Take a step inside Daisy and Chris's all-white wedding at Tortworth Court.
Tell us about your story, how did you meet and where did the proposal happen? Chris and I initially met through Instagram in a classic modern-romance of sliding into one another's DMs! Through coincidence, it transpired that our paths nearly crossed at various stages of our lives, through our parents at one point living a street down from one another, we had attended the same high school (albeit Chris had left before I joined), and very nearly ended up at the same university. After five years together, Chris popped the question on a roof terrace in Paris at sunset, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. He had actually organised the whole thing to be captured by the staff at the restaurant; handing them his phone to take a 'selfie' which was actually a video so we could always relive that special moment. The proposal very nearly didn't go ahead however, as his parents were flying back from Los Angeles with the ring which almost didn't get delivered on time!
What style were you striving for with your table settings, florals, and reception? Was there a certain look or vibe that you wanted to create?
Fun fact — we had actually hired Etiquette Events even before we got engaged! They say when you know, you know... and it goes the same with suppliers. Our theme was Hollywood Glamour and the colour palette was white, gold, and champagne. We worked with the team to pull off a true fairytale wedding with a huge emphasis on the styling — particularly in terms of florals, hence the blossom trees down the aisle (and as centrepieces with the candelabras), scattered rose petals, not one but TWO flower walls, and of course the incredible XL archway (we were so lucky to be the first couple to use it). Continuing the floral theme, we also worked with Etiquette's in-house florist on the bouquets which were white avalanche roses, gyp for the bridesmaids, and this was reflected also in the flower spiral which decorated the cake.
Were there any wedding suppliers that you particularly loved working with and why? We hit the jackpot with our wedding suppliers, and given our time again we would use all of them without changing a thing. But working with Etiquette really was a dream come true. Beth just 'knew' our style and the way our vision came to life is evident in the photos of us seeing the set-up of the wedding breakfast before the guests entered. It was actually a really emotional moment, and I know that the whole team really went above and beyond to make it perfect. Along with Etiquette, our photographer, videographer, content creator, and coordinator, we have to also give a huge shout-out to our wedding cake maker Annisha from Oh So Cake. Not only did we have a great experience with her during the initial tasting and sketching, but she was incredible on the day and after dropping the cake off that morning, but she fought to ensure that the venue made room for the cake in their fridge (they originally had told her no), and she even ended up driving all the way back to the venue to be present for the cake being set-up so she could make sure it was done properly. We're so grateful she did!
What were your favourite parts of the wedding styling process with Etiquette Events? The best part (other than seeing the final set-up) was the consultation period and sitting down to go over ideas, select flowers by seeing them up-close in person, and really feeling like anything was possible. I knew that I could drop a text with a request and it would be dealt with immediately. It felt like such a personal service.
Tell us what were the most important aspects of your wedding day and which moments really stood out to you? The styling for both of us was hugely important, and it is one of the reasons why I made sure to build in time during the ceremony entrance so that I could stand at the top of the aisle for a good 15 seconds to really take it all in. It was just so impressive the way it had been created and I love that I was able to really hold onto that moment.
What would be your biggest advice to other couples currently planning their wedding? Our biggest advice would be to decide early on what is most important to you, and for us that was building in time to mingle with our guests and the styling. Do not skimp on styling! It may seem like an extravagance, but I really cannot stress how important it is. This is the biggest and most expensive day of your life, and you want to be looking around thinking 'WOW', and not have any regrets thinking 'I wish I had done this or had that'. The way your wedding looks is such a huge reflection of your personality as a couple, it sets the theme of your wedding, it provides so many talking points for your guests, and it allows your photographer and videographer more of a creative license — not to mention your photos will look 100 times more epic! It really is so worth it.
Suppliers Styling and Florist: Etiquette Events / Photographer: Matt Tyler / Videographer: Arran Kenny / Content Creator: MB Wedding & Events / Coordinator: Georgina Rose Events / Venue: Tortworth Court / Dress 1: Kyha Studios / Dress 2: Albina Dyha / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings: Amelie George / Groom's Suit: Oliver Brown / Cake: Oh So Cake / Magician: Gloucestershire Magician (Richard Parsons) / Pianist: James Roscoe / Fireworks: Chase Lane Fireworks / Fairylight Canopy, Lighting, and Dancefloor: Major Entertainment / Hair Stylist: Cotswold Bridal Hair / MUA: Lisa Little (Nanny Junes Salon)
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