Today’s fabulously British real wedding comes to you courtesy of WWW readers Steve and Kirsten, who tied the knot on the 18th August 2017. From the venue, Loseley Park to the heavy rain shower, this is a truly British vintage day through and through!
Family and friends were galvanised to collect the bits and bobs to decorate the tables and hold the fantastic flowers, the table plan which Steve created is just to die for. I love the idea of asking guests to draw caricatures of themselves too, what fun! Enjoy all the dreamy greens and the flowing ribbons of the bouquets, just beautiful.
Kirsten’s stunning gown is by Pronovias and Steve tracked down his brilliant bottle green suit in Reiss. Aren’t the bridesmaids just gorgeous in their pastel dresses too? So stylish.
These images today are courtesy of John Barwood who has captured the nostalgic feel just perfectly, thank you so much for sharing John.
THE PROPOSAL | Only waited 6 YEARS…. On the skinny bridge in Amsterdam, Steve got down on one knee. The actual James Bond filmed diamonds are forever here! – a clever little proposal!
THE VISION | Our theme stemmed from venue Loseley Park. Britishness. With Steve being a digital designer and our love of 1950’s retro, Goodwood and celebration of our British culture we wanted to incorporate this into every part of our wedding. I stuck with green without trying to be too matchy matchy! Tones of light, dark, mint, leafy and pale green all went. I never tried to think about ‘will this go?’ as the idea of sticking to colour scheme felt too forced for me. Once we had our logo, Steve created a formal crest and we implemented this across order of services, menus and place names.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Planning started with the venue, continuing our British theme in many alternative ways. I loved collecting ideas for our outside photo booth! This moved several times throughout the wedding depending on the weather! A twist on the photo booth. We collected screen, lamps, table, and two arm chairs all from eBay and Gumtree. So much fun, although a drunk aunty and uncle ended up asleep on it at the end of the night!
THE VENUE | What can I say? It’s not often you feel like you’re getting married in a museum! Loseley Park was a three in one… a beautiful grand hall in the main house, walled gardens, ponds, doves, roses of every colour followed by a reception in a 19th century barn with original beams. It was a dream. They were easy to work with. Catering by the brilliant Caper and Berry who let us re-design dishes to our taste.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | I made the classic mistake of not listening to anyone else when choosing a wedding dress! I was adamant I was going to do my way; try on WAY too many dresses. I knew I wanted to compliment the venue, I knew I wanted lace. I did a full circle from beautiful backless dresses, huge skirts and landed myself right where I started. The dress was from Windsor and Eton Brides, designed by Pronovias. I fell in love with quirky back, high neck, chunky lace and above all how I felt in it.
I searched high and low for shoes, (harder than finding a dress) but again went back to where I started. Charlotte Mills has a fantastic collection, loved the fact it was personalised, the key features of a six pence in the shoe, a little baby blue and text on the sole. Also I kept them on all night! (Comfort wins!)
I knew before I got my dress I wanted a flower crown, I was concerned that with a ‘real’ one I wouldn’t be able to try it on with my hair and dress before the wedding. Luckily I found Sophia & Luna. She made this bespoke designed flower crown for me. Visiting her studio in Wimbledon was a little treat, a heaven of dried Japanese flowers. I can keep the crown forever now.
FINDING THE DRESS | Finally found the one from Windsor and Eton brides
GROOM’S ATTIRE | He was a hard one to please. He didn’t want your standard navy blue suit! He wanted a bottle green suit; not easy to find! Fortunately REISS came up trumps. They sorted all the alterations within two hours.
THE READINGS & MUSIC | A LOVELY LOVE STORY – Edward Monkton
We had a really quirky band, they had the most amazing vocals and built up to a fab second set. They were the most chilled people to work with! Check out The Smooth Sailors.
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | I had two bridesmaids giving birth six weeks before the wedding, and within a day of each other. I knew shapes, sizes and breastfeeding needed to be considered! The house was elegant, I knew I wanted green to complete Steve’s dark green suit, and the dark green ushers ties. Bridesmaid dresses ASOS £65, with Dried flower clips to match mine from Etsy, handmade and linked to our colour scheme. Personalised necklace from notonthehighstreet.com
Adelaide my cute niece had a white lace dress from Monsoon. Ushers suits came from Marks and Spencer’s (£106 a suit!) Green ties from Amazon. Obsessed with ribbons, I found the bridesmaids ribbons from, VV Rouleaux.
THE FLOWERS | Sticking with our Britishness theme my mum and I (and most of my family!) spent six months collecting 33 tins, green books and a frame for each table. I wanted the brands to be British, hopefully to bring back that nostalgic feeling of ‘my mum used to have that tin in her cupboard’ Lilly’s flowers were amazing fitting the green and white flowers into the many shapes of tins I had.
My ribbons worked well with added wind on this day. I found them on Instagram from a company called Frou Frou Chic.
Steve made the table plan from an image we found online, simple trip to the DIY shop and cutting some copper pipes! It made for a very funny part of the wedding, as everyone drew their caricatures and hung them. Some of the evening guests got jealous and found card names and did their own. Obviously there was a one usher that drew the classic…. I have never laughed so hard looking back at people’s drunk efforts!
THE CAKE | Our cake was made by Vanessa at My Little Shop of Cakes. She has an awesome kitchen outside the back of house. Cake tasting was very fun.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | We were blown away with John Barwood and his wife Sophie. Truly incredible. Didn’t notice them, hardly posed. Captured every single moment including the 10 minutes of rain, rainbows, blue and cloudy sky. The photos made me relive every single moment over and over again.
VIDEOGRAPHER | Truly wonderful chaps. Dave and Jamie from wildfire weddings were mutual friends of my cousin’s. They edited everything beautifully. Whilst on honeymoon getting a sneak peek with a trailer made the wait for the final edit even more exciting. They had a chic, vintage and smooth way of making things look so effortless! Well worth every penny! You can watch the sneak peak here and the video here.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Table Names – A friend from work Gemma; fabulous illustrator drew all our images, I wanted to not have table numbers or name. Just an image. We had a British aspect for each table, my from the British bulldog, fish and chips, the London bus and of course the crown on the top table! I can’t wait to frame these images and appreciate her personalised efforts!
Typically classic card postbox would have gone with our Card table, but decided to link in the theme of teaching and an old school vintage desk. Once I found the pigeon holes, the rest followed; complete with graduation hat, quill, books, and our guest book in the style of a school report. Designed by my husband and actually hand made by my brother. The comments and advice for home economics, maths were hilarious. I really enjoyed reading it the next day.
THE HONEYMOON | Sri Lanka
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | Willing and wishing it didn’t rain, and my husband coming to save me in our 10 minute downpour! Hilarious and actually one of my favourite moments!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Don’t listen to anyone else, do what you want to do!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | John Barwood
Venue | Loseley Park
Videographer | Wildfire Weddings
Catering | Caper & Berry
Bride’s Shoes | Charlotte Mills
Flower Crown | Sophie & Luna
Band | Smooth Sailors
Cake | My Little Shop of Cakes
Kirsten and Steve, what a fabulously British wedding day you had, thank you ever so much for sharing it with us here at WWW. Rachel x