On the front of this issue, you’ll find this card – simply hand it ouer when you’re buying your wedding gown and ‚£100 will be taken off your bill!
Jo Vickers, 47, married Zev Crystal, 52, at The Orangery in Holland Park, West London, with a reception at the Belvedere restaurant on 31st May 2015. She says:
We’d planned to marry in London, but didn’t want an urban-style day. Holland Park – one of London’s prettiest green spaces, with landscaped gardens, the Belvedere restaurant and Orangery seemed an obvious choice.
I decided to have two different looks for the day – which excitingly meant two different dresses. I wanted a more dramatic feel for the ceremony itself, but something shorter for the evening –
I knew that my husband would stand on a longer dress when dancing! Ensuring we served great food was very important to Zev and me. We served a four-course menu, which included organic vegetable gazpacho, English asparagus and summer truffles. The most stressful part of wedding planning? Sorting out my daughter’s red lace bridesmaid dress. We were still putting the finishing touches to it on the day before the wedding because she changed the design several times.
My top tip: Don’t make snap decisions take your time to organise everything exactly the way you want it.
St Brelade’s Bay is a special place for us it’s our favourite beach and we spend a lot of time there. We married in its lovely 12th-century church made of stones (and even a few shells) taken from the beach.
Luckily for me, there was no excuse not to have a bespoke dress for my wedding I’m the international brand director at Jenny Packham. One day at a breakfast meeting, Jenny handed me a folder with a sketch of the wedding dress she thought might suit me, and it was perfect.
James and I were overwhelmed by how much everyone helped – my mum was our wedding planner; my dad and brother transformed the garden, and my nana collected bud vases and candlesticks from local charity shops for our decor.
Our dream of an al fresco wedding came true – it was the hottest weekend of the year, so we were able to have all the sides of the marquee up for everyone to enjoy the views of the garden.
For the day after the wedding, James’s parents organised a barbecue on the beach – it was the ideal way to end the weekend. We had grilled seafood, leftover wedding cake and Jersey ice cream, washed down with rose and bloody Marys.
My top tip: Take your time when you walk down the aisle. It’s such a special moment and only happens once.
THE BRIDE Bespoke dress, POA, and bespoke veil, POA, jennypackham.com THE GROOM Tails, POA, and bespoke waistcoat, ‚£350, David Saxby on 020 7610 6558. Brogues, ‚£370, shipton.com. Shirt, ‚£120, and tie ‚£90, thomaspink.com THE BRIDESMAIDS Bespoke dresses, POA, jennypackham.com THE VENUE Marquee, ‚£5,000, to hire marqueesolutions.je THE CATERING From ‚£40 per person for a three-course meal, jerseypotteryrestaurants.com THE CAKE From ‚£500, email@example.com THE DECOR Polaroid photobooth, similar ‚£30, etsy.com. Button heart, similar ‚£2, and photoframes, similar from ‚£10 each, paperchase.co.uk. Moroccan lanterns, ‚£100 each, ransomsgardencentre.co.uk THE FLOWERS Bridal bouquet, from ‚£100; maids’ bouquets, from ‚£45 each; buttonhole, from ‚£6.50; floral arch, from ‚£250; hanging marquee arrangements, from ‚£60 each; table arrangements, from ‚£40 each, and tableplan silk flowers, from ‚£175, Jackie Le Cornu at Rondels Farm, firstname.lastname@example.org THE PHOTOGRAPHER From ‚£2,700, nataliemayer.com