What I wore
I chose to wear the Ferrera gown by Watters for my wedding. I wanted a gown that would reflect our Great Gatsby theme, but also my style too. The dress features lace all over with eyelash lace edging and beaded fringing. I opted for the Oyster colour to suit my skin tone and our vintage theme. The dresses in the Watters ranges have a lot of different colour options and it’s amazing how different the colours can look on everyone.
It’s really important that the wedding dress you choose is comfortable to wear all day and you can enjoy your wedding. I was able to eat, drink and dance in my dress all day and night and didn’t want to take it off!
For my shoes, I wore a T-bar style in blush pink by Rachel Simpson. As well as your wedding dress being comfortable, your shoes need to be too!
Jewellery is great way to bring in the tradition of ‘Something old, something new…’. I wore my mum’s pearl bracelet for my ‘something borrowed’, my Grandma’s engagement ring for my ‘something old and blue’ and then my necklace was made by my friend Caroline of CMF Designs. I wanted a necklace with a piece that went down my back. So she designed a necklace where the back was detachable so I can wear the necklace again. Caroline is now turning the detachable back piece into a bracelet for me.
As it was a winter wedding, I wanted to wear a faux fur wrap by Joan Lee. Although it wasn’t actually that cold on the day, I wore it anyway for photos outside.
Hair and makeup
Jen from Lolo & Co. did my hair and makeup and it lasted all day! We did a hair and makeup trial prior to the wedding at Bridal Indulgence (where Jen has her studio) which was a great opportunity to discuss and try out different looks. Jen is extremely talented and one of her biggest strengths is how calm she always is – nothing phases her! She did not only my hair and makeup, but also for my bridesmaids and my mum. It’s important that you surround yourself with calm people on your wedding day.
In my hair I wore a feather hair accessory from Ivory & Co. and Joyce Jackson veil with beading all around the edge. I loved wearing a veil as it’s the only day you can wear one!
I had four bridesmaids who all are completely different shapes. So I decided that I wanted them to wear different styles that would suit their shapes and styles.
Their outfits are all from the Watters bridesmaid range. By mixing and matching, it allowed me to bring in my colour scheme of rose gold and blush pink. From left to right:
Devon top, Celine skirt, Jackson jumpsuit, Julia dress, Loxley top and Lailani skirt.
To tie them all together, they had the same hair style and vine from Ivory & Co.
I spent about a year before collecting vases from charity shops and spray painting them rose gold. We sprayed so many things rose gold to tie everything together including picture frames and a bird cage that I made into our card box.
I bought a foiling machine from Hobbycraft which we used to foil all of our stationery including the invitations, table names and place cards.
All the flowers were by Castle Street Flowers who did an amazing job to work with our colour scheme. They provided the bouquets, button holes, corsages and then did all the flowers in the vases for decorations.
I hired the rose gold sequin tablecloths and table runners from Distinctive Elegance.
For the evening reception, we wanted a live band who played modern songs in a swing style to suit our Great Gatsby theme. I found Swing 17 who were brilliant! They mixed their live music with a DJ set in between. Lead singer Lucy has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard! A couple of months before the wedding, we let them know what our first dance was going to be (L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole). They recorded them performing the track and then sent it over to us so we could practise dancing to it.
We wanted to create a party atmosphere for the evening so hired some uplighting and stratosphere’s from Karl at KT Entertainment which worked really well.
Midnight obviously needed to be celebrated, with it being a new years eve wedding! I found a company called Confetti Magic who hire out confetti cannons. There are different types available to hire and you can choose the colour of your confetti. We managed to keep the confetti cannons a secret from everyone, so they were a great surprise at midnight!
Jess and Charlie from Robin Studios were there to photograph and video our wedding and they captured it perfectly! You can see our video here. When choosing your photographer, have a look at their Instagram page. I wanted our photography to be quite natural and after looking at the Robin Studios Instagram feed, I knew that they were the photographers for us! They just blended into our wedding and captured all the key moments and more.
We were very lucky that we had a lot of friends who helped out with our wedding! I had a friend who designed all our stationery, another made our wedding cake, another made macarons for our wedding favors and my mum’s friend created the beautiful display on our banister. As a surprise, my parents had a photo booth made for us by their friends. It was a great focal point for the evening reception.
I had so much fun on our wedding day and wish I could do it all again! I would highly recommend all the suppliers that we used at our wedding and also Barnett Hill as our venue, so if you’re still looking at venue or for any suppliers, please check them out as I have included their details below.
I hope you enjoy looking at some of the photos from our wedding.
Wedding dress – Watters at Bridal Indulgence
Bridesmaid dresses – Watters
Hair & Make up – Lolo & Co.
Hair accessories – Ivory & Co at Bridal Indulgence
Fur wrap – Joan Lee at Bridal Indulgence
Necklace – CMF Designs
Photography – Robin Studios
Venue – Barnett Hill
Flowers – Castle Street Flowers
Band – Swing 17
Sequin table cloths – Distinctive Elegance
Lighting – KT Entertainment
Confetti Cannon – Confetti Magic