Barry knew that the dress was colourful as he could see a hint of the dupioni and moiré shade from within the dress bag at home. On the day, when he saw me walk down the imaginary aisle in the grass, his jaw dropped. He knew it was perfect for me and he told me I was beautiful. The ceremony was a really powerful moment; we felt an amazing connection knowing that we would spend the rest of our lives together. The wedding rings were designed by my friend Cindy Horrigan of Ochre Objects. She did an amazing job creating pieces that were modern, but also antique-inspired, to complement my Edwardian engagement ring.
White accents, from Jamaica’s Karen Walker veil to her Manolos, amplified the bridal element of her look.
We had a virtual champagne toast with our families after the ceremony, so that they could partake in some of the celebration. It was not without some technical difficulties, but it was a real highlight and featured a beautiful performance of “Moon River” by my brother, Adam Walden, who is a professional, classically-trained cellist. Having our dog, Fiona – a rescue who is a little skittish but was an absolute trooper – with us, wearing a floral wreath that matched my Ella & Louie bouquet, was incredibly special too, because she is our immediate family.
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Having Fiona by their side was important as the rescue pup is like family – even her lead matched Jamaica’s dress.
Sitting down to dinner and taking a moment to pause and reflect was one of my favourite moments from the day. My friends at Block Shop Textiles helped me design the tablescape, and provided beautiful linens for the meal. We cut our Lelé Pâtisserie cake in the beautiful greenhouse, which was wonderful for the pictures, and listened to a playlist of our favourite love songs, knowing that we would always have this amazing soundtrack to listen to.
Lelé Pâtisserie turned Jamaica and Barry’s inspiration pictures into a decadent posy-strewn cake for two.
The feedback we received after sharing the pictures, taken by my friend Margot Landen, was amazing. I never thought the dress would get the response it did and it didn’t dawn on me until after that it was one of the first wedding dresses Christopher had designed. I feel so honoured to be a part of such a special moment in his career and will continue to be a lifelong Christopher John Rogers fan.
“I will continue to be a lifelong Christopher John Rogers fan,” affirms the bride.