a maggie sottero gown at The Grasshopper Inn | uk wedding blog

facebook-profile-picture By Phoebe
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Total girl crush on Helen and her beautiful gown. She looks stunning in it doesn’t she? Her flower girls are so cute and I love the use of purple throughout. My favourite part is definitely all the family wedding photos, it is so simple but means so much to those attending, especially if it includes those who will not be in attendance. It’s something I wish I had done for my own day.

Photography by James Grist

JLG_1717 JLG_1720 JLG_1736 JLG_1756The Hair and MakeupHair – James Blaquiere and Make Up – Mel Kinsman

JLG_1762 JLG_1768 JLG_1769 DSC_1772 JLG_1792 JLG_1808 JLG_1812 JLG_1846 JLG_1851 JLG_1858The PhotographerJames Grist – We met James at a wedding fair at the Grasshopper and we were very impressed with his portfolio. We knew that he would take excellent photos whilst also making us feel at ease. He captured some fantastic moments both at our engagement shoot and on the wedding day. Since the day, so many guests have complimented us on how professional he was and the amazing quality of photos he has posted of our wedding on his website.

DSC_1780 DSC_1809 DSC_1804 JLG_1925 JLG_1933 JLG_1945 JLG_1947 JLG_1961 JLG_1960 JLG_1966The BrideMy dress was Bronwyn Marie by Maggie Sottero –from All that Glitters Bridal in Shirley, Croydon

JLG_1985 JLG_1972 JLG_2001 JLG_2008 JLG_2038The BridesmaidsDresses by Ossie Clark at Debenhams, with hand made ribbon belts

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DSC_1913 DSC_1894 DSC_1965 DSC_1928 DSC_1932 DSC_1940 DSC_1935 DSC_1943 DSC_1950 DSC_1987 DSC_1966 JLG_2207 DSC_1993 DSC_2003 DSC_2000 JLG_2238 DSC_2042 DSC_2052 JLG_2244 DSC_2068 JLG_2249 DSC_2083 DSC_2078 DSC_2093 DSC_2087 JLG_2254 DSC_2095 DSC_2117 DSC_2107 JLG_2268The VenueGrasshopper Inn, Westerham, Kent We always wanted our wedding to feel like a big party and celebration, so we didn’t want a venue that was too formal. When we visited this country pub we thought that it was really relaxed and felt more personal than many of the other venues we had visited. The wedding suite was completely separate from the rest of the pub, which made it feel as private as any other venue and it had many beautiful tudor features.

JLG_2283 JLG_2281 JLG_2284 JLG_2304 JLG_2292 JLG_2305 JLG_2307 JLG_2313 JLG_2312The FoodThe mother of the bride and the groom’s sister kindly baked a selection of cakes for our cake table, which had vinyl record cake stands to link to our music theme for the day

All provided by the venue. Guests ate salmon gravlax, followed by roast lamb and dauphinoise potatoes, with apple tart and pear ice cream for dessert.

JLG_2317 JLG_2316 JLG_2323 JLG_2319 JLG_2324 JLG_2332The EntertainmentAn acoustic duo, named Acoustic Air played while guests had canapés & champagne.

JLG_2331 JLG_2334 JLG_2333 JLG_2335The StationeryI made the place names and menus for the tables, which were all matching with the same beautiful vintage lace that I found at a market. I also made our table numbers with old vintage records and we named the tables after our favourite bands. John made the table plan, which tied in with our music theme for the day.

JLG_2348 JLG_2453 JLG_2336 JLG_2443 JLG_2436 JLG_2459The FlowersDora Kovacs – Dora was amazingly helpful and I would recommend her to any bride. She worked within quite a small budget and suggested lots of new ideas, which was really useful as I knew very little about flowers to begin with! I loved my bridal bouquet, it was exactly what I had asked for.

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JLG_2814 JLG_2788 JLG_2841 JLG_2830 JLG_2879 JLG_2855 JLG_2902 JLG_2886 JLG_2921 JLG_2914 JLG_2922 JLG_2927 JLG_2923 JLG_2980 JLG_2977 JLG_2985 JLG_2995 JLG_2991 JLG_2998 JLG_3022 JLG_3016 JLG_3031 JLG_3040The HoneymoonWe went to Australia for 3 weeks. We had an amazing honeymoon, travelling first to Sydney then a week long road trip up the East Coast, followed by a week on the Great Barrier Reef. It was bliss!

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