Louise and Anthony’s wedding – part two

<img src="/assets/2011/10/28/multi_chWithout further a do, here is the second part of Louise and Anthony’s London wedding story. Covering an array of details, from flowers and grooming, to the cake and photos, how could you not be inspired by this second installment of wedding pretty?

Make me up

From the start I knew I’d do my own hair and makeup. I’ve always loved make up and entertained the idea of being a makeup artist for a while, I even did a course in Cosmetics and Photographic work. I didn’t end up pursuing a career in the industry but my passion for the products lives on!

This was, of course, an excellent excuse to by lots of lovely new make up. I absolutely love a sales pitch, whatever promise of beauty the girl behind the counter tells me, I whole-heartedly believe. I booked a makeover with Bobbi Brown, I’ve always used their products and they place a high importance on choosing the right shades for your skin tone which is great. Needless to say I bought more products (as did my sister who came with me and she didn’t even have a makeover!) I justified my purchases with the fact that I wasn’t spending hundreds of pounds on a makeup artist and hairdresser.

The wedding team at notonthehighstreet.com have been working with Benefit on a few exciting new projects (more on this to come!) and I was lucky enough to have a third trial make up session with Benefit’s Head Make up Artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon. You can see the results here.

Blooming wonderful

I didn’t have any firm ideas in mind for the flowers, but Amanda from Flirty Flowers knew the venue and was brilliant at making suggestions that would work beautifully. We had lots of muted tones of pink and lilac to go with the bridesmaid’s dresses and also some little daisy-like flowers that were so pretty. I loved my bouquet so much; it was full of roses, the daisies, a couple of other lovely blooms and lots of mint and rosemary, so it smelled heavenly! My bridesmaids had smaller versions minus the daisies. The button holes were a rose that toned with the bridesmaid dresses, with a spring of rosemary.

We collected lots of jam jars in the run up to the wedding and these were placed around a larger center piece on the tables, which were filled with more roses, hydrangeas and a few others that I don’t know the names of but which were gorgeous!

I couldn’t have been more pleased with the way everything looked, even with my slightly flighty umm-ing and ahh-ing, Amanda created exactly what I had in mind – without me even really knowing what that was myself – she is a genius!

Maids and ushers

My bridesmaids were my sisters, one of whom lives in Australia so when she was back for Christmas we set ourselves a goal to find a dress before she went back. Both my sisters have very different tastes and I was happy for them each to choose a dress they loved, rather than make them wear the same thing and risk one of them feeling uncomfortable. On our first shopping trip Hazel (the one visiting from Oz) found her dream dress in Monsoon, a gorgeous dusky lilac with vintage-style beading around the neckline. She tried it on and it was perfect, so perfect that my other sister, Amy, tried it on too and also fell in love! As if that wasn’t enough it was half price in the sale – never have there been three happier girls!

Our ushers wore their own suits and we bought ties for them, and our Dad’s, in an oyster shade, to bring them all together with the rest of the wedding party.

Well groomed

I remembered Charlotte, of Rock My Wedding fame, saying that Marks and Spencer were an absolute godsend when it came to her groom’s wedding attire and the same was definitely true for us. After trying on a few styles one was the clear winner; black and so smart, it could have been cut specially for Ant! He looked delicious! We then found a white shirt with subtle twill stripes and the oyster tie – all M&S and just lovely! He wore cufflinks that my sister had given him for his birthday the year before, little silver rugby balls in reference to his passion for the game. When I saw him at the top of the aisle I could have melted on the spot.

Photo ready

Our photographer was Amy Murrell from Especially Amy. Along with booking the venues, choosing our photographer was the first thing we did. We spent HOURS going through blogs and looking at photographer’s websites and spoke to a few before coming across a post by Amy on the wedding blog, Rock My Wedding. We got in touch and after a chat and gushing over the beautiful weddings on her site knew we’d found who we were looking for. Amy was so lovely and had lots of brilliant advice that helped us with aspects of the whole wedding, not just the photography. We also spoke to her about the possibility of a videographer – something we had been considering but were worried about the extra cost. Amy recommended we got in touch with the lovely Dan at From the Hip Video to discuss the options and after meeting him and seeing his work we knew how important having a video of the day would come to be – we were sold!

Both Amy and Dan were wonderful on the day, really lovely to have around as well as being experts in their respective crafts. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results, Amy captured so many special moments and beautiful shots of our friends and family, the photos really tell the story of our day. Our video is also amazing; we’ve watched it a few times now and laughed and cried our way through each time! I can’t recommend getting a video of your wedding more, it is so, so worth the extra money. It gives you a perspective that, as bride and groom, you don’t get to see on the day and, in the whirlwind of it all, helps to let the memories live on in your mind.

Fondant Fancy

Our lovely friend, Debbie, offered to make our cake and we were delighted! We’d seen her clever handy work at a birthday party just after we got engaged, when she made an airplane inspired cake. Ant was very keen for our cake to be in the shape of something that would remind us of a key event in our relationship – at one point we were talking about a mini bus in memory of the holiday when we first got together! In the end we left it to Debbie’s creative genius to surprise us and the result was perfect, a classic two-tiered shape, completely covered in intricate sugar roses that she made by hand. It was so lovely and personal that it was made specially for us by our friend and both the Victoria sponge and the fruit layers were like little pieces of heaven!

The third and final part of their gorgeous wedding story will be posted on Tuesday – hopefully you can wait that long! On Monday, we will excitedly be announcing the winners of the show competitions we have been running, so if you met us at a show this month, then stay tuned as you may have won! Good luck and have a lovely weekend!

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