Jody and Paul had an absolutely gorgeous and sunny spring wedding full of colour. With this bride marrying into the Wellington family, the wedding theme was the obvious decision – can you spot it?
How they met
Paul didn’t make the best impression on his bride-to-be when they first met. “He was a bit drunk, and was truing every cheesy chat-up line on me,” laughs Jody. Fortunately, she gave Paul a second chance and let him take her out for an Italian meal, and the rest was history.
Paul’s proposal may not have been the romantic moment he had anticipated, but that didn’t put Jody off. “It was Christmas Day 2012, but poor Paul was feeling really ill and had to rush off and be sick as soon as I had said yes,” Jody recalls. “I was very surprised with the proposal, though, especially as he had done the traditional thing and asked my dad’s permission first.”
The bride’s outfit
Social media led Jody to her beautiful wedding gown, which she found on a Facebook selling page. The ivory satin dress featured a lace overlay and a sweetheart neckline with flower and bead embellishments. “It was perfect, and made me feel amazing,” Jody says. The bride wore her gown with shoes from Next, and jewellery bought for her by her groom. “I also had high-heeled trainers to change into for the evening so I could dance the night away,” she adds. Jody did her own make-up using Benefit products, after attending a demonstration in store, while her friend Lisa did her hair. “Paul insisted that he wanted me to wear it down, so I had it loosely pulled to one side,” she says.
The groom’s outfit
The groomsmen scoured outlet stores for their retro-themed wedding attire, which included brown tweed jackets with matching waistcoats and navy blue trousers. “Paul looked very, very handsome,” smiles Jody.
Jody also had the web to thank for her bridesmaids dresses – she found the perfect dressmaker online. The maid of honour and two bridesmaids wore pretty sky blue gowns, made to order, from London dressmaker This Modern Love.
Jody and Paul said ‘I do’ in a civil ceremony at Maidens Barn, a vaulted 19th-century barn in Essex with lofty ceilings and ancient beams.
The flowers were an important party of Jody and Paul’s day, and were put together by maid of honour, Nicola Boynton. The bouquets featured a palette of bright spring blooms in yellow and pink, bound together with a lace trim with buttons.
The couple invited 106 guests to share in their wedding reception and they all tucked into a hearty and traditional menu of bangers and mash followed by pavlova. “The speeches were a real highlight,” Jody recalls. “My maid of honour had everyone in tears of emotion, while Paul and his best man made us all cry with laughter.” The newlyweds travelled in style to their wedding in a vintage VW camper van, and gave their guests sprigs of dried lavender as favours, which also doubled as place cards. The bridal party’s families kept everyone entertained with their dance routines. “We had dance-offs with our family and friends, and I was very proud of myself for managed to do The Worm in my wedding dress,” Jody laughs.
With Jody adopting her new husband’s surname of Wellington, the couple decided to choose a wellington boots theme for their special day, with a pastel and candy colour scheme. “We decorated with lots of wellies in assorted colours filled with fresh flowers, retro sweets and pastel-coloured pom poms,” said Jody. The bride’s sister-in-law helped to design the stationery, and the couple made their first dance to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You?. “I taught Paul a few dance moves to impress his friends, too,” Jody adds.
The couple decided against a traditional wedding cake – instead, a friend of the family made them a tower of pretty pastel cupcakes to tie in with the wedding theme.
Jody and Paul left for their honeymoon two days after the wedding and enjoyed a fun-packed time in Boca Raton, Florida. They had fun visiting the theme parks, went deep sea fishing and explored the Everglades.