Susan and Grant certainly did, they brought a whole bunch of sunshine, love, colour and laughter to the Hotel Du Vin in Winchester with their informal but super pretty W-day.
Photographer Pen at Mckinley-Rodgers said it was one of the loveliest affairs she had ever attended and my can’t you tell – every single image is filled with an abundance of pure unadulterated joy.
As well as the nude chiffon maids dresses, strawberry-filled cake and Susan’s Stella McCartney heels (all of which are amazing) the florals really are something else – an assortment of seasonal spring blooms in every shade of the rainbow and then some.
And there is some seriously beautiful kissing-in-a-car action going on. Those moments should be blown up HUGE and go on the wall…in every single room of Susan and Grant’s home.
I loved my shoes! Far more than the dress in fact! they were a present from Grant (although he didn’t actually see them till the day!) Stella McCartney mid heals with mock croc ankle strap and neon/gold soles.
The Perfect Mix
I got my dress in the Jenny Packham sample sale, its a design that didn’t make it into production but is a mix of 2 that are in this seasons range. Strangely I didn’t love dress shopping so was very relieved to have found one so fast in a sample sale, and although it was a quick decision I was very happy in the end!
Less IS More
I did buy a Jenny Packham head piece but decided on the day that it was too much for our informal day so just used some extra flowers our brilliant florist had thought to bring on the day!
My something borrowed was a beautiful crystal necklace from my bridesmaid Ruth and my something old was from my god mother, which was her grandmothers embroidered hanky (which she has used on her wedding day) and I was terrified of losing it!
More Luck Than Judgement
The suits and the bridesmaids dresses were all from Paul Smith, as I work for the company it couldn’t have been anything else really! There was no official colour scheme Grant picked the blue suits and the bridesmaids selected the nude pink dresses, it all worked perfectly together though, but more luck than judgement!
Annabel Hornsby and her assistant Bernie did hair and make up for my mum, bridesmaids and myself. They were great and very patient with all of us and about 7 children in the room to!
Grant looked great, his entire outfit (even the underpants!) were from Paul Smith, a Londonline Suit, Mainline Shirt, British Collection tie and traditional tan brogues. He’s never looked better! But actually he did wear Tom Ford aftershave! just to break it up a bit!
A friend of mine recommended Pen and Cam to us and we are so glad she did. Not only are they fantastic photographers they are the most lovely people. it was a pleasure to have them at our big day! in fact I think my Granny would have happily ran off with Cam!
It was great to see some images a day or two after the wedding while we were still on honeymoon! The best bit thought is that they have been able to captured the feel and the atmosphere of the day, I can’t look at the photos without grinning!
The Flower Genius
Charlotte at the Flower Orchard did the flowers and was absolutely brilliant, she knew exactly what I wanted from a few cuttings from magazines I gave her and i basically left her to it. The theme was rustic/ spring/ colourful and she did the rest!
I think all I did was collect some jam jars (which was easy as Grant LOVES jam) and gave her some vintage ribbon and lace to tie them with. She is a true genius!
Al That Glitters
We had a Jazz duo (Paul Riley) for the arrival drinks to set a relaxed mood then we had a full on wedding disco in the evening complete with glitter ball! The disco was great and everyone danced right till the end!
Pom Poms and Pinwheels
Hotel Du Vin very kindly put up wire from us to hand paper pom poms up which I made and my friends helped hang. We mixed the pom poms with pin wheels and lanterns. And also had lanterns in the trees outside and fairy lights in the garden. Later in the evening we had candle bags around the garden too.
Bring Me Sunshine
We found it hard to select a song and left it to the very last minute, moments before the dance, but in the end felt an up beat number matched the feel of the day – Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher by Jackie Wilson.
We also walked out of the church to Bring Me Sunshine, which the organist very kindly learnt just for us!
The cake was created by Sarah from Romsey not far from Winchester. Grant and I love cake, especially sponge cake and we really liked the messy/not perfect look!
As Grant is from Belfast we had Belfast Lollies and Belfast Fudge from Auntie Sandra’s (its an institution in Belfast apparently!) the lollies were very large pink discs with Belfast written on and we tied Liberty fabric ribbon around each one.
My advice would be just enjoy it! Grant and I really let our hair down and had fun, we have some awful pictures of us on the dance floor (neither of us can dance) and we probably drank too much but we had a great time and I think everyone else did to!
I’m really glad we had ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ for our recessional as it really set the tone for the day, it was very relaxed and a lot of fun. If i did it all again I honestly wouldn’t change a thing!
Brides Gown – Jenny Packham
Brides Shoes – Stella McCartney
Grooms Outfit – Paul Smith
Maids Dresses – Paul Smith
Venue – Hotel Du Vin Winchester
Cake – Sarah at Romsey
Blooms – Charlotte at the Flower Orchard
Jazz Duo – Paul Riley
So then lovelies, can you feel the sunshine yet?
And does anyone else now fancy a great big huge victoria sponge with jam even more than a pair of Stella McCartney shoes? no? just me then….
Big Bringing You Sunshine Every Single Day Love