I think Diana and John are amazing and I can’t think of a better way to end the week than with this brilliant wedding. If you don’t smile along with John in the next few minutes then your heart is made out of bricks and you’re on the wrong wedding blog. (Oh but I know you’ll smile because this is the best feel-good wedding, I promise you’ll love it!)
Diana is gorgeous and wears the cutest Candy Anthony wedding dress. John is an absolute star who wears his heart on his sleeve and has the best, biggest, most adorable smile ever! Together they make a standout couple and I just love the whole spirit of their wedding day. You will too.
Diana and John’s wedding will also appear in my real weddings menu at the top of the English Wedding Blog. See more London weddings on the English Wedding Blog by navigating from the top menu of the English Wedding Blog to real weddings by region! Huge thanks to my lovely friend and wedding photographer Martin Beddall for sharing this wedding with us all today. Enjoy!
Our wedding report: Diana & John Rosie
Wedding photographer’s website: www.mcbweddings.com
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?
We couldn’t have been more delighted. We wanted a reportage style and looked at countless photographers’ websites. Martin had been named Professional Photographer of the Year, but it was his storytelling that clicked with us – he gives the viewer a sense of being there. On a personal and professional level, we’re so pleased Martin was part of our day.
The ceremony was at St Vedast alias Foster – a gorgeous Christopher Wren church behind St Paul’s. Everyone there was very warm and welcoming and we really appreciated their support in the lead up to and on the day.
After the ceremony, we jumped in a black cab and had our photos taken around iconic London landmarks. It was lots of fun and we were amazed by the cheers and applause we received – even white van men tooted us!
The reception was at The University Women’s Club. Maybe it’s because it’s a women’s club, but the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable – elegant without being grand. We had the run of the whole club including a library, drawing room, bar and patio. Our menu was bangers and mash followed by trifle and it was delicious.
What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?
Martin sent one to us on our honeymoon – it really made us laugh.
Your wedding style and theme:
We didn’t have one. My dress was Audrey-inspired, while John’s suit was part Mod, part country gent. I was leaving London so we celebrated the city, but the favours were beautiful dishes made in the Potteries where John’s from. If anything, our theme was comfort. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and enjoy the day.
Any happy tears on the day?
I knew my Dad’s speech would be touching, but I wasn’t prepared for the pride he so eloquently expressed. I wasn’t the only one – half the room were in tears.
How did the two of you meet?
Online. We met in person at Leicester Square, got engaged 6 months later and our wedding day was just shy of a year after our first date.
How long did you spend planning your wedding?
6 months. There is a lot of choice in London so I spent a great deal of time online. Once we had a shortlist of suppliers, it was easy to make decisions quickly.
Best bit of budget advice?
Don’t believe all the ‘Must Haves’ the internet tells you about. Less really can be more. Think about what you want on the day and get that right. And where appropriate, ask about a discount. No one’s going to be offended and even it’s not possible, sometimes people throw in little extras for you.
Wedding invitations and on the day stationery:
I’m an advertising copywriter, so wrote the stationery myself then asked for help from friends in the business. One lovely friend designed the invitation, another helped us produce the Order of Service. I bought a stack of London postcards and we printed the RSVP on the back ourselves. We carried the ‘perfect pairings’ to the table names including: ‘Marks & Spencer’ and ‘Wallace & Gromit’.
Martin took a photo of us with all our guests cheering at him, so we used that for our Thank You cards, with CHEERS! printed on it.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Every time I put it on. If I didn’t see it for a couple of months I’d start to develop doubts. But the moment I put it on again, I adored it.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Candy Anthony. Rachel who works there designed the accessories and completely understood the look I was going for. Having received blank looks when I mentioned the film Funny Face at other places, Rachel just smiled and brought out a veil with a bow.
Rachel also suggested lining my ivory jacket with a fabulous rose pattern. On the day, I was able to turn the fully reversible jacket inside out after the ceremony and emerge as Mrs Rosie. What a crowd pleaser!
Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories:
I thought wedding shoe shopping would be fun, but finding a pair of 60’s style courts in a petite size 36 seemed impossible. Eventually, I found the perfect pair online at less than £100 – and they even had bows on them!
The bow on my veil was separate so I had that in my hair in the evening. I wore my own pearl jewellery, and found some tiny white gloves in a vintage shop. Oh, and I had Mrs Rosie embroidered on a pair of silk knickers!
The groom wore:
A bespoke 3 piece Tonic Suit from James Taylor in Manchester, and Barkers boots.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
I didn’t have any. All of my friends are gorgeous and I didn’t want to be upstaged! My oldest friend Dominique was my witness and bouquet-holder, so I was very well looked after.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
DIY. John’s only request was ‘Please look like you’. I don’t wear much make up and my hair does its own thing. My sister and friend helped me achieve a natural but camera-friendly look, and we tried to tame my curls but it was a humid day so John got his wish.
Pink roses and gypsophila. My mum and I were up at 5am to go to Covent Garden flower market a couple of days before the wedding. We found the perfect pink roses to match my jacket for the bouquet and buttonholes. We used baby’s breath in the church, but Mum also made some bows with long ribbons for the pews which looked stunning. Thanks to some helpful chaps at the flower market and a very clever Mum, we spent less than £100 on flowers.
Traditional Church of England. I arrived to John Stanley’s Trumpet Voluntary as I wanted something cheery. There were some humorous moments during the ceremony including my Dad’s pregnant pause when asked if he’d give me away, and the vicar dropping my ring!
During the signing of the registry, our very talented organist Joe played the piano quite beautifully. We had Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 15 followed the music from Cinema Paradiso, John’s favourite film. While the witnesses were signing and in a very private moment, we had a dance. It’s one of my favourite memories of the day.
Song of Solomon and an excerpt from Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls.
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Hardly any – single roses on each table (we had sharing food) and a couple of bunches of flowers at key spots.
The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?
Traditional. A friend of my Mum’s made it and my sister Jan decorated it. She painted every tiny ball, and got the colours just right – it was very elegant.
We wanted to avoid that limbo guests go through while the couple are having their photos taken, so we arranged a tour on Routemaster buses. I used to work in tourism, and a couple of friends agreed to be tour guides. They found amazing ‘I never knew that!’ facts about the City to keep even the Londoners entertained.
Our first dance was Bring Me Sunshine by Morecambe and Wise, then we had a disco with lots of our favourite 80’s music.
On the day tips and advice:
All your hard work’s done – now let your suppliers do what they do best. And have fun – it’s infectious.
What’s the best thing about being married?
It’s as warm and funny as a Morecambe and Wise Christmas special, every single day.
Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:
- Martin Beddall: www.mcbweddings.com
- Candy Anthony: www.candyanthony.com/bridal
- The University Women’s Club: www.universitywomensclub.com
- St Vedast alias Foster: www.vedast.org.uk
- Georgia Rose: www.sarenza.co.uk/georgia-rose
- James Taylor: www.jamespersonaltailor.co.uk
- Barkers: www.barker-shoes.co.uk
- Ushers suits: www.moss.co.uk
- Invitation design: www.themostjam.com
- Routemasters: www.traditional-travel.co.uk
- DJ: rmgmusic.co.uk
- Knicker embroidery: www.gemmasembroidery.co.uk
- Covent Garden Flower Market: www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/flowers