Sam and Jerome dressed up their city-centre venue with garden blooms and pretty ribbons
It was all about cool contrasts for Sam and Jerome, who held their vintage-themed wedding in a boutique cocktail bar. “I’d been to Goldbrick House for a cheeky champagne cocktail in the past and found it incredibly elegant," Sam says. “When Jerry and I discovered all the different rooms upstairs, we knew we had to get married there. We couldn’t stop talking about it!”
Photos by Ria Mishaal Photography
The warren of stylish spaces within the house – think eclectic artwork and candle-filled fireplaces – made a rich backdrop for the pretty touches of pink and white Sam had set her heart on.
To pull Sam's colour theme together, pink and lilac lisianthus, veronica and hydrangea filled crystal vases and jam jars were placed around the venue.
Handmade bunting from Tickly Spider emphasized the old-time feel. “We then used props like an old vintage phone to tie in with Goldbrick House’s décor, while the flowers kept it soft and romantic,” says Sam.
To echo the vintage-inspired styling, birdcages filled with soft white blooms were placed on the reception tables.
Sam made her grand entrance in a Swarovski-crystal-embellished silk gown by Jenny Packham, paired with a sparkling headband by Jo Barnes Vintage and simple diamond earrings that had belonged to her grandmother.
Sam’s satin peep-toes with crystal detailing were from Rainbow Couture.
“Peonies are my all-time favourite flower so they were the focal point of my bouquet, alongside Sweet Avalanche, Milano and Paino roses, eucalyptus and trailing ivy,” says Sam. Florist Floriture brought Sam's floral dreams to life.
The groom pulled out all the stops too, in a modern blue suit from Reiss worn sans tie. “One of the best moments was reaching the end of the aisle and seeing Jerry’s face for the first time,” Sam remembers. “We both had the biggest grins!”
Sam came up with a tasty alternative to a standard table plan accentuated with pink ribbons. “I went with escort cards instead, and stuck each guest’s name and table number details into a Ferrero Rocher with a cocktail stick,” she explains. “To be sure everyone knew where they were, I framed a riddle that read: 'Please pick me up and enjoy a treat, then turn me around to find your seat’.”
That playful tone became a trademark of the day and ensured that guests young and old were well looked after. “I was on maternity leave with our lovely little girl throughout the planning process, and definitely became more aware of the complexities of childcare once I had kids myself,” Sam explains. Of 49 partygoers, ten were children, so she hired a nanny to run a kids’ room, complete with goody bags, bubbles, and stacks of colouring books. “The little ones loved it and it meant parents could really relax too. For us, it was all about creating a fun, relaxed atmosphere.”
There were treats too for mums and dads. Ribbon-tied favour envelopes were filled with sweet little pieces of Mr & Mrs and Just Married rock.
Guests were also given personalized tea towels by Wedding Tea Towels as special keepsakes.
Antique-looking table numbers, menus, place cards and favour envelopes by Craftypagan Designs had a pretty lovebird motif which perfectly complemented the venue.
Exquisite vintage crockery and silverware hired from Vintage Tea Sets added a romantic glow to the reception tables.
After dinner, the couple cut into tiers of chocolate-orange and vanilla sponge from Cake Matters – plus lemon cake to celebrate their daughter Isabella’s naming ceremony. “It was so special to share two huge events with all our family and friends,” Sam says.