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A Gatsby inspired vintage wedding at Chiswick House

Hi again! I love the wedding features I’ve been able to share with you this week – and today’s is ever so special.

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Ryan and Laura’s wedding day is beautiful and mixes vintage elements with classic, timeless styling: from Laura’s graceful Lisa Redman wedding dress to the art deco style cocktail menus and elegant roses used throughout the day. I know you’ll love and be inspired by today’s real wedding blog from Chiswick House.

The images are by the very lovely Benjamin Toms, and beautiful bride Laura has very kindly written a full wedding report to share with all of you today. Watch out for the gorgeous little flower girl leading everyone down the aisle, and the inflatable guitars at the end of the day!

Enjoy! Claire xxx

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Laura and Ryan’s Gatsby inspired vintage wedding

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The wedding of Ryan & Laura Sandilands

The proposal: Ryan proposed during a beautiful holiday in the Maldives, whilst watching a sunset with a cocktail.

Wedding venue: Chiswick House and Gardens

Photographer: Kent wedding photographer Ben Toms

How would you describe your wedding style? A vintage Gatsby-inspired style

Ryan and Laura had a civil wedding and chose some really lovely wedding readings: On Your Wedding Day (read by a close friend of the bride), A Tapestry of love (read by Father of the Groom), A lovely love story (Edward Monkton) (read by 9 year old niece of the Groom – not leaving a dry eye in the room!)

Laura wore a stunning bespoke silk gown bespoke made by Lisa Redman, with a keyhole back and beautiful vintage beading.

Ryan wore a morning suit in grey with a cream waistcoat.

What were your wedding highlights?

It had been a pretty rainy summer and the morning of our wedding was the first time the sun had appeared for what seemed like months. We felt so lucky as it put everyone in such good spirits from the beginning.

The ambience was perfect before and during the ceremony. Mainly due to the wonderful interior of the venue and enhanced by Ludovico Einaudi’s Berlin song as the bride entered (and the rest of his album before the ceremony).

The bridal car was a beautiful cream Rolls Royce Silver Cloud which set the scene of a Gatsby inspired day.

The bride is very fortunate to be friends with Dior’s international makeup artist, and he made the morning preparation magical.
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Wedding venue styling and details:

We chose a 1920s/30s Gatsby style garden party theme with a BBQ, hog roast and food stations on the lawn which was delicious and interactive. We added fun elements like a vintage style ice cream tricycle that was available all day and night (very popular with the kids!).

Champagne was served in 1930s style Champagne saucers. Guests sat at long trestle tables for a more relaxed party atmosphere, the tables were dressed in opulent vintage green damask table linen and an eclectic mix of crystal glassware running down the centre of each table (sourced from the bride’s Grandmother’s country house and charity shops).

A selection of flowers (Roses and peonies) filled the glassware giving an arty country garden feel. Balls of gypsum flowers framed the marquee with bay trees and fairy lights at each entrance.

We used black and white art deco wall paper to create a backdrop behind the top table and the cocktail bar which completely transformed the marquee.

Wedding music and entertainment:

The Bride’s brother-in-law’s band ‘Masters Of The Tuniverse’ played an acoustic version of a Crazy For You (similar to Groove Armada’s cover version) for the first dance followed by a mix of wedding music which appeal to all generations. The dance floor was full all night. It was surprising how much a few neon inflatable instruments encouraged such a playful atmosphere.

We had a photo booth and a box full of fancy dress items to encourage people to let their hair down (which they definitely did). The photos were printed as they were taken and guests stuck them in to a guest book and wrote comments next to them, so we now have a lovely book of memories and amusing photos.

There was a free bar which also included cocktails: the bride’s favourite, Passion Fruit Daiquiri, and the groom’s favourite, Mojito, being from the 1930s style monochrome bar.

Memorable wedding day moments:

  • Laura spending her last few minutes as a single woman with her dad in the car to the venue
  • Ryan first seeing Laura in her dress
  • Our daughter Eliya (15 months old) graced the aisle first as she stood a little overwhelmed by all the eyes focused on her elegant little flower girl dress, everyone thought she was very cute.
  • When Laura didn’t quite manage to not cry!

Wedding day advice:

Go with your initial thoughts in terms of theme, otherwise you will probably go around in circles and back to your first idea like we did, as it was more our style in the first place which is why it appealed to us.

Relax. There are people there whose job it is to sort out niggles on the day so that you can enjoy yourself.

You’ll want to catch up with everyone at your wedding but make sure you (the bride and groom) spend some quality time together, even if it’s just stepping outside to take a breather from all the action. The day will absolutely fly by!

Organise something that really gets the guests involved. For example, people couldn’t get enough of the photobooth we had there!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Sarah
    7 years ago

    I love the wedding dress – the back is so beautiful!

  • Oh wow wow wow! How stunning! I love the Gatesby 1920/1930’s theme and I just adore Laura’s backless dress. Congratulations Laura & Ryan and thank you for sharing x

  • Beautiful wedding , wonderful photographs. Congratulations.

  • Love the veil shot – looks like a fun wedding :-)!

  • chauffeurride
    6 years ago

    I recently came across your blog and its beautiful, such a beautiful wedding blog. Loved the photography stunning!!!

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