Morning all! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was slightly on the dull side due to feeling unwell on Saturday and having to miss out on a bloggers meet up and then not managing to locate any haggis on Sunday for Burns Night. I loved that Mr Selfidge was back on our screens, and with a rather gorgeous wedding.
Todays beautiful wedding was shot by James as a result of a competition to win a days photography, it always pays to make sure you keep up to date with blogs (usually via email sign up is best) because then you will never miss out on amazing money saving offers!
Our bridesmaids wore light green Jenny Packham dresses which had a pretty beaded flower embellishment below the shoulder. As a gift I had earrings made for them in America and shipped over, they were a perfect colour match and the ladies loved them!
My makeup was done by the lovely Gemma of Beautiful You based in Lordswood. My trial was exceptional and I knew from the word go I had chosen the right lady for the job. I went for a very glamorous look to match my dress.
I bought my dream dress from Jodi’s Bridal Shop in Maidstone. It was a Stella York gown and it was absolutely beautiful! My dress had a strapless bead and jewel encrusted corset top with full tulle skirt which had a layer of iridescent sequins underneath. I fell in love with it the minute I saw myself in the mirror and knew it was the one despite the price tag. Luckily Graham allowed me to blow the budget for my dream dress. I bought complimentary ivory satin shoes from Debut at Debenhams.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil – My hair was curled and half pinned up with a veil attached underneath the cluster of curls. My veil was elbow length tulle, satin edged with diamante’s scattered all over it. My Mum bought some Swarovski jewels from a jeweller friend of hers and sewed these onto the lace beading to customise my veil to look more like one I had tried on with my dress at the bridal shop.
We were very lucky to find blank stationery we liked in a high street shop, which we then printed our own wording onto. We wrote a poem to our guests which detailed the journey we had taken leading us to invite them to join us for our wedding day either from the beginning or joining us for our ‘amazeballs evening do’. Everyone said how fab the invites were and that it was really creative.
We decorated our marquee the day before with sage green and cream tissue paper pom poms, wicker wooden hearts, bunting wording for the different tables around the room, lace and ribbon tied glass jars and scattered tiny wooden hearts on the table (similar effect to table confetti). Our table plan was made by the bride out of an old vintage distressed looking ladder entwined with rose garlands. Boards were strung on twine detailing each guests name held together with tiny wooden pegs.
We handmade small square ivory boxes with printed labels detailing the wedding and our date which were filled with mint cremes and mint crisps. We also had similar round labels printed to go on top of miniature glass jars for our sweetie cart. These were all tied with a twine bow to match our theme.
Groom’s outfit/accessories/shoes – The Groom wore a peacock lined three piece grey suit by Ted Baker with a complimentary sage green cravat and handkerchief. His shoes were Ted Baker and bought especially for the wedding.
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories – My Groomsmen wore peacock lined grey suits, with an ivory waistcoat, by Ted Baker with a complimentary sage green cravat and handkerchief.
We were very fortunate to win a competition run by the highly talented James Grist of James Grist Photography
Bite Me Catering provided a two course sit down meal before our speeches. This was a carvery of turkey and gammon, served with roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, stuffing, roast parsnips, gravy and seasonal steamed vegetables. The dessert was a choice of chocolate fudge cake, bake vanilla cheesecake or apple crumble and custard. It was all divine! Our guests were all very impressed with the food. Our evening food was fish and chip cones and chicken goujons and chips which were distributed by catering staff in the marquee. It was a novelty and everyone loved it!
Our beautiful cupcake tower was designed alongside the talented Ami from Classy Crumbs based in Gillingham. A close friend of the couple who incorporated designs from the wedding stationery into edible form to wow our guests. We were told after we returned from honeymoon it was the best cupcake one of our guests had ever eaten!!
Graham booked a honeymoon from heaven … 10 nights stay on the Island of Meeru in the Maldives. He told me about it on our wedding day and I was over the moon! It really was paradise. The food was amazing and the snorkelling was such an adventure. We loved every minute of it.