Amy and Fred were married this time last year and for their beautiful spring wedding chose the pretty surroundings of Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens. With a floral theme and some cute personal touches they made the day their own, and with a little surprise on the way Amy looked the most radiant bride!
A CYMBELINE BRIDE
Amy managed to find ‘The One’ with her beautiful Cymbeline dress at the lovely Blackburn Bridal boutique, which she teamed with a pretty belt from Emmy. I didn’t want a big dress but had my heart set on something lace and romantic and Blackburn Bridal were recommended to me by my close friend. The moment I walked in I knew I would find my dress! I had seen the Amsale bridesmaid dresses in a magazine and loved the grecian look. I asked my friend and hairdresser Cherri (Sarah) to do my hair, mum’s and my bridesmaid’s – she is the only person I would ever trust! Make up was by Jenny who came highly recommended by one of my beautiful bridesmaids Charlotte.
My mum gave me the garter she wore on her wedding day with a bow from her wedding dress and a blue Links of London charm sewed on. I gave it back to her afterwards for her to then give to my sister when her big day comes and added the charm to my bracelet. Fred and his Ushers all wore purple socks to match their purple ties which was really fun!
We had originally looked at outside venues however were worried about the weather. When we saw Kew Gardens we both instantly fell in love and Cambridge Cottage was perfect as we could have both the ceremony and evening party in one place.
With their wedding venue sitting amongst the beautiful grounds at Kew Gardens, it was natural for the couple to keep the focus on the florals to suit the setting which also happened to determine the colour scheme for the day!
LAVENDER & ROSES
The dusky lilac and purple colours throughout the wedding were determined by a flower Toni at ISIS Flowers recommended, the ‘Ocean Song Rose’ which was a lavender shade. From there we chose the bridesmaid dresses and decided on a mixture of colours. I also love Hydrangeas and Peonies and we incorporated these into my bouquet and the floral centrepieces for the tables.
For their seating plan, they created a beautiful display with dried lavender. and the jam jars filled with roses, hydrangeas and peonies that were dotted around on the tables were then later given as favours for guests to take home at the end of the evening which was a lovely touch.
Our wedding invites were in the design of bunting and we continued this theme for our place names and each guest had a sprig of lavender too. Caroline and my mum also decorated the lanterns I bought and put candles all over the venue including the toilet which was filled with flowers and toiletries. We put scented candles and mints in the boys toilets!
The moment I stumbled across Cotton Candy I had already decided they were the girls for us! After the ceremony we were taken off around Kew (Just Fred and I) for some shots on our own, this allowed us to catch up and spend some time together alone whilst having some brilliant photos taken by Gemma. Walking down the aisle with my Dad was a brilliant moment and seeing Fred get emotional was really moving. Seeing my Nan dressed up for the photo booth was also a great moment!!
Our photographers Gem and Amy really made our day and blended in with our family and friends who all commented how much fun they were! The photo booth in the evening was a definite hit and was really important as we had quite a few evening guests.
He’s Her Lobster
As well as having a lovely polka dot grey cake, they had a fun cake topper, which I’m sure most people will get the Friends reference! We kept the food simple and ensured there was plenty of drink ready for our family and friends to really celebrate with us! The cake was made by a family friend and was three layers of vanilla. chocolate and lemon sponge. The ‘He’s Her Lobster’ cake topper by Miss Cake, I found on Not On The High Street and the idea came from our mutual love of the TV programme ‘Friends’.
It was important to me that I liked the people I was working with, every supplier we chose was because they were lovely as well as brilliant and I knew they would go the extra mile for us.
We tried to please everyone to start with and then realised it was our day and we had to focus on enjoying it. We also found out I was pregnant three months before we got married so I was actually four months pregnant on the day and our little legend Zachary arrived 11th November 2014; that was a nice problem to have though! I did have to get an extra hook and eye put on my dress just in case!
Congratulations to Amy and Fred (and on the birth of their son Zachary!) and huge thanks to the fun and fabulous ladies at Cotton Candy.