Today we are featuring our beautiful bride Emily who wore wedding gown Corbel by Suzanne Neville. The wedding was on 15th September 2018, at St Michael and All Angels Church in Cheriton with the reception in a marquee at the top of Emily’s parents field.

Tell us about the dress

I was quite nervous about wedding dress shopping because I felt a lot of pressure to find ‘the dress’. I went dress shopping with my Mum and my sister and actually really enjoyed the whole process. BOW helped me to feel comfortable and relaxed. I choose the dress that made both my Mum and sister cry!

How did you choose your photographer?

Thomas Alexander came recommended to us and we loved his natural style of photography. We also had a fantastic videographer, John Powell from Powell and Creasy. They were both really easy to be around on the day and we have been absolutely thrilled with the results of their work

What was your theme?

We didn’t have a strict theme but went for a homemade English country garden feel. We had long trestle tables which we covered with brown paper and hessian instead of table clothes. The wedding favors were strawberry, raspberry and vanilla vodka that my Husband had made, it was delicious. We made straw bales into sofas and put them outside the marquee for seating/a smoking area and borrowed fire pits from friends to help keep people outside the marquee warm. We had a brilliant live band who helped create some atmosphere.

What flowers did you choose?

I absolutely loved my wedding flowers and they were a real team effort. Catherine Coombs is a really talented florist who did my wedding bouquet, the bridesmaids flowers and a flower arch around the entrance to the church. My mum, aunty, PhD supervisor and mother-in-law did the rest of the flowers which included jam jars on the tables, a big pedestal in the middle of the marquee and single stem vases on the church window sills. We decorated the inside of the marquee on a bit of a whim while we were setting it up I thought some ivy would look nice and my sister went and picked lots of it for me, which I think looked really effective and gave the marquee a lovely whimsical look.

What was your cake?

My Mum, Karen Young of Final Touch Cakes made our wedding cake, we wanted it to be a surprise and absolutely loved it! She included lots of personal details on the cake, such as, where we got engaged, the date we met, our initials and finished the cake with lots of stunning sugar flowers.

How did you feel on the day?

I got ready at my parents’ house which was lovely and relaxed. I really enjoyed the morning, getting ready with my bridesmaids and felt so excited! I had roughly planned out timings for the morning which helped me feel relaxed because I knew I had plenty of time to get my hair done etc. My wonderful sister did my make up…I’m hopeless with make-up, she is brilliant and we spent the money that we would have spent on hiring a make-up artist to buy some good quality make-up and had a few practices using YouTube videos for help.

What was your first dance?

Our first dance was to ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie. We were both a bit worried that our first dance would be cringy and awkward but both Pete and I really enjoyed it and the song choice seemed to go down very well.

Top tips

Brides – do a speech! I was really unsure about doing a speech but went for it with encouragement from my family and bridesmaids and now look back and feel so pleased that I said a few words (even if I did cry!).

Because we didn’t have a wedding planner or venue coordinator we gave our ushers a little list of jobs for them to do on the day and a timetable of when the speeches were, when the wedding breakfast was and so on which really helped us both to relax on the day as they were amazing at helping keep everything running smoothly.

Highlight of the day

Too many to pick one so my top three:

  1. Going down to church service with my Dad
  2. The church service itself felt really special, my Dad’s oldest friend and Best Man at my parents wedding (27 years ago) was our Vicar who married us and that meant a lot to us
  3. Having time alone with Pete when we went into a field on the way to the reception to have some photos taken

Wedding suppliers not mentioned

  • Hair by Christel Pontin – did an amazing job of my and my bridesmaids hair
  • Catering by Becka Cooper- Becka was brilliant and really listened to us about wanting to create a relaxed atmosphere with delicious food, we opted for lots of canapes instead of a starter and then a main of sharing platters of slow cooked lamp and ricotta stuffed chicken with lots of salalds so guests could eat as much or as little as they wanted. 
  • Marque – Carron marques, they were great: really organised and efficient as well as being flexible
  • Car by Stephen Pearce – we had a Classic Beetle Cabriolet. Stephen was so friendly and relaxed that it helped to calm our nerves. He also kindly waited for Pete and I to have our photographs taken in a field on route back to the reception. 

Thank you so much for sharing Emily x

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