How they met
“I first met Jordan while working in a bar at the hotel he worked in – I loved being around him because he always made me laugh! Our first date was very casual at a local pub, we just sat and chatted for hours. We hit it off instantly and saw each other every day,” smiles Danielle.
“It was the most amazing proposal, ever!” beams Danielle. “Jordan whisked me away to Venice on a mini-break, and while we were there we bumped into Pharrell Williams and had our picture taken with him. I then reminded Jordan that his CD was the first present he had ever given me. Later, on a quiet bridge with no one around but us he got down on one knee and popped the question. I remember being so shocked and happy that I could barely speak (I still get reminded to this day that I technically never said ‘yes!’). If all that wasn’t enough, we then got a private boat back to our hotel to find Michael Bublé and his new wife on board, who were there celebrating their honeymoon. I remember thinking, is this all actually happening or is it a dream?!”
The bride’s outfit
Danielle found her beautiful bridal gown at Windsor Brides. “I used to drive past it sometimes and would pull up outside just to stare through the window!” remembers Danielle. Her gown was by Ellis Bridals and the shrug was by Pronovias, lent to her by a close friend. “I loved my dress straight away, everyone commented on how perfect it was for me. As I left the shop I couldn’t stop thinking about the dress and knew it must be ‘the one’.”
The groom’s outfit
Being Scottish, Jordan always knew he wanted to wear a kilt. He ended up choosing a three-piece charcoal grey design called ‘Grey Spirit’. “He looked really handsome, but most of all I remember thinking that I have never seen him look so happy – that is the thing I will always remember most about the day,” smiles Danielle.
The adult bridesmaids’ dresses were from Jaeger, and from the moment our bride first saw them she knew they were stunning. “When I showed Annabel and Jade the dresses they both really loved them, too,” explains Danielle. They were pleated, pewter-coloured silk and Danielle personalised them with a vintage-style dusky-pink velvet belt. “Both of them looked so beautiful on the day!” she smiles. “the two younger girls’ dresses were harder to find, because they were at the age where they are not little anymore, but not old enough to wear grown up designs. When I saw these dresses I knew they were perfect and complemented my dress and our colour scheme so well,” she adds.
Danielle and Jordan chose to have a traditional religious service at their favourite church.
All the flowers were created by Lindsey Kitchin from the White Horse Flower Company. The couple chose jam jars decorated with lace and vintage-style flower boxes for their main displays. “My bouquet could not have been more perfect for me,” recalls Danielle.
This was held in a marquee in the groom’s family home garden, making the day ever so special for the couple. “Jordan’s family are Scottish and so it was very important to him that the food reflected this. We went for Orkney crab cakes to start, Aberdeen Angus beef served with potatoes and summer veg for the main and the dessert was Highland Mess and shortbread (essentially Eton Mess but with a Scottish twist!),” remembers Danielle.
“We wanted it to look pretty and rustic. The tables had hessian runners, and white lanterns in different sizes and heights hung from the ceiling to create a fairytale effect. Pastel-shaded honeycomb balls dotted around gave the ivory marquee a splash of colour, and two vintage suitcases were on display to collect any cards or gifts that people had kindly brought along,” explains Danielle.
“We wanted something that was light and fresh, and decided to go for a three-tiered Victoria sponge cake, decorated with flowers and fresh strawberries. We personalised it with miniature bunting. It was very pretty and feminine and there was not one piece left over at the end!” says Danielle. For similar bunting to Danielle’s, take a look at this Mr & Mrs Cake Bunting on the Wedding Ideas Shop.
“Having lost our father when we were little, my older brother stepped in to not only walk me down the aisle but also to read the father-of- the-bride speech,” explains Danielle. “he followed a sweet anecdote told by my mother and went on to do one of the funniest, saddest and sweetest speeches I had ever heard, he did such a fantastic job. Jordan, who also lost his father at a young age did a moving tribute to the tremendous job his mother had done raising him and his three brothers, while managing to keep it light-hearted and moving. the bestmen’s speech was called ‘30 Shades of Grey’, due to Jordan’s immanent 30th birthday as well as his silver hair!” smiles Danielle.
The newlyweds travelled to Bali, Lombok and Hong Kong.