Heather & Andy’s contemporary classic white winter wedding
Morning lovelies! Did you all enjoy the long weekend? I hope it was a chance to catch up with family and friends, and perhaps a little wedding planning thrown in? I spent the weekend in Dubai, soaking up some sunshine and much needed Vitamin D, shopping (of course!) and enjoying the crazy culture of this city in the sand! Today is back to reality with a bump, but hey, at least the sun’s shining!
I’m so happy to share today’s wedding, after getting a sneak peek over Christmas from the creator of Heather & Andy’s oh so gorgeous cake, Andrea at Sugar. I immediately fell in love with the romantic use of gypsophelia, such a popular choice of wedding flower this year, with it’s cloud-like volume and versatility! I love the way she gave the reception wow factor, displaying balls of gypsophelia on birch branches in bowls of woodland foliage, moss and winter bulbs. The overall effect is a whimsical indoor woodland, but with oh so much style.
Heather chose a white and grey palette for a cool classic look to her winter wedding, set in the stunning Hampton Court House and photographed by Binky Nixon. I’ve admired Binky’s style for such a long time, so am thrilled to share her work today!
Before I hand over to beautiful bride Heather, I have one last comment, just how beautiful is her Sassi Holford dress?!
We met whilst working together in 2002. We started dating two years later, in secret and would meet at a holiday destination in the travel section of Waterstones in Piccadilly. Over the Christmas period in 2012 Andy told me that he had a special Christmas present for me which involved a trip into London. He dropped me off at Waterstones and told me to wait there. This was not unusual as we would always meet there if we were in town. As I was browsing through the Italian travel books he came over and proposed to me on bended knee. He then walked me to Tiffany’s where he had picked out my engagement ring. After being together for 8 years and having two beautiful children it was all the more special.
We got married at Hampton Court House. The venue was special to us as it backed onto Bushy Park, where we have spent many days together and with our two girls. It is the most beautiful, romantic building which was built by a man for his lover and even has a heart shaped lake! There are two magnificent fires which we lit for the ceremony and the evening which added to the magic, as did the deer coming up close to the windows to graze during the ceremony. We were able to hire the whole building which was very important to us as there were nearly 30 children at the wedding and we wanted to make sure they were all safe and having fun without disturbing another wedding party.
My dress was made by Sassi Holford. I loved the elegant simplicity of my dress and the youthful, fun feel it had. The shoes were from British Home Stores! and perfectly matched the dress. I took my inspiration from Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. I wanted a simple and elegant look. I didn’t ask the bridesmaid or groomsmen to coordinate and wanted to make sure they wore what suited them and made them feel glamorous. The bridesmaid (my sister) wore a beautiful forest green dress and a soft, ivory bolero, which was in keeping with the winter theme. She chose the dress and I only needed to give the OK. The flower girls (my two daughters) were in ivory.
I often thought that if I were to get married I would like a winter wedding. There is something so magical about winter. My dress was the beginning of the theme really – I chose it very early on and used it to inspire almost all my choices. My main wedding colours were white and a deep grey. As this was a winter wedding I wanted to embrace the season and use the simplicity of white, ivory and a little sparkle to bring the wonder of winter into the venue. We used the deep grey to add sophistication and a timeless feel.
Most of the building needed little additional décor as it is so stunning. The walls in the ballroom where we were having the breakfast reception were a terracotta colour which was not in keeping with our theme. We used fabric drapes and clever uplighting to transform the room. Our florists created amazing Gypsophila trees which added awe and magic to the space. All the floristry was very organic and no two arrangements the same, this helped to bring the beauty of the outside into the space.
Our photographer, Binky Nixon, was recommended to me by my wedding planner. I saw her work and loved the relaxed, natural photographs. I could also see she was very good at photographing children which was very important to us.
I adored every moment, but the ceremony will always hold a special place in my heart as it was romantic, emotional and a wonderful moment to be able to share with so many of our friends and family.
What was your first dance?
It Must be Love by Madness
Is there anything you’d do differently now, or do you have any advice for other couples?
I wouldnt do anything differently. It was the most perfect day. My advice would be to make sure that you have someone at the venue on the day who you trust to look after the small details of the day and know your suppliers so you don’t have to worry about anything going wrong. Most importantly to relax and enjoy every second as it goes by so quickly. If you are having children at the wedding I cannot recommend our children’s entertainers strongly enough! We had 30 children at the wedding and Sharky and George were there from 2-10pm keeping children of all ages entertained – they have more energy and enthusiasm than I ever thought possible and they made sure that every child had a brilliant time (which I turn meant every adult did too!)