A good Friday

Our wedding day was a sunny day – celebrated with a small party of close friends and family. The dark chocolate invitations were sent out six months in advance along with a save the day in the style of a train ticket. The invitation had a transparency overlay and all accompanied with an information sheet, petite reply card and sent in a labelled addressed envelopes.



We decided to have something to embrace the romance of the Swanage steam railway. We used the train to transport guests from Swanage back to Corfe. As an alternative to a traditional wedding car, I used the train to arrive at Swanage Town Hall – all in good time to glide down the aisle at one o'clock in the afternoon. As the train travelled along the rolling Dorset hills to Swanage Victorian seaside resort, everyone was is good spirits for a Good Friday wedding celebration.

We choose a dark chocolate base as it reminded me of shimmery black coal, with silver print. This inspiration was the creation of the Purbeck collection.


The warm sun made the fragrance from our buttonholes and bouquets of spring flowers really come into blooom. Hand tied by Andrea at Luv Flowers in Botley, the arrangement was a sensation and a celebration to the beginning of Spring.



The cake was cleverly crafted by Gemma at Tartufi. She asked me what we wanted and I replied "I will leave it for you to decide – umm just something floral and Spring-like". I trusted Gemma and knew she was an excellent cake-maker and brilliant artist. And it's quite nice to be surprised. I was correct, Gemma mastered some sugarcrafted tiny replicas of our fresh bouquets. The two-tier fruit cake was divine – made with real butter, it simply melted in the mouth.


Pictured above is Fred with a replica travel trunk – for holding the order of services. I coincidently stumbled across a digital architectural drawing (an old etching) of the actual facade of the Town Hall, Swanage. This is where we had our wedding ceremony on Good Friday 2014. I printed the image and used as a dust sheet over the invitation. The facade was designed by Christopher Wren. We must have walked past it dozens of times and until we decided on the Town Hall as a wedding venue I had never noticed it before. Not sure why as the building is truly magnificent.


Inside the town hall sweeps a grand staircase leading to the old court room. Opposite facing windows pour in light from east and west. With the fine wood cladding, the room had a glow of warmth adding to the majestic feel,


Wedding favours were boxes chocker with Dorset creamy fudge. Place cards were written in a copperplate calligraphy by Cathy Stables. I didn't stress too to get everything to match. My husband let me have a free reign on the styling, so I just choose things we both liked and looked pretty. Not only did the sun shine but amazingly we had Abi Chadwick to capture each moment of our memories.


Morton House Hotel is situated in the village of Corfe a short walk to the famous steam railway passage to Swanage. I used a painting of Corfe Castle as a cameo on the menus too – a breath taking backdrop and a little keepsake for our guests to treasure. For our wedding breakfast we had tender roast beef and tasty roast potaoes served and Yorkshire puddings. Dessert was Eton Mess.


Charlotte Cornelius helped us design our platinum wedding rings. Lastly 'thank you' to all our friends and family who travelled from far as Scotland and even Australia to share our special day.



Stationery by Lily Anna Rose and flowers: Andrea at Luv Flowers and make up and hair by Amy Perkins at Adore Total Beauty.

Posted: 30/08/2015 14:55:55


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