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Scott and Neneh created a cosy Christmas wonderland wedding at the beautiful and intimate Bristol wedding venue, Berwick Lodge. Their day was captured by Ali Paul Photography and Neneh has shared it with us in her own words…
We met at University on a night out (Snake Bite Sunday @ Walkabout!) in 2009. We made each other laugh and had so much fun. It’s been the same ever since.
Scott proposed on the day before his birthday in 2015. It was a complete surprise and probably one of the only times I’ve been speechless! He proposed on Studland beach, which is a place that has always been really special to us. Every year since we met, we’ve cycled over there with a group of friends to the annual Bankes Arms Beer & Cider festival which is great fun.
We loved how cosy and intimate it felt at Berwick Lodge. All of our guests really interacted and there was a fantastic atmosphere. And the bedrooms are show-stopping. It was a lovely treat to have our family and few of our friends stay with us in such beautiful luxurious surroundings. Berwick Lodge is also really close to all the main routes in Bristol which made it easy for all our guests to get to whilst still feeling like it’s magically in the middle of nowhere.
The table plan was hand written on a large gold guild mirror by the ridiculously talented Cassie at Ivy Inks Paper Co. I then draped fairy lights and Christmas foliage over the top. The favours were gold Lindt reindeers and candy canes to keep with the Christmas wedding theme.
We named the tables after Santa’s reindeer – Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Vixen, Dasher, Cupid, Blitzen. The top table was Rudolph! Gorgeous gold frames and hand written gold ink showcased the table names. We tied the gold ink place name tags to pine cones using gold ribbon and sprayed them with gold glitter so that they were super sparkly.
Our centrepieces were Christmas wreaths handmade from willow, with fresh holly and flowers. A large glass vase containing a white candle stood in the middle of each one.
For our wedding flowers we chose a mixture of wine and red winter flowers to contrast against the champagne gold theme. We included lots of roses and holly and hand tied each bouquet with champagne gold ribbon.
Scott’s step mum Judith made the cake and it was absolutely delicious – it was lemon and chocolate flavoured and kept quite simple. The finishing touch was the icing figures of myself, Scott and our cat Douglas wearing Christmas jumpers!
There two Christmas trees supplied by Berwick Lodge that were decorated beautifully, we also had lots of sparkly candles, signs in gold frames, sparklers and chocolate coins. I gave personalised Christmas stockings to all the children, with their names on them in big gold tags and chocolate coins, bubbles and all sorts of treats inside. They also contained a personalised letter to each of them from Santa.
I bought my dress from Alison Jayne bridal in Bristol and I can’t recommend them enough. It was a beautiful lace and embellished dress by Justin Alexander and it was actually the first dress I tried on. I knew as soon as I put it on that it was perfect.
The dress style was a ‘fit and flair’ so it had some shape but was really comfortable to wear and not heavy. The best part of it was the layer of sequins underneath the lace. When I moved it subtly sparkled which I loved! I wore a full-length veil with it which was ‘rum coloured’ to match the underneath layer of the dress. I had super glittery sparkly shoes which I bought from Topshop – they were slightly ridiculous but I loved them!
The groom wore a dark grey, woollen three piece suit with a champagne gold tie to match the bridesmaids. He had Loake shoes, and reindeer socks and cufflinks to get fully into the Christmas spirit. The groomsmen wore matching suits but without the waist coat, brown shoes and of course the matching reindeer socks!
The bridesmaids’ dresses were by ChiChi London and were a mid-length in champagne gold which really caught the light and shimmered as they walked. They looked like Belle from Beauty and the Beast! They wore gold strappy sandals and matching snowflake shaped jewellery.
We had a DJ and photo booth in the evening and in the change over played the wedding shoe game which was great fun. We also got everyone outside with sparklers.
I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of ‘Let It Snow’ by Frank Sinatra and we walked out to the original version. Our first dance was a cover of XO (originally by Beyonce) sung by John Mayer and we had a pianist playing Christmas songs during the drinks reception which set the scene perfectly.
It’s the most amazing feeling, we both remember feeling so happy but not being able to quite keep up with it all, it goes so quickly! The few days after the wedding were amazing though, remembering everything and looking back at all the photos – we honestly felt warm and fuzzy for days afterwards.
We had a Disney power hour in the evening (the DJ played a mix of Disney songs) as me and my friends are huge Disney fans. It was INSANE – everyone was up on the dance floor singing along and enjoying themselves. We all sang ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen, while Neneh was held up on everyone’s shoulders.
The speeches were brilliant and so touching. Neneh’s little brother who was 14 at the time did a surprise reading as part of the father of the bride speech. It sounded really heartfelt but then it turned out to be the lyrics to Kylie Minogue’s ‘I should be so lucky’ song – it was hysterical when every realised!
We travelled around the Philippines for 3 weeks and flew out on Christmas Day after having Xmas lunch with our family! It was absolutely amazing.
Venue and catering: Berwick Lodge
Photographer: Ali Paul Photography
Wedding dress and accessories: Alison Jayne Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Chi Chi London
The Suits: Next
Hair: Katie Louise Hair
Make up: Carly from Southwest Bridal Hair & Makeup
Flowers: Roots Floral Design
Stationery: Ivy Inks Paper Company
Entertainment: Wedding Players DJ, Happy Doughnut Photo Booth, Ian Thomas Pianist