Jodie and Andrew’s elegant vintage-inspired real wedding

Jodie and Andrew first met at work where they had to share a car for a training course. On the 25th of April this year they were married in a beautifully executed vintage-inspired wedding extravaganza. Everything about this wedding and the way it was shot is just gorgeous, from the soft, vintage-inspired colour palette to the opulent, crystal-adorned candelabra table centrepieces and Grace Kelly-esque gown. There wasn’t an item out of place and the consistency and glamour of this gorgeous day makes for a stunning overall effect. Captured beautifully by photographer, Kerry Ann Duffy Photography, this wedding is bound to inspire you as much as it has inspired me! I’ll hand over to the lovely bride, Jodie, to tell you all about her big day.

“Andrew proposed when he booked a surprise weekend for us in Rome. He dragged me out of bed at 7am on a Sunday morning pretending he wanted to get some nice shots of the Trevi Fountain without crowds with his new camera. When we arrived at the fountain it was beautiful and we had it all all to ourselves. Just before Andrew got down one knee and proposed a homeless man decided to jump in the fountain to have a bath, which I think calmed his nerves as he had been carrying the ring around for days before waiting for the right moment. We spent the rest of that perfect day at the Colosseum and he had booked dinner for the evening.

I tried to keep my style in line with our venue, Botleys Mansion (which didn’t need anything too crazy as it’s beautiful on its own), but I wanted to keep that regal feeling with different textures with lace & diamantes. Again, with my flowers I wanted to capture the grand feeling without looking silly with bits hanging out everywhere, so I stuck with vintage-inspired hues, the main flowers being different varieties of roses. Andrew and I planned the wedding ourselves, and I made the invitations, table plan and table names.

We really struggled to find the perfect venue , after three years of searching we came across Botleys Mansion (which we had previously considered), and they had since added the atrium which was perfect. I was extremely fussy about the venue for our wedding I was even dismissing a lot of venues because of the colour of the carpet (quick aside note from Sara, a girl after my own heart)! It just had to be right and we are so pleased with our choice; the staff were amazing and we had so many compliments on the venue. We were so lucky with the weather – we had the first hottest day of the year and couldn’t believe our luck! One of the reasons we hired our venue was because it could accommodate in rain or shine with beautiful rooms all around the house.

The funniest part of the day was when we decided to light Chinese lanterns at the end of the night (just the two of us), but we couldn’t really get them to light and then they just blew into the trees and stayed there for the rest of the night! I hear this is quite a common thing! We didn’t eat much through the day as we were just overwhelmed, so after getting a late night text from one of my bridesmaids of a picture of a pizza they had delivered to their room, we ran to their room and munched the pizza with them in our PJs!”

Images © 2013 Kerry Ann Duffy Photography 

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Location of wedding: Botleys Mansion , Surrey (Bijou Weddings)
Photographer : Kerry Ann Duffy Photography
Bride’s dress, accessories and shoes: Shoes – Pink
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Dessy
Groom’s outfit: Jack Bunneys, Barking
Groomsmens’ / ushers’ outfits: Jack Bunneys, Barking
Flowers: The Fine Flowers company
Hair: Kirsty Fredhurst
Make-up: MAC
Cake: Bourne Baking
Band / DJ: Singer – Joe Swing
Post Box: Your Wedding Post Box

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