Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Literary Theme Wedding at Nonsuch Mansion with a hint of a red and pink colour palette.
Images were captured by Fiona Kelly Photography.
As a Wedding Photographer Fiona Kelly finds herself zipping across London, the southeast, the country and indeed Europe to document the most beautiful couples on their wedding days.
Having grown up in the picturesque Lake District and relocated to the southeast, she loves having the opportunity to appreciate both the tranquillity of the countryside and the vibrancy of the city.
Her insatiable curiosity and interest in people mean that wedding photography really is her dream job.
She is genuinely interested in trying to tell the story of a couples day in the most honest, beautiful and fun way.
She firmly believes couples should have a good time on their wedding day.
I now hand you over to gorgeous Bride Lizzie….
Tell us all about you
“When I met Tom at first felt vague annoyance – he’d started dating my flatmate and I was very good friends with her ex!”
“I didn’t really know who he was and I wasn’t impressed, but then we stared chatting in a café and he was very open and up front about the whole thing and I really liked that – he seemed mature and candid.”
“We didn’t really have a first date as such – although he maintains you can date after deciding to be together – but our first dinner out was at The Gay Hussar, now sadly closed.”
Tell us about the Proposal
“He booked a day off work for me and whisked me away to Florence, which is our favourite city.”
“He then bottled out of proposing in the Uffizi as he had planned and made me walk around the whole of Florence for a day wracked with nerves.”
“It wasn’t a surprise at all because I found the ring box the night before while looking for socks!”
“And I could see the box in his pocket, so when he finally stopped on a bridge and dropped to one knee, the tension made me burst into tears and I think I didn’t even see the ring before he put it on my finger.”
Tell us about your Wedding Planning Journey
“Our wedding theme was literary – my husband is a writer (Science Fiction and Fantasy) and I am an avid reader, so it made sense.”
“Everything referenced our favourite books – we even left the ceremony to the theme from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!”
“We bought a lot of decorations made from book pages via Etsy and put them together, such as the book page hearts and book page roses.”
“We also won a wreath made out of book pages in a raffle. We were lucky that our Wedding Venue has amazing and dramatic wallpaper so we didn’t need to do too much to make it look amazing.”
“For my Wedding Dress I always knew I wanted Angelina Colarusso to make my dress – she does a dramatic elegance that I really respond to.”
“We had a consultation and just knew she’d do an amazing job.”
“My dress was Oyster silk, made for me in two parts so the big overskirt comes off and there’s a cocktail dress underneath so I can wear it again!”
“It was very draped around the bodice and then the overskirt was a huge cascade of ruffles and pleats – very Anna Karenina. It was a wedding gift from my mother.”
“When I put it on I felt really proud. I lost about 2 stone before my wedding and I’d never had anything that made me feel as much like a princess as that dress.”
“My jewellery was made for me by a lovely woman through Etsy from platinum coloured Swarovski pearls.”
“My shoes I bought when I was 22 and working in a shoe shop in Edinburgh. I saw them and loved them and bought them to wear to my wedding and managed it a decade later!”
“Tom wore a traditional morning suit from Lipmans with a waistcoat made from the same material as my dress.”
“He looked elegant and handsome and really chuffed and blown away to see me. It was lovely.”
“I had two bridesmaids and a bridesman.”
“My two bridesmaids were my best friend, Dani, who flew over from Florida and my step-sister Rachel.”
“My bridesman, Dan, is one of my oldest friends from university and the other person who knows me almost as well as mu husband.”
“We had the dresses made through Dido Bridal and it was a mild nightmare – they only arrived three weeks before the wedding and the colour was a lot lighter and more red than I was expecting.”
“But actually on the day they looked gorgeous.”
“To create my Bridal look on the Big day I had Kristina Gasperas and she was an absolute godsend.”
“My hairdresser was my stepmum’s best friend, who is a professional hairdresser in Hertfordshire. She listened and was so helpful on the day. I could not have got through it without her.”
“Mary Jane Vaughan in Battersea did our flowers and they were beautiful.”
“I’m allergic and never have much interest, but she listened to our theme and created some beautiful arrangements that were both luxurious and simple. I cried when I saw my bouquet.”
“She’s integrated the book page flowers perfectly.”
“Our cakes were made by the Cake Parlour. We have fondant cupcakes in chocolate, lemon, carrot cake and coffee cake, and they were so delicious!”
“We have top tier of carrot cake and on that we have both book page bunting (again, bought through Etsy) and a homemade Scrabble tile cake topper that referenced The Princess Bride.”
“Our stationery was made for us by my friend and ex-manager. The invitations and table set ups were based on old Penguin books and were playful and perfect.”
“For our favours we had a pic ‘n’ mix buffet for everyone with Alice in Wonderland bags.”
“We hired a fantastic DJ, Mitch Matthews who kept everyone on the dancefloor.”
“He listened to what we liked and the vibe we wanted and read the room perfectly. Everyone said how great he was.”
“For our first dance we had It Had to Be You by Harry Connick Jr. It’s the theme from When Harry Met Sally, which is one of our favourite films.”
Tell us about the Wedding Day
“We got married on May 4th 2013 at NonSuch Mansion in Cheam, Surrey.”
“We had a civil ceremony and my father walked me down the aisle.”
“We had 3 readings… a poem by Edna St Vincent Millay, a science fiction poem by Tim Pratt (Scientific Romance) that includes a zombie apocalypse and a passage from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.”
“I really loved our ceremony and the readings – everyone understood how they fitted us and you could feel the love in the room. It was magical.”
What were the Best Bits of your Wedding Day?
“Everyone whooping and cheering and clapping and crying during the ceremony. The registrar said it was the noisiest and most loving wedding crowd she’d seen.”
“The entire reception hitting the dancefloor to sing along to the rap from Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
What Advice would you give to other couples…
* Advice for the bride…
Delegate your least important thing (for you) to your mother. I delegated the flowers to mine as I’m allergic and didn’t really care what we had, and that made her calm down and feel included.
* Advice for the groom…
My husband had loads of opinions on everything, which was both lovely and not. You have to figure out what’s really important and a dealbreaker between you.
Our top budgeting tip would be… Shop around and use family and friends if you can.
* Our top planning tip would be… Learn to use a spreadsheet.
* On the big day, don’t forget to… Eat. And drink. But mainly eat. You are so busy speaking to people and having your photo taken that you forget to actually eat, and you don’t want to be cranky from low blood sugar later.
* If we could do it all again we would… Do everything the same. It was perfect.
Thank you to Fiona for sharing this incredibly elegant literary theme Wedding.
I love the gorgeous paper roses that are both on theme and eco concious and the table plan and table stationery is brilliant and perfect for the book loving couple.
Venue: Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam, Surrey
Photographer: Fiona Kelly Photography
Videographer: Angela Thomas
Wedding Dress: Angelina Colarusso
Bridesmaid Dress’s: Dido Bridal
Jewellery: Glam House at Etsy
Shoes: Brides own
Stationery: Made by a friend
Floristry: Mary Jane Vaughan
Wedding Cake: Cake Parlour
Make Up: Kristina Gasperas
Hair: Family Friend
DJ: Mitch Matthews