Cara & Jordan
NAVY AND WHITE | NOVEMBER WEDDING | SNOWFLAKES | SWEETHEART NAVY BRIDESMAIDS | AMANDA WYATT DRESS | BROOCH BOUQUET | HALF-AND-HALF CAKE
How did the proposal happen?
Jordan popped the question while we were on holiday in Disney World. I had joked a few months earlier that he would never find anywhere better than there to propose, but had completely forgotten so it came as a complete surprise! We went and designed a ring a few days later.
My Amanda Wyatt A-line dress came from The Bridal Rooms in Swinfen, Lichfield. It featured ivory organza and French lace with beaded details, a corset back and full skirt. I added an ivory lace jacket and a ribbon belt. On the hanger I wouldn’t have chosen it, but as soon as I put it on it felt like the dress had chosen me.
I accessorized with an Amanda Wyatt veil and headband, ‘Esme’ Rainbow Club lace court shoes and a Pandora snowflake jewellery set, including earrings, a necklace and a ring.
Jordan isn’t the type to ever wear a suit, so to see him looking so gorgeous in his tails suit, white waistcoat and ivory cravat took my breath away! I couldn’t wait to get down the aisle to him. His groomsmen all wore the same tails suits, but with navy cravats.
My six maids wore ‘Jitters 514’ from The Wedding Shop – they were sleeveless, chiffon, navy blue maxi dresses with glitzy embellishments around the neckline. The girls loved them!
Hair and makeup
My regular hairdresser Molly Webb did all of our hair and makeup. We used silk illusion ivory Clarins foundation, a Clinique lipstick and other products from Younique.
We shared a beautiful religious ceremony at Jordan’s church. We chose all the readings and music and lit a candle to signify our union.
What music did you play at the ceremony?
I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, then we all sung hymns during the ceremony. As we signed the marriage register, Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’ and Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ played. We walked out of the church to ‘Let My Love Open the Door’ by Pete Townshend.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
Guests dined on chicken liver parfait with grape chutney and toasted brioche to start, with 18-hour braised shin of Dexter beef for the main and a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for dessert.
My dad’s speech included a lot of jokes, Jordan’s was written the night before and delivered in his usual laid-back style, but it was the best man’s that stole the show! It was an emotional speech about his and Jordan’s friendship and had us all in tears.
The venue was already decorated for Christmas, so we included this in our theme, choosing a navy and white palette with silver and snowflake accents.
Our maid of honour made our chalkboard welcome sign using wood, branches and chalkboard paint. Our venue, Alrewas Hayes already had a starlit canopy in its marquee, so we had snowflakes attached to it to match our theme and hired giant LOVE lights from our DJ, too. We filled two large urns with gypsophila and fairylights for a twinkly effect. The final touches were candles, glittery pinecones and twigs wrapped with even more fairylights.
Karen Hussey provided our daytime invitations, order of service, table numbers and place names, using navy snowflakes to make heart shapes with glitter and navy ribbons. Our evening invitations were supplied by Pocketfold Invites and featured a laser-cut snowflake on a navy background.
We found Natalie at Love Bouquets in another real wedding in Wedding Ideas. She made my brooch bouquet for me while our fresh flowers for the bridesmaids’ posies and groomsmen’s buttonholes came from Charlotte of Just C Flowers. My maids carried posies of gysophila and white roses, while the men each wore a single avalanche rose with foliage.
Our cake was a four-tier, half-and-half design cake. One side was traditional, decorated in navy and white with ribbon and snowflake decorations, while the other was colourful and filled with figures from the movies and TV shows we love. Rosy from Cakes For All UK made it using chocolate fudge, chocolate orange and carrot, lemon and vanilla tiers.
We hired a photobooth for guests to take funny snaps in and a DJ who we found in Wedding Ideas for the evening dancing. In a nod to us first meeting in a cinema, we also hired a popcorn cart, as well as nachos and candy floss stalls from SweetaFayre who were such a pleasure to deal with.
For our honeymoon we headed back to Disney World, where we spent a week at the Animal Kingdom Loge in a savannah view room before moving on for a week at Hard Rock Hotel, Universal, Orlando. We had an action-packed honeymoon of rides and shopping!
The car rides to and from the church, first with my dad and then with my new husband were both so special. Dad and I joked our way through the trip to the church to stop us from getting too emotional. I’d been bursting to just talk to Jordan during our ceremony, so it was great to do that on our way to the reception!
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CEREMONY | St Mary’s Church, Stretton, Burton on Trent
VENUE | Alrewas Hayes, Alrewas, Burton on Trent
DRESS | Amanda Wyatt at The Bridal Rooms, Swinfen, Lichfield
BRIDESMAID DRESSES | The Wedding Shop
GROOM | Moss Bros
ACCESSORIES | The Bridal Rooms, Rainbow Club and Pandora
HAIR AND MAKEUP | Molly’s Hair and Beauty
STATIONERY | Karen Hussey and Pocketfold Invites
FLOWERS | Just C Flowers and Love Bouquets
CAKE | Cakes for All UK
ENTERTAINMENT | DJ Steve from Strictly Weddings and SweetaFayre
PHOTOGRAPHER | Ben Appleby
VIDEOGRAPHER | Stark Weddings