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Shanade & Matt

Major girl crush alert. How amazing does Shanade look? That relaxed updo, the stylish headpiece, a structured gown with pockets AND an Olivia Palermo-esque wrap cardigan…it’s probably one of my favourite EVER Bridal looks.

And, as you would expect, Shanade’s big day was just as stylish as the lady herself. With a subtle Winter forest theme done in whites and pinks (!) it really is all about carefully chosen items – not too much detail, just everything done to perfection.

And once you’ve feasted your eyes on the images from Marshal Gray, make sure you read the story of how Matt proposed…it’s amazingly romantic! And yes, that is London rapper and singer Maverick Sabre. Matt managed to convince him to perform on their big day!

The Story

Matthew The Groom: It was May 26th 2012, we were both deep inside a London basement bar (called Adventure) in Covent Garden. We were separately attending a mutual friends leaving party. I saw Shanade enter the room and immediately wanted to get to know her, I did however hold back the desire to throw myself at her and waited until I was sober before pursuing her with the help of Facebook! In short, I stalked her!

Shanade The Bride: A couple of months after the party Matthew made his move. We arranged to meet just-off Oxford Circus on Argyll Street. Matthew was bang on time and whisked me away to a small bar in Soho called Red. We wound away the hours drinking wine, before he popped me in a taxi and sent me home like a true gent. It wasn’t until date two at The Crazy Bear, Goodge Street that he planted a life changing kiss!

The Proposal

The proposal was truly beautiful. Matthew had a couple of days of work and said he was going to visit his mother, but secretly he had arranged a 4am trip to New Covent Garden flower market the following morning. He camped out at a friends before setting off at dawn. He proceeded to buy all the cream and pink roses in the market and quickly became known amongst the traders as “the fella buying all the vendella”. Matthew then arranged countless bouquets that filled our entire flat!

I literally had no idea what he was planning when he picked me up from work that evening. That night he wined and dinned me at the Shard (for drinks) and Skylon (my favorite restaurant on the South Bank). When we finally went home Matthews brother and sister had secretly been flat sitting and moments before we arrived home they lit countless candles and popped vintage champagne on ice. On opening the door I was blown away, especially when he presented me with the most incredible vintage diamond ring!

The Planning

We spent the first 6 months planning everything and within that time almost everything went perfectly to plan, but I guess it really took an entire year from the point of engagement. Most things finally came together in the final 3 months.

I found the venue with ease, that was probably the simplest part. I fell in love with the ICA and infact it was the first and last venue I visited. The staff were excellent and the space perfectly suited our small wedding of just 63 people. On the flip side the flowers were very tricky to organise. I found that nobody really wanted to help because I was trying to plan so far in advance. However eventually Blooming Haus a company based in Pavillion on Kensington High Street, London came to my rescue and embraced my excitement and enthusiasm for early planning.

The Ceremony

The service took place at St Marys Church on Paddington Green – we really wanted to marry in our parish. Matthew has lived in Maida Vale, West London for 10 years and having lived there myself for the past 2 years we fell in love with the idea of doing it locally. We were also in the excellent hands of Fr. Gary Bradley, a vicar like none other.

The Dress

The dress was well travelled and came down from the Midlands. I found it in a shop called Pink Confetti in my home county of Leicestershire. I made several trips back and forth throughout the year…But even with all the fittings and planning I still had to make a few final adjustments on the day itself. I picked the dress because I think it’s, simple, elegant and above all beautifully timeless, I hope I can look back at my pictures in ten years and not be horrified, plus it made me cry when I popped it on for the first time. That’s gotta be a good sign right?

The Beauty

My hair was done by a lovely girl at Beauty Collective. She gave me exactly the style I wanted, basically I wanted to look like a mini version of Charlize Theron in the Dior advert, and she nailed it. My make up was by Abbi-Rose, and my only jewelry was a gift from my mother. She gave me the most incredible diamond baguette bracelet.

The Groom

Matthews outfit was a cut above the rest. He had everything custom made by the brilliant gentlemen at Peckham Rye tailors just off Carnaby street in London. I picked charcoal grey material with a pink lining for his jacket and waistcoat, and commissioned lovely pink silk ties for him and all the boys in the groom’s party. Matthew completed the look with some delicious burgundy brogues from Grenson and an antique 1900’s solid silver Omega pocket watch and chain (which he engraved with our initials).

The Wedding Party

Matthews best man was his closest friend from London and University, Mark Parry. He did an incredible speech and actually performed a rap all about Matt.

I actually decided that I didn’t want to have any Bridesmaids. Basically I didn’t want to impose a style on my friends, instead I wanted them to look lovely and be comfortable in their own clothes. My only condition was that I asked all the women attending the wedding to wear hats! Well why not, it’s a wedding after all!

Having said that I did want to get the family involved, therefore I asked my niece and Matthew’s niece and nephew to be part of the bridal party. That meant we had two lovely flower girls and a pageboy (these three were in fact the only children at the wedding). The two little flower girls wore dusky pink dresses from Monsoon, with feather shrugs and homemade (by yours truly) gypsum head dresses. Roman our pageboy wore a little grey suit with converse trainers plus a custom made bow tie by the guys at Peckham Rye, meaning he matched the groom’s party perfectly.

The Flowers

I actually don’t know what flowers were in my bouquet. I just asked the guys at Blooming Haus in Kensington to do whatever they wanted, providing they stuck with the white and pink colour themes and that they nodded to the Winter forest feel. They incorporated thistles, pinecones and berries throughout. They also provided Christmas fur trees to line the entrance to the reception.

The Cake

My lovely Mother Sue took charge of the cake, and I’m glad to say it was a huge hit! The largest tier was a carrot cake, then the middle tier was chocolate, while the top tier was apple and cinnamon, all coated in scrummy butter icing! Best of all was at the end of the evening we had a hot chocolate station that sent people home with hot chocolate for the road and a little piece of cake all boxed up.

The Entertainment

There were so many lovely little moments at our wedding. Firstly the Chamber Choir called Corro performed acapella carols throughout the service and they were stunning. Oh and the choir even sang ‘Don’t stop me Now’ by Queen to accompany the exit of the wedding party. Another great moment was the transfer to the reception venue – it was really cool, we travelled with all our guests on an old Route Master red bus through central London, Matthew and some of our guests pulled out a mega phone to point out some of the cities landmarks. Finally I have to mention that Matthew pulled off the ultimate rock and roll twist. He arranged for Maverick Sabre to sing our first dance.

Advice & Special Moments

The big thing for me was the timings – our drinks reception was a little too long. It’s hard to predict how long you’ll be away from your guests having some photos. It turned out that we got back to the party very quickly but that meant dinner was a bit of a wait.

The church ceremony was incredible, our choir performed Christmas carols with such class that it sent shivers down the spine. However an unexpected fun moment came when we were pronounced husband and wife, we both instinctively did a massive high five at the alter. Oh and of course Matthew blew me away for our first dance having secretly arranged the artist Maverick Sabre to perform ‘I Need’ for our first dance.

I guess my only Bridezilla moment was around the flowers, I was so keen to find a florist but couldn’t find anyone until Blooming Haus saved the day. I just found everyone saying to me, “come back nearer the time!” but I didn’t want to “come back!!!” I wanted to do it early 😉

Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

16 thoughts on “Shanade & Matt

  1. I’m just blown away by everything! Gripping love story & proposal & the style and pictures are just divine. Congratulations Shanade & Matt x

  2. I mean the whole thing is just achingly gorgeous. THAT proposal?! Stunning shots and a bride that looks like a film star. Love it!

  3. WOW – this is so beautiful!!

    RMW – could you do a feature about timings for weddings? We are having an at-home wedding and to be honest I hadn’t thought much about the timings/perils of leaving guests too long before reading Shanade’s tips!! How long IS too long for a drinks reception between ceremony and food? x

    1. Hi George,

      Thanks! My cardigan was hand knitted by a friend, I found the pattern for a ballet cardigan on line and purchased the wool and ribbon from Liberty.

  4. Stunning bride! Amazing birdcage. Where is it from?
    I am trying to find something similar, but nothing nice at reasonable price.

  5. An amazing wedding. Effortlessly classy yet cool. The dress is just beautiful and I absolutely love the birdcage veil- where is it from? ?

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