Hello, lovely real brides, I’d like to introduce a new weekly feature ‘Wedding Wednesday’ where I share with you two of my favourite real-weddings as sent in by our gorgeous real-brides.
First up is Heather; is a self-confessed Wedding Ideas fan, and we love her for it!
“The theme for our wedding was tropical,” explains Heather. “I’m from Guyana, so we wanted a bright, explosion of colour inspired by the Caribbean. After reading another real-wedding couple, (David and Zinzile – featured in issue 95) whose wedding I saw in your magazine, I was assured that my own ideas would work just as well. Seeing their gorgeous colourful wedding spurred me on to have that for myself.”
“My outfit was relaxed to let my personality shine through,” remembers Heather. Her gown was an A-line, taffeta design from bonny.co.uk. “Being a rather busty lady, I was aware that I might feel self conscious with too much on show, so the ladies at Belles Bridal in Woking (where she bought her dress) made the neckline slightly higher to make her feel comfortable. Heather also wore a pair of bright pink shoes from BHS for a fun twist on tradition.
Her best girls wore green dresses from the Alfred Angelo collection, while man of the moment; groom Damien, wore a suit from Simon James Menswear in Woking.
“In the ceremony barn we decorated it with two large palms (the kind you’d find in the Guyanese rainforests) that were placed either side of the registrar. In the reception room we had large tropical arrangements of heliconias, bird of paradise, lime green anthuriams, pink and mango coloured calla lilies, gerberas, roses and mini pineapples,” beams Heather. The displays were put together by florist twflorist.co.uk
Also inspired by another real-bride from Wedding Ideas, Heather made a rescue box for the women’s toilets. “These were such a lovely touch, that went down well with the ladies! I included things like plasters, moisturiser, deodorant, and asprin – anything a girl could want at a party. Thank you bride, this was such a brilliant top tip!” says Heather.
In keeping with the tropical theme, the couple also booked a steel band to provide the entertainment. “Damien is from Somerset, so I arranged a little surprise for him – for the band to play two songs by The Wurzels, ‘I am a cider drinker’ and ‘Combine Harvester!’” laughs Heather.
All in all we absolutely adore Heather and Damien’s brightly themed day, and we hope it goes on to inspire you all to be brave, and have the day you really want.
If you’d like to share your own wedding with me contact firstname.lastname@example.org and who knows, I may be featuring you on this very blog, sometime in the future!
Love Alice xx
Images courtesy of: ksimages.co.uk