WEDDINGS

love shoot #70: a snowy fetcham park wedding ~ part two {laura & paul}

Good afternoon lovelies, I hope you enjoyed Part One of Laura & Paul’s snowy winter wedding this morning?  I’m still wondering how Laura managed to walk to the Church in the ice in those beautiful Louboutin heels, especially at 6 months pregnant! If you missed the beginning of their story, click here.

This afternoon we’re taking a look at the details of Laura and Paul’s day.  Choosing a talented team of suppliers who understood her vision was really important to Laura, and her attention to detail created a truly exquisite wedding.  From the unique and personal table plan, the festive sprigs of mistletoe weaved into the floral decorations, to the elegant TwoBirds bridesmaids dresses, not a detail was missed.

Laura shares what was special about their day ~

Although being pregnant meant a different set of considerations to most brides, I loved the focus it brought to our plans and I tried to keep the stress of wedding details in perspective!  Don’t get me wrong, as someone who had been mentally planning her wedding for some time (fortunately Paul never found the ‘wedding folder’ hidden amongst my work papers), I knew that I wanted to devote time and effort to my wedding preparations, but I also kept reminding myself that something even more important would be happening in just a few months’ time.

I didn’t have a ‘theme’ at Fetcham Park as I didn’t want to compete with the ornate decoration of the house.  What was more important to me was working with people I had long-admired.  With a background in fashion and events, and a keen interest in interiors, styling etc., I already knew who I wanted to work with long before I ever met Paul.  The most important person from a visual point was the florist, Vic Brotherson of Scarlet & Violet.  I still have the magazine cutting from where I first saw her work and my email probably sounded like that of a crazed-stalker!  Together with Vic, the other important partner was our caterer, At Home.  As caterer to several of the top fashion houses, their styling is second to none and their food is sensational.  There’s a reason they’re the only caterers we recommend at Fetcham Park.  As Vic and our wedding planner, Amaury Giradeau of At Home, had worked together before, I knew it was going to be special.  I knew Amauary was the man for the job because he didn’t even blink when I demanded new ties for the staff to match our flowers!

The most important detail for Paul was our table plan and table ‘numbers’.  Music has always been important to Paul and he wanted to have some influence on the day so we named our tables after favourite bands.  It’s also quite fitting as a month after starting dating, we travelled to Las Vegas to see The Spice Girls.  If you ask Paul he’ll tell you we went to see the Ricky Hatton fight but that’s the real reason!  So we named the tables after bands we had seen live or bands we love.  Our table was ‘The Specials’ as they’re Paul’s favourite band and we were lucky enough to go to one of their reunion gigs.  After giving Abbey Warner at Sugalily a very vague brief she designed the awesome frame that’s now hanging in pride of place in our house.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first song was ‘One day like this’ by Elbow and it still makes me emotional when I hear it now.  My wedding gift to Paul was a framed 45’ vinyl of the single that I managed to find and it’s a lovely reminder of our first dance.  Not only will I always remember singing along to the words as we danced, but it was great to see all our guests singing along too and we hope one day we’ll be singing along to it with Alfie!

Any advice for future brides?

It’s very easy to say it with the benefit of hindsight, but given everything that happened on our wedding day and the fact that we nearly didn’t get married thanks to the snow, my advice would be not to lose sight of the reasons you are getting married. I loved planning the details of my day, and they make for beautiful photographs, but the highlight was being in church and marrying the man I love.  Due to the snow, the morning was very stressful but as soon as I saw Paul, I was completely lost in the moment of what we were doing, who we were sharing it with and what it meant for our lives to come and all the things I had spent time worrying about in the lead-up to our wedding day were long forgotten.

A huge thank you to Laura and Paul for sharing their special day!  I have a huge admiration for them, and their guests for making the best out of such an eventful day!  I’d also like to wish them a happy first wedding anniversary for last weekend, and congratulate them on their beautiful little boy Alfie who was born just a few months after their wedding.

Fetcham Park is not only a beautiful venue, it’s unique in providing a true ‘home from home’ experience.  Laura is determined for all her brides to find a completely honest and open experience in dealing with the venue.  The house is hired as a ‘blank canvas’ allowing you to create whatever you desire for your big day, whether it be the full ceremony and reception, or just an intimate family celebration.  The only requirement is to use the in house caterers, At Home, who will be happy to create a menu to suit your tastes and budget.  When planning her wedding, Laura interviewed no less than 12 caterers, believing that a good meal is an integral part of your day, and chose At Home as they provided the best creative and innovative menus and outstanding service.  Having sampled their food at the Fetcham Park Launch, I can highly recommend them, each mouthful was an experience in itself!

If you are looking for a special and unique wedding venue, I urge you to get in touch with Laura.  Not only will you be delighted with the exquisite Fetcham Park, but I know you will be well looked after.  Plus, Laura is offering any lovely bride-to-be £500 off any wedding booking for 2012 when you mention Bijoux Bride! I can’t wait to see more real weddings from this amazing venue, I may even be a little jealous… ;)

 

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Suppliers

Dress ~ Peter Langner, Browns Bride

Shoes ~ Christian Louboutin

Veil ~ Peter Langner

Accessories  ~ headpiece by Louis Mariette and earrings by Andrew Prince

Stationery ~ Taking Time Cards

Venue ~ Fetcham Park

Flowers/Décor ~ Scarlet & Violet

Hair ~ Leo Bancroft

Makeup ~ Suzie Coxon, Aura Spa

Groom’s Suit ~ Ozwald Boateng

Catering ~ At Home

Music ~ Wedding Smashers and Rudy & The Rent Boys

Bridesmaids dresses ~ Two Birds & Little Bevan

Rings ~ Jon Dibben

Photography ~ CKP Weddings

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.

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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Elizabeth | Bridal Musings

Loved reading how Laura and Paul overcame the stresses of the weather to have a truly special day, Fetcham Park and the surrounding grounds look incredible covered in snow and rather warm and cosy inside despite being so grand! Laura looked so graceful and the records in gilded frames table plan is fantastic! xx

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Emma Meek

Laura looks so beautiful and Paul so very proud and handsome. There is certainly no sense from the photos of the chaos the weather caused. It all looks simply perfect. xxx

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Kate

What a beautiful story. I am getting married in just 3 weeks time, and this really reminded me what is important. The man I love and our love :) Paul and Laura look like such a sweet, genuine couple and the snow is perfect for photos, even if it played havoc with their best laid plans.

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