Two cultures, English and Norwegian came together at this beautiful real wedding in summer, mixing the best of both countries…
WHO: Jeanette and Dan
WHERE: St Andrew’s Church, Worthing
WHEN: July 2010
PHOTOGRAPHER: ART Photography
How they met
Norwegian Jeanette was visiting England, and before she went home, her uncle insisted that she had to have a drink in an English pub. “Dan was working behind the bar, and after exchanging looks all evening, he finally asked me for my number,” says Jeanette. “Need I mention that I never went home…?”
Jeanette had gone back to Norway for Christmas, and the loved-up couple hadn’t seen each other for three weeks. “It was horrible!” Jeanette recalls. “But when I arrived back at Heathrow, Dan met me at the airport, and the first thing he said was, ‘Will you marry me?‘ Of course, I said yes!”
The bride’s outfit
Jeanette knew she wanted to wear a simple and elegant style on her real wedding, especially on a hot day in summer, and settled on a chic halterneck design by Alfred Angelo bought from Opulence & Grace in Worthing. “It had a semi-cathedral train with crystals and sequins – I loved how it sparkled throughout the day.” Jeanette chose not to wear a tiara for the real wedding, but picked a simple veil embellished with crystals to match her dress, which she exchanged for a white floral hair accessory at the wedding breakfast. “My shoes were a bargain from Next, but I loved them: they were comfy and cute, with kitten heels and a pretty jewelled strap,” she explains
“We were both so nervous as I walked down the aisle. It was a relief when I could hang on to Dan’s hand…”
The groom’s outfit
Dan and his best man chose to wear traditional English grey morning suits with embroidered ivory waistcoats from Opulence & Grace for the real wedding. Dan wore an ivory cravat, while the other groomsmen wore green cravats to match the bridesmaids’ dresses, a perfect combination for the summer.
Jeanette’s best friends from Norway were by her side on her special day. “As we were in different countries, we had to do most of the planning and preparation via email and Facebook, but when they arrived here for the wedding they were all so helpful and couldn’t do enough for me,” says Jeanette. The five maids wowed in emerald green waterfall dresses from Teatro at Littlewoods
Jeanette and Dan were married at St Andrew’s Church, Worthing, with Jeanette walking down the aisle on the arm of her Mum, who wore Norwegian national dress. “She has always been there for me, so it was a natural choice,” explains Jeanette. “It was very reassuring to have her beside me when I was at my most nervous.” The couple’s real wedding ceremony included influences from both of their cultures, with Dan’s Grandfather reading from the Bible, and one of Jeanette’s bridesmaids singing a Norwegian love song.
Arranged by Blossoms of Worthing, Jeanette carryied a waterfall bouquet of English white roses and greenery. Instead of posies, the bridesmaids wore wrist corsages, and the reception tables looked beautiful with their arrangements of roses and foliage in tall, slim vases: “Simple but elegant and very effective for the summer,” says Jeanette
Jeanette and Dan’s wedding celebrations took place at the Highdown Hotel, Worthing. “It had a gorgeous reception room, and was also very convenient, as all of our Norwegian guests were able to stay at the hotel,” explains Jeanette. “I even stayed there myself the night before the wedding, so I had more time to get ready.” A friend made the table plan, menus and place cards, using the couple’s fresh green accent colour, and Jeanette decorated the venue with photos of herself and Dan taken throughout their time together
“The bathroom was packed with balloons – and the bed was full of rice!”
Chocolate hearts wrapped in silver foil were scattered across the reception tables, doubling up as both favours and decorations in one – a brilliant money-saving idea for any real wedding!
A friend of Jeanette and Dan offered to DJ during the real wedding reception, and made sure everyone got up on their feet. ‘”We couldn’t decide on a first dance, so we had two: the first to Wanna Grow Old With You from The Wedding Singer, and the second to Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.
On leaving their reception to let the rest of the guests party the night away, Jeanette and Dan were greeted by a surprise. “The bridesmaids and ushers had decorated our hotel room,” Jeanette laughs. “The bathroom was so full of balloons, we couldn’t even get in there, and they’d also filled our bed with rice… We ended up sleeping on top of the covers, as every time we thought we’d swept it all off, we found a bit more! It was summer anyway so we were nice and warm”
After the real wedding, the newlyweds spent a week relaxing by the pool in Kalkan, Turkey for their dream honeymoon. “We also booked a few extra days hoilday before going back to work,” adds Jeanette. “It gave us time to relax and reflect on our amazing day.”