Hello lovelies and happy Friday! I’m currently in Manchester prepping for (lunch) my calligraphy workshop tomorrow – it’s a sell out and I’m so excited! – but couldn’t leave English Wedding without a gorgeous feature for your Friday… and oh my, this wedding is special! Kate is more stunning than I have words for, in a beautiful Suzanne Neville gown. She tried on over 100 wedding dresses… and I’m so glad she found this divine design from Suzanne’s collection because it is breathtaking.
Let’s not forget the gorgeous groom – Jonathan’s black tie wedding look is just perfect: the tux is from Hugo Boss, with a bow tie from Tom Ford – I love this American wedding trend, which we’re seeing more and more in the UK these days. Oh, and before I forget – that opulent flower wall? Hired from Silks in Bloom. Isn’t it amazing?!
The floral design is by Nicola at Flowers by Eve. Kate loved the elegant peony bouquet and told me “She is amazing and I would highly recommend her“.
Morden Hall is already beautiful enough so it only required a few flowers and balloons as decoration. Kate made the sweetie table which turned out to be very popular. “We also packaged the wedding favours. If you have ever tried to package 160 wedding favours in 2 hours the day before your wedding it’s a near impossible task!” … they do look so beautiful though!
The cake is a showstopper in itself – “We choose a three tier semi naked cake draped with flowers. The bottom tier was Victoria sponge, the middle tier was lemon drizzle and the top tier was chocolate, with Madagascan vanilla buttercream and strawberry preserve.” It was made for Kate and Jonathan by Elle of Designer Cakes by Elle, based in Surrey, with Nicola from Flowers by Eve adding the floral cascade.
Wedding photographer’s website:
I have known Vivienne for a long time and her work is brilliant. I couldn’t have picked a better photographer to capture our day perfectly.
Vivienne is extremely professional and captures the most beautiful intimate shots. Vivienne is great at giving direction and makes you feel very special. It was such a pleasure to share our day with her.
Morden Hall, London
Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?
An absolutely stunning, unbelievable and intimate day.
Your wedding style or theme:
Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)
Instagram for all of them! I would recommend flowers by eve, designer cakes by Elle, silks in bloom.
What’s your top tip for saving money?
Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate!
… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?
Bubblegum balloons for the venue decorations, flowers, the catering company.
Where did you buy or source your wedding stationery – or was making it a labour of love?
Not on the high street
Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?
Yes it was love at first sight, especially after trying on over 100 dresses!
Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:
Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!
Ivory & Grace bracelet & earrings. Heart shaped diamond necklace borrowed from my mum. Shoes from Dune covered in crystals.
And what did the groom wear?
Hugo Boss Tux with a Tom Ford bow tie.
Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?
ASOS dresses, blue and silver with sequins and a bow back detail.
Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?
Ami Cass did my hair and makeup.
Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?
I organised a sax player as a surprise for my husband to be. The guests all loved it. We had a string trio playing current chart music which was a treat for our guests.
Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:
Don’t get too stuck on the smaller degails. Start early and be organised.
What’s the best thing about being married?
Knowing someone will always be there for you and having someone to share absolutely everything with.
Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms: