Dean and Leah are awesome! They had a super glamorous wedding at Warwick House, styled with elegant gold and white accents – and a gloriously golden wedding cake which just looks too good to eat.
They wanted their day to be simple, elegant and classy with a glam twist and oh they soooo got it right! From the shoes to the flowers and venue this is a fabulously chic day to inspire brides and grooms styling a contemporary wedding.
Images are by Ryan and Sara Photography, who get a brilliant review from our gorgeous couple. You can find out more about them here:
The English Wedding Blog Interview
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Dean and Leah Falconer
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We spent a lot of time looking at different photographers but wanted more contemporary modern photos rather than traditional. When we came across Ryan and Sara’s website and their style of photography was just what we were looking for!
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Ryan and Sara did a fantastic job on the day, they captured lots of amazing shots and the album is beautiful. My advice for other brides is to have a list of the must have pictures you would like, there’s so much going on, on the day you may forget.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
We couldn’t believe how many pictures Ryan and Sara had taken of the day. They were all perfect and whittling them down to go into our wedding album was really difficult. It took a while to choose but we got there in the end and are really pleased with them.
Warwick house in Southam
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Elegant, classy, simple, beautiful, gold, white, fun, happy
Your wedding style or theme:
We wanted a classy yet simple wedding with a glam twist hence the gold splashes of colour.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
I bought every bridal magazine going and was continuously on google!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Do lots of research and if you can do it yourself, go for it. Personal touches are special.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Flowers! We spent a lot on flowers but they were perfect. We had lots on the tables and around the venue. For me it’s the flowers that dress a venue.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We looked through lots of wedding magazines and websites for ideas and the styles we liked, then designed and had printed our own stationary which included invitations, table plan, place settings and menus on the tables.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes. As soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for me. I was lucky to have two dresses, my day dress I found in a bridal boutique and my evening dress was put together by a seamstress, she was fab!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
I went for gold heels in the day and simple jewellery and Jimmy Choo sandals in the evening and glam earrings.
And what did the groom wear? Any recommendations for tailors?
Dean wore a Hugo boss black tuxedo. We loved the classiness of the look and Dean and all the boys looked gorgeous!
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore gold and silver sequinned gowns and all looked absolutely amazing. We had lots of comments on how beautiful they looked and dresses fitted each of them perfectly
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I’m lucky to work in the hairdressing industry so a friend of mine did our hair for us and our make up was done by another friend who does it as a hobby but does a great job, we all felt like superstars!
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
I went to a flower wholesaler (All seasons floral supplies) in Coventry and was in my element with all the different flowers to choose from. We knew we wanted white and green so we went for hydrangeas which are my absolute fav, white roses and white stocks. We kept it simple with the different types of flowers in separate vases along with their green leaves. Everybody commented on how lovely they looked
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Warwick house is a beautiful venue. I especially liked it here because it would have looked lovely as it is but is also a blank canvas for someone that wants to add their own touch. I hired gold chivari chairs, purchased a gold sequin table cloth for the top table and added gold doilies to the tables to add colour. We also hired some fantastic light up letters from ‘the word is love’ saying DANCE and LOVE, these were a real hit with the guests and I would definitely recommend.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
I was obsessed with Pinterest and I found a picture of a cake we liked which was the easy part. It was a white and gold 4 tier cake with ruffles on the white layers with chocolate and vanilla sponge inside. We had the cake made by ‘Shelleys cakes’. A friend recommended her to me after seeing her on Facebook and sent me the link to look at her work. She has done some amazing designs and her attention to detail was spot on which was a real must for me. We sampled some of her cakes and they were delicious. We were really pleased with her work and the cake was beautiful. We added a white hydrangea to the top tier to finish it off.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired a DJ to play in the evening. We gave him a play list and he added a few songs in to cater to all the guests tastes in music. We also organised for a casino to set up for the guests which was great fun. There were prizes to give out at the end of the night for the person which the most Monopoly money!!
On the day tips and advice:
My biggest piece of advice I can give would be to have a wedding planner or a designated person who knows what you like to help set up the venue. I spent most of the morning of the wedding setting up the tables to make sure everything was perfect. I wish I had somebody to do this for me so I could of relaxed a bit more and spent time with my bridesmaids. This is a once in a lifetime moment and nobody wants regrets about what they wish could have been better. My wedding was planned in 5 months but I enjoyed every minute of it.
What’s the best thing about being married?
The best thing about being married is that nothing has changed for Dean and I. We are very much in love as we were when we first met! It’s nice to have his surname too!
Favourite supplier list for other brides and grooms:
All seasons floral supplies, Coventry
Shelleys Scrumptious Cakes, Nuneaton