A Tale of Two Weddings + Two Dresses, In One Chic Day {2}

Are you ready for part two? The second ceremony and second stunning dress from Kelly and Ant’s big day are gorgeous! The finishing touches and details are beautiful, with a real romantic feel…. i shall leave you in the couple’s hands :-)

Thanks again to the amazing Jon from s6 Photography for letting me share his work.

Enjoy.

The Dress…..

I had spent several days dress shopping, with nothing coming close to being what I was looking for. I almost didn’t expect to find something that I wanted anymore, and was beginning to think about getting one made, when I found it in the Avorio boutique, Sheffield. I was incredibly lucky, since there were very few stockists of Jesus Peiro in the UK at the time, and this was the only shop that carried this dress. It made me very nervous when I tried it on. I mentally ticked all the boxes on my want list and felt overwhelmed with the prospect that this might be it. I particularly liked the geometric patterns in the lace, as I had wanted the softness of lace but wasn’t sure about floral patterns, and the shape of the dress. It had the long train that Mum and I wanted, but without being a big dress and was very comfortable.

For the blessing, I chose a soft lace Jesus Peiro dress with matching veil, gold LK Bennett heels and my bridesmaid’s mother’s beautiful fur coat.

For other accessories, I wore my mum’s tennis bracelet as my something borrowed, my Nan’s ring as my something old, a pear-shaped diamond necklace (I bought it with the money that my Nan had left for me) as my something new, with diamond earrings that had been my 21st birthday present. For the civil ceremony, my something blue was my shoes, and for the blessing I had a small navy bow sewn into my dress.

The Blessing Readings + Music….

For the blessing, we chose Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” for the processional, and exited to a medley of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and John Rutter’s “Angels’ Carol”. We had a children’s choir sing for us, and perform carols before the service, which I’m sorry that I missed! Our brothers’ read for us; Andrew read 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 and Ant’s brother Stuart read an excerpt from Audrey Niffennegger’s “The Time Traveller’s Wife”.

Beautiful bridesmaids…..

My bridesmaids were my oldest best friend Lucie, in a navy blue cocktail dress and a silver fur coat given to me as a gift, and our 19 month-old daughter Iris, in an ivory dress with polka dot tulle skirt and a navy sash with a ivory faux fur coat.

We wanted good music throughout the day. During the cocktail hour, Tristan Mackay performed an acoustic set of some of our favourite songs. Tristan is a well-known busker that we had seen on a weekend away in Leeds early in our relationship. We always remembered that and couldn’t believe it when we saw his name on a recommended entertainment list at one of the venues we visited.

The Flowers…

The flowers were provided by one of my Mum’s close friends, Shiena Jagiellowicz, who used to own a florist shop in Sheffield. I must have been her worst client ever – apart from roses, which I was certain that I didn’t want, I barely knew any flowers at all! In the end, we chose white Eucharist lilies and white double ranunculus, with lots of greenery and trailing orchids in a very fluid bouquet. There was also a white iris in the back to represent our daughter Iris, to give me an extra little smile.

We had groups of herbs for the buttonholes, which looked brilliant, with an iris in Ant’s to make his a bit different. Since Shiena had to order more than just the 2 white irises, she made me another small bouquet out of the remainder for the civil ceremony (I had intended on using the bridesmaid’s bouquet instead). In the end, one of the ordered white irises actually came blue, and feeling this was serendipitous, Shiena put this in Ant’s buttonhole.

The bridesmaid’s bouquet was blue and white hyacinths, and Iris had the choice of either a silverwand or pomade, both with blue and white hyacinth pips wired in loops on them.

Shiena put lots of red poinsettias on the altar steps, which is something I’d seen at Christmastime in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and always remembered. They also sat in pots by the church doors, and then adorned the windows in the reception room for the rest of the day. There were lots of candles in the chapel and reception rooms, which gave the event a very romantic, warm feel. Many of the reception rooms were already beautifully decorated for Christmas, and the real fires all added to the winter ambience. In addition, there was a gigantic, rugged Christmas tree in the lobby, which we loved!

We provided a crèche for the youngest guests during most of the wedding breakfast. We know from experience how difficult it is to keep children entertained through the sitting parts and the speeches, and hoped that both the kids and the parents would be able to enjoy themselves more this way.

The Details + Decor….

We made little recipe books for the favours, which we had great fun putting together. We took some of our favourite home recipes, and begged others from the restaurants where we enjoy them. Often they reminded us of special occasions too, such as Iris’s christening. We named the tables after the recipes, and tried to sit our guests at tables where the recipes reminded us of them.

The gift table was adorned with photos from the weddings of our families, including our parents, brothers, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. There was also an ornamented metal Christmas tree that we can have in our home every Christmas as a special reminder. Instead of a guest book, we had a poster for guests to sign.

The Cake…

We wanted chocolate through and through. It took us ages to find the right one, but when we did, the effort was worth it! It was a magnificent chocolate truffle cake with dark chocolate covering, and it tasted amazing. It was from Patisserie Viennoise, in Otley. It nearly didn’t make it though – the best man helped to carry it in and reckons it was more nerve-wracking than giving the speech! So many of our guests asked us expressly when we were going to cut the cake – they didn’t want to wait, even after a massive meal!

Memorable moments…

The biggest and most amazing surprise was Ant arranging a Skype call before dinner with one of my best friends, who couldn’t be there since she lives in the US and was heavily pregnant. It’s the only time that I came close to crying the whole day, but I was in real danger of losing it! We enjoyed the first dance a lot too, despite being a bit nervous! It was also nice to see those people who had met for the first time on the stag and hen dos getting along like old friends, with the men continuing to use their stag do nicknames.

In the evening, we booked our favourite band from The Jam House in Birmingham, The Subterraneans. They were sensational, and learnt our first dance, Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls, for the occasion.

Advice for other couples…

Try to highlight a few things that are important to you, and focus on those things first. We found that the other things sort of fell into place after that. And try to get bits of time just together to revel in the joy of the day. For example, we really enjoyed the time we spent together when we were whisked away for brief spells by our fab photographer, Jon.

The Honeymoon….

We chose to go to San Diego, despite the long journey, since there was so much that we wanted to do there and so much to interest Iris. It was brilliant, though we may have had the only rainy week in the history of Southern California. We still had a marvellous time, visiting the famous zoo, Sea World, fun museums and enjoying some great food and shopping. We then went to celebrate Christmas with my parents in Florida, in the house where we got engaged, and finally all took Iris on her first trip to Disney World. Ant had never been either and it was a magical way to end the honeymoon.

Thanks so much to Kelly and Ant for sharing their day with {www}.

Credit where credit’s due…..

Venue – Rudding Park

Photography – Jon at S6 photography

Dresses – Jesus Peiro, style 129 from Avorio, BCBG Max Azria from Harvey Nichols

Shoes – both from LK Bennett

Birdcage veil – Pammy at Marela

Men’s attire –Ashley Rogers, Sheffield, ties by Paul Smith

Bridesmaid dresses – Bridesmaid dress from Coast. The flower girl dress was bought online from blossomflowergirldresses.co.uk and the faux fur jacket was from BHS . Lucie’s shoes were from Kurt Geiger and Iris’s were from Monsoon.

Cake – Patisserie Viennoise, Otley

Music – Verse and Chorus children’s choir; Tristan Mackay; The Subterraneans; disco by Audio Events

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5 Comments

  • Wow that photography is so innovative and stunning! Love this wedding!

  • Amazing! You don’t usually get such incredible images from the church, brilliant photographer! and the chandelier is very very impressive!

  • This images are gorgeous! I’m getting married later this year and am so happy to have come upon your blog. <3

    melissa

  • Thanks for all your awesome comments, isn’t it amazing, and i agree the photography from Jon is spectacular :-) xx

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