Anniversary Special | Sam and Teresa 16th August 2014

Sam and Tess Hotel Russell Wedding (567 of 1042)I celebrated my first year of being married on August 16th and how time flies!

Our wedding day was 20 months in the making and I must say, looking back at what sometimes was a stressful time, I had the most amazing journey planning one unforgettable day of my life.

Due to both families (hubby and I) being so large, I couldn’t get away with a small intimate wedding in a beautiful country house somewhere far, so I opted for the complete opposite and had a colossal wedding of 250 people in the day and with an additional 50 in the evening.

After countless road trips to different ends of the UK, it was the Grecian figures on pillars that sealed the deal at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, especially since hubby is fascinated with Greek mythology. Its two large reception rooms were great for hosting our drinks reception and dinner dance. The hotel was also a great choice as it was only 20 minutes away from the church that our ceremony took place and Russell Square Park was literally across the road for more picture taking.

Sam and Tess Hotel Russell Wedding (987 of 1042)

I wanted to create a timeless wedding, so when I look back in 10 years, I would still be in love with the dress, cake and venue deco. As I love clean lines and white walls, the colour scheme was white, cream and grey. The idea was to show decadence with a snippet of our fun personalities. And what better way to do that then to incorporate our most played competitive board game – Scrabble.


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Scrabble themed table, with large flower centrepiece

Our events planner Abi, from Pretty Gorgeous Events, as well as making sure the day went according to plan, made sure that this idea fell right in place with the style of the wedding by giving each table a large alphabet Scrabble tile, and she incorporated a caricature of both of us on the other side which was an utter surprise. Abi saw my vision and brought it to life, not only with the Scrabble tiles, but with the flower centrepieces. I described what I wanted and Abi saw to it that I had the perfect look for the day. We went for different heights for the centrepieces, which worked well in keeping creating the illusion of space in the main reception hall.

In keeping with our fun personalities we had a four tier cake, with each layer a different flavour, as we felt that plain sponge was to boring and we wanted to have both our favourites red velvet for hubby and lemon cake for me incorporated. The Sugared saffron cake company was the best place to get the cake made. In keeping with my minimal fuss “clean lines,” the cake’s ombre look with the spiked rose petals (which I had seen on a wedding cake online) was definitely a display of my not so dull character.

Ombre cake with four different flavoured tiers
Ombre cake with four different flavoured tiers including “red velvet for hubby and lemon for me”

I initially wanted a lace dress, something that would show off my figure. I actually had Jessica rabbit in a lace white dress in mind when I thought my wedding dress, but couldn’t see anything in the bridal shops I went to that resembled what I had in mind. I wore a custom made Stewart Parvin gown. I knew this was the dress when I saw how the skirt of the dress flowed. My dress was a rework the “day dreaming” dress by the same designer. I had the top half of the dress reworked as the original had straps with a V cut neckline bodice. I knew I wanted a sweetheart neckline. I had a cathedral veil to go with the dress. My original idea was to have an over the face netted fascinator, which at the time I thought would have gone nicely with my Jessica Rabbit lace dress, but since that idea went out the window, the cathedral veil complimented my dress wonderfully.

Stewart Parvin gown
Stewart Parvin gown

Bridesmaids dresses were from Virgos lounge and complimented the flow of my dress nicely and the beading made them stand out perfectly! Their shoes were from Karen Millen, a steal as they were on sale!blog st -dress

After long deliberations, I fought the urge to spend hundreds on a pair of white Christian Louboutins and bought the Badgley Mischka “Randall” shoe. I searched for months for these shoes everywhere in London with no avail, resorting in me having them shipped from the States. I ordered the same shoe in cream for my maid of honour.

Stunning Bride and Maid of Honour Mischka Badgley shoes in Ivory and Cream
Stunning Bride and Maid of Honour Badgley Mischka shoes in Ivory and Cream

The wonderful makeup artist Alison Cameron was responsible for the makeup for my bridesmaids, my mum and I. Although I had a trial, when it came to the day I let her do what she felt would go well with my dress and hair and I was not disappointed at all. Avos Hair was responsible for my mane. We went through a ton of styles as I wanted something completely different but in the end settled for the low chignon with a side part. Both these ladies stayed and helped me and the girls get ready after all their hard work, which was amazing!hair make up

Nick Rose was our photographer for the day. All I can say is that he was fantastic. He captured our wedding day beautifully and he wasn’t at all intrusive, I barely knew he was there at times. He made Sam and I feel at total ease throughout the day. Our wedding videographers were HSIdeas. We wanted our wedding to be captured as a story and a short film, and they truely understood what we wanted and came up with some fun ideas that we could incorporate on the day. Again working with them was fun as I hardly knew they were there and watching the video back I was able to see my wedding from a fun and different perspective.

nick pic

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Bride and Groom changed into Converse all stars. Great for dancing the night away
Order of service - designed and made by bride. The beaded S and T charmed spacer adds an additional personal touch to the day
Order of service – designed and made by bride. The beaded S and T charmed spacer adds an additional personal touch to the day

We got married at St Joseph’s RC church in Highgate, as this was not only close to the venue but also Sam’s family church. He was Baptised there, had his Holy Communion, Confirmation and served as an alter boy there for many years. Father Brendan, who now migrated to Australia, made sure the service was full of laughs, without straying away from the importance of the sacrament of marriage.

August 16th was truly one of the best days of my life.

Brides dress | Stewart Parvin   Bridesmaids dresses | Virgos Lounge  

Shoes | Badgley Mischka and Karen Millen Venue | Hotel Russell, London

Photographer | Nick Rose Photography Videographers | HSIdeas   Make-up artist | Alison Cameron

Hair Stylist | Avos Hair  Event Planner | Pretty Gorgeous Events

Centrepiece and Theme | Pretty Gorgeous Events  Cake | Sugared Saffron

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