Emma & David
We were travelling in Asia for three weeks over our third anniversary. On the day of our anniversary we helped at an elephant sanctuary and that evening we had a private candlelit dinner overlooking the river – it was the most incredible day!
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
I love to travel and had booked us a long weekend in Paris. We hadn’t really discussed getting engaged, so I was surprised when David kept mentioning his colleagues at work teasing him about a Paris proposal before the trip. He asked me to sit on the bed when we got to the hotel and when I opened my eyes he was on one knee with a ring in his hand! I was so excited – we were on a complete high.
I had lost some weight before the wedding, so only shopped for my gown after that. My mum, grandma and sister all came to help me choose one – it was lovely! My dress was an ivory strapless A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline and a sheer ivory bolero – the opposite of what I thought I wanted!
My friend gifted me my veil and I finished off my bridal outfit with a pearl necklace and studs from Debenhams and a few small white rose hair slides. My hot pink peep-toe heels made a statement – perfect for the bright rainbow theme of our wedding.
David hired his dark grey mid-length suit, ivory waistcoat and cravat from Slaters. We both chose understated, relatively plain out ts as our groomsmen and bridesmaids were all in different bright colours. He looked handsome!
We had five bridesmaids who are all very special to us. They all wore dresses in different colours with ivory peep-toe heels from BHS and pearl jewellery from Debenhams to match mine. They looked stunning!
HAIR AND MAKEUP
My long-standing hairdresser Clair from The Hair Studio did my hair beautifully to fit with my dress – she also fitted my hair pins and veil and gave me a quick hair check before the first dance. Natasha Wiggins did my makeup after being recommended by my photographer – she was so easy to communicate with.
We both wanted a traditional religious ceremony and were lucky to find such a fun and friendly vicar. He even let five of our friends read out parts of the ceremony – it made the service so special and personal.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
A hog roast served with a mix of salads and new potatoes was the main meal because we wanted to keep our wedding fun and casual, followed by a selection of cakes and desserts. We also served popcorn, candy floss, sweet and cake tables afterwards for those with a sweet tooth (like David!).
We started off with a rainbow theme which evolved into a village fete meets carnival style with travel-inspired touches thrown in too!
David’s aunt kindly made bunting in five different colours and we decorated outside with wooden and slate signs, watering cans and brightly coloured balloons. We had a marquee full of photographs of all the guests as well as photo booth props – we really wanted to make our day about having fun. Globes and a postcard-themed guest book added in travel elements to the day. We bought the love stickers for our confetti cones after seeing them in Wedding Ideas.
Hannah Ball from Flowers by Hannah did our flowers – I was blown away when she brought round the bouquets and I saw the centrepieces. I had pastel colours in my bouquet while the bridesmaids had white to contrast their dresses. The groomsmen’s buttonholes matched their cravats, which I thought looked absolutely fantastic!
We ordered our invitations but made our own place name cards. We used luggage tags as a base and then used a stamping kit to stamp on each guest’s name – they looked brilliant. David made our orders of service and decorated them with balloons on the front and romantic quotes on the back.
Being huge music lovers a live band was a must for us, but we also wanted it to match our theme. We decided on a local New Orleans Jazz band called the Burgundy Boater Band for the day and Happy Hour for the evening. Bill Houston, a caricaturist, also made the day memorable, capturing us all on paper.
We spent four nights in Dubai, enjoying sky diving and a desert safari before going on to the Maldives for eight nights. We scuba dived and tried parasailing over the Indian Ocean.
CEREMONY Rotherwick Church | RECEPTION VENUE Rotherwick Village Hall | DRESS For similar, try Ivory & Co Bridal | BRIDESMAID DRESSES For similar, try In One Clothing | GROOM Slaters | ACCESSORIES Debenhams | FLOWERS Flowers by Hannah, facebook. com/flowersbyhannahball ENTERTAINMENT Bill Houston Caricaturist | PHOTOGRAPHER Lilybean Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER The Camera Chap