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Tamsin & Simon

I’ve been really looking forward to blogging today’s gorgeous wedding because the Bride is one of our favourite suppliers, the very lovely Tamsin at Studio Seed. Tamsin is quite possibly the cutest Bride ever and her wedding is just SO pretty I just know you are all going to love it.

Firstly, there is Tamsin’s bespoke Justin Alexander dress, which she embellished herself by hand. I know – serious dedication, but definitely worth it – the result is stunning. Then there’s the decor…everything you’d expect from a designer who works with a feminine and metallic palette but not necessarily what you’d expect for a Winter wedding. It works beautifully though – I think Christmas should be pink and gold from now on!

I haven’t even mentioned the sequinned Bridesmaids gowns yet have I?! Or the incredible blank space venue, Compton Verney Art Gallery…how about the seriously pretty pastel blooms from Lily Loves Flora?!

Tamsin will tell you all the details and I’ll let you enjoy the images and video from two other RMW favourites, Chris Barber and Simon Clarke Films.

The Bride

Tamsin The Bride: I’m very petite (5ft and not quite 1 inch) so I decided I wanted a strapless, form-fitting mermaid style. Being a designer and drawn to anything bejewelled, I was really drawn to the embellished gowns designed by Naeem Khan and Paolo Sebastian but unfortunately the wedding budget spreadsheet said ‘no’ to that price range! I couldn’t find the style of dress with the embellishment I wanted so I decided to take a huge risk and customise a dress completely. I found a Justin Alexander dress that was totally wrong for me but with the most beautiful, modern lace that I could see working with some changes. Luckily the seamstress at True Romantica is an absolute gem so I felt in safe hands. We removed the sleeves, the satin waistband and also softened the fit of the dress so that it was less ‘trumpet’ and more ‘mermaid.’ I hold a BA (Hons) in Embroidery (yes it’s a real degree!) so I went about the task of embellishing the entire dress. I began by removing all the clear and silver beads that were already on the gown and hand stitching faceted ivory stones and pearls in organic patterns. Big shout out to Mama Seed who also helped me out a lot with this…it took SO many hours but I loved the fact that my dress would be unique and with the embellishment I wanted.

I didn’t wear any jewellery as I thought there was enough going on with the dress but I had a beautiful gold, pearl and Swarovski headpiece all the way from Sydney Australia and paired this with a slim, plain cathedral length veil. I was adamant to have the highest shoes possible due to my (lack of) height and I had my gorgeous Badgley Mischka ‘Petal’ pumps sent from the USA.

The Groom

We used Reiss’s Personal Tailoring service for Simon’s suit. He’s a big fan of Reiss and Matt who is the Personal Tailor in the Birmingham store, was so knowledgeable and passionate about it all that we felt in safe hands. Simon went for a very pale grey flannel 3 piece suit, with slim-fit trousers, waistcoat and a contemporary jacket. We chose all the lining, piping and buttons so it is a really special suit.

The Venue

Initially I had toyed with the idea of a barn venue as I was keen to have a ‘blank canvas’ but Simon had wanted something with a little more grandiose. Compton Verney Art Gallery was the one and only venue we went to see and it just felt perfect. Being a gallery it has a unique feel to it, but the Adam Hall (where we spent most of the day) had the blank canvas that I wanted and the whole building and grounds had a majestic air which suited Simon’s wish.

The Decor

The colour scheme and décor all stemmed from the wedding invitations that were designed by me. (You can read all about these here) The stationery throughout used tones of ivory, peach and soft metallic gold and the feel I wanted was that of clean elegance, winter warmth and a hint of opulence. I was adamant that a ‘Winter Wedding’ didn’t need to mean holly and snowflakes! The Adam Hall at Compton Verney is all white, with beautiful decorative cornicing on the walls and ceiling so this provided a perfect backdrop for the warm gold and peach tones in the flowers, table settings and decorations.

The top table was situated at the back of the room in front of four large pillars and I wanted to fill the space with something ‘wow’ but that wouldn’t detract from the rest of the décor, so with the help of Simon’s sister and her husband, we created a large backdrop of shimmering gold discs which looked stunning! We had gold charger plates and hired in gold cutlery and this all subtly reflected the ornate gold frames in the gallery. The table stationery, menu’s and place settings all tied in with the invitations and I created a table plan using an antique frame which had come from my late Grandparents’ home. Reshmi at Anges de Sucre made us some delicious, bespoke macarons using edible gold shimmer which we packaged using apricot ribbon and name tags for all the guest’s favours.

The Flowers

Luckily enough, one of my best friends (who was also one of my bridesmaids!) is an absolutely incredible wedding florist. She knows me so well that I would have been confident in giving her free reign with the flowers except I enjoyed choosing them too much! For my bouquet, we used my favourite David Austin ‘Juliet’ roses mixed with a selection of ivory, peach and coral roses and spray roses, huge blooms of ivory giant chrysanthemum and variations of colour came from warm orange ranunculus, peachy hypericum berries and silvery foliage including senecio, eucalyptus and brunia. Because we got married in December, we also had little hints of mistletoe in there! Pinned to the stem of my bouquet were two tiny gold frames containing pictures of both set of my late Grandparent’s on their respective wedding days, so I felt they were there with me. Simon’s buttonhole was a David Austin rose with some of the foliage, and the Bridesmaid’s flowers were smaller versions of mine and the groomsmen had smaller versions of Simon’s.

For the flowers at the venue we used two designs for the tables, one was a large gold punch bowl (hand sprayed by Ailsa!) arrangement which the flowers loosely tumbled from, and the other was a table wreath design with a large hurricane vase inside. Because the building is so old, we weren’t allowed to have real flames but we used Luminara flameless candles (which look incredibly real) so that it still felt warm and cosy. (We hired them from Silk Petal) The top table was a selection of smaller arrangements dotted around, using gold vases and votives.

The Wedding Party

My bridesmaids and I tirelessly searched for some gorgeous dresses for quite some time. We finally found these beautifully beaded, nude maxi dresses from Miss Selfridge which the girls all loved. The Ushers all had charcoal Marks & Spencer suits which we paired with peach ties and socks from Reiss. The flower ‘fairies’ (my nieces Esmé & Arianna, 4 and 18 months) wore gorgeous ivory and gold tulle dresses from Monsoon, hand embellished fairy wings and gold magic wands!

The Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremony was held at All Saint’s Church in Sherbourne. It’s an incredibly stunning church which, because of the time of year, was filled with greenery and hundreds of church candles which was really special. Ailsa the florist tied some simple peach tulle to the pew ends and finished with a single giant chrysanthemum. It was really special for us to have our families involved in the ceremony: Simon’s sister Sarah did a reading from the Bible and my sisters Heather, Briony and Rosie did a reading together of ‘A Lovely Love Story’ by Edward Monkton helped along by my 18 month-old niece! Walking down the aisle with my amazing Dad is a memory I will treasure forever.

The Entertainment

From the outset, Simon and I were determined that as well as it being a perfect day for us, the wedding should be a great experience for our guests. This meant no boring bits, nobody going hungry and for it to be a day and night to remember! We hired Hosenbrass (an ‘Oompah Pop’ band) for the drinks reception who were so much fun – they are a 4 piece brass band who play modern songs and a few Christmas songs too. Their brass instruments in the setting of the Art Gallery were stunning! For the evening we didn’t choose a ‘traditional’ wedding band…We’d seen Duke – a beatbox band from Cheltenham, perform a couple of times and knew we had to have them. What they do with three microphones and a guitar is truly incredible – you have to see it to believe it! They were awesome and our guests LOVED them and even my Dad was dancing on the table!

The Food

Our caterers were Aubrey Allen whose butcher/delicatessen shop in Leamington we frequent. We are both big fans of food in general so this was pretty high on the list of priorities! We had a selection of delicious canapés with Peach Bellini’s during the drinks reception. For the wedding breakfast, we had a crab, prawn & salmon roulade as a starter. The main course was lots of fun – each table had a dry aged rib of beef to be carved by a guest chosen by us beforehand. This brought a real sense of theatre and entertainment and became very competitive, all the carvers wore their aprons until they were prized off them at the end of the night! As dessert we had a French lemon tart and we also chose a different wine to complement each course including a very tasty Gewürztraminer Reisling to accompany dessert. Later on in the evening we had pulled pork with slaw and apple sauce which after dancing to Duke was a welcome re-fuel!

The Photography

I first met Chris years ago at a wedding fair we were both exhibiting at. I looked at some of his albums and told him I definitely wanted him to photograph my wedding. He asked when I was getting married and I replied that I wasn’t actually engaged yet…A few years on, when Simon popped the question, he was the first supplier I contacted. His amazing creative, fresh and fun style was perfect for us – I couldn’t bear the thought of an album full of stuffy, traditional images but wanted a true reflection of the fun we were going to have on our day! He has done us proud and my heart bursts when I look through the images. He’s captured everything perfectly and made Simon smile on camera which is a pretty incredible feat!

The Videography

I contacted Simon Clarke on the recommendation of both Chris Barber and the RMW blog, and after a few emails back and forth I realised that he lived about 3 minutes walk from our house! Simon and I instantly gelled with the Clarkes over countless ‘quick drinks’ in our local pub – being fans of both F1 and cats we’ve become great friends! We were thrilled with the final video, as we knew we would be, and we watch it all the time!

Advice

Try and rope in as many of your friends as possible to help or be suppliers. It makes the whole thing feel so much more personal! Don’t be afraid to do a speech if you’re the Bride. I did and it was great fun! If your dress has a lot of buttons, it would probably be wise to invest in a crochet hook for removal purposes. I didn’t do this so Simon had to unbutton it using a pastry fork at the end of the night…romantic!

Photography by Chris Barber Photography
Author: Fern Godfrey
Fern spends most of her time dreaming about weddings and trying to convince her long-suffering boyfriend to propose. Lucky enough to live in sunny Cornwall, if you need her – you’ll find her at beach.

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