“We had a great day working with Simon and Catherine (Helen was on maternity leave at the time). We felt really comfortable after the ‘getting to know you’ shoot, which got out the awkwardness of being photographed. We’ve seen beautiful photos that neither of us remember being taken, the photographers were really un-obtrusive during the day. We felt like we were enjoying the day, not spending time being photographed. When we did the short portrait session, it was a nice break to enjoy being newly married!”
Chloe and Rozi tell their story- “Rozi is from the Midwest in America. She came to London to study archaeology. Rozi is now working as a legal secretary, and is hoping to do a law conversion. Chloe is from a lovely little village in Devon, and she came to London to study Embryology. Chloe is now studying medicine. We both love travelling, but also love to make our house a home. We met whilst studying at UCL in London in 2005. Chloe had just gotten back from travelling around Southeast Asia and Rozi had just moved across the Atlantic. We’d never lived in such an exciting or busy place. We first properly met on a boat cruise on the Thames and talked the night away. Rozi proposed to Chloe on the 7th of May 2010. Rozi made an afternoon tea for Chloe and left out a lovely new outfit for Chloe. We went out for dinner and came back to our house covered in rose petals and photograph albums. Rozi made a bouquet of glittered roses with a ring box in the centre, and got down on one knee….
We decided on the colour palette approximately 2 minutes after the proposal- magenta pink and grey. The bridesmaids’ dresses were made by Chloe’s aunt, a professional seamstress, to a vintage 50s pattern. They were magenta dupion silk from Soho silk district, with dove grey underskirt netting for that 50′ silhouette. It was the first time wearing pink for some of our bridesmaids! Chloe found her Mark Lesley dress at a great shop near Windsor. She had the neck-line customised and accessorised with vintage-style red lips and big 50s curls. She wore a vintage crystal bracelet from Greenwich Antique market and changed shoes throughout the day from her selection of four pairs of varied heel heights. Rozi wore a Maggie Sottero dress which she tried on in Exeter, Devon when her mother was visiting for the bridal shower. She called every stockist in the UK, and couldn’t get it anywhere. In the end she bought it from America, from Minneapolis, her home town, and had it sent over. She had a faux fur capelet and muff to wear for pictures outside in January. She also wore a necklace that has been in her family for four generations and worn at weddings, with jewellery to match.
Chloe and Rozi run a freelance floristry business, www.wix.com/rozisposies/florist, wherein we design and create wedding flowers. So we had to do our own wedding flowers. We went a little crazy making details for our wedding day, but we enjoyed every minute of the planning and crafting! We wanted a vintage tea party theme to the day with lots of personal touches. We were both students, so making the decorations was the perfect way to add the details we wanted and keeping to our budget. Rozi made our bouquets, which had dark pink garden rose bouquets with vintage grey millinery leaves and crystal sprays. We made a flower-covered arch under which we got married, which had hanging vintage lanterns and crystals. We made the chair backs during the ceremony which were small clay hearts imprinted with vintage lace and little mother of pearl heart buttons. We made all of the stationary and decorated this with floral paper and mother of pearl heart buttons. We spent just under a year sourcing pretty vintage china from charity shops which we used at every place setting and as decorations. We had teacups filled with candles and some with rosebuds, dotted all around. We also made cake stands for every table on which all of the high tea was served. We also made the ring pillow out of Rozi’s grandma’s handkerchief. We made the large top table decoration which was a mercury glass big bowl filled with willow twigs, flowering cherry blossoms, over a mound of pink roses and peonies. All of the twigs were hung with crystals and vintage lanterns. Chloe and her aunt made hundreds of yards of beautiful floral bunting which matched the floral cloth-covered photo booth which the guys in Chloe’s village made for us. Our maid-of-honour and her partner gathered hilarious props to take Polaroid pictures in front of the lovely screen. The whole wedding was a labour of love, helped by so many people. It was a great opportunity to spend time together and with our friends and family whilst getting ready for the big day. Everyone felt so much a part of it. We really wanted to have a beautiful, girly, vintage look to our wedding day. Chloe and Rozi love being crafty, so this was the perfect challenge. We spend so much time making gorgeous weddings for other people, so it had to use all of the ideas we dream of when doing other wedding projects. We love anything floral and bright, and we decided on the colour straight away. It was so fun planning the details.
The ceremony was held in the main hall of Orchardleigh House, Somerset. We chose the venue as it had an amazing sweeping staircase to walk down, and the ceremony was held in front of a beautiful lit fireplace. The ceremony room had a really cosy fell despite being able to fit over 100 people in it. The reception was also held at Orchardleigh House. The house is amazing, with beautiful grounds. One of the things we loved most about the venue was the attitude of the staff, allowing you to really have fun in the venue, with the bar staying open till the last person went to bed! Also all our guests could stay at the venue, which was really important to us, as we wanted it to be a whole weekend event. The Ceremony started at 1:30. In the morning it was pretty chaotic with everyone getting ready! In the ceremony there were speeches made by a close friend and Rozi’s mum. We also had ‘Here comes the Sun’, sung by two of our American friends. It was really touching, when during the song, the sun started to stream in to the ceremony room. Following the ceremony we had a drinks reception of Mulled wine and cider, and then were lucky enough to be able to go outside and have photo’s taken. We then had a high tea, all served on vintage cake stands that we had made. Followed by several great speeches.
Chloe and Rozi’s Favourite moments:
Chloe becoming Mrs E!!!
Seeing Rozi at the end of the aisle.
The girls singing during the ceremony.
It not raining so allowing everyone to see the beautiful grounds.
Watching everybody having so much fun in the evening dancing to the band and posing for the photobooths!”