Showing posts with label Segerius Bruce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Segerius Bruce. Show all posts

Friday, 18 February 2011

Real Vintage Countryside Wedding: Laura & Michael - Part 2

This is the type of affair that warms a wedding blogger's heart. Stunning from start to finish, and with more wedding inspiration than you can shake a stick at. What's more, it's Part 2 of Laura and Michael's wedding - you'll want to check out Part 1 to see the pictures of Laura's gown, the wedding ceremony, and her amazing pastel-coloured bridesmaid dresses. Wedding ideas you'll be wanting to copy include the gorgeous birdcages, the butterfly motif, the favour boxes of sweeties, the lace-like cupcake wrappers, the vintage china, and the heavenly, airy, lined marquee. I'm faint with enthusiasm for it all! Fabulous pictures published with thanks to the talented team at Segerius Bruce, and don't miss Laura's answers to the Before the Big Day Bride's Questionnaire. You'll be able to snaffle all her fabulous vendors, not least her own mother, the wedding-cake baker, Debbie Brown.

The Before the Big Day Bridal Q&A - Laura was kind enough to fill in our questionnaire, aimed at helping other brides with their planning process. Feast your eyes on her answers for helpful hints and tips from someone on the other side of her big day!

When and where did you get married?
Saturday 28th August 2010 at St Andrew's Church in Wraysbury, with a reception afterwards at a friend’s house next door to the church.
What was your thinking behind choosing the venue and the decoration of the reception?
My chief bridesmaid lives within The Grange and the owner very kindly allowed us use of the grounds for our big day. I spent a long time searching for a venue however everywhere I visited seemed to disappoint. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and found all venues I visited in some way restricted your choices for your big day. The Grange was just perfect in location situated right beside a quaint little country style church. Choosing The Grange meant we could invite as many guests as we wished, choose our own caterers, and have a free bar for guests, plus complete control in the design of the wedding with the marquee as our blank canvas.

Did you have a theme, colour or motif in mind?
My theme was pastels. I love all ice cream shades of colour so this was the first thing I decided on in the planning of the wedding. I wanted to achieve the vintage chic look as I have always loved this very feminine theme. We hired vintage teacups from Idyllic Days, glassware, water jugs, and side plates to add decoration to our tables and filled them all with fresh flowers. We bought paper roses from eBay to compliment the marquee lining and dusted them pastel shades to match the theme. Individual lace tablecloths I sourced online and diamante sprinkled all over the tables finished off my vintage chic look. To keep it fun we filled glassware with pastel shaded sweets – Love Hearts being my number one favourite!

Who made your wedding outfit (dress, veil, shoes and accessories), and how did you come to that decision?
My dress was couture Emma Hunt. It was truly my dream dress, I always knew it had to be very classic, traditional but with an edge and lots of heavy vintage lace. My shoes were from Jimmy Choo – I chose sky-scrapers because I had to try and attempt to look a bit taller next to Michael who’s 6’4!

For jewellery I chose simple drop pearl and diamante earrings, a gift from my mother. My veil was Emma Hunt, customized with lace edging to finish off the dress. I also wore an Emma Hunt custom-made rose in my hair that was made from the same French lace as my dress.

What about your husband’s outfit? Where was it from?
We hired it from Moss Bros.

And what about your bridesmaids dresses? Where did they come from and how did you choose them?
We got them custom made from Ebay. I had always wanted my bridesmaids to be in different colours - as I wanted all the girls in specific shades of pastel colours this was the easiest place to get the dresses. They turned out slightly brighter than we planned for but they looked absolutely amazing and so pretty when all together.

What decorations did you choose?
The table plan was handcrafted by my mother & I. Our table centres were a mixture of bought and vintage birdcages and a variety of painted bird baths from Ebay & Confetti decorated with fresh flowers. Handwritten butterfly place cards continued the butterfly theme from my wedding cake. All table names were the name of a pastel shade of colour, sherbet pink and lemon drop being two of my favourites! The theme really grew from the bridesmaids dresses, they loved being in different shades of colour but the same dress.

What type of cake did you go for, and how did you come to that decision? Who made it?
Debbie Brown, my mother. I fell in love with the cake when she made it for her book 'Dream Wedding Cakes' a couple of years ago. It was customised with sugar roses and sparkling diamante.

Did you have any favours? What were they? Was there any particular reason why you picked them?
Our favours were handmade shortbread hearts which my mother made the weekend before the wedding. I got the idea of placing the shortbread in clear boxes tied with different pastel shades of ribbon with the words 'Here’s to a rosy future…' printed from one of the many wedding magazines I read back to back through in the planning stages.

What was your stationery like and where was it from?
Our invitations were Chartula Studio. I chose them due to the different pastel shades available and I loved how the laser cut finish looked like lace, the finish of my dress.

What florist and flowers did you choose, and how did you come to that decision?
Myself, my mother, grandmother and aunt. We are a very creative family and I wanted to choose all of my own flowers that were in season at the time of my wedding with a mixture that looked very county garden. We chose an array of pastel shaded flowers; cream, soft pink and lemon avalanche roses, stephanotis, hyacinths, lavender, eucalyptus, mint… we wanted lots of variety so the list is very vast.

Did you have any entertainment at your wedding (DJ / Band / Magician)?
We wanted lots of entertainment, and I think it really made our wedding special and the memories we have of it. We booked a silhouette artist, cartoonist and magician to entertain our guests and the day was filled with laughter. We decided to have a live band to create an amazing electric atmosphere – The Top Hat Band booked through Charm Music.

Who was your photographer and how did you choose them?
Segerius Bruce, and I was thrilled with the pictures!

Did you enjoy planning your wedding?
Yes my wedding day was exactly how I’d envisaged – the planning for two years really paid off!

What advice do you have for brides planning their big day?
If you want something done properly, do it yourself - or at least plan it yourself! Check out eBay for bargains!

Extra Vendors
Silhouette artist: Roving Artist
Cartoonist: Paul Raymonde
Magician: Kevin McMahon
Marquee: Thames Marquees

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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Real Vintage Countryside Wedding: Laura & Michael

As a wedding blogger, you see a lot of weddings, but every now and then one comes along that gets the little tears going. This is one of them. It's so beautifully photographed by Segerius Bruce, that as I scrolled through the pictures, I started to slightly damp eyes. Now you might call me soppy, but I challenge you not to look at these photos and feel the same way. Laura and Michael chose a summer wedding and it is chock-a-block of the most gorgeous wedding ideas. Laura should be awarded DIY Bride Queen after she went to Covent Garden Flower Market on the Thursday before her big day to select all her wedding flowers. All the table decorations were loving decorated by the bride and her family, which gives me huge inspiration {and reassurance} for my own wedding. Laura's theme was pastels, and all her bridesmaids wore ice-cream and sorbet shades, while the tables had names like sherbet pink and lemon drop. I've decided to split this wedding into two parts because there's just too many gorgeous pictures. Don't miss the next instalment for all the stealworthy wedding details and Laura's answers to the Before the Big Day Brides Questionnaire.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Real Vintage Wedding: Agata & Stefan

London weddings always have a special magic about them. It's the sparkle of a capital city and the feel that the celebrations could go on and on, late into the night. Agata and Stefan came from Poland and Bavaria respectively - they met and fell in love in London, so they wanted their wedding to reflect the important role the city had played in their relationship. Add in a touch of vintage, and you get an amazing aray of wedding ideas. From the 1960's Route Master bus they hired to transport the wedding guests, the Chelsea Registry Office ceremony venue, the reception on a boat on the Thames and Claridges for dinner, every element celebrated London. Agata chose a 1920's inspired wedding gown from Jenny Packham, and as a surprise to Stefan, had the flower Edelweiss flown in from Austria to be included in the buttonholes and bridal bouquet. But my favourite wedding idea has to be the wish lanterns they released from The Embankment, opposite the London Eye. What a fantastic ending to an incredibly romantic wedding day. All these gorgeous photographs are published with thanks to the team at Segerius Bruce. For a list of Agata's suppliers, please see the list below.

List of Suppliers
The couple got ready and stayed at The Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea
Wedding dress by Jenny Packham Bride
Groom's suite made by Pogson & Davis
Bridal Make up by Lauren Hersheson
1960’s Route Master Bus hired from This Bus
Evening entertainment provided by Sav The Deceptionist
Wedding Cake by Peggy Porschen

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Real Wedding - Vicky & Tom

Christmas couldn't seem further away, but summer is key planning time for winter brides, so here's a gorgeous chilly wedding for their inspiration-delectation. Winter weddings have a special feeling to them. The twinkling fairy lights, the snug atmosphere, and if you are really lucky, a light covering of snowflakes! Vicky and Tom celebrated their wedding earlier this year, on a stunning snowy but sunny day, which made for the most fabulous pictures. Vicky looks like an ice-princess in her jewel-studded gown and cosy snug, and I love how the red roses of her bouquet stands out against the white. Meanwhile, Tom's berry buttonhole looks seriously dapper, and perfectly matches the lining of his suit. The happy couple chose Windsor Guildhall for their ceremony, followed by an intimate reception in the River House Restaurant. From start to finish it looks like the most romantic of days, beautifully pictured by Segerius Bruce.

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