Thursday 5 September 2013

Real Elegant Love-Filled Wedding with a Pink, Silver & Cream Colour Palette

This is one of those weddings which reminds you of the truly important things in life; your family, your friends, and the love you share for your future husband. Lucy and Matt wanted their wedding to pay tribute to Matt's mum, who died a few years ago. She loved cream roses, so that formed the base of their wedding colour palette of pink, silver and cream. They then added buckets of brilliant wedding details, including a traditional sweetie favour buffet, complete with vintage scoops, jars, and hand-stamped paper bags. I love Lucy's flattering strapless Sophia Tolli wedding gown, her simple but sweet jewellery designed and made by her grandmother, and a veil that Lucy designed herself via Wedding Veils Direct {a top tip, as wedding veils are often very overpriced}. I've got tonnes more gorgeous reception pictures to show you in the next feature, in the meantime, enjoy this shots by Kirsty at This and That Photography. P.S. Lucy submitted her wedding to Before the Big Day, why don't you?

Matthew and I got married on 18th May 2013 at Warbrook House and Grange, in Eversley, in Hampshire. We wanted a venue that was elegant and special, yet welcoming and not stuffy, and so soon as we went to visit Warbrook House, we knew it was exactly right for us. The grounds are stunning and we had complete run of the Main House, which meant it was only us and our guests around.

The thing that really sealed Warbrook for me, was the Morning Room, a beautifully light space with an adjoining conservatory, that my bridesmaids and I used on the morning of the wedding. It made the getting ready process so special, and I am so pleased that our wedding pictures captured how happy and relaxed I was on that morning {surprising for me as I do have the tendency to be a little bit of a stress head!}.

My dress was Zola by Sophia Tolli, a designer which I had always loved. When I went dress shopping initially I just couldn't seem to find exactly what I wanted. 

Then one day I was at a wedding fair with my mother and grandmother when I spotted a display from a Sophia Tolli stockist. I made an appointment the following day, and my dress was the second one I tried on in the shop. I knew as soon as I stepped in it that it was "the one".

My headpiece was a diamante and pearl headband from Bliss and my shoes were a bargain from Debenhams. I had trouble finding a veil I liked, so designed my own single tier veil with scattered pearls from Wedding Veils Direct.

My jewellery was made by my grandmother. She is very creative and often makes her own jewellery, so it was lovely to have my own personalised bridal set that was made specifically for me.

I adored my bridesmaids' dresses! They were Sorella Vita, an Australian Brand from Bride 2 Be in Reading. The sample dress the girls tried on was actually in purple, so we had to take a huge risk with the colour by picking it from a small swatch.

I was so relieved when the bridesmaid dresses arrived and were gorgeous. I really wanted my girls to feel sophisticated and comfortable and stand out from normal wedding colours.

Matt's mother, Fiona, passed away suddenly in October 2009, and having our wedding day without her meant that we really wanted to pay tribute to her memory in subtle ways. One thing we knew that she loved was cream roses, so it was a given that these had to be incorporated into the wedding in some way. We decided that Matt's buttonhole and my bouquet would both be cream roses, and from there the colour scheme developed into cream, pink and silver.

The wedding party flowers were all pink roses, the bridesmaids wore dark silver and the groomsmen wore black and grey morning suits with silver cravats. I threw one of my bridesmaid's posies, and saved mine, so that after the wedding my bouquet could be placed on Matt's mother's grave.

Matt actually went shopping for his and his ushers' suits on his own, so I had a limited idea of what they were going to be in until the big day! 

I knew their outfits had to incorporate grey or silver, and he did really well choosing exactly the right type of morning suit for him and his groomsmen, from Moss Bros in Basingstoke.

We chose Kirsty from This and That Photography to capture our big day. She's a local photographer, and our close friends had already booked her for their wedding, so she came highly recommended. Her pictures are always stunning, natural and warm with a sense of fun.

Kirsty has a real passion about each wedding she photographs, and seems to genuinely love what she does. On the day she was discrete, capturing secret shots of our guests, and she had fabulous ideas for posed photographs. She always has a smile on her face, and has a real knack at putting people at ease. We couldn't have picked a better photographer to shoot our wedding day and I would thoroughly recommend her. 

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