Nina and Joe were married on 27th July last year, at the picturesque Hampton Court House which overlooks the beautiful landscape of Bushy Park. They had an elegant day but with a lovely relaxed style running through, from the beautiful florals to the beautiful creamy photography by Cotton Candy. Nina’s stunning Jenny Packham gown looks incredibly glamorous but I think the couple just radiate that relaxed happiness of a wonderful occasion surrounded by all your friends and family and a little bit of sunshine.
I love the shot above as it echoes the lovely 20s glamour feel to the dress with the art deco mirror, “Finding the dress was the most exciting bit for me and it is quite daunting as there were so many styles you can go for. I decided early on that I’d like to have a silk satin dress rather than lace and wanted something that reflected me and my style. I’m quite petite so a big bridal dress was going to drown me! My dream designer dress would be Jenny Packham but I thought this would be out of my budget. I went to a couple of boutique bridal shops and loved the range at Miss Bush Bridal Wear. I went with my best friend Fran and the first dress I picked up I knew I wanted – it was a Jenny Packham and within my price range – yey! I loved it a s soon as I put it on and it made me feel so glamorous.”
“We wanted the setting to be a Georgian building which we found in Hampton Court House. There was no particular theme but we wanted a vintage era type feel to everything to go with the stylish, shabby chic venue. Colours were of a peach pastel pallet. We wanted to create a relaxed atmosphere for the guests and ourselves so it didn’t feel too formal but romantic & fun!” I’d say judging by the photo below that Nina was definitely having fun – so happy!
“We chose the photographers Cotton Candy who we found online. They took less staged photos with a lovely feel to them and we couldn’t have been happier with the photos. They captured the day perfectly and gave us a set of amazing photos we will have forever.” I love how the ladies from Cotton Candy also use their vintage cameras to capture really unique shots like this too!
The bridesmaids wore beautiful beaded detail dresses from Monsoon, which work really well with Nina’s Jenny Packham gown.
“We chose a pastel shade for the flowers by Fairynuff Flowers and this was shown in the bouquets also. The main flower’s were roses and hydrangeas which we had in silver buckets on the tables. My aunt also generously grew a load of sweet peas which we dotted about in jars throughout the venue. A great addition was the 6 meter tall silver birch trees we had in the dining hall.”
The trees certainly add glamour and drama – they also act as a great focal point for the top table during the meal.
“Our wedding breakfast was Italian themed with a selection of cold meats, olives and cheese for starter – this was served on handmade wooden boards thanks to Joes’ dad Tony. The main was fillet steak and the dessert a classic Eton mess. We chase to have Prosecco instead of Champagne as both prefer this and enjoy drinking it! There was a mojito bar set up by two of the ushers in the evening – which went down well”
“The date of our wedding was also the Opening of the Olympics & the first event was the road race which was coming through Hampton Court the day after our wedding! The roads were being closed in the early hours of the morning so we had to ensure all our guests could get home on the night & the next day. Plus we had to leave our hired furniture in the venue until Monday and luckily they agreed to us doing this & were really helpful!”
The conservatory area was transformed with pretty lights into a dancefloor – so nice how the evening was still light as people began to dance! “We had an amazing band the ‘Milestones’ who played soul , funk music and then we had our ipod in-between sets for some classics – everyone got up to dance to something which was brilliant.”
And you have to love a photo booth! The girls from Cotton Candy offer this as an addition to your package, a very worthwhile addition if you ask me and I love the silver backdrop!
Q: What music did you walk down the aisle to? A: The intro to the song ‘Old Pine’ by Ben Howard
Q: Do you have any planning advice for other brides? A: Have a budget plan and try to keep things simple, don’t over think all the details!
Q: What was the most special or memorable moment of the day? A: When I was just about to walk down the aisle & then walking down the aisle!
Q: What was your first dance song? A: Sam Cooke – ‘Nothing Can Change this Love’
Congratulations to the lovely couple Joe and Nina and their beautiful day! Thanks to Gem and Philippa from Cotton Candy weddings for sharing this gorgeous wedding.
Photography: Cotton Candy / Venue: Hampton Court House / Wedding Dress: Miss Bush Bridal Wear / Bridesmaids: Monsoon / Hair + Make Up: Ashleigh Haines / Florist: Fairynuff Flowers Catering: Acclaim Food / Cake: M&S / Trees: Creepers Landscapes