It’s not every day that I get to meet a Love My Dress reader, but last October I had the pleasure of doing just that when I was introduced to the completely charming Vinita at Brides The Show in London. Vinita was (and still is, by all accounts), a keen follower of Love My Dress – she was, at the time, ten months away from tieing the knot at the very beautiful Fetcham Park in Surrey and was keen to tell me all about her latest plans. The thing I remember most about Vinita was her absolute charm – and how very beautiful she was. I couldn’t help but think she looked like Beyonce, and recall her telling me how she actually met Beyonce once. This was quickly replaced by chatter about her latest wedding plans and the pleasure she gained from her daily fix of Love My Dress®.
Vinita, who works in the legal team of an asset management company married Barrister Kieran on 16 August this year. The couple, who used the Appy couple app to help organise their day, but who were also closely supported by wedding co-ordinator Louise Grace, tied the knot at the beautiful Fetcham Park in Surrey. Fetcham Park is no stranger to Love My Dress – custodian and curator of Fetcham Park, Laura Caudery, wrote an amazing series for Love My Dress about working with wedding venues including this refreshingly honest piece, and also contributed significantly to this popular discussion post on the cost of weddings. I adore Fetcham Park, so it’s no surprise to me that this glamorous couple chose it to play backdrop to their enchanting wedding day.
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Jackson & Co Photography
I know that I say this about a lot of weddings, but it’s a genuine statement every time that I do and never more so than on this occasion, but I really, really love these photographs by Jackson & Co Photography. I think they beautifully capture the chemistry between this couple and the use of light both in and outside the stunning wedding venue adds a real sense of sensation and emotion to the images for me.
“Kieran and I wanted our wedding to be timeless but ‘of the moment’. The style of Fetcham Park house dictated how we styled our wedding. I loved the idea of evoking the charm of a bygone era infused with modern glamour. I wanted our day to look romantic, enchanting, glamorous, elegant and ethereal. Our colour scheme was ivory, blush, rose and gold.
These colours complemented Fetcham’s beautiful interior perfectly and we kept this in mind when choosing items to style our day.”
“My dress was by Vera Wang via David’s Bridal - it was the first dress I tried on at my first dress appointment. I tried on other dresses afterwards but I went back to this dress. I loved how light the textured organza fabric was and how easily it moved as I moved. The draped bodice and split front overlay with its draped tulle skirt added to its romance and drama. I loved the architecture of the dress; it was minimal with clean lines. The ivory colour was really rich and looked golden in certain lights. It felt incredibly ethereal and I loved it.
I wore the matching Vera Wang horsehair floral sash and also the matching Vera Wang tulle cathedral length raw-edged veil.”
“I distinctly remember stumbling across Fetcham online one afternoon. It was the only venue which gave me one of those “oh my goodness!” moments. I was immediately captivated by Fetcham’s charm. I couldn’t stop gushing about it to Kieran and we arranged to view it that same weekend.
Not that I ever had any doubts, but Kieran loved Fetcham as much as I did and so our love affair with the house began! We loved how opulent, yet unassuming, the house was with its grand staircase, exquisite chandeliers, French murals and gold leaf. We loved the elaborate fountains and the grounds.”
“We loved that Fetcham would be just ours for the day and we loved that there were no set packages thereby enabling us to have the bespoke wedding we wanted. It felt like the perfect backdrop for our day; exceptionally beautiful with a ‘home from home’ feeling.”
“The bridesmaids all wore long, ethereal, lux-chiffon fabric Dessy dresses in the colour rose. I wanted their dresses to be cohesive instead of being identical. One of my bridesmaids lives in New York and the other three live in London. I took my three London bridesmaids to The Dessy Group at Le Trois Soeurs to try on dresses and asked my New York bridesmaid to go to her nearest Dessy retailer to try on dresses too. It was really important to me that the girls were happy and on the day they felt their most beautiful. I spent more time searching for their dresses than I did my own!
My bridesmaids all wore beautiful tikka headpieces from Etsy. They all looked sensational. They also wore earrings from Lauren Ralph Lauren from Lord & Taylor in New York. The pave setting complemented the pave setting on their headpieces and also my jewellery.”
“I was intent on wearing a forehead headpiece and was really specific on how I wanted it to look. I found Jo Barnes through Love My Dress and adored how glamorous and intricate her pieces were. My mum and I visited Jo at her home and I loved her Elizabeth headpiece. Jo customised it for me and I felt amazing wearing it on the day. So many people commented on how beautiful it was.
I loved it so much I even took it to the Maldives on our honeymoon and wore it to dinner on our last night there!”
“I love blousey flowers. I find them so dreamy and romantic. Steph at FairyNuff Flowers is one of Fetcham’s recommended suppliers. I knew she would be our florist as soon as I saw the flowers she created for a previous Fetcham wedding. At Laura’s suggestion I started following her on Instagram and thereafter began my obsession with all things floral!”
“Our caterers, Kalm Kitchen, were one of the caterers recommended to us by Laura. We knew Jen and her team would be amazing on the day. But we were blown away by just how phenomenal they actually were. Our guests didn’t want for anything.
Kieran and I love our food. We always planned on serving it in abundance and had a lot of fun finalising our choices for the day. For our guests’ arrival we served mini bags of popcorn and mini bottles of Evian. At cocktail hour we served champagne, a signature cocktail, the Bramble and elderflower cordial. For our canapés we again wanted to highlight my heritage and so we chose a variety of Indian style meat, fish and vegetarian canapés.
“We hired big illuminated ‘V&K’ light up letters’ from Vowed and Amazed which sat alongside our dance floor in the evening. We loved how amazing the letters looked on the day!”
“Our photographers were the super talented Michael and his wife, Hannah, of Jackson & Co Photography. Kieran found Michael on the pages of Love My Dress when he also saw that Michael had photographed our friend’s wedding the previous summer. Michael’s documentary and reportage style of photography was exactly what we wanted. Instead of having lots of staged photos we wanted lots of candid photos that told the story of our day and captured the love, happiness and emotion that surrounded us.”
“We arranged to have two engagement shoots with Michael and Hannah; the first was on Broadstairs beach near Kieran’s family home and the second was in Greenwich Park and on the university campus where we first met. We would highly recommend having engagement shoots. We love that we now have treasured photos from our engagement period and we also loved how relaxed we were on the day in front of the camera as a result.”
“Michael and Hannah were so friendly and professional. We knew they would be great fun to have around on our day, but hearing our family and friends say the same really meant a lot. They have captured ten years of love so perfectly in just one day. We could not be happier with our photos and we cannot recommend them highly enough.”