Spring Weddings

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

 

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

 

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

 

A Colourful Spring Wedding – Susan & Grant

I have a truly beautiful wedding to share with you today. My dear friends Susan & Grant said I do on a sunny day in March 2012, at the picturesque St Mary’s Church in Old Alresford, Winchester. The celebrations continued at the Hotel Du Vin in Winchester, the perfect backdrop for their informal and intimate wedding. I was lucky enough to attend their special day and can honestly say it was incredible. Everything was amazingly executed, the details were out of this world, the sun shone, we laughed, we cried and they beamed with happiness.

The day was captured by the super talented and super lovely Pen & Cam of McKinley-Rodgers Photography. A special thank you to Pen for sharing the beautiful images. I think you will agree this day was perfection in its entirety!
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SUSAN & GRANT
DATE: 15th March 2012

GUESTS: 83

 

THE PROPOSAL: Grant surprised me with a trip on New Years Eve to Lime Regis. He popped the question on New Years Day during the evening, the beach was empty and pitch black, he had arranged candles and a bottle of champagne for us down but the waters edge, where he went down on one knee! And I cried a lot!

 

THE VENUE: We wanted a low-key, informal wedding and fell in love with the church as soon as we saw it. It sat on the brow a hill overlooking the watercress fields in Old Alresford – very beautiful! The vicar and congregation were so friendly and welcoming it couldn’t be anywhere else! The celebrations continued at the Hotel Du Vin in Winchester. It was perfect, small enough to feel intimate and homely, with great food and amazing staff. It was important to us to have a happy and relaxed atmosphere and nothing too stuffy or pretentious.

 

STYLE/ THEME: It was all very random to be honest, the bridesmaids picked their dresses, and the only inspiration I gave to the florist was country/ rustic and bright – she did the rest! I just wanted the wedding to be fuss free and to not look too weddingy – my Mum thought I was crazy!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Pen and Cam from McKinley-Rodgers Photography. A friend of mine recommended Pen and Cam to us and we are so glad she did. Not only are they fantastic photographers they are the most lovely people. It was a pleasure to have them at our big day! They captured the feel and the atmosphere of the day perfectly, I can’t look at the photos without grinning!

 

THE DRESS: I got my dress in the Jenny Packham sample sale, it was completely manic and so stressful with half dressed brides to be everywhere! Although it was a very quick decision once I’d had all the alterations done I was very happy!

 

ACCESSORIES: I spent a long time looking for hair accessories but in the end I couldn’t find what I was looking for, probably because I didn’t know what I wanted! It was a last minute decision to have simple fresh flower heads pinned in my hair. My something borrowed was a beautiful crystal necklace from my bridesmaid.

 

THE SHOES: I loved my shoes! Far more than the dress in fact! They were a present from Grant (although he didn’t actually see them until the day!) Stella McCartney mid heals with a mock croc ankle strap and neon/gold soles. I wish I could wear them everyday, although strangely I’m scared to wear them now!

 

BRIDESMAIDS + GROOMSMEN: The suits and the bridesmaids dresses were all from Paul Smith, as I work for the company it couldn’t have been anything else really! There was no official colour scheme Grant picked the blue suits and the bridesmaids selected the nude pink dresses, it all worked perfectly together though, but more luck than judgement! Isla my flower girl picked a dress from John Lewis. When she tried it on she asked me if this was what it felt like to be a princess bride, she was very happy with it!

 

THE GROOM: Grant looked great, his entire outfit and traditional tan brogues were all from Paul Smith. We were unsure if the blue was a bit bright but actually on the day it seemed very Spring like and right.

 

THE FLOWERS: Charlotte at The Flower Orchard. She was absolutely brilliant and knew exactly what I wanted just from a few cuttings from magazines that I gave to her. The theme was rustic, spring and colourful and she did the rest! I collected some jam jars (which was easy as Grant LOVES jam) and gave her some vintage ribbon and lace to tie around them. She is a true genius, the best supplier in the world!

 

DECOR + DETAILS: I made colourful paper pom poms which we mixed with pin wheels and lanterns. We also hung lanterns in the trees outside, and placed paper candle bags and fairy lights in the garden for the evening. As Grant is from Belfast we had large pink Belfast Lollies discs and Belfast Fudge as our favours, we tied Liberty fabric ribbon around each one. Not sure if anyone actually ate them but they made the tables more colourful!

 

THE STATIONERY: Luckily enough Grant is a designer so he created the design for the stationery. The Print Library in Belfast printed everything for us and we decided on a mix of different spring colours to run randomly throughout the stationery to fit with the spring/ random style of things!

 

THE CAKE: It took us ages to decide (as we both love cake) but eventually we decided upon a three tier victoria sponge. We didn’t get any on the day but from the tasting I know it was the right choice!

 

THE MUSIC: We walked out of the church to ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, which the organist very kindly learnt just for us! Again, a last min decision but we went for ‘Your Love Keeps Lifting me Higher’ by Jackie Wilson, we had the DJ line up a few so we could choose on the day. It just felt right, happy and upbeat

 

THE ENTERTAINMENT: We had a Jazz duo for the arrival drinks to set a relaxed mood then we had a full on wedding disco in the evening complete with glitter ball! The disco was great and everyone danced right till the end!

 

CARRIAGES: We couldn’t resist a gorgeous 1965 Jag from Genevieve Vintage Wedding Cars, although we didn’t let him put on any ribbons (again my mum thought we were crazy!)

 

THE HONEYMOON: We spent a few days at Babbington House immediately after the wedding, which was perfect as we both needed a rest, and also a pig out! Then we went to Seville in the summer, as we needed something to look forward to. It certainly helped with the post wedding blues!

 

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony – we laughed the whole way though it and there was a swarm of lady birds in the church that took a liking to Grant! It was very odd but strangely very funny!

 

OUR TOP TIPS: Relax! I got so stressed with planning and on the day you just don’t care, have fun and trust that it will go well! Also, any supplier that is a pain and rude, don’t use them – its not worth the hassle! I had a previous venue that fell though and although stressful at the time I think of it as a blessing now. The staff at Hotel Du Vin were amazing and I was so glad we had the reception there in the end.

 

CREDIT ROLL…

Photography: McKinley-Rodgers Photography

Venue: Hotel Du Vin Winchester

Florist: The Flower Orchard

Dress: Jenny Packham

Groom, Bridesmaids + Groomsmen: Paul Smith

Hair & Make-up: Annabel Hornsby

Stationary: Designed by The Groom

Cake: Sarahs Cakes of Romsey

Entertainment: Paul Riley Jazz Duo and Mark Parker DJ

Transport: Genevieve Vintage Wedding Cars

 

Now, I think you will agree that is one beautiful spring wedding. Those bouquets are out of this world!  A huge congratulations to the lovely Susan & Grant and thanks for sharing your special day. Mrs White x