I love this wedding. The details and styling are fab, Solene and Adam are both soooo gorgeous – and their smiles just make me grin right back at the screen. Their wedding day was Lord of the Rings themed, and it was styled amazingly with their florist really seeing their vision. Their images are vibrant, natural, and capture the spirit of the day so beautifully. Huge thanks to Gemma Giorgio for sending me such a beautiful wedding to share with you all today!
Our venue didn’t need much decoration – the building itself was in keeping with our style. We made placecards with quotes on the back and little hessian sacks as party favours which were stamped with a personalised stamp. Our cake was a naked cake (red velvet, salted caramel and Victoria sponge) as it fitted perfectly with our general theme.
For my bouquet I had pale purple and red roses with foliage, and for the table decorations, lots of moss! The florist was Alison White Flowers. She was amazing! She designed and arranged everything on the big day.
Wedding photographer’s website:
How did you choose your photographer?
We saw Gemma’s pictures from a friend’s wedding and loved her style.
Were you pleased with your wedding photographer? Do tell… we love a brilliant review!
Yes, over the moon. She did an amazing job! When we saw our wedding photos for the first time we cried! Very emotional moment when we first saw them. It was more than we expected.
We joined Solène and her bridesmaids in the morning in the Channels Lodge. With Solène and most of her bridesmaids being French it was beautiful to hear the sounds of French chitter-chatter. This put my French GCSE to the test and I can honestly say I don’t remember much and could only pick out a few words.
When we met Adam and the boys on their arrival, Adam had the biggest smile that wasn’t going away anytime soon. He and his groomsmen were all wearing kilts as Adam is a 1/4 Scottish, he told us that he wasn’t going fully traditional as he has an inquisitive family! ~ Gemma Giorgio
Channels golf club, little Waltham in Essex. An amazing barn with an outdoor thatched gazebo for the ceremony. Gorgeous.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Exhilarating wonderful enchanting Tolkien Middle Earth rustic
Your wedding style or theme:
The main theme was Lord of the rings.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Local knowledge from local places and recommendations from friends.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Learn to budget and taking time organizing it.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Having 2 bands hired for the wedding breakfast and the evening entertainment was a great idea.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Etsy website, eBay, Amazon and a local wedding supplier Byfords in Colchester.
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes I did! I went for a quick browse in the shop. When the lady showed me The Dress designed by Essence of Australia on the hanger, I fell in love instantly. When I did my trial, I tried multiple dresses , saving that particular dress for last. When i put it on, that was it. The mum’s tears of joy just confirmed it was the one.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Essence of Australia, D1897. The wedding shop in Colchester.
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes and lace broch from etsy, bird cage and back drop necklace from eBay.
Earrings from Primark
And what did the groom wear?
A kilt hired from Grey Palmers in Saffron Walden
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
They wore a hunter green dress Ever pretty from Amazon. They had the choice of 4 different styles. And they all chose what they wanted to wear.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Hired a professional that I found during a wedding fair. CALYSTA London. Laura is a very talented make up and hair stylist.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
Smith and Squire, a vical acoustic duo for the wedding breakfast
Bella and the Bourbon boys, a jazz and swing band for the evening.
My bridesmaids organised a game of questions for the groom and bride. So much fun!
My French aunt sang us a song La vie en rose in English which was very sweet.
For the evening guests, they had a unlimited sausage and bacon rolls and a cheese tower!
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Pay attention to other people’s weddings and things you have noticed.
Also, organise your wedding the way it reflects your vision and not in accordance with what other people might like.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Planning a future together…
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Venue: Channels Golf Club
Hair and Make-up: Laura from Calysta London
Florist: Alison White Wedding Flowers
Cake: Little Lucy’s Bakery
Live music in the day: Squire and Smith
Live music in the evening: Bella and the Bourbon boys