An Iris Inspired Elegant Spring Wedding {1}

Today’s wedding is fresh, bright and beautiful.

Anne and Seb were inspired by the iris, which influenced the whole look and theme of their day, what a gorgeous way to inspire your wedding day.

I love the violet hues of the bridesmaids, the stunning flowers, the amazing lace wedding dress that Anne looks sensational in. The photography is just gorgeous too.

Thanks so much to the amazing, London based wedding photographer Shell De Mar Photography for sharing her work today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“Anne is a book worm, Seb a football enthusiast. Anne went to Argentina for a little holiday and met Seb. They fell in love, Seb moved to England and as they say – the rest is history. With these two the love feel so genuine it was a real privilege to be a part of their day.

Anne & Seb had their reception at the Grand Connaught Rooms and the details of the day focused on Anne’s love of books and Seb’s love of football. Anne looked radiant in a beautiful Cymbeline dress and a cathedral veil and Seb didn’t look too shabby himself in a three-piece suit! It was a beautiful day with sunshine & laughters aplenty. Anne & Seb, you are made for each other and I wish you a looooong and happy marriage.”

The Proposal….

Venice, May 2010. Sebastian completely surprised me. For months he pretended to be horrified at the thought of marriage (and I completely believed him) but had been secretly planning it. We went to Venice for a bank holiday break and on our second evening, after dinner, he suggested that we take a stroll to St. Mark’s Square. I was pretty tired and wasn’t that up for it but he seemed pretty keen so I said ok. We got there around midnight and it was deserted. We ended up at the edge of the laguna, on a little landing stage where the gondolas are tethered. The laguna was lit up by the lights of the Venice and behind us was St Mark’s and there wasn’t a sound apart from the waves. It was really beautiful. One of those guys selling roses came by and Sebastian bought one for me. I thought that was a bit weird as we both think that those guys are a bit cheesy. It turned out that he needed me to be distracted – I ended up talking to the guy for a little bit and then as he left, I turned around with my rose and there was Sebastian on one knee with a ring! When he asked me to marry him, I was so truly shocked that I swore at him. He blinked and then I said Yes. And continued to swear. Superb proposal!

The Vision for the day….

The theme: Elegant Spring. One of my favourite flowers is the iris so the colours were planned around it; The idea: people to be at ease. Also, Sebastian’s family live in Argentina and they weren’t able to make it so I wanted him to have as many things as possible in the wedding that were familiar to him and that he loved. That’s why Argentinian football played such a large role in our wedding!

The Planning process….

I had the best wedding planner in the world. Andri Benson ( I didn’t have a clue what I wanted in a wedding; I had never envisaged it and I knew I would need help. Bridal magazines and blogs were useful but I needed someone to talk to and Andri was incredible. After I filled in a detailed questionnaire for her, she knew what kinds of things I did and did not like. From there she did Everything. No job was too big or small for her. She scouted out venues for me and prepared reports so that I could choose which ones to go to; she sorted out the caterer, chair cover people, photographer and DJ. Not only that but she even wrote out all the place settings, made the table decorations, helped decorate the church and did the flowers, including my bouquet. She also came up with ideas to keep the kids occupied.

Everyone commented afterwards at how smoothly and well-organised the wedding was – and that was completely down to Andri.

Beautiful bridesmaids…..

They were indeed. I had 4: The chief bridesmaid was my sister (Christine) and my cousin Dharshi walked with her. Then came my niece Eleanor. She’s now 14 and I had promised her since she was around 4 that she would be my bridesmaid one day. My nephew Ethan (5) was my pageboy and he walked with the little maid, Lucia (3), who’s a great fan of Sebastian.

Their Alfred Angelo dresses were different shades of purple (Victorian lilac and lavender to be exact) from Get ‘n Hitched in Enfield. Lucia’s dress was from Debenhams and Ethan’s suit was from Bhs. My sister, Dharshi and myself also had our make up done by the incredible Ellie Blackwell. I am so glad I did that. She used Bobbi Brown products.

Groom’s attire…

He wanted to choose that by himself so I was initially quite worried! But I needn’t have as he did look pretty dapper. He wore a three-piece: black suit with white waistcoat and purple cravat. To keep with the theme, all the groomsmen had iris buttonholes but Sebastian wanted a deep red rose (something to do with Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of books!)

The Readings + Music….

We got married in Church (St Nicholas, Tooting Broadway) and the minister specified biblical readings. I chose The Good Samaritan and Barlam & the Ass (bit different!). I divided each reading into sections so that I could get different people sharing the reading. 5 of my cousins had one reading and 3 friends did the other. That was really nice to see them all doing that and it made the readings more intimate.

Music: I walked in to Hoffman’s Barcarolle. It has a great rhythm to walk to plus the music is meant to evoke the gondolier’s oar-stroke as he rows his gondola. It reminded us of Seb’s proposal.

I had 3 hymns: Be thou my vision; Dear Lord and Father of Mankind; To God be the glory

During the signing of the registers (we did that out in the Church so that everyone could see) we had some tango music playing – nice and dramatic! – and then we walked out to Mendelssohn.

Do pop back for their gorgeous reception later :-) xxxx

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