Louise and David’s classic English wedding at the Royal Holloway University, with Dale Stephens Photography
David and Louise’s wedding is classic, elegant and makes the most of a magnificent venue – the picture gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London. Louise is stunning in an Enzoani gown with a pretty lace layer and delicate straps – a beautiful summer dress. Decoration and styling touches are minimal, with a simple colour palette of navy blue and ivory. Their cake is gorgeous – made by Louise’s friend and former housemate – “she did such an amazing job and we loved it!”
“One of the reasons we chose Royal Holloway was that the Picture Gallery where we had our wedding breakfast didn’t need any decoration beyond the tables because you weren’t allowed the touch the expensive paintings! We did decorate our evening reception room though and ordered balloons as well as bringing down the table decorations from the dinner. My aunt also made some lovely bunting to hang.
We made quite a bit, despite not being crafty people at all! We made some of the invites, the order of service, the table names, decorated jam jars with lace, blackboards with signs on them, a Who’s Who board which told everyone about people in the wedding party (complete with some old photos!). And then we had some expert helpers make the table place names (from our good friend who couldn’t make the wedding because she had a baby the very same day!), cake boxes and post box made by my mum, bunting and probably more!
Wedding photographer’s website:
We looked for quite a while at recommendations from friends and people we know, but couldn’t quite find the right fit. We decided to do a Google search for local photographers and that’s when we found Dale. As we started looking at his sample gallery, we knew we was the one we wanted! We met up with Dale for a drink and a chat and his calm and relaxed manner put us at ease and we decided we had to have him at our day 🙂
Dale was as amazing as we knew he would be. We had an engagement shoot first and after the initial weirdness of having your photo taken (!), we settled into it. Dale was lovely and helped us get some natural shots. On the day of the day of the wedding itself, Dale was great. It was a pleasure to have him at our day. Everyone commented on how unobtrusive he was and yet his photos really capture the whole day so accurately. He has a talent for capturing the emotions of what’s going on in a photo!
We were on our honeymoon still, in Mauritius (Dale works so fast!), when Dale sent us the link to our photos and we spent 2 hours before dinner one night poring over them. It was amazing to relive the day.
St Paul’s Church, Egham, Surrey and Royal Holloway University.
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
Best day ever!
Your wedding style or theme:
There was no theme! We just found what we liked as we went along and it all came together.
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Mostly recommendations from friends and Google!
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Make the day personal and get lots of people involved. We were so lucky that we have crafters and wedding cake makers amongst our friends and family. And a vicar! So we were able to personalise the day but this also saved money.
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Those things that will last forever – the photos, video and the dress.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Half from Snapfish and half made ourselves
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
It really was the cliche that I knew it was the one! Which I hadn’t expected at all and kept saying all day ‘I’m just not getting that feeling people say they get’. There was another one though that I was deciding between but I already knew which one it would be.
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Designer: Enzoani (dress name – Journey). Boutique: Butterfly Bridal in Bicester
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Shoes – Rainbow Club. Jewellery – necklace borrowed from my mum. earrings John Lewis, bracelet Debenhams. Veil – from Butterfly Bridal
And what did the groom wear?
Grey suit with navy blue to match the bridesmaids. We hired the suits from a local supplier
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
Navy blue dresses from Monsoon
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Describe your wedding flowers. Who arranged them for you? (florist details would be lovely please)
Louise at Flourishing Temple. I wanted to keep it really simple so I opted for whites, creams and ivories. I had roses, freesias and gypsohilia with some greenery
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
DJ from Orange Discos. An exemplary wedding supplier, we’d say! Lovely to deal with and prompt replies throughout. They played all song requests we had as well as understanding out tastes for the rest of the evening.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Use a spreadsheet! A friend shared one with us that we already set up and we made full use of that. I also now share this spreadsheet with any friends getting married! And importantly, enjoy it all. We really tried not to let it take over our lives during our year and a half engagement but also to enjoy all the prep – the dress fittings, the hair trials, suit shopping, even the dreaded crafting and trips to Hobbycraft (ok, so David definitely did NOT enjoy those!)
What’s the best thing about being married?
Not more wedmin!! We loved our wedding day more than we can say but we’re also now just incredibly happy to be married and enjoy married life.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:
Orange Discotheques DJs: https://www.facebook.com/orangediscotheques
Dale Stephens Photography: https://www.dalestephensphotography.com/
Butterfly Bridal shop: http://www.butterflybridalboutique.co.uk/
Frankie Calver for hair and make-up: http://www.hairandmakeupforweddings.co.uk/
Flourishing Temple flowers: http://flourishingtemple.co.uk/
Videographer: http://www.thelenspeople.co.uk/ (Although we’re still waiting excitedly for our video!)
The Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel where all the family stayed for the wedding weekend: https://www.runnymedehotel.com/