Hannah & Alex

Hannah & Alex by Matt Ethan Photography

I love a good old London knees up wedding and today’s comes from a rather special venue, the London Rowing Club in Putney. Now I don’t know what it is about rowing clubs, but some of the best parties I’ve been too have happened in them…why is that?! Your guess is as good as mine, and no, I’m sure it’s got nothing to do with muscly men. Nothing at all.

Hannah and Alex’s big day is beautifully styled by the bride and beautifully shot by RMW fave Matt Ethan. And I must mention the blooms, which were put together by an amazing charity collective run by a lady called Steph Merton, who arrange the flowers for weddings and events for the love of it and donate their fees to charity. What a lovely idea. Also, one final mention – Hannah and Alex served vegan food for their big day, so if anyone is on the look out for vegan suppliers then do check out their recommendations.

Our Wedding

Hannah The Bride: After a year and three months of painstaking planning, Alex and I got married at the London Rowing Club in Putney on 22 April 2017. We chose the venue for our ceremony, dinner and evening celebrations because of its amazing riverside location, quirky décor and above all the fantastic supporting team. Having an experienced and attentive venue manager was a massive help!

The Styling

Before we started any serious planning, we nailed down our colour scheme and theme. This gave our whole day a framework which we could then work within. Planning a wedding is a really long and daunting task, so it’s important to set yourself some ground rules! We chose Phoebe P Liberty print as our colour scheme, which served as the basis for choosing the bridesmaid dresses, Alex’s suit, my dress, and even the colour of the paper we would print on. My brother Howard incorporated the Liberty print into all of our stationery and my mum ensured that there would be hints of it around the venue in the form of mini bunting, picture frames and even Alex’s pocket square.

The Bride

When you are planning what you are going to wear, I think it’s important not to deviate too much from the things you like day to day. I love wearing 1950s style dresses for special occasions as they are fun to twirl around and dance in, I feel comfortable in them and most importantly they flatter my shape. So it really was a no brainer for me to look for a 1950s dress. I fell in love with Rose from the LouLou bridal collection at Fairy Goth Mother and customised with ivory lace, a dusky pink underlay and cap sleeves to round off my shoulders. I also ordered some extra ivory lace so that I could make a pair of mittens to wear at the ceremony. To complete the look, I wore a blush angled veil handmade by my mum, as well as diamond and pearl studs from Purely Diamonds.

Wearing a tea length dress meant that shoes were important. I really liked the Harriet Wilde collection as the shoe itself is plain but the heel is beautifully decorated with vines and flowers. I chose the pink Sakura heel but swapped the standard peep toe shoe for a round toe – I don’t usually wear peep toe and was conscious I would be on my feet all day so comfort was a priority!

The Flowers

Recommended by our venue, our bouquets and all of the flowers around the venue were made up by the amazing Steph Merton and her team of charity florists. Steph took us to the Covent Garden Flower Market to choose our stems, which was really great fun! The profit made was donated to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Hospital for Neuro Disability.

The Beauty

Finding a makeup artist that you fully trust is arguably even more important than anything else – they are responsible for your face after all! I initially trialled with a vintage specialist, but I ended up looking like a stern Conservative leader from the 80s. I then found Kaz Fernando who I trusted implicitly – she gave a vintage feel to my hair and makeup but worked with my features to enhance them and make me look my best. I cannot stress the importance of a hair and makeup trial enough. Make sure that you find someone who takes the time to understand you and your skin – you don’t want to end up with a shiny face and camel lashes on your wedding day!

The Groom & Groomsmen

Alex and I wanted the colours we wore to complement each other, rather than contrast. He chose brown tweed suits from Victor Valentine for himself and his best men. The brown blended really well with my dusty pink ivory dress and combination of blush coloured flowers. Alex’s suit was very subtly distinguished from the best men’s suits by the colour of the sleeve buttons on his jacket.

The Bridesmaids

To avoid the headache of finding one bridesmaid dress that all three of them would love, we opted for The Pretty Dress Company, who stock a variety of different dress styles in the same fabric. This meant that the girls could choose whichever style they felt most comfortable in whilst all looking in unison.

The Transport

My mum, bridesmaids and I arrived at the venue in a VW Camper called Candy, driven by Noel of Deluxe Wedding Hire. Travelling together was really important to me, and I’m so pleased we did as it was such a fun journey! Candy also provided some great photo opportunities.

The Food

The Riverside Vegetaria in Kingston catered for us, cooking up a selection of delicious vegan curries and serving them in a family style set up to each table. We didn’t want a formal dining experience or a buffet and this was an excellent compromise between the two. For dessert we cut up and served a three tiered vegan cake made by Lizzie Cope of Heart of Cake London. Serving the cake to our guests was a really nice way of socialising and making sure glasses were all topped up!

The Entertainment

Evening entertainment was provided by Dan at Shoosh Weddings. Our worst nightmare was a DJ playing Black Lace so we opted for a credible Kisstory specialist. The dancefloor was full all night and it was a fantastic way to finish the day.

The Photography

Choosing our photographer was the most difficult part of the wedding. I spent weeks researching and found so many brilliant photographers, but none felt right. When I saw Matt Ethan’s work I knew he was the one! We wanted someone who would document our day capturing natural photographs with natural lighting, rather than someone who takes endless formal photos. We barely noticed Matt throughout the day and the photos we have now are the most fantastic reminder of our amazing day. You can’t really put a price on that.

Special Touches

It was really important to us that the day was informal and personal, so we used the talents of our friends and family to help bring in lots of unique touches to make our day a celebration of who we are. I really think these touches made the day and the care and attention you put in will set your wedding aside from others.















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Lucy & Greg’s cider apple wedding in Herefordshire, with Che Birch-Hayes Photography

I just love today’s real wedding – a pretty marquee in a Herefordshire field, sublime florals and a wonderful atmosphere of love, family and pure joy! Beautiful Lucy looks stunning in her House of Vintage dress, and the handcrafted details and gorgeous contributions from friends and family make this one of my favourite summer weddings ever.

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We basically had a field to start, so as you can imagine, it took a huge amount of effort and time to get it wedding event ready! One element that I was really desperate to incorporate was a decorated old trailer of dad’s. After some haggling and negotiation about which particular piece of machinery we would use, we filled a trailer with flowers, bunting and fairylights and put a ‘love’ sign in the centre, which one of my cousins who is a carpenter made. This could be then used as a DIY photo booth and also as something to play on for all of the children who were at our wedding!

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The groom’s cousin makes wedding stationery as part of her business, ‘Dragonfly and Blossom‘, and she was kind enough to design bespoke stationery for the day as a wedding gift to us. We would thoroughly recommend Sarah, not just because of the family connection, but because she was completely professional, organised and brilliant throughout the process. We had an initial consultation with her where we explained our ideas and the final product was absolutely gorgeous – a lot of guests commented that it was  the nicest invitation that they had ever received. She also designed our order of services, menus and table names in the same design.

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My granny painstakingly wrote out the table plan in her lovely calligraphic writing and I was responsible for the place names, which I (attempted to!) complete in a complimentary calligraphy style.

My granny and two friends were in charge of the church flowers. They spent days, organising, cutting and arranging the flowers and even scheduled in team meetings about it all! The overall effect was utterly beautiful.
We chose another local company, Issy and Bella, to manage the flowers for our bouquets, buttonholes, table centre pieces and an arrangement alongside the table plan in pale pinks, peaches and creams with an added injection of chocolate. This was in a wild and unstructured theme, which Jo from Issy and Bella absolutely delivered on, we were thrilled with how it all looked.
At the entrance of the marquee, Greg planted up some of my dad’s old potato chitting trays, which he decorated with cosmos.

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Wedding photographer’s website:

http://www.chebirchhayesphotography.com/

We researched a few local photographers, but immediately connected with Che when we first met and absolutely loved his unique and creative documentary style – it is all subjective but nobody else could compare with Che’s work in our opinion! Che is approachable, friendly and warm and will fit in to your day seamlessly as one on the guests, but is on hand to offer direction and advice if needed. His approach is casual and creative, which is exactly how we wished for the photography of the day. He is not afraid to experiment and offer alternative perspectives, alongside the normal line ups. For example there is one quirky close up of Greg and the groom’s party’s turquoise blue socks, which Greg had given as a gift.

We were sent a sneaky slideshow preview which was accompanied by music… I will admit, I shed a tear or two as it relit memories of the wonderful day! I have probably watched it about one hundred times now, Greg not quite as many times! The actual photographs arrived about a week later on as a specially packaged USB stick. There are six hundred odd pictures doubled up as black and white shots, so we are still deciding on our favourites, which is so difficult because we love them all!

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Wedding venue:

There was never any question that we would hold the wedding reception anywhere other than my parent’s farm in north Herefordshire. It is an incredibly special place that has been farmed by the family for three generations and holds many memories for family and friends, it was an overall wonderful setting to get married in. The wedding service was conducted in a nearby church.
We hired Tents 4 Elements to install our fairytale marquee who were brilliant. During the build up to the wedding an army of friends and family came to help set everything up, who we would not have managed without.

Wedding month:

July

Can you describe your wedding in fewer than 10 words?

A fun-filled and relaxed wedding in idyllic rural surroundings.

Your wedding style or theme:

One of the main crops which the bride’s parent’s farm is cider apples. So this became a subtle theme running throughout the day – we featured cider apples on the wedding stationery, chose different varieties of cider apples as table names and filled vases with apples picked from the orchard topped off with lovely floral displays.

Where did you find your suppliers? (Blogs, magazines, recommendations?)

Social media, blogs and recommendations

What’s your top tip for saving money?

If you have a friend or relative who is able to assist you in some way or has a special skill that can be put to use, don’t hesitate to get them involved. You will find that people are more than willing to help, plus it is really good fun working on projects together in the build up to the day.

… and which elements of your wedding are you glad you spent more on?

We said from the beginning, as long as people were fed watered and entertained, we would be on to a winner. We used the extremely talented and well respected, Field 2 Fork to cater for the wedding breakfast, a local professional bar company behind bars (with added supplies of spirits courtesy of my cousin from Chase Distillery) and the incredible duet, ‘the Peas’ from Warwickshire who cover 80s and 90s classics.

Did you fall in love with your wedding dress?

I went to thirteen different wedding dress shops and the novelty of wedding dress shopping was beginning to wear thin for my patient bridesmaids, mum and mother-in-law, but I had a very specific idea in mind of what I wanted and was ecstatic when I finally tracked down a dress that matched.

Wedding dress designer and bridal boutique:

House of Vintage, Shoreditch, London

Tell us about your accessories: jewellery, shoes and anything else!

I was really torn on what accessories to use as the costs were really starting to rack up and it is very difficult to visualise the completed look on the day. In the end I decided on a gorgeous silk veil complimented by a few fresh flowers, sparkly white heels, a pearl bracelet and simple stud earrings.

And what did the groom wear?

Greg also had a clear idea of what he wanted – he opted for a navy French Connection three piece from Moss Bros. The waistcoat had to be specially made for an added fee, as an average sized waistcoat looked like a crop top on him because of his height! His shoes were a lovely pair of brown brogues from Clarks.

Beautiful bridesmaids: what did your best girls wear?

They wore the same dress, which they both chose from House of Fraser. They teamed the dresses with silver sandals and different hairstyles.

Hair and make-up – did you DIY or hire a professional?

The lovely Kate from London House (a hairdressers in the nearby village) did our hair and the amazingly talented and professional Naomi Parsons of Naomi Emmanuelle did our make up, it was all such a treat!

The wedding cake: what kind of cake did you choose and why?

This was actually one of the easiest decisions. We loved the idea of a tiered naked cake with lashings of fruit, buttercream and jam and chose a neighbour, the legendary Brenda to make it for us.
We also had a tiered display of cheese as part of the evening food, which was served alongside, chutneys, crackers, an M & S selection and a cake stand made by family and friends.

Entertainment: any musical recommendations, surprises or treats?

Our friend and Usher, Ant sorted out the pa system for the day as he is in that particular line of work, which was great. He is also very kindly putting together a video montage of the day for us. The fabulous Peas played two different sets, one as guests arrived and one proceeding the wedding breakfast and the DJ Pete Stead kept the party going until the early hours.
We set up cricket, badminton and village fete style games outside to keep the children entertained.

Words of wisdom: share your best piece of advice for other couples:

Take on board wedding advice, but don’t take it too seriously. It is your wedding at the end of the day and you will celebrate it how you please.
Having said that do embrace every second. Many of your pre-wedding worries will simply not materialise and you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be surrounded by people who you love, marrying the person who is the love of your life.

What’s the best thing about being married?

Continuing to plan and achieve our goals, ambitions and adventures together!

Favourite supplier web links for other brides and grooms:

https://www.naomiemmanuelle.com/
http://www.dragonflyandblossom.co.uk/
http://www.tents4elements.co.uk/
http://www.petesteaddj.com/
The Peas, Field 2 Fork and London House, Weobley (all found on facebook)
http://behind-bars.biz/
issyandbella.co.uk
House of Vintage (now closed)
http://chasedistillery.co.uk/
http://www.monklandcheesedairy.co.uk/

Our Top 10 Wedding Photos Of September

September you’ve been good to us. Colourful and creative we have been inspired by this month’s real love stories and know you have too. Here they are – our top 10 photos of the month…

1. Cameron and Max

Romantic and chic we loved Cameron and Max’s wedding for so many reasons: her dress (inspired by her grandmothers) and their first look.

This photograph just oozes romance.

(Photographer: Ryan White Photography)

2. Brent and Jules

This wedding just makes us smile. Brent and Jules’ engagement over a haribo ring set the tone for a celebration that was jam-packed with fun. Oh and a best dog (adorable).

Love this photograph of the rings (real and not sweeties!)

(Photographer: Nicola Stewart Photography)

3. Catie and Simon 

These two met through Morris dancing and their musical beach wedding is so inspiring.

Filled with colour, fun and music from friends it just looks such a happy wedding.

And who doesn’t love a confetti photograph?

(Photographer: Love Sky Photography)

4. James and David

Inspired by a Victorian steam fair James and David’s wedding took theme to a whole new level.

Not only were their guests encouraged to dress up, but also to throw themselves into the entertainment.

This photograph shows how much fun was had.

(Photographer: Donna Murray Photography)

5. Elsie and Grant

A race up a hill on your wedding morning? What a great idea, especially when you love running and your guests do too.

This is the before picture…

(Photographer: Mihaela Bodlovic)

6. Elsie and Grant

And this is the after…

Elsie and Grant’s wedding was filled with DIY details and so much pretty.

The love is so evident between these two.

(Photographer: Mihaela Bodlovic)

7. Cameron and Max

Another one from Cameron and Max’s wedding has caught our eye…

Super stylish we love this photograph of the groomsmen. Anyone else?

(Photographer: Ryan White Photography)

8. Susie and Nonie

We’ve only had a taster so far, but love what we’ve seen.

Did we mention rainbow kilt socks and bubble guns?

Have a peak at Susie and Nonie’s wedding day highlights so far.

(Photography: Susie and friends)

9. Catie and Simon

What could be more fun that taking to the sea for a paddle on your wedding day?

Everything about this photographs sums up why should do your wedding your way and that’s exactly what Catie and Simon did.

(Photographer: Love Sky Photography)

10. Brent and Jules

Lastly, no top 10 of the month would be complete without a dog photograph.

So for this one it’s over to the best dog Mike.

We think he nailed it in this shot…

(Photographer: Nicola Stewart Photography)

Thank you September. October we’re coming to get you! Alie x

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week – Autumn Weddings

With the seasons taking a distinct shift over the past couple of weeks it’s clear to see that Autumn has arrived! Today we are embracing the shorter days and cooler air with our Boho Pins feature! Though the weather may be grey and dull, by adding rich browns, oranges and reds into your wedding, it will be the perfect Autumn wedding style. From decoration to food, from flowers to outfits, embrace the change in season and bring Autumn into your wedding day!


Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source – I just LOVE these Gold Leaf Pumpkins, such a pretty idea for any autumn wedding.

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source via Angela Rose Photography  –  A gorgeous way to incorporate an autumn theme into your wdding dcor is through the table plan.

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source via Rebecca Ellison Photography – What a lovely ceremony walway, super special for an autumn wedding

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source via The Curries – You can really go to town with your flowers and bring the autumn theme in with lots of oranges, browns and yellows

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source – Don’t forget that the food and drink can also represent your autumn wedding, why not try this ‘Fall Bourbon Apple Cider’


Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source – Such a pretty use of pumpkins – who knew they could be so elegant!

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source  – Embracing the fallen leaves and dark evenings, just gorgeous.

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source – A lovely sentiment for an Autumn Wedding!

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source – Autumn and Winter is the perfect time to gather round a bonfire!

Boho Pins: Top 10 Pins of the Week - Autumn Weddings

Image Source – And of course, join in the festive season with some celebratory fireworks!

 
 

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Magical Wedding Ceremony Beneath An Oak Tree in Florida

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Wow lovely readers – if you are a fan of outdoor weddings, or just pure magic, then we have such a gorgeous treat for you today.

Laura and Alex were married in front of their friends and families under the bows of this stunning oak tree. I love festoon lighting and it certainly adds a particular warmth to this magnificent setting but even without it the location is just breathtaking. For me, taking in these images beautifully captured by Stephanie W. Photography, creates an irresistible atmosphere of magic and peace all at once. Call me a hopeless romantic but it seems to be singularly iconic that the tree will be standing long after Laura and Alex have gone: through this spot, their love is eternally remembered in the sheer greatness of the oak and all the history it has already seen.

Other than the incredible setting, which quite honestly I could gush about indefinitely, the whole day is styled beautifully. The bow ties and sequin dresses from the bridal party make this outdoor spot instantly glamorous. The beautiful cake and stunning florals are equally enchanting and I just adore the tribute to the relatives who have passed away but were firmly with Laura and Alex in spirit on their special day.

Reading Laura and Alex’s story is a joy too, they are clearly besotted with each other and it was certainly a perfect, whirlwind romance. As the saying goes, when you know, you know. Laura also offers her words of wisdom and warning for post-wedding blues and how making the most of having all your loved ones together is just the most important part of the day.

I just know you will love this truly magical celebration, if you need me I’ll be pondering all things love and life under the nearest oak tree!

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HOW WE MET | Laura’s story: For me, it all began on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. when Alex and I attended a USA Track and Field planning meeting at the University of North Florida. It was a meeting that I will never forget. I remember it like it was yesterday, down to what we wore; Alex wore khaki pants and a black Jax Sports Council polo and I wore a pair of black pants with a black and white floral blouse. The moment I locked eyes on Alex I knew he was something special. All that to say I didn’t even know his name. I went home that day and said to my mom, “So, I found the guy I am going to marry.” My mom’s reply was, “Well, what is his name?” to which I responded, “Well I don’t really know, but I’m going to find out!”

Alex’s story: For me, it all began on Monday, July 27, 2015, the first day of the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics event, also Laura’s birthday. We had a great conversation and then she invited me to her birthday lunch. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend due to working the track meet. We carried on for a few weeks without exchanging a word until Laura sent me a text message that ultimately changed my life, leading us to our first date at Moxie in Jacksonville, FL. All to say – it has been one heck of a year for the two of us! A year full of memories that will live with us forever, but most importantly a year filled with love, laughter and happiness. We are truly blessed to have found each other and could not be more excited for this next chapter in our lives as husband and wife!

FEELINGS LEADING UP TO THE WEDDING | Laura: Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed about my wedding day. While most young girls can relate to playing “dress up”, as a young girl, I would play “bride”. I would put on my grandmother’s hoop skirt and beautiful gowns, her finest shoes (always selected the Ferragamos and somehow they would always end up scuffed, I am sure it made her sick) and ask her to please play Wagner’s Bridal Chorus. I always referred to it as “the bride song”. She would play this over and over and over again, as I would prance through the living room and think ahead of what my wedding day would be like one day. I will never forget the day my dad and I were driving when I was about 18. We were headed to lunch and I looked over to him and asked, “Can you wait until the day I get married?” He responded, “Yes, because I know I need to save a lot of money.” I got a good laugh from that. But needless to say, everyone close to me knows that I have always dreamed and envisioned my wedding day from the time I could comprehend what the event was. I never knew when the day would come, but when I met Alex, I knew it couldn’t be too far away! I always wanted a magical wedding. Something that was a little different than what people would expect. This is what drew me to the Ribault Club. I was fascinated with the rich history and beautiful natural surroundings. Driving down the road up to the Riabult Club and seeing the beautiful building allows you to almost escape reality. It is so serene and peaceful. Somewhat similar to love at first sight with Alex, I experienced that with our venue.

FEELINGS AFTER THE WEDDING | Each day, for about a week after the wedding, I cried because I was so sad my wedding was over. I put my heart and soul into the planning the six months prior to the wedding and then it was over! It was an interesting feeling and Alex even asked several times if I was sure I was happy that I married him. I assured him YES! I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that the whole process was really just a fun experience. Of course, there were stressful situations, but nothing that wasn’t able to be worked out. I had the pleasure of working with amazing vendors and was surrounded by my closest friends and family members on the most amazing day of my life. I know there are so many wonderful milestones to look forward to with Alex, but our wedding day will forever remain one of our very favorite days. My suggestion to brides-to-be is to enjoy the planning process as much as possible. If there are days you feel close to a meltdown, put things away. They will be there tomorrow. Time flies way too fast to not take in a soak up each and every moment. Hug your significant other, smile, laugh, and hold tight as you embark on one of the most amazing journeys you will embark on in your life – it is all so worth it!

WEDDING FUNNIES | Alex and I practiced running through our ceremony a few times. I was convinced we both had it down and would dominate our “speaking parts”. During the ceremony and the marriage and vows, we were asked to repeat after my uncle (our priest). Of course, they try to break the sentences up, so it isn’t too much to remember and repeat. My uncle began announcing the lines Alex was to repeat and he paused for a hot second, literally a normal pause between a sentence, and Alex jumped ahead and started repeating the line. My uncle said, “Well, I wasn’t done, but I guess you are just really eager and ready to marry her.” Everyone got a nice little laugh from this. When it came time for the exchange of rings, we obviously didn’t practice this enough, because my uncle held out the rings in the palm of his hand and Alex grabbed his own ring. We quietly tried to tell him he needed to put it back, take my ring and hold it to place on my hand. It took him a second to process this, so naturally our guests were able to realize what was going on!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |

Photographer | Stephanie W. Photography

Cake Designer | Classic Cakes

Floral Designer | Floriade Florist

Tuxedo and Mens’ Attire | JoS A. Bank

Shoes | Kate Spade

Makeup Artist | Makeup by Paulina Perez

Dress Designer | Paloma Blanca

Floral Designer | PRI Productions

Reception Venue | Ribault Club

Photo Booth Equipment | The Bloom Box

Caterer | The Chef’s Garden

Invitation Designer | The Write Touch

Jewelry | Underwood Jewelers

DJ | Y? Entertainment

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Wow wow wow.  Thank you so much to Laura and Alex for sharing your magical day with us, truly stunning.  Petra x

 

Pan Am Inspired Mid Century Wedding Styled Shoot

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What do you get when you mix a bit of Mad Men, a dash of mid century modern and a whole lot of Pan Am nostalgia? You get a first class ticket to glamour! With a tea length wedding dress, vintage details galore and a fun Pan Am inspired palette of jetway blue and sunshine yellow, today’s wedding styled shoot is a creative vision of 1950s charm…..

Pan Am Inspired Mid Century Wedding Styled Shoot

Photographer Marisa of Peterson Design & Photography is here to talk us through every detail of and the inspiration behind this step back in time….IN an era where “stewardesses” were required to speak three languages, guests dressed up in their Sunday best to drink gin martinis on the upper deck while dining on a five-course meal and travel was at its finest… a time that we tried to capture with this elegant, yet colorful styled shoot. 

Our backdrop is The Pan Am Experience within the Air Hollywood studio in Los Angeles. An aviation movie studio that has thoughtfully recreated an original Pan American 747 jet plane to it’s original glory. Everything from the wallpaper, beverage carts to the spiral staircase is original Pan Am swagger. 

The bride is decked out in a lovely, ankle length, mid-century inspired wedding gown by Dolly Couture. The groom is outfitted in a perfect Don Draper-esk charcoal grey suit by The Black Tux. The bride’s subtle, winged eyes and crimson lips painted on by PAGE Beauty along with her up-do classic french twist pays an homage to vintage glamour and style while still be relatable and youthful. The 1960’s jet set style continues on in our couple’s vintage honeymoon outfits complete with a festive, hand-made yellow beret by The Feathered Head.

Our paper goods by GoGo Snap Vintage Stationary paid homage to the rich Pan Am heritage, while still being modern with clean type, pearlescent papers and a 3D pop up invitation that added whimsy and interest. Whilst the plucky yellow and white modern cake by Superfine Bakery was adorned with sparkling sputnik stir sticks from California Lustre. To add some natural elements to the shoot, florals by FlowerDuet decorated our greenery and added pops of texture and softness.

Our Wedding table was styled with authentic Pan Am colors, jetway blue and galaxy gold, and places set with a mix of original Pan Am porcelain china, gold chargers and stemware from Classic Party Rentals. All this goodness is perched on Azure Geo tablecloths by Luxe Linens. And no swinging mid-century pad is complete with out a teal sofa and groovy coffee and end table by Circa Rentals. 

We hoped you enjoyed this magical journey back in time through the images of Peterson Design & Photography with planning and styling by Events by Holly Gray. “

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Isn’t it fabulous?? A huge thankyou to the lovely Marisa of Peterson Design & Photography for capturing every detail so perfectly, and to all of the wedding professionals and creatives who lent their time and talents. If you would like to see more of her work be sure to head pop and take a peek at this delightful Art Deco wedding inspiration before popping across to her website peterson-design-photo.com. You can also find and follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

For more Citrus wedding inspiration cast your eyes over this colorful wedding editorial and this soft Spring color palette. Or if its ideas for a garden wedding you’re after then you might want to take a look at this dreamy editorial inspired by Provence and this floral filled terracotta wedding shoot. Ooh and I am sure you will love Katherine & Daniel’s romantic garden wedding at a Victorian house and Elizabeth & Matt’s elegant Downton Abbey inspired affair.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Venue – The Pan Am Experience // Photographer – Peterson Design & Photography // Planner – Events by Holly Gray // Stationery – GoGoSnap // Floral Design – Flower Duet // Groom’s Attire – The Black Tux // Wedding Dress – Dolly Couture // Headpieces – The Feathered Head // Linens – Luxe Linens // Hair & Makeup – Page Beauty // Tableware Rentals – Classic Party Rental // Furniture Rentals – Circa Rentals // Wedding Cake – Superfine Bakery // Food – Amy’s Culinary Adventures // Videography – Thel Rountree // Vintage Stamps – Verde Studio // Stirrers – California Lustre // Ring Box – The Mrs. Box // Ribbon – Shy Myrtle

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Claire Pettibone and English Countryside Elegance

This week I’ve been down in Buckinghamshire working, and as I’ve been driving around I’ve really appreciated the beauty of the changing seasons. The leaves are just starting to turn but the rolling fields are still green, and in the September sunshine they look just beautiful. It’s easy to understand why today’s American bride, Cassandra, chose […]

Rebecca & John

Rebecca & John by Turner & Moss Photography

Rebecca & John’s crisp white and greenery filled marquee wedding is utterly charming in every way. Granted it’s making me miss summer already, but it’s nothing a look at the beautiful blooms, fabulous decor and stunning fashion hasn’t cured.

Rebecca wears the most beautiful lace, long sleeved Mori Lee gown with illusion back that is truly exquisite, and the colour of the bridesmaids Dessy gowns compliments The Devon Doorway pub beautifully.

With so many more details and emotions captured by Turner and Moss you’ll be itching to pin and recreate too.

Dress

Rebecca the Bride: I always wanted long lace sleeves. My mum and best friend Louise had me try on lots of styles in the first shop then we went to Bellisima Brides – a beautiful boutique in Brimstage Manor on the Wirral, and found the exact style I was looking for by Mori Lee.

The Groom’s Fashion

For The Groom and Father of the Bride we bought the suits from Reiss. A lovely light summer fabric in Navy blue. With 7 ushers spread across the country we decided that asking the grooms to wear their owns suits would be the easiest option. We gave each of the groomsmen a champagne coloured tie and pocket square from Hawes and Curtis, personalised initial cufflinks from Not on the High Street and shirts from TM Lewin.

The Venue

Church Farm is the most beautiful understated venue. Located next to where I kept my horse growing up, this farm has stunning views over the Dee Estuary, and better still there is a licensed “Lavender Shed” where we could officially get married. On top of all that, one of the real attractions was that it’s a complete blank canvas and Steve the farmer (owner) gave us free rein to choose our own suppliers. Having said that, he was extremely helpful in recommending suppliers and making suggestions – he really cared about our day going well.
We hired a traditional pole tent from Posh frocks and Wellies together with an undressed marquee as a plan B for the weather in case we need shelter for the ceremony. I had always wanted an open air ceremony however with pouring rain the day before the wedding, plan B it was. In the end we had beautiful weather which meant we could take all the sides off and everyone could see the view.
The team at Posh frocks were so helpful and were able to provide the whole kit, from generator to toilets and they even decorated the marquee with gorgeous white lanterns.  We hired additional props from Sweet Pea and Ivy including a bicycle, milk churns and festoon lighting which really brought the theme together.  I also did a lot of DIY; I bought chalkboards, lanterns, and other trinkets! Not to mention my Dad’s woodwork skills making some amazing signs for the venue. There was a lot to do on the day before the wedding however I had the help of my wonderful friends and family.

The Flowers

Our flowers were put together with such love and care by the team at Earth Flowers. We went all out with garland flowers wrapped around pillars on the lavender shed – just stunning!  The theme was lots of white and green foliage and I couldn’t resist including Lily of the valley – one of my favourites – so delicate and pretty but expensive so we saved this for the bride and grooms flowers only.
I wanted an abundance of flowers and greenery around the venue and my mum raided the garden centre months before the wedding and grew lots of white flowers to fill apple crates. I also hired some large white cherry blossom trees.

Wedding Party Fashion

The gorgeous girls came to London for dress shopping and despite all the bubbles we managed to pick a dress that looked gorgeous on them all (not difficult!). A tulle dress in a beautiful sage green colour by Dessy.  They all looked absolutely stunning! I ordered them from Bellisima Brides together with a gorgeous flower girl dress for my beautiful god daughter Lucia, also from Dessy – ivory with a sage green ribbon to match the bridesmaid dresses.  Our handsome ring bearer, Theo wore trousers and waistcoat from Next and a cute bow tie from Dessy. They looked adorable and we couldn’t believe how perfect they were at the ceremony. They both loved it and made the day so special.

The Ceremony

We wanted a simple and personal ceremony and most importantly – we wanted to keep it short so people could get on with the party. We had readings from John’s sister Catherine who shared a very entertaining and heartfelt poem from Roald Dahls Revolting Rhymes (Little Red Riding Hood) in memory of John’s beautiful mum. My best friend and maid of honour Louise shared an extract from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.  It meant so much for Louise to be a part of our ceremony as she was so supportive at every stage and the wedding wouldn’t have happened without her.

The Food

I searched high and low for a wedding caterer with a difference. Food is a huge part of our life and I wanted something social and different. When I met Steven at Rhubarb and Custard (now Northern Fields) he had so much experience and ideas – I knew it was going to be special but I had absolutely no idea quite how good. The food has to be one of the stand outs from our wedding day.  
For canapés we decided on arancini, smoked salmon and cream cheese crackers. For the main event we had picnic sharing boards of hams, cheeses, olives, mini handmade pies and scotch eggs.  This was followed by fillet steak with lots of sharing sides and then sharing pavlovas for desert. In the evening guests were topped-up with pulled pork buns.
Steven also arranged the bar through his bar team – we had kegs of my dad’s favourite local beer and for the ladies an elderflower fizz.  The best part was a margarita bar which really got the party started.

Cake

This was even a surprise for me on the day.  Stephen told me to leave it to him.  He knew I wanted a naked wedding cake and boy did he deliver.  Laura’s Little Bakery made our fab cake with red velvet, chocolate and vanilla layers and a toffee glaze. Decorated with flowers from Earth.

Entertainment

We hired the very talented Manouchetones to play before, during and after the ceremony.  Described as a gypsy jazz band their music was perfect for our outdoor setting – they were incredible. They were so flexible and could play whatever we wanted.  I walked down the aisle to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which was very emotional as it was one of my late grandad’s (Poppa) favourite songs.  
After the ceremony, guests were invited on a tractor ride adventure to see the farm.  
For the evening we sourced the DJ from wedding jam – he was brilliant and had everyone up and dancing and was very happy to play a mix of our favourite tunes.

The Theme

The theme was a tale of two halves.  My theme was white and green with trees – lots of trees!  My gorgeous friend Stephanie created our wedding stationary with our personal logo which we used for invites, menus and order of service.  For favours, we gave gin elderflower lollipops from Hollies Lollies and created labels using specially made stamps. A more subtle theme was the movie American Psycho.  Not an obvious choice but it’s a bit of a running joke with John’s friends.  Our table names were named after restaurants from the film and for our first dance we had a duo of Phil Collins songs – “In Too Deep” followed by “Susudio”.

The Photographer and Videographer

Turner and Moss took the beautiful photos. A lovely married couple, Amy and Andy were so relaxed and really put us at ease and through the whole process they paid attention to every detail.  Professional and friendly and exactly what we were looking for I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough.
We started off not sure if we wanted a video.  The budget was already bulging and I thought perhaps this is one thing we can do without.   I just knew though that the day was going to fly by so quickly and a film would be such a great way to remember all the special parts. We found Papertwin and wow they are good at what they do. They blended into the background through the day but captured all the best parts of the day.

Wedding Planner

I’m a bit of a control freak and despite working a busy job I really wanted to plan all the little details for our big day. However, I quickly realised that with over 20 different suppliers I was going to need some help on the day. Charlotte at Charlotte Elise weddings was perfect for the job. She prepared everyone in advance to make sure everyone knew where they were to be and when, and that they had everything they needed. Everything ran smoothly on the day thanks to Charlotte – I think that may be my biggest tip for future brides!
















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