An envy inducing real wedding filled with peaches and prettiness…
When it comes to real weddings, they don’t get more swoon worthy than this one. Lisa & Chris married towards the end of Summer last year with a beautifully pretty palette of grey and peach, with a stunning backdrop and the most perfect, intimate detail. Here, Lisa tells us all about this ultra-elegant day…
FINDING THE DRESS
“I’ve never really been one of those girls that dreamt about their wedding dress since they were little – probably too tom boy/geek than all things girly. Even as I grew older I didn’t think too much about it, but working in the wedding industry (I design wedding stationery) means that I see wedding dresses pretty much every working day on social media, so I definitely had an idea of the sort of style I would choose if/when my turn came. When the time did come, I didn’t have a long list of ‘must-haves’ about the dress but I knew I wanted something with straps or sleeves and ideally a low back.
I came across Anna Campbell’s dresses on Instagram and pretty much loved everything she created. All very boho/beachy style but designed with stunning and delicate details – meaning they would still suit a more traditional style venue. I started my search by booking appointments at stockists that sold Anna Campbell and was delighted that Coco & Kate was one of these. I looked through all the designer dresses and tried many on, saving the Anna Campbell ‘Coco’ dress till last. I loved it. The low back and detailed straps were exactly what I’d been looking for – so elegant and beautiful.”
STATIONERY IS MY PASSION AND MY BUSINESS
“Not only is stationery my biggest passion, it’s also my business. I spend my days designing pretty paper for other couples, so when it came to my own, you can only imagine the excitement – not to mention the pressure! The main invitation was printed onto a luxury heavy cardstock – a whopping 1050gsm in this case (that’s very thick if you’re not a paper geek like me!) and then beautifully gilt edged with a rose gold foil.”
THE DECOR WAS ELEGANT AND TIMELESS
“When it came to décor I had a very strong vision of what I wanted (I can’t pretend Chris took too much interest in this side of things). The décor was to be elegant and timeless with a subtle contemporary edge. I didn’t want anything too grand but instead something more intimate, cosy and pretty. I love botanicals so decided everything would be focused around ivy and eucalyptus. The flowers were to match our chosen colour palette, so we used lots of white, peach and blush. My all time favourite flowers are peonies but sadly they’re not in season in September so our florist Emily (Stems of Somerset) suggested David Austin roses (another a fuller-looking flower), café au lait dahlias, hypericum berries, veronica and astilbe.”
IT WAS LIKE WALKING INTO MY VERY OWN FAIRYTALE
“The ballroom (where we had the wedding breakfast) was the perfect space for my wedding planner, Sundari of The Wedding Stylist to use her clever idea of having different table sizes and shapes, mixing circular tables with L-shaped tables to create a more intimate frame for the room, whilst allowing every table to have its own unique styling. She added texture and tone to the table-scaping by using brass, soft crepe runners white against a pale grey linen and incorporated organic materials such as fruit and trailing ivy. Lots and lots of candlelight brought a romantic warmth to the space. To give you an idea of how much I loved it, I cried when I walked into the room (before all the guests entered) – it was like walking into my very own fairytale!
I know and have worked with a lot of amazing photographers through my day job so choosing was really not easy. We came across Emma Pilkington during the search and loved her style.”
MY HIGHLIGHT WAS WALKING DOWN THE AISLE
“One of the highlights of the day was my walk down the long aisle, where I found myself transfixed on Chris, who looked like he was about to burst into tears. I’ll never forget the look on his face, it was one of my favourite moments from the day. Turns out the big day also really affected Chris, he was stuck for words during our vows (and his speech!) as he was trying to hold back the tears. Completely out of character for him (I think I’ve seen him cry once in 6 years) but that’s just how emotional it all felt.”