I simply do not know where to start with all the love that I have for Winnie and Dan’s wedding. And by the time you lot are through you won’t know what to do with yourselves either. Please note, we take absolutely no responsibility for any pinterest-induced mania that may occur as a result of reading this post.
To begin Winnie and her maids are hawt. I’m talking seriously chic…all long legs, glossy hair and sassy fashion; in fact I’m prepared to say that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bride look so good in rollers. Or a chignon.
And then there’s the florals; Charlotte had to stop me from practically hyperventilating when I saw the luscious roses, the peonies, the cut glasses and the milk churns.
Yes actual milk churns folks.
And don’t get me started on the Cherry blossom. I die.
And then when I thought I couldn’t die anymore, I clapped eyes on the pageboys. Flat caps in hand I particularly loved their excited faces as they led Winnie up the aisle. Check out their miniature buttonholes – adorable.
If you’re a bride that’s looking for ideas on how to combine traditional British customs and styles with Asian influences and inspiration then this wedding is for you.
This folks is how you do it.
Everything In One Place
Winnie The Bride:We decided on some parameters as we started looking. We wanted a venue where everything was in one place. We aren’t religious at all, so a church was not required. We didn’t want the ‘cliched’ Orangery or a Marquee or to have it in a Stately Home. So we looked at around seven venues and The Tythe Barn, near Bicester in Oxfordshire was the one.
The Tythe Barn is a beautiful barn bordering the Cotswolds…almost. We fell in love with the main room and the welcome from Will and his team was second to none.
Our families are from Essex and Yorkshire respectively but we live in London. So this was quite simple for everyone to get to. And we wanted to be near enough to London to easily do all the wedding (red) tape meetings that were required.
An effortlessly chic French colleague of mine always mentioned how her Grandma used to nag that a bride wasn’t a bride unless her hair was in a chignon. I guess that this must have stuck with me which is why I opted for a side bun.
For make up I picked Samantha Sham and I liked her as she worked with a lot of Asian brides before. My perfume was Jo Malone orange blossom. I also got lots of matching scented candles to match so that I felt omnipresent on the day!
Unlike a lot of brides who traipse around store after store, I immediately found something I liked at Pronovias. I looked at a few other boutiques but similar dresses were over my budget so I settled on the one I picked originally.
The Maid of Honour’s advice was to try on loads of different styles. Even though I knew I wanted a Mermaid dress. This was good advice as you are definitely sure of the right dress for you.
Daniel got his bespoke suit from English designer Gresham Blake. They are based in Brighton but have a store in East London across the road from where we live! The cloth was named Oriental Blue which we thought was particularly apt. Paul at Gresham Blake was a great help. We went for double breasted suit but with a modern twist in that the jacket was a little shorter and more slim fitting.
Vintage Rings And Precious Veils
The veil I wanted was £250 but I scoured preloved site every other day to find the one I wanted!! And eventually found the Joyce Jackson veil I wanted for £60! My shoes were a vintage style from Rachel Simpson. It’s customary for Chinese parents to gift their daughter with jewellery and they got me a matching diamond necklace and bracelet set as well as more traditional gold wedding set.
My engagement ring was 20’s vintage from Bloomsbury Arcade, Green Park (I can’t remember the shop). The wedding bands were designed by us and Andrew English. Mine being platinum with vintage style diamonds in and Daniel’s being platinum and palladium mix.
Guys And Gals
We weren’t sure exactly what the bridesmaids would wear initially so I just went shopping with them around the high street. My maids preferred H&M and Zara rather than high-end shops which was fine by me and my purse!
The six groomsmen (including Big Stu the Best Man) were given single-breasted Gresham Blake light grey suits. They were cut off the machine but measured for the lads perfectly. Daniel got his tie from Debenhams and his grey shoes were Justin Deakin; handmade in England of course. Daniel got his ushers a slim blue tie from Debenhams so there was a mirror image feel to the suits. The Groom in blue with a grey tie and vice versa for the boys. They were told to wear black shoes.
Both being from creative industries this was all very important to us…so we decided on the (very English) William Morris mixed with the Chinese symbol for double happiness on the invite.
Clare from the wedding/party styling specialist Minnie Sprinkles made sure everything came to life beautifully on the day, creating beautiful table numbers and keeping with the Asian / English theme by hand-making seventy William Morris origami birds as part of the striking table plan! She also hung some beautiful Chinese lanterns in the garden and cowshed area.
Cherry Blossom And White Roses
From the outset, China and Yorkshire was the theme and this is something that we always wanted to carry through the whole of our wedding decor. When it came to our flowers we opted for long branches of cherry blossom and creamy white roses.
To mix things up we decided to use a mixture of different heights in our centerpieces on the tables; they were staggered so that some tables had tall arrangements whereas others had lower ones. This gave the reception room a more informal look. We also wanted a semi-wild look. Charlie at The Flower Fairies did a fantastic job.
From The Heart
We had a civil ceremony, so the legal vows were binding but the ones we created for each other felt really special.
We wrote our own vows using some inspiration from the internet, but were mostly written by Daniel. He even got a Huddersfield Town football joke in there!
We sorted some music into files on our iPod including: Welcome; Ceremony; Reception; Night do. The welcome was covers of pop/rock songs from Vitamin String Quartet. Our aisle song was a string quartet instrumental version of U2’s ‘All I want is you’ and we chose a Radio 1 Live Lounge mix for the champagne reception.
For the first dance we had lessons. The song we chose was Sexy Eyes by Dr Hook. We choregraphed the funny bits ourselves but our dance teacher made us look professional. The band we decided on was Jumpin Music who we found through the music agent on the Tythe Barn site.
They were absolutely amazing. Everyone commented on how good they were.
A Yorkshire Puddings And Oriental Canapés Mashup
Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts through The Tythe Barn. Yes, they were golden handcuffs…but nice golden handcuffs. We ate oriental canapés for the champagne reception which was basically our starter. Then we decided on Yorkshire pudding and roast beef for the main course to keep the Chinese / Yokshire theme going.
The self-carve idea was fun too. One person is nominated on each table and they have to wear a chefs outfit and carve the beef for the table.
Our stationery was very important to us. For the place names we used the William Morris print again and Minnie Sprinkles hand-wrote the names. They also created the beautiful origami table-plan.
Savour The Moment
Don’t rush down the aisle. Spend your time taking it all in as you wander towards the love of your life. (Daniel wrote this bit). You can plan and plan but try and be a little flexible on the day. And relax! (If you can!)
Finally…We Heart the Pictures. We picked the most perfect team/ ninja photographer for our most special day.
Venue – The Tythe Barn
Dress – Pronovias
Hair – Samantha Sham
Catering – Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts
Florist – The Flower Fairies
Groom – Gresham Blake
Decor – Minnie Sprinkles
Band – Jumpin Music
Photography – We Heart Pictures
So how many of you adore this wedding then? All of you? Yep thought that would probably be the case.
I can’t go without saying how much I adore Winnie and Dan’s choice of their first dance. Sexy Eyes by Dr Hook is pure genius.
Congratulations you two.
All my love Lolly xxx