Morning! A beautiful wedding on the blog today from SYGM favourite Jonathan Ellis. I love that Hannah and Peter used their love of music to really evolve their day in to something that really encompassed who they are as individuals and as a couple. So many good things come out of Surrey, thats for sure. Maybe I should relocate SYGM there?
photography by Jonathan Ellis
Navy Moss Bros birds-eye suit with grey Kenneth Cole waistcoat. Dark brown John White brogues. Cufflinks and socks courtesy of ebay. No expense spared…!
Groomsmen’s outfits/accessories: We bought the same navy birds-eye suits in a Moss Bros Outlet Store and got them tailored on Bond Street – which worked out cheaper than hiring them all, and the groomsmen walked away with a fully fitted three piece suit!
Dress: San Patrick, beaded sweetheart neckline with A-line shape and long train. Shoes: Sourced on ebay, bought from a boutique seller who customises wedding shoes with intricate and unique beaded details.
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Veil was my something borrowed from a dear friend who got married 5 years ago. Hair accessories were hair grips with a pearl detail sourced by my mum.
Navy blue maxi dresses from Coast: chiffon skirts with lace detailed tops. Shoes: Hot pink court shoes from M&S. Accessories: See flowers above, and as their gift I bought them pearl bracelets with their initials on to wear on the day.
Makeup provided by Karen Fundell, classic vintage style. She also did all of the bridesmaids and mother of the bride!
Hair: Sharon at Touche Hairdressers, Purley, Surrey.
Church: Large colourful displays of roses, sweetpeas, gypsophilia in hot pinks, whites and purples. Venue centrepieces: Hand decorated milk jars with blush pink roses and sweetpeas. Bride: A hand-tied bouquet of blush pink roses. Bridesmaids: Hand-tied bouquet of hot pink roses and gerberas. Groom/groomsmen: Hot pink gerberas.
Bride: Walking in to the Church and seeing everyone from all of our friendship groups from all walks of life being there in one place to celebrate us…favourite moment but also slightly overwhelming! Groom: Turning around in Church to watch (through tears) the most beautiful woman I have ever seen walking towards me.
Invitations were set out in a gig ticket format, complete with a tear-off RSVP slip, made by Daniel Watson Design. He also designed our order-of-service in a similar vintage festival style. Table names were designed by Gillian Hibbs Illustration and were made up of our favourite album titles.
Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey
As music lovers we wanted an all-inclusive music festival theme, from a musical theatre flash-mob during the Church service, to the venue being decorated with records spanning our eclectic tastes, and with live music being played throughout the drinks reception and well in to the night. To fit in with our theme lots of our guests decided to, as part of their gifts to us, compile a mixtape of some of their own favourite tunes – something we thought was a great (and cheap!) gift!
Hannah’s sister made a beautiful VW Campervan cake, to match our wedding car, which we used in the cutting-the-cake photos, however our main wedding cake was made up of loads of our friends baking their speciality cupcakes, which were presented on cake towers made out of 33, 45 and 78 records.
Payback Function Band: A 10-piece, totally awesome funk/soul/disco band. We provided a box full of flip flops so that women in heels could join in the fun, and not a single person was sat down by the end of the night! Hannah also sings in a function band so sang a number with the band in their set.
1) Make sure that you prioritise planning your marriage over planning your wedding and don’t let wedding planning take over your relationship! On the day nothing else should matter other than you are married. Don’t let part of the day become more important or worth more of your care than the person you’re giving a ring to. 2) Both individuals should both write down 5 things that they really want included in the wedding – put both lists together, see where you have similarities and then try to achieve these. Anything not on these lists is not a priority, and not so worth spending time or money on. 3) No idea is too silly – it’s important for you and your guests to have fun!