Claire & Ashley
“I had been working away and had just got back from South Africa. Ashley proposed at our home after making me dinner and filling the house with candles. I didn’t realise what was happening at first and was really shocked, then mid-way through we smelt burning and found our pug, Nelson, sniffing a candle and singeing his whiskers!”
I found my ‘Robyn’ Ronald Joyce gown in Krystle Brides, Bath. It was champagne and ivory
coloured and covered in lace, pearl and crystal embellishments with a corset back. I felt amazing in it and loved everything about it! It was the complete opposite of what I thought I wanted, but they were so helpful in the shop and suggested I try it on. I instantly loved it!
I found my Charlotte Mills shoes after looking in Wedding Ideas and falling in love with them! They matched my dress perfectly as they had champagne and gold hearts on them. I was amazed at the detail of them with the sixpence in the shoe and the poem on the bottom. I got a pearl hair slide from Phase Eight and Ashley gifted me a pearl bracelet with my new initials on.
Ashley wore a grey tailcoat suit hired from Anne Harding, Bristol, paired with a grey tweed waistcoat. His cravat was spearmint green to match the bridesmaid dresses. He looked so handsome and smart, it was so nice to see him all dressed up and looking so good!
I had my best friend and sister-in-law as my bridesmaids. It took us ages to find the right dress in my chosen colour, spearmint green. I was so happy when we found the exact colour match and right style in Monsoon. They were knee-length light fabric for summer with beautiful detailing.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE CEREMONY?
My nephew did a light-hearted and funny reading called ‘Marriage is Madness’ which suited him down to the ground and my friend also read the poem, ‘Ordinary Morning’. She looked at me then started to well up.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Our catering company Taste Buds let us have a choice of menus. We included the options on invitations, with guests choosing from a warm goat’s cheese and red onion tart or ham hock terrine to start, slow cooked belly of pork, braised free-range chicken breast on a wild mushroom risotto, or sweet potato and coriander falafel with New York cheesecake or iced lemon meringue parfait for dessert.
Our wedding décor was inspired by vineyards with rustic touches.
We hired fairy lights for the beams in the ceremony room and had petals scattered along the aisle. At the reception, we chose hessian and lace table runners and spearmint green ties around the napkins. We hung up honeycombs from Wedding Mall who we found in Wedding Ideas, as well as lanterns and pompoms from the beams. We had a heart guest book and hired a post box for our cards. To bring out our vineyard theme, we named tables after different wines and used wine crates and customised wine bottle stickers as the place settings.
Our flowers came from The flower Shop in Bristol, they were really important to me
so I took my time finding the right florist. Most of our arrangements used dahlias
and hydrangeas, my favourite flowers, with peonies, roses, freesias, eucalyptus and asparagus fern in my bridal bouquet. We stood some of the arrangements on old barrels in a nod to our vineyard theme.
The cake was made from three tiers of madeira, lemon and chocolate cake by Cakes by Elan, Bristol. It was decorated with gold balls and dusky pink hydrangeas and roses.
We went to Aruba for two weeks and did lots of eating, drinking, relaxing and snorkelling! It’s not like any other Caribbean island – it is quite small and you can walk around anywhere at any time. It was by far the best holiday we have ever had.
Get a hair and makeup trial beforehand so you know what products they are using.
Pick up some of your own so you can top up your makeup on the day. If you can afford a videographer, have one! We were so happy we did. We love watching our video back – there is so much you miss on the day so it’s nice to be able to see it all again.
VENUE Aldwick Court Farm and Vineyard | DRESS Ronald Joyce at Krystle Brides, Bath | BRIDESMAID DRESS Monsoon | GROOM Anne Harding, Bristol | SHOES Charlotte Mills | FLOWERS The Flower Shop, Bristol | CAKE Cakes by Elan, Bristol | PHOTOGRAPHER Mark Leonard Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER Rob Taylor of Taylor’s Videography