Rebecca & Jacques
Jacques and I had arranged a holiday to Cornwall, where I had been going ever since I was a child. Jacques took me for a picnic on cliff top beside the beach I loved as a child and told me to look underneath his coat – there was a bottle of Champagne that we had been saving for a special occasion. On the side of the bottle Jacques had written ‘will you marry me?’ – I looked up to see him on one knee with a single solitaire ring in his hand!
I have always wanted a lace fishtail wedding gown, but after trying on lots of dresses I was still in love with a dress I had seen on Pinterest! It was the ‘214207’ David Tutera gown and I was desperate to find it. Luckily, Cardiff Bridal Centre was able to order in a sample for me to try on – I found my dream dress! It was sleeveless with an illusion jewelled bateau neckline with beaded trim and made from embroidered lace and tulle over a taffeta trumpet skirt. The drop waist sweetheart lace bodice was beaded and it had a deep-V back. I loved the scalloped hemline and chapel-length train.
My veil also came from Cardiff Bridal Centre, with my ivory Esme lace court shoes from Rainbow Club, stocked in John Lewis. Jacques gifted me a Tiffany pearl bracelet on the morning of the wedding, which I paired with a diamante hair clip from the bridal boutique I found my bridesmaid dresses. My ‘something borrowed’ was my mum’s garter.
Jacques wore a tailored fit three-piece navy suit from Moss Bros and Jacques chose Ted Baker light brown brogues from Office to go with it. His pale pink skinny tie matched the bridesmaid dresses. I felt so lucky to be marrying him. The groomsmen wore the same suit too.
I was lucky enough to have five bridesmaids! Their dresses came from Do You Believe Bridal Boutique in Newport – I would highly recommend them! The dresses were M576 by True Bride, featuring chiffon material with a delicate lace bodice, pleated waistband and flattering slim skirt in new pink. I loved the freshness and vintage edge of the pale pink colour.
What music did you have at your ceremony?
We had a religious ceremony at St Basil’s Church, local to the village I grew up in. I walked down the aisle to Jeremiah Clarke’s ‘Trumpet Voluntary’ and we walked out as husband and wife to Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’. As we signed the register, Jacques’ cousin sang ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri and the organist played Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
What did you have for your wedding breakfast?
There was a red pepper and tomato soup to start, followed by roasted supreme of chicken with vegetable royale, and hazelnut pavlova, vanilla ice cream and mixed forest fruits for dessert. It was delicious!
We had quite a few speeches so at the start we took £1 bets from everyone for how long the best man’s speech would last and the person who guessed closest won the money!
I love pastel colours and I knew I wanted a light and summery colour, so we chose a light pink vintage lovebirds theme.
Having looked through Wedding Ideas, I had lots of inspiration for colour schemes and decorations. Liz from Totally Co-ordinated supplied our reception decorations. We hired birdcages and white candle centrepieces, birdcage favour boxes, a birdcage table plan and love birds on the name cards. Chiavari chairs created a vintage feel for us, as did the Mr & Mrs signs, faux flowers and candles Liz added. She was fantastic!
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Our fabulous flowers were provided by Monique Quinn. I wanted a vintage look to my bouquet and Monique was very helpful, sourcing a range of roses in ivory and pale pinks and adding diamantes. She wrapped the stems of all the bouquets in hessian and lace to tie in with the theme and created ivory and pale pink posies for the men’s buttonholes.
My grandmother made our wedding cake – she’s a wonderful cake maker and we knew we wanted her to make ours! It was a three-tier fruitcake, decorated with sugar craft lilies and hessian and lace ribbons. We loved it! She also baked a small sponge cake for those who aren’t fans of fruitcake.
My brother is in a jazz band and kindly agreed to play for us during the evening, even including a saxophone – Jacques’ favourite! A DJ took over for the rest of the night.
We booked our honeymoon through Kuoni who were so great at organising everything. We spent eight nights at Kuramathi Island Resort in the Maldives and six sightseeing in Dubai. The Maldives was very relaxing – just what we needed after the wedding!
CEREMONY VENUE St Basil’s Church, Bassaleg, Newport
RECEPTION VENUE Hensol Castle, Vale of Glamorgan
DRESS David Tutera at Cardiff Bridal Centre
BRIDESMAID DRESSES True Bride at Do You Believe Bridal Boutique, Newport
GROOM Moss Bros and Ted Baker
ACCESSORIES Rainbow Club and Tiffany
DECORATIONS Totally Co-ordinated
FLOWERS Monique Quinn
PHOTOGRAPHER Anderson Photography