Vicky & Simon got married on 3rd September 2012 at Le Talbooth which is situated in Colchester, Essex and is part of the Milsom Hotels collection. I’m very pleased to be featuring their beautiful wedding photographs, taken by the talented Pavone Photography.
Vicky & Simon first met in 2000 when they were both at University, and they even lived together as students whilst studying for their third year. But it would take another nine years for the couple to start dating, and Simon proposed on Vicky’s 30th birthday earlier this year (2012).
“I was enjoying a bowl of porridge – to me that was the perfect proposal”
I asked Vicky how they approached planning their special day.
We wanted it to be as stress free as possible. Our aim was to get the venue booked within two weeks of getting engaged and then, with a thesis to finish and students to teach, much of the planning was left until June – at which point my study became wedding planning central.
What was your vision/theme for the day?
We wanted a wedding with a vintage twist and we wanted it to be fun for our guests.
Simon had a very clear idea of what he wanted and … I was sold on the venue – Le Talbooth – the moment they asked if I would like a pot of tea on arrival to look round. Simon was keen to be part of all aspects of the wedding, he even wanted to help me choose my dress – but my mother would not allow it. The orange colour scheme was Simon’s choice, but I wasn’t convinced, but it looked amazing when it all came together and I am so glad we did it.
Finding photographers was a nightmare – we knew exactly what we wanted and had many late nights looking through photographers’ websites. Then we discovered Pavone!
Vicky & Simon’s photographers have done a superb job of capturing the ambience of the venue. Le Talbooth is the restaurant where the wedding breakfast takes place, but their special day begins at the beautiful 12 bedroom hotel – the Maison Talbooth is nestled just down the road from the main restaurant.
Vicky’s didn’t find dress shopping as relaxing as some brides to be do…
Finding a dress was quite traumatic – I didn’t want a strapless dress, I wanted it knee-length, and didn’t want to spend a fortune. Thank goodness for the internet!
Choosing the flowers had to be our favourite part of the wedding planning – we knew we wanted orange roses (but never realised how many types of orange roses there are), so it was just a matter of choosing various accessories in the florist’s Aladdin’s cave of vintage goodies and then she could work her magic.
The ceremony takes place at the Maison Talbooth as well.
It was a beautiful service – the room at the hotel can seat up to 50 guests for your Civil Ceremony and offers something a bit different.
We loved the fact that the ceremony seating was comfy sofas and armchairs.
The day continued by boat at this point!
Le Talbooth is just by the Dedham River and has its own jetty. This was an idea that Simon suggested as a treat for Vicky’s nieces and nephews (you might spy one of Vicky’s brothers in the boat too, he managed to sneak on when nobody was looking…)
The wedding guests then enjoyed a wedding breakfast at Le Talbooth.
Providing our guests with good food and drink was very important to us and that is why we decided on a restaurant, rather than a traditional venue for our wedding breakfast. Although, with Simon being vegetarian and me a meat-lover, it took some convincing that guinea fowl was the best choice for the main course, but I got my way in the end.
Making the kids goody bags was fun and very distracting from the ‘boring bits’ – we had numerous young children coming to the wedding and they needed to be entertained.
Wedding Dress… Pearly Queen by Kitty & Dulcie So effortless, it has a zip!
Bridal Accessories… Veil by Wedding Veils Direct (£17.00)
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories/Shoes… Dresses from Boden. One of my bridesmaids found the hair accessories on Amazon
Hair… Verity at AlterEgo, Colchester – She made the hairpiece for me – that was the something borrowed!
Make Up… Make Up by Kayleigh
Groom & Groom’s Party Attire… Ben Sherman at Debenhams. The “tailor” ruined Simon’s suit jacket just 2 weeks before the wedding and the staff in the suit dept. at Debenhams managed to find us a replacement jacket despite it then being old stock.
Venue for Ceremony & Reception… Maison Talbooth & Le Talbooth, Dedham
Transport… Boat Trip
Entertainment… We are fortunate to know some great DJs and our friend Sam Leppard did a disco at the evening reception.
Wedding Rings… Goldsmiths
Florist… The Traditional Vintage Flower Company – Truly amazing service, Clare is an extremely talented florist and thinks of every little detail. The broach on my flowers was my something old.
Stationery… All handmade by Maid of Honour
Photographer… Pavone Photography – Captured so much of the little details, was so pleased looking through my photos to see they had even taken a picture of my perfume bottle.
Confetti… Confetti Direct
Cake… Made by my Auntie Sue (the Lego Topper was from Ebay)
Bacon Rolls… Maid of Honour!
I’d love to know what your thoughts are on this wonderful wedding – personally, I wouldn’t change a thing 🙂