Tim and Alexia had a wonderful woodland wedding with a warm, glorious autumn colour palette…
WHO: Alexia and Tim
WHERE: Phyllis Court Club, Henley on Thames
WHEN: October 2009
PHOTOGRAPHER: Robert James
For Tim’s 30th birthday, romantic Alexa whisked him off to Paris. “I got so much stick from my colleagues, who said I’d only booked the trip to make Tim propose!’ laughs Alexa. He didn’t disappoint, though, popping the question over mojitos with the immortal line; ‘I haven’t bought a ring yet, I haven’t asked your parents and I’m not down on one knee… But do you want to get married?’
“I got so much stick from my colleagues who said I had only booked the trip to make Tim propose!”
The bride’s outfit
Alexa fell in love with a beautiful silk taffeta gown from Linea Raffaelli, adorned with pretty fabric flowers. “I’d been to weddings where the bride looked like she was dragging her dress around because it was so heavy, so I knew I wanted something light and delicate,” says Alexa of her real wedding dress. “I wanted to love wearing it for every second of the day. I spent 45 minutes floating around the shop in it: I didn’t want to take it off!”
The groom’s outfit
Self-confessed control freak Alexa bravely decided to let Tim choose his own suit for the big day in autumn. “I had scrapbooks and spreadsheets set up within a week of getting engaged, but I knew it was only fair to let Tim have a say in what he wore!” she says. His brown suit with ivory waistcoat and cravat from lemmingsmenswear.co.uk complemented Alexa’s real wedding dress.
Alexa struggled to find dresses that flattered all four bridesmaids, so asked her Mum to make them individually instead using the woodland theme as a base for the design.
Alexa and Tim tied the knot at the beautiful Phyllis Court, Henley on Thames. “The room had huge floor to ceiling windows looking out over the river, and we knew we’d found the perfect venue as soon as we walked in,” Alexa explains of the venue for their real wedding.
Family friend Maria Dyroff created the stunning bouquets and 1.5 metre high floral displays, teaming calla lilies with seasonal autumn foliage and fairylights.
The couple chose a tower of cupcakes from Aylesbury Cake Company, topped with chocolate, vanilla and orange icing.
Local band InDefinitely kept guests grooving while magician Matthew Stirling entertained them during the wedding breakfast
The newlyweds jetted off to the Riviera Maya in Mexico for a relaxing sun-drenched break.