This movie-loving couple’s romance began with a bang! We love Holly and Stu’s cinema-inspired wedding day…
How they met
Holly and Stu’s relationship almost got off to a disastrous start. “We were in a London nightclub, and Stu came bounding down the stairs and accidentally slammed a door in my face,” Holly laughs. “My friend started shouting at him, and it ended up with us chatting all night and swapping numbers.”
Stu blew Holly away with his proposal. “I met Stu after work on my 30th birthday at the Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road,” Holly remembers. “We got some cocktails and it was in the gallery bar with views over London that he proposed to me, with a huge diamond in a little black box. We went to Hatton Garden to choose a ring setting for my diamond, and afterwards Stu took me to our favourite pub, where he’d arranged a surprise party. It was like a daydream!”
The bride’s outfit
After trying on scores of dresses, Holly fell in love with Maggie Sottero’s ‘Alana’ gown, with its strapless fit-and-flare style and lace-embroidered tulle. “It was truly my perfect dress, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t have to compromise on anything,” Holly smiles happily.
The groom’s outfit
Holly was reduced to tears at the sight of Stu in his wedding outfit, a traditional grey tails suit from Moss Bros with a navy blue cravat. “He looked utterly handsome,” Holly says.
Holly found the perfect bridesmaids‘ dresses in Jane Norman, choosing a strapless navy maxi in chiffon with pale gold beading that tied in beautifully with the colour scheme. The little flowergirl wore a sparkly gold dress from high street favourite Monsoon.
Holly and Stu held their civil ceremony at the Tithe Barn in Petersfield. The service included readings of Friendship by Judy Bielicki and a Native American wedding blessing.
Film-loving Holly and Stu chose a movie theme for their big day. “We named our tables after films, and asked people to note their favourite movie music on their RSVPs so we could play it during the meal,” Holly says. Stu even designed the stationery to look like vintage cinema tickets.
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