Hannah & Stuart
I first met Stu at his sister’s wedding. A few weeks before I had been warned off him by his own mum at the hen do! I avoided him as much as I could at the wedding, but at the end of the night I gave in and spoke to him. A few months later when he wanted to come away with me and my family, I knew it was the real thing.
How did the proposal happen?
We were on holiday in Egypt and I’d been badly bitten by mosquitoes so foiled Stu’s first plan to propose on the pier as I didn’t want to go out in the dark. The next night Stu popped the question in our room. It was incredibly romantic being just the two of us – I’ll never forget it.
I had been looking for a slim-fitting gown to cling to my figure because I’m very tall and quite slim, but I took a chance and tried on something with a fuller skirt and fell in love! It was the A-line ‘Nadia’ gown by Maggie Sottero with gorgeous lace appliqué over a tulle skirt and a strapless scoop neckline. I wore a Benita lace sleeveless jacket over the top during the day.
Our theme was relaxed so I chose flowers rather than a tiara for my hair. I also wore my grandma’s pearl earrings, a pearl bracelet gifted by my brother and a borrowed diamante veil.
Stuart wore a Richard James tailored royal blue suit. He looked so handsome standing there at the end of the aisle and mouthed the words ‘wow’ as I approached, grinning from ear to ear!
I had three bridesmaids who all wore cobalt blue dresses from Coast. My three nieces were my flower girls and my two nephews were pageboys. The flower girls wore dresses from Frugi with a bunting pattern on them and the pageboys wore outfits from Next with a navy waistcoat and spotty tie to match the ushers. They all looked gorgeous!
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What was the best part of the Ceremony?
The overwhelming feeling walking in and seeing all of our friends and family there just for us and seeing my gorgeous Stuff at the end of the aisle. It was the church my brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and I were all christened in, so it’s a very special place for us.
WHAT MUSIC PLAYED DURING THE CEREMONY?
The great church folk group played us out to ‘All You Need Is Love’ with the trumpet starting the song and everyone clapping along!
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
We had a fantastic three-course BBQ provided by Jacaranda Catering as well as a cheese cake from the West Country Cheese Company. They sent out samples for us to try beforehand so we could choose our favourite cheeses.
We wanted a relaxed feel to our day. I went through Wedding Ideas every month of our 18-month engagement and cut out the ideas I liked so I had mood boards to show to suppliers to get the exact wedding I envisioned. I filled collected jam jars with flowers to decorate windowsills and tables on the day. Mum and her friends made the bunting and the fabric heart place names filled with lavender. We collected hearts, signs and our initials from fairs, bric a brac shops and online in the run up to the big day. Dad cut down wood for the signs, mum painted them with chalkboard paint and I wrote on them to add around the room in different areas. We hung photos of all 120 guests from string.
Sue Pritchard at Lavender Hill brought our vision to life using the jars and old pots we had collected. We were absolutely thrilled with our flowers on the day.
My mum and best friend made different layers of a tiered cheesecake, decorated
with strawberries on each tier in an informal manner. We wanted to make our cake a pudding and both love strawberry cheesecake! We also treated guests to a cheese tower.
What was your favourite part of the planning?
We have several! We took a day trip to France to try different wines, did our own blind Champagne tasting and reminisced making our playlist.
CEREMONY St Swithun’s Church, Yateley, Hampshire | RECEPTION VENUE Rotherwick Village Hall, Hook | DRESS Maggie Sottero at Miss Bush Bridal Wear | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coast and Frugi | GROOM Richard James, richardjames.co.uk MAKEUP Alison Dunwell | FLOWERS Sue Pritchard at Lavender Hill | CAKE West Country Cheese Company | STATIONERY Olive Weddings | PHOTOGRAPHER Nick Ray Photography