Princess bride Nicola marries her very own Prince Charming in this gorgeous real wedding at Leeds Castle. Filled with stunning details, it’s guaranteed to inspire your own big day…
WHO: Nicola and David
WHERE: St Nicholas Church, Boughton Malherbe and Leeds Castle
WHEN: July 2011
PHOTOS: A J Williams Photography
“We had been together for a year and had gone to Paris to celebrate,” remembers Nicola. “We stayed in a gorgeous boutique hotel and enjoyed lots of great food in unique little restaurants.
After dinner one evening, Dan suggested we take a walk near the Eiffel Tower, and it was there that he popped the question,” smiles Nicola
The bride’s real wedding outfit
“My wedding gown was from the Pronovias store in Bond Street, London – it was the only shop I went to,” remembers Nicola. “After trying on four other dresses, I knew instantly ‘Fauna’ was ‘the one.’ The dress did originally have a one-shoulder strap, but I asked for this to be changed because I knew my bridesmaids would be wearing a similar style and I didn’t want us to match!” she adds
The groom’s real wedding outfit
“Daniel had his suit and shirt made to measure by Mangas in London – it was exactly as he wanted it. He chose everything from the type of stitching and the size of the lapels to the buttons and the lining’s fabric. The whole suit was custom made to his taste, and he’s one fussy groom!” says Nicola
“His entire suit was custom made to his taste, and he’s one fussy groom!”
“I had four beautiful bridesmaids; my friends Laura and Charlotte, my sister Carli and a close family friend’s daughter, Libby,” explains Nicola. The adults wore full-length one-shoulder Mori Lee gowns while Libby wore a flowergirl dress from Accessorize.
“We had two readings, the first was Corinthians 13, followed by Song of Solomon. Also, before the real wedding Dan and I were totally hooked on The Sopranos and because we loved the ending so much we asked for our string quartet to perform a song from the final scene – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey,” remembers Nicola
“Our venue was open to the public so we only had two hours to transform it!”
“Our tables were decorated with votives filled with flowers by Distinctly Floral,” explains Nicola. “I purchased a beautiful vintage birdcage from Lovely Favours to store our wedding gifts and cards, put fairy lights on all the ceiling beams and displayed paper lanterns outside on the terrace. Because I had so much I wanted to achieve in a limited time (our venue was open to the public until 5.30pm – so we had two hours to transform it completely!), I hired an on-the-day co-ordinator to help set up the room.
She also made all the name tags, pearls and lace for the tables,” she adds of the stunning real wedding decorations
“We spent our honeymoon at the Banyan Tree resort in the Seychelles,” recalls Nicola. “It was a romantic, once-in-a-lifetime trip, an incredible experience.”