Today I am thrilled to share this Luxe Berkshire Wedding at Cliveden House with an Essense of Australia Gown and pastel wedding details.
Images of Rubeena and Bevans stunning day were captured by Paola de Paola Photography.
Paola De Paola is a creative, fun, but totally unobtrusive London wedding and same-sex photographer.
She has always been a passionate artist. After her degree in Fine Art, she worked as a professional photographer for music magazines and record companies.
She consequently moved to work for Getty Images as a high-end digital retoucher, more precisely for Contour Celebrities by Getty images.
During this time Paola was able to build a very deep understanding of the photographic industry.
Fifteen years experience with Getty UK has proved invaluable. As a natural progression Paola De Paola Weddings was born.
She says of the couple and their Big Day….
My lovely and multi-talented friend Emiliana from Amoretti Weddings introduced me to Rubeena and Bevan after they got in touch with her for bespoke stationery for their wedding.
Rubeena, with her most gorgeous jet black long hair, is warm, talkative, and very friendly. Bevan is passionate about photography and very knowledgeable.
They invited me for a coffee and a chat at their wedding venue Cliveden House and we clicked.
Rubeena who is Parisien but originally from Mauritius, and Bevan from New Zealand decided to get married in the French dining room, a spectacular, elegant and opulent private room fantastically decorated with real flowers everywhere by Ruby & Grace.
They both prepared for the day at the venue, where friends and family had spent a few days enjoying the English countryside.
On the day of the wedding, it was very sunny, so most of the time was spent outside and it was wonderful to be able to discover the surroundings, the garden and park.
The walk along the river was particularly picturesque, and this is where we captured some portraits of the newly-wed couple.
Following this was the wedding breakfast and speeches before it was on to the evening reception where for the first dance Rubeena and Bevan had live music and confetti cannons.
I hand over to gorgeous Bride Rubeena…
How did you meet?
We both worked in the City, and like other workers do we were individually meeting up with respective friends in one of the many bars in the City, and in this case we happened to be sitting at tables next to each other in one of them.
Conversation was struck up, and as they say, the rest is history!
Tell us about the Engagement?
Bevan took me on a surprise holiday to Japan for my birthday (as in I didn’t even know where we were going until we got to the boarding gate).
He surprised me even more when he proposed in the beautiful and peaceful gardens surrounding a secluded temple in Kyoto, hidden away from all the tourists visiting the other main temples.
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
It was a relatively quick journey compared to many other couples.
We had been together for over 3 years, and neither of us were spring chickens (so to speak), so we decided to just get on with it and get married.
We set a target for 5 months from the date of engagement (as otherwise we were then getting into the darker and colder months of the year), and in fact found a venue that was available in 4 months time.
So we booked that and prayed we would get everything else together in the remaining time we had!
In fact, after finding a wedding dress and our venue in the space of 3 weeks from date of engagement, it was then a relatively straight forward journey.
Most providers were recommended by the venue where we had an amazing wedding coordinator, who worked intensively with us to get everything lined up in time.
The venue had a list of multiple suppliers for each component you will need as part of the big day that they have worked with before, and therefore the venue knew the service standards they would provide, and were also befitting of the place itself.
This also took a lot of the guess work out of the researching we might have otherwise had to do.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We didn’t have in our minds beforehand a specific theme or colour palette, but we chose pastel colours for our flowers, and stationery.
This tied in well with the decor of the venue which was french styled in a pistachio/light mint green and gold colours (in fact the ceremony and reception was held in a grand room that used to be in situ in a french chateau – the internal walls were shifted to the UK in the 1800’s!).
What was the best bit of your day?
When we said “yes” to each other!
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
The wedding day will go so fast, so don’t overload it with too many things, as if you have a hiccup at any stage it may create timing issues all the way through.
Don’t overly stress about all details – it will come together.
Share the workload of the planning in the lead up to the wedding, giving each other tasks to work on rather than one doing all of the heavy lifting.
Communicate constantly with each other about your findings and keep written/electronic records of what you are doing and who you are engaging with (there are so many suppliers of the various services out there), so have all the info filed in some way (folders within email etc).
Ask other couples what worked well at their wedding and what didn’t, people love talking about their big day and sharing their experiences.
Don’t feel bad about saying ’no children’ if the venue is limited in its capacity.
We had this issue, and unless we were prepared to pay a fairly sizeable amount of money for the venue to dedicate space, feed them, and bring in appropriate minders to look after them, it required us to make it an adults only event.
People get it, and in fact bar none, all those impacted at ours loved it as it meant a night out for them without the kids!!
On the big day itself, let all the planning you have done be then taken over by the staff that are hosting it.
They will have the detailed action plan all printed out to work with..
This is your time now to enjoy the day..
Venue – Cliveden House Hotel – Berkshire
Cliveden is an iconic place set in a National Trust park about 20 minutes west of Heathrow, and part of the Relais and Châteaux network of hotels.
We held the ceremony there as well as the reception. It was licensed as a legal ceremony venue so helped remove the need for having to roll up to our local town hall and have it officiated there. This also allowed all of our guests to witness the occasion.
Given the relative short notice between invitations going out and the actual day itself, having the venue somewhat ‘local’ also made it easier for guests to attend rather than having it as a destination wedding in, say, France.
Photographer – Paola de Paola Photography
Paola was not actually on the list of suppliers with the venue (yet!), but in fact a trusted friend of Emiliana who recommended her to us.
We first discreetly checked out her website and liking what we saw we then met up. We instantly had a connection with her, and we all understood each other in a) what her style was and b) what we wanted.
She made us feel much more at ease with the whole experience, especially for the groom who prefers to be hiding behind a camera rather than in front.
We had an engagement photo session taken with her as well prior to the big day, which we would recommend if not too comfortable having your photo taken as it was a great way to get in the zone of how to relax and ‘pose’ for the photos taken on the day of the wedding.
Florist – Ruby and Grace
As a recommended supplier of the venue. Hannah Bignell’s style is elegant and all our flowers arrangements were impeccable and matching the venue theme.
She understood very well what we were looking for and delivered an outstanding service within our budget.
Make up/Hair stylist – Jo Cable
Jo, a recommended supplier of the venue was the best make up artist I could have found for my special day.
She completely understood the style I was looking for and perfectly executed my make up and hair style.
She is not only excellent in her job but also helped me in calming my nerves before the ceremony. It was a real pleasure working with her.
Charlotte was the stylist who helped me to find the dress of my dreams. I am so grateful to have met her, she is a very professional and absolutely lovely to work with.
Cake Maker – Abigail Bloom Cake Company
Abigail personifies the definition of great customer service. Her communications with us from start to finish were always super quick and helped us get this element of the planning of the big day squared away easily.
She also introduced us to the concept of cake tasting sessions. You’ve heard of wine tasting – cake tasting isn’t too dissimilar!
But it was great to be able to taste what was going to be delivered rather than relying on other peoples opinions and a suppliers own view.
Stationery – MarryMe by Amoretti – Islington – London
Emiliana worked with us to create invitations that captured the essence of the venue, the colour theme mentioned above and the style that we wanted..
Right down to a very specific font that we wanted for part of the invite, which required them to go externally to obtain! She was so patient with us – we asked for so many little iterations until it was ‘just right’!
To Contact Paola De Paola Photography
Website – http://paoladepaolaweddings.com/
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 07966 191977