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Layers Of Lace.

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Emily and Adé put some serious effort into organising their wedding.

They travelled to France to collect the bubbly, they flew to Vietnam to have outfits custom made for the wedding party, they both changed into traditional Nigerian dress during the reception. Adé even wrote a poem for their ceremony.

They pulled off an absolutely gorgeous wedding and clearly had loads of fun along the planning journey. And their efforts were sooo worth it, as their guests had loads of fun at the wedding too!

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Enough Rooms For The Wedding Party

Emily The Bride: We chose the local church in the village Emily grew up for the ceremony. The reception was held at Rectory Farm as it was absolutely stunning and had a relaxed feel. We loved that they gave us the freedom to add our own touches and decorate the venue before the wedding. We also loved that the venue had enough bedrooms to accommodate our wedding party who were coming from London.

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Surreal Skies

I used an Estee Lauder palette called Surreal Skies to create the natural, shimmery look I wanted. We used our usual scents; mine “Coco Mademoiselle” and Adé “Allure Sport” both by Chanel.

I had natural pink Shellac nails that lasted all through the honeymoon too! We used a local freelance hairdresser who created a look that was natural and not too neat. My bridesmaids chose their own hairstyles that suited them best.

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Layers Of Lace

I found my dress in a bridal boutique called Fleur de Lys, in a small town close to Cambridge. My dress was by Benjamin Roberts. I utterly loved the classic style of the dress and thought the different layered lace was so beautiful. I purchased a really pretty embellished belt that I had sewn on so it looked part of the dress.

For the evening we changed into traditional Nigerian clothes. I chose the fabric with Adé’s mum and sister, and then we commissioned a local seamstress to make it in the style I had chosen.

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Something Borrowed

I wore my sister’s absolutely amazing veil. It was full length, with a thick lace edge. My earrings were from Whistles.

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Truly Bespoke Wedding Party

Adé and I went to Vietnam in October, and spent 3 days in a small seamstress town called Hoi An. We had 3 piece suits, and shirts made for the best men and ushers and made the bridesmaid dresses in the style of a Tibi dress that I already owned. We had everyone’s name and the wedding date sewn into the clothes. We spent around 5 hours choosing fabrics and bartering on price!

The ties and handkerchiefs were made in a similar colour to the bridesmaid dresses. I collected vintage beaded clutch bags as gifts for my bridesmaids. Each design represented their style perfectly and I loved that none of them were exactly the same. Adé and I both picked out some quite quirky multi-coloured socks for the groomsmen and it was a lot of fun deciding who was going to wear which style.

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Shades Of The Prettiest Pink

I’ve always loved peonies so this was the basis of our colour theme. I had seen lots of pictures of peonies in blue Mason jars and wanted to incorporate this somewhere. I ended up painting my own jam jars with blue glass paint and Adé’s aunties and uncles followed the blue colour for their outfits and head ties. Blush pinks were used for the flowers with flashes of raspberry colours. We looked for the palest pink lanterns we could find and teamed these with various white sized lanterns for the marquee.

My bridesmaids helped to put up of the lanterns and we found these great interlocking fairly lights that we attached the lanterns to. My mum made lace bunting for the long walkway leading up to the marque, which really lent itself to the romantic vibe. One of my bridesmaids did an incredible job of making all of the hessian table runners, which worked brilliantly with the flowers.

Lots of friends and family collected jam jars and I found some vintage pharmacy bottles, which were wrapped in lace and used for tea-lights and flowers. We used an old whiskey box that we owned as our card box, and I spray-painted the wooden letters in front of box in gold paint.

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Peony Perfection

I found lots of my inspiration for flowers from Pinterest. Elizabeth from Mulberry Flowers completely understood what I wanted and created beautiful floral displays. Peonies were the basis of the flowers. My bouquet was a slight cascade of peonies, hydrangas, delphinium pips and raspberry lisianthus.

The bridesmaids had a gathered bouquet of blush pink peonies in different shades. For the table decorations I hired mercury glass vases from RVH prop hire. We used a collection of vases in different heights. They were filled with peonies, bells of Ireland, roses, delphinium pips and lisianthus with each one looking slightly different.

Mulberry Flowers also supplied us with gypsophilia which Emily’s mum and some friends tied with lace onto the pew ends. She also created two large floral displays in the church, using green foliage from a friend’s garden, pink peonies and ivory lily’s.

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Music And Poetry Filled Ceremony

A retired priest and a family friend married us, which was really lovely. We walked down the aisle to Amy Winehouse, To Know Him Is To Love Him. The lyrics and tone of the song were very overwhelming for both of us! We had three worship songs in the church, How Great Thou Art by Carl G. Boberg and R.J. Hughes, One Thing (Love Never Fails) by Brian Johnson and Everything by Tim Hughes that Emily’s brother-in-law led acoustically. We had two readings, the bible passage Ephesians 5:25-31 read by Adé’s brother and a poem that Adé had written called Together read by one of Adé’s ushers.

We could see flashes of their socks as they walked up to the pulpit! When we were signing the register Emily’s brother-in –law Steve sang a version of Elvis Presley, Love Me Tender and Emeli Sande, Next To Me. Steve sounded absolutely incredible in the church and really made it feel like a celebration! We danced out of the church to My Baby Just Cares For Me by Nina Simone. After some mingling and photos we drove off in a 1968 Porsche Speedser 356, which is one of Adés favourite ever cars.

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Intimate And Fun

During the drinks reception we hired Juma Steel Band They really helped in setting the fun, relaxed feel of the day and fitted in perfectly with the glorious sunshine we had! Our first dance was You and Me by Penny & The Quarters. We love the lyrics and soul tone of this song.

Adé took the lead for our first dance; it was intimate and fun, and felt like no one else was in the room! Our friend Cooks DJ’ed in the evening and played some great classics; he literally had everyone dancing all night.

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Du Vin

Adé and I went to France to pick up the champagne, prosecco and wine we used for the wedding. The Cambridge Dining Company provided the delicious food on the day. Our canapés were duck parcels, cucumber cups and mozzarella roulades which were accompanied with fresh lemonade and free flow prosecco and raspberries.

The Cambridge Dining Company supplied us with a gorgeous BBQ that included a selection of meats and fresh salads. We had champagne for the toasts and we chose someone from each table to serve it. Just before the speeches Adé asked everyone to look under their chair for an apron and then put it on. They then followed him to the bar to collect the champagne and posed for a few photos. It was so amazing to see our friends and family enjoying themselves so much and really getting into the spirit of the day!

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Chin Chin

We had a sweet table that included some Nigerian biscuits, Chin Chin which we both absolutely love! We used vintage whiskey decanters on the sweet table that were filled with flowers. Our favours were painted chopsticks that we had bought from Vietnam. When tied with Kraft tags they also acted as place names, which Emily had stamped with ‘To have and to hold’.

We also supplied flip-flops as ‘A treat for your dancing feet!’ and provided the ladies with a collection of cosmetics in the bathroom. We had different coloured sunglasses that were used ‘To protect everyone from our love!’ which were great on such a sunny day.

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Classic And Elegant

We had commissioned a family member of a friend in Singapore to design the wedding stationery. She completely understood the look we wanted and created something really classic and elegant. Emily collected vintage glass candlesticks that we used to hold up the table numbers with a cork and a paperclip. We used a wooden clotheshorse for our table chart, with the names written on different kraft tags. The kraft tags and bakers twine was bought from Etsy. We used blackboard paint and chalkboard pens to write messages on old frames.

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Incredible Light

Helen and Camilla were unbelievable on the day and during the build-up. They were wonderful at making everyone feel at ease and it really came through in the photographs, as they are just so natural. They were really unobtrusive but still captured all the intimate moments.

The light in the photographs is really incredible. We honestly don’t think the photographs could better capture the day, when we first viewed them we felt like we had lived it all over again.

Enjoy every second of the day, have fun and relax! Take your time walking down the aisle so you can take in that incredible moment!

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Bride’s Gown – Benjamin Roberts at Fleur de Lys
Earrings – Whistles
Bridesmaid’s Gowns – Made in Vietnam based on a design by Tibi
Florist – Elizabeth at Mulberry Flowers
Vases – RVH Prop Hire
Caterers – The Cambridge Dining Company
Band – Juma Steel Band
Venue – Rectory Farm House
Photography – Millie & Belle

See – how happy does everyone look??

The table plan is v original too – and easy to recreate for not too many pennies.

You know how much we all love a swing at a wedding too!

Lots of love,
Fern x

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Love Is Brewing.

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Today’s wedding is basically the realisation of Emma’s childhood wedding dreams. Pink dresses, check. Gorgeous pink peonies, check. Church bells chiming, check. Being showered in confetti, check. And most importantly, her very own Prince Charming, check…

It is a very pretty wedding indeed and as you’ll see from Emma’s write up – the day and the whole wedding managed to out-do all of those childhood dreams, even when things didn’t go as planned, like her epic dress hunt for example.

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Love At First Word

Emma The Bride: It was a crisp winters evening in 2010 when Ben and I first exchanged words in the centre of the aisle of a church we attended. It was love at first word! Understandably when Ben proposed (on a sand dune, with the sun setting and his guitar in hand) the first and only thing we knew was: We are going to get married at the church where we met. Walking towards Ben, down the same aisle we met would have been the dream…

However tight finances meant a weekday wedding was the ideal and the dream church was ruled out.

Instead, a beautiful rural village church on the River Cam was decided upon and the rather tantalizing Anstey Hall was booked for 30th May 2013. A beautiful family home, exclusively ours for the day and with a marquee I could get my creative hands on.

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Mum To The Rescue

I have never been a ‘hair up’ girl and wanted to look as much like ‘me’ as possible on my Wedding Day…however I knew I wanted to feel special and so I was after something a little different to my usual ‘long and straight’ style. After a bewildering hunt through every hairstyle image I could find my mum came to the rescue.

My mum was a complete superstar throughout the wedding planning. I would mention an idea and before I knew it she would have sourced how to make it at the cheapest cost, contacted the relevant the businesses/suppliers and it would be on our kitchen table the next day – no exaggeration!

Therefore in the blink of an eye (maybe not literally!) a number of hair tongs arrived through the post and early morning hair style trials became our weekly girl time together. We quickly settled on American hair crimpers (they are amaaaazing!) and Mum became my Wedding Hair Dresser just like that. It was a Taylor Swift-esque look (Ben’s second choice of wife :P) and I finished the look off with my dream gypsophila flower crown.

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Fake It Until You Make It

I have always feared ‘fake tan’ but after seeing a photo of myself a month before the wedding looking like a ghost, I decided it was time to face the fear! I did lots of research and discovered a tanning brand called Sienna X which apparently did not streak and looked natural, not orange and without the digestive biscuit smell (not ideal for your wedding perfume!) It really is an amazing tan. After trialing it for my Hen Do, I was hooked!

I also decided to get fake lashes…I knew I would worry about mascara running if I shed a tear (or three!) Mink Lashes are a girls dream – they look and feel very real (and coming from a girl who usually wears very little make up, I think I might be addicted!). Magui is the best make up artist a Bride could wish for. Fact!

I wore the same nail polish as Catherine Middleton did on her wedding day – Allure by Essie. I decided that it would be nice to have a ‘bridal party scent’ so my mum, bridesmaids and I all spritzed ourselves with Christian Dior’s – Miss Dior. Delicious!

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A Long Search For ‘The One’

I remember reading in a wedding magazine that the average bride shall go into 4 wedding dress shops and try on a total of 20 dresses before finding ‘the one’…I feel rather ashamed to say that it took a total of 13 dress shops (and I couldn’t tell you how many dresses!) to find ‘MY one’. BUT golly gosh was it worth it!

I discovered pretty early on that different fabrics looked better on some people than others. Satin for example drowns me. Heavy lace drowns me. ‘Light’ lace, tulle and chiffon became my hunting ground. Quite quickly I decided I wanted a high waisted, strapless dress with a heart shaped neckline (not specific or anything!)

I found my ‘dream dress’ in Cambridge, however it had straps. Mum did her predictable, yet amazing internet hunt and found the same designer did the exact same dress, minus straps…however said dress was only available in one shop a couple of hours away.

We drove to Chobham Bride in Surrey to try said dress and the first dress I saw as I walked into the shop (different to said one) was THE ONE!! I fell in love. It is called Toscana by White One.

I have decided to have an annual ‘wedding dress tea party’ with my girlfriends just so it can be worn again and again and again!!

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Sheer With A Touch Of Sparkle

Richard Designs veil are stunning. He uses the finest of lace so that it is completely sheer and with a touch of sparkle it was perfect! I didn’t realize until the wedding day itself how much I loved wearing a veil and so I kept it on for as long as was realistically possible (barn dancing in a long veil may have been a bit too much?)

My favourite two accessories were my Gypsophila Crown (made by mum) and my great great grandmother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring. It had been passed down the family over the years and was lent to me for the day: my something blue, borrowed and old – all in one!!

I have difficult feet, and although I love shoes, comfort was my key for the day. Amazon, I am surprised to say, was amazing for buying and returning shoes without any extra cost (free delivery and returns are ace!) 40+ shoe trials later I found Van Dal Origa… little heel, slightly wider, pretty and squishy = happy toes!

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Pink Is For Girls

I am a pink girl at heart and I think everyone knew I would go for ‘pink’ dresses…but sage green was on the agenda for a good while, I’ll have you know! The Bridesmaid dresses were from Girls of Elegance and the suits were from Moss Bros.

Bringing The Outdoors In

We didn’t want our wedding to be ‘matchy matchy’ in regard to colour. Although I love the colour pink, the idea of having pink favours, pink chair cover bows, pink pew ends etc etc made me feel a little sick.

Instead the natural look was decided upon. I would often say I wanted to ‘bring the outdoors in’. I liked the idea of ivy, gypsophilla, hessian, wood and lace featuring heavily and that is what we did.

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Pretty Pink Peonies

My bouquet blew me away. It was the bouquet of my dreams – my mum’s best friend created it for me after I showed her a photo online. I explained to her that I would like it to look ‘picked from a field’ rather than ‘set and bridal’ and told her my favourite flowers were gypsophila, lavender and pink peonies.

She did an incredible job, not just on my bouquet but the entire venue. She and my mum did all the flowers themselves: from the church pedestals (that looked like a soft cloud of gypsophila, the gypsophila pew ends tied with raffia and lace, the ivy and hearts hung around the marquee, to the hessian and lace jars filled with more gypsophila and lavender for the tables. I think they should team up and create a wedding florist business!

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Full Of Love, Joy And Praise

For us this was the most important part of the day. Vowing to love Ben with every ounce of my body in front of God and all our family and friends… just wow!

I’ll always remember locking eyes with Ben as I headed down the aisle… I’ll also unfortunately remember getting the giggles with my Dad as I stopped to pick my dress up from under my feet – remember to practice walking in your dresses girls!!

Our service was full of love, joy, praise and emotion and was made extra special as my Grandfather married us! We wanted to have as many friends involved in the service as possible; one of my bridesmaids husband is the worship leader at our church, so he was Mister Amazing at converting the village church with traditional organ into a place where our worship band could rock the rather special building! Drums, bass and all!

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Our Groomsman’s wife sang Beyonce’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Dave Barnes ‘God Gave me You’ whilst we signed the register, a friend of the family gave our talk and my Godfather played us out of the church on the organ whilst the church bells rang triumphantly!

Doesn’t every girl dream of that day confetti is thrown over her and the love of her life?? It certainly was a perfect moment as we walked through a scented rainstorm of petals to the cheers and applause of all our family and friends. We bought our confetti from Shropshire Petals – they smelt so good!

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A Barnstorming Barn dance

We had a homemade photobooth, paper aeroplane competition and lawn games throughout the day.

As a 5 year old bridesmaid I attended my Aunt and Uncle’s wedding reception; a barn dance in my Grandparents garden. I decided at that moment that when I got married I would do the same! It may not have been in my Grandparent’s garden, or outside… but boy did we have a barn dance!! Mindset Ceiligh Band and their Caller were amazing and we could not recommend them enough!

Our first dance was performed by my bridesmaid (Emily) and her husband (Ed) on acoustic guitar. We asked them to sing ‘Everything has Changed’ by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, a song that resignated a lot with how we thought we would feel on our wedding day. I was a ball of nerves, however, as soon as I heard Emily’s voice and stepped into Ben’s arms, it felt like a moment in a Disney movie where everything else melted away and just Ben and I were left. A moment I’ll remember forever.

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Fresh Homemade Scones

I love tea and I love scones! “Who needs Champagne and canapés when you can have tea and scones?” I would say… and that is what we did! A family friend made 100s of fresh scones for us that morning and a few weeks before the wedding I decided to make personalised tea bag labels… probably not the most useful way to spend my days in the run up to the wedding, but so worth it on the day!

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We hired a Hog Roast from Charlie at This Little Piggy Hog Roast – she was AMAZING. The quality of the food was immense and even on our nervous stomachs we managed to go for seconds! Even better, Ben had mentioned to her his love for Rice Pudding, and despite this not being our wedding desert (which was a choice of apple and blackberry crumble or Summer Fruit Pavlova) she had remembered and on the day produced a personal portion for Ben and his dad – a highlight of their day I am sure! I cannot recommend her more highly as a caterer.

In the evening we had prepared a luxury buffet full of cheeses, grapes, crackers, fresh bread and my uncle’s home made pate!
We also had a sweetie booth – I always like to celebrate by eating pick’n’mix, so why not continue the tradition for the biggest celebration of our lives!

My Great Aunt made our wedding cake as a wedding gift and what a beauty it was! We saw a cake we loved whilst window-shopping in Oxford, we took a snap and she created an even more amazing version of it – she is a superstar!

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Made With Love

Ben and I designed and made our own wedding invitations (which featured a hand drawn map of how to get from A to B, but also our favourite locations around Cambridge and even our first kiss destination!). We also designed our order of service and my Mother-in-law painted everyone’s names onto brown luggage labels for table places – (Etsy and Ebay were a dream for ordering everything we needed).

We covered handmade soap in floral material and tied with raffia for favours. I had the girls over to help decorate the 100s of jars I had painstakingly cleaned the labels off (I NEVER WANT TO CLEAN ANOTHER JAR IN MY LIFE!) We ate homemade shortbread, drank tea and covered jars in hessian and lace – I do love girl time!

Ben found a lumberyard where we bought our table centerpieces of wood and I designed a table plan around Bens parent’s old wooden ladder that Ben painted white. Ben was a star and made wooden signs and blackboards that we used around the venue.

Aeroplanes had to feature at our wedding reception. Ben works as an aerospace design engineer and his main passion (after me of course!) is aircraft. Table names were therefore an easy decision and featured British aircraft from across the decades! Using chalk we wrote the titles of the legendary aircraft onto slate coasters.

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Take Time Out

If I could go back I would recommend taking time out together as a couple weekly where you make it a rule not to talk or do anything wedding related – no matter how hard!

If you are a hands-on bride that finds delegating difficult like myself…delegate anyway – I wish I had earlier on in the planning.

On the big day itself, take time out to just be the two of you throughout the day, as little and often as possible! It is those little moments where we could just jump with excitement, kiss or just stare into each other’s eyes without anyone else around that really stand out for us. It has helped us to remember the rest of the day clearly, as it meant we had time to process as we went along!

If you can get hold of 100s of sparklers, do it!!! It was a magical end to our day seeing all the people we loved line the path leading to our ‘getaway car’ whilst forming a tunnel of soft sparkling light as we walked to our future as Mr and Mrs!

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Falling In Love With Albert

Our photographer, Albert suggested that we took time out with him throughout the day for ‘couple shots’ and this was the main reason we did have time together little and often…HE IS AMAAAAAZING and we cannot recommend him more. He is so discrete that one guest even asked us after the wedding “did you have a photographer?”, yet he takes the most amazing natural photos that we shall treasure forever.

I spent the first 2 months searching through magazines and Rock My Wedding, looking at every photographer’s website (yes – everyone’s!!) and we both fell in love with Albert’s work. Asking Albert to take our wedding photos was the best decision I made since I said ‘yes’ to marrying Ben!

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Bride’s Gown – White One at Chobham Bride
Veil – Richard Designs
Make Up Artist – Magui
Bridesmaid Dresses – Girls Of Elegance
Groomsmen Suits – Moss
Confetti – Shropshire Petals
Ceiligh Band – Mindset Music
Catering – This Little Piggy Hog Roast
Venue – Anstey Hall
Photography – Albert Palmer

You’d never guess Emma had fake tan on and the lashes look very natural too.

Sparklers make for some gorgeous photos don’t they? In fact, amazing photography all round from Albert Palmer. Love the bouquet throwing ones 🙂

Lots of love,

Fern x

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