Hello Tuesday, The dress. It’s Jesus Peiro, one of my absolute favourite bridal designers. The flowers are by Jay Archer and it was planned by the incomparable Katrina Otter. This wedding is a winner already. Claire is a dietitian and her new husband Tom is a company director of an internet marketing company.
They were married on the 3rd of September 2016 at a private country estate in Surrey set amidst acre upon acre of beautiful gardens. Now, subject of many a discussion in our closed Facebook group is the wedding film – to have one, or not to have one? It’s often viewed as a superfluous cost that couple’s struggle to justify. We understand that – we all know that weddings can notch up very expensive bills. But it depends on what’s important to you. If creating a memory of your day, to enjoy yourselves and share with future generations is important, then a wedding film is something we’d absolutely advise you consider. Take a look at this beautifully crafted film by Roost Film Co., which I’m pretty sure will leave you in no doubt that the costs involved with having your wedding filmed, equal a most splendid investment.
Film by Roost Film Co.
We we are huge fans of Spanish brand Jesus Peiro – renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship, cut and fit, we are proud to recommend this brand through our Style Files and Little Book for Brides wedding directory.
“My dress had pockets so I was sold instantly. It also had a delicate lace body with a subtle open back. It wasn’t what I thought I’d go for though, it was the opposite of what I’d been looking at but when I tried it on, it just felt like me. Of course, I made the classic mistake of continuing to look at dresses after I’d bought it and had at least one meltdown convincing myself that it was the wrong dress. I’m so pleased to say though that the dress was perfect and I absolutely loved it on the day.”
Photography by Guy Collier
How divine is that gown? We have photographer Guy Collier to thank for these images today. Guy is shoots all over the UK, largely covering the Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and London area. We’ve loved sharing his work previously on Love My Dress. But the lady who brought all these suppliers together is our darling friend and regular contributor, Katrina Otter – who you may recognise as author of these incredibly helpful and insightful features.
“We had an amazing planner – Katrina Otter is so good at what she does, she goes over and above what she needs to and you can tell she wants to make you as happy as possible. Even from the very first phone call, to having her on the day with us, I felt that I could put 100% faith in her. She’s confident, competent, organised, reassuring and easy to get on with, pretty much all the bases covered I think!”“Our photographer, Guy Collier , was a pleasure to be around and he captured our day perfectly with such effortless style.
Roost Film Co. were a late addition to the wedding and what a wonderful addition they were. We absolutely love our film and are looking forward to reliving the day when we receive our ceremony and speech highlights.”
“My hairstylist Kasia Fortuna was one of the first suppliers we booked as she’d already done my hair at one of my bridesmaid’s weddings and I loved the results.”
“I actually met our makeup artist Maria Asadi at a nail bar and hit it off immediately. I would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat. Both Kasia and Maria are insanely amazing at what they do.”
Claire and Tom tasked the phenomenal Jay Archer with their stunning floral arrangements.
“From the moment we met Jay we knew that we were in very capable hands. She understood us and our brief instantly and not only interpreted it perfectly but added her own creative touch. We were truly blown away by the results, especially the floral arch. I love colourful flowers and they were a really important aspect of the day. We were also keen to choose local where possible (which is something Jay is known for) and add a strong, memorable scent to the day.”
“The church was so beautiful it didn’t need over-dressing so we kept the décor on the inside to foliage and simple cream flowers with the most incredible floral arch at the entrance. I decided that darks and lights were a really good combination so we went for light and dark shades of pink and blue.”
Claire’s four bridesmaids donned long flowing dresses from Dessy in the most beautiful shade of blue. The ladies all wore vintage brooches as hair pins in their hair.
The bride arrived for the ceremony in an Armstrong Siddeley, from a Classic Wedding Cars, the car that her grandad used to drive.
“Tom and I had been friends for about eight years before we finally started dating. We met through mutual school friends at a house party and became really great friends (although I’m not too sure that was Tom’s initial plan!).”
“Tom proposed on a really great at Le Manoir in Oxford in December 2015 and we married the following September.”
Claire walked down the aisle alone, behind her beautiful bridesmaids while Abby Scott sang ‘Man of Sorrows’ alongside pianist Chris Eaton. They chose two readings for the ceremony; Colossians 3: 12-17 and ‘Marriage’ from ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran.
“We loved everything about the church service – the atmosphere, the flowers, our Vicar. Having all our friends and family there in an old, intimate church was such a wonderful feeling.”
“Emily and the team from Two Many Cooks produced an exceptional menu for us with sharing boards to start. We nominated a carver (the chosen one!) on each table and had BBQ marinated leg of salt marsh lamb for the main. All of which was rounded off with a medley of fresh fruit meringues, served with warm chocolate sauce. In the evening, we had an American style hot dog bar and served our delicious three tier chocolate wedding cake.”
“We opted for a slightly unusual table plan using marshmallows with people’s faces on them from Boomf. In addition to the décor and lanterns provided by Jay, we also hired blue glass goblets from Duchess & Butler, soft grey linen from Table to Dine For and garden furniture from Stressfree Hire.”
Words of Wedded Wisdom
“Try try try to relax and enjoy every minute of the day as much as you can as it goes so quickly. Also try and find half an hour to sneak off with your husband and just have a chilled moment together to take stock of the most incredible day that has just whizzed past.”
Thank you so much to Claire and Tom, it has been our absolute pleasure to share this beautiful wedding. Katrina did a sublime job, and as a member of the Love My Dress team she’s got an abundance of great information with her series of posts guiding you through the wonderful world of wedding planning which you can read here.
Love Caoimhe xx
Credits & Thanks
- Photographer - Guy Collier
- Film - Roost Film
- Planner/Stylist - Katrina Otter
- Venue - Private Estate in Surrey with Academy Marquees
- Wedding Dress - Jesus Peiro from Miss Bush Bridal, Surrey
- Headpiece - Jennifer Behr
- Shoes - Carvela
- Accessories - Liv Hart
- Bride's Scent/perfume - Do Son by Diptyque
- Groom - Timothy Everest Suit + Richard Anderson Tie
- Bridesmaids - Dessy
- Florist - Jay Archer
- Cake - Two Many Cooks
- Transport - Classic Wedding Cars
- Entertainment - Abby Scott with Chris Eaton + Op Sa! + Simon from Matt Maurice
- Rings - Daniel Christopher Jewellery
- Catering - Two Many Cooks
- Stationery - Printing by The Grosvenor Stationery Company + Calligraphy by Edward Curran
- Hair Stylist - Kasia Fortuna
- Makeup Artist - Maria Asadi