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!

 

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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.

 

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THE DRESS

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!

 

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THE ACCESSORIES

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.

 

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THE GROOM

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!

 

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THE BRIDESMAIDS

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.

 

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THE CEREMONY

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!).

 

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INSPIRATION

We started off with a rainbow theme which evolved into a village fete meets carnival style with travel-inspired touches thrown in too!

 

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RECEPTION DECORATION

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.

 

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THE FLOWERS

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!

 

THE STATIONERY

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.

 

THE ENTERTAINMENT

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.

 

THE HONEYMOON

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

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