theme with a fun headdress and delicate handcrafted gold earrings adding natural beauty. Shoes that peak out from beneath the hem of the dresses have a fun element of hand crafted gold heels mixed with animal print as seen on African safari’s. On her wrists she wears a layered arm party of bracelets all collected from past explorations and each of which hold memories. Statement rings of turquoise and gold add a splash of vivid colour mimicking intricate Moroccan patterns. Bridesmaids wear carefully selected hues of bold colours from the palette in hot pinks and orangey reds with fun oversize bows.
Glimmering shades of gold like the sunshine give a subtle glimmering natural make up, with gold leaf eyes for added sparkle in the evening to compliment the coral dress. A bright matt coral lip works well with a coordinating bright nail colour for a fresh, new bridal look. Loose waves in the hair give a relaxed, carefree feel with small tribal plaits for a fashionable, boho edge.
 
What a gorgeous colour palette and I’m so in love with that coral dress! Thanks to the ladies at Belle & Bunty for creating such gorgeous inspiration and don’t forget to check out their beautiful dress collection right here!
Stop by tomorrow for the next installment as event planners Knot & Pop talk decorations…
Mrs White x

Beautiful, Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding

I have a stunningly beautiful wedding to share with you today. Rebecca and Mark said ‘I do’ last Spring in rural Cornwall in the hopelessly quaint church of St Endonoc. It was a magical day, full of traditional values and was perfectly captured by the incredibly talented photographer Alan Law. The photos of Rebecca getting ready are so dreamy and utterly ethereal in her gorgeous dress and veil! I’m sure the couple will treasure these timeless images for many years to come! I just adore the beautiful floral arch outside the church and those bouquets…

 
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Gorgeous wild flower arch | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
‘My dress was from Morgan Davies in North London. I knew it was the one because I instantly felt relaxed when I put it on. I wasn’t fiddling with it or trying to adjust any part of it, it just felt so right. I wore a full length veil with a lace trim, also from Morgan Davies. I loved it as much, if not more, than the dress! My hair was very simple; it was styled in a bun with daisies in (my second name is Daisy!).’

 
Quaint Cornish Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Garden Wedding | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
‘The heel of my shoe got stuck in the grids right by the church and it took my four bridesmaids and my uncle to dislodge it. My bridesmaids were panicking but I was laughing; at that point I couldn’t have cared; I just wanted to see Mark and I was ready to walk down the aisle bare foot!’

 
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
 
THE CAKE: ‘Fee Turner made us a tier of chocolate brownies which she decorated with flowers -it looked amazing!’
 
Quaint Cornish Wedding | Incredible chocolate & flower cake!| See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings
Quaint Cornish Wedding at St Enodoc | Rebecca & Mark | See more at Whiter than White Weddings

 
REBECCA & MARK
DATE: 11th May 2013

GUESTS: 120

 
THE PROPOSAL: Mark proposed while we were on holiday in the Lake District. It had rained all day but as we were driving back to our hotel after a meal out, Mark suggested we stopped by the lake and had a walk. Initially I tried to dissuade him (we had eaten so much at dinner and I was hoping we could get straight back to the hotel so I could get into my pyjamas!) It was a beautiful evening; the sky had finally cleared and no one else was about. Right by the lake, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was perfect. He had asked my Dad’s permission the week before too which was something that was very important to me.

 
THE VENUE: Mark and I are both quite traditional so a Church service was the obvious choice. We were married at St Enodoc, Trebetherick, Cornwall. My parents were married there (35 years ago) and I was christened there too!

Our reception was held at Trefelix (a private garden) a 2 minute walk from the church. We had hoped to have the marquee in the garden of my holiday house nearby but due to the slope of the garden, this wasn’t possible. I did however stay in my holiday house the week leading up to the wedding, wake up in it and get ready there so that was very special!

 
STYLE/ THEME: We were keen for a marquee rather than a hotel, barn or manor house because it meant we had control over the layout and general look and feel of it all. It made it more personal for us. We didn’t have a specific theme or style but we simply hoped to create a relaxed fun wedding with lots of good food and drink!

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: I found Alan Law online and he was coincidentally also the wedding photographer for a friend of my brothers the very weekend I spotted him online. He was brilliant; so unobtrusive on the day. The photos were beautiful; we have so many framed!

 
HAIR: I had a family friend do my hair. Fortunately she is a hair dresser so knew what she was doing! Initially I didn’t know how I wanted to have my hair styled but she was great at giving me ideas. I normally always wear my hair down so I was a bit apprehensive about having it up. However after careful consideration I decided it was probably wise to have it up as the Cornish wind has a way of messing your hair up very quickly! I loved the final result and think (or hope!) it gave me the classic look I wanted.

 
THE FLOWERS:  I wanted classic, pretty flowers including bluebells and daisies rather than anything extravagant. Fiona Hammond was recommended to us and she completely understood the look we were after.

 
DECOR + DETAILS: Mark and I wrote personal messages to each of our guests and these were also used as their name places and wedding favors. They took a long time to do but it was our way of thanking each and every guest for being a part of our day. Each table was named after a beach in Cornwall (Mark grew up in South Cornwall so he chose the beaches he grew up on, in and around there and I chose beaches I spent most of my summer holidays on, in North Cornwall) We printed pictures of each of the beaches on one side of the card and the name of the beach on the other side.
 
FIRST DANCE: Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
 
THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a band called Electric Planet. They were brilliant; so many people asked us how we found them.
 
CARRIAGES: Due to the church being on a slope and in the middle of a golf course, arriving in a vintage car wasn’t possible, so my uncle drove me in his 4×4. He put a cream ribbon across the bonnet of the car and it was really lovely being driven by him!
 
THE HONEYMOON: Isle of Skye – it’s one of the most beautiful places!
 
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: Most of the morning rushed by in a blur but I do remember standing in front of the mirror, after my Mum and all the bridesmaids had left for the church, waiting for my Dad. It was such a surreal moment; I felt like a little girl and yet I was about to walk down the aisle – such a grown up thing to do! I remember feeling really excited and emotional as my Dad called from the landing if he could come in. I started faffing with my veil, telling myself not to cry. It was such a special moment between the two of us and I will remember it forever. I also remember when I first saw Mark’s face as I walked down the aisle; he looked so happy and I couldn’t wait to stand next to him and say our vows!
 
OUR TOP TIPS: Just enjoy it, the day goes by so quickly! There probably will be a few things which go wrong in the lead up (the weather in the days before our Wedding was awful; strong winds and rain which resulted in our marquee blowing away the day before the wedding! Luckily the marquee team managed to get a new one and put it up in time!).

Also, don’t lose sight of what the Wedding is all about; marrying the man you love.

 

CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: Alan Law Photography | Church: St Enodoc | Venue: Trefelix  | Florist: Fiona Hammond  | Dress: Morgan Davies  | Groom: Moss Bros | Bridesmaids: Coast  | Catering & Cake: Fee Turner Catering | Entertainment: Electric Planet

 

Such a pretty day and so charming!! Congratulations to Rebecca & Mark, wishing you every happiness and thanks for sharing your special day with us!

Don’t you just love the shots of the guests walking on the hill at sunset too?! A huge thank you to Alan Law for sharing the beautiful images and congratulations on your recent award of ‘Best Reportage Wedding Photographer 2013′ too – very well deserved!

Love, Mrs White x