Hello, you lovely people! How is your morning going so far? I’m up to my nose in wedding place name cards today, but that definitely doesn’t mean I can’t share this fabulous wedding with you today. It’s a real feast for the eyes – Bianca and Christopher look great together, and they created a reception full of adorable details and creative touches. Watch out for the cake, the fabulous library, card table and oh! the bridesmaids and the bathtub!!!
My huge thanks to beautiful bride Bianca and her gorgeous husband Christopher for sharing their story with us all today on the English Wedding Blog. Thank you also to wedding photographer Tony Gameiro for the images of their day. Tony comes with a big recommendation from the bride and groom – read it in their wedding story at the end of the article. You’ll love this. Enjoy! Claire x
Oxon Hoath, Tonbridge, TN11 9SS
How would you describe your wedding style?
Invitations and reception stationery:
Save the dates were a home-made luggage label decorated with lace and a bespoke wedding stamp. Invitations were 1920’s style Parisian postcards. Reception stationery again was luggage labels affixed to homemade chutney which served as the favours (to accompany the evening’s cheese cake).
What did you both wear?
Christopher wore Newbury style tails with silver shaded waistcoat and cravat. (Without top hat)
A little about the wedding ceremony:
This took place in the grand library at Oxon Hoath, the central feature of the house chateau country estate. Guests were seated facing floor to ceiling windows overlooking the manicured lawns and rose gardens. Bianca entered from a sweeping staircase to ‘Verlaine’ by Charles Trenet. Whilst guests were waiting they listened to a collection of 1920’s & 1930’s French jazz music.
Which readings did you choose?
‘A Dance’ by Colin Wicker and ‘Love’ by Roy Croft.
Tell us a little about your wedding venue styling and details:
The venue offered many beautiful original features in a 600 year old chateau style country estate. Ornate fireplaces were surrounded by antique furniture and original floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the summer sun. We added home decorated vintage jars, vases and candles to enhance the Parisian theme. Cake stands formed the base of the centre pieces decorated with vintage roses.
Wedding music and entertainment:
Bianca’s cousin sang in her jazz styled tones outside on the lawns during the Pimm’s reception and a jazz swing band, The Belles, played a 3 hour set in the evening. For their final song they handed out various percussion instruments for people to play along with (i.e. make a racket!) and it was pretty difficult for Ethel to wrestle the instruments back as they were packing up!
Memorable wedding day moments:
The biggest surprise, and most loved, was a video made by one of the bridesmaids as a wedding gift. The video featured many of the guests, including those far abroad who could not make the wedding, singing along to ‘Going to the chapel’ in many different guises and locations.
Wedding day advice:
An old cliché but really try and absorb everything that is going on and enjoy the memorable day. On a practical note in the lead up to the wedding don’t be afraid to negotiate with your local suppliers, I even managed to do this in my local Sainsbury’s! We also found it really useful to set up a wedding email address to communicate information to our friends and family. This allowed us to send out practical updates days before the wedding and for our guests to be able to RSVP and ask questions easily.
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- The band were excellent and great value for money. We found The Belles through an agency called Warble Entertainment but the majority of the band also play under The Flying Ties, who have their own website.
- We were really pleased with the flowers also, supplied by Katie Mackintosh.
- Last but definitely not least, our photographer Tony Gameiro who captured our style, guests and the details beautifully. He also coped very well with the excitable and demanding hen party who liked to pose in front of the camera!