“I was actually seven months pregnant when Stephen popped the question,” remembers Julia.
“I completely wasn’t expecting it! He told me we were going for dinner, but then proposed to me while we were getting ready to go out. I think he was planning on asking during the meal, but was too nervous and couldn’t wait. He did do it in the traditional way, though, down on one knee, with my parents’ blessing,” she smiles
The bride’s outfit
After initial disappointment, Julia found everything she needed at Pink Confetti bridal shop in Broughton Astley. “I’d been to a few other boutiques and been let down by their service, whereas at Pink Confetti, it was everything I’d dreamed wedding dress shopping would be,” remembers Julia.
Our bride picked a wonderful Donna Lee lace and crystal gown, to which she added detachable straps, to mix up the look from day to night.
The groom’s outfit
“Stephen and I both live in jeans normally, so it was a lovely surprise seeing him all dressed up in tails,” remembers Julia. Our groom chose his own suit from Formal Affair – with a nod in the right direction from his future bride, of course!
Julia was accompanied down the aisle by her three best girls; her sister Helen, best friend Hannah and cousin Emily. “I allowed the girls to pick any dress they wanted, in any colour, but luckily for me, they all wanted the same one!” laughs Julia. The girls wore dresses from Francesco Brides, made by Special Days, along with pretty hairbands also from Pink Confetti
“My favourite memory from our ceremony was definitely just after we’d said our vows, and the vicar announced that we could kiss – everyone clapped and cheered – it was such a magical feeling,” beams Julia
Julia knew from very early on in her wedding planning that she wanted to keep her floral palette in very neutral colours. She used a mixture of hydrangeas, gypsophila, white roses and some green foliage
Were a family affair, with the bride’s mum making metres of bunting, and confetti cones out of sheet music. Her father-in-law also made wooden candle holders with little heart shapes cut out, to decorate the reception tables. The couple’s cake was a chocoholic’s dream – three layers of sponge, with white chocolate and chocolate roses
The Julia and Stephen are yet to take their honeymoon, but are planning one for later in 2013.
Julia and Stephen’s real wedding gallery