There’s this unwritten rule that wedding blogs only feature winter weddings in winter.
But I’m pretty sure there are lots of you reading who are planning your own cosy winter weddings right now – so sod the rules!
Heather and Tom’s romantic winter wedding was chic, unique and a whole lot of fun – it’s one of those weddings where you really, really wish you had been a guest.
Heather looked stunning in her show stopping Ian Stuart wedding dress teamed with a beautifully intricate up’ do while Tom sported a button hole made of steel coloured grass in the shape of a pair of scissors as he’s a hairdresser!
The flowers, a delightful mix of winter berries and pastel blooms, matched the beautiful ballroom at The George in Rye perfectly and Dottie Photography did a wonderful job of capturing all the romance, personal touches and fun of their day.
From The Bride…
I’d describe our wedding as modern vintage with a Christmas twist. It was chic but not too formal, perfectly romantic and loaded with fun! We had the best day of our lives. Little details like a wedding quiz, surprise singing waiters, baby photos of all the guests and a bridesmaid v groomsmen dance off all added to a memorable and fabulous day!
We went with the local florist called Cafe Des Fleurs in Rye and the created flowers that were more beautiful than I could have imagined. My bouquet was a masterpiece and the candelabras wrapped in foliage and fairy lights looked beautiful. We went for amnesia roses and Steel Berries (perfect as I was a Steeke and married a Berry!)
The George in Rye was the perfect venue – relaxed yet elegant, cute yet grand. And we had the whole place just to ourselves. We fell in love with the high ceilings and the vintage wallpaper panels in the ballroom and the open fires and country pub feeling downstairs. And we love the beautiful town of Rye – all cobbled streets and tea shops.
The Wedding Ceremony
We entered the venue to ‘here, there and everywhere’ by the Beatles.
We had 2 beautiful readings. One from captain correlli’s mandalin. We also had a good friend sing ‘we’ve only just begun’.
We exited to the Top Gun anthem and all the boys whipped on their aviators to escort the bridesmaids out!
The Bridal Attire
I wore a Ian Stuart gown – I always knew I wanted a statement dress! Tom and the groomsmen wore black tie and Tom wore a neck scarf made from the same material as the bridesmaids dresses. The bridesmaids wore black halterneck dresses with vintage pearl hair pins neatly placed into their side chignons. They looked stunning!
Décor & Details
Candles, fairy lights and sweety jars along with beautiful foliage completed the romantic setting. Not forgetting the ceiling high Christmas tree and our table names were all named after our favourite quotes from friends!
Favours were Nails inc nail polishes in Porchester Square and Green and Black’s chocolates.
Winter pimms for the reception served in mugs. Dinner was roasted root vegetable soup, lamb for main, finished off with a delicious sticky toffee pudding. We also had jars of nostalgic sweets dotted around. Tom’s Mum kindly provided the cake for us – simple and beautiful with handmade iced roses to match the dress.
The wonderful Soprano Bella, surprise singing waiters for the reception. Our favourite part of the day! Nobody knew except Tom and I. The reaction was priceless and the atmosphere was electric! Everyone on their feet, tears of joy and lots of dancing.
We met Dottie Photography at a wedding show and fell in love with their bubbly personalities and wacky ways! They were just so perfect for us. Mandy and Zoe took the most incredible photos and were a joy to have around. Our memories have been captured perfectly!
Congratulations Heather and Tom wishing you all the best for married life!
Many thanks to Dottie Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.
Okay we have to talk about Heather’s dress – isn’t it magnificent?!
Are any of you lovelies having a winter wedding?
– Be inspired by more beautiful Real Weddings –Photographer: Dottie Photography / Venue & Catering: he George in Rye, Rye, East Sussex / Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart Masquerade dress / Bridal Salon: London Bridal Couture, Pimlico / Bride’s Veil: London Bridal Couture, Pimlico / Bride’s Shoes: Rainbow Club / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occasion / Groomsmen’s Rental Suits: Cheeks, Bexley / Florist: Cafe Des Fleurs, Rye / Bride’s Jewelry: Swag Jewellers, Bluewater / Makeup Artist: Alexis Day / Hairstylists: Alison Dace and Luke Pluckrose at SAKS Art Team