The colour palette of plum, burgundy, deep red and purples is absolutely delicious. Portrayed beautifully in the stunning florals, immense table scape, cake and fashion. Plus I absolutely adore the rich gold and iridescent accents, and all the texture making up the incredible setups.
Oh Joy! How I do love a short dress bride! It’s something about the fun factor, the youth, the flirtiness, I just love it all. There’s got to be some love for getting to flash a pair of fabulous pins. finished off by some sky-scraper beauties? No?
So this wedding just fits the bill on every level. Short dress, colour and fun. Don’t get me started on that cake!
Sarah Hodson and John Robertson were married on Saturday 7th May 2011, at Folly Farm, in Stowey, Pensford.
Feeling Young and Fresh
After visiting about 5 dress shops and trying on approximately 30 dresses, I hadn’t found one that felt ‘me’ enough to buy. Our venue was rustic and informal, and thought of dragging a flouncy dress behind me while I tried to dance didn’t feel right. I wanted to feel young and fresh rather than very traditional like a lot of dresses I tried.
Although I’d never really thought of having one made for me there was a wedding dress designer at the end of my street so I decided to talk through my ideas with her. With Kate Garcia we talked through what I didn’t like and together arrived at an idea I loved – a short dress with a ‘shift’ style bodice with an embroidered and embellished waistband and a skirt that ruffled when I walked and flew out when I danced.
The dress was everything I wanted – it made a statement (most of my guests hadn’t seen anyone in a short wedding dress before), made me feel glamorous and special and showed off my best asset – my legs!
In keeping with my relaxed theme, I didn’t want to wear a veil or have anything too fussy in my hair. Having naturally curly hair is a bonus on your wedding day, so I kept it simple with a pearl clip bought for me by my sister which matched the pearls on my dress. My Mum bought me a beautiful hear-shaped keepsake locket from The Silver Shop in Bristol which felt right to wear simply with a silver chain.
With a short dress you have to have statement heels! I found amazing 4” heels from American designer Badgley Mischka from Javari Apart from having to learn to walk in them (!) they were fabulous – gorgeous white satin with a puff of netting and really worked with the short dress. They came off mid-dance to be replaced by silver flip flops making it much easier to get around the dancefloor!
Nina Norman at Space NK in Bristol did a fantastic job of not only keeping to the brief of making me look like ‘me but better’ but also made getting ready fun and relaxing for the wedding party.
Fliss at Hobbs had the hard task of keeping my naturally curly hair looking natural but making it stay in place for the whole wedding. We kept it simple with a hair clip and bouncy curls, which worked well with the relaxed surroundings and short dress.
Fun and Simple
Our groomsmen and bestman wore their own suits. I’m not a fan of the uniform look of male wedding clothes and think letting people wear what they wanted added to the relaxed atmosphere.
Their buttonholes were were co-ordinated with the bridesmaids bouquets with white roses.
Break a Leg for Luck!
John is the stylish one in our partnership, and chose his skinny Ted Baker suit, bright purple tie and pocket square and Italian leather shoes early on when planning the wedding. Then, 10 weeks out from the wedding, he badly broke his leg. He went back to the hospital 3 times in the lead up to the wedding, each time with the hope his plaster would be removed.
His last appointment was 4 days before the wedding and when we realized at last that he’d be walking up the aisle in his plaster cast we quickly took the suit to a tailor who removed the leg seam of his broken leg which allowed John to pin the leg back up with safety pins after it fitted over his plaster. It was a real talking point during the day and no one really noticed the broken leg, apart from Albert the photographer who took the quirky picture of John’s leg and stripy sock! Walking up the aisle and seeing him standing without his crutches was a special moment and was the point at which I started to cry!
In keeping with the rural style, I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake. My friend Philippa is a cracking wedding cake maker.
I showed her a couple of pictures of some ‘natural’ wedding cakes I liked and she came up with our incredible three-tiered sponge with lime cream cheese and red berries. It looked stunning, fitted the venue and tasted even better!
Photographer – Albert Palmer Photography
Venue – Folly Farm
Dress – Kate Garcia
Locket – The Silver Shop
Shoes – Badgley Mischka from Javari
Make-Up – Nina Norman
Hair – Fliss at Hobbs
Maids – Monsoon
How much do you want that cake? Like, NOW!
And it gives you just a glimpse of how much fun Part 2 is – coming at you tomorrow morning folks,
Welcome back for Part 2 of this gorgeous Canadian wedding. Once again all the beautifully stylish images are by Brett Harkness Photography with his signature saturation of colour. Although we can often only dream over here of marrying in such a jaw dropping location (certainly while the sun shines!) there are lots of steal-able ideas here – I particularly love the chandeliers – something that could definitely be done on a budget, or try hire companies to create a single focal point for your day without racking up the pounds too much.
Through all the bridal and flower magazines I looked at, I always liked roses the most. So I chose to have mostly roses with a few little additions in the centre pieces such as Queen Anne’s Lace (I’m not sure of the names of the other little flowers in the table centres).
My bouquet was all ivory roses and spray roses with pearls, the bridesmaids were a mix of ivory and mauve roses, and the tablecentres were mauve roses (not sure of the exact colour name). My wonderful florist was Ellen from Ellen’s florist in Moose Jaw.
The choice of photographer was easy and a very lucky opportunity for us, I grew up dancing with Kristie in Moose Jaw.
Our wedding planner told us that Kristie and Brett (Harkness) were going to be in town around the time of our wedding to shoot Kristie’s brother’s wedding the weekend after and they agreed to do ours the weekend before. We were very lucky to be able to have them.
We didn’t have a cake but had a dessert buffet instead with many tasty delights made by our chef, Sarah Moore. They included chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, lemon poundcake with a lavender syrup (we also served prosecco with lavender for our signature cocktail), and some others I can’t remember.
We also had Saskatoon berry pies made by my grandma!
Making it ours
I think I would say a lot of the décor was the general beauty of the surrounding lake. My favourite special touches were the chandeliers we hung from the trees and lit up over the ceremony site and the black and white wedding photos we hung on a tree trunk bythe guest book of our parents and grandparents.
I also collected several lace table clothes and vintage silver pieces to go on the various tables (appetizer, dessert, gift, guest book, etc) to add to the vintage feel. There were also chandeliers in the tent set up by the rental company.
We did not have any favours as we both felt they weren’t important.
Our very good friends made a slide show of photos that went with a narrated story and music that played after the speeches, and we had a band that got everyone up on their feet on the dance floor which was very important to us to have people dancing. The first dance was to the song “Picture in a Frame” by Tom Waits but sang by our band. This was my surprise to Andy as he is a huge Tom Waits fan and I am not as I don’t like his voice. However, I do like his songs so to have it sang by someone else was perfect.
A Perfect Day
What made our wedding special to me was that it was such a good time and everyone at the wedding had a great time as well. After all the work of planning every little detail for over a year, it was just so much fun! My advice to future brides would be to do what you and your groom want and having a wedding planner, at least for the day of the wedding, takes a lot of stress off you and frees you up to just enjoy!
Simple and Beautiful.
Thank you so much to Brett and Kristy from Brett Harkness Photography for submitting this beautiful day to us and also to Kerri and Andy for allowing us to feature it.
Todays wedding is everything a wedding should be – fun fun fun! The subject of our Sneak Peek this week, the couple in question managed to put a big fat Fun stamp on the day with tons of personal touches that really reflected them as a couple. Now thats what we like to see.
Many thanks to Guy Collier for submitting this to us and providing all of the brilliant images.
Choosing a Venue…
Our wedding was held at Gate Street Barn in the Surrey Hills on 25th June 2010. We chose Gate Street barn not only because it is a stunning venue based in the Surrey Hills where Tom and I have spent many weekends walking, but the barn gives you a blank canvas to work with so we could completely add our own personalities to the venue. The barn also gives you a choice of caterers and they don’t charge corkage if you wish to bring in your own drinks. Gate Street Barn ticked all our boxes.
A Dress that Fits
I tried on dresses in various shops and had some friends with me to help me choose. I found it very confusing with so many opinions so I eventually took myself off on my own and that’s when I found “the one”. I chose a beautiful ivory dress by Essense of Australia, and I bought it from All that Glitters in Wimbledon. Even though the sample dress was way too big for me, as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one.
I love classic, elegant and simple clothes, which is why I think I was so drawn to my dress. I felt that the style was perfect for my figure and I could dress it up with accessories if I wished to. I was very lucky as the dress was discontinued shortly after I ordered it, so I got one of the last ones. The dress came with a vintage style brooch on the left hip, but I removed the brooch and replaced it with one which was more my style – a cluster of clear crystal daisies from Brooches and Pins.
Dressing your Hair
I decided to keep my look simple and elegant so did not wear a necklace or bracelet. At first I was adamant that I did not want a tiara, but after much internet research looking for hair combs I came across my “Daisy” headband at Starlet Jewellery . In the end I ended up wearing it as a side tiara rather than a headband, but I loved it so much and it worked so well with my hairstyle so I was very happy with my decision. My earrings were made for me by a lady called Paula, who is a friend of my now sister-in-law www.coco-ria.com. I sent her pictures of the tiara and she made me a few samples based on that. I chose very simple round crystal beads, and I’ve worn them on evenings out since the wedding, which is great. She also made earrings for the bridesmaids – violet crystal flowers.
Hair and Make-up Heaven
I got ready for the big day at a hotel in Godalming and didn’t fancy the thought of heading out to a hairdresser so I found a mobile hairdresser who came to the hotel. When I had my hair trial I had no idea what I wanted, other than wanting my hair all up. As Paula (the hairdresser) started experimenting we happened across the “half up with curls over the shoulder” look, and I loved it. I thought it was very glamorous.
I had been for a make-up trial at Lime Tree Beauty Clinic in Godalming, and the beautician also came to the hotel and did my make-up in the room while my hair was in curlers and the girls were getting their hair done. I had 6 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls, so the room was buzzing, but it was great fun. Like having a pyjama party with all my best friends.
Pretty in Purple
For the bridesmaids I went for an After Six dress (style 6531) in African Violet. I ordered it online from House of Brides in the US, but in hindsight I would have gone through All that Glitters. Once all the customs charges were added to the shipping the cost worked out the same and there was some stress about the dresses being completed on time.
Regardless though, the girls all looked stunning and the colour was beautiful. My two flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.
Weaving a personal touch
The ushers, fathers and page boy all wore their own grey suits, white shirts and black shoes, but the waistcoats and ties were all made by one of the ushers who owns a weaving mill in Lancashire. Tom decided on the colours he wanted for them (lilac ties and ivory waistcoats), found a pattern he liked and sent it all through to Duncan who made them as a special favour.
Tom looked incredibly handsome in his grey suit, which he had made by Palmer on Northcote Road in Clapham. Tom’s tie and waistcoat were also made by Duncan, but Tom’s tie was African Violet, made from the same fabric as the bridesmaid’s dresses, and his waistcoat was lilac.
To jazz the outfit up he wore a tan belt and very cool tan Barker shoes. Very cutely, he wore striped purple socks!
Playing a personal game
Our cake was very special, as Tom’s mother made it for us based on our love of Scrabble. Tom and I are big games fans, as is evident from the theme of our wedding. Patti came up with the idea of making us a Scrabble cake and we think she did a perfect job. The cake was orange sponge and she also made square cupcakes and decorated then as Scrabble squares.
The main cake was a Scrabble board and she had spelt out “Melissa Thomas Together Forever”, which was very special. She also made a personalised cupcake for James, Kayla and Megan – our nephew and nieces and very adorable page boy and flower girls.
To keep our guests entertained we hired a selection of giant outdoor garden games, again tying in with our theme of “country garden and games”. This seemed to go down well with the guests and Tom and I managed to enjoy a few games too.
For the evening we had a DJ. We chose a DJ over a band as Tom and I love to dance and sing along to our favourite songs, and so do all of our friends. We used Chess disco, and they were great, playing all the power ballads I had requested beforehand!
Come back tomorrow for the beautiful garden style flowers, a ton more personal details and fun, fun, fun!