Colin & Claire’s The Grasshopper Inn Wedding Day
Hey Folks! Today on the blog is Colin & Claire’s wedding day. Colin & Claire got married at The Grasshopper Inn in Westerham in March, in an elegant ‘historical’ themed day.
Where did you get married and why did you choose the venue? We got married at The Grasshopper Inn in Westerham. We had looked at a few venues but none of them were what we were looking for. We happened across the Grasshopper Inn through Surrey County Council’s list of wedding venues. When we saw the website we fell in love with the beauty of it. We also read on the website that during the 1950’s the venue was restored and extended and the vestry doors from Coventry Cathedral were included in this. Coventry is very special to the both of us as I (Claire) am from there and we met at Coventry University. We arranged a visit as soon as possible and it was even more beautiful in person so we booked it!
Which theme/colour scheme did you choose? We chose purple as our colour scheme as we both like the colour. The Grasshopper has beautiful stone and wood panelled walls, which even though the venue is not old, gives it this sense of history so we chose to decorate the venue with loads of candles. We had a slightly historic theme to our wedding in that all of our tables were named after historic royal palaces. One of our earliest days out as a couple was to Hampton Court Palace and several years later it was where Colin proposed so naturally that was the name of our top table!
Which flowers did you choose? Neither of us are very knowledgeable when it comes to flowers! We looked on Pinterest as we loved the simplicity of gypsophilia so chose this for the bridesmaid’s bouquets and had it feature heavily in the buttonholes and the bride’s bouquet. Colin’s Mum has a very talented friend who did all our flowers for us. Her very vague brief for the bride’s bouquet was “gyp, some purple flowers and some white roses”. She did an amazing job!
Which style was the brides dress? I chose a fishtail dress with lots of lace detail. Colin and I had spoken about the type of dress I would wear a few times and he always said he never imagined seeing me in a big dress and always imagined seeing me in something fitted. Luckily for him I wanted exactly the same thing! I saw the dress online and fell in love with it but everyone I spoke to had said they wanted one particular style dress then ended up choosing something completely different. I tried on the dress I had seen in the store and I loved it even more. I tried on several others but none compared! I particularly loved the train on my dress, the way it flowed out behind me looked beautiful in photos! I felt amazing in my dress the whole day.
How did you have your hair and make up? I always knew I wanted my hair up on my wedding day as I tend to get annoyed with my hair when it is down and end up tying it up! My hair and make-up artist was brilliant! I showed her a couple of photos on Pinterest of elegant up do styles that I really liked and she did her own interpretation of them and gave me a beautiful style. I found a beautiful hair clip online that reminded me of 1920’s vintage and it suited my style perfectly. I went for relatively natural make-up but with a slightly Smokey eye to accentuate my eyes.
Which colour did your Groomsmen and Bridesmaids wear? We had the bridesmaids all wearing purple, floor length chiffon dresses with beautiful sleeves. They all wore silver shoes and on the morning of the wedding I gave them a bracelet, some earrings, a hair clip and a necklace with a heart and infinity symbol. The groomsmen all wore grey suits with a purple cravat and pocket square to match the bridesmaids. The groom had a different waistcoat to stand out.
How did you feel the day went as a whole? We were both really pleased with how all our stationary turned out. Colin and I decided early on to do all of our own invites, table plan, table numbers, place cards etc. I was the creative one who designed them and Colin had the technical knowledge to make the designs come to life. I have so many favourite memories from the day but one that stands out was when my Dad saw me in my dress for the first time and James captured a beautiful photo of that moment. For me (Colin), my favourite moment was walking out of the Tudor Ballroom and having our friends on either side of us throw confetti. Our collective favourite moment of the day was having a few minutes to ourselves to gather out thoughts before walking into the bar and being introduced as Mr and Mrs Pitt!