Abigail and Chris’s Real Christmas Wedding

Written by    Last updated: December 15, 2014

With Christmas just around the corner we thought we’d share a festive inspired real wedding this week. Abigail and Chris, along with the help of their family were able to create one of the most elegant Christmas themed weddings we’ve ever seen. We love everything from her stunning 1920’s inspired wedding dress, to the well designed and styled wedding reception, all of which were beautifully captured by Douglas Fry. Grab yourself some mulled wine and enjoy this week’s real Christmas wedding.

Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Bride and Groom… Abigail and Chris

Wedding date… Friday 27th December 2013

We met… In a bar when I first moved to Hong Kong. We were introduced by an old friend of mine who was dating an old friend of Chris’, they also recently got married.

The proposal… We discussed getting married at Pizza Express on a normal Wednesday night in October 2012 but Chris actually proposed on Christmas eve in my home town of Stamford after asking my dad for his permission.

We knew it was ‘the one’… Really quickly, he felt like an  old friend from the first time I met him and everything felt easy and exactly as it should be. I think we both knew within a month or so. We moved in together after 3 months and got engaged within the year.

Length of engagement… 1 year and 3 days!

White rose and baby breathes bouquet | Confetti.co.uk
Wedding diary| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
White flower girls dress | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Brides bedroom | 1920’s inspired white wedding dress | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Gold peptoe Jimmy Choos | Bridal wedding shoes | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

My dress was from… Le Spose Di Gio. I knew the shop I wanted to go to as I had been with Camilla my bridesmaid when she was looking for a dress and liked so many of their styles. The shop Le Spose Di Gio is in London and they do very simple, elegant dresses focused on the fabric and the cut. I knew I didn’t want a big meringue style dress and I wanted something a bit more old fashioned and glamorous. When I tried it on I was pretty sure it was the dress for me.  I went to a few other shops but then came back to the first one I had tried on. As it was Christmas time and cold I was also able to add some extra glamour with a fur shawl and a great fascinator style headpiece. I wanted elegant, simple but with a bit of glamour and Christmas sparkle.

1920’s inspired white wedding dress | Diamante detail buttons on the back of the wedding dress | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bridesmaids helping the bride with her dress | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride putting the final touches to her attire | White bridal fascinator | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Flower girl wearing the mother of the brides hat | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bridesmaids in black sleeveless dress with the flower girl  | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride ready for her big day | Bride in her white fur shawl, pearls and white vintage inspired dress  | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Our bridesmaids were… My sister and my oldest friend from school Philippa, my friend from University Camilla, my closest friend from when I lived in London Claire and my friend from Hong Kong Gail. The girls had pretty glamorous sparkly black dresses and black fur shawls , they all looked gorgeous. I also had my baby niece Matilda who was just 3 months old, my niece Zoe and Camilla’s daughter Daisy as flower girls in beautiful white dresses from Monsoon.

Bride in her vintage inspired white dress with her bridesmaids in black sleeveless dress  | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride with her flower girls | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride with her parents | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride with her flower girl| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride with her family | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Gold Christmas Baubles | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Grooms and groomsmen having a drink before the ceremony | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Grooms and groomsmen having a drink before the ceremony | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Our wedding ceremony was... In my home town of Stamford at All Saints Church. We had a lovely sunny morning for our wedding so although it was very cold it was bright and crisp. We had 110 people in total at the ceremony and reception. Our actual wedding was really lovely in the gorgeous old church in the middle of the town. One of my oldest and closest friends, Harriet did a reading she wrote for us which was so special (she is a very talented journalist working for the Telegraph and was in Hong Kong when we first met), my brother read Corinthians 13 in his wonderful deep voice and Chris’ oldest friend was due to read a very funny poem that we loved called Love Me by Bee Rawlinson that we had heard at her wedding. Chloe actually got stuck in Ireland trying to make it over so one of Chris’ ushers Rob stepped in and did the honours.

Wedding ceremony at All Saints Church in Stamford | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Personalised order of service| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Holly leaves aisle decoration| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Red and white vintage wedding car| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Page boys playing on their Ipad | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Flower girls arriving at the ceremony | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride with her bridal party arriving at the venue | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride with her father | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bridesmaids in black dresses walking down the aisle | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride and groom at the alter | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Ushers singing along to the hymns | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Ushers handing the rings over | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
The newlyweds | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
The newlyweds | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Our wedding photographer was… Douglas Fry who was also the photographer at my sisters wedding. We wanted a photographer who would fit in with our day and capture the special moments that we might not see. We wanted real photos of the people we loved and were not too concerned about having a lot of formal posed group shots. Douglas did a wonderful job and was with us the whole day and well into the night when the party really got going!

The newlyweds and bridesmaids outside the church | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
The newlyweds leaving the church | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Our wedding reception… At The George Hotel in Stamford. We were very lucky to be able to hold the wedding there as they are very popular at Christmas time and do not normally allow weddings in December. The George is a wonderful old hotel that really comes alive at Christmas and they decorate it amazingly so the setting was brilliant. We put up a marquee with a black star cloth roof in the garden and it was such a magical setting. I have always known I wanted to get married at The George, it is where my parents got married and my sister too and it is where we have celebrated so many of our family events from 21st birthdays to 50th and 60th birthdays as well as graduations, engagements and now all of our weddings as well.

Our wedding theme was… A simple, elegant Christmas wedding. We used black, cream and a lot of gold and green. We avoided too much red as I didn’t want it to feel a  bit of  a cliché Christmas wedding. We were also so lucky that my very talented sister and brother in law who run Basil and Ford designed so much for us from our invitations through to our table numbers and gorgeous hand printed 12 days of Christmas wedding favour tea towels. We used the 12 days of Christmas as a background theme and used this as part of our invitations, table numbers and favours and we also got Chris’ brother, dad, my brother and brother in law who arranged a group to sing along to the 12 days of Christmas mid way through the wedding breakfast which was absolutely brilliant. We got married on the 2nd day of Christmas so we made reference to the 2 turtle doves which was my sisters idea.

The George of Stamford | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Christmas wedding decor | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Marquee wedding reception with Christmas themed wedding decor | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Christmas themed wedding favours | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Christmas themed wedding table numbers | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Christmas themed wedding favours | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Wooden card box | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

Our wedding was unique and special because… The work my sister and brother in law at Bail and Ford did made the wedding very distinctive. The wedding invitations were all hand printed and the theme they created continued right through the day with so many lovely touches. They are so talented and a lot of people commented on the work they did for the do.
Wedding breakfast | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride enjoying the wedding breakfast | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Wedding guests toasting the marriage | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

 Our favourite part of the wedding was… Everything. I loved so much of our day. We wanted to have a relaxed, fun day and a great party and that is exactly what we had. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did . I think a few key highlights were the readings in church which were so special, my gorgeous bridesmaids and flower girls especially my baby niece Matilda being part of our day, so many of our wonderful friends traveling from Hong Kong, Scotland and Ireland. The 12 days of Christmas sing along with Chris’ brother on the trumpet, his dad on the French horn and Matt and Sam leading the singing was just so much fun and when I looked around to see everyone on their chairs singing along I felt a burst of pure happiness and felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Bride and her wedding guests toasting the marriage | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Wedding marquee with black star cloth | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride, her mum and gran with their wedding rings | 3 generations of married women | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride, her mum and gran with their wedding rings | 3 generations of married women | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Wedding reception in a marquee | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Personalised projector screen with Mr and Mrs | Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Champagne reception| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Cheese wedding cake| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk
Bride and groom cutting their cheese wedding cake| Abigail and Chris's Real Christmas Wedding | Confetti.co.uk

What is your advice for other brides? Would be to try and enjoy it all as at times it can feel very overwhelming and like there is so much to do but then when it’s over you sort of wish you still had it to plan and look forward to. Also to try and take a few moments during the day to just stop and realise it is your wedding day. The day goes by in such a blur and we sort of ran around the whole day and then before we knew it the whole thing was over and we were waking up with hangovers and wondering how it all went so quickly! I was also very lucky to have my sister involved who did such a wonderful job helping me get everything organised which made the world of difference.

Suppliers

Wedding Dress: Le Spose Di Gio | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Wedding Suits: Richmonds in Stamford | Bridesmaid Dresses: John Lewis | Wedding Flowers: Marino Straker | Wedding Entertainment: 29 Fingers | Wedding Photographer: Douglas Fry | Wedding Cake: The Cheese Shop, Stamford | Wedding Make-up: Shima Hossaini and Liza Smith | Wedding Stationery: Basil and Ford | Wedding Venue: All Saints Church, Stamford | Ceremony Venue: The George Hotel of Stamford | Wedding Venue stylist/planner: Jodie Bloomer the wedding planner at The George and my sister Lucy Glen at Basil and Ford | Wedding Gift list: John Lewis and Mr and Mrs Smith

This article was written by

Sahdia Qayyum
Sahdia Qayyum has over six years experience in the wedding industry as a planner and designer; she has a clear vision of what brides are looking for.

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