Sonia and Chris drew on the stylish Art Deco era for their Thirties-inspired day in Surrey
It was a blind date that brought Sonia and Chris together at a cocktail bar, but it was their mutual sense of fun and similar personalities that kept them there. “We were both immediately smitten with each other,” says Sonia. “Something just clicked.” Just a year and five months later, Chris got down on one knee on holiday in Majorca and the couple started planning their springtime wedding day in beautiful Surrey.
Photography: Chanelle Segerius-Bruce, segeriusbruceblog.com
“When I first started picturing Chris and I getting married, I envisaged a black and white theme,” says Sonia, who creatively styles and helps other brides plan their own weddings at wantthatwedding.co.uk. “Chris said he loved the Art Deco period from a design perspective, so our Thirties theme grew from there.” And the perfect vintage venue for the festivities? “We chose Botleys Mansion in Chertsey as it totally outshone the other venues we viewed: it’s like something out of Pride & Prejudice! Chris was blown away when we viewed the venue and had trouble containing his excitement which was very sweet.”
Sonia found The One at Bridal Path boutique in Hertfordshire: a Thirties-influenced hammered silk Jenny Packham creation with an ultra-slinky silhouette. “I absolutely adored the cut-out back and embellishments,” she remembers. Chris looked every inch the dashing gent in his Prince of Wales check three-piece suit from Favourbrook.
Sonia teamed her Jenny Packham gown with a matching statement crystal headpiece from the designer, the iconic Acacia II. Soft, feminine make-up and a vintage-inspired finger-waved do complemented the standout accessory perfectly.
And gorgeous silver-toned silk courts – Allora by Rainbow Couture – were the ideal finishing touch.
London flower maestro Jamie Aston created the Thirties-themed structured arrangements throughout the day, in the couple’s black and white palette. Sonia’s bridal bouquet included white Honeymoon tulips and a collar of white ostrich feathers.
“My bridesmaids wore pretty chiffon Alvina Valenta dresses in a deep plum shade, with peacock feathers in their hair,” says Sonia.
The bridesmaids also carried small massed bunches of open purple anemones by Jamie Aston. “They looked simple and romantic, and above all else, vintage,” says Sonia.
Florist Jamie continued to draw on the classic black and white theme with the gorgeous arrangements for the reception in the conservatory at Botleys Mansion. Low mirrored bowls were filled with hydrangeas, roses, anemones and stocks, surrounded by tealights and church candles for a gorgeous glow.
“To emphasise the Thirties feeling in the room, we placed vases of white ostrich feathers either side of the entrance staircase,” says Sonia. “It looked really glam, like a dream come true.”
Designer Chris channelled his professional skills to create all of the couple’s stationery using black and white card and an Art Deco-style font. “We named our tables after iconic Thirties’ film stars like Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn and Clark Gable,” says Sonia.
After a delicious dinner of butternut squash soup, steak and Guinness pie and chocolate tart, the 60 guests tucked into the fruit and Madeira cake made by Chris’ aunt and uncle. “The Circle of Love made a graphic, stylish cake topper,” says Sonia.
“I can honestly say that it was just the best party,” says Sonia of their evening reception. “Music that we loved, surrounded by all our friends and family – perfect! Our first dance was Ray Lamontagne’s You Are The Best Thing. It was on a compilation Chris gave me when we were first falling in love, and I would listen to the songs and think that Chris was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
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