Rebecca and Frans’ perfectly styled big day was filled with sophisticated sparkle
Rebecca, 32, an events planner, and Frans, 36, director of operations at Benugo, married at All Saints Church, Fulham, followed by a reception at Fulham Palace, London.
We wanted the look to be glamorous and romantic, with plenty of sparkle for the evening party!
Although we loved the idea of a countryside wedding, many of our guests came from outside the UK and were keen to visit London. We were thrilled to find Fulham Palace, with its huge lawns it makes you feel like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I’d always had a clear vision for my dress: strapless with a full tulle skirt that was classic and pretty – a gown I would still love 30 years down the line.
I finally found the style I wanted during a Christmas break in New York with friends. I wore it with a diamond necklace Frans had given me the night before, my mother’s veil and a pair of pink Valentino shoes.
I’d always imagined Frans wearing a white tuxedo jacket and I thought he looked seriously handsome on the day. My maids paired their sparkly dresses with posies of peonies, roses, sweet peas, dahlias and zinnias wrapped in gold sequins.
The chair-backs were my favourite detail; covered in blowsy flora and ribbons, and we had a floral chandelier as the focal point. We even dropped floating peony heads into the fountain outside. The inside of the marquee smelled like a garden and looked so beautiful! Afterwards we donated all the flowers to charity organisation, Floral Angels.
Our tables were dressed in white and pink linens with gold sequin runners, and our top table showcased our personalised crest. The table numbers were paintings of places we had visited together – and we now have them hanging on our living room wall.
The tables also featured gold cutlery, napkins embossed with our crest and vintage champagne flutes. For our out-of-town guests, we had cute welcome bags filled with cookies, bottles of strawberry-infused gin and English tonic.
My favourite moment...
I loved walking into our cocktail reception with Frans, as all of our friends and family toasted to us as husband and wife for the first time.
Our first dance was also really special. We chose an acoustic version of Jack Johnson’s I Got You. We didn’t rehearse anything – we just spun around a lot! But it felt like we were the only two people in the room.
My tip for brides-to-be...
Do your research when it comes to hiring vendors – I spent a lot of time browsing UK wedding blogs, magazines and photographers’ websites to see their work. Hiring professionals that you trust will give you a sense of calm on the big day.
Steal their style!
Photography: Abby Jiu
Venue: Fulham Palace
Flowers: Jay Archer Floral Design
Table linens: Glimmer & Threads
Cake: Little Boutique Bakery
Dress: Hayley Paige at Kleinfeld Bridal, New York
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Adrianna Papell
Flowergirl dress: I Love Gorgeous
Groomswear: A Suit That Fits