Wonderful Wedding Wednesday - Want That Wedding!
I am so lucky to feature this week, one of my absolute favourite wedding bloggers!
If you are new to these Wonderful Wedding Wednesday posts then let me explain.
Every Wednesday I post about a wonderful wedding or wedding related feature. All to help raise awareness and hopefully much needed funds, for an incredible charity based in Taunton, close to where I live in Weston super Mare.
The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation helps fund and organise special wedding days for terminally ill people and I hope that by featuring some of my friends, fellow bloggers and wonderful wedding suppliers, I can encourage my readers to help them in a very small, very valued way.
All I ask is that if you enjoyed the post, donate just £1 to The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation. Every penny and pound counts when it comes to weddings, so make it your good deed of the day! Donate HERE.
You can read about Sonia and Chris' love story here.
Now let me show you their amazing wedding! Their day was captured by the talented Sergerius Bruce.
Sonia says "From the moment Chris and I laid eyes on Botleys Mansion in Ottershaw, Surrey we were enamoured… around the curving driveway loomed the most beautiful 18th century palladian mansion… We mounted the steps and entered through the impressive doorway into the grand reception room and felt like we had stepped straight into a Jane Austin novel. We fell in love. As we moved from room to room our breath was taken away with the grandiose surroundings and the impressive crystal chandeliers hanging from every ceiling. I tried to hide my feelings after quite a few let downs but Chris looked like the proverbial cat who’d got the cream… this was it, the search was over… we’d found our venue"
Sonia fell in love with a Jenny Packham dress, whilst researching art deco inspired vintage dresses. Sonia accessorised with a Jenny Packham Acacia II headpiece, her earrings were delicate art deco style drops in thin rectangles and were chosen to compliment her art deco style emerald cut engagement ring.
Jamie Aston suggested ragged tulips for Sonia's bouquet surrounded by ostrich feathers. A gorgeous piece of crystal embellished material held the bouquet together. Purple anemone were chosen for the bridesmaids flowers and they matched Chris’ button hole to the bridal bouquet.
Sonia describes the minutes before she entered the ceremony room, "Due to last minute prep I arrived 15 minutes late for the ceremony!! I was so nervous, my heart felt like it was going to pop and my throat was so dry I had to ask for water twice. My dad was incredibly emotional which still brings tears to my eyes and my bridesmaids felt even more nervous than me!"
Sonia explained the ceremony room as "so beautiful it needed little decoration, we hung simple bouquets from the chairs that framed the aisle. At the front of the room was the most magnificent bloom of flowers. Jamie arranged hydrangeas, stocks and roses all in a beautiful translucent black vase."
It was so lovely to read that there wasn't a dry eye in the house when they said their vows.
Their beautiful cake was a labour of love and Sonia retells the story, "Our beautiful art deco wedding cake was created and designed by Pat & Chas Castle. Pat said the wedding cake was the most difficult she’s ever created! Serious concentration was required for the intricate detailing and a steady hand. It was totally worth it though Pat, the cake looked incredibly elegant. The cake topper was picked to compliment the understated design and is called Circle of Love. "
Sonia and Chris' first dance was to You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne – a song which holds a special place in their hearts. When they first started dating Chris recorded a compilation CD featuring this song and Sonia immediately fell in love with Ray’s incredibly soulful voice. The words of this song resonate with the emotions of their relationship and what they mean to each other.
Thank you so much Sonia, for letting me share your wonderful wedding and for inspiring thousands upon thousands of others. In the words of Sonia.... keep wanting!
There are lots of ways to be involved, please take a minute to check out the fundraising page on The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation website. You can also like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter too for the latest news.
Next week I have a truly stunning bride to share with you, an old school friend whose photographs looked so much fun!