The style of Chell and Ben’s wedding is wonderful: this is a themed wedding done beautifully, and it’s a joy to scroll through their images! When this wonderfully sparkly, gold, glamorous wedding landed in my inbox I knew you’d adore every detail…
Oh my god I was obsessed with my wedding dress! We knew the theme we wanted almost straight away; Great Gatsby Glamour. I went online to search for 1920s style dresses and instantly fell in love with the Jenny Packham Eden dress in Platinum. It had 1920’s decadence but with a bridal twist. Effortlessly stylish and beautiful without being over the top. The detailing of all the sequins and beading made it stand out above all other dresses. I am still totally in love with it now and am always looking for 1920s events I can use as an excuse to wear it again. I’m even contemplating bringing it on our honeymoon to the Maldives so I can get some more beautiful photographs in it!
Our wedding flowers were stunning. Glamorous, beautiful and romantic is how I would describe them. I wanted them to tie in with the bridal dresses and colour scheme of the wedding which included golds, dusky pinks, white and peach. Our talented florist was Sarah Lay-Flurrie of Flowers by nature http://www.flowersbynature.org.uk
Images are by lovely Weddings by Sally Rose, based in London. Discover more from Sally Rose here:
Sally told me, “Chell looked absolutely stunning in her dress, as did the bridesmaids. There was a lot of laughter throughout the day and everyone was clearly having a great time, which made capturing those candid moments an absolute pleasure for me. Could really have asked for a better result!
The venue was superb. The grounds surrounding the venue add a special something to, not only the day, but the quality and variety of photos that I was able to capture for the couple.
The venue itself boasts a lot of outdoor space and options for photos, I was spoilt for choice as there were also some cool rooms inside also. This gave me the opportunity to do some more creative shots for their wedding album. We played on Chell’s 1920’s Great Gatsby theme. And, with her help, managed to capture some stunning photos of her, showcasing her ethereal beauty and the stunning venue. All in all, it was a fantastic & memorable day for everyone involved.”
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How did you choose your photographer?
I knew Sally from University and have always loved her photography style, especially her ability to capture unique stylish images.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
When we got engaged in 2014 i knew straight away who i wanted to shoot our wedding photographs, Sally. I booked her the same day we booked the venue as i didn’t want to be disappointed in case she got booked up. I have known Sally for several years from when I was at Uni and I have always loved her work both editorial and wedding. She has a natural flair for capturing interesting and beautiful images so there was no one else i wanted to capture our special day.
She was very professional from start to finish, requesting details of any particular shots we wanted, along with the usual family ones. I wanted several specific shots within our venue along with some sparkler shots in the evening and she happily stayed later to capture these for us. She did a brilliant job, which wasn’t easy. Throughout the day she was relaxed and attentive and I hardly noticed she was there capturing the candid shots. On our request she also found us a videographer, as i was desperate to get a video of the day to look back on in the future. They worked really well together, capturing different angles of the same shot.
The photographs were ready in a surprisingly short time and she sent us a lovely presentation box which held the USB stick. We were so excited and when we first saw them we were both amazed at how beautiful they were and how Sally had captured exactly the look we wanted of a Gatsby Glamour wedding. The photographs were beyond our expectations. We had a 1920s Great Gatsby themed wedding and I had a specific idea of what i wanted the photographs to be like and they were exactly as i had imagined in my mind. They were fun, glamorous, and beautiful. I would recommend Sally to anyone wanting exceptionally high quality wedding shots, especially interesting and unique ones. She captured the true feeling of our day and we can’t thank her enough.
Woodhall Manor, Sutton, Suffolk
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Beautiful, romantic, glamorous, filled with fizz and fun.
Your wedding style or theme:
Great Gatsby Glamour
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Online searches and wedding fairs were my main sources. I also knew a few of my suppliers which was a bonus and a couple were recommended by friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
My ultimate top tip would be sourcing a second hand wedding dress, if you find a dress you love look for it online to see if any stockists or selling sites have ones available second hand. I know some people might be a bit put off by the term second hand especially for their special day but the dresses are only worn for one day so are usually in excellent condition plus no one else even needs to know it is second hand. I saved well over a thousand pounds by doing this. Just check dresses with long trains as these can sometimes get a bit grubby after being dragged along the ground all day but you can always ask the seller to have it professionally cleaned for you.
Also if you are creative or have creative friends or family get everyone involved and make as many of the bits for the big day as you can; table decorations, name cards, invites, bunting, the wedding cake, even gifts for the wedding party. It all saves you money.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
The photographer, getting a videographer, the band and obviously the dress!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
My best friend and bridesmaid who luckily for me happens to be an amazing professional wedding stationery designer http://www.pollypickledesign.com/
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Jenny Packham Eden in Platinum
I got my dress from preloved.co.uk saving myself a fortune meaning I could spend more on other areas like the band and photographer.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My hair accessories were designed and made by MSa Headbands through Etsy
The Bridesmaids hair accessories were designed and made by Blizi designs vintage through Etsy
My earrings were from a boutique in Kos
The bracelets worn by myself and the bridesmaids were from Miss Selfridge
My shoes were Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids shoes were their own
The wedding rings were designed by us and made by Robert Gatward Jewellers Ipswich
And what did the groom wear?
The groom wore a tailor made suit by Bobby Garia
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
My beautiful bridesmaids wore dresses from the Miss Selfridge Premium Collection
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
I hired professionals as I wanted it to be stress free and wanted to look extra special for the big day. I hired Betty from Betty’s Bangs in Ipswich to create my 1920’s Hollywood waves and Sophie from MAC Makeup in Colchester to give me the romantic glamorous look I was after. Sophie Selvadorai – firstname.lastname@example.org
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
Our wedding venue was beautiful as it was, being a 16th Century listed Mansion. It also had fairy lights covering the ceilings of the banquet room and party room and natural flowers and hanging baskets in the gardens but I wanted to add that extra bit of glamour to go with our theme.
I sourced numerous bits and pieces to complete the Gatsby Glamour theme including gold sequinned table runners, vintage tea light holders, vintage photo frames, old glass bottles, easels, tassel bunting along with our own vintage 1920s record player from home.
We wanted to get married outside so we also decorated the area outside with a white aisle runner, white rose petals, white draped fabric and home made ribbon tassels tied on the chairs.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
We spent several weeks making our own glitter dipped place cards, pin wheel bunting and ribbon tassels for the chairs. It was pretty fun getting creative and messy together in the lead up to the big day. We felt it gave the day a nice personal touch as well as saving us some pennies. I also bought sparklers for everyone to have fun with outside in the evening and they made some great pictures.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
We chose a three tiered wedding cake which included a chocolate sponge with chocolate ganache bottom tier, a lemon sponge with lemon curd second tier and a carrot cake top tier. We chose these flavours because we both love carrot and lemon cake and everyone loves chocolate right? We chose a simple 1920s Art Deco design which blended with our theme perfectly. I had ordered a personalised cake topper from not on the high street which read “You’re my lobster” as a surprise on the day for my husband who always says I’m his lobster. The cake was made by a long standing very talented family friend Bernice Whiley.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
We hired The Original Vintage Swing Band. They were brilliant and play a great mix of vintage swing songs along with swing versions of modern pop and rock songs. We both love to dance so we both knew we wanted a band to perform at our wedding to get the party going. http://www.lmmuk.com/band/Vintage+Swing+Band
I then created several playlists for in between the band sessions and for later on to finish the night which included an r’n’b and rock and roll playlist because we have such diverse tastes in music and wanted something for everyone. The band happily arranged to play these for me in between their sets.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Make as many things as you can yourself to save money. It’s fun and gets you doing things together with your partner in the run up to the wedding. Just ensure you do them in plenty of time so you don’t get stressed.
Stay true to yourselves in terms of how you want your big day to be and don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions or advice. It’s your day and the more relaxed and happier you both are the more everyone will enjoy themselves. Also don’t be afraid to be unique and quirky it makes your wedding more fun and enjoyable for those attending it. Overall just enjoy yourselves and have fun with it.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Looking forward to all the new adventures we will share together as Mr & Mrs