With a shared love of skiing, Rosie and Ollie's pistes crossed in 2008, on a ski season in Whistler, Canada. "We both went out there to teach kids to ski with thirty other like-minded Brits," says Rosie. "We had a lot in common. Our shared sense of humour, laid back nature and appetite for travel and we still do!" she shares.
Ten happy years later Ollie proposed. "We went back Whistler where it all began on our ten-year anniversary of being together. It was a lovely surprise," Rosie recalls.
The venue was an easy choice for Rosie and Ollie. "Living in London you appreciate areas of natural beauty. We knew Kew Gardens well as we live in South London and when we were shown around we were blown away it's just stunning," Rosie says. "The ceremony was extra special as the sun came out in full force and was shining through the large glass windows of the Nash Conservatory as we said our vows." The drinks reception was held in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. "This is a glass labyrinth leading you through a series of fascinating ecosystems. It felt really special and different," she adds.
Rosie wore an elegant bespoke design by Louise Selby that was accessorised with a removal floral jacket that she took off for the evening celebrations. Her hair was loosely curled and swept back from her face and she finished the look with a floor-length veil and crystal Steve Madden shoes. Their bridesmaids looked gorgeous in dove grey dresses with cowl back detailing that complemented the look of the groom and groomsmen. Ollie opted for a 3-piece navy suit and accessorised with a light grey waistcoat and burgundy tie
The bouquets were primarily white with touches of powder blue and blush. "We added silvery foliage and satin ribbon round the stem and included snapdragons, four season roses, dorchester roses, snowberries and dahlias. They looked amazing we were so pleased with them," says Rosie. Similar flowers were used throughout the venue. For the ceremony, four pedestal arrangements of blooms complementing the bouquets framed the alter and pillar candles in silver storm lanterns lined the aisle. For the centrepieces, tall dramatic pedestal displays were mixed with lower arrangements using the flowers from the ceremony and cracked silver candles were placed around them. "To add an extra element to the room, we chose an amber leaf uplight on the ceiling that switched to purple for the dancing post dinner. It looked beautiful as the sun went down," Rosie recalls.
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Guests were treated to a ski-shot of limoncello that the couple designed on an actual ski, "It allowed three people to do the shot in unison at the bar which was a big hit," she says.
With a nod to Rosie's love of sweets, a pick n' mix help yourself sweet station went down a storm and a polaroid camera was readily available for friends and family to go wild with to fill the guest book with happy memories from the day.
Throughout the evening, the band, Pandora's Jukebox, created the party atmosphere. "They were a big focus of the entertainment as they were a nine-piece band that we'd seen perform at another wedding. They didn't disappoint and their act included being mobile and coming out onto the dancefloor to perform certain songs and some fun medleys. The dancefloor was packed throughout the evening!" Rosie says.
After two previous postponed wedding dates due to Covid, the couple finally got to have the day of their dreams. “We were riding a wave all day, it was exactly how we’d hoped. We loved every minute.”