Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! We are so exciting to share with you, this beautiful #bowbride with you today! Natalie wore the exquisite wedding gown Corbel by Suzanne Neville. Her beautiful wedding photos are by Holly Bobbins.
When did you get married
Our wedding was on my 30th birthday, Friday 5th October 2018.
Jonny asked me to marry him in front of the fountain at Disneyland Paris on my birthday the previous year. In passing – some time before – I’d said I always thought I’d be married by the time I was 30 – walking back to the Disney Hotel he said ‘we have 365 days to plan our wedding’. It was like a dream, such a whirlwind after only being together a year.
Tell us about the dress
It felt like second nature to go to Brides of Winchester, having worked in city for 5 years and walking passed the window every day. My friend had sent me a photo of Suzanne Neville’s Corbel gown way before I was even engaged, so to see it hanging there gave me goose bumps. I knew it was my dress before I’d even stepped into it. It was perfect, the fabric was such a lovely bright shade of sumptuous ivory, the deep neckline was so flattering and the pockets…well, say no more!
Teamed with my Hangisi Manolo Blahnik shoes, I felt the way I’d always wanted to feel.
How did you choose your photographer?
Holly Bobbins photographed my best friend’s wedding and I loved the careful thought and detail she put in to every shot, it was a no brainer choosing her. She blended into the back ground and made everyone feel so relaxed which echoes in the gorgeous photographs.
How did you do your hair?
My hair is my identity; I had some idea of what I wanted but couldn’t find any pictures that even came close. I found Lady B Hair on Goodwood Revivals’ Instagram page, she specialised in vintage hair do’s and I loved the 1940’s victory rolls. I’d always wanted to incorporate flowers and found a gorgeous piece from Gypsy Rose Vintage. Lisa also added some fresh gypsopholia which worked perfectly.
How did you choose your venue?
I’d always wanted to get married, from the moment I knew what a bride was, I wanted to be one, and I also knew I wanted it to take place in the church next to where I went to school in Otterbourne. St Matthew’s was traditional, beautiful and bought back so many happy memories – and I couldn’t wait to add Jonny to those.
How did you feel on your wedding day?
I was terrified I was going to be emotional, but when those doors opened I was beaming. I was so excited to see Jonny at the end of aisle, I think I was almost running at one point. What an amazing experience, everyone I loved, all together, in a place I adored.
What was your theme?
I wanted everything to be really personal to us, the table decorations were ornate whiskey bottles that Jonny and his friends had drank over the past few years. The cake was Colin and Connie the Caterpillar from Marks and Spencer. I wanted our guests to see our light hearted, fun side and the beautiful fairy lights hung around the room which made it feel cosy and romantic.
What flowers did you choose?
Our florist was recommended by my best friend, she was so kind and great to work with. My flowers were just perfect, white and dusky pink roses with white and green foliage – showing my individuality I had succulents in my bouquet and in the groomsmen’s button holes.
What was your first dance?
Our first dance was ‘Are you with me’ by the country singer Easton Corbin, it means so much to both of us and as soon as it started playing the room became hazy and it was just Jonny and I. It was the most perfect moment of my life and one I think about most days.
‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac was the one I chose to dance with my Dad – so emotional and so lovely.
List of wedding suppliers not mentioned above
- Groomsmen suits – Moss Bros
- Bridesmaid dresses – David’s Bridal
- Make up – Julie Ellen Beauty
- Flowers – Elsie Rose
- Lighting and chairs – Luminique
- Chocolate Fountain – Hampshire Chocolate Fountains
- Band – Freddie and the Freeloaders
Thank you so much for sharing Natalie x