Louise & Matthew
We were enjoying a picnic on the bank of Loch Lomond during a weekend trip to the Scottish Highlands. Matt started to go all gushy and before I knew it he had pulled out a ring. We waited to tell our family and friends when we got home again so we were in our own little bubble all weekend.
I found my dress in the first shop I went to. It was ‘Bonnie’ by Ronald Joyce in champagne and had the most beautiful detail all over that glistened differently under different lighting. The dress had a gorgeous drop back and fishtail shape. It was only the third dress I had tried on and not at all what I thought I wanted, but I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t believe wedding dress shopping could be so easy!
I treated myself to a stunning pair of Jimmy Choos but kept my jewellery quite simple because I didn’t want to detract from the dress.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
I did my own makeup because I don’t normally wear a lot. I had lessons at Lancôme and Bobbi Brown beforehand. Hairdresser Kara Scott did mine and the bridesmaids’ hair.
Matt wore a navy slim fit TM Lewin suit with a silk knitted yellow tie. I had really milked the entrance so it was quite a big, daunting build up for him and he was relieved to finally see me!
I had five beautiful bridesmaids who wore Wtoo dresses found in a lovely boutique in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne called Laura Lea. The dresses were buff pink with gorgeous strap features.
We had our two adorable nephews as our pageboys. They looked super cute in yellow bow ties and sand coloured shorts.
WHAT MUSIC DID YOU PLAY DURING THE CEREMONY?
Matt’s mum is a professional harpist. She played and sung ‘Fields of Gold’ during the ceremony, as well as playing us in and out. I chose Christina Perri’s ‘Thousand Years’ to walk down the aisle to and Matt surprised me with John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ as we walked out as husband and wife.
WHAT DID YOU HAVE FOR YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST?
We were the first couple to get married at Healey Barn and the food was fantastic. We had beetroot salad, followed by suckling pig and sweet potato for main and shortbread with strawberries and cream for dessert.
Dad, Matt and the two best men all gave fantastic speeches! I had been thinking that I would like to say a few words, but wasn’t sure if it would be too much pressure on the day. I’m so glad I did! I read a poem about our relationship so far – Matt’s face was priceless.
The barn was already beautiful and rustic, so we kept decorations to a minimum. We added photos of us at various ages to the table numbers which our relatives loved. Our table plan was also made of Polaroid-style photos of each of our guests, pegged up by string on a wooden frame – it got a great reaction!
All our flowers were from Harriet at Flowers Unlimited. She did a brilliant job creating a rustic and wild, ‘just picked from a field’ look for us. It suited the barn perfectly. Harriet used cream roses nestled among greenery for the bouquet and roses for the buttonholes.
Neither of us have a sweet tooth so we chose a tower of cheese wheels which doubled up as evening food too. The cheese cake was decorated with fresh greenery and red grapes.
We had a fire pit in the evening so our favours for guests were marshmallows and sparklers which everyone had a lot of fun with later on.
THE FIRST DANCE
We were absolutely dreading this as neither of us have rhythm and we even considered not having one at all. In the end, we danced to Florence and the Machine’s ‘You’ve Got the Love’ because it reminds us of the early days of our relationship. It felt like no one else was in the room and, although we probably looked terrible, we loved it!
We had a blissful minimoon on Greek Island, Evia and have planned a three-week trip travelling around beautiful New Zealand.
When it comes to makeup, choose a low SPF foundation because it’s better for ash photography. If you are doing your own makeup have plenty of trial runs. Don’t spend too long thinking about the planning details, if it feels right it likely will be!
VENUEHealey Barn | DRESSRonald Joyce | BRIDESMAID DRESSESLaura Lea, Newcastle-upon-Tyne | GROOM™ Lewin | SHOES Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com | FLOWERS Harriet at Flowers Unlimited | CAKE For similar, try The West Country Cheese Co | PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah-Jane and Simon from SDS Photography | HONEYMOON Evia, Greece and New Zealand