“Chris proposed on holiday in St Ives, Cornwall,” smiles Juliette. “We took an early morning walk up to a chapel overlooking the town and he popped the question while we were sat on the wall looking out to sea – it was very emotional. We then got a bit merry drinking Champagne at 11 in the morning!” she adds.
The bride’s outfit
“My Monsoon wedding dress cost just £220, which was a real bargain,” says Juliette. “I only had a very small budget for my outfit and I was so pleased to find a dress that wasn’t too pricey, but still made me feel like a million dollars.” Her adorable purple shoes were bought online from Modcloth, which she first spotted on Pinterest. Why not take a look at Wedding Ideas magazine’s Pinterest boards and see what inspires you?
The groom’s outfit
Chris wanted to buy a suit he knew he’d wear again, so opted for a Kenneth Cole design from House of Fraser. His shoes were by Bertie and the tie was from Debenhams.
“I had two bridesmaids – one was my sister Yvonne and one was my best friend Rowan. They were such a great support to me planning the wedding and throughout the day. It was fantastic to have them by my side,” beams Juliette. The two girls picked their own dresses from Coast and Karen Millen.
Juliette and Chris had a civil ceremony at The Southville Centre, with music that the couple both loved.
“The Southville Centre did the ceremony and reception and I can’t rave about them enough. The venue is so beautiful and full of light with a lovely relaxed feeling,” explains Juliette. “It was fantastic to have the entire day in one location – we didn’t lose any time moving between venues, which is great because the day flies by so quickly. Our wedding planner Kim at The Southville Centre was incredible and thought of every little thing; including little snack boxes for all the children to have after the ceremony.
We had Pieminister pies and mash with mushy peas for the wedding breakfast, and for dessert we served our wedding cake, which was a carrot cake with rum and orange frosting. Lots of people commented on the pies and said it was great to have ‘proper’ food, as they called it,” she adds.
The couple spent £350 on a week away to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. “We spent the week relaxing, talking about the wedding and eating food!” says Juliette.
Big Day Advice
Juliette’s advice for brides-to-be? Drop your wedding theme! “We decided to ditch the idea of a ‘theme’ for the wedding, with only 12 weeks to plan the whole day, we didn’t want to give ourselves added pressure,” she says. “We just picked things we liked, didn’t worry about matching colours and everything seemed to come together in the end.”