“Rich’s proposal was a complete disaster,” remembers Carly. “We had been together for over three years, and all our friends and family were getting engaged. I kept dropping hints that I wanted Rich to do the same (namely I gave him my late mum’s ring to do it with!), and I think he felt pressurised to pop the question. He tried to go down the romantic route and do it on Valentine’s Day, but then the couple at the table next to ours did that – and I said ‘oh I’d hate that, so embarrassing’ – but of course that’s what he was planning! Plan B was a romantic walk in the woods, but it was chucking it down with rain. Eventually he ended up rather hastily asking me in the car. Not very romantic!” she adds
The bride’s outfit
Carly knew from the outset that she wouldn’t be wearing anything white or traditional – “too boring and predictable for me,” she says.
She also knew she wanted a Maggie Sottero gown, after falling for a friend’s wedding dress a few years back. Carly’s knock-out frock was pearl in colour, a matt satin fabric, with a fitted corset bodice and a long sweeping train. “Impulsively, I bought the dress there and then, but I knew I’d made the right decision,” she adds.
The groom’s outfit
Richard dislikes traditional morning suits, and wanted something he would be able to wear again. Red Herring at Debenhams came up trumps for the groom and his groomsmen. Richard finished his look with a Marc Wallace floral shirt and a pair of River Island shoes
Carly dressed her five best girls, in full-length, pale green gowns from Delphine Alexander. “We also bought some extra chiffon fabric to make them their hair clips for the day,” remembers Carly
Having been brought up a Christian, a religious church wedding was very important to Carly. “My best memory was when the Reverend forgot to say ‘you may now kiss the bride’ – I had to remind him, so we did it at the end of the service,” smiles Carly
Working alongside Kirsty from Purple Sheep Event Planning, our bride was able to create the vintage vision she’d always dreamed of. “Kirsty came up with a brilliant idea of placing our cupcake wedding favours inside an old vintage tea cup, and then tying a luggage tag as a label around the handle. This way the whole thing was both a favour, and a place name,” recalls Carly. The couple also got crafty, making pom poms, bunting, fabric doilies and drapes for the room
Carly and Richard chose to go to New York, because neither of them are sun-worshippers!
Carly and Richard’s real wedding gallery