I am head over heels for today’s gloriously romantic, winter, Christmas snow filled dramatic wedding :-) Wow!
Naomi and Dominic were married in December 2010, during those very snowy few weeks, causing a bit of drama on the day :-) but everyone pitched in to get the bride to the church. I love love love Naomi’s Jenny Packham gown and accessories and of course her beautiful furry cape, which i think she needed hehe! The couple aimed for a 1920’s classic vintage feel for their day which i think was achieved perfectly. The couple held their ceremony at Chilworth Friary, theirs being the very last wedding to be conducted there as it is about to rerun to the monks, how extra special.
These images just capture my heart and i adore the drama of the black and white photographs. Thanks so much to Surrey wedding photographers Gallowway Photography for letting me share their stunning work today….
We were in Barcelona for a long weekend break. We had decided to go for a stroll in the park after lunch and discovered there was a lake and we could hire a rowing boat. We had been out for a little while when I thought Dominic was going to crash into the island but then he got down on one knee , in the boat, and asked me to marry him. I burst into tears which wasn’t exactly the reaction he was looking for but I assured him they were definitely happy tears.
The Vision for the day….
We wanted to keep it simple and intimate with close friends and family. We didn’t really want a theme as such for the day but the style we wanted was a classic vintage look. Our colour scheme of silver and dusky pink, we thought it would work nicely with the time of year and once I had chosen my wedding dress a very definite vintage/ 1920s style was starting to emerge. Whilst our wedding was so close to Christmas we wanted more of a cosy winter wonderland feel rather than it being Christmasy.
The Planning process….
I bought a load of wedding magazines and started tearing out pictures of the things I liked. I kept a file and just kept adding to it when I saw things I liked. We’d always wanted a winter wedding so that helped a little bit. Once we’d decided on a venue and had our date we had just over a year to plan. This was great because it meant we could dip in and out of the planning, this meant we could really enjoy the planning and it didn’t get stressful. There were different things that were important to both of us, for example Dominic was really interested in the food and the car and I was interested in the photography side of things, so it meant that we could share the planning and the ideas and really make the day something we both wanted.
The Ceremony Readings + Music….
We didn’t decide in the readings and music until quite late on but we chose:
Processional- May The Grace of Christ, Our Saviour, Words by John Newton, Music by Heinrich Albert
Signing of the register- Ave Verum Mozart
Recessional- Toccata from the fifth organ symphony by Charles-Marie Widor
Hymns- O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder (Author Stuart K. Hine 1899-1989), Be still for the presence of the Lord (Author David Evans) and Give Me Joy In My Heart (Author unknown)
Readings- I will be here by Steve Chapman and Colossians 3 v12-17
My cousin Gillian was my maid of honour and my three bridesmaids were my cousin Sally and two friends Tammy and Charlie. The minute Dominic proposed I knew exactly who I wanted to be part of our day, Gillian and Sally are like sisters to me and Tammy and Charlie are two of my best friends so there was no question they would be my bridesmaids. I even called them from Barcelona to ask them all. I’m just thankful they all agreed.
Be sure to stop by this afternoon for the beautiful reception of this stunning wedding…