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WPC Real Wedding: Edwina and Edward's Intimate Christmas Wedding

Welcome to the beautiful wedding of real WPC couple Edwina and Edward; a stunning Christmas wedding for 15 guests held in December 2020. Join us as luxury jewellery designer, Edwina, talks us through how the couple changed their plans from a 200 guest marquee wedding to just 15, to abide by covid-guidelines. Wonderfully intimate, full of love and full of incredible wedding suppliers all working together to adapt, this real wedding is a brilliant example of how magical an intimate wedding can be. Edwina shares her formidable team of wedding suppliers (expertly lead by Anna Wills of ARC Events) and picks out their favourite wedding presents from their bespoke wedding list with The Wedding Present Company. So, grab a cup of tea and settle into this one, it's a goodie.

What has been the highlight of your experience with The Wedding Present Company so far?

How sweet, helpful and organised the whole team at The Wedding Present Company are, along with your sense of fun! I love your weekend cocktails on your Instagram

How did The Wedding Present Company support you through changes to your wedding plans?

The Wedding Present Company were very relaxed and flexible with any alterations which needed to be made to our wedding list as our wedding plans changed. Nothing was a problem and all was done with a smile.

What were your favourite brands available within The Wedding Present Company?

Some of our favourite interior brands at The Wedding Present Company include Oka, Wingfield Digby, Sophie Conran, Fermoie and Pooky.

Why did you choose The Wedding Present Company for your wedding list?

The Wedding Present Company came highly recommended from both of my sisters in law. 

Edwina and Edward's Favourite Wedding Presents

Miki Brown Photo Frame, 5x7"
Addison Ross
£35.00
Table Lamp, Smaller Wrappling, Antique Brass, 36cm
Pooky Lighting
£116.00
Pendant Light, Hydra, Blown Glass & Brass
Pooky Lighting
£195.00
Jug, Hobnail, Light Green, Large, 2000ml
KLIMCHI
£95.00
Lampshade, Gathered Bedwyn, Green Rabanna, 30cm
Fermoie
£165.00
Picnic hamper, H27 x W29 x L59cm, Wicker At TWS, Boat, willow
Willow & Wicker
£177.00
Steak Knives, Maison, Pakkawood, Set of 4
Sabatier
£34.00
Champagne Flute, Highclere, Set of 4, Royal Doulton
Royal Doulton
£95.00
Bookends, Pineapple, Gold, 26cm
Luna Home
£72.00
Pair of Lakadema Leopard Candle Holders, 25cm
Oka
£55.00

Engagement Story

Ed's parents live in a house surrounded by beautiful hills, one of which we walk up all the time, its our favourite spot, the place we love the most in the world as you can see for miles. Once we got to the top and sat down he proposed with our dog jumping around us. My favourite thing is that we can return to the spot all the time and relive the happiness.

What were your original plans for your wedding?

We originally planned for 220 people in a marquee at my parent's house in Hampshire.

How did you have to adapt your wedding to be in line with Covid restrictions?

Very luckily, we had our amazing wedding planner Anna Wills of ARC Events to help us through the year, she was our pilar of strength. Anna was incredible and planned us the 220 people wedding, then the 30 and finally the 15 person wedding, her attention to detail never changed and she went above and beyond to make the day extra special for us. Due to the amount of people or lack thereof we had to say goodbye to the marquee and opted to have the reception in the house, which was perfect for December, along with feeling very special as this was where I grew up. The other details stayed the same, unbelievably we managed to stick to the same date, we kept the same menu, bridesmaid dresses, flower inspiration and photographer. All of these elements made the day so unique I wouldn't have changed a thing.8gf c

Location

My parent's house in Hampshire - where I grew up. It was very special getting ready at home and having our wedding there. 

Décor and Flowers

Wild About Flowers did our beautiful flowers, they were fantastic and really understood our colourful winter vision. Their amazing team put together mood boards for us to see and approve, and worked tirelessly to ensure they looked fantastic on the day. They even surprised us with bouquets and flower hair clips for the flower girls.

Bridal Fashion

Eponine London created my bespoke silk wedding dress. I had always loved Eponine's designs and shapes and knew I wanted them to create my dress. Jet and her team were fantastic, friendly, highly efficient (covid was not going to stop them delivering my dress) and incredibly talented. My dress was tailored to perfection and every fitting I fell more and more in love with it. The experience was a dream, I felt relaxed and confident all the way through

Hair & Make Up

Stephie Hoyle did my hair and makeup, having seen her do both of my sister in laws wedding I already knew she was brilliant. She really does work wonders, I was over the moon with my hair and make up, and was grateful for her calming influence when the morning chaos was going on.

Your Partner’s Fashion

Savile Row tailor Cad & The Dandy made Ed's morning suit & waistcoat. 

Bridesmaids, Flower Girls & Page Boys Fashion

Little Bevan created our stunning bespoke pageboy jacket and flower girl dresses. I had a clear vision of what I wanted them to look like and they were amazing at bringing them to life. They were also super wonderful and did them with quite a short deadline!

Caterer

The Essential Party Ingredient did our catering. Despite the reduction in numbers, we still went ahead with our original menu and it was mouth wateringly delicious. They were amazing at adapting to working in different kitchens and their staff were so helpful and smiley.

Our Menu:

Artisan Breads, Whipped Salted Butter & Whipped Italian Black Truffle Butter

Starter: Salmon Mousse, Smoked Salmon, Frisée, Sourdough Toasts

Main: Duck Breast, Puy Lentils, Cherry Tomato Confit, Red Onion Marmalade, Curly Kale, Dauphinoise Potatoes

Dessert: Delice of Chocolate, Raspberry Crumble, Blackberrries and Rapberries, Raspberry Sorbet.

Sophie Cabot made our beautiful wedding cake, all of the flowers on the cake were made out of sugar which is so special as we have been able to keep them.

Photographer & Videographer

Hugo Burnand was our wedding photographer, which we were super excited about as he is an incredibly talented photographer. We are over the moon with our pictures, they are the perfect illustration of the day as he manged to capture the happiness, magic and fun we and everyone else had. 

Our wedding videographer was Will Fielding who did an exceptional job, I barely realised he was there filming yet he got all the special moments in a stunning way. I get tingles every time I watch our video and had it on constant repeat for the first couple of days after receiving it.. 

Did you live stream any of your wedding for guests that weren't able to attend?

We didn't stream the wedding as the wifi in the church was terrible! Instead we are going to send our wedding video to everyone that couldn't attend. 

Stand Out Moments

- I asked if I could kiss Ed in the church too early and the Priest announced it which made everyone laugh.

- My godparents, friends and cousins surprising us outside the church when we left.

- Ed's speech

- All the extra details Anna from ARC Events surprised us with, such as beautiful individual menus placenames. Calligraphy by Livs Letters, Thistles by Wiggy Henley.

Top tips to couples currently navigating wedding planning?

Size doesn't matter, stick to your date if you can! Try and focus on the fact you are getting married which is the happiest and most important part. I'm so glad that we stubbornly stuck to our original date as it was every bit as special as I imagined it.

Suppliers

Wedding List: The Wedding Present Company 

Wedding Planner: ARC Events

Photography: Hugo Burnand

Bridesmaids and Flower Girl's Outfits: Little Bevan

Caterer: The Essential Party Ingredient

Wedding Cake: Sophie Cabot

Videography: Will Fielding

Transport: Premier Carriage

Wedding Dress: Eponine London

Groom's Fashion: Cad & The Dandy

Flowers: Wild About Flowers

Hair and Make Up: Stephie Hoyle

Menus and Placenames:  Livs Letters & Wiggy Henley.