Glitz, glamour, ostrich feathers and Elvis made this white carpet wedding one filled with surprises.
Alex and I had been together for 5 years before we got engaged. I had booked us a holiday to Cornwall to a wonderful place I deeply adored going to since I was a child and really wanted to take him there for his birthday which was in May 2014. After arriving we took the dog out on a late sunny afternoon walk and he proposed to me on the trail leading to the beach. I was completely speechless! He had been planning this for nearly 6 months. He had asked my Dads permission back in February and had taken my Mum ring shopping to get her advice. We went back to where we were staying so we could call all our family and friends and tell them (even though they all knew) and I was then surprised with a beautiful Michael Kors watch to match my beautiful engagement ring. Alex had always wanted to buy me a nice watch but I was never too bothered and after window shopping one Christmas I told him that he could when I had an engagement ring to match. That was me hinting!
Our wedding was in August 2016. We had a small wedding as I don’t have much family and wanted to share the day with our closest and dearest. There was a total of 38 guests in the day and just over 100 on the evening. We wanted our day to really reflect us as a couple and what we are about so we went with a red carpet theme as we love a bit of glitz and glamour! We also told our guests as an option to dress to our theme which they loved. Great excuse for getting your best dress and suit out! Our colours were white, navy blue and silver glitter. We really wanted everything to be classy and elegant.
As we are very untraditional we knew we wanted our whole day to be completely different to any wedding we had been to before. We added a few surprises in that we kept top secret throughout the planning! Alex and I also decided to write our own vows to each other and made them funny and personal. If I had to choose three words to describe our wedding it would be amazing, entertaining and unique.
THE VENUE & CEREMONY
We had our whole wedding weekend at Patshull Park Golf and Country Club. I fell in love straightaway! It has a beautiful golf course and grounds surrounded by a huge lake. The perfect setting for our wedding! Nothing too grand, just very elegant and simple. The venue was so accommodating and kept in touch throughout the whole run up to the day. Jo, our Coordinator was amazing. She was so professional and gave us so much advice and ideas. The day before the wedding we stayed over at the venue with some family and friends. The boys went off playing golf and us girls sat outside drinking bubbly in the sunshine! Then we all had our last meal together before becoming Mr and Mrs It really was just perfect!
I purchased my wedding dress and bridesmaid dress from Vicky Lee Bridal. I knew what I wanted and my Mum had seen the dress in a magazine. We both knew it was the one so I took my Mum with me on my birthday to go dress shopping. I went to another shop first and tried on around 15 dresses altogether. They didn’t stock the one my Mum had seen. When I tried on my dress I knew straight away it was the one! We both sobbed as I walked out of the fitting rooms. A beautiful off-white fishtail gown which fitted in all the right places! I was completely in awe!
Rather than a veil I added a beautiful ostrich feather shawl around my shoulders and had a handmade crystal belt tied around my waist. It’s amazing how a dress can make you feel! I felt elegant, sexy and knew that everyone would love it. The whole look fitted my theme perfectly!
GROOM AND HIS MEN
We bought my Husbands suit as he wanted something he could wear again. We bought his Dinner jacket from John Lewis, shirt and trousers from next and his shoes from M&S. He wanted to look slightly different from his groomsmen. The other suits were hired from Nicholas Smith. We chose cream dinner jackets to match our red carpet theme. My Dad and my brother had the job of picking these up.
I only had one bridesmaid which made the whole experience so much easier – Alex’s step sister. She wore a beautiful navy blue lace gown by the same designer as mine Morilee by Madeline Gardner.
HAIR & MAKEUP
I had Aleksandra Guz do my Bridal party hair and makeup. She was amazing! It was the first time she had done very glam hair and makeup and she loved it! We all had so much fun together getting ready.
I had my flowers from our local Flower shop Bunches and Bows. I chose calla lilies because I wanted something a little less traditional and they are so beautiful and elegant. The shop kindly added a bit of bling for me too. We had red roses for the button holes as the boys wanted to feel a bit James bond on the day to go with their cream dinner jackets. We also had some lovely thank you bouquets in our themed colours.
We had canapés and fizz after the ceremony for the guests and a lovely 5-course meal. On the evening we had a buffet and a tiered cake made from cheese with crackers. I bought this myself from Marks and Spencer. It looked fab! I didn’t want anything too big and fancy for our cake as Alex isn’t a massive fan. We had a small 2 tier chocolate flavoured sponge cake and cupcake tower in our themed colours and matching Bride/Groom cake pops as favours.
All our wedding stationary was designed by myself and created by my Father in law and his wife. They have a small stationary business beside their full time jobs and kindly offered this to us as a wedding gift. My favourite piece was our table plan which sat on a beautiful silver antique mirror. It was stunning and we got to keep the mirror too! All I can say is Pinterest is a girl’s best friend!
We decided to have our DJ with us from start to finish. He was great and took care of all our music throughout the day. As guests were arriving for the evening reception we had a Magician greeting them and doing all sorts of mind-boggling tricks! For our first dance we had a jiggle around to a more upbeat song as a confetti canon exploded over us and then we invited guests to dance with us to finish. All our entertainment was top secret and only my parents knew as they had kindly arranged it with family friends.
My Dad and I had been planning a surprise dance for months. We started dancing to a slow song and broke out into what we called music through the eras! We finished on an Elvis song and the surprises kept coming. Without an introduction, we had an Elvis impersonator walk on singing as we finished dancing. The whole room erupted and was so surprised. We still have people tell us how shocked and amazed they were by what we had planned. I think the Dad and Daughter dance will go down in history!
Our photographer was a friend called Simon Howell as our photographer. He did us a great price and really suited our personalities. We didn’t want anyone too traditional and he was well up for that. Our package included 2 photographers all day so we had a lot of natural and fun photos taken.
I have so many special memories from the day that I’ll cherish. Like the feeling of confidence I got walking down the aisle when I saw how my husband looked at me. The nerves just seemed to slip away as I approached him. How proud we were and how we laughed at each other reading our vows. How much fun everyone had especially on the evening with all the surprises and entertainment we had in store. I’ll always remember people’s reactions, comments and the expressions on their faces the most. I’ll always cherish the moment I had with my Dad. It was so special. Just the two of us. I felt more nervous about him seeing me for the first time never mind anyone else – I am a real Daddy’s girl and always will be. I’ll never forget how he looked at me and how emotional he got. He couldn’t say a word to me because of how choked up he was. But he didn’t need to, I could tell how proud and happy he was. He loves pocket watches so I bought him one and got it engraved with a special message which I gave him when he came to get me. We still get our family and friends tell us how it was the best wedding they had ever been too!
BRIDE TO BRIDE
- Follow your heart and do what you want. You won’t please everyone and may have fall outs with people (especially family) along the way, however, the only thing that matters is the two of you and the journey you’re about to start together.
- Choose carefully who you take dress shopping. I felt taking just my Mum was so special. It was such a lovely moment choosing the dress together! Plus Mums really do know best and will always tell you the truth!
- When you do the big reveal to your Dad for the first time make sure it’s just the two of you. The photos your photographer captures will explain why after!
- Make sure you and your new hubby grab some alone time together. Even if its 5 minutes! It’s great to have time to reflect and chat about the things that have happened or even to just have a cheeky kiss and cuddle together away from everyone.
Ceremony & Reception: Patshull Park Golf and Country Club ♥ Decorations: Country Basket
Wedding Dress: Vicky Lee Bridal ♥ Bridesmaid Dress: Morilee by Madeline
Hair & Makeup: Aleksandra Guz
Groom: John Lewis, next & M&S ♥ Groomsmen: Nicholas Smith
Flowers: Bunches and Bows. ♥ Stationery: We make it happen
Entertainment: Wedding Sounds ♥ Cake: Bostin Bakes
Photography: Simon Howell