Time for a lovely wedding this morning, don’t you think? I’m so delighted to be able to share Rebecca and Andy’s Cambridge wedding on the blog with you this morning – they styled their day with a personal twist on traditions and the result is timeless and beautiful. Stunning bride Rebecca really rocks her Candy Anthony wedding dress, Andy looks fab in his slim fit suit from Jack Bunneys, and the bridesmaids look fantastic in dresses by Vivien of Holloway!
Images are by the very lovely Pavone Photography – thank you Sam and Louise for sharing this wonderful wedding with us all today. I hope you all enjoy it!
Rebecca and Andy’s retro, personal, beautiful Cambridge wedding
Your names: Rebecca and Andy
Your wedding photographer’s website: www.pavonephotography.co.uk
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
From the moment we met with Sam and Louise we knew they would be our wedding photographers. They were such a lovely couple and their style was exactly what we were looking for. They were the first photographers we met and decided we didn’t need to see any others.
Hotel Felix, in Cambridge. The hotel is a beautiful Victorian building with a modern twist. The garden and terrace really made it stand out for us especially as there was an option to get married outside in the gazebo.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
We were in America on the last few days of our honeymoon when we received the link through. We were too excited to wait until we got home that we looked through them all straight away on my iPad.
Your wedding style and theme:
We didn’t start off planning a theme for our wedding, in fact I kept changing my mind a lot of what I wanted. It wasn’t until I stumbled across www.weddingchicks.com the idea was born. I found a save the date card with a plane on and chose the tiffany blue and it all evolved from there.
Any happy tears on the day?
I thought I would be crying the whole day but actually I felt so so happy and overwhelmed that I didn’t cry until afterwards when we looked at our photos together.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
Andy and I wouldn’t be able to agree on this! We got engaged in April 2011 so I would say around a year and a half, but Andy says I was hinting at him proposing since we got together in 2005 so he believes I had it all planned when he proposed!
Best bit of budget advice?
Write a realistic budget and overestimate the costs. Try to factor in all the little details which may not cost a lot in comparison but the costs soon start to mount up! As Andy is an accountant, he was very good at controlling my spending!!
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I love our wedding stationery so much! After I had found our save the date cards, I began searching for travel themed invitations. I found an amazing website called http://www.idoityourself.com.au/ which is run by Jennifer who is an incredible designer. Everything on her website can be customised exactly how you want it, once you’re happy with the proof she sends through the final design as high resolution file which you can either print at home, or get it professionally printed. Jennifer designed all of our stationery, including the photo booth sign and our seating plan. I lined each envelope with maps which took hours and hours but I loved doing it and I think it looks really striking (everyone thinks I’m crazy when I tell them this, but I love details!)
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes, from the moment I first put it on I knew it was the one. In fact, Hazel at Candy Anthony had to really persuade me to try on others to make sure! It really was perfect and exactly what I was looking for.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Candy Anthony, Oxo Tower Wharf Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I wore a really adorable hat with a birdcage veil, the lace matched my dress and it had a little bow on, also from Candy Anthony. My shoes were RonRon by Christian Louboutin in turquoise and I wore pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet which Andy surprised me with on the day.
The groom wore:
the Harrogate by Jack Bunneys, a stunning slim fit navy suit with brown brogues, ivory tie and personalised map cufflinks which I gave Andy on the morning of our wedding. One cufflink was Hangzhou, China where we got engaged, and the other was Cambridge.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My lovely ladies wore really beautiful floral halterneck full circle dresses by Vivien of Holloway, with petticoats underneath. I absolutely love the dresses and I think they looked so stunning!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Our hair was done by Shelley Watson of The Hair Boutique, in Royston, Hertfordshire. She created a masterpiece with my hair, it looked so stunning and lasted all day. I hadn’t decided on how the bridesmaids were to have their hair, and Shelley created the styles there and then and they were so perfect – all slightly different but in keeping with the 1950s style of the dresses.
I originally was going to do my own makeup, I had lessons and had keep practicing, but on the morning a makeup artist arrived – a surprise my lovely matron of honour, Becca had arranged with the bridesmaids!
I went to a local florist in Cambridge called www.flowerhouse.co.uk. I knew I definitely wanted hydrangeas as they are my favourite flower, but the florist explained that in October they were going out of season. I saw some beautiful Amnesia roses in the shop and asked them to create something using them. I was extremely vague! When the flowers arrived on the day, I was blown away by how beautiful they were. I had a mix of white and purple hydrangeas with the amnesia roses. My maids had smaller versions and the buttonholes were the roses only. To cut costs down, I bought 8 orchids from Tesco for the table centrepieces which I gave as gifts at the end of the evening.
We were soooo lucky with the weather! It had poured down in the morning and everything was set up outside ready which was really worrying me but the sun came out 5 minutes before I walked out and it was so beautiful! So lucky for October!
I’ll be there for you by Louise Cuddon was read by one of Andy’s ushers, Charlie Fidler. Which we chose because it sums up our relationship perfectly!
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We were lucky because Hotel Felix is already decorated so beautifully, that we only needed to add a few touches. We hired chair covers and tiffany blue sashes from www.sweetpeaandme.co.uk which transformed the room straight away. My mum and dad patiently cut me thousands and thousands of hearts from old maps which I bought from amazon to scatter on the table, which looked so fantastic! I made some bunting from the left over maps which we hung on the gift table and by the photo booth. We gave each guest a flag from a country they had either visited, or are associated with which was a great talking point at the tables. I stamped each guest’s name, and wrote the reason on a luggage tag. My Dad made the table numbers which looked so great, I am so grateful for all the help my parents gave me with the details.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
I originally was going for quirky but changed my mind to a simple but pretty three tiered cake with polka dots and a single rose on the top with Mr and Mrs bunting. Becca’s mum Marian Brewer made our cake as our present to us, which was so lovely. Becca bought the bunting as another surprise!
We had http://www.jazzambience.co.uk/ a Cambridge based jazz band during the drinks reception. They were so good, we had gone back and forth with the idea of a jazz band and they were definitely worth it. They were fantastic!
On the day tips and advice:
Everyone will tell you this, but it is very true – the day goes so fast, try to take everything in and enjoy it. I am a bit of a control freak and find it hard to let go, but Hotel Felix were so amazing and took care of everything. Let your wedding co-coordinator have control of everything on the day, your job is to enjoy yourself and spend time with your guests!
What’s the best thing about being married?
Everything! I love being married! I love being Andy’s wife! I love that we are our own little family now! After nearly 9 years together, I love that we have the same last name!