Helen and Dan were married at Lord’s cricket ground – I know, fancy schmancey…. And ever so pretty – Helen’s Charlotte Balbier Tabitha dress looked perfect with her choice of frilly feminine blooms.
There is also some seriously smart morning suit action going down – the perfect choice for such a grand venue.
Oh and did I mention the shoes? they are super sexy. In fact, I think Aldo might just be my favourite go-to for High Street special occasion footwear.
All of the beautiful images are courtesy of Eddie Judd.
For shoes I chose mid-height sandals from Aldo in dusky pink with flower embellishments at the front. Not at all comfortable but matched the style of the dress and the flowers perfectly. It took a long time to find them, I looked in every shop!!!
Love Me Do
I bought the dress from Love me Do brides in Kingston. It is the Tabitha dress by Charlotte Balbier, with some slight alterations. I loved the lace and the almost fishtail shape. I knew the moment I tried it on that it was the one, but I saw it in the first shop so felt I had to look a little bit longer before I took the plunge!
I had a waist length veil with lace details by Joyce Jackson. I wore white gold, pearl and diamond jewellery (a small pendant and drop earrings) by Ernest Jones. In my hair I had little pearl and diamante pins. I wanted simple and elegant accessories.
The wonderful wonderful very talented Neria from the One New Change RUSH salon did my hair. Can’t praise her enough. I do not trust anyone else to touch my hair.
I did my own make up. I bought almost everything new though, from the Laura Mercier counter at John Lewis Oxford Street. The very lovely Joey did my consultation and was very helpful.
The flowers were fantastic – my bouquet was pale pink peonies and avalanche roses and the boys had blue agapantha button holes. The Bridemaids had white roses and agapanthas. Drake Algar in St Johns Wood were the florists. The tables looked stunning with the very impressive glassware from Lords, so we felt that floral table centres were not necessary. Instead we had rose petals scattered on the tables.
Blue For The Boys
The boys all wore traditional dark grey morning suits with ecru (ie natural linen) coloured waistcoats. If they had their own they wore those, otherwise they were hired from Moss Bros. The overall colour scheme was pale pink and pale blue, so the ties were a mismatch of patterned pale pink and blue ties (each one was slightly different ie some stripe and some spotty etc).
Eddie Judd was a wonderful mix of a wedding and family photographer which was important to us because of our two sons. Having met her for the engagement shoot we knew she would do a fantastic job but we were completely blown away by the pictures – they exceed our already very high expectations!!!! She was a pleasure to have around on the day and we cannot thank her enough.
We had a cheese tower from Hamish Johnson cheesemongers in Clapham instead of a wedding cake. The cake topper was made out of lego and was built by our eldest son! It was served up with crackers and chutney later in the evening
Take That DJ
Martin from Wave Events was our DJ. He has been the warm up DJ for Take That on one of their tours which sold me!!! We had a great time dancing to all of our favourite tunes.
I Don’t Like Cricket…
10cc – I Don’t like Cricket was the song for our first dance. Obviously being a song about cricket this fit the venue, but also many years previously we had a drunken night out which ended in a reggae bar in Camden during which I was convinced that the song was by Bob Marley! So it has always made us chuckle. Only seemed right that we had it as the first dance in the circumstances.
The DJ kindly agreed to announce the first dance song as being by Bob Marley, so his credibility took a bit of a bashing!
Sweets And Silverware
We had jars of traditional sweets on each table in the Thomas Lord Suite (the room where the disco was) – also blue and pink lights supplied by Wave Events.
The Long Room was soooo beautiful that flowers were only required over the fire places. The silverware supplied by Lords for the tables was stunning so we simply scattered petals on the tables.
Our favours were a mini bottle of jagermeister and a can of red bull to get the party started properly!!! We wrapped them in pink tissue paper and then put in a brown paper bag decorated with our names and sealed with a heart. One of our favourite memories from the day is the suprise and excitement when our guests opened the favours! It certainly meant that everyone was up dancing later.
The Best Day
It was the best day ever because we were so happy to be married and have all our wonderful friends and family with us to celebrate.
My only advice to other brides is to enjoy every minute because it goes so quickly. Make sure that you choose a good photographer so that you can cherish the happy memories forever.
Brides Gown – Charlotte Balbier at Love Me Do Brides
Brides Hair – Rush
Brides Shoes – Aldo
Blooms – Drake Algar
Entertainment – Wave Events
Venue – Lord’s Cricket Ground
Photography – Eddie Judd
You’ve got to love that leg/shoe/getting out of the car anticipation image….
And how cute is Helen and Dan’s son is a morning suit?
Big Lords Love