I think I have a bit of a girl crush. Bride April has eyes that you could drown in and brows that I’m more than a little bit envious of and I’m loving her delicate lace detailing on the back of her Augusta Jones dress too.
April married her boy Oli against the backdrop of springtime Magnolias and the classically beautiful Luton Hoo Hotel accessorised by her maids in dusky pink and some seriously sparkly shoes. And don’t even get me started on the wonder that is her wedding cake which so perfectly matches her rose bouquet.
Special mention must go to Oli for his awesome sartorial get-up including his shirt and his tie-pin. April tells me that each of the groomsmen had a different animal tie-pin to reflect their background or characteristics – how awesome is that?! It’s like a real life Patronus or dæmon; I’d love to know the stories behind each of them…
The Bride’s Fashion
April The Bride: I had always imagined the type of wedding dress I would get married in. My mam and I visited a beautiful shop in Oundle, Peterborough called Martin Charles Bridal Gallery. I tried on five dresses and then picked my favourite! The dress I chose was exactly the type of dress that I envisioned I would wear. I wanted a dress that would be respectful of the fact that I was getting married in a church and also something that would make me feel like a princess for the day, so I chose a dress that had lace sleeves and a fuller skirt designed by Augusta Jones.
I chose a fingertip length veil to accompany the dress to make it look even more traditional and suitable for a church wedding. Since my dress incorporated lots of lace in the design and I was wearing a veil I decided not to wear any jewellery at all as I wanted the focus to be on the dress. I had pieces of jewellery from my grandmothers that I wanted to wear so I had them sewn onto my garter!
The Groom’s Fashion
Oli picked a smart three piece light grey suit chosen because it was Easter time so we wanted it to be light and summery. The suit was accessorised with a pocket square to compliment the tie and a tie pin. The groomsmen also wore tie pins of different animals to reflect their background or characteristics.
We both wanted to have a traditional English wedding. St Helens Church in Wheathampstead was always where we had wanted to get married as it is where Oliver went to church when he was younger, and it is absolutely beautiful! Richard Banham who is the rector at the church was so welcoming and we knew straight away that we would feel comfortable and happy having our ceremony there.
Luton Hoo Hotel was a venue that we had visited a few times prior to be being engaged, we knew that it was somewhere that would be perfect for a wedding reception and the fact that it had luxurious accommodation for family and friends who would be travelling from across the country to join us for our wedding celebration made it even more appealing. The building is incredible; it has grand sitting rooms, a beautiful terrace and the garden was perfect for photographs. As soon as we met with Jonathan; the wedding coordinator we knew that this was our dream venue that we had to have it.
The Romanov suite at the Luton Hoo Hotel is quite a dark and rich room so we decided that our colour scheme should mainly be cream and gold with subtle pink accents which were reflected in the cake, the bridesmaid dresses, and my bouquet. The decor was traditional and simple, we kept colours pale and muted so that they would be timeless.
My bouquet was mainly cream with pink accents whereas the bridesmaids had all cream bouquets. In the church we also had cream and pink displays and decided to have pretty gypsophila on the pew ends tied with ribbon. Our reception tables were decorated with flower centrepieces in mirrored vases which reflected the candlelight very nicely and accompanied by candelabra.
Bridal Party Fashion
The bridesmaids wore dusky rose pink satin dresses which had a lovely Bardot neckline. We gave them both a necklace on the day as a thank you present which they also wore. The rest of the wedding party managed to get coordinated and most people wore shades of pink which was perfect for the family photos!
We created our own sweet buffet by purchasing jars online; I then decorated the jars with ribbons and bought sweets which were only cream, white or pink. We also had origami on the tables during the wedding breakfast to keep our guests occupied; it was funny to sit back and watch them trying to make the animals. In the evening we had a disco which was super fun and gave the DJ a playlist before hand which meant that we knew our guests would be dancing all night long.
For the wedding reception we had scallops to start, followed by beef fillet and then treacle tart for dessert, ending with coffee and petit fours. It was all very yummy and I spotted a few Instagram photos the next day of the food – always a good sign. The wedding cake had four tiers – white chocolate and raspberry sponge, lemon curd, chocolate and caramel, and finally fruit for the top tier which we decided not to cut and to save for our 1 year anniversary. The cake was beautiful; we picked something that was contemporary choosing gold edible paint, petals, and drawn on lace along with some iced flowers which were stunning and complimented my bouquet and floral centrepieces perfectly.
We actually found Francesca on Rock My Wedding; we met up with her for a coffee and knew straight away that she was ‘the one’. Francesca was so friendly and made us feel comfortable and at ease. She was super organised and we knew before the day what photos would be done at the church and where we would do our portrait shots which helped to ease the pre-wedding stress. We’re so happy with the photos that Fran took; they look modern and showed off the beautiful venues where the wedding was held. Fran was very professional and disappeared in to the background to capture lovely natural shots; we are so so happy with the finished results and fully recommend her to couples who are looking for an amazing photographer!