EEppppppppppp i love this wedding…. this couple are awesome!!! The photography is outstanding, so atmospheric and it captures all the details perfectly. Ian and Jane put so much effort into the look and feel of their wedding and it totally paid off. The table plan is so unique and quirky…. pure genius!!!
Thanks so much again to Steve Gerrard Photography for sharing his work…. enjoy:
We found Steve Gerrard at a wedding fayre but his table was so busy on the day we couldn’t get near him! After a bit of internet research we had no doubt that we wanted Steve to shoot our wedding, his pictures perfectly complimented our desire for a wedding that made a statement, whilst maintaining some tradition, and at which all our guests would be made to feel comfortable and special. And Steve did not disappoint! Many of the photo’s are breathtaking and he managed to capture so many shots of our guests enjoying themselves without the need for hundreds of formal photo’s. Three months on, Ian and I still regularly look through all the photo’s and they never fail to bring a tear to our eye!
The Details + Decor….
The main aim of all of our decorations & details was to be bright & bold & beautiful. We wanted everything to make a real impact so we chose two really fun bright colours, pink & orange, and made sure everything we had on the day was colour co-ordinated, even down to the sweets we displayed in jars at our old-style candy shop table! And we did our very best to try to think of everything that our guests might need on the day, including colour-coordinated blankets to keep guests who might pop outside in the evening warm, pink & orange umbrella’s in case it rained, pink menu cards, orange ‘drinks tokens’ for guests to exchange in the evening for a drink, pink wine bottle tags to let people know they would be provided with additional bottles of wine when each one was finished, pink (and white for the boys!) children’s activity packs to keep our younger guests entertained during the wedding breakfast, and pink & orange macaroons instead of canapés to wash down the champagne reception! Due to the slight seaside theme, we also had a ‘posh’ fish & chip supper in the evening, a candy-floss maker for afters (pink candy floss of course), pink & orange sticks of rock as favours, and pink & orange confetti provided for guests in pink striped bags (carried in big pink buckets!).
Ian has been buying me stunning flowers from the same florist, John Preston in Ashbourne, for some years now so we knew immediately that we wanted John to provide the flowers for the big day. John understood that we wanted bold displays in bright colours and stunning vases, but none of us could have predicted just how stunning his flowers would look on the day. They were truly incredible and created the most incredible wow-factor as you walked into each room. So many guests commented on them and were thrilled when the following day after breakfast together they were invited to take home any of the arrangements, as well as any of the smaller single stems that were in a variety of beautiful bright vases, as a memento of our day.
We used the same cake maker as my Sister had used at her wedding, Shirley Burnett from Newark. We chose a design which we had seen in a magazine and asked Shirley to change it slightly to suit our colour theme. The cake was made up of around 80 small cakes and one larger top tier, so to ensure there was something there for everyone we asked Shirley to make five different cake flavours (carrot, strawberry, chocolate, fruit & vanilla sponge) –all 5 of which were delicious (we had to sample a bit of everything of course!).
So many memorable moments! From unexpected drinks with many guests who had arrived at the wedding hotel the night before whilst we were still there delivering things for the following day, to all three of the captivating (and very emotional) speeches by the Father of the Bride, Ian and the Best Man, to the first dance, to the fun booth photo’s, to seeing how many varied books all of our guests had brought for us, to, mainly the overwhelming sense of excitement I felt as they opened the door to the ceremony room and I walked down the aisle to meet my handsome husband to be. I will never forget that.
Advice for other couples…
Same advice that everybody gave me – try to take a minute out, a) to be alone together, and b) to sit back and soak it all in! It is very unlikely that you will ever get all of those special people in one room together and have so much fun ever again, so take some time to appreciate it. And if that proves difficult, make sure you have a photographer who is as fab as capturing the emotion of the day as we did, at least that way you can sit back and reflect on how lucky you were to achieve that after the big day has passed!
Was sensational!! After breakfast with our guests the morning after the wedding, we then spent a few hours with our nearest and dearest before heading to the airport that evening and taking an overnight flight to a paradise island, Velassaru, in the Maldives. We stayed there for 10 idyllic days relaxing and reminiscing in our own luxurious water villa with private infinity plunge pool, and then woke ourselves up by flying to The Atlantis Hotel, on the Palm in Dubai for a long weekend of people-watching and fun! The locations were a complete contrast, which is exactly what we were after, and both venues made us feel really special for very different reasons. Hopefully one day we’ll be able to afford to re-live it all again!
Thanks so much to Jane and Ian for sharing their spectacular wedding with us today xoxo
Credit where credit’s due….
Cathedral Quarter Hotel: www.thefinessecollection.com/cathedralquarter/
Stately Brides: www.statelybrides.co.uk
Beth Morgan Couture Millinery: www.bethmorgan.co.uk
Brigdens Menswear: www.brigdens.com
Kathryn Lewis, Harpist: www.wedding-harp.com
Alexandra Parker, Electric Violinist: www.femaleviolinist.co.uk
John Preston, Florist: www.johnprestonflowers.co.uk
Shirley Burnett, Cake: [email protected]
Steve Gerrard, Photographer: www.stevegerrardphotography.com
Velassaru, The Maldives: www.velassaru.com
The Atlantis Hotel, The Palm, Dubai: www.atlantisthepalm.com