Verity and Paul’s wedding day took place on Saturday 17th June 2017 and it was a real summer’s day with 30 degree temperatures all day! They married in a church, which is really significant to Verity’s family and followed the ceremony with a relaxed countryside reception in a marquee at Millers of Netley in Shropshire.
Luckily, Verity had chosen Plisa by Pronovias in a light crepe material, not only did she look stunning but also I think she was grateful not to be wearing something heavier in the scorching heat! I just LOVE the story of how she got her wedding shoes, read on for all the details.
After being persuaded not to make the cake herself, Verity decorated it instead and didn’t she just do a fabulous job? It’s a picture of pastel perfection, a theme which continues throughout the beautiful marquee décor. Our pair did lots of DIY, make sure you look out for the incredible Ferrero Rocher tower and ‘Toddler Tipi’.
Jo Boulton has captured this happy, sunny day just perfectly. Thank you ever so much for sharing the gorgeous images with us today Jo.
THE PROPOSAL | December 2015. During a long weekend break at Forest Holiday’s Keldy Cabins, Keldy Forest, N.Yorkshire.
I had gone for a shower in our log cabin, Paul decided whilst I was doing that,he would set up loads of candles, there were candles everywhere. He then panicked thinking he might set the whole cabin on fire, so he called me down, shouting Ves, you need to come down quick, he said that there was a small animal I NEEDED to see at the window… when I got to the stairs I could see all the candles and effort he had made and he got down on one knee, popped the question!!
THE VISION | A relaxed wedding, that we wanted to be truly what we wanted as a couple. Very laid back, stress free and rustic. Somewhere where all of our friends and family could come together and enjoy live music, good food, and even better dancing until the early hours.
THE PLANNING PROCESS | Due to our working schedules, this was very much a case of what we called ‘Sunday Funday’ planning! We would go for a long walk and discuss things that we imagined for our big day. (This and of course, Pinterest!). This was really the only form of planning we did leading up to the 3 or 4 months before the wedding, and that’s when I started ordering, making and planning things for the big day.
THE VENUE | St Mary’s Church, Westbury, Shrewsbury and Millers of Netley, Dorrington.
The church was important to us. This was the Church I was Christened and Confirmed in, and the same church that my three older sisters all got married in only a few years before.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES | The Dress – Plisa, Pronovias.
The back of the dress was the part that sealed the deal!
The Shoes – Mischka Badgley, ‘Gorgeous’. The shoes were the first thing I knew I wanted! I had said I wanted them for ages, but kept putting it off as I thought I needed to find a dress first and they were more than I thought I wanted to spend – especially considering I knew we had chosen an outdoor venue by this point. I was prepared for the Great British Weather and a snazzy pair of wellies!
A few months went by before we headed to visit Paul’s family in Ireland. It was on this trip that Paul surprised me by taking me to Petticoat Lane Bridal Boutique in Hillsborough (the most beautiful bridal store you can imagine!!!).
He knew the designer of the shoes I had been looking at from all of the pictures I’d saved on my phone, so contacted the boutique’s owner, Katie (who was a childhood friend of his). He checked they had them in the shop and then surprised me with the visit. As we arrived in Hillsborough he said he had a surprise for me, and that he might be spending some pennies that day?…
I was confused, and then saw the bridal shop and was even more confused. Until I spied the shoes in the window! We went in, and maybe less than 5 minutes later I knew they were the ones! Paul insisted on buying them as a bridal gift for me… does it get much better?
FINDING THE DRESS | This was hard! Way more difficult than the shoes that’s for sure.
I was never one of those girls who dreamed of their wedding day since being a young girl. I didn’t have a clue on any style of dress or any shape or anything.
My best friend actually took me to a Wedding Fayre in Manchester the weekend after our engagement as a surprise. She ended up encouraging me to try on lots of dresses and I actually found one that I loved. People were shouting ‘say yes to the dress’ across the floor at me, but it was all so soon after the engagement that I didn’t want to commit to anything that soon.
I later went to Chester with my Mum and two of my sisters to try on some dresses. I was trying to find ‘that dress’ again, but none were quite like it. This was when I found the Pronovias line of dresses. I remember coming out of the changing rooms and the people in the shop were all saying I looked like Pippa Middleton. The dress was very similar to the one I went for in the end, but was slightly more fitted and had a higher neckline. The lady in the store said she knew a dress that I would love from that range, but they didn’t carry it.
I decided to look online at the rest of the Pronovias range, when I found the Plisa dress. The most local store I found that had this in stock was a shop called Emma’s, in Liverpool. So I travelled there the weekend after and made my decision.
Although it wasn’t the wedding fayre dress I had been looking for, it was a lighter Crepe material, floatier and had a relaxed feel to it and therefore I felt it would work with the venue.
I did, and still do question my decision, but considering we had 30degree heat all day on the day of our wedding…I think the lighter material was definitely the right choice.
GROOM’S ATTIRE | All of the suits were suits from Next. With Paul’s Groomsmen travelling from all over the world to be at the wedding (literally! Dubai, Australia, Mogadishu, Ireland, London…). Distance and then the fact that he had chosen seven Groomsmen, meant we needed somewhere where all of the lads could either get to the store, or knew their sizes within that shop.
The light suits were really nice and a really good fit on everyone. With added grey braces from Slaters, and brown brogues from Next, they all looked amazing.
The Purple ties and pocket squares were also from Slaters. We actually brought an extra tie and one of my sisters made three mini bow ties out of it for my three nephews who were our page boys. Not forgetting the page boy’s straw hats and sunglasses…and they were ready for the big day!!
THE READINGS & MUSIC | We asked two of my oldest and best friends if they would do our readings in the church for us. It was such a nice touch!
We also had one of Paul’s work colleagues playing the Organ for us. I came down the aisle to John Legend’s All of Me – which is one of Paul’s favourites. She also played A Thousand Years by Christina Perri during the signing of the register. And then…the traditional Wedding March as we left.
My parents had surprised us by paying for the church bells as we left! It made it feel very real!
My mum had also helped me find some musicians who would play some Irish music on the ukulele during the arrival drinks. This was a surprise for my new hubby – which he absolutely loved and had no idea about.
We then had a live band in the evening. The Black Ties (Mike, Craig and Dan), Liverpool were incredible. Mike is a family friend and the band are now a firm favourite at any family wedding or do! They had played at two of my sister’s weddings too – they are so versatile and are able to play anything you ask! They are incredible – and the dance floor was never empty!
BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS | Our perfect Bridesmaids and Groomsmaid were incredible in the lead up to the wedding and all through the wedding day!
I had my three older sisters and three of my closest friends as my bridesmaids. We then had Paul’s oldest niece, Niki, as our Groomsmaid.
This meant that Niki still wore the same style of dress as my girls, got ready with us in the morning, but then my Dad took her to the Church early to meet Paul (and calm any nerves before the wedding) and to organise the Groomsmen and meet the guests before the ceremony. As Paul and Niki have always been so close growing up as they are so close in age, we wanted Niki to be by Paul’s side, as if she were in the role of Best Man. For us and our families, it was perfect!
I had all of my girls in slightly different dresses. All the same colour, but with slight variations.
My two oldest sisters wore the Rosetta Embellished Maxi Dress in Minx, from Monsoon.
My Maid of Honour (my other sister) wore the TFNC wedding Sateen Bow Back Maxi Dress with an embellished back, from Asos.
The other three bridesmaids wore the same TFNC dress but without the embellished back.
And our Groomsmaid wore the TFNC tall wedding high neck maxi with bow back.
And they all looked stunning!
THE FLOWERS | Anne Whysall Florists, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury.
My bridal bouquet was a natural tied posy with whispy eucalyptus foliages, sweet avalanche roses, gypsophila and dried lavender. I wanted the bouquet to have a vintage muted feel and to not look to crisp, bright and formal. I loved my flowers! They looked perfect.
For the venue, I also ordered two loads of wholesale eucalyptus and gypsophila. These came in large wraps of paper – this was a pre-wedding-day-decorate-the-venue-task!
THE CAKE | I really wanted to make my wedding cake myself! Paul really didn’t want me to, mainly because he didn’t want me to have any unnecessary stress before the wedding, but also I think because he knows I’m not exactly the world’s best cook! All of my friends and family kept telling me not to – which only wanted me to do it even more.
I finally settled and agreed to allow a professional to bake the cake, and then I would decorate it the day before the wedding.
We found a local baker called Karen at Karen’s Creative Cupcakes, Shrewsbury. Which turned out to be the best decision ever. We went with a three tier cake of lemon drizzle with sherbet lemon buttercream, vanilla sponge with raspberry jam and white chocolate buttercream and finally Chocolate orange with chocolate buttercream flavours.
I was then left to my own devices when decorating!
I had designed a cake topper with Etched Studio, Lancashire. I had also ordered some extra gypsophila and sweet avalanche roses from the florist, where she had pre-cut and wrapped the ends so I could use them on the cake. Finally, I had found some meringues in different shades of lavenders from Lou Lou’s Meringues, Ribble Valley.
I had seen some pictures on Pinterest of cakes I wanted to try and recreate-and just went with it!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER | Jo Boulton Photography, Lancashire. We truly cannot thank Jo enough! I actually first met Jo around 6years ago in an old job. Her photography is amazing and there was no doubt we wanted her to do our wedding.
When we first asked Jo, she mentioned that she always does a pre-wedding shoot with couples to get the feel of what we like. After 5minutes of a holi powder paint fight between Paul and I, we had the shots we wanted and knew for definite that we had made the right decision with Jo.
Neither of us are very photogenic, and hate the posed/staged photos. Jo was fully understanding of this, which made the day so easy – whilst still getting incredible shots.
She was with us every step of the day; calmed me down when getting ready at the house, got natural shots of things that we would have otherwise missed on the day, got shots of the double decker bus we had for guests, got shots of the Irish band we had and the live band in the evening, and was really able to catch the atmosphere of the day in her photos…all whilst the sun was beating without a cloud in the sky all day!
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR | Everything at the wedding we got or made ourselves. From the dried hanging lavender bunches with purple ribbon, to the fairy lights for the marquee which we had installed the week before the wedding.
The table decorations were a centrepiece candelabra, with a bottle of ‘Shropshire Lass’ and a bottle of ‘Guinness Original’ on each table. I then added wooden name places from the girls at Etched Studio.
The table plan was a mirror that we have in our front room, where I just stuck on the lists of names and added some of the extra foliage.
A then it just needed a couple of finishing touches…
- A ferrero rocher wooden stand, with A LOT of ferrero rocher’s needed
- A ‘Toddler TeePee’ for my nephews to play in
- A couple of baskets of ‘bathroom essentials’ including; hair grips, cool spray, sun cream, mints, perfume, lollypops, hair grips, dry shampoo, deodorant…all the wedding guest essentials
- Lots of battery powered fairy lights and lanterns for outside the marquee
- A ‘Granny Hamper’ including lots of fluffy blankets for the cooler evening
- Finally, a ‘Tayto Takeaway’ hamper. This was two pieces of buttered bread in a sandwich bag, with a bag of Tayto crisps attached. The guests took one each as they left to make a crisp sandwich (a firm bride and groom’s favourite) as a late night/post drinking snack. These were very popular with our guests!
THE HONEYMOON | Three nights in Miami, four nights in Florida Keys and seven nights in the Bahamas. We hired a convertible mustang for Miami and Florida Keys which was amazing, and swam with the pigs and sharks in the Bahamas. Incredible !!!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS | So many to choose from!
There were so many surprises throughout the day, amazing and emotional speeches, crazy back flips on the dance floor, and 250odd sparklers for all of the guests outside of the marquee. The whole day was just perfection!
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES | Enjoy it! And take time out for yourselves.
People kept saying to us it would go so quickly and it is hard to take it all in! Just as the evening guests were arriving we went with Jo, our photographer, for 5minutes of photos alone. When we were walking back to the marquee, we just stopped and looked at the venue, with all of our friends and family dancing and laughing and realised they were all here just for us! That was a really special moment and feeling.
I would also say, something which my sister told me before the day and we discussed again after… It is impossible to spend ‘enough time’ with everyone on your wedding day, so don’t worry. We had such a good time dancing and partying that the next day I was worried that I hadn’t spent enough time with some people as only felt like I briefly saw them. Trust me, that is fine! It is your wedding day so enjoy it! Everyone who is there is there to celebrate with you! That was the best advice I was given – as I don’t think I left the dance floor but had the most amazing and perfect day!!!
And lastly…if you can’t buy it, make it! I am so happy that I stuck to my guns with the cake, the venue decorations and church decorations. We saved a lot, and it worked really well!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Jo Boulton Photography
Gown | Plisa by Pronovias
Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Hair | Hair by Emma, Smooch (Bamber Bridge)
Make-up Artist | Charlotte Cashmore MUA (Shrewsbury)
Florist | Anne Whysall
Rings | Smooch Rings
Venue | Millers of Netley, Dorrington
Luxury toilet hire (yes, an important detail!) | Posh Potties, but done through the venue
Suits | Next
Entertainment | The Black Ties, Liverpool
Wow, what a super day you had! Thank you so much Verity and Paul for sharing everything with us. Rachel x