Good Morning! And what makes this day even better is that it is my birthday!! I am sure you will have seen a few instagram snaps and tweets by now as I am milking it for all it’s worth this year.
Today’s wedding is just so so pretty, aside from the obvious; gorgeous bride, pretty flowers, handsome groom, happy day…let’s just take a moment to admire how beautiful Hattie’s parents garden is!! And, some mother-of-the-bride dress appreciation is needed too. I hope you enjoy, I am off to eat cake and be merry.
Photography by Alexander Leaman
By the calming and very talented Antonia Krieger of Elle Au Naturel (http://www.elleaunaturel.com)
Perfume – Lily of the valley by Penhaligons (http://www.penhaligons.com/lily-of-the-valley-eau-de-toilette/)
Dress made by Jane Bourvis, London (http://www.janebourvis.co.uk) – We stumbled across this shop….it is the most magical place and Jane is the most amazing lady. She sources vintage lace and then creates the most amazing dresses out of them, which are often worn over gorgeous silk slips. She is incredibly talented at what she does and she offers such a personal service – a truly lovely lady and beautiful dress!!
Veil – antique (sourced by Jane Bourvis, London – http://www.janebourvis.co.uk) along with vintage dresses and clothing, Jane has a number of antique pieces including stunning veils.
Hair piece – handmade by Jane Bourvis, London. This was made to match my dress as there was a belt around the centre. Jane masterfully created the same beading on a piece of lace which I could wear in my hair.
Earrings – Something Borrowed, Windsor Bishop, Norwich (http://www.winsorbishop.co.uk) this is a free service for those who have purchased their rings from this shop. It was an amazing treat to borrow such a stunning piece of jewellery.
Shoes – Ginger, by Rachel Simpson (http://www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk) although these weren’t cheap they were incredibly comfortable and I’m still wearing them. I couldn’t bear the thought of buying a pair of shoes that I would wear for one day but these beautiful things live on.
Garter – A personalised garter (incorporating my something blue) and lucky sixpence for my shoe from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe (http://silversixpenceinhershoe.co.uk) This was a gift from my hubby on the morning of our wedding, along with my wedding perfume and lots of other treats. They were all in an old suitcase which he had embossed with ‘Wedding Day’ and the date.
Dress – ‘Project/ D London’ from Ginger, Norwich (http://www.gingerfashion.co.uk)
Shoes – Rachel Simpson (http://www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk)
Hair piece – Jane Bourvis, London (http://www.janebourvis.co.uk)
Shawl – Fur and No Knickers, London (http://www.furcoatnoknickers.co.uk)
Fantastic arrangements, poises and button holes created by Carrie Macey and her team at the Topiary Tree (http://www.topiary-tree.co.uk)
Morning Suit – Suits Supply, London (http://eu.suitsupply.com/en_GB/home)
Tie – pink silk from Neal & Palmer, London (http://www.nealandpalmer.com)
Personalised Tie pin from engravers world, Norwich (http://www.engraversworld.com)
Shoes – black leather and suede brogues from Dune (http://www.dunelondon.com)
BESTMAN & USHERS
Morning Suits – Suits Supply, London (http://eu.suitsupply.com/en_GB/home)
Ties – pink silk from Neal & Palmer, London (http://www.nealandpalmer.com)
Tie pins – these were gifts for all the ushers, personalised with their initials from engravers world, Norwich (http://www.engraversworld.com)
FOOD – A yummy afternoon tea and tasty hot pots served up by Carole and her team at Tandem Catering (http://www.tandemcatering.co.uk) then a sweetie bar with personalised sweetie bags (from Ebay) for that little sugar hit to keep the dancing going.
DRINK – Endless Champagne during the day served in vintage champagne coupes. Then a selection of wines, Peroni Beer and Adnams Bitter for the evening.
The fun, fab and creative genius that is Jason (Otherwise known as Alexander) Leaman who captured all our the magical moments and those around us. We knew he was going to be the right fit from the moment we met and then we became even more excited after he came to Norwich and we had our pre-wedding Together shoot. We had crucial meetings right up until the day before, and by the time our wedding day came around we just saw everything work so smoothly. His presence felt light and easy going yet the impact of getting our fab pictures back was just breathtaking. So many things happened on our day and Jason captured everything down to the finest detail. Very happy! (http://www.alexanderleaman.com)
Videographer – Created by the super duo Steve Knight and Rob Pudney, the video captured the magical atmosphere of the day and all those moments we didn’t see of our guests and each other. It’s something we would recommend to anyone getting married.
THE BAND – The absolutely fabulous Totally Vintage Swing Band (http://www.likeitlivemusic.com/acts/totally-vintage-swing-band/)
We didn’t have a theme as such, but just a mix of a vintage English country garden party, with some personal touches…..we used lots of pastel colours, based around soft greens, purples and pinks. This was picked up in the table decor, glasses, napkins, bunting, sweets, flowers etc. We also sourced crochet and lace doilies and created bunting from this. We had the often now compulsory basket of flip flops by the dance floor (having tasked Tim’s mum with buying 50 pairs of white flip flops from dollar tree in America and bringing them back in her suitcase). We were also inspired by Kirsty Allsop to make mirrors out of vintage tennis rackets (as Hattie has played tennis since the age of 3) and used these for the table plan – writing names on the mirrors and displaying them by the entrance.
TABLEWARE/CROCKERY – including amazing colourful glasses and mother of pearl cutlery from Isabelle and Stewart at Covert bespoke event hire (http://www.couvert.co.uk)
MARQUEE AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS, INCLUDING POSH PORTER LOOS were supplied by inside outside based in Surrey (http://www.inside-outside.co.uk)
Bringing a little bit of Norwich to Surrey and in keeping with our afternoon tea wedding breakfast…..Loose tea in small packages and tied up in string…..from our local tea merchant in Norwich – Wilkinsons. (http://www.wilkinsonsofnorwich.com). Each table was named after a tea and the favours for the guests matched their table tea name
Homemade with love by Tim’s Nanny June
Bride:there we soooo many magical moments but one I remember and Jason captured so well were the few moments we had alone outside the marquee holding each other and smiling inside and out, before being welcomed into the wedding breakfast and seeing all the people we love around us.
Groom: there were a few…but the confetti being thrown as we walked hand in hand up the drive towards the house, surrounded by friends and family toasting us with champagne and warmed by the sunshine.
A week of pure relaxation at the Peninsula Gardens Hotel in Kas, Turkey (http://peninsulagardenshotel.com). A luxury boutique hotel with amazing massages, yoga, a plunge pool in our courtyard, a private cabana for a day overlooking the peninsula and molton brown smellies refreshed everyday. It’s also located on the edge of the beautiful town of Kas where we had the most amazing seafood – we recommend Ikbal!
Tim was fantastic at doing so much, including picking the flowers and tasting the food. I know it’s not all the boys cup of tea but they have it in them and it was lovely to truly share the journey together.
Find a good professional photographer who can get to know you enough to be able to capture your individuality, and someone you find easy to get along with! And also someone to film the day if you can (whether friend or professional) so you have wonderful memories of the day captured – as it flies by!