Oh my. This gorgeous celebration is so elegant yet so full of personality.
Hannah and Alex were married on the 6th June 2015 and held their reception at Keythorpe Manor in Leicestershire, which was perfectly positioned near to their church. Alex loves pink and so the pretty hue was used throughout with accents of gold and metallics. The blooms are just my fave, bountiful fluffy whimsy florals with plenty of foliage. Yes.
Hannah wore David Fielden ‘Papillion’ with a Jenny Packham hair comb and Rachel Simpson shoes, didn’t she look lovely? As did the maids who donned long grey frocks by Coast. Let’s not forget the dapper groom too, Alex chose a blue Paul Smith suit with tan shoes. What a stylish wedding party.
This bride and groom have a love for gin and so many of their details had a nod to the drink. The cake was gin flavoured, the tables were named after gin and of course the reception drinks were gin and tonic.
Jess Petrie, thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful imagery with us today.
THE PROPOSAL | Alex proposed on our first anniversary. He took me for dinner where we had our first date. When we got home the lounge was filled with red roses and candles. I thought it was a bit odd that he was wearing a suit to dinner….
THE VISION | Alex had one requirement for the wedding styling: PINK. Alex is well known for his love of pink shirts so I didn’t expect anything else! Looking through wedding magazines I was drawn to the vintage/rustic look but I wanted to add a more opulent touch to our wedding. I tried to achieve this with gold and pewter accents and unusual tablecloths. We had a beautiful champagne rosette tablecloth on the card table and some lovely champagne lace ones. We also love gin and this was woven into our wedding: gin and tonic reception drinks, gin table names, gin and tonic cake and gin and tonic chocolates with coffee.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Most of all we wanted our wedding to be fun and full of love. We kept this in mind throughout the planning process. One of my favourite wedding ideas was the ‘jazz up your drink’ station with cordials and fruit that guests could add to their reception drinks.
THE VENUE | We both knew that we wanted to get married in a church and wanted a reception venue that we could make completely our own (a blank canvas as such). We loved Keythorpe Manor and were delighted when the lovely vicar from the church only minutes away was happy to marry us.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | Dress: David Fielden Papillion (style 8076). Hair comb: Jenny Packham. Shoes: Rachel Simpson Ginger gold leather peep toe vintage wedding shoes. Veil: I bought from the bridal shop where I bought my dress. Bracelet: Links of London silver star dust infinity bracelet. Alex bought me the bracelet as a wedding present.
FINDING THE DRESS | I must have tried on over one hundred dresses (my mum and bridesmaids were very patient!). I really struggled to find a dress that felt like ‘me’. I wanted a dress that wouldn’t be out of place on a red carpet but that still looked like a wedding dress and was appropriate for a church wedding. When I put my dress on I knew it was ‘the one’.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | Suit: Paul Smith. Shirt: personalised with ‘A&H’ from Charles Tyrwhitt. Shoes: Paul Smith. Cufflinks: Posh Totty designs (my wedding present to Alex as we were ‘tying the knot’). Liberty Print Pocket Square: Mrs Bow Tie.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | The Art of Good Marriage, Wilfred Arlan Peterson. Song of Solomon. We had a guitarist playing covers of modern songs for reception drinks and a band in the evening.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | The adult bridesmaids wore dresses from Coast and the junior bridesmaid wore a gold dress from Monsoon.
THE FLOWERS | The flowers were really important in bringing the wedding colour scheme together. Alex was wearing bright pink and the bridesmaid’s dresses were amethyst. I therefore needed the flowers to combine all of the colours together. The lovely Sophie from Sophie’s Flower Co. was wonderful and really understood my vision. I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.
THE CAKE | My bridesmaid Bethan made the cake and the heart shaped biscuits. She did a fantastic job. She surprised us with the lego bride and groom as Alex was known at University as ‘lego man’ due to his hair looking ‘stuck on’! Alex loved it!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jess Petrie Photography
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | I worked with Nicola from Eve Lily to create the look.
THE HONEYMOON | We went to Croatia: Hvar and Dubrovnik. We had a fantastic time and spent most of the time reminiscing about what a wonderful wedding day we had had.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | There are so many of the usual (but none the less special) memorable moments: seeing Alex at the top of the aisle, our first kiss as husband and wife, our first dance, tossing the bouquet. Something less usual perhaps: Alex and I drank espresso martini’s on our first date and they have become ‘our’ drink. At the reception Alex’s cousin kindly offered to buy me a drink and Alex suggested an espresso martini. This seemed to start a trend and within an hour almost every guest had an espresso martini in their hand!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy it all! And on a more practical note, set up a separate wedding email account right from the beginning. It makes finding those important emails much easier and you don’t have to remember whose email account it was on!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Jess Petrie
Hair | Alison Jenner
Make up | Ali Gun
Flowers | Sophie’s Flower Co.
Event Styling | Eve Lily
Venue | Keythorpe Manor
Catering | Stones Events
Didn’t I tell you it was a super gorgeous day? WOW.
Thanks so very much to Hannah and Alex for sharing their wedding with us here at WWW xo Lou