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Summer Romance Petersham Nurseries Wedding

WEDDINGS, Informal

Tony and Jess were married in August with a meaningful ceremony at the Church just at the end of their road, followed by a relaxed reception at the beautifully unique Petersham Nurseries. This wedding almost looks like the most amazing dinner party. Ever. The romantic setting with the warm summer sky above them from within the glasshouse which is twinkling with lights, encased in foliage, with red wine flowing and live music to entertain. Perfection. It certainly looks like everyone had a good time judging by the images at the end of the night, and the whole day has been fabulously captured by Kat Hill.  

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“Our vision for the day was to keep the day as relaxed and fun as possible, we chose to keep things local by getting married at in a church the end of our road, with our reception only 10 minutes away from our home at Petersham Nurseries . Our main vision of the day was to ensure all our guests had great fun from start to finish.

The service was very meaningful to us both, we chose a church at the end of our road, and put a lot of thought into it, although we kept the service short and sweet it was very personal with our brother in law playing the organ, Tony’s Uncle singing  for us and with a vicar we both came to know very well. It was very emotional and after the service we made a bee-line for the door to get into our car and enjoy a glass of champagne together to calm our nerves before the rest of the day began, it was really nice to have that time out away from everyone to take it all in!

“Petersham nurseries is a stunning location set in a nurseries we had our rose Prosecco cocktails  outside around a water feature with jazz trio and  a magician which got everyone chatting and laughing. The meal was in the Restaurant, which was decorated with chilli plants and sunflowers everywhere, we chose 2 long tables so that guests could all chat across to each other.

“After dinner we had the speeches followed by a brass band perform classics such as “gangam style” and Britney spears which energized everyone straight after dinner and got everyone dancing. Our evening reception was set in a second greenhouse which was decorated with candles,  fairy lights, plants climbing up every wall and mud floors which was breathtaking. It felt like you were in another country and so romantic. We fished the night off with a fab covers band which kept everyone dancing. The fancy dress box got great use and to look around the room seeing everyone in wigs, strange hats and masks, even one of our guests who was 90 got dressed up!

The cake was from Choccywoccydoodah, I fell in love with one I saw online but when we want into the shop it cost the same amount to deisgn your own, I spent 2.5 hours in there with my mum and came up with our creation! It looked absolutely amazing on the day, but in the excitement of everything (and the non stop dancing from everyone) meant that we forgot to cut it and eat it! Luckily we had a family party the next day and we managed to polish it off!

The venue arranged all the food and drink food, everything was incredible with the food so beautifully presented with edible flowers and lots of fresh colours. The venue didn’t have an alcohol licence so it was only wine and beer, we managed to get around this by having Processco cocktails on arrival, and after the meal we moved to Sangria.

The most memorable part of the day was walking down the aisle, I just wanted to be next to Tony and the aisle seemed such a long way, as soon as we stood together I felt relaxed and just wanted to enjoy the day as much as possible. People told us to take in the day as it goes so quickly, and it really really does, The best advice I could give a bride to be is just enjoy every single second and not get too caught up in the smaller details, everything will just click together on the day and anything minor that goes wrong wont even be noticed! We forgot to arrange a first dance so just had to go with the flow on the day!

Thanks to Tony and Jess, and congratulations on their imminent arrival to the family which is due on their anniversary! Thanks also to Kat Hill for sharing her lovely work again.

Photographer:  Kat Hill / Venue: Petersham Nurseries / Bride’s Dress: The Bridal Chest / Bridesmaids: Two Bird Bridesmaid / Cake: Choccywoccydoodah 

Choccywoccydoodah – Nom Nom Nom!

INSPIRATION, Food & Drink

Last week, if you follow me on twitter and facebook you may have seen I spent my Wednesday evening slirping Champagne truffle milkshakes and snarfing a slice of a 12 layer chocolate cake. In other words,  I attended the bloggers teaparty at Choccywoccydoodah’s brand new London shop just off Carnaby Street, nom nom nom!

Choccywoccydoodah have been on my radar for as long as I’ve been in the wedding world but I’d yet had the chance to properly meet any of the team or indeed, visit their shop (they have their first shop in Brighton). They are creators of design focused naughty treats, which are all works of art created out of drippingly delicious Belgian chocolate (I muttered the word icing whilst in there, big mistake, ain’t no icing to be seen here!). It’s decadent, it’s indulgent and rather opulent. I love it!

The shop is a must-visit in itself, it’s like walking into Willy Wonka’s naughty boudoir. Black furniture, velvet fabrics, low light lampshades, blood red walls – it’s a visual feast, not to mention an actual erm…feast. The shop sells lots of treats and gifts (my favourites were the solid chocolate scottie dog and the little chocolate brogues, so cute!) and of course they have on show their unmistakably signature cake sculptures which just ooze ‘eat me’.

Upstairs whilst sipping Champagne milkshakes (the most delicious thing, ever) we were treated to all sorts of goodies whilst chatting and eating lots of cake in the cafe area which is the perfect place for a decadent little treat when you’ve had enough of shopping in the west end. I also hear they are opening up a private floor which I think will be the perfect place for a hen party… hoping to have more info on that soon!

I went along with Dashing buddy and photographer Fanni Williams who took these fabulous pics in between chomping! I also bumped into blogging and industry buddies Alexis and Kat and also the lovely Elbie – hair and make-up supremo, nice to see you girls!

I seem to have been living under a rock as they have their own popular TV show which I’ve yet to see but I can only imagine is thoroughly entertaining as Christine, Daveed and the team are a total hoot and offer a great service. A huge thanks to Choccywoccydoodah for a fabulous event, it was great to meet you and try out your treats!

Here are my slightly grainy instagram pics of the evening. Sorry they aren’t too clear… I was too busy indulging!

Location / Choccywoccydoodah Shop, London

Photographer / Fanni Williams