A traditional English real wedding in Droitwich with fabulous details and an amazing candy bar! Sarah and Tom got married in May 2008.

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WHERE: St Peter’s Church, de Witton and afterwards at the St Andrews House Hotel, Droitwich

WHEN: 31st May 2008

PHOTOGRAPHER: Paul Pope

How they met

Tom and Sarah met at school sharing a passion for amateur dramatics…Tom was the pirate and Sarah was part of a magic act!

Proposal

Being true to his shy personality, Tom asked Sarah to marry him one night as they were falling asleep

The bride’s real wedding outfit

Sarah bought her halter-neck real wedding dress from Pronuptia in Worcester. It was made from satin with a sweetheart neckline and the bodice had intricate lace and crystal detailing. The skirt flowed out into layers, which gave the appearance of another skirt. A gorgeous veil completed her look

Jewellery

Sarah wanted glitzy shoes and the ‘Lopez’ design by Benjamin Adams certainly added plenty of sparkle. Because her dress was so detailed, Sarah kept her accessories pretty and simple with a silver cuff adorned with crystals and pearls and a pair of simple crystal and pearl drop earrings – a beautiful style for any real wedding.

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He wore

Hired from Nicholas Smith in Worcester, Tom and his groomsmen all wore black morning suits with silver and ivory waistcoats. They decided to change out of their cravats for the reception and wore ties that were designed by Tom. Because he wanted to give his groomsmen something they could keep, Tom also designed and handmade their cufflinks

Bridesmaids

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The two adult bridesmaids wore lovely knee-length, black satin dresses with a slash neck design. Scattered with black jewels, they were the perfect complement to the bride. Designed by Sarah the flower girls wore pretty ivory dresses with pink embroidery, the skirt was a similar design to that of the bride

Flowers

Sarah carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory roses with deep pink edges and diamanté. There were smaller bouquets for the bridesmaids and wands for the flower girls. The same roses were used for the church pews and the buttonholes.

Transport

As a gift a family friend organized for a white Daimler to pick Sarah up and take her to the church. As an extra surprise for their real wedding, Champagne was waiting for the newly weds to enjoy on their journey to the reception

Reception Décor

The three banquet tables and top table each had a black table runner down the middle, and the ivory chair covers were completed with black satin sashes. The main centrepieces were tall martini vases filled with tall branches, orchids and roses. In an alternate pattern on the table sat medium sized martini glasses these were filled with pink stones and floating pink rose candles and small martini glasses with round black candles in. There was also a ‘candy bar’ full of lovely sweets from which the guests could help themselves
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Cake

A mixture of chocolate and vanilla, the three tiers were stacked and iced with silver to look like ribbon – Sarah managed to find a brooch to complete the look and scattered black rose petals on the top
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Favours

Adult guests each received a love-themed scratch card called ‘perfect match’. With these were £10, £20 and £50 notes, designed with their children’s faces instead of the queens. The children each had a goody bag as well as a separate table at the end of the room with colouring books and crayons.

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Wedding Theme

The main colours that supported the ‘lucky in love’ theme were black, ivory and pink. Playing card chocolates were put into each of the wine glasses on the top table, then each of the female guests had heart chocolates and dice chocolates were put in the mens glasses. The money put in with the scratch cards was exchanged for chips at the roulette and blackjack that took place in the evening.

Bride’s tip

“Our candy bar didn’t cost much and meant we didn’t have to pay for dessert at night. I made all of the stationery myself and guests really did notice the effort I had put in. We had over 20 children with us on the day so decided to hire a 60ft inflatable obstacle course to keep them entertained – obviously, Tom, his groomsmen and the male guests all enjoyed a relay race on it as well! I think guests appreciated the thoughtfulness and attention to detail more than anything. The two years of planning were definitely worth it.”

Special touches

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“One of my real wedding highlights was my cousin overcoming his nerves to give me away and make a lovely speech. Also the five minutes alone with my new husband was lovely. He took me to see our room and had scattered petals on the bed and had a card and big bar of chocolate waiting for me too! I loved the fact that I was 15 weeks pregnant with our next baby and none of our guests knew – it was a lovely feeling to have the baby with us in church.”

Groom’s tip

“I took time to hand out casino money to all of our evening guests. It meant they were all greeted properly and I didn’t leave anyone out.”

Honeymoon

Sarah and Tom had a family moon – an enjoyable ten days in Majorca with their children

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