Fresh snowfall turned Melissa and Dean’s January big day into a real winter wedding wonderland, complete with a cosy tea party theme!
How they met
Melissa and Dean were introduced at a friend’s 30th birthday party, and despite both being slightly tipsy, a spark was kindled. “Dean then looked me up on Facebook, and eventually asked me out,” Melissa recalls. “On our first date, there was a festival of light in Huddersfield, and as we met, fireworks were going off in the background. We joked that it was a sign!”
Dean proposed to Melissa while he was accompanying her on a business trip to Germany. “He had intended to ask me over an intimate meal, but then we were invited out by the exhibition organisers, foiling his plans,” Melissa explains. “Dean eventually persuaded me that we should take our drinks back to our room, where he got down on one knee and produced the most beautiful handmade ring.”
The bride’s outfit
Melissa wore a breathtaking silk tulle and taffeta gown from Jasmine Bridal, with a sweetheart neckline, silk sash and diamanté flower detail. “I never thought I would go for a big dress, but it made me feel like a princess,” Melissa smiles. The bride’s turquoise shoes were her first purchase, and became the colour inspiration for the day. “I love that I can wear them again and again, and I’ll always remember our special day when they’re on my feet,” she smiles.
The groom’s outfit
The groomsmen wore mid-grey suits with tailcoats with a teal cravat and ivory waistcoat. “I went to the fittings with Dean and thought he looked very dashing and handsome, and also spotted that the hire company had ordered everyone the wrong size suits, which none of the men noticed!” laughs Melissa.
Organising outfits for the seven far-flung bridesmaids was a logistical nightmare for Melissa. “It was impossible to all get together, so we ordered two different styles and managed to get everyone to try them on within a two-week period and finally agreed on the perfect dress,” Melissa explains. Her patience paid off, as the maids all looked stunning in their Grecian-inspired dresses from Girls of Elegance, teamed with faux fur shrugs and homemade pearl and teal accessories.
Melissa and Dean were married at their family church on a snowy winter’s day. “Walking into the church to see it packed with all our nearest and dearest was amazing. My dad started blubbing as we set off down the aisle so I had to be the one to calm him down!” recalls Melissa.
The simple but pretty hand-tied bouquets, created by local florist Yorkshire Rose, featured vintage roses and eucalyptus leaves, finished with teal ribbon and lace.
With snow lying on the ground, The Huntsman Inn was the perfect setting for Melissa and Dean’s winter tea party reception. “Our meal was an afternoon tea served on antique cake stands, with sandwiches, quiche, scones and cakes, as well as a pork pie tower made by a local butcher, which we cut as we entered the reception room,” Melissa says.
“I wanted our day to have the personal touch, and we had so much fun making decorations in the lead-up to the wedding,” says crafty bride Melissa. “The place cards were a real talking point – we spent months collecting photos of every guest from our old albums and Facebook, and edited them to look like vintage Polaroid photos.” The couple also sewed bunting in the wedding colours and painted jars with teal glass paint for the table centres. “We loved setting the venue up the day before, even though Dean had a little incident with a craft knife requiring A&E and stitches!”
Melissa and Dean’s beautiful wedding cake was a team effort. The main cake was made by a friend and decorated with a topped made by Melissa, placed on a wooden cake stand made by the father of the bride, and surrounded by cupcakes baked by several different close friends and relatives.
Guests contributed to a honeymoon gift list, helping the couple to get the most out of their once-in-a-lifetime beach and safari holiday in Kenya.