This week we are featuring our gorgeous Alex who got married on the 26thAugust 2016, with the ceremony at St Mary’s Church, Itchen Stoke and the reception at Clock Barn, Whitchurch. Alex’s photographer was Emma Moore “who was perfect, she just fitted in with all of our guests and was so discreet. Her photos are incredible.”
Tell us about your dress
I absolutely loved my dress and it made me feel like a princess every time I put it on. It was Pronovias, Primadonna and just really different. Everyone told me afterwards that finding a wedding dress is difficult but that’s not the experience I had. I only made an appointment at BoW and went in knowing the shape I wanted. The team were incredible and know each and every one their dresses. They made the experience so much fun, it was a great afternoon. My dress was the third one I tried on and then I wouldn’t take it off. I knew from that point that it was the one.
How did you choose your venue?
The church was pretty special. St Mary’s is a disused church under the care of the Church’s conservation trust and therefore we had to submit a case for a special licence to get married there. Rob’s dad, John, is the key holder for the church and looks after it on a daily basis, opening it for tourists and banking the collection. Thanks to John’s involvement we were granted the licence, making us the only ones to marry in the church for 40 years and with limited chances of others marrying there for a very long time, if at all.
Rob is in the army and spent most of our engagement overseas. We sat down when we got engaged and discussed everything that he wanted out of the day, so that I could arrange it with his dreams in mind. Therefore I had a really clear view of what we wanted and Clock Barn was beautiful; everything we had hoped for. It was beautiful and again, the second I saw it, I just wanted to get married there. In truth, I’d found it on Pinterest ages ago and loved it from the beginning, but don’t tell Rob that bit. The team at Clock Barn made the day run like clockwork, helping us to have the most perfect day.
What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?
We really wanted an informal summer garden party with a vintage feel. Clock Barn was perfect as it has the vintage feel and comes with all of the bunting and fairy lights as part of the décor. One of my best friends made our cake; a delicious, naked, three tiered Victoria sponge and 100 cupcakes as favours. We also had an old red routemaster to transport all of our guests between the venues throughout the day and two vintage VW camper vans as our wedding cars. It helped that the sun shone all day, the last day of summer!
What was your first dance?
Tom Odell, Real Love. We hugged a bobbed for a bit and then surprised everyone with a little choreographed section. Rob doesn’t dance, so everyone cheered him and thought it was brilliant.
What is your top tip?
I guess two things, firstly, plan your day to the minute. We had a spreadsheet (sync matrix as Rob called it) which planned out where we needed to be for the days surrounding the wedding (including which car needed to be where, with what). We also wrote out some little time plans for our wedding party. Ultimately everything ran like clockwork and no one stressed about anything because we’d thought of every eventuality and planned for it beforehand, so didn’t need to worry on the day. Secondly, think about your dance in the context of your dress. Poor Rob was so concerned about stepping on it. Just enjoy the day! You really can’t plan for everything, so just forget about it and enjoy your wedding, it’s your day.
What was the highlight of your day?
Absolutely everything to be honest, I just want to replay it all over again as it was the best day. I’d like to party like that all the time. The church was probably the highlight. Not only was it beautiful and the florist (White Horse Flower Company) had wowed us with the flowers, two things of note happened. Firstly, the flowers had brought butterflies into the church, which fluttered about throughout the ceremony. Our guests thought we’d ordered them. Also, another of my good friends who we had asked to play the piano for us throughout the ceremony, had booked a string quartet for us as a surprise. We had no idea and I walked down the aisle so full of emotion at everything which was going on. Rob looked amazing in his uniform and our Vicar was hilarious.
Thank you so much Alex for sharing.
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