We can’t resist a man in uniform! Take a look at this beautiful military wedding with a coral theme…
Phil proposed to Nina while the couple were on holiday in Mexico. “One evening, just before we were going out for dinner, he told me that my outfit was missing something, and presented me with a beautiful ring,” Nina says. “I was very surprised, although with hindsight, I realised he’d been rather jittery every time I went near his hand luggage!” she laughs.
The bride’s outfit
Nina looked ravishing in her Ellis Bridals fishtail dress from Shropshire County Brides. “I only tried on five dresses, but as soon as I put it on, I knew it was right – just the style I was looking for, and very comfortable,” says Nina. Her Rainbow Club shoes from John Lewis were an obvious choice, too. “I loved them as soon as I saw them, and when I realised that the style was called Nina, I just had to have them!” Nina laughs.
The groom’s outfit
Helicopter pilot Phil turned heads in his RAF uniform, wearing his formal No 1 uniform during the ceremony, and changing into his No 5 mess dress uniform for the evening reception.
Nina asked her sister Catherine, friend Elle and sister-in-law Sarah to be her bridesmaids for the big day. Nina turned to the high street for their outfits with stunning slate grey knee-length dresses from the bridal department in Phase Eight, and super elegant shoes from Next.
Ludlow Castle was the spectacular scene of Nina and Phil’s civil ceremony. The couple chose classical pieces by Handel and Elgar for their entrance, exit and signing of the registers. “It was amazing to see all our loved ones in one place, celebrating with us,” says Nina.
Nina and Phil travelled to their reception venue – a marquee in the grounds of Miller Farm – in a vintage Alfa Romeo. “Our theme was vintage floral, with candelabra decorated with meadow flowers from Flowers by Lou,” Nina explains. The couple also incorporated references to Phil’s Air Force career, including personalised paper aeroplanes from Confetti as favours for their male guests. “The paper aeroplane favours kept the guys amused for hours!” laughs Nina.
“It was a three-tier vanilla sponge cake with slate grey icing and various shades of coral flowers trailing down it, bought from Nettys of Shropshire,” says Nina.
Nina and Phil’s Mauritius honeymoon included many once-in-a-lifetime moments, including walking with lions and a catamaran trip.