Oh happy, happy Monday!
Remember childhood sweethearts, Jack and Susanna, and their unique wedding film in reverse?
(If your answer is not ‘yes of course, it was amazing!’ click here to be amazed.)
Now it’s time for their truly chic, unique, sentimental, quirky, stylish, musical, romantic and down right AWESOME wedding feature.
With stunning photos from Howell Photography and a charming account from the bride today then a wedding report from The Wedding Reporter herself and their full length wedding film tomorrow it’s going to be an epic start to the week here on Bridal Musings.
Prepare to fall head over blue velvet shoes for this sweet, English wedding and all the meaningful and musical touches incorporated throughout. As well as Susanna’s dramatic, feathered, Swan Lake esque wedding dress.
Swan Lake Style
I found some absolute steals in the wardrobe department with my ‘something blue’ Carvela shoes being display items, so they were sold at a fraction of the cost. The bridesmaid’s dresses were also perfect and the girls looked amazing. Were they found in a designer or vintage store? Nope! They were in Holly Willoughby’s ‘Very’ Range. STEAL!
My splurge was then my Manuel Mota dress (or the ‘feathery cloud’ as it is now referred to) which was just a dream to wear and worked so perfectly for me, proving petite girls can still wear massive dresses! It was soft and quite balletic – I always dreamed I’d get into the Royal Ballet School and that never quite happened, so this was the closest I’d ever get to wearing a ‘Swan Lake’ costume!
Being a singer and musical director, our wedding was like putting on a rather pretty, particularly love filled production and I genuinely loved every single moment of the planning, creating and obviously the day itself.
A Unique Processional
The music was so important to the both of us and I knew having a choir was a must from the very beginning. I pulled together ex and current vocal students of mine to create an Uber Wedding Choir and they sang specially arranged versions of pieces very special to us. The walk in, especially, was a very sentimental moment, with the track ‘Brown Eyes’ – a song I wrote for and about Jack, in 2004 when we fell in love.
Our families and friends have heard it at many gigs over the years and I knew I wanted an epic choral version to walk into the church to and the choir, under the direction of my beautiful friend Katherine Hare, absolutely nailed it! I arranged it to start deceptively with a bit of Mendelssohn and then some Lennon and McCartney (‘Love, Actually’ style!) and then merge into ‘Brown Eyes’ and voila! Susanna and Jack’s Bridal March was complete!
The Sentimental Ceremony
The service was especially personal as our celebrant was my Mother’s cousin, Fr Nick King SJ, and he was also the celebrant for my parents’ wedding in 1984. My beautiful 3 brothers did the most gorgeous trio of Bizet’s ‘Pearl Fishers Duet’ and they all did readings – Anthony doing an original piece that had everyone in tears! I had to throw in a little surprise for Jack and sang him Eva Cassidy’s cover of Songbird. The breathing was a little difficult in my feathered corset, but it came out somehow!
I had the luck and joy of meeting Karen and Doug, from Howell Photography, when I was singing at a wedding that they were capturing and we instantly clicked (pun fully intended). I love their energy, their love of taking natural photos over posed shots and we enthusiastically agreed to no silly cutting of the cake poses or holding a pen whilst signing the register!
The Howells were keen for us to have some alone time during the wedding and we are so grateful for that as it gave us some really special moments to reflect on our epic day and to look into each others’ eyes and say – we’re married, we did it, I love you!
Aren’t those ceremony shots just so beautifully moving?
Let’s meet back here tomorrow for Part 2 but for now, please join me in wishing Jack and Susanna a very happy 8 year anniversary! (Not wedding anniversary, obviously.) Congratulations guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Videography: Studio 1208 | Photography: Howell Photography | Evening Photobooth: Photo Emporium | Hair: Kate O’Sullivan | Make Up: Kayleigh Pyne at Make Up By Kayleigh |Nails: Bronte Hellmers at Goddess Studios | Earrings: Something Borrowed, Antique Art Deco Diamond Posh Totty from Lady Haber Kornberg (aka Grandma!) | SHOES – Carvela and Louboutins | Dress and Veil: Manuel Mota at Pronovias | Flowers and Decor: Harber Floral Design | Sheet Music Art Installation and Decor: Holly Elson |J and S Letter Decor: Roseberry Boutique at Etsy | Scrabble Tile Place Names –Spell It Out For Me at Etsy | Mr and Mrs Squires Customised Banners: Sara Tenanes at Etsy Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s RC Church, Bishop’ Stortford | Reception Venue: Down Hall, Hatfield Heath, Bishop’s Stortford, UK | Toast Master – Mark Greatbatch at Your Wedding Toastmaster | Cheese Wedding Cake: Artisan | Pork Pie Wedding Cake: The Ginger Pig | Super Mario Wedding Cake – Sue Horgan | Sweetie Table: The Sweet Shop | The Wedding Reporter: Emma Woodhouse | Entertainment At The Service: Musical Director: Katherine Hare | Guitarist: Alex Bayly of The Last Men | Pianist, Organist: Charlie Penn | Harpist: Bella Chipperfield | Singers: Susanna’s Students | Trio of Brothers: Nick, Ant and Ben Cork Benedict Music |Entertainment At Down Hall: Harpist: Julia Mascetti |Night Light Orchestra | Gerard and The Watchmen | One Night Stand Big Band