If you’re looking for a wedding with the wow factor, look no further – this winter wedding between Jessica and Andrew will take your breath away.
How they met
Romance blossomed online for this happy couple, although a Winter’s accident postponed their first date. “Andy found me on an online dating site, and after chatting by email, we agreed to meet for dinner, but I reluctantly had to delay our date because I split my eyebrow falling over in the snow and didn’t want him to be put off by my stitches!” Jessica recalls. “When we finally met for dinner, I couldn’t believe how quickly the time flew by – four hours felt like 20 minutes.”
After a whirlwind three months of dating, Andrew whisked Jessica off to Portugal for a holiday. “One day, while I was sunbathing on a secluded beach, Andy wrote, ‘Will you marry me?’ in the sand, got down on one knee and produced a beautiful ring,” smiles Jessica. “It was very romantic and incredibly exciting.”
The bride’s outfit
Jessica wore an enchanting Jesús Peiró gown in Mikado silk, with a pleated skirt, illusion neckline, and iridescent flower detailing. “I loved how timeless and elegant it was, and every time I even considered another dress, I kept coming back to it,” Jessica explains. Ivory silk court shoes by LK Bennett and Swarovski crystal hairpins complemented Jessica’s gown perfectly. “I also had white wedge-heeled Hunter wellies and a fabulous pagoda umbrella for braving the winter weather,” adds Jessica.
The groom’s outfit
Andrew wore a sophisticated black tailcoat with striped herringbone trousers, an ivory raw silk waistcoat and Ascot cravat, from Dapper. “He looked so handsome in his morning suit,” sighs Jessica. “It was frustrating having to wait until the end of the service for a kiss!”
Jessica’s bridesmaids wore stunning royal dupion dresses by Alfred Sung for Dessy, with pashminas from Accessorize and clutch bags from Coast. The couple’s little nieces were flowergirls, wearing bespoke dresses with matching cashmere shrugs from Sue Hill.
Music played a big part in Jessica and Andrew’s church ceremony. “We had a choir made up of our musically gifted friends and family, who sang some of my favourite choral pieces during the service, which was really special,” Jessica says. “After the service, we served glühwein and lebkuchen at the church in memory of the time I spent living in Germany, followed by a release of ivory heart-shaped balloons – it looked amazing in the photos.”
The spectacular flowers were created by Jay Archer Floral Designs. “They were incredible, especially my stunning wired bouquet and the top table arrangement, which was hung with Christmas decorations,” says Jessica.
With their wedding taking place just before Christmas, the couple chose a Winter Wonderland theme with fairytale elements for their reception. “We had a wonderful pianist playing during our wedding breakfast, and gave our guests handmade recycled glass baubles as favours,” Jessica says.
Jessica and Andrew made the most of the beautiful seasonal decorations at the Wentworth Club, including stunning Christmas trees in every room. “Our table centrepieces were Christmas wreaths with flowers, baubles, cinnamon sticks and frosted fruit, and our tables were numbered after the 12 days of Christmas,” Jessica explains. The couple also had the ballroom transformed into a Wintry paradise with blue uplighters, a white sparkly dancefloor and a starry backcloth behind the top table. “I loved seeing it all lit up for the first time – it was breathtaking, and everything we had hoped for,” Jessica adds.
Created by Jessica’s mum, the cake featured sugar flowers in soft blues, peaches and ivory to co-ordinate with the bridal bouquet.
The fun-loving newlyweds honeymooned at Walt Disney World, Florida, where they tried out all the rides, swam with dolphins and watched the Disney Christmas parade.