WEDDINGS

Emily & Gary’s Romantic Peach & Grey Wedding

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Morning lovelies!  Today I get to share our first real wedding of 2014, and it’s a super pretty one filled with romantic details, a Jenny Packham dress, Jimmy Choo’s and a stunning cascade bouquet (hint – this is going to be a top trend in 2014!!)  The peach & grey colour palette with splashes of mint green and lavender is so pretty and light!  Their day was captured by the wonderful Julia & You Photography, who’s fresh & contemporary style we’re big fans of at b.loved HQ!

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We met on a night out in Camden. We were both out with our respective groups of friends and, whilst who approached who has always been disputed(!).  Once we got talking we couldn’t stop. We arranged to meet up again to go on a ‘proper first date’ – we went for dinner and, by the time we were done, we both pretty much knew we’d met the person we were going to marry – although we didn’t say it at the time!

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Gary: I wanted the proposal to be a complete surprise so I’d brought the ring in total secrecy and then asked Emily’s father permission the evening before we set off for a week away in the Cotswolds. Knowing that he can be a little loose lipped I knew I had to do it that week! Unfortunately, different things (mostly rain and bus loads of Chinese tourists) kept ruining my almost perfect moments.  Finally, on our last evening, fortune favoured me and the rain held off so I suggested we go and take some pictures before dinner of the pretty grounds before dinner.  I asked Emily to pose under one of the tree’s, with the manor in the background – then, thinking on my feet, I made up some rambling reason to need my phone and asked Em to grab it out of my pocket. However, inside my pocket, in the place of a phone she found a ring box! I then got down on one knee and asked if she’d marry me. Emily promptly burst into tears before saying yes – so, a strong reaction and a couple of nervy seconds!

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Emily: My dress was Willow by Jenny Packham. I tried on a huge number of dresses but had been holding out for a Jenny Packham dress, knowing how much I loved the style across her ranges.  It was the perfect combination of vintage glamour, with a bridal feel.  I felt classy yet elegant wearing it, and to top it off, it was very comfortable and easy to wear!  I accessorised it with pearl earrings and a two strand pearl bracelet, as well as a pearl and sequinned 1940s style headband. During the ceremony and meal I wore a Jenny Packham sequin edged one tier veil.  My shoes were beautiful silver strappy Jimmy Choo sandals.  I went for a natural look for my makeup – I don’t wear much makeup normally and wanted to look like a better version of myself!  I did treat myself to eyelash extensions though for a bit of dramatic flair.  I ended up having 2 hair trials as I couldn’t quite work out what I wanted; in the end I settled for a low bun.

The bridesmaids wore beautiful octopus dresses by Coralie Beatrix.  I hunted far and wide for dresses in the soft, pale green that I was after, and finally found a sample of chiffon which was perfect.  Sophie created the dresses to order, layering the chiffon over a white underskirt and bandeau top.  The result was beautifully ethereal.  Each girl tied the top in a different style, allowing them to personalise their looks.  One of the girls even went for a second style for the evening celebrations!  The groomsmen wore grey tails with white shirts and pale green ties and handkerchiefs to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. Their button holes were from the same roses in the girls’ bouquets.

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We picked our church as it has a lot of family history for me – my family have been attending the church for many years, with her uncle and sister both being married there too. St Michael’s Manor was somewhere that I had always loved and the fact that we could hire the whole hotel for our party was perfect.  The setting was beautiful – a mix of formal and relaxed.  We also held a Friday night pre-wedding BBQ in the garden at The Foragers at The Veralum Arms in St Albans which was a wonderful, relaxed venue with incredible food – perfect for a relaxing get together.

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I became quite addicted to wedding blogs! I also spent a horrific amount of money on wedding magazines – pretty much any I could get my hands on!  We had a fun day out at the National Wedding Fair too.  I designed all the stationery, with a peach and soft grey colour theme.  The style was modern and fun, and was reflected through our invites, RSVPs, menus, order of service and many other small touches. I actually had the choice of 2 bouquets on the morning of my wedding (I’m not sure many other brides can say that) – my mum (a florist!) did all the bridal party flowers and had done two options!  I knew I wanted the central flower to be David Austin roses and we had an option with the cream rose, and one with the peach.  After much deliberation I finally picked the cream, and we used the peach bouquet as a decoration on the cake table.  The bridesmaids’ bouquets were also designed and created by the mother of the bride, featuring soft peach and pink roses, along with fresh lavender.  Our table centres were designed by Gadsden Flowers, using beautiful peach and cream toned roses and natural foliage.

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The table theme was Beatles Albums – Gary’s choice as his favourite band!  Each table held a picture of the album cover, and the artwork for the table plan was designed by a friend of Gary’s.  We also scattered framed quotations about love and relationship throughout the venue, adding further personal touches.

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photography

The wonderful Julia West from Julia & You Photography.  I spotted her advert on the Rock My Wedding blog and fell in love with the relaxed reportage style that she has.  We had an engagement shoot a few months before the wedding which was great fun and a wonderful way to get to know her.  On the big day she also brought her husband Ian who photographed with her.

favourite moment

The church service – saying our vows, the wonderful music, and seeing everyone for the first time!

advice

Our advice would be to enjoy everything and not to worry if things don’t go completely to plan, just enjoy the day.  Also, try and allow enough time for your planning – we had over a year to organise ours and it meant we never felt pressurised to make snap decisions or panic about things.

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suppliers
Photographer: Julia West // Dress & Accessories:  Jenny Packham Bridal // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids dresses: Coralie Beatrix // Groomswear: Dress2Kill // Reception Flowers: Gadsden Flowers // Bridal Flowers: Jackie Elson Flowers // Cake: M&S // Stationery: By the bride // Hair & Makeup: Lauren Taylor // Venue: St Michael’s Manor // Music: The Slaves

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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