Tori & Nick
I was on my gap year in Canberra, Australia and went out for drinks with some friends. I’d never met Nick before but when he wasn’t keen to come out after I told him to man up and come with us!
HOW DID THE PROPOSAL HAPPEN?
Nick took me to Paris to see the Paris-Rouaix cycling race. He proposed on our rst night there after we had ridden out to the love lock bridge. I had an inkling a proposal was in the pipeline, but thought we were just making a stop-off in Paris on the way to the race, so I really wasn’t expecting it!
I made an appointment at Mystia Bridal Boutique in Gloucester – they had so many dresses I knew I would find one I loved! The one I chose was fitted with an illusion neckline and had an ivory lace overlay with champagne material beneath for a vintage look. I loved it so much and was so excited for Nick to see me!
The high neckline meant I couldn’t wear a necklace, so I opted for teardrop amethyst earrings – the colour for our wedding and Nick’s birthstone – and splashed out on a pair of ivory satin Jimmy Choos. The chapel-length veil I wore was very fine so it still showed off the back of my dress.
Nick hired his three-piece black fitted suit from Slaters in Cheltenham. He looked very happy and so smart in his suit.
I had four bridesmaids, all of whom I met at university. They wore purple Two Birds Bridesmaids dresses that I found in The White Room, Minchinhampton.
HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Georgie Holdom from Body Flair, Hucclecote did my makeup using Jane Iredale products – it didn’t need topping up all day. I also had two hairdressers, Shelly and Gemma.
WHAT MUSIC DID YOU PLAY DURING THE CEREMONY?
For me the ceremony was the best and most important part of the day – I loved it! We had the Vyne String Quartet play who were amazing.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
There were canapés in place of a starter, followed by a main course of lamb and cherry frangipane tart for dessert.
Seeing real people’s real ideas in Wedding Ideas gave me lots of tips. We chose a rustic vintage theme to complement our barn venue, Kingscote Barn.
We mainly decorated with flowers, adding lots of them to the tables. I also sourced some vintage style white crates and filled them with roses and we had rustic signs directing people to the barn.
We used Jacaranda Florist in Nailsworth to supply our beautiful blooms.
Our wedding cake made a statement and continued our rustic theme, with four tiers of sponge cake in three different flavours. There was a rough buttercream icing finish to add the country look we wanted.
Online graphic designers, The Ink Closet supplied our wedding stationery.
After enjoying the string quartet during the ceremony and beginning of the reception,
we danced the night away with Ben Hall, a DJ from Unique Wedding Disco. We also hired a photobooth from MyPhotoboothUK for guests to snap funny pictures in.
THE FIRST DANCE
‘One’ by Ed Sheeran was our first dance. We choreographed a routine that went really well and chose the song because the lyrics relate perfectly to our relationship, having been long distance for five years.the honeyMoon
We went to Ettington Park in Stratford-upon- Avon and enjoyed taking in all the tourist attractions of Shakespeare’s birthplace. It was the perfect chance to relax as newlyweds in the beautiful hotel grounds and indulge in afternoon tea.
If you’ve got the budget left to have a second dress for the evening, do it! I absolutely adored my gown, but I also love to dance and I wish I could have changed into a shorter dress to dance the night away in more easily.
VENUE Kingscote Barn, Tetbury| DRESS Mystia Bridal Boutique, Gloucester | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Two Birds Bridesmaid at The White Room, Minchinhampton GROOM Slaters, Cheltenham | SHOES Jimmy Choo | STATIONERY The Ink Closet | FLOWERS Jacaranda Florist, Nailsworth | ENTERTAINEMENT Unique Wedding Disco and MyPhotoboothUK | PHOTOGRAPHER Courtney Louise Photography