I don’t quite know where to start with todays wedding because it is an absolute extravaganza of unashamed pretty. It’s also the wedding of a friend of ours, Julia Ford, Photographer and Art Director at WEDDING magazine and her husband Ian who is an international celebrity photographer. Together they have the wedding photography company Modern Photographic. Pretty good basis for a visually stunning wedding eh? Well, even knowing all this already, I was still wowed by the pretty perfection Julia created at Beauberry House for their wedding day.
Pretty Pink Perfection….
Our wedding was on July 2nd 2010 at Beauberry House , organised by the lovely Oleia.
I only ever went to see Beauberry – I knew they were perfect. The venue is light and airy with a contemporary interior in a Georgian mansion.
Working at WEDDING magazine I was bombarded with choice. My initial thought was I wanted a very very simple evening dress, except after buying one as the day approached I realized it didn’t feel special. So I sold it and quickly searched for a new one, luckily I searched for sample dresses and found a stunning Pronovias dress, it was perfect and I knew instantly it was the one.
I guess its one bit of advice I always give friends, don’t settle and think about the style of dress you would pick to go out in. If you hate strapless bras/dresses don’t buy a wedding dress like that, your wedding is a reflection of you, not what you think you should look like. Having said that if you want a huge fairytale- then go for it!!
I knew I wasn’t a veil kind of girl, they look stunning on most girls but it just wasn’t me. I scoured WEDDINGs amazing fashion cupboard for accessory ideas. I loved the idea of a bow but like the veil it just wasn’t me. Then I discovered Flo and Percy, their pieces are stunning, I chose the Clarice hairpiece and a matching cuff. They are like vintage heirlooms and looked perfect. Everyone commented on how beautiful they were.
Like my photographer I phoned Kate Hughes shortly after getting engaged, I knew she was the lady for the job. She has been a beauty writer for WEDDING for quite some time but she does the makeup for celebrities and high profile weddings so having her do my day was such an honour
A Shoe Disaster!
Well apart from changing my mind on my dress I had another slight hitch before my wedding. Ian and I were in Cannes, he was shooting for the film festival. Ian had said whilst I was there I could go check out the shops and pick something special heel wise as a present from him for the big day. I had my eye on some amazing jimmy choos sandals in gold…
Then disaster happened. I feel down a flight of stairs in Cannes (in the middle of the day, in flat shoes and not under the influence of alcohol!). Instead of spending my time floating around the shops in Cannes and going to parties it was spent in a french hospital followed by a wheelchair assisted flight home (Ian had no choice but to stay behind in Cannes as he was working).
I was on crutches for the weeks leading up to my big day and one the day itself I bought some sparkly flip flops from Debenhams- but thankfully no crutches.
Honestly it didn’t spoil anything, and just goes to show that nothing can spoil marrying your best friend.
An Intimate Occasion
We didn’t have any ushers or bridesmaids, as the wedding was intimate (with just 39 guests) we decided that everyone who we invited was equally as important to us. However my gorgeous niece, Annabelle and Ians best friends little girl, Laila, were both 2 ½ and made the cutest flower girls!
They had simple next dresses and shoes and very cute pomanders.
Ians best man and brother, Steve, and our dads all wore their own grey suits all with pink ties to pull the colour theme together
Ian had a bespoke made suit, which he had made at Dress2Kill – it looked amazing and it fitted perfectly. Not easy when hes so tall (and handsome!)
Photography for a Lifetime
I am extremely fortunate to know lots of lots of very talented photographers. However unlike we advise people in the magazine I only saw one as I knew she would do an amazing job. I met Emily Quinton at the office and I had also met her at the national wedding show through work, so I knew her work well.
I also felt she was the perfect person to join our day- we were overjoyed at the photos. We were looking for stunning shots that would last a lifetime and our house is now full of them.
My close friend Lia did some informal shots of me getting ready, because she stayed with me the night before and it felt more informal.
Photographer – Emily Quinton
Venue – Beauberry House
Dress – Pronovias
Side headband and Cuff – Flo and Percy
Make-Up – Kate Hughes
Grooms Suit – Dress2Kill
So much more pretty goodness in Part 2 folks. Coming your way tomorrow.
ps, Julia is selling her gorgeous Pronovias dress
with us on Undress… Check it out!