What a glamorous affair we have for you today! Think groomsmen in bow ties, the most beautiful A line Ronald Joyce dress and an elegant Victorian mansion setting. WWW readers Lauren and Samuel wed at Salomons Estate on Sunday 28th May 2017. With a relatively long time to plan, they made their lists and stuck to their guns!
Lauren and Samuel opted for draping indoors and two chandeliers only added to the glamour. They kept table settings simple in white and grey with plenty of floral loveliness. Isn’t the dreamy signage just so elegant?
Keeping the colour palette simple, there is an abundance of beautiful white blooms with a touch of blush pink and gorgeous green foliage in the bouquets as well as the runner and stems in jars, which our pair and their family and friends worked so hard to collect. Don’t even get me started on the delicious looking cake, I can see why it didn’t last long!
The fabulous images today come courtesy of Chris Blackledge, thank you ever so much for sharing these with us Chris.
THE PROPOSAL | Such a romantic proposal, the sixth of June 2015. Sam kept the entire proposal a complete surprise! He even asked my parents for permission which I loved! It was the most wonderful weekend and one that I shall never forget. Sam suggested that we do a day trip to London that weekend. The night before he said that we may as well make it a good day out and stay in London the night too, so of course, pack a bag! We had a wonderful day and Sam said that we should put on something nice and get dinner. I decided to wear my trusty black dress, heeled sandals and a few sparkly jewels. We started to walk past the Shard, when all of a sudden, Sam nudged me through one of the doors! He tells me that there is an awesome view of London and we should see it! Then we were whisked away to a beautiful table right by the floor to ceiling windows. Sam was right – the view was spectacular! Once we had finished our main courses, I noticed Sam looking a bit hot and bothered. Then in the blink of an eye, there he was, right in front of me, on one knee and then produced the most beautiful diamond ring!!! I was in shock and couldn’t believe it! Of course I said YES without any hesitation!
THE VISION | We both like traditional, classic designs. So we went for a pretty, mainly white and very pale pink floral filled day with plenty of tradition and a hint of glamour!
THE PLANNING PROCESS | 23 months of planning, organising, fretting, giggling, bonding, checking, emailing, prosescco-drinking, pinterest-searching, magazine-cutting, deliberating and finally enjoying everything we put together!
BUDGET | £15,000 (not including our honeymoon!) With the help of our incredible parents and some amazing family members and wonderful friends. We cannot thank them all enough for all of their help and support!
THE VENUE | St Paul’s Church for the ceremony and then at Salomons Estate, both in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | A classic Ronald Joyce Omette Dress with a custom made veil and lace edge from the shoulders down. Tear drop earrings and matching necklace from John Lewis. The cheapest buy must have been the Dune sandals, they were around £50 and were so comfortable!
FINDING THE DRESS | It probably took about a month to find the one. I only took my mum with me, she is my best friend and I wanted it to be a huge surprise for all my bridesmaids as well as all the guests! We had a blast and visited many shops around Kent and ended up falling in love with a Ronald Joyce dress, one that I hadn’t even thought of trying on! As soon as I came out of the changing room, the entire shop stopped and gasped, the feeling was so surreal! I remember a lady who was picking up a dress whispered that it would be criminal if I didn’t get that dress! After that, I didn’t look at another dress again!
GROOM’S ATTIRE | The groom, ushers, brothers and dads all wore black fitted dinner suits, matching bowties with pale blue pocket squares to match to bridesmaid dresses. The groom’s suit was purchased and the ushers were hired all from Lapels, Maidstone.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We wanted a traditional church wedding and loved going through readings and selecting hymns. The entrance of the bride was Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi – such a dramatic yet beautiful hymn which was sung by the choir. We sung Lord of the Dance, Give me joy in my Heart and Praise my Soul. Our usher Rob read Corinthians 13.1 and our Bridesmaid Sophie read a touching poem about ‘The One.’
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had six beautiful bridesmaids who were all fabulous and so supportive. They planned my hen in Marbella as a HUGE surprise which was awesome! They each wore pale blue multi-way dresses from ASOS. They were a fabulous fit and each bridesmaid could wear their dress slightly differently. My wonderful nan customised and sewed the straps in place which took a lot of love and patience!
THE FLOWERS | Suzanne – what a lovely lady! She could see our vision straight away and was super excited about the dreamy, pastel shades we liked. She created beautiful, non-uniform bouquets in mostly white with a touch of washed pastel pink shades. The flowers included white peonies, white O’Hara roses, ivory and Sweet Avalanche roses with sweet peas and plenty of mixed grey/green foliage to trail such as jasmine, parvi and Silver Dollar eucalyptus. The bouquets were finished with ivory lace and pearl pins. My bouquet included a memory locket into the binding of the stems with two photos of loved ones who couldn’t be with us on our wedding day. Our florist also made a chunky, foliage garland made with mixed eucalyptus, and green foliage with mostly white with added pale pink flowers interspersed within it which trailed the length of the table and onto the floor either end for our top table. It was stunning!
THE CAKE | Cakesy and Bakesy – such a wonderful pair of ladies! We chose a semi-naked four tier cake as we aren’t fond of icing! Two tiers were salted caramel and the other two were baileys buttercream flavoured! The cake was carefully decorated with fresh peonies and roses. Needless to say, the cake disappeared very quickly!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Chris Blackledge. He is an incredible photographer and made us feel completely at ease! He has a great sense of humour yet was completely professional and friendly on the day. We had a fantastic engagement shoot with him in London where Sam proposed and we both knew straight away how creative and talented he is! We are so pleased with our wedding photos and cannot wait to get them in an album!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Bows Hire draped the walls which looked absolutely stunning with two huge chandeliers hanging from the skylight. We did collect and make quite a bit ourselves which was good fun as our good friends and family helped us out too! We were all on a mission to collect a particular mayonnaise jar for the table flowers, in fact 30 were collected and over 100 small jars to fill with single huge blooms to decorate all over the venue! My wonderful nan made soft pale chiffon grey table runners and we opted for four long tables and then the head table. The table plan was a real success, I bought a massive gold mirror on Ebay for just £10! I then used glass pens to write guests names – it worked and looked beautiful! I still have it now and plan to hang it somewhere as a keepsake!
THE HONEYMOON | We wanted to do something a little different; a mix of adventure and relaxation. We travelled to Cape Town and explored to gorgeous scenery and visited a few (!) vineyards! We then headed to Port Elizabeth for a safari at Pumba lodge – the most incredible, magical and tranquil place we have ever been! Then finally ending our once in a lifetime trip in Mauritius, soaking up the gorgeous sun and enjoying delicious food and drink! We are so thankful for our experiences and will treasure these memories!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Our first dance. We were both so nervous and even went for an hour dance lesson a few weeks before just to help build our confidence! But as soon as the music began, we were both looking at each other and forgot that over 120 people were watching us! It was the most surreal moment but the raw emotion between us, dancing together around the drawing room with my dress swishing around was so special! Straight after our first dance, the band played ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ to kick start the evening entertainment. This dance was for my brother and I and the groom and his mum – what a wonderful way to start the evening! So special!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Get organised from the get go, make a list and try to stick to it! There are so many amazing ideas and themes out there online, in magazines etc, but decide on what you both love most and try your best to follow that route! It is very easy to become distracted by other ideas! Follow your heart and it will all turn out better than you could have imagined!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photography | Chris Blackledge
Venue | Salomons Estate
Dress | Ronald Joyce
Suits | Lapels, Maidstone
Flowers | The Flowersmiths
Draping | Bows Hire
Cake | Cakesy and Bakesy – sadly no longer running.
Band | The Starks Family Band
DJ | Kent DJ
Thank you for sharing your wonderful big day with us Lauren and Samuel. Thank you x