Sarah is fit. Fact.
This whole wedding is fit. It encapsulates modern elegance with perfection but also has a hint of vintage charm. Yes I know I’ve just totally contradicted myself with the whole modern vintage line but that’s what it is and it’s a wedding so it can contradict itself as much as it wants.
Prepare to swoon over Sarah’s hair. Simple but so so so gorgeous with curls that stayed in right until the very end of the night.
And by the way, the Jimmy Choos are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Prepare to die.
Sarah The Bride: We tried to make our wedding as relaxed as possible so it was important to have a venue that reflected this. We absolutely fell in love with Nonsuch Mansion because it’s such a striking venue and the team there are so relaxed and accommodating. We were given so much flexibility to have the day that we wanted and we knew from the moment that we met Lucy, our fabulous Wedding Coordinator at Nonsuch that we couldn’t have been in better hands! Having heard horror stories from friends and family about rigid and inflexible rules in their wedding venues, we will be forever grateful to Nonsuch for being the polar opposite.
A Dress With Pockets
My dress was the Sweetpea dress from Ivy & Aster which I bought from the very lovely Helena and Nicole at Frou Frou Bridal in Tumbridge Wells. They were completely fantastic and I can’t even begin to recommend them or their beautiful shop highly enough. They really know how to make the whole experience feel so unique and important and I loved trying on all of their beautiful gowns. I was also so excited that they had such an amazing range of smaller US based dress designers.
I absolutely fell in love with my dress the moment that I tried it on, I loved the swiss dot fabric, the fact that it was so comfortable to wear and also the pockets – I adored the pockets! I had them filled with different lip glosses on the day as well as my something borrowed which was a pendant from my Mum’s favourite necklace. I also had two belts for the dress, a day belt which was a very sheer ribbon and also an evening belt which was covered in tiny crystals and gave the dress some extra sparkle for the dance floor.
A Special Feather
I’m not a good jewellery person in that I love looking at jewellery and buying it but I’m terrible at actually wearing it. The only jewellery that I’ve ever stuck with wearing day in day out is a small gold feather Alex Monroe necklace that Sean bought me years ago as a valentine’s gift and it’s so precious to me. For the wedding I really wanted to keep to something that I was comfortable with and so bought the bigger version of the necklace along with the matching earrings. I was initially going to buy them in silver just because I thought it might look more bridal but in the end decided that I wanted the gold whether it was bridal or not!
I have a total obsessive shoe crush on Jimmy Choos. They were at the absolute top of my wedding wish list and my first very exciting wedding related purchase. I love a good peep toe and a sky high heel, although I did end up having to do a quick switch in the evening when I lost all feeling in my feet. I’m all for beautiful shoes but I wasn’t quite ready to sacrifice my toes.
Award Winning Make-Up
Out of sheer luck, I had booked my hair and makeup artist, Kaz Fernando, just before she won the National Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist of the Year award and her bookings went through the roof! She was just fantastic from start to finish and made the whole experience really easy for me as I knew that and if you can book her then you really should!!
Pippa Craigen at The Claygate Flower House looked after all of our flower displays and did such an amazing job for us even though I know I was a total nightmare client because I couldn’t make up my mind on anything! The brilliant Amelia from Vintage Floral Teas then provided all of the tea cups and roses for the tables and we tied our guests’ place cards to these with vintage luggage tags to bring everything together.
The bridesmaids dresses came from Two Birds and were such a great find as my sister was six months pregnant and so needed something that she would be comfortable in but that would also look beautiful on my other gorgeous (but not pregnant!) bridesmaid. Both of the girls were really happy in the dresses and being able to change the straps around meant that they could choose the way in which they wanted to wear it. I gave both girls a four leaf clover necklace from Alex Monroe as a thank you gift and was so excited to see them both wearing these weeks later!
The boys looked brilliant in their hired navy suits with ties that loosely matched the girls’ dresses. They were also wearing their thank you gifts which were Paul Smith socks and cufflinks. Sean wore a navy Paul Smith suit and looked incredibly handsome and relaxed even though I was running much later than I should have been – it’s a bride’s prerogative and he’s already used to me being late for everything! I was so nervous walking down the aisle and was just focussed on getting to Sean because I knew that the minute I saw him all my nerves would completely melt away and I wasn’t wrong.
We found Emma Coleman of Blink Photography through a blog site of one of her previous clients and thought that her photographs were just stunningly beautiful. To be honest, we didn’t even look at any other photographers and booked her straight away as we loved her relaxed style of photography that was full of natural light. She was utterly fabulous on the day and just brilliant with all of our guests. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Our cake was made by Kate Poulter at Patacake Patacake and was inspired by a cake I’d seen in America which was just really fresh, pretty and simple. We had three layers of sponge inside – vanilla sponge and buttercream with morello cherry jam, chocolate sponge with ganache and lemon sponge with lemon curd filling. After the wedding we were incredibly disappointed as we realised that neither of us had actually eaten any of the cake, but our venue swooped in and saved the day by keeping some aside for us. We ended up eating some huge slices of cake a few days afterwards and whilst it certainly wasn’t glamorous, it was delicious!
I’m a bit of a sucker for a cute wedding favour and luckily for me my sister is ridiculously good at baking and she had a plan together from day dot, but we also wanted something for the boys and the less sweet toothed amongst our guests. In the end, we decided to have a choice of either handmade biscuits or bottles of beer from a local brewery and hung thank you luggage tags around each of them with the date of our wedding printed on the reverse.
Life And Soul
In the evening we had a live band, the incredible Life & Soul and also the most fantastic photo booth run by The Mighty Booth. It was really important to us that the evening was really relaxed and fun and that everybody was dancing away and our venue really helped us with this by arranging mini fish and chips and bacon rolls to be served to guests as they moved around rather than having the traditional static evening buffet. We also had a choice of cocktails ready which definitely helped to get the evening party started!
Our fist dance was to Charlene Soraia’s gorgeous version of Wherever You Will Go by The Calling. Sean bought me the original version of this song when we were both 17 and so it meant so much to have it played on our wedding day.
The Happiest Day Of My Life
It was important for us to include a real personal touch with our décor and to help achieve this we had Adam at RSVP Candy create a poster that detailed our lives together so far. This poster was placed in the entrance hall to allow our guests to read our story before the wedding and we were so pleased with everybody’s reactions that we had Adam create our thank you cards too! We handmade all of our wedding day stationery (printed in typewriter font on recycled paper) and we included a very light-hearted quiz on the back of our menu cards which not only gave everyone something to do, but also helped to embarrass us horribly during Sean’s speech as he read out the answers which ranged from toilet museums to the teenage mutant ninja turtles.
Our wedding was special because we had so many friends and family go above and beyond in order to share our day with us. I think it served as a huge reminder that whilst sometimes wedding planning can feel a little pressured and you worry about keeping everybody happy, ultimately everybody is there because they love you and want you to have the most fantastic day which is exactly what we did!
My advice would be not to panic if you’re not super organised or uber creative. I know there suddenly seems a lot of pressure to be both of the above things but let me assure you that Sean and I are definitely neither and we still managed to do a lot on our own and have a wedding day that was everything we imagined. Yes, I forgot my dressing gown on the day and no, we didn’t take on any small building projects, but it was without doubt the happiest day of my life.
Venue: Nonsuch Mansion
Boutique: Frou Frou Bridal
Flowers: Claygate Flowers
Hair and Make-Up: Kaz Fernando
Groom: Paul Smith
Maids: Two Birds
Photographer: Blink Photography
Cake: Patacake Patacake
Band: Life and Soul
Photo Booth: The Mighty Booth
Swiss dot fabric?! A dress that looks like its covered in the softest flakes of snow?! Get me some of that fabric right now.
I have spent the entire morning of putting this wedding together confessing my undying adoration for all of the beautiful elements of this day (I think Adam and Charlotte think I have a slight problem). I’m somewhat obsessed with it.
From said amazing dress – which by the way has pockets. I am a massive advocate of dresses with pockets. I will go out of my way to find this dress in a store even if the pocketless dress fits better. I just love a pocket.
The necklace. The story behind the necklace. The fact that Sarah now owns two versions of it. It sets of the dress perfectly. It needs nothing more. My obsession with this wedding has lead to me purchasing my very own version of it! (oops).
I’m also a big fan of the no fuss table decor. Sometimes less is more. The simple table number, the single focal point of one main centerpiece and the pretty cups. I fear sometimes people want to throw a million things at their tables to make them interesting but a beautifully arranged floral piece is sometimes all you need.
I’m off to see if posty has delivered my new necklace yet.