Oliver and Sian married on 11th August earlier this year. After a gorgeous ceremony at a nearby church, the wedding party were invited to a glorious reception at Oliver’s parents’ house – Cadeby Hall – complete with a lake and high tea on the lawn.
And that’s not all folks…There’s a beautiful boat festooned with blooms, the sweetest pageboy and a swing. Yes that’s right folks…a garlanded swing!
And I haven’t even got started on the decadent frothiness of Sian’s dress.
The title for our wedding this morning takes its inspiration from Oliver and Sian’s first dance… and what a dance it was. But more about that in a minute.
The laughter, love and romance that epitomises Oliver and Sian’s wonderful day has been captured perfectly by Emma B Photography.
I Knew It Was The One
The dress was called Noella from Agapé Bridal Boutique in Knutsford.
It was the only dress shop I went to and they were absolutely fantastic, they couldn’t do enough for me. We not only bought the bridal dress from Agapé but also the bridesmaid dresses and the mother of the bride’s outfit too.
The dress was not what I thought I would have gone for but I knew it was ‘the one’ as soon as I put it on; it just felt so right (and comfortable).
That Extra Something
I chose a veil from Agapé Bridal Boutique that we attached a flower to (originally from the dress) just to add that extra something.
In the run up to the wedding, my mother-in-law treated me to a Jemma Kidd make-up lesson. They taught me lots of great tips for a natural wedding look so on the day I was able to apply my own make-up with confidence.
My hair was put up by my fantastic hairdresser Nicole at the Barrie Stephens salon in Narborough. The bridesmaids, my mum Linda and my mother-in-law Jill’s hair were all styled at the same salon.
All the flowers were created by Flowers by Stephanie in Hinckley and they were absolutely incredible. All the bouquets and button holes were beautiful and our table centres were huge cocktail glasses filled with flowers.
It made quite an impact when you entered the room. There were so many comments about the gorgeous flowers and Stephanie worked extremely hard to make it all perfect for us.
The groomsmens’ morning suits were hired but their ties were bought to match the bridesmaids and they all looked very handsome.
From Beginning To End
Our photographer was Emma from Emma B Photography who was absolutely wonderful.
She captured our special day from beginning to end and we have so many natural and beautiful photographs of the day. I was really nervous about the wedding photographs because I really don’t like having my photograph taken but Emma put me completely at ease; it helps that she is such a great friend!
She even did an engagement shoot with us a couple of weeks before the wedding so that we could get used to having our photo taken and we were both really happy with the results. I could not have asked for a better photographer; she was absolutely fantastic.
The Perfect Design
Our cake was made by Handmade by Hannah. It was a 3 tiered cake made of chocolate, lemon and carrot cake. We worked with Hannah to come up with the perfect design and we went for a vintage look.
Our entertainment started with a bang with the Casablanca Steps a group of four talented musicians who played a variety of pieces from the 1920’s and 1930’s whilst our guests had tea and champagne on the lawn.
The Casablanca Steps continued to play whilst we sat down to dinner and they provided some fantastic moments for our guests enjoyment.
They were then followed by Campbell Bass a very charismatic singer who sang a range from ‘The Great American Songbook’. The entertainment was finished off with a DJ who took us into the early hours of the morning.
Our first dance was to Etta James ‘At Last’, we have both always loved this song. I have danced since a very young age and Ollie really wanted to learn a ballroom dance to perform in front of our guests. We did a foxtrot that we put together with the help of my dance teacher Tracey Taylor and it went really well.
Tea On The Lawn
Our reception was at Ollie’s parents house in Cadeby and we had a marquee by the lake.
When we arrived back from the church we had tea and champagne on the lawn surrounded by the bunting that both myself and my mother-in-law had spent months creating. Our table plan board was made using some of the material left over from the bunting.
Cards and presents were left in my Nana’s old blue suitcase that also had bunting draped around it; another vintage touch. We gave roses to the girls as their wedding favour.
We had fireworks out by the lake in the evening that definitely had a wow factor for us. The car that took us to and from the church was used in the film ‘The Mummy Returns’ and as we are both massively into films it was such great fun.
A Short Ride
Make sure you go for a short drive together in the car after the service, we did and it was amazing to spend just that bit of time alone before we arrived at the reception.
Take some time during the day to step back and take it all in because the day goes so quickly. Above all, enjoy your special day!
Dress – Agapé Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Agapé Bridal Boutique
Hair – Barrie Stephens
Band – Casablanca Steps
Solo Singer – Campbell Bass
Cake – Handmade by Hannah
Florals – Flowers By Stephanie
Photography – Emma B Photography
If there’s one thing I love about this wedding then it’s the amount of fun that everyone is clearly having. Seriously there are beaming grins on each and every face and that’s what weddings are all about, right?
And that boat, I just want to drift away complete with book and blazing sunshine. Isn’t it dreamy…
And if I can have as much fun as the two distinguished guests are experiencing on the swing when I’m older then I’ll be a happy girl indeed.
Congratulations Oliver and Sian, you guys so obviously had a blast.
All my love Lolly xxx