I’m more than happy to admit that I have a serious case of shoe envy having seen Faye’s mustard coloured horoscope themed wedding shoes from Charlotte Olympia. Yep that’s them pride of place in the sliding images up top there. I’d even go so far to fess up that I had a peek at my own star sign but they weren’t as nice as Faye’s which is probably a good thing seeing as I’m s’posed to be curbing the spending at the mo. But we’ve gone off track haven’t we.
Faye’s shoes aren’t the only lovely thing about this big day. There’s the amazing reception venue for a start complete with gorgeous lightbulb installation and then there’s dapper Brad in his three piece suit accessorised perfectly with a Brook’s Brothers bow tie. Oh and I’m not forgetting the Best Woman either – Brad’s sister ticking all the smart sartorial boxes with her Temperley suit.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more modern then this is the wedding for you. Let’s take a look.
The Bride’s Fashion
Faye The Bride: I actually bought the wedding dress I wore on the day one week (yes, 7 days) before the wedding. I had another dress that I didn’t want to wear (long story!) and ended up rushing to The Bespoke Wardrobe in Ingatestone with my Mum and sister excitedly in tow. It was a slightly stressful situation (as you can imagine) but I do believe that things happen for a reason – the David Fielden dress I chose was made for me; it was without doubt ‘the one’ and I felt absolutely beautiful wearing it on the day.
I’d also missed out on experiencing wedding dress shopping prior to this, as my first dress was an online-buy, and it was such a special experience to share with my Mum and Sister. My advice to any bride would be that if there is anything wrong with your dress, or you just make a bad buy and don’t feel special enough in it, then get a new one! As my then-fiancé said, we can always earn more money but our wedding day is once in a lifetime, so it’s worth dipping into the savings to get the perfect dress. He was absolutely right!
For accessories, I wore Charlotte Olympia’s Sagittarius (my star sign) Cosima shoes in mustard yellow. The bouquets, hair pieces and button holes were all from the Artisan Dried Flower Company – we wanted something unusual, beautiful and that we could keep forever, and their dried flower range was perfect.
The Groom’s Fashion
Bradley wore a tailor made three-piece suit in a Donegal tweed from a tailor local to us, Aprile-Smith, with a white bow tie by Brooks Brothers. His pocket watch and Russell & Bromley brogues were older presents from me. Bradley’s outfit was really true to him and summed up his English gentleman style; we both believe that you should feel like yourself on your wedding day and wear clothes that still feel like you.
We chose Hylands House in Chelmsford for our ceremony, as the grounds and listed building were stunning. The drawing room where we got married had a wonderful grandeur to it that really felt befitting to a wedding ceremony, and the whole estate felt a bit more formal and refined for the ceremony (which we thought was appropriate). For our reception, however, we wanted somewhere more relaxed and intimate, so chose The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh. The building is absolutely beautiful – old features combine with clean, bright white brick walls and a gorgeous light bulb installation in the centre. It’s also fairly small which suited us perfectly, as we wanted the wedding to be an intimate occasion with the people closest to us there.
We didn’t choose a colour scheme, as we wanted the whole wedding to feel eclectic. The main colour feature were the flower decorations at the reception venue, supplied by a wonderful local florist Scent, and we asked for those to be bleached pastels to compliment the lightness of the building.
We made all the venue decorations ourselves, which mainly consisted of signage; this helped save money but also gave my husband and I loads of fun projects to do together in the lead up to the wedding. Our favourites were the chalkboard ‘welcome’ sign, which mirrored the venue’s light bulb installation, and the ‘wedding guest book’ sign featuring a photo we had taken of our cat, Ronnie.
Wedding Party Fashion
Bradley’s sister was his Best Man and wore a Temperley London suit with personalised ‘Best Man’ converse from Stitches and Lace, that were a thank you present from us. My sister was my only Bridesmaid and wore a beautiful Halston Heritage lilac dress. Again, we didn’t tell our sisters what to wear, they chose their outfits themselves which added to the eclectic feel and meant they were both comfortable and felt like themselves.
We said our own promises during the ceremony and we can’t recommend this enough – so many of our guests commented on how special and individual it made the ceremony.
We had an amazing pianist, David Bennett (found via Freak Music), who learnt a special song for the aisle walk – Kristofferson’s theme from one of our favourite films, Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson. We also had a fantastic swing band, The Swing Ninjas, play in the evening – they had everyone up and jiving, including our grandparents who showed everyone how it’s done!
Our wedding cake stand was an area we paid lots of creative attention to but didn’t want to spend a fortune on. We used our antique Singer sewing table for the base and featured vintage tea cups from our grandmothers; the cups leant really well to a cupcake stand so we went with a mixture of cupcakes, mini cakes and a main wedding cake, all from The Sugar & Spice Cake Company in Chelmsford. All the cakes were gluten and lactose free – the groom’s mother is a coeliac and Bradley was lactose intolerant for a long time, so we wanted delicious cakes that everyone could enjoy. Including the flowers the whole stand came to less than £250 and was still absolutely beautiful – we would definitely recommend ‘out of the box’ thinking for the cake plus using local home-based cake companies to save money without compromising on quality or design.
Photographer and videographer
Photography and videography were extremely important to us. Matt’s reportage style and unobtrusive approach was perfect as we didn’t want formal photos which we feel can sometimes be stuffy or contrived, plus we loved the way he works with light and finds such unusual angles to shoot from. For the wedding video we chose the highlights package from the very artistic Brighton-basedKitebox. They use a drone to capture amazing aerial shots, and similarly to Matt work in a really discrete way that captures the natural moments of the day perfectly.