Having both had broken engagements in the past, Emma and Anthony decided to ignore tradition and skip the usual engagement process. “It made more sense to do the practical thing and just get on with booking the big day,” Emma explains. But Anthony had other plans. “The Christmas before our wedding, he surprised me with a gorgeous platinum engagement ring,” Emma smiles.
The bride’s outfit
Emma credits her mum with finding the perfect wedding dress. The Mori Lee organza gown featured a lavish ruffled skirt, and Emma had it customised with extra beading to the neckline. “I was surprised by my mum’s choice, and I didn’t get that ‘wow’ feeling about the dress, as I was trying to lose weight at the time,” Emma recalls. “In the run-up to the wedding, I had sleepless nights about it, but on the day, I couldn’t have been happier – Mum got it exactly right.” Despite breaking her toe two weeks before the big day, the bride still wore her Pink by Paradox ivory peep-toe shoes. “I managed to keep them on until after the first dance,” she laughs.
The groom’s outfit
Anthony and his groomsmen wore dark grey suits from Ted Baker at Moss Bros, with an ivory cravat for the groom and bright yellow ties for the ushers and best man.
The cheerful sunshine yellow bridesmaids’ dresses set the theme for Emma and Anthony’s entire day. “They were the first thing I bought, and we based everything around them,” Emma explains. The maids wore their strapless chiffon gowns from Mango with customised belts and nude and rose gold shoes from Dorothy Perkins.
Self-confessed worrier Emma admits that she needn’t have lost sleep over the couple’s civil ceremony. “I was so stressed during the build-up, but I shouldn’t have worried at all – everything just flowed perfectly,” she recalls. The service featured readings of On Your Wedding Day and He Never Leave Seat Up, plus a special reading written by Emma’s mum just for the big day.
The couple chose a pretty spring palette of yellow, white and peach for their reception decor. “We had amazing flower bomb centrepieces, lots of jam jars filled with flowers, lace tablecloths and chair sashes, and yellow and white bunting,” says Emma. A giant illuminated sign spelling LOVE from lighting specialists Coco Luminaire gave the reception the added wow-factor.
The couple honeymooned in Mexico, and enjoyed snorkelling with giant turtles.