Selma & Kester’s December Winter Wedding was up there with one of my favourite weddings of all time. From the first meeting I really clicked with Selma & Kester and it was so lovely getting to know them before the big day. They both decided to have an epic 3 months Honeymoon travelling the world so I thought I would catch up with Selma and get some inside info for all you 2018/ 2019 Brides! Check out our little interview below followed by their slideshow and images from their awesome Wedding day:
So we are all wanting to know…
How did Kester Propose?
Having been together for almost 9 years he was in no hurry to get married. I on the other hand was. I had one request – I need a ring before my 30th!
The weekend before my 30th birthday he booked us a surprise weekend away. It was in Bristol where he studied and we have a lot of fond memories of that city. We stayed at the Royal Mariott Hotel. We went shopping during the day, then had dinner in the evening and went for a walk. We strolled up the hillside overlooking the Suspension Bridge, with the sunset in the backdrop. It was a beautiful view and he went on one knee. He told me how I meant the world to him and how he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. I was so happy, tears filled my eyes and he almost forgot to ask the question! When he did, of course I said yes and the rest is history.
THE WEDDING DAY | 01.12.2018
What suppliers did you use?
Having tried on a few wedding dresses I was starting to lose hope – I didn’t want to look like a Disney princess or like an Ibiza queen. I just wanted to look myself. At David’s Bridal I found what I was looking for. A satin, embroidered, strapless dress with a long train by Oleg Cassini. Very simple but elegant.
I said “YES” to the dress and my bridesmaids and I celebrated with a glass of bubbly.
Shopping for his suit was easy. We walked in the 1st shop empty handed and walked out with a 3 piece suit, shirt, tie, pocket square and a pair of shoes.
They made our experience enjoyable at Ted Baker: served us drinks, a stylist to help us perfect the look, followed by a fitting the following weekend. Job done.
Having looked at a few venues I was starting to feel underwhelmed and disappointed. The Manor by Laura Ashley was the last one on our list as we had to book the appointment weeks in advance. The moment we entered the venue grounds, I had a feeling that this venue might be the one. When we walked through the entrance, what we saw did not disappoint. We were seated and offered drinks. The coordinator met us and talked us through the services The Manor offered and gave us a tour of the venue. The whole decor, rooms, garden… I could just imagine myself getting married there. I felt as though that was the venue I was seeing when imagining my special day.
HAIR & MAKE – UP
Khalida, the hair and make-up artist was recommended to me by her twin sister whom I work with. I went for a trial – she made me feel very comfortable, she understood what I wanted and I liked her work.
In the lead up to the big day, we were always texting on whatsapp and discussing any changes. I also got her team to do the hair and make-up for my Bridesmaids, Mother and Mother-in-law.
As our wedding was in December the venue was already decorated for Christmas so I didn’t have to do much work. Very subtle but beautiful colours. I decided to stick with those colours: silvers, golds… The bridal party were wearing forest green dresses and for the men – forest green paisley ties. The chair sash was ivory. I didn’t want to overdo it as the venue was just too beautiful as it was.
For the favours I wanted something Christmassy and something that people can take home and remember our special day. We arranged for clear baubles filled with artificial snow which were also used to hold the placecard for each guest.
As recommended by the venue I went to meet Shane, from Maples Flowers. Shane is really good at what he does. Taking into account the season, the costs and colour scheme we decided to go for ivory roses. Simple yet beautiful.
This was provided by the venue. The Manor team invited us for an extensive tasting of the dishes (and wine!).
We loved it. Each dish was presented with different wines to taste, finished with a cup of tea in Laura Ashley china. The food and wine were impeccable.
For starters, we chose Bruschetta with tomato and avocado salsa and the smoked chicken and sun-dried tomato terrine.
For the main course we chose slow cooked lamb shoulder with infused potatoes and spring greens. Our guests then had the choice of roast chicken breast with fennel mash and glazed carrots, a salmon dish or Aubergine cheesecake. Thankfully there were not too many empty plates.
For desert our guests had 2 options. The Trio of Chocolate or Baked white chocolate cheesecake with berry coulis.
Zoe C Photography was recommended by our venue. We decided to meet her and take it from there. Having spoken to Zoe for a short period of time we didn’t need to discuss it. We both knew we wanted her to capture our special day. She was on the same wavelength as us and knew exactly what we wanted from her. We didn’t need to meet her again but kept in touch. Everything went as per plan if not better. She did her part brilliantly.
Didn’t have many of these but planning was a big project itself. Thankfully our close family and friends helped out massively. One of our friends made us a card box to match the colour scheme with our names on it. My mum made some traditional food for people to try.
Seating arrangements took a lot of time as the numbers kept changing due to people cancelling from abroad. My bridesmaids helped draw up the seating plan on a blackboard and names on the placecards. We managed to design the table names with our favourite cities.
The groom bought me a nice Swarovski set: earrings, necklace and a bracelet to match my dress.
I was struggling a bit with the cake. The few people I contacted didn’t seem reliable. We went to see a friend of a friend who owns a cake shop / cafe. We gave her our requirements: semi-naked cake with red fruit. She let us have a tasting and we liked it.
The cake was beautiful: 4 tier, semi-naked so the cream represented snow and the red fruit represented Christmas. There was a cartoon bride and groom cake topper. Everyone loved it.
For entertainment we took the Manor’s recommendation again and went with JustSmile. We provided a handful of songs we wanted / did not want to hear and let Paul (the DJ) do what he does best. He hit the right notes and we partied the night away.
Before we start a family we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see the world. So we took 3 months off work and did it!
We left London at the first sight of snow in December and landed in the gorgeous South African city of Cape Town. After a few days exploring we went on a 4-day, 3-night safari in Kruger National Park- it was one of the most surreal and best experiences ever. We then hopped on the plane and travelled to Australia – Uluru, followed by Christmas in Melbourne and New Years in Sydney.
After Oz, we went to see their neighbours, New Zealand. If you love nature and actvities New Zealand is THE place to go. It is one of the most beauiful, laid back countries in the world.
We spent 3 weeks exploring New Zealand and then jumped back on a plane and went to Chile- mainly southern Patagonia. The scenery is breathtaking and given we were in the area, we decided to take a ‘short’ coach ride to the Argentinian side of Patagonia- El Calafate. We visited Perito Moreno Glacier and kayaked right up close to this ice age phenomena – an out of this world experience!
Following Chile, we went to Peru to see one of the Wonders of the World- Machu Picchu. It is a beautiful sight, however the hordes of tourists made it loose it’s sense of identity and purity.
Our last country was Colombia. It is a beautiful country with very friendly people, great coffee and nice beaches. We finished our trip by going scuba diving in San Andreas island- located in the Caribbean and then came back to reality after having the best 3 months of our lives.
MY ADVICE TO BRIDES
- Give yourself plenty of time
- Distribute responsibilities to your bridal party and family
- Focus on the bigger picture, no one remembers the Wedding favours
- On the day soak up every minute and bat away any stress
THE DRESS- David’s Bridal
GROOMS ATTIRE- Ted Baker
HAIR & MAKE-UP- Khalida Celebrity make-up artist
THE VENUE- Laura Ashley manor
FLOWERS- Maples Flowers
PHOTOGRAPHER- Zoe C Photography