A Green + White Classic Old School Hollywood Wedding at the Birmingham Oratory + Botanical Gardens – Beccy & Simon

Oh hello beautiful wedding. Today’s feature is literally to DIE for with all of its fresh, beautiful green and white details and not to mention a totally stunning David Fielden bride!

Beccy and Simon were married at the Oratory in Birmingham followed by a beautiful reception at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The two chose a classic old-school Hollywood vibe to match the bride’s dress and vintage demi-wave hairstyle. Beccy says “the Terrace Suite at the Botanical Gardens had that perfect cocktail party old-world vibe and the style of the gardens and hothouses just seemed to fit with this too. As we were just working with creams and very neutral cream and green flowers by The Flower Centre in Northfield in Birmingham, the option for bridesmaid dresses was very open. I loved the Two Birds dresses as it meant the girls both looked different and could tailor the look to their own style, so we just checked out which colour suited both of them and went for that. Our friend Lucy Bartram who was designing our stationary then took the colour for the roses so it matched perfectly.”

Beccy looked absolutely effortless in her gown and Jenny Packham headpiece while Simon looked dashing in Mia Sposa.

To say I’m obsessed with these two venues would be a bit of an understatement. The Oratory is without a doubt one of the most spectacular looking venues I’ve seen in ages! How incredible is that ceiling?!?! Amaze.

Advice from the Bride:
Enjoy the day and smile! It really is the happiest day of your life so don’t sweat the small stuff!!! We had so many panics before the day and a few things needed changing, and don’t even get me started on chair covers….BUT….on the day none of that mattered. Yes, we were pleased when we saw how beautiful the room looked and how everything panned out, but the most important thing for us was to be able to share the day with our family and friends. On the morning and right up to the start of the wedding service there was torrential rain and my dad actually laid old curtains along the length of my parents drivewayand carried three umbrellas to get me into the car without getting wet or my dress dirty. However, I just didn’t mind because I was so excited to be getting married and to see Simon at the church that it made the rain inconsequential. It stopped as we came out of the church and was glorious for the photos and the remainder of the day, allowing our guests to enjoy the terrace and gardens throughout the champagne reception and evening.

Any regrets?
We had a very small number of extra night guests and probably put ourselves under extra unnecessary time pressure with the timings for the Wedding Breakfast and speeches. We tried to compensate for this by providing champagne and canapés for night guests but as they arrived in dribs and drabs and there wasn’t any clear instruction from venue staff this didn’t really work. In hindsight, we would have just had everyone there for the day as the costs was ultimately the same.

Best decision made:
It was a real privilege to marry at The Oratory. I was the third generation of my family to do so and it felt extra special for that reason. However it’s a big church! We decided to have a choir – which whilst fairly expensive – was worth every penny. We chose Mozart’s Coronation Mass for the main Mass and it added to the beauty of the ceremony, as well as meant that guests could enjoy the service and not have the pressure of mouthing words to hymns that they didn’t know. Lots of people commented how much they enjoyed that part of the day and how beautiful the church was.

We also like a good party!! We paid extra for a late bar and chose the Birmingham Blues Brothers for entertainment. They were brilliant as it got everyone up dancing and laughing straight away and then later in the evening we continued to dance the night away to their disco. We asked guests to choose a ‘cheesy’ tune for the disco and almost everyone got up to dance at some point. We were surprised – but delighted – that 75% of all our guests were still there at 1am.

Finally – our photographer! It was lovely to chat with someone about what we wanted from the day who understood that we didn’t want the ‘traditional’ shots. We really wanted a good ‘story’ told with our album and it was worth the extra cost to have the photographers still there in the evening whilst everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves, as well as enjoying the photo booth. Our album is beautiful and really documents the whole day from me at home and Simon waiting at the church, to the service, the reception, the speeches and the big party afterwards.

A big OMG thank you to the lovely Lisa Carpenter for sharing these photos – enjoy!

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