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Let There Be Lace!

Summer sun, soft colours and vintage details set the scene for Kelly and Chris' celebration of love

Kelly & Chris – The Love Story

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One thing was clear from Kelly Stern’s first date with Chris Heron: she’d found a man who was good with a plan. “The day was amazing and so thoughtfully organised,” she remembers of their boat ride down the Thames, lunch in Greenwich and drinks on the river. No surprise, then, that a trip to Paris three years later for her 30th birthday was also choreographed to perfection, with a boutique hotel, rose-petal-flecked cocktails and a decadent dinner. What did come as a surprise, though, was Chris’ proposal at the Eiffel Tower just before midnight!

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Photography by Polly Alexandre, alexandreweddings.com

Kelly & Chris – The Place to Be

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Back in the UK, it was time for Kelly and Chris to get to work on their biggest plan yet: an elegant, vintage-inspired wedding. “We loved the idea of a traditional English do in the countryside, and the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was such a beautiful, intimate setting,” Kelly says.

Kelly & Chris – Making Ceremony Magic

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The couple were married in a civil ceremony performed by their registrar friend Diane on a lakeside terrace.

Kelly & Chris – Aisle Style

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Harpist Sarah Goss provided the music as Kelly walked down an aisle strewn with flower petals in front of 65 friends and family.

Kelly & Chris – The Dream Theme

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“I knew I wanted timeless, pretty glamour with touches of country charm and lots of lace and pearls,” explains Kelly of her dream look for the day. “Our planner, Penny Cullen at Tigerlily Weddings, came up with a lovebird theme to tie it together.” The bird motif became a key design element, inspiring touches such as these flower-filled birdcages, dripping with strands of crystals and pearls and hung from the ceiling at varying heights.

Kelly & Chris – DIY Goes Glam

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Delicate lace lent a soft, romantic feel to other details too – including the stationery. “With the help of a few friends, I made the invitations and menus myself,” says Kelly. “They were nude with ivory lace and ribbons, plus little pearls I gathered by cutting up necklaces.”

Kelly & Chris – Sounds Like a Plan!

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The table plan was displayed on a large, ornate vintage mirror sourced by the wedding planner.

Kelly & Chris – Setting the Table

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“We had one long banquet table, so there was no need for table names,” Kelly explains. The table top was covered with a lace runner.

Kelly & Chris – What’s in a Name?

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Place cards were fastened to rustic-look metal bird ornaments that doubled as décor and favours.

Kelly & Chris – Flower Power

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A mix of short and tall vases overflowing with hydrangeas and roses in muted nudes and pinks, arranged by florist Chantal Flores Design, suited the venue perfectly.

Kelly & Chris – Great Greens

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Grey and olive foliage complemented the nude hues of the flowers.

Kelly & Chris – Every Last Detail

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Even a pair of horns on the wall of the Dairy got the floral treatment!

Kelly & Chris – Chic Finds

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“One of the things Kelly and I were really good at was thrifting certain pieces of the design,” says planner Penny Cullen (she helped dream up the gorgeous details for the day, including this love boat!). “I told them to get on eBay and look out for all the boats that were for sale so we could make this idea happen.”

Kelly & Chris – All About the Dress

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Kelly’s airy Lusan Mandongus confection (purchased at Morgan-Davies London) was made of Chantilly lace and tulle. “I knew I wanted a dress with a vintage feel, and I loved the ivory satin bow at the waist and beaded lace appliqué on the skirt.”

Kelly & Chris – Finishing the Look

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Kelly completed her ensemble with fragrant fresh gardenias in her hair, a statement necklace by Magpie Vintage and embellished heels from Dune.

Kelly & Chris – A Bouquet With Heart

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The bride carried a bouquet of roses, lisianthus and Monaco freesia in muted, antique shades by Chantal Flores Design. “It had a locket pinned on the back with a photo inside of my mother, given to me by my planner Penny on the morning of the wedding,” she says. “It was so lovely it brought tears to my eyes.” The couple also honoured the memory of their grandparents and Kelly’s mum with pink-ribbon favours from Cancer Research UK. “The guests all wore these throughout the day, which meant such a lot.”

Kelly & Chris – Well Groomed

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Chris wore a gunmetal-grey suit by KBespoke, along with an ivory embossed waistcoat and silk cravat. As a finishing touch he also wore a vintage pocket watch handed down from his grandfather.

Kelly & Chris – Maid to Perfection

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Kelly’s best girls wore dresses from Ted Baker, customised with ivory silk sashes by bridesmaid Hayley and finished with matching nude lace and chiffon corsages.

Kelly & Chris – Fan Club

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“Kelly also wanted the girls to carry fans,” says planner Penny Cullen. “I happened to walk by a lady selling the perfect ones at a market. So I called Chris and he said to grab them! It ended up being really cost effective and gorgeous.”

Kelly & Chris – Let Them Eat Cake!

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Cake designer Zoe Clark created three tiers (two of chocolate, one of traditional fruit) with an intricate lace pattern that tied in perfectly with the theme. For the cake topper, nothing less than a pair of white lovebirds would do.

Kelly & Chris – Sweet Treats

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“Chris’ task for the day was arranging the sweetie bar, and he made sure there were lots of fun and tasty sweets to choose from,” Kelly says. “We even caught guests smuggling them home!”

Kelly & Chris – Made in the Shade

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“We were delighted with the look and feel of our wedding, and the amazing sunshine!” Kelly says. “It all just fell into place.”

Kelly & Chris – Best Day Ever

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After the wedding breakfast, guests partied to tunes provided by live band Sound Wave
and DJ Incandescence Disco. “We really wanted to have fun, so for our first dance we chose the rock & roll classic Tutti Frutti by Little Richard to jive to,” Kelly says. “We laughed and smiled so much!”

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Photography by Polly Alexandre, alexandreweddings.com