a beautiful relaxed wedding at the Thames Rowing Club, with a hint of Spanish warmth | uk wedding blog

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Afternoon! This is just what is needed on a grey, cold January afternoon. Sarah and Miguel brought together Miguel’s Spanish heritage and Sarah’s passion for where they met, and made the most lovely relaxed and elegant wedding in Putney. With simple touches of green foliage, home made cake and beautiful mis-matched bridesmaids, they truly made the day their own.

photography | Sally Rawlins

Wedding photographer
Sally Rawlins Photography – Sally was so brilliant throughout the planning process and on the day. Offering so much advice that I never would have thought of. Plus the most important thing…. Our photos are incredible, even now I can’t go a week without looking through them. I can’t explain how important it is to have a photographer that you trust and makes your feel at ease. Also take the time to do a pre-wedding shoot if you can, it really helps if you’re not used to being in front of a camera.

Brides dress /shoes
Dress – Pronovias from Teokath, Wimbledon.

Shoes – Handmade by Franjul, Madrid – I searched high and low for the perfect shoes and in all the usual designer shops. On a trip to Madrid to see Miguel’s parents, Miguel’s Mum suggested I try a shop in the city. Franjul is a shop in the Las Letras district of Madrid, where you go in and they will hand make you on site your dream shoes in any colour and material you could think of. I have a beautiful pair of shoes that no one else has that I have already got several wears out of!

Brides hair accessories/veil

Veil – Teokath, Wimbledon

Brides hair /makeup
Hair –
Vas Mikellides at Sinead Kelly London. Makeup by the bride!

The perfume
Joy, Dior

Bridesmaids/dresses/shoes/accessories

Bridesmaid dresses all from ASOS. Shoes – Bridesmaids own

I loved the idea of my bridesmaids all having different dresses. It was also important that they all felt comfortable and beautiful on the day. So I gave them a very rough guide of what colours that I was thinking of and told them to choose their own! It worked perfectly and they looked amazing.

Grooms outfit/accessories/shoes
Suit and shirt
– Handmade by Camille de le Mans, Madrid.

Shoes – Russell & Bromley. Cufflinks – lent by bride’s brother

Tie and Socks – T.M. Lewin. Perfume – Dior Homme

Groomsmens outfits/accessories
Suit and shirt –
Camille de le Mans, Madrid.

Miguel’s suit and the groomsmen’s suits (6 more) were all hand made in Madrid in a tiny wonderful shop in the shadow of the Real Madrid Stadium. We visited the shop to choose the fabric and take Miguel’s measurements and then all of this friends visited the shop on different occasions to get measured.

Venue:
York House Registry Office, in Twickenham

and The Thames Rowing Club, in Putney

Flowers
Bloompark – Bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets, and buttonholes for the groom, groomsmen and all male family members’ buttonholes.

Favourite Moment – There were so many moments when we started talking about this. For Miguel he said coming out of the registry office after the service to all of our friends and family waiting for us with handfuls of confetti. For me it was when we arrived at Thames Rowing Club in our old London Bus and seeing how beautiful the venue looked. I really relaxed into the day at this point.

Cake – homemade by the Bride’s Brother, Mum and Sister in Law

Shona Pollock Catering – Having great food was really important to us and we were willing to spend a bit more to get what we wanted. Also important to us was making sure that there were plenty of Spanish representations weaved into the day (for Miguel) so a mix of traditional ‘English’ and ‘Spanish’ food was important. Shona lives locally to us and was recommended by the Thames Rowing Club. She and the team were fantastic from start to finish. Shona helped us shape the menu, including a wonderful tasting at her house and being able to help us with our requests for tapas instead of canapes. Then on the day the team were a dream! They made sure everything went smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble. Most importantly they made sure we both got to eat!

We didn’t have a specific theme but wanted to keep the look and feel of the day relaxed, simple, and classic so we had minimal decoration. The Thames Rowing Club venue was beautiful and overlooking the river we didn’t need to detract from this. Instead of flowers on the tables Clio at Bloompark did a fantastic job weaving foliage down the long tables. There was so much foliage left over she managed to also decorate the fireplace at the end of the room which was a beautiful touch. As we got married in March we knew it would be dark quite early so we had a canopy of fairy lights installed which worked fantastically and looked beautiful.

We also had an old London Bus to take us and our guests from the registry office to the reception venue. Supplied by Go Ahead London. This worked so well. It was about 6 miles between the venues, so to ensure all our guests arrived at the same time we thought this was a great option.

Favours – Hand made by the bride and groom! We bought vanilla scented candles from Ikea and decorated them with personalised stickers ordered from an Etsy shop called Koala Styled Stock. We also had personalised match boxes made from an Etsy shop called Perfect Occasion Store which we then tied together with brown parcel string

Table plan – by Papier

DJ/entertainment
The Tricks
– excellent band, they played an acoustic set during the drinks reception and a night performance after dinner. We also had made a spotify list created by our friends for the band breaks.

Photobooth – The Photobooth Guys!

We also had mini polaroid cameras and bought lods of film for our people to use.

Honeymoon Destination
We headed to Palma, Majorca for a short mini-moon at 7am the day after the wedding! For a relaxing break and some sunshine. We stayed in the incredible Hospes Maricel & Spa.

Think about the things that are really important to you on the day so you can prioritise. There will be compromises that you need to make so it’s important to know what you’re willing to make those compromises on. Take your time to plan your timings. Don’t pack too much into your day or you’ll be too worried about the next ‘event’. Also as cliche as it is, make sure you take time to yourselves and enjoy the day!

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