The RMW team love a bit of outdoorsy pretty for W-day. Rustic, romantic, retro…… all of that.
What we also go ga ga over is glamour. The sparkly, fairy-light enhanced movie star type of glamour where the Big Day looks red-carpet-worthy and like it was a really really great party.
Sthar and Andar’s winter soiree was exactly that, with a show stopping Jenny Packham gown, maids in head to toe sequins, simple chic decor and some of the greatest dancing images I have ever seen ( It may be a Tuesday morning lovelies but if the opportunity arose to hit that floor I so would )
Something For Everything
My hair was styled in a 1940’s vintage updo by Jane Hodson and my make up was by Beth Parkinson with a range of Mac, Nars and Dior make up (m: 07725 325549). My earrings were my mothers (something borrowed!) and shoes (something blue!) were by Rachel Simpson.
My something old was my grandmothers ring which I wore on the other hand and my something new was the dress…… of course!
Art Deco Inspired
I wore a Jenny Packham dress which I bought from The Wedding Club in Edgbaston, I’ve always loved art deco inspired crystals and jewellery and vintage glamour.
I also wore a Matching head piece to the dress also by Jenny Packham….. from the Wedding Club.
My engagement ring was bespoke designed and made by award winning James Newman in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter , along with both our wedding rings from his collection.
The Brit Pack
Throughout the wedding we tried to keep everything British and seasonal including the outfits. I doubt that the groomsmen’s 3 pound Matalan ties were UK made but we did pretty well on everything else!
The Groomsmen wore grey suits with a blue tie to match the Andar’s suit and the Bridesmaids outfits were simple but glamorous; sequined black dresses all from House of Fraser. For flowers we went for wrist corsages so they were stuck firmly in place while the girls were partying and a rose in their hair.
Andar had a Gieves and Hawkes suit from their store in The Mailbox, Birmingham. The idea was to go for a beautifully made suit that I could keep forever. We had the trousers cut in a little in the leg and the shirt tailored to avoid that horrible end of the night baggy schoolshirt look and put a nice contemporary edge on a classic 2 button suit. His shoes were patent Paul Smiths.
Throughout the planning we loved finding great little shops and services tucked away. It gives you a nice smug feeling to know the hard work paid off and you’ve found a little gem. In Bloom in the Jewellery Quarter was one of these. Two lovely ladies who talked us through a classic, seasonal look of vendela roses (pale cream), pale coloured hellebourus, tuber rose and with brunia and small leaf eucalyptus and green cordeline foliage.
The colours were muted creams and pinks and the designs simple; we wanted everything to have an elegance to it rather than shout out loud.
We wanted a British Winter wedding rather than a Santas Grotto. Instead of table settings we made up sprigs with name tags that we tied to each chair. In Bloom provided the sprigs which included mistletoe and we used a winter themed rubber stamp design on manilla luggage tags. They came out really nicely and added some extra wintery dressing to the room.
The flowers included Eucalyptus, a nod to Andar’s Australian family.
The orginal invites were made by Dottie Creationswho tailored an existing design to suit us and included our own copy which invited guests to join us for “fine food and terrible dancing”.
We bought an eclectic set of white frames for table names, message and the table plan. Andrew stayed up all night making the table plan, cutting the mounts himself and using the frame from a cheap mirror – another Matalan bargain! We named the tables after cherished places that meant a lot to us and wrote a little piece for each that would remind our guests why they were sat on Happy Ending or Global Gathering. Much more interesting than a menu to read!
Movie Star Glamour
I must give a special mention to our photographer Steve Gerrard. All I can say is he is absolutely amazing! He shared our day from start to finish capturing all those special moments that mean so much to us.
The day just flashes by and when we went back on his photos it brought back all the memories, made us laugh and cry, taking us back as if we were experiencing it for the first time again.
I was so nervous about picking the right photographer, what if I hated the photos, I’d heard so many horror stories and genuinely it was the biggest decision for the day (not including the dress of course ;-))…but Steve really hasnt disappointed, infact he excelled!! I just LOVE the photos and really do feel when looking at them that I was a movie star for a day!
The nice thing about a cosy venue at this time of year is the room dressing is already in place and we weren’t pressued to fill the room with extra flowers so instead we choose to fill the main room with candles and we sourced lanterns and vases from local farm shops.
The place tags were the wintery sprigs, tied with rugged hemp twine to the backs of the chairs.
Our dear friend, Edwina at Vanilla Cupcake Kitchen made a wedding cake of cupcakes each sat in delicate, white, laser cut cases. Woody and Jessie from toy story were the figurines who refused to stay put on the top. The cupcakes looked great and allowed everyone to have their cake when they were ready, some taking them back to their rooms for later.
A simple sponge cake gave us something to cut, decorated with simple sugar flowers.
A Festive House Party
From the very start we knew we wanted a house-party feel. A get together for our closest friends in that space between Christmas and New Year and some real time together. We took the hotel exclusively which meant all our guests were in the holiday spirit, settled in to their rooms and spending some real time together catching up. We took the 18 rooms for 24 hours.
My family came from Barbados and Canada so it was important to us to show them how beautiful a British Christmas could be.
We found The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden 12 months previously when we looked the hotel next door. We instantly fell in love with the place. They had managed to get the old/new balance spot on with tasteful, stylish updates to a classic cosy Cotswold village hotel. Like the feel of the wedding there were nice tongue in cheek touches like the big stags head in the bar.
The main hotel sits on the high street so guests in front facing rooms had a view of a classic Cotswold village with snow still on the ground and white light in all the trees. We were so lucky with the snow. The thaw had started so the roads were clear but enough snow was left to make an incredible setting. After a stressful day before, driving into the village and seeing the scene for the first time seeing the village for the first time the night before gave us goose bumps.
Neither of us have very large families and the size of the venue (and our pockets!) meant that every single guest was special to us. The feeling was so intimate, partly due to the perfect fit of the venue for our 65 guests. No one sat in a corner, there was a genuine warmth between the guests, everyone happy to catch up after a long tough year.
My Uncle’s family and god mother came from Canada and my Aunty from Barbados. Aunty Paula and my Mom were up really early making the Bajan Rum Punch that we handed out for the first dance!
Brides Gown – Jenny Packham at The Wedding Club
Headpiece – Jenny Packham ay The Wedding Club
Grooms Suit – Gieves and Hawkes
Invitations – Dottie Creations
Cake – Vanilla Cupcake Kitchen
Wedding Rings – James Newman
Venue – The Kings Hotel
Florist – In Bloom
Photographer – Steve Gerrard
Shoes – Rachel Simpson
See what I mean about the dancing?
And I am loving the ring shot.
Let us know if it’s all-out-glamourama you guys have planned for W-day.
Big Movie Star Love