Our Wedding Story….

We actually met on match.com 7 years ago! And while that may not be the fairytale romantic start many couples have, it worked for us.

We got engaged on New Year’s Day 2016 in London. We both decided to not spend another new Year’s Eve at home, so decided on a spontaneous trip to London that day. Following a stay in a lovely hotel, watching the fireworks and a wonderful meal, we headed home on New Year’s Day. It was not until we were unpacking back home that out of the blue he asked! Many times I had thought he would propose on several romantic occasions, but proposing in our own space was far more special to me.

My Wedding Photographer

We used Matt Lee Photography as our photographer, and we are so pleased we did! We had previously seen his work following one of our friends wedding’s he photographed, and loved his non-traditional approach. Following an engagement photo shoot we had with him, we really got to know him and discuss his vision for the day, and what we wanted from it too. He put both of us at ease, which is not an easy job as neither of us our fans of being photographed. Looking through the pictures, he captured the emotion of the day perfectly.

My Wedding Venue

We chose the venue for our Wedding purely because we loved the Art Deco/ Modern style of it. The staircase alone makes a big impression on arrival, and we found the food, drinks and general feel of the place suited us to a tee.

My Wedding Catering

We wanted to make sure our guests didn’t go hungry. We started with a cocktail hour following the ceremony, which served 2 types of canapés (fillet steak as one, and scallops as the other), with mine and my husband’s favourite signature cocktail, the Espresso Martini, offered for all the adult guests. The main wedding breakfast consisted of a starter of Pressed Terrine of Duck Confit& guinea Fowl with plum chutney and sesame seed & chicory salad followed by Slow cooked crispy pork belly with bubble & squeak potato cake, runner beans and apple & vanilla sauce and finishing with a Chocolate delice with peanut butter mousse, salt caramel ice cream and freeze dried raspberries for dessert. We also served a picnic style buffet in the evening for guests (including quiche, chicken satay etc), and provided a massive assortment of flavoured candy floss (including flavours such as Irish cream, mojito, strawberry cheesecake, watermelon etc.), which went down really well!

Neither of us really wanted a ‘cake’ as such, so we decided to do a tower of Krispy Kreme’s instead. The black gloss square tied stand I bought off amazon, and made the figures of us myself for the top. These went down a treat, and looked amazing, with Dave and his best Man Richard, setting them up the morning of the wedding.

My Wedding Style

I knew the dress I wanted to wear as soon as I saw it on a flyer at a Wedding Fair I attended. The Designer was Hayley Paige from her blush collection, with the design called ‘River’. Only 2 boutiques stocked the dress, One in Botley (Hannah Elizabeth Bridal), and one all the way in Oxford. As soon as I tried it on I fell in love, especially with the attached neck piece, which came with the dress. Occasions of West Street in Fareham handled all our alterations. They were fantastic! Hair was done by my local hairdresser Strands, in Hill Head, and I did my own makeup (following trial and error and many you tube tutorials!). The Bridesmaids dresses where from Lightinthebox.com and Grooms and groomsmen’s three piece slim fit grey suits where from Moss Bros.

We didn’t really plan on having a ‘theme’ as such, but just picked things that we both loved and would go together. Colours we picked were Copper and Green, with an almost old school Speakeasy vibe, with dark brown leather, moody lighting, candlelight and strong structural centrepieces.

My Wedding Flowers

Willows Wedding Flowers did all my arrangements and I have to say surpassed my expectations!. The flower girls had small flower crowns of light green flowers, with the youngest bridesmaid holding a small pomander of burnt orange flowers. My Maid of honours bouquets was a mix of burnt orange orchids, and mine, +a hand tied mix of green cymbidium orchids and burnt orange. The button holds where orchids, with the grooms combining copper wire detailing into the piece. We also had 2 structural pieces either side of the ceremony table, using orchid heads weaved into Copper mess wire in tall gloss back containers. They were beautiful. Our centrepieces were in tall black glass cylinder vases, with twisted willow, entwined orchids, structural burnt orange calla lilies and handing glass orbs lit by candlelight, which dangled off the branches.

My Wedding Highlights

Walking down the aisle and seeing Dave. I had managed to keep it together all morning but as soon as I saw his eyes start to well up as I walked towards him, I went. Luckily I managed to pull it back and compose myself, but the look on his face is one I will treasure forever.

My wedding advice is….to not forget the reason why you are getting married in the first place. Planning a wedding can be very stressful and you can sometimes lose sight of the things that are really important. We tried to make sure we took ‘nights off’ from the wedding planning to take some time for ourselves as a couple.

My Wedding Suppliers

Venue | Aviator By TAG Hotels

Wedding Coordinator |  Hayley Reid

Florist | Sally Whittington, Willows Wedding Flowers

Photographer| Matt Lee Photography

Transport | Biran Bennett, Cathedral Cars

Cake | Krispy Kreme

Entertainment | DJ & Up lighting, Vernon Francis, City Nights Disco

Casino Tables | Lost Vegas

Candy Floss Vendor | The Candy Floss King

Hair | Strands Hair Salon, Hill Head

Dress | Hannah Elizabeth Bridal, Botley

Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids | Light in the Box

Flower girls | BHS

Grooms/ Groomsmen | Moss Bros