Kelly & Simon
We were introduced by mutual friends at a 30th birthday bouncy castle party. We chose the friends who introduced us to be our witnesses when we got married!
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
Simon took me away for a surprise weekend to Bath. He arranged flowers and Champagne in the room and asked me to look under the pillow – he had hidden the ring underneath! Simon spent a lot of time and effort designing and having my dream ring made as I had already hinted at what type of ring I would like when the time came. The biggest surprise was how much thought and planning had gone into the whole weekend – Simon had really thought about everything before and after the proposal to make it special.
The moment I stepped into Charlotte Thompson Bridal Boutique, Charlotte made me feel completely at ease. I tried on dresses I liked and Charlotte advised what she thought would suit me best. I chose one of Charlotte’s own designs in the end and worked alongside her to make the A-line gown bespoke, adding cap sleeves and changing the back and lace. It had a beautiful beaded belt.
I wore a pair of ‘Fable’ Jimmy Choo shoes and Becky from Laurel Lime created bespoke accessories for me. I visited her studio and she sketched out designs for my hair vine, bracelet and earrings, incorporating elements from my belt into my jewellery so they complemented each other.
Simon looked gorgeous and I was so proud to be marrying him. He wore traditional tails with a tweed waistcoat and pocket square to complement the vintage theme. The ten groomsmen wore hired navy blue Ted Baker suits.
I had four bridesmaids and two flower girls – I couldn’t have wished for better people to be stood by my side on the big day! The bridesmaid dresses were from Coast in a dusky pink colour with lace cap sleeves and the flower girls wore ivory dresses with lace sleeves from Monsoon.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE CEREMONY?
Saying my vows to Simon was so special. Even though we had 120 guests, it felt like we were completely alone stood at the altar.
Our wedding theme was English country garden mixed with a bit of vintage and shabby chic. Early on I used Pinterest to gather ideas for how we wanted the marquee and grounds to look at Osmaston Park. I bought a few pieces from The Wedding of My Dreams after seeing them in Wedding Ideas. I also hired throws for the haybales, a drinks’ station, crates, signs, an order of the day board, jugs for the centrepieces and even vintage furniture for our cake table, guest book table and photo wall! Friends helped make bunting and pompoms and decorate jam jars with lace. We hired most items from Charlotte at Pretty Little Things and she helped style the venue ready for our big day.
As soon as I met Kerry at the Blossom Tree I knew she shared my vision for the owers. They were soft, pretty and romantic, including nudes, whites, pinks and lilacs. On the day, Kerry used a selection of roses with lily of the valley and white hydrangeas.
I loved the work of Tracy James at Cotton and Crumbs and wanted a cake to fit our theme. We discussed our ideas together and decided on a dessert table, using vintage cake stands to bring it to life. We had cake pops in milk bottles, cupcakes, cake spheres and a large tiered cake in the middle, all displayed on a vintage sideboard. Tracy added flowers from our wedding and lace icing to complement my dress.
We hired a garden fete from Fantastic Fetes. Guests enjoyed playing games like hook-a- duck and the coconut shy. We also had vintage campervan ‘Polly’s Parlour’ serving ice cream and had a vintage bus to transport people to the church and venue. For music, we hired Funk Soul Family for the evening after seeing them at a wedding fair. They knew how to get everyone up and dancing! Strings Attached played during the drinks’ reception and really suited our wedding vibe.
Try to remember why it is that you’re getting married in the first place… During the planning it’s easy to get carried away and forget that the most important thing is you and your hubby to be! On the day I really loved taking 10 minutes to step back with Simon and just take in our guests enjoying themselves and celebrating our marriage!
CEREMONY St Martin’s Church, Osmaston, Derbyshire | RECEPTION VENUE Osmaston Park, Derbyshire | DRESSCharlotte Thompson Bridal Boutique, Tutbury | BRIDESMAIDDRESSES Coast and Monsoon | GROOMSMEN Ted Baker | JEWELLERY Laurel Lime | FLOWERS The Blossom Tree | CAKE Cotton and Crumbs | PHOTOGRAPHER Ed Godden Photography