Lizzie and Roddy are such a cute couple, don’t you think? Their day is graceful as can be, from the bouquet to the ballet at their evening reception… I absolutely love this and know you will too. Images are by the amazing Russian photographers Frant & Fifa.
“My wedding dress was the only wedding dress that I really liked the second I saw it on the hanger. A lot of the dresses I tried before I tried on to see what it will look like and to keep an open mind as I was giving various dresses a chance. It was love at first sight with my Katya Katya Rosa Dress and I was just so excited to try it on. I was also absolutely sure that that dress is one of a kind and I have never seen a similar dress in other bridal shops or magazines.
However, I am a very cautious person (I am an accountant!) so I do not really make rushed decisions. This means that I needed to try on my dress a number of times before I bought it– the Katya Katya Shehurina boutique remained very patient with me until I was finally able to place an order when my mum flew in from abroad a few months after I found the dress.
The second best thing about Katya’s dresses (after them being absolutely stunning) is that you can get to actually meet the designer of your dress. A lot of other boutiques make a big deal about the designer of your dress, yet you never get to see him/her. I was lucky enough to have Katya take my measurements, and be present at my fittings. Truly a personal service and one of a kind!
Our theme was Brussian (British-Russian) fun in the English countryside. We used birch as a symbol of Russia and dusky pink roses as a symbol of England, with ivory peonies in the bouquet too. My mother in law also told me not to hold back on flowers and it was a great wedding tip! Gill from Flowerthyme was really helpful in all the little questions I had and was the most efficient supplier in getting back to you and executing every little detail I have thought of!
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How did you choose your photographer?
Frant & Fifa are from my hometown in Russia but they are now internationally known and travel across the world to take pictures. I think there is no one else who compares to them and we never even discussed the possibility of other photographers – you just have to look at their website once to be convinced in my opinion.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes – the effort of flying them over was totally worth it! Captured all the big moments but also a lot of fun in the party after. We liked the pictures so much that we printed the party pictures of our guests and sent them together with our (somewhat belated) thank you cards to make sure we spread the happy memories.
Tell us about the moment you saw your wedding photos for the first time?
Talented Frant and Fifa were able to do a same-day edit photo-slides to show our guests towards the end of the day so we were able to surprise our guests with the ceremony pics on our wedding day around 10pm as a little break from all the dancing!
St Mary’s Church in a small English village called Pillerton Hersey in Warwickshire, followed by a marquee in the groom’s parents’ garden.
The English tradition is that the wedding is hosted on a brides territory – the groom’s parents who have three other daughters were meant to have a “free ride” with the son’s wedding but they treated me as their own daughter and kindly invited to use their beautiful garden. They worked very hard to keep it in top shape for our big day, and their hospitality to my Russian family in the run up to the wedding was unbelievable. No other venue would have done what my father-and mother-in-law had done for us.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
We were lucky to go to a number of other weddings in the area ahead of ours so were able to see a few suppliers in action (marquee, food, hair & flowers) and pick our favourites. From there, word of the mouth also works, as once you have chosen a few suppliers of a particular style/quality you like, they seem to know the others who are on the same “wave length”. The great example of that is Katya Katya Shehurina (dress shop) recommending the Wedding Garter Company, and our caterer recommending our cake-maker.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Get complete quotes for marquees – so many places tend to give the basic costs and seem “cheap” but then when it comes to the final booking you end up with a ton of other items. The only place that gave us a full quote which was equal to the final price was Fews marquees, and even though it appeared more expensive in the beginning when you take all the costs in consideration it is actually much better value for money, and was the only complete and honest quote.
Negotiate the quotes you receive– it is not a British thing to do but it tends to work – literally the worst case outcome of this is that you are told “no discount, the price is fixed”.
Flowers in the bridal hair save hundreds on potential hair piece jewellery
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
We hired 2 videographers and 2 photographers , and ensured that the photographers stayed behind for the party – the pictures are priceless. It is only a little bit extra for those final few hours but so worth it.
Quantity of food and alchohol – got to keep people full to keep the party going in the evening!
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Self made – power point is the program to use if you don’t know any fancy programs!
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
My shoes were by LK Bennett and were sourced on the evening trip to Selfridges with one of my bridesmaids – it was probably the easiest part of wedding shopping for some reason!
Fresh flowers in the hair cannot beat any hair pieces in my opinion as nothing looks as fresh so white roses were my hair accessories.
I loved my garter by the Wedding Garter Company, who were able to personalise the colour of the bow to match my wedding colours. It also came in a really pretty box and I am definitely keeping it to lend to a good friend on her wedding day, or for my future daughter if I am lucky!
And what did the groom wear?
Richard James Suit, colour Richard James Blue. It is a Saville Row store and we received exceptional service from a very knowledgeable assistant James Ramos. My groom was excited to wear it on the day.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Bridesmaids dresses from Debenhams (same style, dif colours) – surprisingly there was no drama in the choice of colours, all girls wanted individually different colours!
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Strictly professional! Also had trials for both beforehand to ensure it runs smoothly on the day
General styling – did your venue need much decoration?
We hired the award-winning marquee company so it did not require much decoration as the marquee was so beautiful, so was the garden that it was in due to my in-laws. A few fairy lights were added to the marquee, and then of course flowers. Our ushers (with big guns) kindly carried some flower urns from the church back into the marquee so we were able to make the most out of our flowers.
Crafts and makes – tell us about any homemade elements of your wedding… did you enjoy them?
On our wedding day it coincided that Russia and England played football in the World cup. Our favours to each guest were bets related to the game outcome, and some people actually made some money the next day! It was also unconventional but a great way to involve the groom in favour-making. It was quite a challenge to be able to come up with 130 different bets. The bets were decoreated with “For richer for poorer” stamps that were put together by my aunt and uncle the day before the wedding, and even had a pearl on each stamp. They worked so hard to put these together.
I also imported Russian Dolls from Russia – they are usually red and black, whereas the wedding colours were more dusky pink. My mum looked through an unbelievable amount of Russian websites with the dolls, and was able to find very rare pink Russian dolls that fit our wedding theme perfectly.
The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?
Birch cake – to continue the birch theme
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Russian Ballet prior to Pavlova Dessert being served (Pavlova was a famous Russian Balerina)
We also had professional Masters of Ceremony which is a Russian tradition. They created a really positive atmosphere and worked together with DJ to announce the entrance, the speakers etc in a special way.
It is also customary at Russian weddings if the guests chant “Gorko” for the bride and groom to kiss so we did that upon request of our guests.
Finally, after the meal dance floor was opened with the first dance but also with a special-themed vodka bar that was revealed as it was previously hidden behind the curtain.
We also had “Baby Money” (pink and blue)– these were distributed to the guests and guests’ vote was collected by best man to establish if the first born will be a boy or a girl. According to our guests, we should expect a boy.
Lastly there was a hog roast (pig) later in the night to help those who had spent too much time in the vodka bar.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
People like entertainment at weddings so go for it!
What’s the best thing about being married?
I love calling my other half a “husband”- it sounds so proper, as after 7 years he is more than just a “boyfriend”! It gives me a really warm feeling to know that my best friend is my legal husband, and I love being referred to as Mr and Mrs Green – it sounds like one unit or a team, which we are.