Anniversary Special | Josh and Bridget 23th August 2014

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Although  month down the line, Lace Garters celebrates the wedding anniversary of these two wonderful people, Bridget and Josh. Bridget submitted their wedding into us and all we can say is, its…. Streets volumes! Take a peek.

It’s been a year since I married my best friend and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown. This time last year it felt like things were going off left right and centre!! I had spreadsheets, apps, Whatsapp groups, long email trails. I was making about 20 wedding decisions a day! From venues to dresses, to bridesmaids to guests! I cannot recall a more chaotic time in my life!!

But though I would never, ever, do this again, I’m so happy to be married to the man of my dreams in front of my loved ones and before God

Initially we visited stately homes outside of London and we saw some beautiful ones. But as most of our families were coming from London, we wanted to ensure that it was convenient enough for them all to travel –from the children to the elderly.

So we moved our search back to London and decided on the beautiful, historic Grade I listed Gibson Hall in Central London. The images online were sufficient enough to show us the potential of the venue. But when we actually visited it, our expectations were truly exceeded. From the huge pillars to the giant chandeliers – spacious garden and the colossal main hall. Not to mention the reception room and various rooms to change and store gifts. We had all that we needed. To top it off, the venue was licensed to hold ceremonies, so we held our ceremony and reception in the same venue which made it even more convenient for our guests.

Gibson Hall
Gibson Hall

Gibson Hall has a very regal atmosphere – so we needed to ensure our wedding theme fit in with its décor. Our colour scheme was burgundy and various shades of red, grey and ivory so almost every part of our wedding displayed these flavours.

We hired chiavari chairs for our ceremony and reception based on an exquisite picture of a previous event at Gibson Hall. Down the aisle, we had a deep red carpet with flower petals. And at the top of the aisle, a looming big arch with roses and ivory chiffon fabric draping over it.

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“looming big arch with roses and ivory chiffon fabric draping over it.”

At our reception, our table numbers were based on areas in England that meant something significant to us – from the streets we grew up on to where we studied at university – they all had a personal feel. To top it off, my husband is a web designer, so he designed all of our stationary and made it extra special.

wedding Stationary, table numbers designed by groom
Wedding stationary, table numbers designed by groom

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Our table décor consisted of huge velvet red roses in tulip vases and candelabras with pearl embellishments. Each guest had wedding favours on the table in gold boxes which consisted of a personalised bottle opener key chain, a chocolate heart and a small fragrance.

decor b&jOur wedding cake was made by Olivia Rose of cakes by Olivia Rose and was simple and fitted in neatly with our décor – more importantly it was scrumptious!! Being a cake lover, I couldn’t have been more pleased!! There wasn’t a crumb left.

Bridgets bouquet, cake with the brides and grooms signature, sweetheart table for 'The Antwi's'
Bridgets bouquet, cake with the brides and grooms signature, sweetheart table for ‘The Antwi’s’

Our drinks reception hall and garden was the fun area! We had a great photobooth with crazy props by Photobooths London, a ping pong table and giant Connect Four! This kept the guests fully entertained during idle time and in the evening reception when they took a break from the dancefloor.

bride and groom having fun in the photo booth
bride and groom having fun in the photo booth captured in their guest book

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Our evening guests were treated to a delicious meal catered for by King Solomon Caterers and were given their own favours which consisted of mini personalised bags of retro sweets.

The events of the day were co-ordinated by the brilliant Carmen and her team, Simone, Dasha and Marcia from The Wedding Planner School. This is a great scheme that allows you to hire wedding planners for free for a small refundable deposit. They did an exceptional job co-ordinating and managing around 250-300 guests!!

So what did we wear?? I was inspired by Veluz Reyes gowns throughout my wedding dress search. I knew I wanted to feel like a fairy princess, so a big ball gown was the main search criteria. I struggled to find a dress within my budget was as big and show-stopping– so being the creative that I am, I decided to part design my own dress

I got the base of my dress made in China – the skirt consisted of 10 layers and the bodice was a sweetheart neck jewelled with sequins and miniature pearl beads. I got this shipped to London and found an amazing mother and daughter owned tailor called Finiks who added a silk belt and lace applique to my right shoulder. They also had to take it in quite a bit as I lost a little bit of weight due to wedding stress (please try to avoid this at all costs).

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‘The skirt consisted of 10 layers and the bodice was a sweetheart neck jewelled with sequins and miniature pearl beads.’

My shoes were simple and cheap – ordered from eBay As you couldn’t see my shoes due to the vastness of the dress, I wanted to wear something comfortable enough to dance with,but high enough to not trod over my dress and roll down the aisle. My shoes caused me the least worry of the whole wedding process. They were cheap and cheerful!

Bridesmaid dresses were also from eBay. I customised with broaches and had them tailored to be more fitted. The dresses had two straps and I wanted my bridesmaids to make it their own – one had both straps, one wore it as a boob tube, and the others wore one strap each. Their shoes were from New Look.

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My make-up was done by the wonderful Alison Cameron. I had seen so many photos of her gorgeous wedding make up, that I decided a trial wasn’t necessary and it all worked out perfect! My make-up was elegant and soft and stayed on for the entire day. I went for the timeless beehive for my hair style, done by hair extraordinaire and dear family friend, Evelyn.

Alison Cameron working her magic on the bride
Alison Cameron working her magic on the bride

The handsome groom and his groomsmen wore DKNY black tie suits. They all looked so dapper. Although they had viewed various modern styles and seasonal colours, our event was truly classic – and you can’t beat a black tie for a traditional wedding theme.

Of all the vendors on the day, I was truly impressed by our videographer Noah Goodrich at Two by Two video. He was a true star. He captured every perfect moment – single handily and edited to perfection. We hardly noticed him there on the day, but he created the most memorable footage that everybody loves. He was a diamond find and was worth every penny and more. Thanks Noah!!!

In the evening, my husband and I, bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers all got changed into traditional Ghanaian outfits and we danced battled the night away. Our parents included. So much fun!

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Bride and groom dancing the night away

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It was one truly special day –it went so quickly. Overall, a wonderful occasion that friends and family couldn’t stop praising for months after.


Brides dress | made in China, bodice Finiks  Brides shoes | ebay

Bridesmaid dresses | ebay  Makeup | Alison Cameron  Venue | Gibson Hall

Events planner | The wedding Planner School  Hair stylist | brides friend

Cake | cakes by Olivia Rose

Grooms suit | DKNY  Wedding stationary | Josh  (groom)

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