If you haven’t pinned it yet. Why on earth not?! M&J Photography captured all the floral details of each bloom for you. Including some of my favourite flowers, Peonies, Snowflake Spray Roses, Hydrangea, Gypsophila, Avalanche Roses, all in crisp shades of white, and all looking absolutely fabulous next to Soft Eucalyptus, Seasonal English Foliage and Silver SenecioI greenery.
The reception then took place at Chiswick House and Gardens, giving a chic country edge to this elegant city wedding. With more dreamy sunset portraits to pore over and fabulous fashion to admire, you’ll be book marking this for a second, third and forth look it’s so stunning.
There is something so dreamy about a classic military wedding and Sarah and Adam’s spring celebration at Eastington Park manor house in Gloucestershire does not disappoint.
Both dressed in stunning sartorial attire including Sarah’s gorgeous Allure Bridal gown with full tulle skirt and intricate embellished bodice. She looks every bit the princess next to her dashing prince in uniform and both wearing a smile from ear to ear. Every time you look at them you can’t help but smile too.
As well as the gorgeous fashion to feast your eyes on there are the oh so pretty blooms and decor. All in delicate pastel shades all just oozing romance and all utterly fabulous. The reception in particular with cherry blossom centrepieces and ribbons on the back of the chairs is truly breathtaking…..
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride and groom who smiles as much as Nikita and Jamie did on their big day; honestly their infectious grins are enough to make even the most miserable, rainy Mondays seem like Happy Hour on the beaches of Mauritius.
I know…pretty darn awesome right?!
But that’s not all that’s delicious in this big day. We have male sartorial inspiration by the bucketload (think lots of snazzy tweed) and Nikita’s gorgeous Ronald Joyce dress to gawp over. There’s also a rather unusual purple bouquet which we think you lot will very much like too; it has orchids nestled in it – something we’ve not seen on these pages for a while.
Oh and then there’s Nikita’s hair studded with the teeniest pins which make it look as if she’s got a constellation surrounding her pretty face.
Lizzie and Paul married in July 2012. Their ceremony was held at the magnificent Medieval St Mary’s Church in Bitton and a reception at Guyers House in Corsham followed.
The title for our wedding this afternoon comes from Pauls decision to go for tails for his wedding day. As a ‘king of casual’ he decided this was his one opportunity to push the boat out and go super formal. And clearly, he rocked it.
All of the beautiful light of Lizzie and Paul’s July w-day has been captured perfectly by Brett Symes.
I Felt Like A Princess
My dress was called ‘Gracie’ by Suzanne Neville, bought from a wonderful boutique in Clifton Village called The Mews. I knew it was the one as it made me feel like a princess. I looked in the mirror and thought ‘wow’, which very rarely happens!
The staff at The Mews are absolutely fantastic and made the whole experience of choosing a dress really special.
Simple And Elegant
I wanted to keep everything pretty simple and elegant. In terms of hair accessories, I wore a couple of simple diamante clips and a long veil for the ceremony and shortly afterwards.
For jewellery, I bought some lovely diamante drop earrings by Ozzie based designer Stephanie Browne. They arrived from Oz very close to the day! My Mum also lent me her special diamond (real as opposed to the rest of my diamante pieces!) bracelet bought by my Dad for their 30th Wedding anniversary. I was terrified of losing it but loved it too much to refuse wearing it.
Red Wine And Mud
I wore Kitten heels from the Rainbow Vintage Collection. They were Ivory with a little bit of diamante detail. Simple and elegant. They were covered in red wine and mud by the end of the day!
Natural, Special And Unique
My hair was done by two lovely ladies from Bobby Mak hairdressers in Bath. I wanted my hair to look really natural but special and unique at the same time. Claire hit the nail on the head with the style that she came up with.
Jill, my Mum’s friend, owns B-Lush make up, a Bristol based company. She did my make up on the day, which I loved. I feel that she struck balance between natural and glam.
A company called Passion did our flowers. They were wonderful. Again, the theme was simple elegance. We used a variety of crystal cut glasses to display the flowers on the tables.
For button holes and corsages, we used lovely roses in soft pale colours. Paul worse a special quick sand rose so that he stood out! Pale ivories, creams and pale pinks were used for the bridesmaid bouquets and my bouquet went even paler!
Once In A Lifetime
We Hired our groomsmen outfits from a local company, called Frocks and Tails, a few minutes walk from us! I was really surprised when Paul chose tails as he is very casual in everyday life, however he said he wanted to wear tails as it was a once in a lifetime chance to do so! In terms of cravats, the guys all wore ivory to tie in with the rest of the gang.
The bridesmaids wore Belle dresses from Hobbs. They perfectly matched the pale, simple and elegant theme. I Fell in love with the dresses as soon as I saw them. I was always adamant that I didn’t want dresses that were specifically intended to be bridesmaid dresses.
Paul matched his groomsmen, except he wore a special rose. He looked great in tails and it was a nice surprise to see him dressed up so smart when he is always in casual gear!
Energy And Enthusiasm
Getting the right photographer was one of the most important choices for us. We wanted our day to be captured in a way that made us relive the memories for evermore. It was also crucial for us that we ‘clicked’ with our photographer so that we enjoyed being around them on what was to be such a special day.
It’s a cliché but when we met Brett Symes, he instantly ticked all the boxes. He has great energy, enthusiasm and warmth at the same time as taking the most incredibly, breathtaking photos. We were immediately excited when we saw his work, which was in a completely different league to everything else we had seen. One of our favorite aspects is his phenomenal use of light.
We booked Brett almost straight away and soon after went on a pre-wedding shoot. We had great fun and the photos were wonderful. We knew we had made the right choice. The photos from our wedding day surpassed our expectations, which were already very high because we had witnessed the quality of Brett’s work.
Brett makes you feel 100% at ease. He is great fun as well as being professional and super talented. It was an absolute pleasure to have Brett as our wedding photographer.
Something For Everyone
We went for a Simple M&S Romantic Pearl cake, three tiers of lemon, fruit and chocolate – something for everyone.
Passion added a pretty posy of flowers and some ribbon to the cake to make it stand out on the day. It tasted great! You can always rely on M&S!
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
We hired Live Bristol Band – ‘The Receptionists’ – they were absolutely fab. Emma, the lead vocalist, has an amazing voice and ensured everybody was busting some moves until the early hours. I enjoyed a great (drunken) rendition of ‘Lady Marmalade’ with her as a duet, clearly thinking I was a great singer when I am tone deaf!
Home made play list by Paul, which was enjoyed by all ages throughout the wedding breakfast even though it included tracks by Questlove and Fourt Tet. Paul loves his music so it was a really great touch to know that he had picked each of the wedding breakfast songs for one reason or another.
While waiting for my Dad to return from the loo for his speech, Paul got the whole crowd singing along to ‘Can’t take by eyes off of you by Andy Williams.’ That’s a good memory.
Let’s Stay Together
Our First Dance was to Let’s Stay Together by Al Green.
We found it really hard to choose a first dance song. There are a number of tracks that we both absolutely love, however none of them would have been appropriate for a first dance. They are generally either way too slow or way too fast.
There is nothing too exciting to report about our choice… it’s a song that we both really enjoy, it’s good to dance to and we really believe in the words!
Green And Blacks
From the outset, we agreed on a few things that weren’t particularly important to us. Favours were one of those things! However, we didn’t want our guests to leave completely empty handed so we made sure everybody had a different Green and Blacks chocolate. It added to the atmosphere as there was lots of discussion around ‘the best flavour’ and there was lots of swapping going on. Green and Blacks (all flavours) is my favorite chocolate.
Snappy Guest Book
We gave out Polaroid cameras so that everybody could take a pic of themselves and add it to the guest book. Paul made the table plan, which we now have hanging on our wall at home, which creates a lasting memory of the day.
We had Lots of bunting, candles outside in jam jars, fairy lights – lots of pretty things including an ornate black board to present the order of the day.
We Felt Lucky And Loved
Genuinely, it was our amazing family and friends that made our wedding so special. We obviously loved everything that surrounded everybody, however without the people involved it would have been nothing!
We felt so incredibly lucky and loved on our wedding day; it was overwhelming how kind and generous everybody was. We loved the fact that everybody seemed to have an amazing time on the day and they are still talking about the experience now.
In terms of advice, I think a lot of people say the same but it is about keeping things in perspective and remembering what is important, what the day is about. Nobody is going to notice, you included, if the details don’t go exactly according to plan.
Some classic wedding touches served up for you this afternoon with a nice elegant and modern twist. I’m currently sat here wondering about the implications of chopping the Volvo in against one of those classic Rollers…
The Rolls Royce makes for a very sensible daily run around and would look perfect sat outside RMHQ at the Custard Factory. FACT.
Ana and Jon married at St Clement Danes Church on a very sunny spring afternoon in central London.
Photography today is by Mark Alesky, Mark also made comment on the weather saying that his lasting memory of Ana and Jon’s day is of the perfect light-filled atmosphere, as well as some seriously good hair and make-up and of course Jon and his ‘crew’ decked out in their military finest.
It is a military affair today then folks, we have venues steeped in tradition, stunning architecture and a warmth from the family and friends in attendance that pours from this set of images.
Jon is a Captain in the British Army, and his paternal grandfather was in the RAF so we were very lucky to be able to get a licence to marry at St Clement Danes through his military connections. The church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and it is absolutely beautiful inside. It has an extremely wide isle and is very ornate interior so we decided not to have any flowers or other embellishments in the church – the design and architecture of the building did the work for us. The vicar delivered a really lovely service and this was by the best part of the day for both of us.
I am training to be a solicitor, so we chose a reception venue steeped in legal history and tradition. Gray’s Inn is one of the 6 Inns of Court and Elizabeth I used to be its patron!
Our choice of venues mirrored what we do, but also reflected our love of history.
A Petite Frame
I wore a Pronovias dress – from their 2012 Costura Collection called ‘Pergola”. I have quite a petite frame so I needed a dress that would make accentuate my best features without making me look silly next to Jon who is a whole foot taller than me. It was also important that I found a dress that equalled Jon’s uniform which was handmade to fit him! The Royal Wedding and Kate Middleton’s choice of dress definitely helped my cause because I wanted a dress sinched in at the waist!
Old School Vintage
As my dress was quite big so i decided not to have a veil. A big dress coupled with a petite frame would have resulted in a very swamped bride. So instead I had one comb in my hair which I bought from House of Fraser. It was quite simple and relatively inexpensive.
I was going for an old school vintage look so again I chose jewellery that complimented my dress – simple and elegant.
I wore skyscrapers because without them Jon would have towered over me! He is 6″2 and I’m 5″1! My shoes were my top bargain find! They were £20 from New Look – plain ivory satin platform heels and surprisingly comfortable. I bought a pair of stud earrings from Claire’s accessories and sewed them onto the top of the peep toe. They looked great, did the job and were comfortable enough to wear well into the evening!
Finding someone to do my hair and make up was one of the most difficult tasks! I had lots of trials which were a complete failure – one hairdresser made me look like mrs doubtfire! But thanks to my wonderful photographer I was introduced to Kaz Fernando, a specialist wedding make up artist who also won the make up artist of the year award in jan 2012. I wanted a vintage look that combined the old school glamour of the 1940s with a modern twist – a young Elizabeth Taylor meets Dita Von Teese. Kaz instantly grasped what I was after and did exactly what I wanted! Never mind the dress – on the day everyone was complimenting my hair and make up!
Daffodils And White Tulips
I wanted the flowers to replicate the season in which we were getting married so I chose daffodils and white tulips. They are very small flowers and most people thought I was a bit odd to want these flowers for my wedding but the end result was brilliant and much nicer than I had expected.
I was very lucky to come across Victor from the London flower shop inside old street tube station. He was just amazing. He listened to all my ideas and made very honest recommendations. I didn’t see my wedding bouquet until I got to the church and it was perfect. Victor did a great job and I can’t recommend him highly enough!
A Classic Look
Our groomsmen wore classic morning suits with burgundy ties to match with Jon’s maroon beret. As Jon is in the army we also had guards of honour who wore their number one dress complete with swords and gloves!
My bridesmaids were in light yellow dresses in two different styles – a strapless and a v-neck. I was very lucky to find these dresses as they were from completely different shops bought a year apart. I was dead set on yellow so I couldn’t have been happier with the end result!
Sash And A Sword
Jons outfit was probably the easiest part! He wore his number one uniform complete with a maroon sash and a sword. He was very handsome and walking down the isle to see him standing there was by far the most amazing part of my day.
The Essence Of Our Day
Jon and I wanted someone who would capture the atmosphere of our day without just taking a load of posed shots. Mark Alesky was the perfect person for the job and we both thought his online portfolio was impressive. It was an easy choice. The best bit was actually seeing all the photos (which we got only 2 weeks after the wedding) after the big day. Mark captured the essence of our day beautifully and we couldn’t have been happier with the end result.
A Hightsteet Treat
I chose a very practical solution for our cake and went with the M&S assorted 3-tier. It was delicious and did the job perfectly.
I also had cake tables (my friends and family made the cakes) on various cake stands so I wasn’t too fussed about a fancy wedding cake when there was so much other delicious cake about! Yum!
I come from Former Yugoslavia so after the cutting of the cake we had traditional folk dancers (irish river dance meets Greek dancing) who performed for the guests. They did two sets and we had a break in between where all the guests got a chance to join in the folk dancing. It was fun and something a bit different for everyone – it also meant that my family could really join in and celebrate!
We also had a live band called Los Devitos. They were absolutely brilliant and got everybody dancing – young and old!
Champagne For Everyone
We decided not to have favours as we both felt that the money would be better spent elsewhere, such as unlimited champagne for guests!
Leaf Your Mark
I had a wedding tree where all the guests left a “leaf” finger print on our wedding tree. It ended up being a lovely piece of art and a very personal momento of the day.
I also had a cake table. Many of my friends made cakes so there was a big selection to choose from. Guests could also take away a piece of cake from the selection!
The Best Party
Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have all your favourite people, family and friends in one place celebrating your happiness. That’s what’s special and unique about the day. Your wedding should be the best party you’ve been to – so make the most of it and enjoy every minute of it because it flies by in the blink of an eye!
Loving the yellow colour scheme, bringing a little bit of lemon to the bells at St.Clement’s.
Ana and Jon mixed tradition and vintage influences with subtle decor in such a way that nothing was overpowering and stole the show. The colour scheme really tied everything in together and brought the sunshine in from the strand into the prestigious venues that they had decided upon.
The dress suits Ana perfectly and Jon ands his men looked flawless in their uniforms. As Mark Alesky commented – there was probably a good few hours of spit and polish in preparation for the occasion.
Welcome back for Part 2 of this pretty pink affair in which simplicity reigns and florals are the feature… all captured beautifully by Rebecca Honeywell Photography.
English Garden Style
For flowers we were recommended a lady called Lynda Moss who has a studio based in Harrogate. She was totally brilliant and even though I booked my flowers pretty late by wedding standards – and I wasn’t very specific about what I wanted – she came up with something absolutely beautiful and within my budget. I wanted traditional ‘English Garden’ type flowers – so roses, peonies, etc – in cream and pink to match my bridesmaids. My mum also picked a load of foliage and rosemary from our garden which Lynda was able to use in the bouquets and the button holes for the boys.
Mum and I decided to do our own table centres by buying candelabras from the local garden centre and then making little posies to go in one candle holder on each table. Mum made the posies the day before and then we set them out on the morning of the wedding with little bows and luggage labels to tell people which table was which…
I found Rebecca Honeywell online. I was in London at the time and she was in Yorkshire so I chose her purely on the photos she had on her website which were quite informal and stylish – exactly what I was looking for.
It turned out Rebecca had actually done a good friend of mine’s wedding the year before….
Rebecca did a really lovely job – she was very relaxed in her approach and very unobtrusive on the day and we were so pleased with the results…
M&S all the way (staff discount again!) – I just went for a simple 3 tier cake – one layer of fruit, one layer of chocolate and one layer of vanilla.
It arrived on time, it was really fresh and tasted great – and above all it was a bargain! Mum and I stuck some flowers in it and tied a ribbon round it on the morning of the wedding and it looked great.
Our venue was quite ornate anyway with big crystal chandeliers etc so it didn’t really need any decoration. I just ordered some flowers for the mantelpiece and then put some lanterns outside on the garden table and little pink lanterns in the trees to brighten up the smoking area!
For Favours, I made some little bags of old school sweets which I tied with name tags to use as place markers – cheap and cheerful – I just ordered the sweets online and made them on our kitchen table at home.
We booked 3 different acts to provide the entertainment – for the ceremony I booked Bianca and Mark from the Acoustic Duo who were amazing! Bianca had such a lovely voice and they learnt to play some songs specifically for our ceremony so it made it feel really special. Then in the evening I booked a DJ from a company called Diskojuice. David and I met up in London to discuss my ideas and on the night he did an absolutely brilliant set – exactly what I was looking for… Both Acoustic Duo and David I found online so I think I was pretty lucky that they turned out to be so good.
We had ‘One Day like This’ by Elbow which is a song we both love – no huge significance other than that…. we don’t really have ‘our’ song … We didn’t want to do a long awkward shuffle so we also booked some breakdancers who I asked to interrupt our first dance. I didn’t tell anyone about it except the staff at the venue so it was a total surprise for everyone when they came on…..
Advice from a Bride
I suppose my advice would be not to panic and not to let people make you feel like you’re not planning ahead enough! Wedding magazines, and lots of the suppliers you speak to, will have you believe that if you haven’t got everything booked at least 6 months in advance it is a disaster! Not true. Loads of people get things organized much more last minute…. Also – if it’s all getting a bit much and you’re wondering (which I did) why you didn’t just forget the whole wedding thing and do something really low key instead, I promise it will all be totally worth it in the end!
Sound advice and a very pretty, understatedly elegant wedding. Perfect.