Jon and Vicky were married in March at the stunning Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam. They wanted their day to feel intimate and special with a beautiful navy and cream colour scheme. To help them achieve the day of their dreams they had wedding planner extraordinaire Josie from Savoir Weddings, who they can’t seem to rave enough about.
Well Josie did an amazing job as their wedding was elegant, classical and just plain sumptuous. I love the orchids running through the day, from Vicky’s stunning dress to the flowers and even the name of the reception room. And those flower girls are too adorable!!
Huge thanks goes to the fabulous Julia and You Photography for sharing her exquisite images with us today:
Names…. Jon and Vicky
Wedding Date…. 10th March 2012
The Proposal…. Jon popped the question on holiday in Egypt during the Summer of 2011. It was VERY romantic (Jon writing here!). I’d managed to catch a bit of egg in my mouth during a Teppanyaki Japanese meal and Vicky was very impressed. I popped the question in a beach-side bar with a bottle of champagne and a picture of a ring cut out from the internet.
The Vision for the day…. Other than beautiful sunshine, we wanted an intimate affair for around 80-90 guests. Our ideal was a simple colour scheme of navy blues and creams to flow from the flowers to the lighting, great food and a venue that was able to offer a civil ceremony without having a ‘hotel conference room’ feel.
The Planning process…. We both work long hours sometimes so our first task was to find a wedding planner, and we were exceptionally lucky to strike gold first time! After speaking on the phone, we met Josie at a hotel in central London and outlined what we liked and disliked from other weddings we had been to and the vision of our own wedding. Drawing on her experience, she was able to come up with a few initial ideas which were just our style. After going away with our brief and contacting a few venues to confirm availability for our desired date, she came back with a list of three great venue suggestions. Upon meeting with the team at Nonsuch Mansion and looking around the beautiful house (the first and only venue we needed to see!), we knew the venue was for us. Once the deposit was down, Josie went on to give us three options for every other aspect of the wedding and it came together brilliantly. She always insisted that if we didn’t like any of the three options she sent us, she would send us another three (always keeping it within bitesize chunks), but we were continually impressed and never needed to.
The Venue… Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam
The Dress + Accessories….. After our brilliant experience with the venue we were on a roll and I found my dress during my first appointment (not counting an impromptu look in one of the department stores when my mum happened to be passing!). I didn’t have a fixed idea of what I wanted when I set out but I saw the website for By Storm, Joyce Young’s shop in Chiltern Street in London, and thought she had some really lovely gowns and made an appointment for the following Saturday. I had loads of fun trying on dresses with my mum and one of my good friends and chose my favourite one from the collection (her “Tuscany” design). It was a very decisive afternoon of shopping – after I picked the dress we went out and got some ivory shoes from the nearest department store (they were hardly visible so no need to agonise!) and then made it back before they closed to be measured. Then all done until the fittings just before the wedding!
My dress had an orchid detail and my mum then arranged for a cake maker (Helen from The Last Crumb) to make some matching sugar orchids for the cake. We also got some spare orchids for my little bridesmaids’ hair.
For my accessories I knew I wanted to wear my gold and pearl bracelet which was my grandmother’s (I love it but always too paranoid about losing it so it doesn’t get many outings) and I borrowed a matching heart shaped necklace from one of my sisters and earings from my other sister.
For the bridesmaids dresses we started with my middle sister (the one grown up bridesmaid) and found a really lovely navy blue dress in Coast. I wasn’t expecting to be able to find anything in the same colour for my three little bridesmaids but the first time I went out looking with my sister and my niece we found the absolute perfect match in Debenhams.
Groom’s attire Moss Bros Hire
The Readings + Music…. Readings: Love Me when I’m old – By Bee Rawlinson, Oh the Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss.
Music For Entering: Fauré G. Pavane Opus 50, Rimsky Korsakov “Sheverazade” 3rd movement, Elgar, E. Chanson de matin
Music for Bride walking Down the Aisle: Purcell –Trumpet Tune
Music for Exiting: Vivaldi, “Summer” from the 4 Seasons concert
First Dance: Songbird by the cast of Glee
Beautiful bridesmaids….. Lucy, Stephanie, Amber and Maya
The Flowers… Alison from Pollen Nation. Josie explained to her our colour theme and she came up with some absolutely beautiful flowers for the day, including a basket of petals for the youngest bridesmaid (who did a brilliant job but the scattering was a bit haphazard and most of them ended up being deposited in a big heap at the end of the aisle!).
The Cake… Made by the mother of the bride, and iced by The Last Crumb.
Your Photographer…. Julia from Julia and You
The Details + Decor…. Nonsuch is so beautiful that we didn’t need a huge amount in the way of styling, but Josie did an incredible job of setting up the room for dinner with lovely flowers and there were lanterns outside after dark.
The Honeymoon…. Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia… beautiful!!
Memorable moments… Vicky’s nephew playing lead guitar with Jorge Ramirez, the live musician at the wedding.
Advice for other couples… Choose a planner with lots of experience and lists of reliable contacts in the wedding industry. Knowing Josie was rganizing everything behind the scenes meant we could enjoy every moment of the day.
Credit where credit’s due…
Wedding Planner: Savoir Weddings
Venue: Nonsuch Mansion
Music: Party Time Entertainment
Guitarist: Family Friend
Hair & make up: Jo Clayton
Photographer: Julia and You
Flowers: Pollen Nation
Cake: The Last Crumb
Thanks so very much to Jon and Vicky for sharing their stunning wedding with us today XOXO Lou
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