Mary & Duncan’s Jane Austen Inspired Wedding with Silhouettes Cutting and Jimmy Choo Shoes.

Thank you so much to Mary & Duncan as well as David Pullum Photography for sharing this wedding with OMG. Its been in draft mode for a few days as I have been going back and forth on deciding which photos to show since there are so many good ones! As expected, David did a great job in capturing some really special moments. Enjoy!

First, a little bit about the bride and groom… Mary and Duncan were married in April of this year at the fabulous Bath Assembly Rooms. They had their ceremony in the Octagon Room (gorgeous yellow room with white moulding), their cocktail reception in the Card Room (awesome green walls) and their reception in the Tea Room (again amazing but you will see below.) This venue is absolutely stunning. I am going up to Bath in June with my mother and fiance (one more willing to go than the other) as it is one of my top choices! I really like how the bride and groom added loads of personalized touches to the day (you can definitely tell that Mary is an experienced wedding planner!) and will definitely be keeping it bookmarked for future reference.

The overall theme / colour palette for the day was a combination of pale / dusty pink, black and grey, which worked nicely against the colours of each of the rooms. Mary and Duncan also infused some Jane Austen references via their invitations and wedding day stationary. One of my favourite details from this wedding is the fact that they hired an artist for the day to create customised silhouettes for all the guests to take home. (Check out the themed cake below as well!) The tables bore names of Jane Austen novels and the estates from her books and were decorated with table signs by Askew Design. Name cards acted as gift tags for party favors which were bespoke labelled CD’s, (printed by CD By Me).

Mary wore a Vera Wang dress which she customized by adding a floral corsage belt and removing the ribbon. She also had the neckline adjusted slightly to form a sweetheart shape and walked down the aisle in some great Jimmy Choos. Accessories included pink pearl and white gold earrings and necklace from Kojis London (Kojis also made Mary’s wedding and engagement rings) as well as a three-strand pearl bracelet from her mother. She wore her bridesmaid’s blue sapphire ring for her “something blue” and her maid of honor’s granny’s wedding ring for her “something old.”

Duncan’s suit was made to measure by Gieves & Hawkes and the bridesmaids wore their own silver or gold shoes and J Crew bridesmaids dresses.

The bespoke invitations and wedding day stationery was designed by Askew Design in New York, however, Mary was involved from the very beginning, coming up with the ideas and then having Sophie Askew provide mock ups. They exchanged proofs for months. They also had 3 table signs by Hello!Lucky for the escort card table, guestbook table and cookie favors table. Flowers were provided by Emma Petersson.

Advice from the Bride:
“It takes a lot of organization and patience to put together a wedding where you want to make everything bespoke and unique! Give yourself some time to take a break from all the planning – go out for a drink with your fiance, take your dog out for walks and don’t think about the wedding during those times. All that matters is walking down the aisle and seeing your fiance.”

Any regrets?
“The rain! But that was out of my control! We are going to have a post-wedding photography session in our neighborhood park (Primrose Hill) so that we can get the outdoor shots and feel completely satisfied! By the way, post-wedding photography shoots are increasingly popular – the nerves from the wedding day are gone and you don’t feel the pressure to be a hostess… Only to take great photos!

I also think that I would’ve benefited greatly from having at least an on-day wedding coordinator. I planned the wedding myself, as I run my own events and wedding planning firm (Forever and Ever Events), and wanted it to be my own creation. But, there were loads of details that were stressful and I would’ve felt everything was handled and overseen if I had an on-day coordinator.”

Best decision made:
Marrying my husband!

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