Morning and happy Monday! To start the week off with a bang i have a stunning wedding to share with you, featuring some incredibly beautiful photography.
Tina and Roy were married in Oxfordshire, in a beautiful village church followed by a Marquee reception. They wanted to create a country festival feel to their wedding, adorned with beautiful natural blooms and oriental touches.
Tina wore 2 amazing dresses and looked oh so beautiful, whist Roy looked very dapper in a slim fit suit and simple black tie.
I so love all the details and touches Tina and Roy put together, but most of all i love how utterly absorbed in one another they are. What a beautiful love story.
Thanks so much to the brilliant Fazackarley Wedding Photography for sharing his amazing images with us today….
And here is the delightful wedding report from bride Tina…..
“We always knew our wedding would be a simple, non-fussy, friendly and relaxed celebration with only our closest and dearest. The location had to have a special meaning. I am London born and bred but felt that the city is anybody’s and not necessarily mine, so we decided to get married in a small village about 5 miles from Banbury in Oxfordshire, where Roy spent his childhood and is also the location of where his father rests. Roy is the youngest of four brothers, getting married in Warmington would mean the perfect opportunity to gather his family who live all over the world, together for the first time in 16 years in such a memory-filled place.
The ceremony was held in a quaint 12th century village church. We hired a marquee set in a field for the outdoor reception with the most spectacularly delicious hog roast ever! (www.thepiggysquire.co.uk) We wanted to make it a country wedding festival, had hay bales laid as outdoor seating and surrounded by rope lights and hiring a camping field meant that our guests had the option of camping for the night around a bonfire. We ordered meters of bespoke hand-made bunting, beautifully and lovingly made by Claire (www.crabtreelane.co.uk) which became our main decoration. Our wedding was a fusion Anglo/American-Chinese wedding so it was essential to include some oriental influences in the décor. We had paper globes in white, pink, red in various sizes gathered in the centre of the marquee ceiling, Chinese candy sprinkled across the tables and red envelopes filled with lottery tickets as favours for our guests.
When deciding on the details, we wanted to keep to an easy-going, natural, English garden feel so our table decoration were scented herbs, each table centred with a planted herb pot, beautifully arranged by Roy as I am not green-fingered at all. All herbs were bought locally from the National Herb Centre (www.herbcentre.co.uk). Our colour theme became purple/silver and luckily all the herbs we wanted to use were flowering lilac, pink and purple flowers at the time. For the bouquet, I wanted a wild look with a lot of green foliage. The main emphasis for me was that all the flowers had to be seasonal and local – so goodbye anemones in June! Gill and Ellie (www.flowerthyme.com) did a wonderful job, they used a combination of peonies, sweet peas, hydrangea with flowering herbs such as lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and different grasses to create what I could only imagine. All herbs have a symbol and history, rosemary was our main herb, a symbol of fidelity as well as remembrance. All the button holes consisted of a sprig of rosemary, lavender and an unripe blueberry.
Our 3-tier wedding cake was made by me in our London home, 3 days in advance. It was 3 different sponges which were practiced multiple times well in advance – vanilla and lavender, very lemon and rich chocolate. These had to travel to Warmington and were finished with buttercream the night before and decorated with herb flowers on the wedding morning. No time for resting! A cake decorating friend of mine made some beautifully realistic sugar flowers to finish of the cake.
I made the mistake of buying my dress far too early. As the big day drew nearer I began to fear the worst. I no longer liked it and it didn’t fit anymore. The dress that I ended up wearing was from Monsoon Bridal as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses. I couldn’t have found a more perfect dress, it was simple but elegant with a vintage feel, and most importantly it was very much within our budget! I wanted my hair to reflect the elegance of the gown and practised a few 40’s hairstyles by studying video tutorials on the internet during my work lunch breaks! On the day, I managed to do my hair perfectly in one go. The dress was finished off with a sheer embellished bolero also from Monsoon, vintage floral crystal drop earrings and a sparkly crystal bracelet from Martine Wester (www.martinewester.co.uk). I eventually changed into a tailor-made qipao, a traditional Chinese dress. This was important for me as it was a way of showing my heritage and a qipao is traditionally worn as a wedding dress, although mine was in a non-traditional colour with a modern floral print.
Roy and I are both designers so we have an eye for detail and know what we like to see in photographs. We found Simon (www.fazackarley.com) purely by chance on a Facebook advert and discovered that his photos were exactly the style we were looking for – professional, natural, artistic and fun. The photos are stunning. They capture the events as they happened, small details easily forgotten and emotions felt by all. With those memories, we will never forget the most perfect summer weekend party spent with our closest family and friends.”
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