Back in May I had the absolute pleasure of styling Selina & Dave's wedding. Selina & Dave chose to get married at the Hotel Du Vin in Tunbridge Wells, which is a lovely and traditional hotel set in beautiful grounds. They had the most beautiful weather for it!
Selina and Dave are one of those couples that you can see are so in love from the offset of meeting them. They have a beautiful family and their wedding day was filled with so much love that the room was choked up on many occasions.
The room at the hotel where all the celebrations took place is stunning and has a Renaissance feel with lots of mirrors & gold. Therefore Selina and Dave didn't want anything too lavish that would take away from the decor. After seeing the stunning set of bridesmaids' dresses Selina chose, we worked with a palette of gold, off-white, blush and raspberry. This continued with the flowers, who were by the gorgeous Jo The Florist, with some added colours for contrast and lots of foliage. Textures of lace and brass were used throughout.
I chose to mix classic and elegant vintage touches, such as the cut-glass vases and the brass candlesticks, with modern and complimentary touches to keep it fresh and impactful. Selina's only two 'nos' were creased tablecloths and nothing too twee!
Styling fireplaces is one of my favourite things to do, and I was lucky enough to have two to style at the venue. With Jo's blooms in my vases dotted along the mantle in different heights, I added frames with LOVE and Best Day Ever to add a focal point, and scattered brass candlesticks with elegant cream candles. The fireplace itself had pillar candles and fairy lights added to it.
I love a Welcome Table at a wedding and wanted this one to be elegant and a talking point for guests. We chose a brass & glass hinged jewellery box for guests to put their cards into, with an elegant calligraphy 'cards' sign in a vintage effect brass frame. I chose a complimentary welcome sign, also popped into a frame, and flowers and a brass candle holder completed the look. All of this on an elegant off-white lace vintage table cloth set the tone for the day.
Selina and Dave wanted their day to be all about their family. Their children, Calum, Imogen and Oliver, played a huge part in their day, as did the rest of their family members and friends. You could feel there was so much love in the room.
The stunning bridesmaids' dresses were the starting point for the colours and I just love the contrasting yet complimentary designs and styles. The bouquets by Jo were just perfect, with roses, peonies, astilbe, lisianthus and eucalyptus. The additional colours to those of the decor added a wow-factor and worked beautifully, allowing them to stand out for themselves amongst the more muted colours of the dresses and decor.
We wanted lots of brass elements in the styling and chose terrariums filled with flowers as a modern vintage element, and I styled brass interior hoops with lace for the table numbers. The cut glass vintage vases of flowers continued and lovely Lizzie from Connie & Joan designed the gold calligraphy stationery on off-white card. The overall effect was stunning and dramatic, and worked beautifully with the classic decor of the room.
Selina chose pearls to be draped on the back of the chairs, and we had used vintage style lace and gypsophila as the pew ends. It all worked well to create a romantic and traditional, yet stylish, wedding, with vintage elements.
What a stunning bride Selina makes! Selina chose a dress by Isabella Grace made to fit perfectly by Miss Kay Seamstress, with stunning hair & make-up by Ally B. The couple went off to the park after the wedding breakfast, to get some moments together as a newly married couple and capture some beautiful moments.
In the evening I cleared the room and kept the focus on the fireplaces and created a beautiful cake table with sweets chosen by the bride. Selina is a fantastic cake maker and creates cakes for a living for her business, Selina the Cake Fairy - they taste and look amazing! The Fireflies - a fab band - provided the entertainment and the guests danced the night away.
I also created a photo booth in the corner of the room, which was in-keeping with the whole styling of the day. I used net curtains to create a backdrop and fairy lights to allow it to stand out when it got dark. Jo popped blooms into some brass pyramid cubes that I hung down with vintage lace. I then popped some pretty props into a suitcase covered in vintage lace, and the Photobooth sign was both fun and in-keeping with the colours. Lastly a little 2-seater sofa completed the booth.
The photos of the day were captured by Sam Yardley Photography.
And there you have it, Selina and Dave's beautiful big day. I was so pleased with how it turned out, and I think it's safe to say they were too - you can read their thoughts of the day here.
What do you think? I loved the blend of vintage and modern, that I think worked really well with the day and the venue. All of the items I used for Selina and Dave's wedding are available to hire here or if you would love to chat to me about the various packages I offer for styling your wedding, please do drop me a line here.
Thanks for reading, VA x