Old Hollywood Style Red Amanda Wakeley Dress for a Winter Wedding

WEDDINGS, Elegant, Vintage Inspired

Photography by Chiron Cole

Nicola and Nick had a wintery Old Hollywood style wedding at historical manor house Fanhams Hall with bride Nicola in a show stopping red Amanda Wakeley dress.

Old Hollywood Winter Wedding And A Red Amanda Wakeley Dress by Chiron Cole

Is it wrong that I’m quite excited that this is the first couple to be featured on the blog who met on Tinder?Amazing to see how much has changed, even within the time since starting the blog as I would never have thought an app would bring people together for marriage back in 2009 when I started, but how wonderful that it is!

Nicola and Nick had such an elegant and decadent day Old Hollywood style day. The historical venue was the perfect backdrop to their elegant style and Nicola’s statement coloured red Amanda Wakeley Asayava Lipstick Gown looks incredible for their winter wedding celebrations.

APPY EVER AFTER

We met on Tinder and as I am a total romantic this was the last place I ever expected to find my future husband! Apparently on our first date Nick sent a message to his friends saying ‘I’ve met the future Mrs. Rogers’. We got engaged 9 months later! Nick proposed in the middle of Highgate Wood surrounded by trees, which are one of my favourite things in the world.

Given how glamorous the couple’s style is, the beautiful and historic Manor House, Fanhams Hall was the perfect backdrop for their day.

OSCAR WORTHY

Fanhams Hall just outside London in Herfordshire, was the 3rd venue we viewed and the two of us just knew immediately it was perfect. It is a converted Jacobean Manor House with beautiful original features, so there is a lovely sense of history and time past. We didn’t have a specific theme for our wedding but knew we wanted it to be very simple and elegant. The dress code was ‘Evening glamour/ dark suits’ and we said if anyone needed inspiration to think of the Oscars.

We decided to go for an intimate afternoon ceremony with just over 40 family and friends, followed by a few hours break and then another 100 guests came for a big evening party. The invitations we sent out asked our loved ones to ‘Join us to celebrate life & love’ and that’s exactly what we did – it was magical!

I absolutely love that sentiment, and perfect wording for an invitation!

RED DRESS + OLD HOLLYWOOD STYLE

As is becoming more common now amongst brides, Nicola wasn’t the ‘white dress’ kind. As someone who wears black all the time, she certainly stepped beyond her comfort zone with this show-stopping backless Old Hollywood red Amanda Wakeley Asayava Lipstick Gown (which happens to also come in a beautiful silver for other brides on the dress hunt!).

I always knew I didn’t want to wear a white wedding dress. For me it was a chance to get a beautiful evening gown and go for something colourful or with a stunning print design. I am known for always wearing black, so I knew that was a definite no no!

We’d put a side a whole girlie day to try on loads of frocks but in the end I was only in Harvey Nichols for about 5mins when I saw my dream dress. I was with my Mum, sister Sorcha and cousin Ciara and when I tried it on there was that lovely moment of butterflies and eyes welling up. We then had the rest of the day to drink bubbles and celebrate!

I think Nicola styled her dress to perfection, from the red lips, the 1920s style hair, the cascading bouquet of flowers and of course the stunning statement jewellery and hairpiece that sets the dress off beautifully.

The dress had a 1930s Old Hollywood feel about it, so that inspired the rest of my look and jewellery. I commissioned the talented Sarah Doran to create a headpiece and long back necklace, adapting a gorgeous vintage brooch my cousin had given me. Amanda Croke transformed my hair perfectly, listening to the style I wanted, as well as knowing how to adapt it to suit me. She was an absolute dream to work with and made the morning of my wedding so stress-free. My beautiful bridesmaids wore fabulous black gowns and my two very handsome nephews looked adorable in black tuxedos.

INTIMATE CEREMONY

For our ceremony we used Fanhams striking Long Gallery. I felt most nervous when the doors to this room opened and I could hear the cellist Lucy start to play but when I came round the corner arm in arm with my Dad and saw everyone looking back at us, my nerves just vanished and I don’t think I stopped smiling all day. Our ceremony felt very special and personal, as my Dad and cousin Zarah played a stunning song and my brother Simon and cousin Ciara choose poems that meant a great deal. Then later in the afternoon my two nephews Alfie and Albert performed a comical poem and emotional love song – there was not a dry eye in the room!

VELVETY TONES

With a late Autumn/winter wedding, the couple used rich and decadent tones of dark berry colours and lots of trailing foliage as inspiration from the surrounding grounds.

With the flowers and decorations we wanted to compliment and subtly add to the rooms, plus take inspiration from the beautiful grounds and trees outside. We went with autumnal and wintery tones, with lots of rich dark velvety reds and grey/ silver cascading foliage, asparagus fern and ivy. We also had lots of candles set on log slabs, surrounded by beds of moss and berries.

Our florist Sally Murray at Halo Blossom was so fabulous to work with and totally understood the look/feel we were going for and that we wanted the flowers to feel in no way contained or structured. My bridal bouquet was in the style of a full, tumbling 1930s-style bouquet and it was just perfect on the day.

DECADENT BRUNCH

The couples catering certainly sounds delicious. Not only did they put on an afternoon brunch, the guests were treated to an eight-course canapé menu in the evening and then dark chocolate and red velvet cake. Divine!

Everyone loves breakfast right?! Well my favourite meal has always been breakfast and I could eat it all day. So we had a brunch in the afternoon and the chef came up with a scrumptious four course menu. In the evening we wanted to match the food with the elegant dressed-up feel, so we went with an eight-course canapé menu. My cousin Eimear lovingly made our wedding cake and it was a decadent dark chocolate and red velvet cake – it was delicious!

HAPPINESS IN THE ROOM

My brother Simon organised all the music and DJ’d in the evening, with assistance from the radiant Jen (his girlfriend). He is an amazing poet/musician, so there was not a chance he wouldn’t do a brilliant job, plus we knew he would love it. One of my favourite moments of the whole day was looking out across the room and seeing everyone dancing like crazy, there was so much happiness in the room!

My best-friend Sandra suggested Chiron Cole to do our photography and having seen her work and then meeting in person, I knew she would be perfect. Her photos are so natural and joyous; she really captures all the atmosphere and characters on the day. Plus her approach is very gentle and subtle. Chiron made us feel so at ease and never asked us to do any forced poses or re-enact a moment just for the camera. We received 100s of photos from Chiron the other day and we are absolutely delighted with them.

REFLECTIONS

In terms of advice I would say two things. 1. Involve people in your day that you trust, love and admire and you can’t go wrong 2. Remember ‘Happiness is infectious. If you are happy and enjoying yourself, so will everyone else.’ That is something my wonderfully wise Mum said to us quite a few times in the lead up to the wedding and she was so right!

This is also the perfect time to thank you Mum, as your impeccable taste, patience and attention to detail made our day exceptional. 

What a lovely, truly happy day and radiant couple. Wishing Nicola and Nick all the best for married life and thank you to Chiron for sharing the moments from the day.