real-life-weddingWe adore this nottingham real wedding. Their sense of fun really shines through, and Amber is one clever, crafty bride! They were married in November 2011.

Who: Amber and Steven

When: November 2011

Where: The Council House and The Cock and Hoop Pub

Photographer: Emma Case Photography


The proposal

“We’d agreed on Christmas Eve to exchange one present each, and I thought it would just be a token gift, so I gave Steven a scarf from H&M,” remembers Amber. “However, he gave me a beautiful purse, and had put an engagement ring inside! Although we had talked about getting married, I had no
idea that he would propose. I was in shock at first – then I was running around our flat being all giddy and excited!”

The bride’s outfit

“Well, my Mum made my wedding gown for me!” beams Amber. “When we first got engaged she suggested making it, and I thought it was a really lovely idea. She’s a very talented seamstress and had made a couple of wedding dresses before. I described the style I liked, and she made it based on this. We sourced the lace and silk from Nottingham and tulle on eBay. All in all, my dress cost us under £200!”

The accessories

“I wore two pairs of red shoes, the first were so lovely, but impossible to walk in, so I had to get a second pair with a lower heel!” smiles Amber. “I also had two red hairbands, which I made myself, and a garter that I also made. Finally, because my dress was shorter, I also wore a pair of seamed stockings, but brides be wary; the seam doesn’t stay straight, it moves and get twisted!”

The groom’s outfit

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“Steven is the most stylish man I know!” recalls Amber. “He was never going to wear a traditional suit but chose a suit from Next, a shirt from TM Lewin and shoes from Kurt Geiger. He planned his entire outfit himself, with matching accessories to tie in with our colour scheme.”

The bridesmaids

Amber’s five bridal beauties wore striking red dresses from Debenhams. The couple were also looked after by two adorable little flowergirls and four best men

The ceremony

“When we first got together, Steven and I used to send each other poems, so we used these in our ceremony. Our readings were Hello Sunshine by Ryan Adams and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami,” remembers Amber. “The service whizzed by, I was just so happy to be marrying Steven.”
The reception“We didn’t have one specific theme, but there were a few common themes running through the day. Steven loves reading and wants to be a writer, so we used old books for flowers and had a typewriter guestbook. We both love music, so we had lyrics printed on boards, and we both love tea, so we used teapots as table centres.”

The honeymoon

“We went on a ‘mini-moon’ to a log cabin in Yorkshire, but asked for money to put towards our proper honeymoon next year,” says Amber.