Monday 10 March 2014

An Elegant London Wedding with Sparkly Vintage Details

I've long been a massive fan of winter weddings. They're a brilliant first step to making your wedding stand out from the crowd - after all most couples chose to celebrate their big day in the summer. With a winter wedding, you're more likely to get your guests to accept {no summer holidays}, and you can have so much fun with cosy wedding details - I'm thinking spiced cider and hot chocolate for your drinks reception, gloves and blankets for wedding favours, and a roaring fire in the middle of your reception venue. Lennie and Geraint chose Fireworks Night for their wedding day, and Pembroke Lodge as an inspired wedding venue. The Lodge looks over the the Thames Valley, so they had an amazing view of all the local firework displays - for free! Lennie and Geraint chose a London and Paris theme for their big day, to reflect the cities where they met, and romanced. They added jewel colours for their palette, including bright purple and teal blue - perfect shades to pop on a dull November day. I love Lennie's dramatic United Nude shoe-boots, her berry-filled bouquet, and snug fur coat - the whole wedding party look so glamorous! More gorgeous wedding details to come in the reception photographs - huge thanks to Gem and Phil from Cotton Candy Wedding Photography for these lovely shots!

We got married on the 2nd November 2013 in our little church, St Mary Magdalen's in Mortlake, followed by our reception in the wonderful Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, London.

After trying on a lot of dresses in a lot of styles the Marylise Sofia dress felt right. It was understated, and made me feel elegant and beautiful, without any lace or sparkles - which is what I thought I would end up with! It also made a bridesmaid cry and my mum speechless which meant it was the one!

My veil was my 'Something Borrowed' from one of my wonderful bridesmaids. My shoes were from United Nude - this was my bit of colour and soo comfortable which meant I could dance the night away!

My jewellery was a present from my now husband {still feels weird saying that!}. It was from the same antique jewellery shop in The Lanes in Brighton where we bought my engagement ring. My headband and vintage fur coat were from Etsy.

My bridesmaids outfits were handmade from a 1950's dress pattern I found on eBay. They were sewn by a very talented friend's mum in teal and purple silk dupion.

Our wedding florist was the lovely Heather at Evelyn Cole Flowers, who made me feel so at ease. She also helped me pick the perfect flowers for winter - at time you don't normally associated with beautiful blooms!

The biggest featuring flower was gypsophilia - we wanted high impact but simple flowers and these seemed the perfect choice. My bouquet featured blue and cream anemones and viburnum berries.

By way of decoration we wanted our wedding to be colourful and elegant {with some sparkle}. Our theme lightly touched on London - where we met, and Paris - where we have spent a lot of time as a couple. 

Our wedding stationery was all designed by another of my wonderful bridesmaids, Sally Richards {they are a talented bunch!}. Sally created everything from the Save the Date, to the Order of Service, {which included poems and sayings that meant a lot to us}, to the menus, table names and place cards.

The stationery design included a skyline of Paris and London in the same teal blue. Sally even designed each table name individually - they were all named after somewhere important to us as a couple - so a huge task! Having such personal wedding stationery made our day that little bit more special.

St Mary Magdalen's was a no-brainer it is a beautiful church in our parish. Also we live locally to Richmond Park, and spend a lot of time either wandering through on a wintery Sunday afternoon, or picnicking in the summer, so Pembroke Lodge was ideal.

We both love Firework Night and Pembroke Lodge overlooks the Thames Valley, so on the night of our wedding, we had a great view of all the local firework displays that were taking place that weekend.

We had a traditional organist at the church, and I walked down the aisle to the Minuet from the Royal Fireworks, and we both left as husband and wife to the Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music.

Geraint's suit was from TM Lewin, with a bespoke waistcoat organised by TM Lewin using another pair of trousers from the same suit! His tie was Duchamp, and fitted perfectly with the colour scheme. His cufflinks were from Etsy, and featured the London and Paris skyline in keeping with our theme.

Our wedding photographers were the amazing Gem and Phil from Cotton Candy Wedding Photography, whose enthusiasm was contagious when we met them and made the decision easy! 

Not only are Gem and Phil fab people, they caught the best day of our lives just as we will always remember it - with a lot of smiles, laughter and dancing. They even made myself and Geraint look good in front of a camera which as any of our friends and family will tell you is a rarity!

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