Hello my loves, did you get a chance to see this gorgeous wedding I posted late yesterday afternoon? It's so beautiful, you must see – I insist!
This morning's wedding feature is one I'm immensely excited about sharing with you all. I just adore these images, they exude that magic feeling we hope we'll all experience on our wedding day; pure love, happiness, fun, laughter – in fact, the atmosphere present on this day is almost palpable via these images, taken by the most fabulous Debs Ivelja.
"The one thing that was important was to make it reflect us, and who we are : lively, fun and simple. It was also very important for us to celebrate all three of our cultures – English, Ghanaian and French and so we decided to do this through the food and the entertainment, with church readings in both French and English…"
Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Debs Ivelja
"Our Florist was Ricky Jackson. We got a really good feeling with Ricky from our first meeting. He listening to us and seemed to get everything that we wanted and exactly what we wanted to avoid. And we are really picky! He was also very reactive and constantly in contact and very accommodating to our various needs. We definitely recommend him."
By the way, I'm loving these emerald green tailor made bridesmaids dresses below – did you know, that Emerald is the Pantone colour of the year?
"I moved to Paris in 2006 and met Olivier in the investment bank that we both worked at. A year after being friends we started dating. On our Fourth year anniversary he took me out to a gastronomic restaurant in Paris, on way home, the taxi man took a detour to Trocadero (where you have a splendid view of the Eiffel tower). He said that we should walk home (I was a bit annoyed as I had really high heels on! Right there by the Eiffel tower, he told me that he remembered the story I told him about when I first saw the famous French monument and vowed to live in this city one day. He explained that it was the best decision I had ever taken as it means that we were able to meet and enrich our lives.
And there, just like that, he asked me to marry him! I was shocked and happy but I still told him he had to get down on one knee and do it again ;)"
"I'm Christian and Olivier is Catholic. We both followed marriage counseling with our very worldly and modern Pastor Derrick (based in London) via Skype every week."
"I loved my dress – its so me! It was fun, extrovert and very girly. I knew it was mine the moment I tried it on. I was in London for one weekend to buy another dress when I started to feel some doubt. Popped into Morgan Davis without an appointment and fell in love straightaway!
I thought that I wanted everything but a princess dress but the lad explained that I am quite petite and in a wedding with 250 people I would have to be visible. And I was definitely visible in this!"
"Our Florist was Ricky Jackson – we got a really good feeling with Ricky from our first meeting. He listening to us and seemed to get everything that we wanted and exactly what we wanted to avoid – and we are really picky! He was also very reactive and constantly in contact and very accommodating to our various needs. Definitely recommend."
"We hired Debs Ivelja to take our photographs – thank goodness for Debs' professionalism and serenity, I don't know how she kept up with all the chaos of our day!!! We are delighted with our photos! Would highly recommend her."
"We danced to Frank Sinatra's 'Fly me to the moon' as our first dance. It’s the only song we BOTH love to bits, we always knew it would be this one!"
"My favorite part was the disco! Seeing our family and friends united, having fun and letting go was priceless! French people dancing to French music and vice-versa, French people doing the candy dance and doing the "bateau" where all the guy sit on the floor and carry the bride and pass the bride and groom to each other (like an air jump at a concert!)."
Words of Wedded Wisdom…
"There is no point organising a wedding that you think will be good by other peoples standard. People will go to many weddings in their lifetime so there is no point in trying to compete. It should only really matter to you. However if there are cultural elements / touches that you can bring to your wedding which are part of your identity do it, and its a way to include the family. Above all a wedding is a union of two families."
What an exceptionally beautiful day – I hope it's made you smile this morning as much as it made me smile to prepare this feature.
I love the elegant nature of Belinda's Tara Keely wedding dress. Are there any more Tara Keely fans out there?
With much love,
Photographer – Debs Ivelja
Venue – St Pancras Church + Mary Ward House, London
Brides Dress – Tara Keely via Morgan Davis, London
Brides Veil – Morgan Davis
Brides Shoes – Jenny Packham
Brides Hair Accessories – Glitzy Secrets (my something borrowed from my Bridesmaid)
Groom – Gambler (a tailor in Paris). No link but here is a post about him here + Santoni shoes
Bridesmaids Dresses – Tailor made
Flowergirl Dresses – Debenhams
Florist – Ricky Jackson
Cake – Julie Danquah (no website)
Cars/Transport – Local London cabs
Hair and make-up Artist – Amanda Oliver
Groomsmen's Suits – ZARA