Oh my word… I just love Philippa and Andrew’s ballroom wedding. Today’s star bride on the English Wedding Blog is a modern day Audrey Hepburn – Philippa is stunning. And as a make up artist specialising in wedding make up, she’s shared her secrets for the perfect bridal look as part of her wedding report, at the end of the blog today! Thank you, lovely lady!
The wedding venue is the fabulous Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge. Images are from Mark Seymour Photography, based in Berkshire. Thank you Mark for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us today! http://markseymourphotography.co.uk/
The bride and groom: Andrew and Philippa
Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge, London. A countryside wedding was our original plan, however this was proving difficult because at the time we had 200 guests to invite. We didn’t want to go to a beautiful countryside manor and have to use a marquee – what’s the point of going to a stunning location to be put in a marquee and have to spend thousands dressing it? So we decided that interior was key and the Mandarin Oriental was the perfect answer. We had the best of both worlds, a beautiful ballroom with Hyde Park literally on your door step.
Mark Seymour Photography, http://markseymourphotography.co.uk
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
8 months (but secretly for a long time) lol
Best bit of budget advice?
Make sure you add some personal touches to the wedding, this will save you where you most need it. Prioritise your budget for an amazing Photographer and Videographer – these are invaluable!
Invitations and stationery:
My husband’s sister handmade all invites and stationery: http://eldarbeedesigns.co.uk/cards-2/wedding-stationary/
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
OMG yes, my Stephanie Allin dress was my “dream dress” – I loved it on the hanger even before I even pulled it past my waist I knew it was the one!
Audrey Hepburn & the 50s was my inspiration. My Stephanie Allin pale gold sequin “Bardot” dress, “Mandarin” jacket & green belt with flower was my dream dress. I had the dress shortened to just above the ankle to show off my stunning Diane Hassall bow wedding shoes and had a fresh water pearl fascinator designed for me.
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
The groom wore:
Suit custom made from Suit Supply online at http://eu.suitsupply.com/en_GB/home
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Being a professional makeup artist working strongly in the wedding industry, I decided to do my own makeup. My eyes are my feature so wanted to enhance them. Audrey Hepburn is my inspiration and so I kept the lashes full by applying cluster lashes all over, I kept the eyes defined with a flick liner and a subtle brown/purple smoke, a strong brow and beautiful, luminous fresh skin.
To ensure a longwear base I used Dinair Airbrush makeup which is sprayed onto the face and has up to 15hr stay without any touch ups. I couldn’t live without my Tom Ford blusher and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick to illuminate the skin and Bobbi Brown long wear liner in Jet. MAC pro longwear lip colour stain topped with Tom Ford lipstick complimented the look beautifully with a touch of gloss to finish. www.philippalouisemakeup.co.uk.
-Dayna Grey was my hair stylist.
We had a Jewish Ceremony held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. We had photos in the garden as the weather was so beautiful and headed down to the Hotel in our Bramwith Car. Walking down the isle with my Dad to my favourite song; “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” being played by the saxophone, was surreal!
We had a Jewish Ceremony and so we had a beautifully decorated Chuppah to stand under. It’s traditional to decorate the Chuppah with beautiful flowers and so had a cascading twig and floral design as the main feature on the two front panels of the Chuppah. The ceremony was full of lots of music, love, tradition and emotion. After the ceremony we were lucky enough to have or guests in the garden at the back of the hotel as the weather was incredible. Andy and I walked across the road to Hyde Park to have some wonderful pictures taken.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
The Mandarin Oriental Ballroom is so grand and elegant that we did not need to dress the venue. What we wanted to do was create some personal touches. Our theme was purple. This colour was used throughout from the hand made invitations & menus, the stationery, the men’s ties and throughout the flowers.
The overall styling was romantic and elegant. Being a makeup artist I love to mood board so this was always going to be a fun task! The colour scheme and the style of the wedding was so important. Purple was the chosen dominant colour used throughout the wedding on the invitations, menus, flowers, ties etc) with greys, golds and different coloured pastels to compliment. The ballroom was dripping in gold and had lots of huge mirrors inside and so the romantic mood was enhanced with soft purple and pink lighting. Candelabras were placed on every other table with a small floral display on top & pastel coloured scattered petals on the mirrored base. The alternate tables had a low flower display with tea lights and scattered petals so not to block anyone’s view. Purple was used throughout the flowers in different shades to enhance and compliment the mood.
We handmade 165 polaroid place names. The table plan and each table name represented each country we had been to. Our favours were “Forget Me Not” seeds. Andy’s sister hand-made each invitation and every menu. My maid of Honour Sarah painted a fun picture of the two of us. On one table there were pictures of our parents and grandparents when they got married, we had personalised coasters for on our table with little personalised tags around our wine glasses and a P & A wooden sign by the cupcake table. We had a table of two so we could enjoy the evening together & take in every moment.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Quirky! We wanted cupcakes made that had floral designs and subtle gold glitz. They were made for us by http://www.edibleartlondon.co.uk/ We chose to have a pastel and floral themed cupcake tower (including red velvet cupcakes) with a picture of us when we were little on the two top cupcakes. There were personalised signs on sticks placed in each cupcake too with sprinklings of edible gold shimmer on the icing.
This was the most amazing 11 piece band: http://www.creationmusicalservices.co.uk/
We had a 12 piece band called Creation – they literally created the most electric atmosphere. We did not stop dancing all night!! And with the wedding being Jewish, well, you can imagine how crazy the dancing was!
On the day tips and advice:
My husband and I had a table of two which we wanted so we could spend time quality time together. Make sure you take a few moments to look around the room and take everything in as it goes so quickly! Make your wedding as personal as you can. It’s the small personal touches that go a long way. Take a moment to sit back and look around the room. Everyone you love is in front of you, under one roof on your special day.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Make-up: Makeup by me the bride– www.philippalouisemakeup.co.uk
- Hair: Dayna Grey
- Photography: http://www.markseymourphotography.co.uk/
- Video: http://www.thedreamcatchers.co.uk/
- Venue: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/
- Dress: Stephanie Allin – http://www.stephanieallin.net/ at The Bride, St Albans http://www.the-bride.co.uk/
- Accessories: http://www.prettyperfect.net/products
- Shoes: http://www.bridalroguegallery.co.uk/shop/products/diane-hassall-cherish.html
- Bag: http://www.luluguinness.com/
- Bridesmaids dresses: Kelsey Rose at http://www.bodiceandbustle.co.uk/ and Coast Dresses
- Flower Girl Dresses: Ted Baker
- Groom’s outfit: http://eu.suitsupply.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-INT-Site/en_GB/Stores-Details?StoreID=stores-London-Vigo
- Stationery: http://www.eldarbeedesigns.co.uk/
- Flowers: http://www.funkyflowersevents.com/
- Cake: http://www.edibleartlondon.com/ Batya Bassin
- Catering: http://www.carolesobell.com/
- Transport: White Doves Wedding Cars
- Entertainment, Lighting, Chuppah: http://www.creationmusicalservices.co.uk/
- Toast Master: http://www.stevenwarwicktoastmaster.webs.com/
- Personal Touches: The Bride and Groom