From the beautiful bride……..We met nearly a decade ago, I was Jack’s chalet girl in Tignes, France. Jack, his family, and a huge group of friends stayed at the chalet I was working in, and I served their dinner and made their beds! After keeping in touch, the following Christmas it just so happened that we were in the same ski resort as each other AGAIN! And the rest- as they say – is history.
Jack proposed on a beautiful cliff top in Provence, looking over the turquoise water of Lac St. Croix. We both love the South of France and have holidayed there since the start of our relationship, so this felt like the perfect place for a proposal… it wasn’t without drama, as our car almost broke down en-route, and poor Jack must have been losing his mind with nerves in light of what he was planning! The best bit about the proposal was that it was at the start of a two-week holiday where we were joined by family and friends, so we could do lots of celebrating in the sun with Cote de Provence in hand!
I wasn’t involved in choosing the engagement ring, I had left a few hints as to styles I liked (and I prefer it that way) … but it is beautiful!! He even got the split shank detail right. I love it!
Jack and I call each other ‘beanie’ and lots of our friends know us as ‘bean’ or ‘Mr and Mrs bean’ … weird, I know. We thought it would be fun to run with the bean theme, so all our tables and stationary and signage were bean-orientated. We made our top table ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk’ which gave us a giggle. Favours were jelly beans. We didn’t have a specific colour theme, but the flowers were a mix of pale peach and blue… which was reflected in the bridesmaids’ outfits’. The whole day was quite pastel-orientated.
Silchester is my parents’ nearest big village, and I went to the fireworks displays at the grounds of Silchester house as a child, so I was keen to consider it when we were looking for a venue. We were given a great tour and fell in love with its peach walls and size and atmosphere. It was essential to us that we had an ‘exclusive use’ venue, and we loved that our families and wedding party could stay with us at the house.
My lovely daddy walked me up the aisle to Bruce Springsteen ‘I Wanna Marry You’ – this was amazing. We’re off to see him sing it live at Wembley in June!
Our photographer Dan was fantastic – his style is very ‘off the wall’ which suited us perfectly, as we didn’t want masses of staged shots. It helped that he was such a charming, funny guy… he was a total joy to have around on the day… he even blended in well at my folks’ place in the morning, in amongst gaggles of squealing bridesmaids in robes. A complete legend!
It is difficult to pin down one specific thing we loved about our day we were pleased about everything! I was so chuffed with the flowers, which were beautifully realized by our wonderful florist Karen. For both of us, we were totally overwhelmed by all our friends’ personal contributions: we had lots of readings, music and entertainment provided by our chums, and felt very lucky.
We had a look for wedding ring ideas and played with what worked with my engagement ring. Jack was quite clear from the start that he wanted rose gold, and it looks great. Mine was trickier, but Kelly from Beo London did a fantastic job of designing and making a matching wedding band to the spec of my diamond engagement ring .
My wedding present from Jack was a set of beautiful sapphire earrings, surrounded by diamonds, which were also my ‘something blue’. My ‘borrowed’ was a sapphire ring of my mum’s, which I loved wearing, and in the evening, I ‘borrowed’ my sister-in-law’s beaded sash that she wore at her wedding to my brother. My shoes were Harriet Wilde, and my veil was Mirror-Mirror.
Photography: Dan Weill | Floral Design: Karen Woolven | Wedding Dress: ‘Mullet’ by Pronovias | Cake: Paula (a friend) | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Asos | Make-up : Philippa Blake Hair and Make Up | Hair: Philippa Blake Hair and Make Up | Groom’s Attire: Aquascutum and Ted Baker | Wedding Venue: Silchester House | Wedding Jewellery: Beo London | Wedding Accessories: Mirror Mirror & Harriet Wilde