Well well well, this is veritable feast of autumnal delights if ever I’ve seen one.
A wedding that is full to bursting with Rock My Wedding List members and sponsors was always going to be nothing short of amazing, but this really is something special.
The florals, the fashion, the attention to detail – perfection. And Carolanne’s “ultimate bouff” complete with a crown of heather? so simple, so chic, and so very covetable.
We chose Fetcham Park in Surrey for many reasons. Not only are the house and grounds breathtaking, but I’ve worked there myself as a make up artist countless times. It was the closest thing to a home-from-from we could imagine. I was also acutely aware of the planning service brides receive from the staff at Fetcham which is the most hands on, personal and supportive approach I know of. All the way through the planning, I could not believe how lucky we were to have such involved staff helping us, down to the last detail. I was subsequently, a very relaxed lass.
Mother Of Curl
My hair ‘The Ultimate Bouff’ was tousled up by the Mother of Curl Sharon Roberts. I asked for a messy alien-head bouff. She got in one go. I will never have a better do. Sharon is so great to have around, very relaxed and puts everyone at ease. Sharon also took care of my Mum and sisters who were delighted with their do’s, with no trial. She’s a legend.
Unsurprisingly I took care of my own make up! It was another very relaxed episode of the wedding morning. I sorted out the faces of my family and then took to my own with a combination of Illamasqua Skin base and MAC Long Wear foundations. One for the lovely texture, one for the durability. Oh and Illamasqua renders a face HD ready.
I used MAC Fluidline Black Track gel liner for the mega flick and some natural full lash strips. Coralista by Benefit blusher, and Bourjois 3D Effect gloss (Shade 51 – a lovely pinkish coral).
Monochrome & Romance
The frock was Jesus Peiro from Miss Bush Bridalwear. After trying on Suzanne Neville and Jenny Packham, It was the little gold waisted, full skirted, loops and layers of tulle and very romantic train that won me. The original line of the dress brought the top layer of tulle up to create almost a boat neck. I couldn’t quite warm to that feature and luckily for me, the unimaginably clever seamstresses in the Miss Bush Chapel took care of it in a matter of days and turned it into a one shouldered dream.
My experience with their staff was effortless and I felt totally taken care of. I knew that they were experts and let them guide me on alterations and what would work best for me.
Those clever seamstresses at Miss Bush also created a gob-smacking bespoke black and white striped bustle for the evening and one for my daughter too. I have perhaps never been so smug. In my hair I wore heather, individually wired pieces placed in to create to appearance of a head band. I loved it.
Emma At Miss Bush: Miss Bush & I aren’t known for big, full skirted wedding dresses other than my obsession for tulle. Carolanne’s romantic, ethereal dress is made from the softest tulle over a slim crepe skirt. Jesus Peiro are a brilliant company to work with are to adapt and change dresses. I ordered the dress so it came without the waist embellishments – it must have been a premonition! Whilst working on a Miss Bush shoot 2 weeks before her wedding, Carolanne spotted a theatrical black and white bustle & turned her big eyes pleadingly in my direction! How could I turn her down? An exclusive piece made for Brides the Show was hers for the wedding.
The dress survived the Celidh and lived to debut on our award-winning stand!
A Bit Kate Bush
We had my daughter as the only bridesmaid, who wore a simple, soft tulle skirted dress from Monsoon and some white ballet shoes from a dance wear shop. She was happy because her dress looked a liiiiittle bit like mine.
We didn’t have a colour scheme as such, we were led very much by all the intricate decor and finery of Fetcham. The house features lots of gold, antiques and and soft warm lighting. So we stuck to black, white and gold for most things. Our florist Gayle at Bloomingayles also knows the house and my only brief to her was ‘autumnal, unusual…a bit Kate Bush’. I had no idea was would greet us on the day as I trusted her implicitly to pull out her genius. I cried at least three times when I saw the flowers, snow berries, mini pumpkins, gold leaves, manzanita branches placed on every other table so as not to crowd the space. My bouquet was grand, trailing work of art. The touches of black in the flowers pleased me immensely.
Gayle At Bloomingayles: Flower wise for Carolanne I went for a romantic Scottish Highland feel. Her inspiration for me was to go a bit Kate Bush Wuthering Heights! I used Heather tones with whites and creams but adding some blush and peach to keep it warm. Her bouquet was an A- symetric hand tied with rambling foliage and include White O Hara roses, Quicksand Roses, white Anemones, ferns and heather to name but a few.
Table centres were of Mitsumatu trees with rambling floral bases incorporating fern plants and heather. Also cute distressed urns filled with flowers and crab apples, all of which were placed on my Grandmothers crocheted doilies and lit by mercury votives.
As you can expect Fetcham doesn’t need a huge amount of dressing so I kept it simple for the ceremony by having welcome urns fir the guests in the entrance hall and lining the aisle with heather and Eucalyptus pew ends. In the great fire place I created a bed of heather just for a subtle backdrop.
The Shell room had a large urn to match the entrance halls and was lit by floating candle vases filled with crab apples and water. I think the most excitable touch for Carolanne was me sneaking in the miniature white pumpkins/ gourds.
It’s All So Pretty
My favourite parts of the ceremony were brought together by the warm intimate feeling of Fetcham Park. I remember reaching the end of the aisle (while Luke’s sister sang an ancient Scottish folk song) and thinking ‘it’s all SO pretty’. Gayle had littered the space with candles and soft leafy pew ends. Luke’s Mum wrote us a poem on ‘The Improbability of Meeting’, our daughter read The Owl and The Pussycat with her best friend. When we kissed to riotous stamping and applause from our family and friends and when we walked out to Mr Blue Sky by ELO – these were magnificent moments.
Folk & Ceilidh
We had an acoustic covers band ‘Plain Jane’ play during drinks, who performed everything from a slowed down, sultry Hey Ya to a folky Florence and The Machine. Loved them.
In the evening, we had a ceilidh (my family are Scottish) and the 3 piece, box thumping, tartan trousered band were fiddle paradiddle
Luke and I are regular ceilidh-goers and this band were really good at calling the dances and were great with communication leading up to the day. We’re going back to one of their gigs this weekend!
Time For Tea
The afternoon tea china hire was provided by A Cup Of Vintage – beautiful mismatching and immaculate tea service!
The 5-tiered Naked Cake was from Cakes By Sugar. Five different flavours including chocolate and salted caramel – the largest tier obvs. Tasted even better than it looked if that’s possible.
We had a candy buffet provided in beautiful glass bell jars by Creative Candi This was a massive hit with the guests.
Take Your Seat
Our invitations were by Leah Spicer of Golden Apple designs.
I made the place cards and menus – all very low key black and white. Luke’s sister (and design geek) made our mirror table plan, over 100 laser cut named and numbered chairs with the request ‘please take your seat’. It looked good in our heads so we were delighted with the finished result.
I DIY’d my book page paper heart wreath and the gold leafed table numbers. A sculpture artist, Kate Lumsden, made us our wire owl and birdcage to hold our cards.
My Favourite Moments
I am lucky enough to have encountered and worked with many wedding suppliers. On my wedding day I was surrounded by experience, talent, skill and love. I had total faith in everyone involved, I worried about nothing. I regularly tell my clients that if you find a great supplier that you love – just book them. Don’t waste months trying to find something slightly cheaper. Some things are worth their price tag The peace of mind I had was priceless.
SO many special moments….getting ready upstairs with my family and just walking down the stairs to the ceremony, intimate and effortless. The ceilidh with an equal number of men and women all dancing and laughing together. The most comfortable shoes a person can ever wear….(ceilidh shoes!)
Our Photographer, the splendid Juliet Mckee. Relaxed, unassuming on the day, funny, enthusiastic about achieving amazing shots for you, professional and a beautiful pair of safe hands.
Brides Hair – Wonderful Wedding Hair
Cake – Cakes By Sugar
Brides Gown – Jesus Peiro at Miss Bush Bridalwear
Venue – Fetcham Park
Invitations – Golden Apple Designs
Flowers – Gayle at Bloomingayles
Ceilidh – Fiddle Paradiddle
China Hire – A Cup Of Vintage
Sweet Bar – Creative Candi
Photography – Juliet Mckee
Such a beautiful soft muted colour palette.
And did I mention Carolanne’s hair?
Big super special Love