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Beautiful April colours in today’s Pembroke Lodge wedding blog, with Karen Flower Photography

How many of you are getting married this spring? The weeks seem to be flying by, and with the sunny days we’ve been having it almost feels like April is here already… so I thought it’d be a perfect day to share Fiona and Matthew’s wonderful April wedding blog with you. The gorgeous couple were married in Richmond, Surrey, and their Pembroke Lodge wedding is beautifully styled for springtime.

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I adore Fiona’s lace dress (the back is just so beautiful, isn’t it… she’s such a stunning bride!) and the soft white and blue flowers are the perfect special touch for their day. Everything is captured beautifully by lovely Surrey wedding photographer Karen Flower – do visit her website (oh! and read the review Fiona and Matthew give her in their wedding report at the end of the blog – she comes very highly recommended indeed!) www.karenflowerphotography.com

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Our wedding report: Fiona and Matthew

Wedding venue:

Pembroke Lodge

Can you describe your wedding in a single sentence?

A huge great smiley day surrounded by the people we love the most!

What was your reaction to seeing your wedding photos for the first time?

Over the moon! Karen sent us a sneak preview exactly a month after the wedding. It happened to coincide with my parent’s wedding anniversary so we were out for a meal at the time looking at our very special show reel in tears!

Were you pleased with your wedding photographer?

We were delighted with her. From our first meeting, Karen made us feel comfortable, fully involved and excited with every new arrangement. I gave Karen a mission impossible for Matthew’s photography as I had a few surprises planned for him at Twickenham stadium so we had a few secret meetings which were great fun.

Your wedding style and theme:

Matt proposed to Fiona under a tree in Richmond Hill with a fabulous view overlooking the river Thames. The tree motif was incorporated into the stationery beautifully designed by Jo Gold, including the place settings and seating plan. The flowers were beautiful seasonal spring buds with blooms like blue Muscari, white ranunculus and stephanotis.

Any happy tears on the day?

Plenty from our wonderful friends and family! I was far too busy smiling which is evident from every single image.

How long did you spend planning your wedding?

A year and a half.

Best bit of budget advice?

I know people grimace at this but an Excel spreadsheet is invaluable. We could budget and keep track of every pound.

Invitations and stationery:

Our sister in law, Jo Gold, is a stationery designer and made everything from the invitations, orders of service, place cards, to the seating plan, all using our engagement tree motif.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

My wedding dress was by Maggie Sottero from Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley, it has a top layer of beautiful lace and a skirt made for swishing about. A special gift from a friend’s mum was the bespoke dress hanger with Fiona’s name on it – a perfect keepsake for the wedding.

Glitz and sparkle: the bride’s accessories

From M&S and Accessorize.

The groom wore:

A suit by Dapper in Surbiton, Surrey.

Beautiful bridesmaids:

My ‘best girls’ wore navy dresses by Dessy.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

Professional – Bex Mailey who is utterly fabulous and worked non-stop from 6.15am to midday!

Wedding flowers:

Ditton flowers made the bouquet and buttonholes and altar flowers. The bridesmaids decorated the pew ends and did all the reception flowers using some pretty white buckets from Ikea.

The ceremony:

mass at St Mary’s University Chapel, Strawberry Hill
Wedding readings: Book of the Apocalypse (19:1, 5-9).Psalm 148 and a reading from St Paul to the Romans 12:1-2, 9-18. John 15:12-16

General styling – did your venue need much decoration?

We kept things simple with fresh white and a touch of blue as a nod to our university colours. My chief bridesmaid Catherine did a phenomenal job transporting our chapel flowers to transform the reception venue with her own gorgeous table blooms. It looked completely beautiful.

The wedding cake: traditional or quirky?

Matt’s Mum, Teresa made the cake and all the scrummy cupcakes in different flavours.

Entertainment:

Declan McKeever composed music especially for Fiona and Matt for the ceremony and recessional.

On the day tips and advice:

Have a good breakfast and make sure you have water to hand as I was incredibly thirsty at the church!

What’s the best thing about being married?

Just knowing that you have someone who will be your champion no matter what is the best feeling in the world.

Quick supplier list for other brides and grooms:

Venue – Pembroke Lodge http://www.pembroke-lodge.co.uk/
Photography – Karen Flower www.karenflowerphotography.com
Dress – Maggie Sottero at Miss Bush Bridal http://www.missbushbridalblog.co.uk
Shoes – Rachel Simpson http://www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk/
Groom’s suit – http://www.dapper.co.uk/
Flowers – Ditton’s Flowers http://www.floristsurbiton.co.uk/#!
Hair / make-up- Bex Mailey http://www.bcreative-artist.co.uk/
Cake – Matt’s Mum.
Stationery- Jo Gold http://www.jogold.co.uk/
Music- Declan McKeever

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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