Betty The Bride:
I fell in love with my dress the second I saw it. It was simple, elegant, didn’t break the bank, and to me utterly beautiful. I had tried so many alternatives, heavy lace, silk princess style, everything from fishtail to ball gown...but when I saw this it was the one. I teamed my Essense of Australia
gown with a bespoke cathedral length veil, a delicate vintage belt and barely there satin heels. The Mappin & Webb
diamond necklace was my gift from my husband Scott on the day, and could not have gone more perfectly (says the woman who had said “I’m not wearing a necklace!”)
Scott The Groom:
I always knew that I wanted to wear black tie on the day, and after researching our theme for the day decided to extend black tie to everyone. Our wonderful guests weren’t phased by the dress code and looked incredible on the day. I wanted to find a way to still stand out and together with my good friend Simon who worked as a tailor for Charles Tyrwhitt
I decided to go for a three piece shawl collar. I teamed the suit with a made to measure shirt from a local tailor, and double monk shoes from Russell and Bromley
The venue for our ceremony was an easy decision - we chose to hold it at St Boniface Church in Bunbury. It followed on the journey from Christening to Confirmation to Wedding for Bethan, in the village that she grew up in. Less easy was the reception venue - we wanted somewhere that we hadn’t been to a wedding before, something that fitted our botanical black tie theme where we could celebrate the outdoors and almost make it home for the day. Then we found Dorfold Hall
- so much more than a ‘wedding venue’. It might have been their first year but they surpassed every expectation tenfold, it was the venue of our dreams and somewhere we will forever go back to.
Simple, organic, botanical, Black tie lux....well that was the theme we were going for! Bold colour has never been our thing - we wanted the theme to be as organic as possible and chose to focus more on lots of greenery, wooden textures and soft white. Contrasting the simplicity
of the elements with the luxury of the black tie - and for us it worked perfectly!
It was really important for us to include local suppliers, people who were already part of our lives. Fresh are our local florists in the village that we live in - and they just got it! We loved sharing mood board sessions with them, and tasked them with bringing a little bit of Italy to Cheshire! The beautiful olive branches were shipped in that week from Italy and will now always be a symbol of our day.
The Wedding Party
The Bridesmaids - I had the task of dressing my two sisters and after many shopping trips and countless online shopping sessions we found Ghost
. We travelled to London to their flagship store and the service was amazing. We chose to go with their Oyster gown in style. They fitted the black tie/vintage Hollywood style that we were looking for perfectly. They accommodated both the needs of my sister and my sister in law who was 6 months pregnant on the day. They looked beautiful, and I think we chose well!
The Groomsmen - Staying with the theme of Black Tie, the groomsmen wore peak lapel suits to differentiate from the Groom, again from Charles Tyrwitt with bespoke cufflinks and buttonholes for detail.
An unforgettable whirlwind! After our beautiful vintage Mercedes broke down carrying the bride and father of the bride to the church...a quick detour later and we were there....Late, and very nervous! I remember walking through the door and seeing our guests and the biggest sense of calm washed over me. We laughed, we cried, it wasn’t perfect, it was however perfect to us! We’ll never forget those happy faces as we left as husband and wife.