Fresh Elegance with a Large White Balloon ~ Real Wedding Report Gerry & Rich

I have a real treat for you today {www}ers, a simply stunning and elegant wedding with full report from the couple themselves. I adore this wedding, the freshness, the simplicity, a gorgeous gown, bouquet and a wondrous balloon that brings this couple’s portraits to life. Not to forget the outstanding photography by the lovely Neil Palmer, thanks so much to Neil for letting me share his work, this is what he had to say about the day;

“Many congratulations to Gerry and Rich who tied the knot at one of my favourite local venues, Monkey Island in Bray. I love working outdoors not only for the nice light but also having more freedom to move around. So it was great to have the actual ceremony on the lawn right next to the river. This was followed by the reception at the back of the building with some excellent speeches and lots of tears and laughter ! And then the evening disco was one of the liveliest I seen for a while. I enjoyed it so much I stayed on shooting beyond the agreed finish time !”

And many congratulations and thanks to Gerry and Rich for providing all the juicy details, enjoy….

The Proposal….
Puerto Banus Beach, Spain. Rich woke me up at the crack of dawn to go down to the beach, when he knew it would be deserted. He told me to close my eyes and face out to the see and when I turned around he was down on one knee and wrote ‘Marry me?’ in the sand.
The Vision for the day….
I spent months trawling through magazines create a mood book of the things I liked. I wanted something pretty, romantic, yet fun.  My biggest influence was some engagement photography I’d seen from Max Wanger. The couple had used an over sized, perfectly round pale pink balloon as a prop and I thought there was something fun and sweet about it. I kept on going back to that image time and time again.
The Planning process….
I’m in PR so I’ve had lots of experience running events so I planned it from beginning to end. My mum and Aunties helped with the outdoor decorations and table settings but other than that it was pretty much me on my own!

Delightful decor…
All the other decorations were made by my wonderful mum and aunties. For the wedding ceremony outside, they dressed the Pagoda with ornamental doves and artificial flowers (to keep the costs down). They also dressed the trees with paper lanterns and colorful pom poms we’d made ourselves using instructions from Martha Stewart and sourcing materials from Hobbycraft.
The wedding day attire….
Gerry: Dress was by Priscilla of Boston, Vivienne Westwood Melissa Heart Jelly Shoes in Beige, and a short veil with crystal edging from Angelica Bridal in Islington.
Rich: Three piece suit called ’Collins’ from Reiss, ‘Jacob’ round toe tan brogues also from Reiss, Pink and Blue Brabham Spot Woven Men’s Tie, white shirt and cufflinks, all from Thomas Pink.
Beautiful bridesmaids…..
I didn’t want to have bridesmaid’s and instead had one Maid of Honour. My good friend, Monica, wore her own Sari in a beautiful gold and red colour.
It’s all in the detail….
Inside the venue, we also made our own table centres. We sourced candelabras from Matalan, and then dressed them with artificial flowers and butterflies from event supplies company Lavenders of London in Isleworth. My auntie Delicia sourced sandalwood fans from the Philippines as favours and decorated them with pink ribbon printed with our names and the date of the wedding. My auntie Charni also made traditional almond and chocolate favours for our guests in pretty organza bags tied with pink ribbon.
Ups and Down’s on the day…
Ups:  Great speeches, great food and great fun. One of the best things we did was to invest in garden games including a Monkey pinata for the kids, croquet and a giant jenga set. One of our friends, a farrier, also made us a traditional horseshoe pitching game, so there were lots of things to keep guests entertained the entire day. We also had a fantastic DJ, Tim Cullen, from KilltheDJ, who really made the party for us. All too often people forget that they need to cater to a wide crowd. Tim expertly mixed a variety of music which transcended generations and cultures brilliantly from Bhangra to indie music, 60’s to electro.

Downs: Worrying about the weather. The met had been forecasting heavy rain all week, but God was kind to us and kept it at bay all day so we were able to get married outdoors after all!

The bouquet….
My bouquet was created by Martyn Crossley, the florist, in Windsor. I wanted a largely white bouquet, with a hint of pink so he used white cymbidium orchids with a pink centre, hydrangeas, and white avalanche roses. We also let a hint of green foliage show through to break up the colour slightly.
Fabulous balloons….
I sourced my own 3ft balloons from the US and they were blown up and set out on the day by events supplier Seventh Heaven in Dachet . I was able to salvage some really good thick, creamy John Lewis ribbon from work which we used to tie the balloons to the wedding chairs.
The cake…..
We had a stunning cake by Jordana Rickson at Petite Gateau
Advice for other couples…
Enjoy every moment of it as it goes by so quickly.

Try and delegate as much as you can to your family and friends. Everyone will be happy to help and see it as an honor.

Invest in a good photographer, someone who shares your vision of the day and how it should be documented. We used Neil Palmer, who really embraced what we were trying to achieve and we’re extremely happy with the result. At the end of the day, when you look back at your wedding photos years later you want it to capture the essence of the day and Neil has absolutely done that for us. Neil also did a complimentary engagement photo session for us which captured everything about how we first met (in Shoreditch, London). We think he did a fantastic job – see for yourself!

Credit where credit’s due;

Cake: Petite Gateau
Flowers: Martin Crossley
Music: KilltheDJ,
Events supplies: Seventh Heaven and Lavenders of London
: Debbie Perkiss
Wedding dress: Angelica Bridal
Photographer: Neil Palmer

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