Yep Folks it was worth the wait.
Louisa and Nick’s Big Day shot by Jo and Simon at Shoot is a pretty-as-a-picture sorbet-shaded floral extravaganza.
I LOVE the colour scheme and the fact that everyone is having such a darn good time… all the time.
Not to mention this is a perfect example of how to rock a piece of statement ( not to mention sentiment) jewellery come W-day.
Nick and I were Married at St. Marys Church in Cheadle, Cheshire and held our Reception at Mere Golf & Country Club. The venue was one of very few in the area that could accommodate our 200 guests. Having such a large Wedding I was worried that food and service would be compromised, I couldn’t have been more wrong, the staff at Mere were so efficient that the Day ran perfectly and the quality of food was outstanding.
The flowers were provided by Clare Thomson Creative Floral Design. Clare was a great help when it came to choosing the flowers. She had told me to pull out as many pictures from magazines that I liked so it would give her an idea of what I liked. I actually went to meet Clare thinking I wanted all white flowers (keeping up with my classic theme) and I ended up coming away with the complete opposite! Clare was brimming with ideas of giant candelabras, glass beads hanging from the ceiling and martini glass shaped vases…I let her guide me since she was the expert. How right she was…the bouquets were beautiful, the button holes tied in perfectly and the room looked amazing, everyone kept talking about “the flowers”
Keep It Simple
I didn’t go to great expense on the cake, it was a simple all fruit cake from M&S. Hardly any of it got eaten so I am glad I didn’t end up spending a fortune on it!
My hair was simple. I knew from the start I didn’t want cascading curls dressed with a tiara, sleek, all-up and classic was the look I wanted and my gorgeous friend Emma was the girl who helped my desire come true. After a number of attempts of different styles during our practice runs (with the aid of plenty of vinos) we settled on the hair, the inspiration actually came from a photo I had seen of Heidi Klum at the Oscars, and Emma managed to re-create it to a tee.
Since Emma was a guest at the Wedding, after the Wedding Breakfast and before the first dance she helped to remove my veil and added tiny flower buds to add a different look for the night time…every girl needs a hairdresser friend they can invite to the Wedding!!
We Heart Shoot
I found Simon and Jo from Shoot through a friend of mine who had been a guest at a Wedding they had photographed. The minute we saw their photos we knew we had to have them to shoot our Special Day. I knew the last thing I wanted was to spend hours of my day posing for photos, Simon and Jo made it so easy we hardly noticed them and they managed to capture the most amazing moments that tell a perfect story of our day. Everyone who has seen the album comments on how beautiful the photographs are.
Kick Off Your Heels
We had a string quartet (Carlton Ensemble) to play during the drinks reception and Wedding Breakfast and for the evening we had a Band called The Senators who also provided a DJ for when they took a break….they were fantastic they had everyone up, from young to old, dancing all night from old classics to modern hits, they really kept the atmosphere buzzing all night…as for me dancing the night away spinning around in a big dress was the best fun ever (needless to say the shoes were off by now!)
This turned out to be the hardest decision we had to make!!! Most of the songs that had any meaning to us were always about breaking up so not very appropriate for a first dance. Two days before the Wedding we decided on Live Forever by Oasis, but the band put us off having it, because they had said it was difficult to dance to. We ended up with one of my favourites God only knows by the Beach Boys and I think it will forever bring a tear of joy to my eye whenever I hear it.
Advice For Brides
I was quite laid back when it came to planning our Wedding, I always knew what I wanted so everything pieced together quite easily. My one piece of advice would be go for your first choice for your first dance…it doesn’t matter if the lyrics are not quite right or it is difficult to dance to, it is symbolic to you, and my only regret is we didn’t go with ours. Don’t get too caught up in the tiny details, the day will fly by and be over before you know it, treasure every moment of it from the start of the planning to the Big Day itself…and never forget along the way the reason why you are doing it!
Excellent advice from the gorgeous bride I have to say.
A Huge RMW thanks to Louisa and Nick for sharing their truly divine day and Jo and Simon at Shoot for the stunning images.
Big Treasure-Every-Moment Love