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This Blogger's Big Day is actual perfection

This Blogger's Big Day is actual perfection

Sasha Machin's opulent day gives us registry goals

ARTICLE BY : Abha Shah

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Blogger and writer Sasha Wilson married John Machin at Magadalen College, Oxford University on 27th August. She says: “We met online using the app Happn, which I was ready to delete. We spoke for hours online, before our first date at the Bulgari in Knightsbridge in October 2015. It was fireworks from then onwards and we were engaged on our first anniversary. 

The Proposal
John surprised me with a visit to the great tower of Magadalen College, Oxford, It’s a tall medieval tower from which you can see the whole of Oxford. When we got to the top and I saw the gorgeous view and John got on bended knee. I said yes, of course! 
Planning
I used Pinterest and found a lot of inspiration on Instagram. I love the Palace of Versailles with its regal gold, opulent and grand look, and this was how I always imagined my day to be. I kept a wedding book for notes, ideas, and lists. We also kept a spreadsheet for the invites, RSVPs and finances.

Getting Ready
Arabic brides marry in white. Plus, I’m Christian so it was a no-brainer as to what colour I’d wear! We also have Mehndi the night before but I opted out as to be a traditional English bride. I had my sights set on a Zuhair Murad gown but it was £10k pricier than the dress I ended up wearing, a couture Pronovias piece. They were so similar that nobody noticed the difference! My diamond bracelet was a family heirloom which once belonged to my mother. My hair piece was from Jon Richard and so were the bridesmaids accessories. Elena Hair, who I found via a friend on instagram, did my hair. I finished my look with Manolo Blahnik shoes, sold to me by the man himself at his Mayfair boutique.I did my own makeup, choosing gold smokey eyes and a deep pink lip. 
My second gown was a Jovani gown, my friends named the ‘JLo dress’. I paired this with champagne gold pumps from Christian Louboutin.

Wedding Suppliers
I found a lot of them through the palace, and doing background research on them, I also trawled the internet and wanted to work with people I had a good raport with. If I didn’t like the service of a supplier of how they were communicating with me, I wouldn’t work with them. My bridesmaid is also an event planner and made a list of suppliers she knew were up to scratch.The Ceremony
The wedding took place at Magadalen College, Oxford University (Where John read medicine). We wanted to get married here as the chapel is very ornate and beautiful and only available to alumni of the college, so its very exclusive. A special licence from the archbishop of Canterbury was arranged for our Big Day, and a Fellow of the college and Biochemistry Professor who’s also a personal friend of John’s married us on the day.
Photography and Videography
I had great recommendations for some photgraphers but none had shot at Blenheim Palace, which was an important factor for me. The venue provided a list of their trusted suppliers, so I went through them all, taking care to look closely at their portfolio. The one that stood out was byLumiere photography and cinematography.
Their work is art. I knew our special day would be in safe hands with them.
John and I were absolutely thrilled with the results! The photographs and the film are harmonious and the result of a singular creative vision! As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, photographs are very important part of my job and working with such a talented team was such a joy. 
You can see our wedding trailer here which shows amazing aerial footage of Blenheim Palace. 

The Cake
Our six tier cake came from Cremedela Cakes which specialises in luxury cakes. It was very elegant with lots of classic details along with our initials in edible gold.
The Reception
The reception was held at Blenheim Palace, A place I dreamed of marrying as a young girl. I admire Winston Churchill and his legacy, so to be celebrating the marriage at such a historic and decadent venue was very special for us.

The candelabras doubled as table centrepiece. They were surrounded with floral arrangements in blush pink, white rose, pure white hydrangeas and ivy. Our charger plates were detailed with a stunning golden design etched on them, and all cutlery was gold and glasses were gold rimmed. Resting above the charger plates were ivory buttercream cupcakes with white sugared roses.Our stationery and place names were done with gold leaf. Table names were named after the places we had gone to while dating and were also in gold leaf, sitting on golden easels.
Catering
Blenheim Palace handled our food through Searcys. John and I were both familiar with their cooking, having eaten their restaurants in London. We chose a three course dining option for our wedding breakfast. 



The Details 
Bride: Sasha Machin, 29, Writer & blogger
Groom: John Machin, 33, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Date of wedding: 27th August 2017
Bridal gown: Pronovias
Groom’s outfit: Moss Bros
Photographer: Kate Hopewell Smith, byLumiere
Cake designer: Crèmedela Cakes
Décor company: Duchess & Butler

 

 

Tags : Blenheim Palace  Oxford  Wedding  Regal  Majestic  Blogger  Roses  Gold  White  Provonias 
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