Andrew and Ina’s wedding was something very unique – a very distinct two part wedding that made it an extra special day. This blog all about their day will give you a little taster and will allow you to enjoy the stunning images taken by Angela Ward Brown.
(photos courtesy of Angela Ward Brown)
Andrew and Ina welcomed guests from locally and Norway to their beautiful wedding in Milford on Sea. With Ina originating from Norway it was important for them to remember Norwegian traditions as well as incorporating some British ones as well.
Surrounded by family and friends, Andrew and Ina’s wedding day started at the picturesque Westover Hall Hotel. Walking down the aisle to the stunning voice of Victoria Mellor singing “Songbird”, Ina looked radiant in a 1950’s inspired wedding dress – and “THE dress” took some tracking down alright! Ina was extremely grateful that we tracked this little number down for her in the USA and had it personally organised for her from the lovely ladies from a boutique in Boston and shipped over with just a few days to spare before the wedding. Thankfully it fitted like a glove and Ina customised the dress to make it her very own. One very stylish bride!
After the ceremony guests were treated to a delectable wedding breakfast followed by a selection of hysterical speeches following and relaxation out on the terrace of the Hotel overlooking the sea. This was one very relaxed wedding breakfast and celebration.
We love this image – the beautiful bride catching a kiss from her daughter after the ceremony.
The evening reception was to follow. The reception choice of Andrew and Ina was their own beautiful back garden at their home in The New Forest. We spent time decorating the marquee turning it into a vintage inspired dream, even incorporating a tree that had the marquee built around it. Candles and flowers lined the pathway and the garden was decorated with so many tea lights that it looked like something out of a fairy tale when it began to get dark. The flowers that helped to create this fairytale were provided by florist Rebecca Meddings at Serenity Flowers.
Ina loved her bouquet!
This is one of the views from inside the marquee with the tree we had to incorporate which was dressed to compliment the wedding and was loved by all – so romantic and within the theme of the day
Guests were treated to and array of cocktails provided by the boys from the mobile bar company Honey and Lime who did an amazing job. So professional. They were set up in an outbuilding within the grounds of the garden with a wonderful black granite bar and a personalised cocktail menu for the bride and groom and fine wines selected by the bride and groom. Whilst at the bar they were treated to some magic and professional pick pocket and magician James Brown. With more guests arriving a very delicious BBQ was served to everyone by Beales Gourmet who are always a pleasure to work with and with beautiful cupcakes by Cupcake and Co served for dessert which were cupcakes Ina had spotted when looking through one of our Martha Stewart books a while back these were as light as a feather and topped with delicious lemon and vanilla frosting and served in gold cases and topped with edible gold leaf. We were pleased that Cupcake and Co could re-create these exactly for what Ina wanted.
Entertainment for the evening came from swing band The Jazz Canons who got all the guests up on there feet dancing away to some swing classics.
Andrew and Ina chose to ask Bellissimo to help them on a full planning basis. This meant we got involved with the wedding right from the start. We worked with them to locate the venues for their distinctive “two part” wedding with a beautiful seaside location during the day and moving back to their enchanted vintage inspired garden party at their home in the evening. Marquee weddings require much more planning and organsation and its really a job that the bride and groom do not want to be dealing with for days leading up to their wedding. Especially this wedding where it poured with rain for days before! Andrew and Ina wanted to concentrate on welcoming their guests from Norway not worrying about the rain coming in to the marquee and how we were going to sort out all of the arrangements for the day. We were on hand throughout the co-ordination to assist with supplier sourcing, decorations, dealing with all of the invitations an RSVP management. On the day we were on hand to set up the marquee, dress the venue and help co-ordinate the suppliers to ensure a smooth and stress free day was had by not just the bride and groom but all their guests.
Andrew and Ina – many congratulations – it was a real pleasure for us to help plan your special day and we enjoyed every minute
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The kids get a chance to stretch their legs between courses!