Alison and Lee’s glamorous wedding in the countryside had a touch of Hollywood glamour that made it truly worthy of an Oscar!
Lee’s romantic Venice proposal didn’t exactly get off to a flying start… “I’d been at a concert the night before with my friends and forgot to set my alarm, so we ended up missing our flight!” laughs Alison. After a detour via Verona, followed by a train, bus and two boat rides, the couple finally arrived at their hotel. “That night, at the Cipriani restaurant, the waiter brought out our dessert – and under the cloche was a beautiful engagement ring,” Alison remembers. “Lee got down on one knee and popped the question, and I was so surprised.”
The bride’s outfit
Inspired by her Venice proposal, Alison was dreaming of an Italian lace gown in a fitted vintage style, and found her perfect match in a Mori Lee semi-fishtail design from Bellissima Weddings. “It made me feel like a Hollywood film star,” she sighs. She wore her dress with a pearl and crystal headpiece from Ivory and Co, Benjamin Adams peep-toe shoes with brooch detail, and a lace-trimmed scalloped veil.
The groom’s outfit
“Because Lee wears a suit to work every day, he wanted a bespoke suit for our big day so it looked and felt extra special,” Alison explains. Inspired by Bradley Cooper at the Oscars, Lee teamed up with Anthony’s Made to Measure to design a dapper three-piece suit, worn with a crisp white shirt. “The suit was worthy of the red carpet, and made Lee look like my very own film star,” smiles Alison.
The five bridesmaids wore bespoke outfits by Teresa of Polka Fashions. “I wanted my bridesmaids to have a classy cocktail dress that they could wear again, and was determined to find a colour that flattered them all,” Alison says. “We chose an elegant shade of latte, and the dresses ended up being one of the big talking points of the day.”
Alison and Lee were married in a civil ceremony at the Crazy Bear – an opulent countryside venue in the heart of Oxfordshire. “My dad walked me down the aisle to a saxophone version of If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys,” Alison says. “Everyone gasped as I entered the room, and the majority of the front row – including Lee – started crying.”
Hollywood glamour was the theme for Alison and Lee’s sophisticated reception, with the guests in black tie and cocktail dress. “We had a Rat Pack-style saxophone set during the drinks reception, then for the evening we had a DJ alongside a superb percussionist,” Alison says. “By the end of the night, everyone had thrown their shoes off!”
The couple went to French Polynesia, with stop-offs in Los Angeles on either side!