Lovely couple Jayne and Neil had a beautiful, vintage-inspired wedding full of shades of pink and green – we love the bride’s brooch bouquet!
How they met
Love blossomed at the office for Jayne and Neil, who met at work. “We never really had an official first date, but we gradually started spending more and more time together at lunchtime, having coffee or going for walks, and before we knew it, we seemed to be spending every free minute together,” Jayne smiles. “People always talk about that ‘spark’ and I was never sure if it existed, but once I met Neil I knew it did.”
Neil’s proposal may not have ticked the romance box, but he still managed to take his bride-to-be by surprise. “We were at home one evening watching the football. I’d just had a shower, and was lazing around in pyjamas and slippers, with a towel around my hair,” Jayne recalls. “At half time, Neil disappeared upstairs then came back down and started hovering in front of the TV. I was just about to tell him to get out of the way when he produced a ring box. I thought he was joking!”
The bride’s outfit
Jayne was surprised to fall in love with a gown that she thought would be off-limits for her pear-shaped silhouette. “I always thought I would have to steer clear of fishtail styles, but when I tried it on, I felt fantastic – it was everything I wanted in a dress,” she explains. The gown, by Justin Alexander, featured a sweetheart neckline, three-dimensional petal embellishments, and a circular-cut mermaid skirt with a sweeping train. Jayne wore her dress with shoes from Faith, a bracelet by Jenny Packham at Debenhams and a stunning diamond necklace. “It was a present from Neil on the morning of our wedding, and my ‘something new’,” says Jayne.
The groom’s outfit
Neil turned heads in a classic three-piece suit in matt bronze, from Woven Menswear. “He wears a suit every day for work, so he wanted something a bit different from his usual black or grey suits,” explains Jayne. Neil teamed his suit with a crisp white shirt and antique pink tie.
Budget-savvy bride Jayne managed to find bargain gowns for her two bridesmaids – daughter Lydia and best friend Carolyn. The little flowergirl wore a dress from TK Maxx with a beaded bolero and hair accessories from the Monsoon sale, along with pale pink pearls belonging to Jayne’s late grandmother. Maid of honour Carolyn looked beautiful in her Debut at Debenhams dress and Monsoon cape.
Jayne and Neil tied the knot in a civil ceremony, which featured a surprise entrance that took the groom’s breath away. “I secretly changed my entrance music to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, without telling Neil,” Jayne confesses. “It’s ‘our song’, so we were both very emotional by the time I got to the end of the aisle.”
Jayne opted for a stunning handmade bouquet of artificial flowers by Kathryn Russell. “I wanted it to reflect the look of real flowers, but to be able to keep it forever,” she explains. The exquisite bouquet was based around a 1920s parasol handle with a rose stem effect, and incorporated details from her antique jewellery.
Jayne and Neil’s 75 guests dined on homemade vegetable soup, beer-battered fish, chips and mushy peas, and sticky toffee pudding with ginger and banana ice cream. To entertain their guests, the couple hired a photo booth from Shoot Boutique. “We bought a vintage suitcase and filled it with props, which provided endless amusement,” Jayne laughs.
A wealth of beautiful details brought Jayne and Neil’s shabby chic theme to life, including wooden bird decorations and East of India signs. Jayne and her mum made personalised touches including hanging hearts to decorate each chair and cushions for the chill-out area. “These items are now in my daughter’s room – a lovely reminder of our day,” Jayne adds.
Jayne and Neil donated to charity, giving each person a Cancer Research badge as a favour.
The newlyweds travelled to Cyprus for a week.