One is a Manager for Warehouse, and the other a Creative Director for a cycling magazine, so you just know this wedding is going to be cool and it doesn’t disappoint.
This cute couple hired a wonderful house in the countryside, bought sandwiches and cakes from M&S, played badminton and croquet had a Garden Party with their closest friends and family. The decor, with its pops of colour, is a perfect compliment to the lush green of the countryside. Did someone say Garden Goals? We did!
Bride Laleh is wearing a Tatyana Merenyuk dress with gold shoes and jewellery kept very simple and is effortlessly stylish.
We’ve been to Northern Ireland this morning and now we’re off to Scotland. And if you fancy checking out what Cornwall has to offer then you should definitely tune into Rock My Family today too.
Katie & Sam were married on Katie’s relative’s farm in Crieff. They had a glorious outdoor humanist ceremony complete with hand fasting, followed by a vibrant marquee reception filled with balloons, colourful flowers, pom poms and all things homemade. Sam even baked that delectable naked cake, and how adorable are those sylvanian family cake toppers!
The girls all look delicious in their mis-match blush gowns and I love the pic of them all being transported to the ceremony in the tractor. But Katie’s Charlie Brear Pellerine gown… Oh my, you just have to see… STUNNING.
Mary and Eddie’s wedding is a truly handcrafted affair. The creative couple beavered away on several projects to create their charming rustic Tipi wedding.
The gold covered jam jar vases, the fortune teller wedding favours, the bunting, the cake…almost everything you see was created by Mary, Eddie, or one of their talented family members.
A loose blue and gold colour theme seemed to develop – and it works beautifully with the hessian table runners and fairy lights.
We’ve come across several Brides on RMW who have taken on the challenge of folding 1000 origami cranes before their wedding day for luck…but I think today’s wedding is the first where the Groom has taken on the challenge.
But that’s not all Eddie did lovelies. Oh no.
He also created the elegant perspex cake topper. I haven’t seen anything that beautiful and unusual on top of a cake for a long time.
Party in the city where the heat is on… All night, on the beach till the break of dawn…
You get the idea.
Today folks we are transporting you far, far away on an epic wedding journey of beaches, buff bodies and Bliss. Paula and Grants destination wedding is U.S.A Mazin.
We wanted an intimate ceremony on the beach, so we were very lucky to find such a great spot. We really like The Surf Club on Miami beach with its historical character for the Dinner & Reception. This location made for the perfect sunset wedding.
Dress To Impress
This was a black tie wedding. The Groom and Groomsmen wore black tuxedos by Calvin Klein. The bride wore a dress from Pronovias and her bridesmaids wore dresses by the Dessy group, individually picked by each bridesmaid.
One of the bridesmaids, Amy Banas is a makeup artist and was gracious enough to do all of the bride’s party makeup.
My bridal accessories were gifts from my Mother and also I wore a special bracelet that my late Grandmother left me. This was a special gift that my father gave to me right before I walked down the aisle.
A Global Affair
We had quite the international wedding party, from Colombia to Vietnam, we were very lucky to be surrounded by people who have touched and influenced our lives.
In honor of my late Grandmother we wanted to recreate a vintage theme wedding with soft touches of my Grandmother’s favorite colors; blush pinks with gold accents. We also incorporated vintage keys throughout the wedding, from the escort cards to an ice sculpture that spoke to all the “keys” to love.
We had hydrangeas, peonies, and mini roses through out the venue.
Our favorite part was the beach setting & sunset during the wedding. There was a nice breeze that really made the ceremony special.
Till The Break Of Dawn
We had a full band that played music the whole night, with a DJ that would play during any breaks for the band. There was a mix of popular dancing music & more traditional Colombia and Hispanic music.
There was even an authentic Colombian band that came for a portion of the wedding to play a few favorite songs for dancing.
Our first dance song was ‘At Last’ by Etta James. We had our first dance outside, under 2 palm trees with everyone watching holding sparklers. During the middle of the song, we had set a surprise fireworks show that was on the beach for everyone to see.
We had an amazing chef at the Surf Club who made 3 delicious options – Carne Asada, Chicken & Salmon. We had over 30 different types of desserts at our sweets table that disappeared within minutes.
Here Comes Your Bride
We had a special sign for my little brothers to carry down the aisle before I walked down that said “Grant Here Comes Your Bride”.
Your Special Day
You won’t make everyone happy – but that’s okay because this is your special day and all that matters is your own happiness, besides it’s a day you will forever remember.
If Anyone wants me to, you know – pop over to Miami or anywhere beachy and hot to take some pictures then please do drop me a line… My schedule is surprisingly adaptable for such requests! These images by Claudia Rose Carter and Marshal Gray are amazing though and I can totally understand why you’d consider carting them half way across the globe to shoot your big day when the results are this breath taking.
And to finish with just a few wise words from Mr Will Smith…
Take a walk on the beach, draw a heart in the sand… Gimmie your hand. Damn, you look sexy.
It’s always a real treat to blog a wedding by Claudia Rose Carter; she’s adept at capturing, for eternity, those sacred, intimate exchanges that could so easily be lost – a blink and you miss it kodak moment if you like. Instead she records them with such love, such care that you almost feel as if you’ve keen granted a privileged peep into someone else’s world for a short while.
One of those worlds is of Christopher and Alexandra, also affectionately known as Louie & Shep respectively and their big day and folks trust me when I say that there are plenty of kodak moments in this little beauty.
There’s the morning cup of tea with the girls – the last as a single lady, the blissful confetti moment filled to the brim with post-wedding elation, the youthful high fives with the boys and then there’s ‘the one’ where Louie sweeps Shep back into his arms.
Trust me when you see it you’ll just know; it made my heart melt.
Well what are we waiting for, let’s get going…
Shep the Bride: We chose the 18th century Northbrook Park venue because of the setting; the grade II listed estate is set in acres of green fields with beautiful walled gardens full of lavender and rosemary bushes. When we first came to view the venue it was in the Summer so all the flowers were in full bloom and it looked and smelt amazing, and they have wild peacocks!
The venue unusually had the option of two rooms for both the ceremony and reception. The Vine Room, a white, light filled marble room was a perfect setting for the formal part of the day and the Orangery with exposed brick walls with trailing ivy and white tented ceilings provided the ideal informal setting for the reception. By having the two rooms the day was a seamless transition from Vine room, to the gardens for the champagne reception, to the Orangery.
Soft And Natural
I had decided from an early stage I wanted a 1920s inspired headpiece so when the veil was off there was still something going on, I chose a Jenny Packham head piece called Acacia II but rather than buy it for £480, I rented it for a week for £60 from Elegant Wedding Creations.
It made much more sense as I would never wear it again! This was worn with a simple updo based on a style Kate Middleton had worn, it was important that it didn’t look too finished or prom-like to keep it soft. My bridesmaids all have beautiful thick hair so we went for a mixture of hair down; some curls, waves or kept natural. It was important to me they felt happy with their hair so gave them a pretty loose rein.
Make-up was initially a disaster, we had several trial sessions at Benefit makeup and all ended up looking like drag queens! I decided I would do my own as Louie was used to seeing me the way I apply it, so I wanted him to recognise his bride! I went for a natural base with heavier eyes and tried to keep it looking healthy with a glow, rather than an evening look.
The dress was Dakota by Enzoani which I bought at JS Couture off Oxford St, London. I am very picky with all things bridal and had seen more dresses I hated than I liked in the magazines. After trawling the internet I saw the Dakota dress and was the first one I loved, it was the first I tried on and knew it was the dress!
It was a classic sweetheart neckline with a tight body into a dramatic fishtail hem. The lace was inspired by early 20th century French lace so was thicker than the usual lace you see all the time. I loved the dramatic silhouette it gave me and thought it had as much impact as a ‘princess dress’ without being too Disney. Louie being in the Royal Artillery was in military dress on the day so it was important to have a timeless dress that would match the heritage of his uniform.
My shoes were a bargain from Vera Wang on a shopping trip to NYC to visit one of my bridesmaids, Courtney, who was living out there. They were charcoal satin sandals with a jewelled strap to match the design of the Jenny Packham headpiece. The veil was a cathedral length with tiny crystals for a subtle shimmer as we came down the aisle.
Guys And Gals
We had four bridesmaids, Heather – my maid of honour and my oldest friend (we met at school aged 6), Isabelle my little sister, Gaynor a very close friend, and Courtney my best friend from University. They all wore dresses from Jim Hjelm – a beautiful dove grey floor length chiffon dress which was ruched at the bust with a single strap over the shoulder.
The groomsmen were Louie’s two brothers Nick and Jamie, Ben, Will, James and Jamie (best man) were all best friends at school. To tie in with Louie’s blue uniform they all wore navy morning suits with a dove grey waistcoat and a royal blue polka dot tie.
Being a military wedding we also had a Guard of Honour of six men, traditionally there to ‘protect the wedding day’. Each of these guys wore the uniform from their regiment with a hat, white gloves and silver sword.
Silver, Grey And Cream
To keep the day classy, the colour scheme was various tones of silvers, greys and creams. I really hate the cookie cutter ‘colour theme’ approach where everything is the exact same tone of a colour and thought it much fresher to have differing tones of a neutral palette.
Flowers again were kept to volumes of the same flower to give it both impact and a contemporary twist. My bouquet was white anemones; they look a bit like white poppies with a navy/black centre. The girls had white ranunculus which looked beautiful against their dresses. All of our other floral decorations such as the table centres, the podiums along the aisle and above the fireplace were Gypsophila. The delicate size of the flowers looked great in volumes and created a cloud like puff of flowers which worked so well. We had a florist called Nursery Fresh do these for us.
The best part was the vows as we had waited over a year to say them and it really had such sentiment and meaning. The 3 readings were read by my close friend Francesca, my brother Patrick and Louie’s brother Nick. We chose a mixture of sentimental, funny and optimistic.The first one was An Indian Wedding Blessing, then I’ll be There for you by Louise Cuddon and finished with These are the Hands.
We had a band called Academy Allstars – they were great and had a male and female lead singer so could tailor any song we asked for. We had Van Morrison Crazy Love as our first dance, it is a classic song and had a slow enough beat for us to dance to!
An Edible Feast
The food was an important factor for Louie so we didn’t scrimp in this area. We had a selection of European style canapés to be served with the champagne followed by a three course meal of red onion and gorgonzola tartlet, butterflied lamb with pesto mash and spring vegetables and lemon tart with a vanilla clotted cream. This was all provided by So Tasty.
The wedding cake was a wonderful gift from my mother in law Jenny and Nick’s girlfriend Charlie who are both excellent bakers. In the past I had seen lots of cake designs all of which didn’t resemble something edible – the hard icing didn’t seem very appealing or tasty. We wanted the look of a delicious homemade cake.
We went for a simple sponge with lemon and vanilla creams running through alternate layers of the sponge. They create a four tier cake with vanilla butter icing slathered on and finished with tumbling icing Anemones to match my bouquet. It looked and tasted so beautiful we were very happy! For favours we had grey sparklers and our photographer Claudia Rose Carter got some great pictures of us with them outside.
Setting The Scene
Being a designer the initial look of the wedding invitation was quite important in telling our guests what they could expect. A pet hate of mine is heavily scripted fonts for wedding invitations so we went for an invite style which looked more like an exhibition invitation and was quite masculine. A graphic designer I work with helped me design a set of stationery, which was monochromatic, masculine and chic; it was a nice and unexpected contrast to all the very feminine elements of a wedding.
One Last Thing
Try to remember the day as it flies by.
We also booked a photobooth which was fantastic to put people at ease and also get a more ‘real’ version of the day once people have let loose!