Love & Lavender attended the London Bridal Show today, which is a 3 day jam packed show for bridal buyers across the world showcasing all sorts of the bridal goodies for the upcoming season! Besides being completely distracted by the stunning gowns (I wanted to prance around in one myself), we were scouting out new veils to expand our own bridal veil line on Classic Veils.
Back to the gowns: I can’t wait to report back to you on the top 5 wedding dresses of the year as voted by Brides Buyer Magazine. They are just gorg!
Today’s wedding is equally as sweet as the sprinkle cake that this bride and groom shared. There is a cute spoon theme throughout – an inside story to how the groom asked out the bride. You will just have to keep reading to find out.
Comments from the bride: “We incorporated so many spoons at our wedding because when my now husband asked me to be his girlfriend in high school and to marry him 9 years later: he did it with a spoon.
“In high school we were in the parking lot after school talking to some friends and there was a spoon on the ground. We were kicking it around talking when our friends picked it up and tossed it across the lot. Apparently that was his queue to ask me out. He did, and I said yes.
“Fast forward 9 years later, we are at home decorating the Christmas tree, when he say he had a gift for me and went to get it. When he returned he had a rectangle jewelry box. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed, as I thought it might be a ring, but not in a bracelet box. When I open the box there was a silver spoon with an engraving. Before I was even really able to look at the spoon he told me to read it.
“As I read the engraved spoon ‘Marry Me Dawn’, Chris got down on one knee and held up a ring. What he said is still a blur but somewhere in there he asked me to marry him, and of course I said ‘yes!’
“The spoon was made into an ornament which now hangs on our Christmas tree every December. When not on the tree it is in a shadow box with the words to William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.”
Overall theme for the Ceremony and Reception
“The overall theme that I wanted was vintage. I achieved this by not only include it throughout the decor but also my own wedding day attire.”
Wedding Flower Arrangements
“Dusty Miller, China Mums, Wax flower, and peach David Austin Roses.”
Describe the Bride’s Attire
“I wore my mothers wedding dress and her veil that she wore in 1980’s. I customized and added length to the dress by adding lace. My sister gave me the shoes that I wore. I was having a hard time finding THE shoes and she surprised me with them a few months before the wedding! I was looking for vintage looking shoes in a mint green color and she found them! I had several important accessories. I had a vintage hankie from the Aunt Vicki, pearls from my Grandmother that she wore in her wedding. I worse the pearls around my wrist. My earrings were borrowed from my mother-in-laws friend Vicki. My something blue was a sapphire ring Chris gave me for our four year anniversary.”
What did you give all your bridal party as gifts?
“The groomsman were given Winchester knives with their initials engraved on the handle and the ties they wore in the wedding. I gave my sister (matron of honor), mother, and mother-in-law spoon bracelets engraved with their initials from a shop I found on Etsy.
“I wanted our wedding to be focused on us and therefor only had family in it. My sister was the matron of honor. Chris’ father, Wade, was the best man and his brother, Lewis, was a groomsman.”
What were the highlights from the ceremony and reception?
“What stands out the most to me is how everything that day was just about “us”. It was a laid back evening and having all my family and close friends, made it perfect. You could feel the love and closeness of our families. I also loved that my sister and I rode on the tailgate of my dad’s 1971 Chevy Cheyenne while he drove us down the gravel road from the house we got ready in to the ceremony site. It was a short drive but a grand entrance. I grew up helping my Dad restore classic cars, so it was great to be able to have that as a part of our wedding.”
Wedding Ceremony Music
The song list for while guests were being seated (Piano/guitar/vocal):
“Close to You” The Carpenters
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” Elvis
“Love” John Lennon
“God Only Knows” The Beach Boys
Song list for Ceremony (piano and/or guitar):
“Something” The Beatles – Seating of the mother’s and attendant processional
“My Girl” The Temptations – Bride processional
Recessional (Piano/Guitar and voice)
“Wouldn’t it be Nice” – The Beach Boys
Best advice you received while planning your wedding?
“The best advice I received was to have a day of coordinator and be laid back. I had a friend of my mother-in-law coordinate for me. I met with her several times so she knew the feeling I wanted. She had pictures of my vision and I tried to have a laid back attitude for anything that we weren’t able to do. This made the day much less stressful. Even if things could not be done exactly how I had planned, I trusted her to set up everything to look the way we discussed. It all tuned out beautiful and perfect. I definitely recommend every bride to have a day of coordinator.”
“We has a photo booth at our wedding and gave the photo strips from the photo booth as favors.”
Where did you get that super cute cake topper?
“I purchased spoons for our wedding cake topper that were hand stamped ‘I love you to the moon and back’ on one and our initials and wedding date on the other from For Such A Time Designs on Etsy.”
Where did you go on your Honeymoon?
“We had the best time in St. Maarten on our honeymoon! We stayed at The Atium on the dutch side of the island. It was the first time out of the country for both of us and we would definitely go back! Everyone was so friendly, it is The Friendly Island after all!”