Teal blue was the colour for Misty and Tom’s beautiful seaside wedding theme, with hundreds of stunning handmade details to create the best day of their lives.
How they met
Misty and Tom have their parents to thank for their relationship. “Our families moved into the same village at the same time, and our parents became friends straight away,” Misty explains. “Over the years, Tom and I saw each other at local parties and gatherings, and Tom worked for my dad during the school holidays. In 2004, Tom went to Australia for a year, and when he came back I offered him a job in the bar I managed. Three months later, we had our first kiss.”
Eight years after becoming a couple, Tom proposed to Misty just before Christmas. “We’d just finished wrapping the last presents and were sitting with a glass of wine when Tom pointed out a new decoration on the tree,” Misty remembers. “When I turned around from retrieving the little box, Tom was on one knee. I burst into tears, and felt like the happiest girl alive,” she says.
The bride’s outfit
Misty was the picture of elegance in her simple ivory Maggie Sottero gown, with an A line silhouette, strapless sweetheart neckline and scalloped lace skirt. “When I put it on, I started to cry,” Misty recalls. “I looked across at my mum and she was crying, too. It was a moment I will never forget – just me and my fabulous mum, finding the dress of my dreams.” Misty added a sparkly sash and cathedral length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals, and stunning teal blue shoes from Roland Cartier to finish the look.
The groom’s outfit
Tom looked dashing in a grey tailcoat and trousers, teamed with an Ascot-style cravat and pin, a Victorian collared shirt and a dark teal waistcoat, finished off with a pocket watch. “He looked so handsome, I couldn’t wait to get down the aisle and marry him,” laughs Misty.
Misty was attended by two adult bridesmaids, who wore striking Grecian-style dresses in teal blue from Phase Eight, and two little flowergirls, including the couple’s daughter Ella, who wore all ivory gowns from Next.
Misty and Tom tied the knot in their local family church. “My dad walked me down the aisle, and it was one of the most emotional things we’ve ever had to do,” Misty says. “The vows were a special moment and as soon as we’d finished, we wanted to do it all again.”
The bride carried an elegant bouquet of white hydrangeas, Norma Jeane roses and white Lady Bank roses, finished with lace and teal buttons. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were gypsophila trimmed with lace and buttons, and the table flowers were arranged in hand-decorated jam jars. “Our florist promised to achieve my dreamy, romantic look, and boy, did she get it right!” says Misty.
Misty and Tom held their reception in a marquee at Fishlake Mill, a restored 18th-century corn mill in rural surroundings. The menu included pea and mint soup, followed by steak and ale pie with dauphinoise potatoes.
Choosing a teal blue theme with love knot details, Misty and Tom went to town with their handmade details for their wedding. “I have always been creative and had a mind full of ideas, so I went crazy for the best day of our lives and loved every minute,” Misty explains. “We wanted everything to be personal and different.” The details included 200 metres of bunting, chair ties made from the bunting offcuts, a photobooth made out of old doors decorated with pompoms, a table plan made from the couple’s living room mirror, origami cranes and wedding signs pointing the way to the venue.
Misty and Tom’s breathtaking cake was made by a family friend, Shelley Buckley-Jones. “Shelley is very creative, so after telling her our ideas, we let her design our cake,” Misty explains. “She worked in details like the lace of my dress, and the end result was so pretty, classy and elegant – and it tasted amazing, too!”
The couple spent a few nights unwinding at their reception venue, drinking champagne and making the most of evenings in the hot tub.