love shoot #39: a glamorous thirties affair ~ part one {stacey-marie & tim}

Morning everyone! How are you getting on this week?  At least it’s mid-week already, right?  Love four day weeks!  And this week’s been made even better as last night I got to meet up with some fellow wedding indusry lovelies in Central London for cocktails and networking.  It was fun to finally put faces to the names of some of my favourite people on twitter, and hopefully I’ll be sharing some of my discoveries with you soon!

Anyway, it’s Wednesday, which must mean it’s real wedding day!  I am soooo excited as today I have an elegant extravaganza to share with you today!  Firstly though, I have to apologise to the lovely bride Stacey-Marie for taking soooo long to post her glamourous WEDDINGS!! You see, Stacey-Marie and her wonderful husband Tim had an intimate family wedding in South Africa before heading home for a large family celebration. I think this is such a brilliant idea for those of you planning an intimate, or destination, wedding! You get to have the wedding you want, but manage to keep everyone happy by feeling a part of your day. This morning I’m sharing Part One of Stacey-Marie and Tim’s wedding in sunny South Africa. Wearing a stunning Jenny Packham dress (yes, I am more than a little green with envy!), and just 12 guests, everything about this wedding oozes intimacy and glamour! My favourite! The photography, by one of South Africa’s top wedding photographers Jean-Pierre Uys, is just stunning too.

Some word’s from the beautiful bride ~ I first saw Tim out in central London on Valentine’s night in 2006, but he didn’t see me! A couple of our friends got together and decided to set Tim and I up – so I received a mock up news article of Tim “for rent” and Tim received a poem about me and a puzzle to figure out my mobile number! Which he did, and called me to ask me out on a date. We met at Clapham Junction station and went to the Holy Drinker on Northcote Road where we drank some yummy real ales, enjoyed lots of smiles and continued to ever since! A couple of years after meeting we took an amazing trip to Malaysia, during which we spent a few days on the beautiful island of Tioman. We had Thai massages and then headed to the plunge pool in our jungle villa to enjoy champagne whilst the sun was setting, it was then that Tim grabbed his chance and proposed to me with a stunning red and white Haribo ring! I didn’t quite believe it at first as Tim had done such a great job of putting me off the scent, of course I cried and hugged him and almost lost the Haribo ring in the water, then realised I hadn’t responded! I said yes! Don’t worry though; Tim did replace the Haribo ring with a diamond when we reached Singapore a few days later!

We chose to get married in Paarl, South Africa. We spent quite some time researching and found a beautiful vineyard, Grande Roche. We both love and enjoy good wine and yummy food, so Grande Roche was perfect! There was also a gorgeously quaint 300 year old chapel where we could get married, together with the stunning views of the mountains, vineyards and the truly elegant decor with 1930’s style chandeliers, it was perfect. What made it all that more special was that we hardly saw another soul whilst we were there, a truly intimate venue!

Due to getting married abroad, we also really wanted to have a celebration for all of our family and friends back in England on our return from honeymoon. For this we chose our local church for a blessing and a church hall for the party. We really did have the best of both worlds: an intimate and luxurious civil wedding in stunning South African surroundings and a Catholic blessing in England followed by a big fun filled party with our all of our family and friends and everything we wished for.

With planning two weddings there were so many things to have considered for each of them! The most important things we took into account were what we both really wanted for our wedding and what would make us both feel relaxed and happy (being true to ourselves), making sure the days were personal to us and for the enjoyment of our guests, we wanted there to be lots of entertainment and no ‘blank’ periods for guests.

Photography was also very important to us, we spent quite some time researching South African photographers and went with Jean-Pierre Uys who we just love; I still follow his blog! Splashing out a little more on a photographer who is truly talented is worth every penny! Involving family, deciding on food, wine and music were also very important to us! All of it really! The venue and the surroundings provided most of the inspiration for our South African wedding, we went for simple classic elegance with white flowers and a subtle hint of pale aqua through ribbons on orders of service and ring cushion, bridesmaid sash and a hint in the men’s shirts (a colour that reminds us both of holidays!). The venue had a magnificent 1930’s feel with stunning chandeliers which were perfect for the evening silver screen type shots and went perfectly with my Jenny Packham dress. We wanted the private dining room to be filled with candle light and white flowers in silver vases and rose bowls, with different height flowers and candles. We also wanted to bring in a touch of Africa, so guests enjoyed listening and dancing to an African band during the drink and canapé reception whilst the sun set, we also placed little wooden elephants at their table setting which, as well as having a safari connotation, symbolise luck, wisdom and strength. We also wanted our family and friends to enjoy a gourmet wine and food experience by being able to choose their own meal for the wedding breakfast and Tim and I selected the champagne and wine the evening before with the help of the Sommelier.


We put a welcome note in each of the guest bedrooms with some South African wine for their arrival. My brother played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on his guitar as I entered the chapel which was amazing and so emotional. During the ceremony we wanted to have something to symbolise the bringing together and support of family and friends, so we asked our Mum’s to take a candle each and light family and friends candles, once they were all lit, our Mums lit our candles, which we then used to light a unity candle. We had a lavender filled heart cushion with our wedding rings tied to it which was embroidered with our names and our wedding date. Tim and I also wrote our own vows which is something we are so happy we did, they meant so much more to us and meant we had time truly thinking about what we wanted to say to each other and the meaning of marriage. Readings were chosen and read by Tim’s Mum and my brother, and our bridesmaid and ring bearer were my cousin’s children. As personalised gifts we provided pashminas for the ladies with 1930’s style notes and engraved hipflasks for the gents.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song? We chose not to have one in SA due to such an intimate gathering. We had a little play list of ‘first dance songs’ which we listened to in the privacy of our bridal suite which included Snow Patrol, Foo Fighters, Newton Faulkner, Kings of Leon…all bands we have enjoyed seeing together!

What a day! Don’t miss Part Two a little later on today, featuring more haribo rings, glamour and the Lindy Hop!!

{Suppliers} Dress – “Crystal” by Jenny Packham from Amante, Reigate

Shoes – Pink from Amante

Veil & Accessories – Hair comb was bespoke to match the detail on the front of the dress, Amante

Photographer – Jean-Pierre Uys

Stationery – DIY

Venue & Coordination – Grande Roche

Groom’s Suit – Daniel Hechter

Catering & Cake – Grande Roche


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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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