A heavenly homemade gown, romance and A Midsummer Night’s Dream theme make this wedding a must-see!
WHO: Victoria and Paul
WHERE: Preston Priory Barn, Suffolk
WHEN: May 2012
“A week after my birthday, Paul took me away for a surprise weekend at a gorgeous little boutique B&B in Brighton,” remembers Victoria. “I’d just assumed that it was another birthday treat, and was absolutely stunned when he got down on one knee on the beach! So shocked, in fact, that I burst into tears!”
The bride’s outfit
Beautiful bride Victoria is a fashion designer for a high street store, so she had very specific ideas of how her wedding gown should be. “I wanted a romantic, vintage feel, but with some structure, because I’m a size 12 and 5ft 2 – so a slinky and clingy bias-cut number wouldn’t do for me! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my dream dress in any of the shops, so I asked my mum to make it for me.
The gown was made from a gorgeous ivory lace, with little nude coloured flowers to decorate, and this was teamed with a blush underlay, which suited my pale skin tone perfectly. I also didn’t want a big dress, so chose a little train with full tulle godets (seams with an insert) at the hem, to create a romantic and frothy feel. Finally, I also knew that I didn’t want it to be strapless, because I’m not very confident about my upper arms, so we incorporated little cap sleeves, too,” explains Victoria.
The groom’s outfit
Paul wore a mid-grey three-piece suit from Reiss. “He is 6ft 3 and slim, so we knew that a modern, slim-cut would be more suited to his style and frame,” explains Victoria.
Victoria’s maid of honour wore a full-length blush tulle maxi dress from Debenhams, while her little helpers wore dresses from the Monsoon children’s range.
The couple’s civil ceremony included the bride’s brother playing The Wedding March on his acoustic guitar, with readings from Victoria’s brother and Paul’s grandfather.
“Because the barn was quite dark inside, we decided to go for a twinkly, romantic A Midsummer Night’s Dream feel, by collecting hundreds of candles and Moroccan lanterns to light up the room. We used wildflowers and pots of hydrangeas to complement the stunning urn arrangements that Susan, our florist, created for us. We also customised a big pinboard in the corner of the venue with a love sign and wicker hearts that we decorated with lavender and raffia,” says Victoria. The couple’s awe-inspiring cake creation was made by Petite Patisserie by Anthony.
Victoria and Paul took a mini-moon to the Greek island of Santorini, they were even upgraded to a top suite!