It was such a privilege design and create a gorgeous bespoke tiara for the very lovely Georgina and then to receive some lovely photographs and thanks. I was so impressed by Georgina and Chris’s wedding styling, ideas and flamboyance that I invited Georgina to write a guest blog to share with you. Having met Georgina on two occasions it was evident from the start that she’s a lady who know what she wants! Read their wedding story below, like me, you’ll love their style.
We both knew that we wanted a theme for our wedding to tie the day together, however we really struggled at first to think of something that really represented the two of us as we didn’t want to have a theme just for the sake of it. Chris and I have both travelled and love going to far away places on holiday, so we thought it was perfect to use travel.
We didn’t want to go overboard with details, but use subtle touches that would make our day feel really personalised. We sourced globes to use as our table centres and named our tables after places we’ve visited. We used a world map for our table plan and asked friends who went abroad to bring us back postcards, which we asked our guests to write well wishes on in place of a guest book.
We asked Hannah from Bowtop Vintage to style the marquee with vintage trunks, cameras and bike and she did a fantastic job that worked perfectly with our travel theme. We also hired a Photobooth from JV Photo Booth Hire and provided our guests with hats from all over the world to use as props. The photobooth went down a treat with everyone and we love looking back over the prints and having a giggle.
For the ladies favours we used the amazing Linda from Identity Papers who creates stunning origami boxes. We asked her to create boxes in a navy fabric with a map interior and they looked amazing. We filled each box with 2 Owow’s, which are little Oreos covered in chocolates. Delicious! We gave the boys each a Lego toy to create. It was really lovely to see our guests bonding over their creations – and what boy doesn’t love Lego?!
Georgina’s Dress – White Rose Bridal
I bought my dress at The National Wedding show – a whole 15 months before the wedding! It was the third dress that I had tried on at the show, and like many other girls before me, I just knew it was ‘the one’ the minute it was zipped up and I saw myself in the mirror. I had tried on numerous styles of wedding dresses previously, but I loved the way my dress hugged my figure and made me feel like a million dollars. I absolutely love the lace, neckline and long sleeves and I also really liked the fact that this made it a little different from anything I’d seen before. As we were getting married in church, I decided to team it with a simple cathedral length veil and I loved how the whole look came together.
Chris’ Suit – Ted Baker
Chris wore a three piece petrol blue suit from Ted Baker with a coral tie. Chris has the most amazing blue eyes, and the suit really set them off on the day. The groomsmen had matching ties with navy suits, which we hired from Slater Menswear.
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Virgos Lounge
I had 8 (!) bridesmaids, all of whom are close school friends. Trying to find a dress that fit every size and height seemed like a daunting task, but they were found on ASOS and are a Virgos Lounge design and flattered every single girl. I loved the ornate look of the beading and detailing with the gorgeous low backs and the girls looked absolutely stunning.
Hair & Make up artist – Kayleigh Knox
I was recommended Kayleigh by my hairdresser and she did an amazing job with my hair & make up, as well as the bridesmaids hair. I wanted a simple but covered look for the day and she made me feel like a million dollars. Aside from the importance of being good at hair & make up, I think people may forget how important personality is, especially on such an important morning. Kayleigh was excellent to keep me calm and made my wedding morning so very enjoyable.
Hair Accessory – Tilly Minx Vintage
Because of the high neck and long sleeves of my wedding dress, I didn’t need to accessorise with jewellery, which allowed me to get creative with my hair accessory. I’d found designs I liked on Pinterest but was unable to find a designer. Whilst my mum was shopping for her own shoes in Leamington Spa, she was recommended an accessory designer, Annette from Tilly-Minx Vintage. After chatting with Annette over email and showing her the design, we met to discuss options. I wanted quite a large headband with a spray of pearls which fell down slightly over my hairline and over the back. I received my hair accessory several months later and I was overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. Annette created me a beautiful accessory which complimented my dress beautifully. I also loved that she named the piece ‘Georgina’ after me.
Wedding Reception – Trunkwell House
We fell in love with Trunkwell House the minute we finished driving up the gravel drive and when we saw the house appear in the distance. It’s close proximity to St Leonards Church was perfect for our guests, and we loved the historic look of the house combined with the beautiful manicured gardens and marquee. We obviously hoped for good weather as loved the idea of our guests enjoying our welcome drinks and canapes in the gardens, and luckily we were granted it.
Photographer – Valo Studio Photography
Having a professional photographer was very important for Chris and I, as we wanted the memories from our day to last a lifetime. We came across Alfred from a wedding list supplier that we’d met at The National Wedding show and what struck us most about his portfolio were the strong, vivid colours and candid photos that he took. Whilst we wanted pictures of us as a couple, we also wanted those unexpected, natural moments caught on camera – and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We have so many photos that we love that Alfred took so effortlessly and we will treasure them forever.
Videographer – 4motion Productions
We booked 4motion Productions after we saw the DVD of my cousins and fell in love with the wedding films they create. We had so much film with both the photographer and videographer after dinner, taking a wander into the paddock fields where we took some of the most beautiful shots in the fields. We’ve just had our highlights video back and we both absolutely adore it. It packages our day up beautifully, and I’m so glad we had them there for our day. Click here to see our highlights.
Macaron tower & cake – The Real Macaron Company
I was determined to have a Macaron tower for my wedding cake. I fell in love with Macarons on my travels through Vietnam (of all places!) and Pinterest convinced me that I had to have a tower. I found Gaye from a Google search and she was a delight to work with from start to finish – always with a cup of tea and macaron on offer. She mastered our brief and was more than happy to design colours to tie in with our theme and created the most delicious flavours. Overall we had 5 different designs flavoured in vanilla, peanut butter, sea salt caramel, pistachio and hazelnut. We were absolutely delighted with the finished product, and my guests were most complimentary about the idea and more importantly their taste! We had rather hoped we’d over ordered and that we would have some left to ourselves after the reception, but we had no such luck!
Florist – Buds Floristry
I’ve known Anna from Buds Floristry personally since I was 16 years old, and I knew that I was going to have her do my flowers the minute we got engaged. I knew that I wanted a lot of colour, using our accent colour of coral. I cried when she delivered my bouquet, which was made up of peonies, miss piggy roses and astilbe. I was adamant that I didn’t want a standard rounded bouquet and the way the peonies opened up throughout the day along with the astilbe was just beautiful. We decorated the church pew ends with a mix of the same flowers in jam jars, which we then transferred to our tables at Trunkwell. For the bridesmaids we used bunches of astilbe and the boys had miss piggy roses and gypsophila tied with twine.
Stationary – Phillipa Nowrotek Illustration
I am very lucky to have a very talented sister who has just graduated as an illustrator and she did an amazing job. She designed our order of service, table plan, tables names and a beautiful banner for our top table and all in line with our travel theme using stamps, maps and our navy and coral colours. I will be forever grateful for how she so beautifully tied everything together for me.