Marie & Duncan
For the past few years we have gone away in November as we first met on Bonfire Night. In 2013, Duncan had organised a weekend in Loch Lomond for us. On the Saturday he was adamant that we go for a walk to enjoy the scenery – even though it was raining heavily. We went and walked by the Falls of Falloch where Duncan insisted on taking a photo of me. He held the camera up in one hand and a ring box in the other, so we had a very funny photo of me looking wet and confused! I’d been secretly hoping it would happen!
My Alfred Sung A-line ball gown came from Mirage Couture, Kiveton Park. It featured corded lace and French tulle and I felt like a princess – glamorous and all grown up. I took my friends with me for the second fitting. They made me feel so special and I’ll never forget it.
My grandma bought my side comb diamanté and pearl headpiece for me from Ivory & Co and bought earrings from lucywithdiamonds.co.uk. I added shoes from Next and Duncan gifted me the most beautiful pearl drop necklace and matching pearl bracelet to wear, both from Ernest Jones.
Duncan hired a Prince Edward suit from Greenwoods, alongside a silver waistcoat and dusty pink cravat and pocket handkerchief. He looked pale but amazing, having just been discharged from hospital the night before the wedding, which made it even more amazing to see him as I walked down the aisle.
I had three bridesmaids and my niece as my flower girl. A talented dressmaker, Kelly Ann, made the bridesmaid dresses in the perfect dusky pink shade I wanted in flowing chiffon. They complemented each maid perfectly.
At our ceremony we had two readings given by my maid of honour and a close friend. One was religious, as advised by our vicar, and the other was a poem that we had fallen in love with. They did a fantastic job reading them without too many tears.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
Our guests enjoyed leek and potato soup followed by roast chicken and glazed mozzarella and a deliciously rich chocolate pudding with raspberries.
My dad gave a very nervous speech but he did it, followed by our best men’s speech, which included all the usual inappropriate jokes, and then Duncan gave his. He threw away the paper when it came to talking about me, giving such a heartfelt speech that had everyone in tears. My bridesmaids had also put together a slideshow of photos of Duncan and I to music. We were so thankful to everyone for the wonderful speeches.
Wedding Ideas was my wedding planning lifeline! It can seem so overwhelming – my first step was to buy the magazine for ideas and after that I was hooked! It helped me create exactly what we wanted and find the supplier for our Photo Booth backdrop (modocreative.com). We chose a vintage theme of creams and dusky pinks, adding candelabra, mirrors and tea lights. A friend also gifted us vintage cups and saucers that we filled with flowers and we hired sequin table runners from Magpie Linens.
A family friend who used to own her own floristry business supplied our bouquets and buttonholes as well as a fantastic floral wand that our flower girl loved waving about. They looked fabulous!
We had a three-tier sponge cake with chocolate, lemon and carrot cake tiers. Debbie from Cake That went out of her way to make sure it was exactly what we envisaged. The colours and lace designs were perfect!
We both have family who have been diagnosed with cancer, so we decided to donate the cost of our favours to the hospices and charities that looked after them instead. We added a poem on the back of the name cards to let our guests know this.
Orlando, Florida was our honeymoon destination for three wonderful weeks. We visited theme parks and even visited NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre, which was amazing!
When the vicar said “in sickness and in health” the church erupted in laughter, knowing that Duncan had only just made it out of hospital in time for the wedding. It made the moment so much more special for us and it was great to be able to laugh about it. Posing for photos with my new husband was also so much fun! We could play a little and got all giggly, making for beautiful moments captured perfectly for us to look back on forever in the photos.
CEREMONY St Bartholomew’s Church, Maltby, Rotherham RECEPTION VENUE Mosborough Hall, Eckington, Sheffield | DRESS Mirage Couture, Kiveton Park | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Klue by Kelly Ann | GROOM Greenwoods | ACCESSORIES Ivory & Co and Lucy With Diamonds | DECOR Magpie Linens | STATIONERY Imagine DIY | CAKE Cake That | PHOTOGRAPHER Temporal Photography & Art