Elegant Bodleian Library Wedding ceremony & Phillipa Lepley Bridal Robe

Erin and Edwin’s wedding ceremony on the breathtakingly stunning Bodleian Library was an ideal mix of historic grandeur and class.

This landmark English venue, with all its Gothic structure, offered a hanging backdrop for the couple’s summer season cwelebration, which was deliberate to absolute perfection by Mrs T Weddings. The ceremony happened at Oriel School, Edwin’s alma mater, following which, friends loved a drinks and canapés reception within the stunning school quads. The night reception on the Divinity Faculty of the Bodleian Library was actually gorgeous. The venue’s intricate stonework and grand ceilings, enhanced by fastidiously chosen florals by Sarah Harper Floral Design, created a very head turning and memorable ambiance.

Erin wore a bespoke robe by famend couture designer, Phillipa Lepley, which showcased the form of meticulous craftsmanship and timeless model that really epitomised this wedding ceremony day.

Our love and because of Weddings By Nicola and Glen for sharing these stunning images.

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Venue & Location

We selected Oriel School for our ceremony, as that is Edwin’s alma mater. As soon as we selected an Oxford wedding ceremony, we knew it made sense to carry the ceremony there. Edwin has plenty of fond recollections of Oriel and has maintained shut ties to the School through the years, particularly by way of his friendships made in his undergraduate days.

We by no means thought of my alma mater (St Andrews in Scotland). Though a stupendous place, the place we have now been lucky to attend many beautiful weddings of buddies, we didn’t wish to maintain our wedding ceremony so far-off. 

Like all of the previous Oxford schools, Oriel is beautiful—with its intricately carved honey colored stone, and beautiful inexperienced lawned quadrangles.  The chapel itself has a heat and intimate feeling to it. It’s change into a particular place to each of us through the years.

One of many advantages of getting our ceremony at Oriel was additionally making use of the quadrangles. Following our ceremony within the chapel, the neighbouring quads made the proper setting for a drinks and canapes reception in addition to an ideal spot for some formal photographs. Our night reception with dinner and dancing was held a number of hours later (leaving a lot of time for photographs and to alter garments, in addition to for friends to have a little bit of down time earlier than the occasion kicked off). 

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Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

I additionally wore a veil designed by Philllipa Lepley. I checked out varied kinds with Phillipa to determine what would finest praise the lace of my gown. Ultimately I went with a cathedral size veil with hand embroidered florals alongside the trim, made with silk and pearl beads. It’s completely a murals and I hope our daughter will like it sooner or later as a lot as I did.

I ordered customized sneakers from Emmy London. This meant that I might have the satin of my sneakers match the precise shade of the lace on my gown. I additionally beloved that on the underside of the Emmy sneakers you’ll be able to choose slightly crystal based mostly on birthstones or wedding ceremony months. One in every of my sneakers had my birthstone and the opposite shoe had Edwin’s birthstone.

Whereas I selected block heels for assist to put on with my wedding ceremony robe (because it was fairly heavy with its many layers and lace), when it got here time for dancing, I become a pair of basic Monolo Blahnik ‘Hangisi’ model heels in ivory. I wished one thing enjoyable and classy to go together with my sequin occasion gown!

I had a clutch purse made at Anya Hindmarch, to carry my wedding ceremony speech in addition to some contact up make-up, for the night reception. It’s an ivory satin clutch model bag with by married initials embroidered on the entrance. What actually attracted me to Anya Hindmarch is that they provide a service the place they’ll take a handwriting pattern and embody it replicated in your merchandise. The within of my clutch bag has a pattern of writing taken from a letter my late grandmother wrote me—which says: “My darling Erin”. It additionally has one thing written from Edwin as nicely. He wrote “thirteenever”—an expression we began utilizing as we had been engaged on the 13th and our wedding ceremony date was additionally the 13th.

I used In Parlour for my wedding ceremony hair and make-up in addition to for my mom and the bridesmaids. Rosie and Katie had been the artists who did my hair and make-up particularly. They caught round till we headed off for the night reception, giving us all little contact ups earlier than the formal photographs (so useful and needed given it was 36 levels!) and in addition to assist take away my veil and repair my hair and make-up for the night. 

I had two totally different hair equipment – one for the ceremony to be worn with my veil, and one for the night reception as soon as my veil was eliminated.

Bride with long loos hair in makeup on the morning of her wedding. Photography by Weddings by Nicola & Glen.

For the ceremony, I wore my mom’s pearl and diamond necklace which was quickly transformed right into a tiara for the day (this was performed by Fortunes, the identical Jeweler who made my engagement ring). This was my one thing borrowed. For the night reception, I wore a customized headpiece designed by Christopher Thompson Royds. After a number of design periods and fittings, Christopher made me essentially the most unbelievable gold headpiece with maple leaves and roses (symbolic of our nationwide heritages).

The fragrance I wore on my wedding ceremony day was truly my wedding ceremony reward from my sister. We went to the perfumer Floris (situated on Jermyn Road in London) and created a bespoke wedding ceremony day scent. It was such a enjoyable reward! I went with Edwin and my sister, and we spent the afternoon consuming champagne and smelling each scent beneath the solar! I had wished to mix sure scents that jogged my memory of particular recollections, and which created one thing completely distinctive that may all the time make me consider my wedding ceremony day.

The most effective half is, when you design a scent with Floris, they maintain your formulation on their books, and you may all the time return and order extra! We named my scent the ‘August 13th’ for our wedding ceremony date. It’s primarily a Jasmine wooden base, with a touch of orange blossom and a splash of a particular kind of rose. I now put on it solely on particular events and I all the time get very excited placing it on.

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Sarah of Sarah Harper Floral Design work was completely beautiful. The flowers had been a very essential ingredient of our wedding ceremony to me. It was important to the general really feel of the model of the day that we wished.

I actually wished the flowers to be the standout ingredient of our day. We wished our wedding ceremony to be very floral heavy, however in a approach that was tasteful and complimented the structure of our venues. All the things was stunning and was past what we anticipated or imagined it to be. 

Sarah used seasonal flowers and we selected a wide range of these flowers based mostly on our preferences and color schemes, in addition to favouring these with robust perfume so as to add to he general atmosphere. Some flower decisions additionally had sentimental/symbolic which means as nicely.

Elegant wedding bouquet of all white flowers tied with a cream silk ribbon. Photography by Weddings by Nicola & Glen.
Bride in a long sleeved lace wedding dress by Phillipa Lepley, carrying an all-white bridal bouquet. Photography by Weddings by Nicola & Glen.

The Gown

Phillipa Lepley

I wore a bespoke robe designed by Phillipa Lepley

I additionally wore a white sequin occasion gown for dancing by the model Rotate.

The entire course of was actually unbelievable. Over many months, I went in for various fittings, the place my total gown was constructed from scratch and to the precise match of my physique. At my authentic session I checked out varied kinds and materials and fell in love with essentially the most luxurious lace I had ever seen. It was a guipure lace, and based mostly on my description of my good gown, Phillipa designed me essentially the most gorgeous wedding ceremony robe. The craftsmanship that went into each stage of making this gown was actually outstanding.

The entire course of was each enjoyable and interesting and I beloved each minute of it. There’s additionally one thing actually particular figuring out my gown is completely distinctive and nobody has ever worn it besides me. 

Bride walking down the stairs in a Phillipa Lepley wedding dress and veil. Photography by Weddings by Nicola & Glen.

I extremely suggest this expertise, though I completely acknowledge {that a} bespoke service equivalent to that is fairly expensive and never inside some bride’s budgets. I had fairly a particular imaginative and prescient for my gown (each the model and the match), and I knew that going bespoke was the one method to obtain this.

I used to be extraordinarily pleased with the ultimate end result and felt like this was completely the appropriate selection for me. Having checked out different clothes in different boutiques, I do know I’d haven’t discovered what I used to be in search of wherever else. I felt assured and delightful on my wedding ceremony day, and each inch of my gown felt so particular to me.  

I additionally wore a less complicated sequin gown by Rotate for dancing. I knew my robe (with its a number of foot lengthy practice, heavy lace, and many layers) could be very heavy and could be difficult to bounce in simply—even when bustled. I knew I’d benefit from the dancing later within the night far more if I become one thing less complicated. It additionally meant I didn’t have to fret a lot about my most important wedding ceremony robe being stepped or spilled on and will let my hair down extra freely.

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As my most important wedding ceremony gown was a bespoke creation, I used to be capable of customise each element to my precise specs and desires. This meant consideration to element in a approach I’d not be capable of discover elsewhere. For instance, I used to be capable of embody a particular hidden pocket sewn into the petticoat to maintain my one thing blue.

My one thing blue was a pair of sunshine blue crystal earrings I wore on my first date with Edwin. Phillipa’s group sewed a particular satin pouch securely into my petticoats with the earrings sewn into place inside, so I might have with me for good luck. In the identical pocket, I additionally carried my different good luck allure—my wedding ceremony current from Edwin.

Because the saying goes—one thing previous, one thing new, one thing borrowed, one thing blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe. Edwin’s reward to me was an vintage silver sixpence from the reign of Elizabeth I. As I couldn’t even have this in my shoe, I stored it within the secret pocket in my gown together with my one thing blue earrings. 

Each my robe and veil are artistic endeavors and I cherish them like valuable heirlooms. My hope is sooner or later to cross them alongside to our future daughter (who is because of be born this September).   

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Our wedding ceremony invites and save the dates had been designed by Kinship Press and printed by Mount Road Printers. Our wedding ceremony invites had been constructed from a hand painted design created by Kinship Press. The paintings featured the well-known door designed by Christopher Wren within the Divinity Faculty of the Bodleian (the place we held our night reception), surrounded by flowers and different hidden sentimental symbols (together with our initials and two little bees).

We selected the flowers based mostly on their symbolic which means and significance to us. We included our beginning flowers (narcissus and candy peas), thistles for having been engaged in Scotland, flowers representing love (roses, forget-me-nots, blossoms), oak leaves and maple leaves (representing England and Canada).

We additionally included lily of the valley (which can also be a logo of affection and good luck), which coincidentally ended up being our son’s beginning flower 9 months later (in Could). Lastly, we included Irises, the flower of Florence, which was my grandmother’s title (and in addition the title we’re giving our daughter who’s due this September). We actually love how, with out figuring out on the time, we included flowers that may symbolize the youngsters we might go on to have after we had been married. 

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Our save the dates additionally had a wreath of a few of these similar flowers within the design. Each designs turned our superbly and we treasure them in our home like artistic endeavors.

Our on the day stationery had been designed and printed by Dimitria Jordan. Dimitria produced our welcome signal, order of service, seating chart, desk numbers, menus, bag tags for our wedding ceremony favours, in addition to different miscellaneous signage offering info to friends.

Dimitria made additionally made us a stupendous hand drawn illustration of Oriel School (the place we had been holding the ceremony), which we included on our order of service. She additionally made us a bespoke bee design which we used all through the on the day stationery.

Dimitria had additionally labored with the occasions group on the Bodleian previously and had a stationery suite already designed for them with slightly design of the Divinity Faculty. We used this design for a few of our night reception stationery.

We had our nephew in a web page boy outfit (ivory prime with mild blue knickerbockers) from Little Bevan. They had been completely phenomenal as they supply a completely bespoke outfit based mostly on the required measurements.

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We selected bridesmaid clothes from Needle and Thread. They had been a fragile gray/blue with white embroidery. Full size with fluttery sleeves. There have been two totally different kinds of the gown—one with extra embroidery down the physique (which my two maids of honour wore), and one other variation that had a extra flowing easy skirt which the opposite 4 bridesmaids wore. 

We acquired customized dyed sneakers from the Rainbow Membership. It was nice as a result of we had been capable of dye the sneakers nearly precisely the identical shade because the clothes (which had been very onerous to match with in any other case). I used to be informed by the bridesmaids that these sneakers had been additionally very comfy to put on! Every lady picked their very own model of shoe so they might select what was most comfy for them (I personally hate when my ft harm!).

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Edwin wore a morning go well with, waistcoat, and tie from Favourbrook for the ceremony. For the ceremony, he wore cufflinks my mom gifted him which had been as soon as my grandfather’s – gold with blue toned opal. He additionally wore a Victorian stick pin I purchased him as a marriage reward.


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The Ceremony

I used to be all the time very adamant I wished to stroll down the aisle on my own.

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We had Jewish wedding ceremony vows engraved in our wedding ceremony bands, Edwin stomped on a glass, and we had a symbolic Ketubah. 

We had our wedding ceremony bands made at Wartski. I knew of Wartski from admiring their unbelievable antiques from attending varied artwork gala’s through the years. They’re additionally famously recognized for making the marriage bands for a lot of royal weddings. Wartski doesn’t make another jewellery apart from wedding ceremony bands, as most of their enterprise revolves round their antiques, however their wedding ceremony band service is second to none. 

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What we beloved about our expertise at Wartski was how bespoke the expertise felt. We had beforehand checked out a few of the bigger well-known jewelry manufacturers, however what set Wartski aside was the power to customize our rings in methods the opposite jeweller wouldn’t provide, the private nature of the expertise, and the general high quality of the rings.

We had the very well-known studying from Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. There’s a cause it’s well-loved. We additionally included a studying from the Tune of Solomon as a nod to my Jewish heritage. And because the complete day was very historically English, we additionally introduced in a number of small Canadian components to the day.

After our ceremony, Edwin additionally stepped on a glass, as is customary within the Jewish custom. We did this on the prime of the steps in the primary quad earlier than processing by way of as our family and friends threw rose petals on us.

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We additionally had a customized Ketubah made by an incredible artist and calligrapher based mostly in New York. Ketubahs are conventional Jewish marriage contracts. Whereas our Ketubah shouldn’t be binding in any approach (as we didn’t have a Jewish ceremony and is extra simply symbolic in nature), it was nonetheless a particular ingredient I felt strongly about together with.

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We customised what we wished written in our Ketubah (written in each Hebrew and English), and it displays our vows and our guarantees to one another.

The design we selected for the Ketubah is an easy design, surrounded by a gold border (with particular Hebrew quotes hidden within the border), together with a bespoke crest (a bee surrounded by a wreath of Oak leaves and Maple leaves tied collectively—a logo of our English and Canadian backgrounds). After we signed the register within the ceremony, we additionally signed the Ketubah, and selected relations to be the witnesses on the doc. 

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Nicola and Glen are essentially the most unbelievable photographers. They know the best way to seize essentially the most good photos, making them completely stunning while additionally retaining the realness of the second. Hiring them was one of the best funding we might have made in our wedding ceremony.

The day itself glided by so rapidly, so we love having these recollections preserved of their photographs to look again on and savor each second of the day.

Bridesmaids wearing Needle and Thread dresses. Weddings by Nicola and Glen Photography

Selecting a marriage photographer is a vital selection, as you’re primarily entrusting them with the preservation of these valuable recollections. Nicola and Glen are absolute specialists at what they do, and also you can’t be in additional protected or succesful arms in that respect. 

After our son was born this previous Could, we requested them to take our first photographs collectively as a household. We belief them above all others to seize these essential moments in our lives as we all know all the pieces they {photograph} turns into valuable treasures. We are able to’t wait to indicate are youngsters, and hopefully sooner or later our grandchildren, our stunning photographs from these particular moments in our lives captured by Nicola and Glen.

How They Met

We met on bumble! It’s humorous to suppose that is how we met, as neither of us had been actually courting app customers. We had been one another’s first date! We had a mutual good friend in widespread who was in considered one of my photographs, and this was the dialog starter between us. The remainder is historical past!

Quick ahead slightly over two years later and we had been engaged!

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August 2020, as the primary wave of lockdown eased up, we took the chance to spend a number of days in Scotland collectively—one thing we had talked about doing for some time. Over time we had been courting, I had shared with Edwin many fond recollections of my time residing in Scotland for college. I used to be excited to indicate him a few of my favorite locations, and it was a welcome break after the months of lockdown we had simply gone by way of.

We began our journey in Edinburgh, then as much as Loch Lomond earlier than ending our vacation in St. Andrews, the place I had gone to school. The final day of the journey, I confirmed Edwin all the primary highlights round St. Andrews. It was a superbly sunny day with blue skies—a uncommon incidence in Scotland! We completed the day with a romantic dinner at considered one of my favorite eating places (The Grange Inn), and an after dinner stroll on the seaside. It was there, simply because the solar was setting, that Edwin went down on one knee. It was good! 

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He proposed with a hoop we had designed collectively. It was made with stones as soon as belonging to my grandmother and created by a jeweller my household has recognized and labored with for a few years again in Toronto, Canada (Fortunes High-quality Jewelers). The Jeweller, Michael, knew my late grandmother nicely, so there was an immensely sentimental side to the entire course of. Regardless of designing the ring collectively, the proposal was nonetheless a complete shock to me. I used to be beneath the impression we had designed the ring and picked the stones for future use. Edwin was very cautious to throw me off the scent and to attempt to make it as a lot of a shock as potential!

The story of how the ring acquired from Canada to Scotland can also be fairly a story. Apparently, the ring was despatched from Canada by way of a particular courier and meant to reach the day earlier than we left for Scotland. The bundle was held up nevertheless, and solely arrived the day after we had already left. Edwin was enormously anxious about the entire thing, and I used to be completely unaware any of this was taking place on the time! My sister saved the day by coming as much as Edinburgh by practice and delivering the ring in secret, earlier than returning to London by practice the identical day! It was fairly the journey on her half, involving a lot secrecy and cautious planning that I used to be fully oblivious to!

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Constance Taylor from Mrs T Weddings is arms down essentially the most proficient wedding ceremony planner round. She has beautiful style and incomparable data of the trade, in addition to a watch for each element. Mrs. T and her group made our complete day seamless and took all the load and stress off our shoulders. It was such a aid to have her with us on the massive day as we knew all the pieces was in very protected arms. I can’t stress sufficient how important Mrs. T and her group had been in making our wedding ceremony as good because it was. There aren’t sufficient phrases to precise how grateful we’re to her and her superb group. 

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The Reception

The day after we grew to become engaged, we instantly put within the request to guide the Bodleian for our night reception.

It wasn’t a tricky choice to make—and even a lot of a dialogue for that matter—we simply knew this was the proper place! Every time we had spoken in regards to the concept of getting married, the Bodleian had all the time been the place we imagined we might maintain our reception.

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We had all the time agreed there wasn’t a single room on the planet extra good or extra beautiful that the Bodleian’s Divinity Faculty, and we all the time knew that is the place we wished our wedding ceremony reception to be held. One of many most interesting examples of gothic perpendicular model, the ceiling of the Divinity Faculty within the Bodleian is completely breathtaking. The constructing is actually a murals and we couldn’t consider wherever extra good to have our wedding ceremony. 

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Much like our earlier occasions at Oriel, we had been additionally lucky to utilize the quadrangles within the Bodleian as nicely. They made an awesome area for a canape and drinks reception, in addition to for an outside seating area and bar.

We had been restricted as to what we might deliver into the area as each Oriel School and the Bodleian are historic buildings. We primarily relied on the great thing about these constructing’s structure as they’re, enhanced by the attractive flowers provided by Sarah Harper.

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The Bodleian, specifically, has strict guidelines referring to top restriction and open flames (for instance, we needed to embody LED candles in our candelabras). Not solely are these guidelines meant to guard the constructing and the intricate stonework of the Divinity Faculty, but additionally to safeguard the Bodleian’s spectacular and valuable collections saved within the library itself. Nobody needs to be accountable to lighting an authentic copy of the Magna Carta or considered one of Shakespeare’s first folios ablaze! Not to mention on their wedding ceremony day!

The primary imaginative and prescient we had was to create a fairytale like high quality to area by mixing the gothic structure with luxurious florals and gold accents. We used a mixture of pink, blue and white flowers, and inexperienced foliage (and carried this color scheme by way of the remainder of our décor). We additionally had been cautious to decide on florals with robust perfume (equivalent to tuberose and jasmine) which smelled even stronger within the heatwave we skilled that weekend, serving to to create essentially the most superb heady ambiance. Every time I odor tuberose now, I consider our wedding ceremony!

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We additionally wished to mix components of our totally different backgrounds into varied particulars on the day. Whereas Edwin comes from a standard English and Anglican background, I initially got here from Canada and grew up in a Jewish background. Neither of us are strongly spiritual, nevertheless it was essential for us to honour each our heritages in a approach that felt acceptable to us. 

Though we had an Anglican wedding ceremony ceremony, we tried to additionally herald some Jewish components to the day. 

For instance, we had a part of the Hebrew wedding ceremony vows (written in English) engraved on the within of our wedding ceremony bands. Mine says ‘I’m my beloved’s’ and his says ‘And my beloved is mine’. These vows come from the Tune of Solomon. We due to this fact additionally selected a few of our readings and choral items from related Outdated Testomony sources in addition to the Tune of Solomon.

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Our goodie baggage included Dwelling County Co. We love this model as they make candles and residential scents based mostly off every county within the UK. We selected their ‘Oxfordshire’ scent (which is inexperienced tea and lime), as we felt this was most acceptable for our Oxford wedding ceremony (and in addition the place we now stay).

We labored with them to design a bespoke label for our candles which included our title and wedding ceremony date. We love going over to our buddies’ homes and discovering our wedding ceremony candles of their houses. Our family and friends actually beloved these candles and it’s actually particular for us to even have them in our own residence and be reminded of our special occasion. We additionally included some Fortnum and Mason’s Wedding ceremony Breakfast tea in addition to some Maple candies introduced over from Canada.

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The goodie baggage had been accomplished with slightly blush bag tag with a thanks message, and our little customized bee designed by Dimitria.

Fen of MonAnnie Desserts, who additionally designed our cake, can also be an especially proficient with pastry and deserts. She designed us essentially the most lovely biscuits to supply every of our friends at their place settings. The biscuit was a coronary heart with pastel flowers, in addition to our initials and two little bees.

A theme that additionally ran by way of our stationery and décor was bumblebees. Bees are slightly household emblem that we adopted—it started as a kind of play on phrases as our final title begins with the letter ‘B’. 

Fen is a real artist. The cake she made for us was completely stunning. After a number of consultations, she created a design for us that was wealthy in symbolism and mirrored who we’re as a pair in a very beautiful approach (for instance, the cake featured our wedding ceremony date in roman numerals, our household emblem of the bee, in addition to a mixture of roses, maple leaves, oak leaves and trilliums—representing our nationwide and regional flowers). Fen’s sugar flowers regarded so practical; one would suppose a florist had provided them!

Luxury wedding cake by MonAnnie Cakes - 3 tiers and realistic sugar flowers. Photography by Weddings by Nicola & Glen.

Her consideration to element and craftsmanship was actually astounding. I felt nearly responsible chopping into it, it was simply so stunning!

Not solely are Fen’s muffins stunning, the standard of the cake itself can also be scrumptious. Fen’s flavours are extraordinarily artistic and he or she was additionally very pleased to work with us to create bespoke flavours. We selected three flavours, one for every tier. One flavour was strawberry and champagne, a flavour Fen had offered in our authentic pattern field. Our different two flavours had been ones we created with Fen. One was lemon and elderflower, and the opposite was rose and earl gray. 

Bride and groom cutting their luxury wedding cake by MonAnnie Cakes - 3 tiers and realistic sugar flowers. Photography by Weddings by Nicola & Glen.

We froze the rest of our uneaten wedding ceremony cake to defrost and serve at our son’s christening (celebrated on our first wedding ceremony anniversary). A yr later, and Fen’s cake was nonetheless completely scrumptious! 

Fen was additionally very type and an actual pleasure to work with. She was good sufficient to organize an extra pattern field for us with the ultimate flavours we settled on in order that my mom might even have an opportunity to style the cake when she was visiting the UK from Canada.

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Night & Dancing

Within the night, Edwin become white tie additionally from Ede and Ravenscroft. Within the night Edwin wore gold cufflinks I purchased him a number of years prior as a Christmas reward. They’re engraved along with his initials (that are additionally now the identical as my initials—we joke one cufflink has his initials and the opposite has mine!).

The ultimate accent Edwin wore for one very particular music on the dance flooring was a pair of shrek ears… however that’s a narrative for one more day!

We danced our first dance to ‘The Very Considered You’ by Al Bowlly, adopted by a second dance, ‘Midnight, the Stars and You’ additionally by Al Bowlly, which we invited our friends to take part in. We beloved having all our family and friends be a part of us on the dance flooring instantly after our first dance. As our MC defined earlier than our first dance that we might be doing it this manner, it allowed the occasion to get began very enthusiastically with none awkwardness of who would get on the dance flooring first.

Bodleian Library wedding with bride and groom on the dance floor. Weddings by Nicola and Glen Photography.

We all the time listened to Al Bowlly collectively at dwelling, particularly once we cooked collectively. Over time these two songs grew to become our favourites to hearken to collectively.

We additionally had a ‘final dance’ which was ‘Love Me Tender’ by Elvis. A music that additionally held sentimental worth to us when Edwin was deployed with the Military in our first yr of courting. I had been given an awesome tip to decide on a final music as a method to mark the tip of the day and actually savor the final moments of our wedding ceremony. This was nice recommendation and I’d encourage any bride to contemplate doing this!

Within the night, we had been capable of customise three bespoke wedding ceremony cocktails, due to The Cocktail Service:

  • The August 13th (similar to a Hugo- elderflower, bubbles, vodka, citrus and mint)
  • The Transatlantic (not an precise transatlantic cocktail, however a mixture of whiskey, maple and bitters—representing Canada and the UK)
  • The Pius Aurelius (named after our cat! We needed to embody him in a roundabout way! This was a gin gimlet—gin, lime, and sugar)
Bodleian Library Wedding with bride and groom on the dance floor. Weddings by Nicola and Glen Photography.
Bodleian Library Wedding with bride and groom on the dance floor with their guests. Weddings by Nicola and Glen Photography.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

I want we employed our wedding ceremony planner earlier! There have been some difficult components to the planning we might have navigated in a much less anxious (and extra price environment friendly) approach if we had her onboard earlier.      

Keep in mind what today is about and attempt to make it your individual. Infuse it in any approach you’ll be able to with private components that matter to you each. It’s higher to take your time and plan issues in a approach you’ll love trying again on and remembering in years to come back, relatively than speeding by way of it and never recognising your self in any of the main points.

I keep in mind my grandparents telling me tales of their weddings, and I imagined myself in that place in years to come back, telling my very own grandchildren tales about our personal wedding ceremony. I used this as a information to find out what was essential to us and what actually mattered to us all through the planning course of. For sure, the end result was including many sentimental and private components all through most of the particulars on the day.

It’s one thing I really like trying again on already and I now have so many little mementos and keepsakes from the day to cherish and sooner or later cross on to our kids and grandchildren.

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Founding father of Love My Gown. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire together with her husband and enterprise companion Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being outdoor and star gazing. She is fierce relating to championing expertise throughout the wedding ceremony trade and when she’s not engaged on Love My Gown, she helps her husband Philip within the operating of the household’s sustainable flower farm and floral design enterprise, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she grew to become a printed writer.

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