What better way to enjoy a Sunday sandwiched between a Saturday and a glorious Bank Holiday Monday than with a super stylish inspiration shoot? Miss Gen is a talent who we’re thrilled to say is based in London, but often heads back home to Australia and when she’s there, she likes to put together fabulous shoots alongside some of the best in the Australian Wedding Industry.
I’ve always loved the shoots she’s involved in, we’ve featured lots which you can see in the Wedding Ideas category above if you fancy losing yourself in gorgeous wedding inspiration this morning. They are always a little bit eccentric, full of seriously swoon worthy flowers and the prettiest, dreamiest dresses, like something conjured up by your seven year old self, with a dash of grown up glamour thrown in for good measure.
Honestly, this is exactly the kind of wedding inspiration we think you’ll love…
At the moment we’re crushing on two equally stunning but completely different styles for weddings, “Bohemian Botanical” and “Runaway Romance”, both work beautifully incorporated into your wedding breakfast table decor. We’ve teamed up with Live. Love. Toast., a gorgeous new lifestyle site from Waterford crystal, to show you how to create these two stunning wedding decor styles.
We’re going straight from a tulle dream of a gown collection yesterday, back to this tulle sensation of a wedding. Many of you agreed yesterday that this was pretty princess perfection and I for one think Victoria and Russels day was beyond sensational whilst channeling classic elegance. Part Two sees a lot of their personalities come through and you can really see the hard work they put into making such a perfectly poised, yet personal day.
The minute we saw their book, we knew they were the photographers for us.
Their portfolio just stood out against the sea of other photographer’s predictable wedding photography.
We loved Chanelle & Craig’s use of light and creative direction. Their eye for detail was exception and their pictures were just breath taking. Perfect for our special day.
Making it Personal
There wasn’t just one theme to our day, it all related to Russell and I. There was the Peachy/Blush theme, Roses, Art, but what I wanted to achieve more than anything was a relaxed timeless elegance. Russell designed both the table plan the table names, I bought the frame for the table plan from the internet. We chose our favourite Artists for the table names because we met and fell in love at Art School
He also designed the place settings which I tied to the sparkling pink wine favours.
We had hanging decorations in the walled gardens, myself and Russells mum spent months finding these buying them gradually, all in the theme of love. They all came from different places, garden centers and crafty shops
I loved the overall look of our Wedding; the Church was filled to the brim with gorgeous pure white & ivory flowers and Braxted Park looked gorgeous at night when all the lights in the grounds were on, reflecting in the lake and the water fountain.
We had mini bottles of Pink sparkling wine, the peachy hue really complimented the colour scheme.
For the non drinkers- Tiptree (A local Essex Company) Jam in Victoria Plum flavour, we loved this idea as it was my name and again worked with our colour scheme.
Other little touches included Flip Flops and Pashminas for our guests to help themselves to in the evening, for tired feet after dancing and just encase the night got a little chilly, a wooden planter box with our names and the Wedding date etched on and The Sweety Bar! My mum and I spent months buying lots of different sweets – all Russell and I’s favourites from our childhood. We thought this would add a bit of fun and nostalgia to the evening party!
We used Le Talbooth Caterers and ate Prawn Cocktail, thick cut Sirloin of Beef with Bordelaise sauce, potato rosti and water cress salad then meringue with fruits and cream.
A family friend made our wedding cake – a mix of Chocolate and fruit wrapped in lace. We kept it all ivory too.
Our inspiration came from lots of different places, but mostly from everything that Russell and love.
Dancing the Night Away
We had a band- The Van Goghs. They were fantastic, they had just about everyone up on their feet, shaking their thing. They created such an upbeat celebration atmosphere. The day was quite intimate and then lots more guests came in the evening and we all partied the night away until 12.30am
Our first dance was to Stand By Me – Ben E King, Russell and I love the music from this soulful era and the lyrics to Stand By Me are so romantic, it always makes me feel emotional when I hear it. When Russell and I were doing our first dance, I was so into the song and Russell, I felt like I was floating on a cloud.
Top Tips from an Organised Bride
Get organized! Keep a diary with dates set for getting different tasks completed and a big check list of things to do, when you see it all getting ticked off you will feel really great! Make sure you shop around to get the best prices.
Do it yourself too –
Try and use family and friends talents and skills where ever possible.
*My Mum is great with flowers so she helped out there and made our cupcakes which went down a storm, they can cost £5 each from some suppliers!
*Our friend works at a printing company so we were lucky enough to have all our stationery printed by them as a present.
*Russell has fantastic design skills so he designed all our stationary.
*We bought the favours when the wine was on offer and then decorated them ourselves.
Classic, elegant and timeless. Nothing more, nothing less.
Russell and Victoria were married on the 10th of September at All Saints Church, Great Braxted, Essex with a reception at Braxted Park, also in Essex.
For shoes I chose the most gorgeous vintage style Jimmy Choo’s EVER!!!!! Ivory satin peep-toe sling backs with a crystal rhinestone brooch at the front! They were the last pair in my size in the UK – meant to be!
My necklace was a present from Russell, he had it delivered to me on the morning of the Wedding at Braxted Park, where I was getting ready. My Earrings and both bracelets were from Mikey
I also wore a ring that was my great grandmothers, a diamond vintage flower.
I chose a two tiered long veil from Bellissima and a crystal rhinestone feather side profile headband also from Bellissima.
I love the feline look of Angelina Jolie’s make up, with the focus being on the eyes and keeping everything else soft and quite natural, but with the outer edge of the eyes being darker and more dramatic and I love Kim Kardashian I think she is one of the most beautiful women out there at the moment!
I knew I wanted most of my hair down (I wear my hair down more than I do up, and I wanted to feel relaxed and myself on the day) so I went for soft curls, quite a relaxed but pretty look. My close friend Katy helped me with my hair on the day. I didn’t want the traditional tiara either, but loved the idea of side profile hair band with sparkle, I would have LOVED one of the Jenny Packham ones, but the budget didn’t allow unfortunately, but I was over the moon when I found the perfect piece in the same shop that I found my wedding dress in!
The owner and the whole team were absolutely lovely and made me feel so special, I would HIGHLY recommend them.
It was made of ivory lace and tulle with a grosgrain belt and side flower corsage detail…
I had the dress customized so that it had a sweet heart neckline.
Blushing Carrie Bradshaw
I knew the colour I wanted and the style, 1950’s prom dress styling with a Carrie Bradshaw twist. It was in my head, but I just couldn’t find anything like it anywhere, so I decided to have them made.
I contacted an old Uni friend, Claudette Joseph. We discussed my ideas and I gave her a couple of rough sketches along with some magazine tears and with this Claudette created the most perfect dresses in the exact blush/peachy colour I wanted.
A Grey Groom
Russell wore a bespoke charcoal grey 3 piece suit from Susannah Hall Tailors, a white Hugo Boss Selection shirt and a ivory flower embroidered tie from Paul Smith, with Paul Smith socks and shoes.
For the bouquets and button holes we used Gillian at Jennifleur, Colchester, Essex.
Roses and Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers and I chose Stephanotis as I love the scent, I wanted a scented bouquet.
Just Delicious right?
Second part coming right up tomorrow but for this afternoon we have another dose of serious Fairytale wedding dress style…