Our photographer, the wonderfully talented Rich from The Other Day Photography, dropped our wedding album off yesterday evening. It’s amazing. I took it into work today and everyone was gushing all over it. Not only do we have a fabulous album of selected prints, but Rich also brought round a memory stick of all the photos he took of the day, so I can finally post specific pictures and link to vendors with images so that the references make sense.
So, our wedding:
2pm Saturday 13th August, Rowhill Grange Hotel and Spa, Wilmington, Kent
We loved the fact that our ceremony could be outside under a gazebo (although I did have many weather-related panics in the days and weeks leading up to the big day) and the grounds are BEAUTIFUL and made for FABULOUS photographs!
Our music during the ceremony was provided by Stringendo string quartet, who also played whilst our guests arrived and then again during the photographs. We walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, signed the register to the Flower Duet (AKA the British Airways music) and walked back up the aisle to All You Need Is Love.
Our flowers were by the amazing Floral Explosion and our bridesmaids’ dresses were Mori Lee. The colour we chose for the bridesmaids is called ‘Metallic Sage’ and we were so relieved when we managed to find ties that matched for the men in the wedding party! The maternity bridesmaid dress is by Dessy and is ‘Kiwi” colour. Flowergirl dresses were from Next (9 year old) and Mamas and Papas (18 month old). Our flowers were mostly greens, with creams and pinks scattered through, which, amazingly, matched the beautiful gardens and grounds at Rowhill so perfectly.
Floral explosion decorated the gazebo and aisle, and provided our centrepieces and other decoration inside the room where we had the wedding breakfast. The mosaic vases we found in Selfridges and were one of the first things we bought. They are made by Indian Ocean and we gave them as gifts to the bridesmaids afterwards.
Our hair and makeup were done by Nicola Beddoes, who was recommended to us by my mother-in-law’s hairdresser and did a brilliant job. The tiaras were custom made by Beretun Designs. I’d tried on untold amounts of tiaras, but nothing really made me go wow. They were all just… tiaras. But then I saw the asymmetrical starburst design by Beretun and knew I’d found my tiara.
Our seating plan, I mentioned in a previous post, was based on the theme of famous lesbians. The food for the wedding breakfast was provided in-house at Rowhill and was beautiful, although neither of us ate as much as we would have liked as we were worrying about the speeches.
Our cake was absolutely outstanding. One of the real indulgences of our wedding was the cake. We saw it at a wedding fair and after that nothing compared, we had to go for it, despite the cost. It was made by Linda Fripp and the three layers inside were devil’s food chocolate cake with raspberry and white chocolate ganache, strawberries and champagne, and apple, cinnamon and calvados. It not only looked stupendous, but tasted absolutely divine!
The DJ was provided as part of the package we booked with Rowhill and he did a great job, keeping everyone dancing all night with a real range of music catering to our taste. Our first dance was to ‘Parachute’ by Cheryl Cole, which had just been released around the time we got engaged and was very apt as everyone knows we both love Cheryl/Girls Aloud (although let’s not mention Ashley, okay?).
All in an an absolutely perfect day…