The morning of my wedding day was a real rollercoaster of emotions. I remember waking up in the hotel room with my sister feeling like I could be sick at any moment. I just couldn’t believe the day had finally come and I was going to be getting married to the love of my life come the afternoon. Up until this point it had all felt like a dream, like I was planning this make-believe wedding. Totally bizarre I know!
My bridesmaids and I stayed at The Petersham Hotel the night before and also got ready there. It’s somewhere I’ve always dreamt of staying since I was a little girl, so I knew it would be the perfect place to relax and get ready before the ceremony. The views from the hotel are absolutely stunning, it over looks the River Thames and is surrounded by beautiful meadows, you honestly wouldn’t believe you’re in London!
My hair and make up was done by the ever so talented Arpita Karania who funnily I found off good old instagram. I had my trial a couple of months before the wedding however a week before the wedding I completely changed my mind and she accommodated my needs and wants perfectly. Originally I wanted boho hair and natural make up which looked lovely but it just didn’t feel right so I went for big curls, a smokey eye, lashes and my go to lippie from MAC instead. Arpita seriously made my dreams a reality, she is one talented lady and all self-taught too which is even more incredible.
I had a bit of a dilemma when it came to my wedding shoes, I just couldn’t find the perfect shoes to go with my dress. After months of searching and buying shoes to try at dress fittings I came across the Jimmy Choo Lang. They have this gorgeous strappy detail which makes them super comfortable given that there’s a lot of support from heel to toe. Although the Langs were well over budget I’m so glad I went for them not only did they look amazing with my dress I can see myself wearing them for years to come.
My bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets were actually artificial flowers made by Bloom UK. I decided to go with artificial flowers because it meant I could keep my bouquet long after the wedding and I could give the bridesmaids their bouquets as part of their bridesmaids gift.
I wrote a blog post on the Jo Malone scent your wedding experience so I will link that here. I highly recommend doing the experience for your wedding day, every time I spritz or light my peony & blush candle at home it brings me back to the wedding. I love looking at them on my dressing table another beautiful reminder of the day.
Freddie had both the littles the night before the wedding and for a few hours the morning of the wedding. His bestman dropped them both off to me so I could get them ready and give them some lunch from room service. Having Max and Emmie with me whilst getting ready was so magical, seeing Max’s face once I was fully dressed was also priceless. ‘Wow Mummy!’ I’ll cherish those expressions and words forever. I’m also over the moon my photographer managed to get a few photos of Emmie breastfeeding, we’re nearing the end of our breastfeeding journey so these photos in particular will be great to look back on.
Talking about my wonderful photographer, I went with Razia Jukes who again I found through instagram, she’s also all over Pinterest too and her work is so dreamy. I think instagram is the best place to find suppliers these days as you can see their full portfolio of work which gives you a brilliant idea of what they can produce. I decided to go with a female photographer because I knew I would feel more comfortable when getting ready etc. Razia was super professional, friendly and made my entire bridal party feel at ease. The photos she produced are breathtaking and I’m so happy I picked Razia to capture our big day.
During the wedding planning I went for an accessories consultation with the wonderful Gillian Million, if you don’t know her and your wedding planning go and visit her beautiful store in Teddington. It’s full of gorgeous vintage pieces from dresses to head pieces to veils.
As I was having my hair to one side I decided on having a handmade crystal/pearl hair piece, I also picked up my veil from there. I originally wanted a silk one but having felt the amazing quality of Gillian’s synthetic veils I opted for one of those which was also a fraction of the price.
For the children I really wanted them to be comfortable throughout the day. I ditched the traditional puffy flower girls dress for Emmie and went with a simple smock dress from Children’s Salon. For Max I went with a traditional buster suit again from Children’s Salon, it was pure cotton so again comfortable. It also had the most gorgeous mother of pearl button detailing and even had buttons that attached to the shorts which prevented the dreaded untucking. Everyone commented on how gorgeous both the littles looked and how the outfits were very Prince George and Princess Charlotte inspired.
Once everyone was ready we jumped into the wedding taxi and headed off to the ceremony. I would be lying if I said this part of the morning was stress free! I have never been so nervous or stressed in my entire life, first of all we were running late and second of all I was moments from walking down the aisle…