A Glam & Girly Ivory, Pink & Blush Real Wedding With a Hint of Gold: Amelia & Josh
It’s always such a treat to share real weddings on the blog with you, but nothing gives me anymore pleasure than sharing the real weddings of brides who were inspired by Want That Wedding whilst planning their big days.
Today’s real bride – the beautiful Amelia had a gorgeously glam and uber girly wedding day and chose a pretty colour scheme of ivory, pink and blush with a hint of elegant gold.
So without further ado, please enjoy Amelia & Josh’s gorgeous, gorgeous wedding!
Words by Amelia. Images by Tom Halliday Photography.
We both wanted our wedding to be fun and glamorous with a shabby chic vibe in keeping with my style and us as a couple.
I took some of my wedding inspiration from Paris where we got engaged, with just a few little Parisian elements like my eloquent gold framed signs, gold beaded charger plates and blush fluffy peonies.
For me, the day had to be quintessentially English but with a little bit of modern day glamour.
I just loved the bridesmaid dresses the minute I saw them online about 12 months before the wedding and I just had to get them. I love the silk jersey fabric as it meant I didn’t need to get any alterations. I purchased the two taller girls from the tall Asos collection and the smaller girls from the regular Asos collection as I definitely wanted floor length dresses without any ankles on show.
I bought each of the girls blush and gold beaded clutch bags and sterling silver drop earrings. I brought my chief bridesmaid a sterling silver and diamond necklace to wear so that she stood out. They all loved their gifts and wore them on the day.
My gorgeous flower girl’s dress shoes and socks were all from Monsoon and her little rabbit gift is from The Little white Company. I had brought her rose hair clips but she liked to pull them out…so I’m not entirely sure what happened to them! She looked gorgeous and I loved seeing her run around with her bunny named Flopsy.
I used my all time favourite perfume Chance by Chanel for the day.
My engagement ring is the iconic solitaire Tiffany ring with the classic 6 claw Tiffany setting. My wedding ring compliments it perfectly, it is a half diamond band from Hatton Garden with a notch to sit perfectly flush against one another.
My earrings were faux diamond drop earrings from Monsoon that were my ‘something new’.
My bracelet was my ‘something borrowed’ from my sister to hold my Tiffany engagement ring. It is the signature Moments Bracelet from Pandora and I am so glad I did this as wanted to wear my wedding ring separately on the day and I love spotting my engagement ring hanging from my wrist in our photos.
My ‘something blue’ was my garter from Boux Avenue, my ‘something old’ was a golden silk clutch that was my late grandmother’s, which was so lovely as it felt like she was with me all day.
My florist is a family friend of mine called Sue White. We really loved working together, constantly messaging each other pinterest boards, vases and images.
She was truly fantastic and knew exactly what complimented my wedding colour palette. At first I wanted all white flowers and i am so glad she persuaded me to have ivory and blush.
The flowers were just breath-taking and all the guests commented on how much of an impact they had. She did a truly amazing job and I am so lucky to have her.
Josh had a suit tailored to his measurements by Reiss. I wanted him to stand out so we bought him a three piece. Shirt and socks were from Reiss and his shoes were from Russell and Bromley.
We bought all the groomsmen suits from Next as their gifts with hired silk ties from Moss Bross. We then asked them to wear their own brown shoes and white shirts.
I always knew I wouldn’t find the one in the first shop but I did start to panic after trying on so many. Overall I think I tried over 30 dresses on, it was absolutely exhausting and If I am honest I didn’t love the experience.
I found it really hard to find what I had pre-imagined in my head. I then went to The Bespoke wardrobe. They were amazing, they found me the Naomi Neoh Tatianger dress. I had a completely different feeling when I tried it on and I just knew it was the one.
I loved the soft silk tulle skirt and the lace embellishment. Reggie was amazing and tailored my dress to how I had imagined. She teamed my dress with the Stewart Parvin lace jacket and altered the dress neck-line to a heart shape.
I loved the fact it collaborated two English designers that no one else would have, it really was bespoke for me and i loved it.
My veil was custom made from the veil supplier that works closely with The Bespoke Wardrobe. I knew I wanted a plain English tulle veil without any embellishment or binding with the front layer long enough to finish just above my bouquet.
It was important to me that it didn’t take away from the lace detail of the dress and I was so happy when it arrived and I tried it on. For me finding the veil was just as important as finding the dress as the impact together was incredible.
We chose to get married at St Andrew’s Church which is my family church. This church means so much to me as I grew up singing in the choir.
When I was younger I became amazed with all the weddings I sang at and since then I guess I have always known I would get married there.
We had a very traditional Church of England service during which we exchanged vows. We had two readings one a religious reading from the bible by Josh’s sister Kelly and a reading from one of my favourite novels ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.
My older sister then sung Songbird by Eva Cassidy whilst we signed the registers. So many of the guests came up to me afterwards and commented on how beautiful the service was.
My number one man gave me away, my Dad. I always thought I would cry walking down the aisle as I am quite an emotional person! But Dad did such a good job of keeping me calm.
There was a very dramatic thunderstorm on the way to the church, instead of stressing, me and Dad giggled about it in the car saying how the weather just couldn’t get any worse.
I imagined a truly traditional English wedding so I walked down the aisle to the ever so iconic Wedding March from the opera Lohengrin.
Josh and I actually met in October 2009 in our grotty student union nightclub. I was a fresher and he was a fourth year and we were awkwardly left together as our friends paired off.
We became friends and after a few months of hilarious and unforgettable student nights Josh took me for a lovely dinner the following Valentines. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Josh surprised me with a trip to Paris for my 23rd birthday. I didn’t guess a proposal as we had only just moved into our house. However Josh took me to my favourite art gallery and surprised me with a lovely birthday meal.
He finished the night by proposing by the twinkling eiffel tower and it was a very emotional overwhelming moment! I hadn’t thought he would propose as we had so many plans for our house, but living together felt so perfect and so right that I couldn’t wait to marry him.
I spotted our wedding photographer Tom one night on Instagram whilst searching for wedding suppliers and I was blown away. I loved his use of lighting and the way he captures such beautiful scenery. His photography is sometimes more like art than a Wedding photo.
When we first met him it was like meeting an old family friend, we instantly loved his passion and booked him straight away. He was absolutely fantastic on the day and felt like part of the family that I was so sad to see him go at the end of the night.
I would book him again in a heartbeat if I could and can honestly say I am so glad I spent so many hours scrolling through instagram to find him.
When it came to the wedding decor I made the gold chalkboard ‘Welcome’ sign one Sunday night with one of my Nan’s old frames and I am so pleased with the result! Amazing what you can do with chalkboard paint.
I am so happy and proud to say I designed our wedding stationery suite and I really enjoyed printing it just how we wanted. I wanted the invitation suite to flow through to the table numbers and table plan.
I found the floral illustration one day and loved how simple and pretty it was so I incorporated into our stationery.
I love little details and when I saw an image of a gold beaded charger plate on pinterest I fell in love with it. They finished the table decor perfectly and I would definitely recommend them.
When our guests arrived at the reception venue we served Prosecco and I made some drinks stirrers with our logo to hold the mini strawberries in the glass. I just loved seeing them on the day in a heart shape.
As favours our guests were provided with salted caramel fudge (mine and Josh’s all time favourite) made by Josh’s Mum and Sister.
The fudge was cut into heart shapes with our invitation suite logo embossed on the packaging. They were such a tasty treat on the day!
Our cake was a bespoke design made by Cynthia at the Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company. I spotted PGCC at Brides the show and immediately booked an appointment. Josh actually got really into the cake planning side of things and he completely chose the design – which I loved!
Cynthia made our dream cake! The bottom tier was oreo cookies and creme (Josh’s favourite), the middle tier a lemony filling with light lemon sponge (my favourite) and the top tier was a very indulgent chocolate cake.
Up close the cake was a glamourous gold lustre scattered with handmade ivory roses with ivory polka dot embellishment. I loved how the colour changed the closer you looked and it tasted amazing.
Gatsby is one of my all time favourite novels and when I saw the Fitzgerald champagne quote I loved it! So I spent a few nights on photoshop creating the champagne, cigar and sweet table signs.
Unfortunately my Grandad and Nanny are not with us anymore so I wanted to give a little nod to them with a ‘Wishing you were here’ display of photos.
Our first dance was to one of our favourite songs – Magic by Coldplay.
The lyrics are so symbolic to us both that we have played and played and played this song since it was first released and we still love it now just as much as the first time we heard it.
It’s an unusually different choice of romantic song and when I hear it in public I feel like it’s a song just for me a Josh.
One of my most memorable and favourite moments has to be looking up and seeing Josh at the end of the aisle.
I had to catch my breath when I arrived after getting to the church through a thunderstorm and my entrance wasn’t as glamorous as I had planned, but when I looked up and saw how handsome Josh looked made me nervous, happy and relieved all at once.
It is one of my most precious memories that I will always treasure.
Thanks you so much to the gorgeous Amelia and Josh for sharing their pretty summer wedding with the blog – I hope you all agree how utterly lovely their big day was.
wedding credits / photographer: tom halliday photography / wedding venue: prested hall / brides dress: bespoke naomi neoh & stuart parvin via the bespoke wardrobe / brides veil: the bespoke wardrobe / grooms suit: reiss / brides shoes: high street / grooms shoes: / bridesmaid dresses: asos / bridesmaid shoes: f&f / hair & makeup: georgie harris / florist: family friend / wedding cake: pretty gorgeous cake company / catering: prested hall / rings: tiffany / stationery: the bride / cake topper: etsy / entertainment: dany mills band