This week we are featuring our gorgeous Suzi who married on 10 September 2015 at St Audries Park, Somerset.

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Who was your photographer?

Our wedding photographer was JD Photography who, whilst heavily pregnant, was like a photographic ninja, managing to get the most natural, involved and beautiful shots of our big day without us even realising!

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Tell us about your dress

I had had my heart set on having a Pronovias design ever since I was a teenager.  I knew that I did not want a strapless dress and I wanted lace to be part of my gown.  Apart from that, I did not have a clue.  I visited one bridal store in London where I had quite a poor experience and so I looked up Pronovias stockists near to where I live in Dorset and, after reading the reviews on BoW, I booked my appointment to fall on my birthday.

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I can quite honestly say that it was the best birthday ever!  As soon as I walked in with my parents, Hayley & Laura put us at ease, made us feel very comfortable and not rushed or pressured.  Hayley asked me to pick 5 dresses that I liked and then she picked some “wild cards” for me based on the styles I said I preferred, my height, shape, colouring etc. and her bridal experience.  As soon as I put on Laren by Pronovias, I knew it was “the” dress.  Both my parents cried (which I took as a compliment!) and I felt the most beautiful I ever had.  My dress was everything I had dreamed and was actually picked by Hayley.  Laura added a beautiful Helen Martin 2 tier picot edge 108” veil with scattered Swarovski crystals and Ivory & Co’s “Jasmine” tiara and, with my “something blue” Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoes, my outfit was complete.

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How did you choose your venue?

Phiroze & I always knew that we wanted to be married in a church and preferably one that was on the same site as, or fairly close to, our chosen wedding venue.  My mum actually suggested St Audries Park to us about a year before Phiroze & I got engaged and, although we did look at other venues, nothing came close in comparison.  We also wanted an exclusive-use venue that had a lot to offer, regardless of the weather, so that guests wouldn’t get bored during the day and, with St Audries Park, boredom just wasn’t possible.  The setting is so picturesque and spacious that we were able to have a lot of the extras that we wanted – a harpist during the canapes, games on the lawn, an evening band, a photo booth by the Photo Booth Bournemouth and evening fireworks – as well as giving guests quiet areas to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

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What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?

We opted for a “traditionally English with an Indian twist” theme as Phiroze is half-Indian and proposed to me in Goa, India.  We also wanted his father, Rusi, who sadly passed away in 2008, to be heavily involved in our special day and so we chose his birthday as our wedding date.  Rusi gave Phiroze his pride and joy “Beauty”, his 1947 Buick, and so naturally there was no other car that I wanted to be taken to the church in.

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We picked our colour scheme based on our favourite combinations that we came up with with our florist, Daisy Lane Florals – purple, pink, cream, gold, silver & a touch of turquoise – and I had a picture of my grandfather added to my bouquet and a picture of Rusi added to Phiroze’s buttonhole and his mother’s corsage.  Our bridesmaids were dressed in beautiful saris from India with elephant brooches and our pageboys wore traditional Indian outfits with nehru collars, whilst Phiroze, his Best Men and my daddy wore traditional Morning Suits.  We incorporated Gujarati and Indian motifs in to our wedding stationary as well as elephants, which we had decorating our Wedding Breakfast tables and our wedding cake, and our wedding favours were little bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin!

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What was your first dance?

Our first dance was choreographed by the incredibly patient & talented Andrey & Alexandra to Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You?”.  Neither my husband or I are trained dancers but I like to think that we’ve got a bit of rhythm and, having kept it secret from our nearest and dearest, we performed a Waltz, with lift and all, much to the surprise and delight of our guests!  Having let Hayley & Laura in on the secret, they were able to recommend Diane Flook, a Hampshire-based seamstress who specialises in Pronovias alterations, who created a beautiful bustle for my gown so that I didn’t have to worry about my dress’ train.

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What is your top tip?

  • Have a budget but be open to compromise.  My husband and I picked one thing that we each wanted to “splurge” on (after my outfit, of course!) – he picked the band that we had for the evening and I picked our photographer.
  • People say to pick your wedding underwear before your dress but I think shoes are more important – my first wedding purchases were my shoes, giving me enough time to practice walking in them for a long period of time and knowing what length my dress needed to be/altered to.
  • This is your day as a couple, to celebrate your union.  If you haven’t heard from Aunty Beryl since you were two years’ old, you don’t need to invite her if you don’t want to.

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What was the highlight of your day?

Although there isn’t one moment that was a highlight to me – the whole day was amazing! – a few things that stick out are;
1. that we had the most beautiful weather which we believe Rusi had a hand in as it was forecast to rain!
2. seeing Phiroze and the smile on his face when I walked down the aisle;
3. being pronounced Husband and Wife;
4. having my Daddy give me away;
5. that I never used to let Phiroze hear me sing so I surprised him (and everyone else) by singing Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird” accompanied by one of the Best Men on acoustic guitar;
6. walking in to where I was to get ready on the morning of the wedding to a printed personalised fairy tale detailing how Phiroze had bought me a Rag Doll kitten called Christmas for my wedding present;
7.  being surrounded by family and friends.

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Thank you so much Suzi for sharing.

Why not share your own special day! Send your snaps to mydress@bridesofwinchester.co.uk or tag us #bowbride

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