An Art Deco Eltham Palace wedding

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Rebecca and Adam celebrated their Art Deco Eltham Palace wedding on April 11th 2014 – so today is their 2nd wedding anniversary! This pair are performers in the West End who met several years ago, and were good friends before becoming a couple on Rebecca’s birthday in 2012. They were engaged not long after and planned their spectacular wedding during a 2-year engagement.

Fitting in with their performing backgrounds, they chose their favourite era, the roaring twenties as a theme. Keeping Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in mind, Art Deco elements showed up throughout their day and around their choice of venue, Eltham Palace which was the perfect backdrop. This celebration is incredibly classic, I love the stylish rose and feather buttonholes, and the jewel coloured bridesmaid dresses are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. There is so much pin-worthy inspiration you’ll want to steal from this!

Photography by My Beautiful Bride

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The dress

Rebecca, the bride: My dress was a Maggie Sottero gown. My family are from Sussex and I really wanted to acknowledge that, so I was lucky to find my dream dress in a lovely family run boutique, Proposals in Chichester, Sussex. The dress was elegant, simple and beautiful – it was so comfortable and was definitely one I could dance and celebrate in all night.

To complete the look I wore an Art Deco head band designed and made by Donna Crain. I didn’t wear much jewelerry – my earrings and bracelet were Swarovski and I wore my something borrowed, an antique ring from my best friend Karen. My shoes were from Rachel Simpson and gorgeous hair and make up to bring the look together was created by Sophie Medhurst from Masterpiece Hair & Makeup.

Both mine and Adam’s perfumes that we wore on the day were special – we visited Penhaligon’s to find his and hers scents that complimented each other.

Groom & groomsmen

Adam’s suit was from King and Allen on the Strand in London. He wore his fathers cufflinks and brogues from Church’s on Regent Street. The three best men and three users each wore tuxedos hired from Moss Boss.

Seven Bridemaids

Me and my seven bridesmaids saw and fell in love with their dresses from Ghost at a wedding show. We didn’t hesitate and ordered them on the day. For comfort I asked them to wear their own shoes and I made them all little hair accessories from different art deco bits and bobs that I found in numerous shops on Berwick street in Soho, London.

Art Deco Eltham Palace wedding

We fell in love with Eltham Palace straight away. It is such a stunning venue and didn’t feel we wanted or needed lots of decorations – we wanted it’s beauty to be on show. Flowers were important to us, and we worked with the amazing Mimi Fleur to create my bouquet, the boutonnieres and arrangements. Mimi Fleur are a family run business in London that are so passionate about weddings. I found some ethically sourced ostrich feathers for them to work into the arrangements that fit the art deco theme perfectly. 

We were great fans of having our ceremony and reception in the same venue, so we wouldn’t need to transport guests from A to B. Having both elements in the same place meant the day flowed and no time was wasted. Eltham Palace was everything we wanted and hoped for… and more. We didn’t hire an event planner and really didn’t need to because our caterers and Sarah at Eltham Palace worked brilliantly together. Sarah was the key to everything and her organisational skills are superb.

The ceremony

I chose to walk down the aisle on my own and both Adam and I wrote personal vows to each other. We focused on and spoke about how we felt having found each other and what we wished for our future together. Our rings were made in Brighton, from a shop in the Lanes called Rings.

We chose two readings for the ceremony, ‘A Good Wedding Cake’ was read by Adam’s sister and niece. It’s a brilliant reading to describe the ingredients of a good true marriage. 

4lb of love
1/2lb of sweet temper
1lb of butter of youth
1lb of blindness of faults
1lb of pounded wit
1lb of good humour
2lbs of sweet argument
1 pint of rippling laughter
1 wine glass of common sense
A dash of modesty

Put the love, good looks and a sweet temper into a well-furnished house.
Beat the butter of youth into a cream and mix well together with the blindness of faults.
Stir the pounded wit and good humour into the sweet argument, then add the rippling laughter and common sense.
Work the whole together until everything is well mixed and bake gently for ever.

The second was Edward Monkton’s ‘A Lovely Love Story’. The poem is full of humour is a very sweet, this was read by one of our best men.

The whole day was brilliant… we wouldn’t change a thing, other than a very close family member that was taken far too soon to have been able to be there.

The music

I walked down the aisle to a beautiful Italian song Nella Fantasia which translates to a dream of the world being at peace and harmony.

Being professional dancers we did a choreographed routine for our first dance which was Natalie Cole’s L.O.V.E, it’s such a happy song that kept in with the style of the day. The eight-piece band we hired for the evening were called Fully FunKtional, they were fantastic and we all danced the night away!

Wedding Cake

Our cake was from Mark and Spencers – it was a simple four tired sponge cake that we decorated with crystals, flowers and a beautifully designed art deco vintage moon wedding cake topper. The topper was from Jolie En Rose Vintage which I found on Etsy.

Photographer

Our wonderful photographer was Micheal Clement of My Beautiful Bride. We really couldn’t have asked for a better photographer and from our first meeting we were excited to work with him. Michael was really super on the day. He was able to capture such amazing moments without over organising the wedding party, we are all in awe at how he managed to do that! Everyone has commented how brilliant he was on the day, and how beautiful our photos are.

An art deco theme

We worked the art deco theme into the day in lots of ways. The distinct Art Deco look featured on all our stationary which was designed and made by Wendy Bell Designs. Our favours were personalised Art Deco seed packets that said ‘Sow the seeds, grow the love’ – we found these on Wedding in a Teacup.

Words of wisdom

We found that keeping our ‘theme’ in mind helped us make decisions when choosing all the little elements and details. We would come up with ideas and searched the internet for things that matched our vision. We cannot recommend our wonderful, experienced suppliers more – working with them all was a pleasure. When it comes to caterers, entertainment and flowers etc. going with companies that know your venue and area well is really the way to go. Our day ran so smoothly and was completely stress free. 

Thank you to My Beautiful Bride and of course Rebecca and Adam… I hope you’re doing something special today to celebrate your second anniversary!

Sarah x

Rebecca & Adam’s Little Black Book

Photographer – My Beautiful Bride
Brides Dress – Maggie Sottero
Brides Hair accessory- Donna Crain
Brides Shoes – Rachel Simpson
Hair and Makeup – Masterpiece Hair and Makeup
Bridesmaid dresses – Ghost
Flowers – Mimi Fleur
Venue – Eltham Palace
Caterers – Acclaim Food
Stationary – Wendy Bell Designs
Favours – Wedding in a Teacup
Entertainment – Firebird Events

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