How they met
“I felt flutters of excitement,” smiles Wiz. “We were at university together – he was in the year below me, so we didn’t have classes together, but I would always hope I’d catch a glimpse of him in between lectures and during lunch.”
“Jeremy proposed on the grass in front of the Royal Crescent in Bath,” smiles Wiz. “We had spent the afternoon at the spa and we rushed up there to try and catch the sunset, which I found frustrating – I didn’t want to rush after relaxing in the spa for two hours! Jeremy had been safely guarding my grandmother’s engagement ring, which is 70 years old, and pulled it out of his pocket as the sun was setting. Of course I said ‘yes’ and we then went out for a lovely dinner and rang all our family and friends in Australia. Most importantly we called my dad who Jeremy hadn’t had a chance to speak to – thankfully he was delighted at our engagement.”
The bride’s outfit
“The first wedding gown I bought was ‘Eve’ by Jenny Packham, which was silk with gorgeous capped sleeves and a small train, but then I found out I was pregnant!” remembers Wiz. “I changed dresses to a different Jenny Packham design – ‘Petra’, which was more flattering for the bump,” she adds. Her aisle style was completed with a beaded hair piece from Emmy Shoes, beaded earrings that her parents bought for her from London Silver Vaults on Chancery Lane, and red patent leather wedges from Hobbs.
The groom’s outfit
Jeremy had a gorgeous bespoke suit tailor-made at The Cad and the Dandy in London. The colour was charcoal with tiny white ‘eyes’ all over it, and the material was 100% wool, with a silk lining, in a 1940’s slim cut style. He wore thin braces under his jacket, and a sky blue tie.
Wiz was accompanied down the aisle by her sister, her best friend from university, and her best friend from London. She picked out a stunning sequinned dress from Monsoon for the girls to wear.
The couple had humanist ceremony on the day, with the ‘legal’ ceremony the week before at Hackney Town Hall. “We had two readings – one from my mum and one from Jeremy’s mum,” explains Wiz. “My dad walked me down the aisle, and it was very emotional. We couldn’t look at each other, because we both had tears in our eyes, and didn’t want to set each other off!”
“The majority of the flowers were provided by Nursery Fresh, and were delivered to the house the day before the wedding. My wonderful sister Sarah also collected local wildflowers and grasses to make up all the table decorations and bouquets,” recalls Wiz.
The couple’s entire wedding was held at their friend’s house in Yoxford, Suffolk. “The blessing took place in their walled garden, and the reception was in a field nearby. We hired a gorgeous marquee from CrackerJack Marquees, and thankfully the weather held out so we could spend time in the garden playing games, drinking Champagne and eating canapés,” smiles Wiz.
“We decorated the marquee with bunting hired from The Bunting Queen, that looked absolutely fabulous,” remembers Wiz. “There were flowers on each table in large glass vases, and they had simple white tablecloths, which our guests could write messages and draw on using the crayons we provided. The garden was also decorated with plain white bunting and tea light candles in glass jars for the evening,” she adds.
This couple did things their way, and did away with a traditional wedding breakfast, serving canapés in the garden, followed by a late lunch and dessert instead. All the food was supplied by The Anchor, which is a pub in the local village of Walberswick.
Jeremy and Wiz hired a local band called Will Rogers to provide the entertainment. “They really got the party started and everyone was disappointed when their set was over,” recalls Wiz.
The couple drove to the Lake District in their Fiat 500, staying at the Lakeside Hotel on Lake Windermere.
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