Today’s real wedding is one of those timeless celebrations which I know I can blog now, and brides in 2025 will still be turning to it for inspiration. It’s sheer luxe and so beautiful – Rebecca is breathtaking, her husband Dominic looks fabulous, and the venue is out of this world! Wow.
The venue was magnificent and required minimal decoration. Our florist decorated both the day and evening rooms. The evening venue was the Queen Mary Undercroft at the Naval College which had pillars in it. Our florist put fairy lights and ivory up around the pillars and we had two large pedestal flower sprays which were at the entrance.
The little details are as wonderful as the overall look of the day… it’s perfect. Images of the day are by lovely Claire MacIntyre for Bardot Weddings. Discover more here:
“Rebecca and Dominic just made this the most romantic wedding, they are so very deeply in love, they were in their own bubble of amour all day, constantly looking at each other, attending to each others needs, kissing, embracing, it really was such a privilege to see. And Rebecca, the bride, looked like Grace Kelly in her Ronald Joyce princess ballgown. Passers by were quite literally stopping and staring at her, which Dominic, the groom, revelled in!
The Painted Hall was out of this world. I have only seen venues like this in Italy, it was like stepping onto the set of a movie. Inside the Painted Hall itself, the artwork and natural light, the chandeliers, the history. I have never seen so many speechless guests. And to be able to enjoy the architecture and grounds right next to the Thames at The Greenwich Naval College was a dream.” ~ Claire, Bardot Weddings
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We searched online but found Claire through Facebook.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Claire was amazing we had a Skype chat to go through any questions we had. She added us as friends on Facebook so she could get to know us as a couple, so on our wedding day we felt very comfortable around her. Claire is a very positive person she is passionate about photography and you can tell she loves a good wedding and her work is beautiful.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Claire sent us a sneak peak the day we returned from our honeymoon and we were so excited. The photos were amazing capturing the details of the day with informal shots of us and our guests. Really capturing our theme and we love them all.
The Painted Hall The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
A fairytale the best day of our lives.
Your wedding style or theme:
The style of our wedding was classic vintage chic using a colour pallette of pastel pink and gold. Our theme was live music throughout.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We found most of our suppliers online and through recommendations.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Have a budget stick to it and negotiate on price. If you are into arts and crafts then creating your own stationery and little details where you can will save you money.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Entertainment, photos and videographer.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
We designed our own wedding invitations and had them printed via vista.com
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Absolutely yes I didn’t want to take it off. I found the design online and just had to try it on. It was the first dress I tried on and just fell in love with it completely. I knew it was the one.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Wedding dress designed by Ronald Joyce. The Boutique where I bought my dress was Brenda Lorraine they were a lovely bridal shop specialising in Ronald Joyce gowns. When I went for my fittings they only allow one fitting at a time so it was a lovely one on one intimate experience where you truly felt special. Brenda and her husband Paul were lovely. I highly recommend them.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My maid of honor bought my head piece which was a beautiful swarvoski crystals with pearls (my something new) this was from Brenda Lorraine. My shoes were designed by Rachel Simpson beautiful soft ivory leather and really comfortable to wear. I wore vintage dress jewellery earrings for my something old and a pale pink and white swarvoski crystal bracelet from my aunt for my something borrowed.
And what did the groom wear?
Tailor made navy blue 3 piece suit with an inscription of our wedding date inside the jacket and tailor made shirt including embroidered initials on the cuffs. Made by A Suit That Fits. I also had handmade cufflinks as a wedding day present from Rebecca which had part of our vows inscripted on them
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Navy blue floor length gown with lace embroidered back from house of fraser
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
My hair and makeup artists were amazing. Make up artist was Kristina Gasperas and my hair stylist was Kasia Fortuna they were really calming on the day and made me and my bridesmaids look beautiful.
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Our wedding flowers were pale pink peonies, green hydrangeas & white old English Roses. Our florist was Flowers by Marion who did a wonderful display and also provided our chair covers. Marion and her husband were amazing throughout. They met us several times at the Painted Hall to plan how we wanted our flowers displayed.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
I created our table plan using an old gold frame found in a charity shop. Decorated with hessian, artificial flowers & bunting. My cousin Katherine is an illustrator and designed our table names for us which were lyrics from bands we saw when we were dating.
I also designed & created the wedding invitations, order of service, Thank You Box and bunting. We also made our wedding favours which were playlist of songs chosen by our guests. I really enjoyed making each part and it was a relaxing and fun part of the wedding planning.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Nicola from Hall of Cakes was our wedding cake designer. Our cake was made of 5 tiers all different flavours and decorated with ice pipping and lace in pastel pale pink, Tiffany blue and gold. The top tier was shaped as a dome to represent The Greenwich Observatory and Navel College.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Our theme was live music so it was very important to us to ensure we had good entertainment. We had a string trio for the ceremony and a live band in the evening who were both fantastic. The evening band were funky soul / indie rock called Just Groove. They were amazing and got all of our guests up dancing. The lead signed had an amazing voice and had also been on The Voice!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Try to find time to spend with each other during your special day. Relax and enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly!
Also maybe have a receiving line at your wedding breakfast so you can relax and enjoy the evening knowing that you’ve said hello to all your guests.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Everything, feeling that we have become one solid unit. Knowing that you have your best friend by your side to share your life with
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Wedding dress boutique:
City String Trio:
Adam Nicholas Videographer:
Claire Macintyre for Bardot Weddings:
Make up artist & Hair stylist
Cake and other desserts: Hall of Cakes
Catering: Ampersand the Old Royal Naval College
Shoes: Rachael Simpson
Jewellery/Rings: Vogue Diamond – The lanes in Brighton
Groom’s Attire: Bespoke suit – A Suit That Fits