Ben and Hazel

Mod­ern metallics for a con­tem­po­rary ro­mance

Perfect Wedding Magazine - - Real-Life-Weddings -

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

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