Ben and Hazel
Modern metallics for a contemporary romance
The light-filled breakfast room at our venue, The Kings Arms in Christchurch, Dorset, was a beautiful, neutral space to style for our wedding. I wanted a romantic, minimal look with vintage details and metallic accents, complementing the look with white hydrangeas, soft pink roses and gypsophila.
My best finds were some inexpensive geometric metallic lampshades. Our florist dressed them with flowers and they hung down from the ceiling over every table for a modern, romantic look.
As a graphic designer, I wanted to DIY everything for our wedding day, but tried not to get carried away! I made our gold-foiled wedding stationery, favour bags and place cards, and also created our chalk board world map table plan.
I chose pretty Bardot-style pink dresses for my bridesmaids to tie in
HAZEL CONCHA AND BENJAMIN QUIRKE MARRIED AT THE KINGS ARMS, DORSET, ON 12TH AUGUST 2016
with our colour scheme. I’d imagined wearing a similar 1950s-style dress in white, but all the structured satin dresses I tried on felt too plain when compared to the Maggie Sottero style I ended up choosing! I loved the keyhole back, lace bodice and tulle skirt – it was a perfect combination of simple and elegant with beautiful details that weren’t too dramatic.
I felt really calm while we were getting ready, but that all changed as I was about to walk down the aisle. I was a nervous wreck and felt really shy because everyone was looking at me. All I wanted to do was to walk quickly towards Ben and hold his hand. I’m lucky my mother and mother-in-law walked me down the aisle to stop me sprinting!
As soon as I reached the altar, my nerves disappeared and I loved our ceremony – it was amazing to be marrying my best friend in front of all our favourite people!
I WAS A NERVOUS WRECK AND FELT SHY WITH EVERYONE LOOKING AT ME!
THE PAIR LOVED THAT THEIR VENUE WAS A BLANK CANVAS
PHOTOS IN THE RUINS OF CHRISTCHURCH CASTLE