Bella Figura Real Wedding: Sionne & Nick
We are absolutely delighted to share this next real wedding. We printed invitations and programs in our String Calligraphy design to set the tone for Sionne & Nick’s elegant summer wedding, and we were so thrilled when Sionne sent us photos from the big day. She was kind enough to share some of the details of what went into planning this stunning celebration.
What was your favorite part of the day?
We loved the entire weekend that we celebrated with our family and friends – it was so special to get to share one of our favorite places with everyone! Our favorite memory of the day, however, is our actual wedding ceremony. One of our best friends, Charles Collins-Chase, officiated our wedding and did the most incredible job. He centered our ceremony on narratives that he requested that we both write – and not discuss with each other – to explain why we wanted to get married and what getting married meant to each of us. Hearing each other’s sentiments for the first time in front of our guests made the ceremony really feel like our relationship was culminating in a union that everyone was witnessing. People kept commenting that it was the most emotional ceremony that they had ever attended and it really brought the focus of the day back on our marriage, rather than just the celebration around it (which was, of course, a favorite memory as well!).
What was the theme or style you were going for?
Nick and I met seven years ago while studying abroad at Oxford, in Great Britain, and we wanted to capture the feel of an English garden party with our wedding. Without veering too deeply into the theme, we focused on creating a casual elegance with our overarching ambiance and then used some of the details to add thematic nods. For example, our caterer customized a variation of a Pimms’ Cup for a specialty cocktail and we used antique-y books as decor throughout the reception. We got married in an adorable beach town, but on the canal rather than the beach, and the entire scene captured the feeling that we sought. Adding to that the hilarious and touching toasts, the wonderful friends, and the great dancing, it was a wonderful day!
What was the best part of the planning?
The people who helped us with our wedding made the planning so much fun and so easy. From the tremendous ideas of our wedding planners, to the goals of our parents to give us the wedding that we would be able to look back on and say was just as we wanted it, to our friends who helped us execute our vision, to our vendors who were so accommodating and caring, the people who assisted us made the planning so smooth and the results so memorable for us!
Sionne and Nick, thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us! We wish you nothing but a lifetime of happiness together!!
Dress – Vera Wang
Bridesmaids dresses – Vera Wang
Flowers – Bayberry Flowers
Reception – Inn at Canal Square
wedding planning – Cait&Jules and Make My Day Events
Stationery – Bella Figura
String quartet – Del Segno
Reception music – Anthony Simpson of MyDeejay
Catering and cake – Nage
Photography – Keith Mosher of KAM Photography