This week we are featuring gorgeous Kerrianne who wore Gracious by Nicola Anne Her beautiful photos are by Lucy Lou Photography.
Tell us about your venue
Since Dan and I got engaged in September 2015 (boating lake in Central Park) our original plan was to get married in either September or October of 2017, this of course changed when my mum and I were on the hunt for wedding venues. We had a selection of places we were looking at around Winchester (as a Winchester girl I wanted it to be in my home town) but the University of Winchester (West Downs Campus Business School) stood out beyond the rest. Many friends have chosen some of the beautiful barns and hotels in the surrounding area but the University stood out to us because no one else we knew had got married there, we could have the ceremony and reception in one building and the rooms are gorgeous and full of history. Due to it being a University we had to get married out of term time and they had an availability for Saturday 5th August; bearing in mind this was not our original plan date wise we did have a small discussion but everything aligned and we booked the date and registrar. What was lovely about getting married on the 5th August is that it was 10 years (and 1 week) since my sister got married and also 8 years since my brother got married; also a little spooky that 10 years is the age gap between me and my sister and 8 years is the gap between me and my brother.
Tell us about the dress
I had booked to come into Brides of Winchester on the day in April 2016 that the lovely Nicola Anne was in the shop on a designer day. Trying on a selection of wedding dresses is possibly one of the best experiences; who doesn’t want to feel like a princess?! I thought I knew which dress I wanted to go for out of Nikki’s fantastic range of dresses but I was taken by absolute surprise when I tried on the “Gracious” dress. As I have a bit of a bust on me I thought I would never be able to wear a dress with a gap in the back and therefore go braless but the way in which the dress is made supported me in all the right places. Once I tried the dress on with a veil – that was it. It’s always a good sign when you feel amazing and your mum is having a few tears of happiness.
Who did your hair and makeup and where did you find them?
I honestly cannot recommend the stunning Sarah Elizabeth Abbott enough! When I purchased my wedding dress from BOW we received a fabulous pack of goodies with leaflets for wedding cake shops, stationary designers etc. and Sarah’s card was in the pack. After a quick search on the internet and a look through her work (amazing!) I had to book her to do hair and make-up for me, my mum and my two bridesmaids. Sarah was an absolute dream on the trial day and helped us all find the right look and on the day itself she helped keep the atmosphere very calm and also kindly put some lovely curls in my flower girls hair. They loved it!
When it came to looking for a photographer I knew I wanted to get this right. We browsed through a wide range of Hampshire based photographers on Google and I can say pretty much instantly Lucy stood out to me. Lucy’s photos, style and passion for her job really made it a simple decision to choose her to be our photographer. We looked through the fantastic packages she provided and decided The Divine package would be the best one for us. When we met with Lucy in a local pub in Winchester we clicked right away – so much so that she was a little late I believe for meeting her next couple! It was important for me to have someone I was comfortable with and also some that at the wedding could easily be mistaken for one of my friends. I can honestly say that now she is a friend.
How did you feel on the morning? Walking down the aisle and during the ceremony.
The day itself was something that I constantly thought about for a long time. As I suffer with anxiety, I feared how this could potentially over take me on the day. However; on the day itself I have not felt that calm in a long time (I must have got all the anxiety out of me for that day!). Mum and I started the day early by taking the family dog, Millie, out for a walk before she went to a friend’s for the day. After that everything went very fast but still very calm, Sarah was with us early to start on the hair and makeup, our lovely Videographer Chris arrived and started filming some of the house, followed by the charming Lucy. During the latter part of the morning when I was having my hair and makeup done the heavens decided to open and I mean they really opened; but, there must have been something looking down on us that day as this passed and we were left with a gorgeous sunny day.
When it came to walking down the aisle I had initially feared this part as everyone would be looking at me (sounds a little odd as I am starting a career as a model!) but it was such a surreal experience seeing all your family and friends smiley (and crying!) at you and then looking at the end of the aisle to see Dan beaming at me. I don’t think I even heard the string trio playing as I walked in as I was so focused on getting to Dan.
It was important to me during the ceremony to be holding Dan’s hand. We kept that contact and looked into each other’s eyes as we said our vowels and we had written our own promises.
What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?
Our main wedding colour was navy blue; both Dan and I own a lot of navy blue clothing and also he used to be in the Royal Navy so it was a little nod to his past work. We didn’t want to go overboard on the decorations but didn’t want it to look to sparse at the same time. My family worked really hard to help make various items for the wedding from the red, white, blue and anchors bunting made by my Mum, the wedding post box made by my sister, the chaby chic chalk board that my Dad re-painted and my sister in law who did some awesome calligraphy writing. An important element to the wedding was to have pictures of the weddings of our immediate family out on display; although they are no-longer with us it meant a lot to have pictures of them there.
What flowers did you choose?
As my husband suffers from a few allergies we needed to make sure that the flowers would not be too over powering and the lovely ladies at Wild Bunch certainly took that on board. I always knew I wanted to have roses for my bouquet but I wasn’t sure on the colour; however, when I saw the red roses I knew these would stand out perfectly and that Dan would look gorgeous with a matching buttonhole. For the family buttonholes and bridesmaid flowers I wanted to keep it very simple so they all had white carnations which was lovely as my Mum had carnations on her bouquet on her wedding day. We wanted to have two pedestals behind the registrar for the ceremony and these would then be moved to either side of the head table for the wedding breakfast. I asked Wild Bunch if they could create something with a mixture of blues, some white and greenery; specifically I asked for hydrangeas and delphiniums. We absolutely loved what they produced. My sister in law has even dried my bouquet for me and it is now sitting in a gorgeous crystal vase in our glasses cabinet.
What was your first dance?
Our first dance was Nat King Cole L-O-V-E; we had taken dance classes with Freedom2Dance (thank you Jonathan!) and I think we were both more nervous about this than getting married. It went really well and I am so pleased that we will have documented evidence (not just from our videographer) but also many friends that we did this dance. It was important for me to also do a little dance with my Dad; we did this to The Temptations My Girl.
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Two moments – our very good friend Mr. Simon Clarke busting out the dance moved the Gangnam Style on the dance floor with his tie around his head! And also the Macarena – this song was a key part of school discos for me as a child! Wonderfully captured by Lucy!
Top tip(s) for other brides:
Everyone will tell you not to stress about things but you will. All the tiny items you focus on to make sure they are perfect will not be noticed and they could be the small thing that breaks you and leads you
straight to the chocolate! Make lists, give tasks to other people you trust and ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! Your engagement will go fast and the wedding day will go even faster. Take moments with your new husband to savior the day and also dance the night away! It’s your day!
Highlight of the day:
Everything! Seeing your friends and family together, happy, laughing is amazing. They are all there for you.
List of wedding suppliers
Photographer – Lucy Lou
Videographer – Big Dream wedding films
Hair and Make Up – Sarah Elizabeth Abbot
String Trio – Primavera
Wedding Cake – Marks and Spencers
Venue (food, drink) – Winchester University
DJ – A1 discos
Suits – Moss Bros
Flowers – Wildbunch
Thank you so much Kerrianne for sharing.
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