What an elegant and sophisticated affair – but then the Groom wore his military uniform and the bride wore “Gracie” by Suzanne Neville so as far as the fashion is concerned, you’re on to a sure fire timeless winner.
I love the soft colour palette, pretty blooms and the abundance of lights in the marquee. And you can’t get more personal than having your reception in your parents back garden can you? Make sure you have a read of Emily and Jack’s choice of menu, I guarantee you’ll be reaching for the nearest available biscuit/cake/kitkat (delete as appropriate) afterwards.
Emily The Bride: When I found my dress, it completely took me by surprise because it was everything I thought I didn’t want in my wedding dress. When I first set out to look for my dress, my initial idea was lace, not strapless and nothing too big but the first dress I tried on was all of that and (in my opinion) it was not a good look for me! When I visit The Mews in Clifton, the girls recommended the Gracie by Suzanne Neville which was strapless and a BIG skirt but I tried it on ‘just to see’ and I’m so glad I did – the corset made my waist look tiny and the silk organza of the skirt was so beautiful and elegant as it ‘floated’ as I walked along so I was hooked!
I didn’t want too much sparkle in my accessories because of the sparkle in the belt of my dress but I did get two lovely diamante slides to go in my hair, either side of my veil and I wore my Grandma’s beautiful drop diamond earrings.
Jack wore his Army Uniform – No.1 Dress, along with his Best Man.
With both of us originally coming from Somerset, it was an easy decision to have the wedding in my local church, so we visited a few wedding venues but eventually decided on having a marquee in my parent’s garden which made the day really personal, although a bit more stressful with the planning! Our marquee supplier, Oakleaf Marquees, were fantastic and offered lots of ideas on how to make the marquee special and more like a venue. We chose a white dancefloor, fairylight canopy above the stage and dancefloor, and cream carpets and drapes.
As it was a Military Wedding, we chose colours to compliment the uniform and once I had found the Bridesmaid dress, I used the grey/lavender colour of the dresses to base the colour scheme on. As the planning went on, we brought in a slight touch of a music theme as Emily plays the piano and Jack plays the guitar, and for the décor, it was important to dress the marquee so we had lots of beautiful flowers for the table centres with extra pedestals that were transferred from the church.
The flowers were an important part of the wedding as I wanted my parent’s house to look more like a venue and dress the marquee to have an elegant, soft feel. We met our florist, Dinah and instantly loved her and her style of floristry. At our first meeting, after talking to Dinah for hours (!), we agreed on roses and hydrangeas and left Dinah to work her magic. The best thing was all of the flowers that were used in the church (pedestals and hydrangeas pew ends) were then brought back to the marquee so that we could have them for the whole day. When Dinah arrived with the flowers on the morning of the wedding, I was so emotional and overwhelmed because she had managed to get exactly what I wanted, and even more!
For the bouquets, the bridal bouquet was a rustic hand-tied bouquet with a combination of roses, hydrangeas and berries. The Bridesmaids had white hydrangeas and for the flowergirls, we chose to have floral headbands rather than carry bouquets which looked so cute.
The Wedding Party Fashion
The Bestman was also in his Army No.1 uniform as well as the Guard of Honour in their No. 2 uniform. The Ushers and the Father of the Bride and Groom were in tails from a local suit hire shop in Taunton to compliment the grey scheme.
Jack’s Mum, Joy, read The Blessing of the Hands by Anon which was beautiful, and our bible reading was Song of Solomon, Chapter 2, Verse 10-13 read by Emily’s Grandad Colin.
The main thing I remember about the Wedding ceremony was walking into church as I was so nervous and emotional but as soon as I saw Jack, I felt completely relaxed and forgot about everyone watching us. I nearly fluffed some of my vows but hopefully no-one noticed! We made sure we chose hymns that everyone knew so it was lovely to hear all of our family and friends singing along.
Entertainment was very important to both of us, we wanted to make sure that we had a band that would make everyone get up and dance the night away… which they did! We had met a singer called Roger Wright at the Paralympics in 2012 and when we got engaged, asked him if he would like to sing at the wedding which he did so he brought a band together especially for us, which made the day even more special.
During the day, we spent some time putting together different Spotify playlists for the canapes and drinks, and then then the meal to have some nice background music.
The food was also important, especially for Jack, and we worked closely with Nikie, our caterer, to have a menu that was tasty for everyone.
We chose to have canapes instead of a starter, with a big selection including mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and smoked salmon blinis. Then for the main we had Beef Wellington or Monkfish followed by a trio of puddings, because we just couldn’t decide on one! Then later on in the evening we had a buffet of cold meats, cheese and bread along with the wedding cake.
We were recommended to Joseph by a friend and loved his style informal style of photos for the day. We chose to have a pre-wedding shoot to get used to any direction and also, we’re not the most photogenic so we wanted to make sure that we could get used to being in front of the camera!
When we first saw the photos, we were completely gobsmacked! First of all, Joseph had put together a slideshow of the photos so the first time we saw them was with the perfect accompanying music and about 15 minutes long.. there were definitely a few tears from me (Emily)! The photos managed to capture all of the emotions from the day and we could re-live the whole day back through the photos.
We decided not to have a videographer because our budget was at our limit…and a little bit more! However, Emily’s Grandad offered to film parts of the day and I’m so glad he did because he captured parts of the day that we weren’t there for and also the evening shots are brilliant because everyone was having such a great time on the dance floor!
It took a lot of searching through Pinterest and wedding blogs to try and figure out the style of the invitations and the stationery and I came across a lovely invitation style on Pinterest but the company were based in New Zealand. We sourced the card, ribbon and lace online and cut out hundreds of hearts from sheet music for the front of the invitations, table place cards, Order of Service and table confetti. We couldn’t have done the invitations and stationery without the help of my Sister and my Mum – thank you! My Sister has also started a new business personalising gifts and signs so we used her talents to make the signs for the day and extra gifts for the flowergirls and the robes for the bridal party whilst we were getting ready in the morning.