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Country Garden and Games… Part 1

Todays wedding is everything a wedding should be – fun fun fun! The subject of our Sneak Peek this week, the couple in question managed to put a big fat Fun stamp on the day with tons of personal touches that really reflected them as a couple. Now thats what we like to see.

Many thanks to Guy Collier for submitting this to us and providing all of the brilliant images.

Choosing a Venue…

Our wedding was held at Gate Street Barn in the Surrey Hills on 25th June 2010. We chose Gate Street barn not only because it is a stunning venue based in the Surrey Hills where Tom and I have spent many weekends walking, but the barn gives you a blank canvas to work with so we could completely add our own personalities to the venue. The barn also gives you a choice of caterers and they don’t charge corkage if you wish to bring in your own drinks. Gate Street Barn ticked all our boxes.

A Dress that Fits

I tried on dresses in various shops and had some friends with me to help me choose. I found it very confusing with so many opinions so I eventually took myself off on my own and that’s when I found “the one”. I chose a beautiful ivory dress by Essense of Australia, and I bought it from All that Glitters in Wimbledon. Even though the sample dress was way too big for me, as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one.

I love classic, elegant and simple clothes, which is why I think I was so drawn to my dress. I felt that the style was perfect for my figure and I could dress it up with accessories if I wished to. I was very lucky as the dress was discontinued shortly after I ordered it, so I got one of the last ones. The dress came with a vintage style brooch on the left hip, but I removed the brooch and replaced it with one which was more my style – a cluster of clear crystal daisies from Brooches and Pins.

Dressing your Hair

I decided to keep my look simple and elegant so did not wear a necklace or bracelet. At first I was adamant that I did not want a tiara, but after much internet research looking for hair combs I came across my “Daisy” headband at Starlet Jewellery . In the end I ended up wearing it as a side tiara rather than a headband, but I loved it so much and it worked so well with my hairstyle so I was very happy with my decision. My earrings were made for me by a lady called Paula, who is a friend of my now sister-in-law www.coco-ria.com. I sent her pictures of the tiara and she made me a few samples based on that. I chose very simple round crystal beads, and I’ve worn them on evenings out since the wedding, which is great. She also made earrings for the bridesmaids – violet crystal flowers.

Hair and Make-up Heaven

I got ready for the big day at a hotel in Godalming and didn’t fancy the thought of heading out to a hairdresser so I found a mobile hairdresser who came to the hotel. When I had my hair trial I had no idea what I wanted, other than wanting my hair all up. As Paula (the hairdresser) started experimenting we happened across the “half up with curls over the shoulder” look, and I loved it. I thought it was very glamorous.

I had been for a make-up trial at Lime Tree Beauty Clinic in Godalming, and the beautician also came to the hotel and did my make-up in the room while my hair was in curlers and the girls were getting their hair done. I had 6 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls, so the room was buzzing, but it was great fun. Like having a pyjama party with all my best friends.

Pretty in Purple

For the bridesmaids I went for an After Six dress (style 6531) in African Violet. I ordered it online from House of Brides in the US, but in hindsight I would have gone through All that Glitters. Once all the customs charges were added to the shipping the cost worked out the same and there was some stress about the dresses being completed on time.

Regardless though, the girls all looked stunning and the colour was beautiful. My two flower girls wore dresses from Monsoon.

Weaving a personal touch

The ushers, fathers and page boy all wore their own grey suits, white shirts and black shoes, but the waistcoats and ties were all made by one of the ushers who owns a weaving mill in Lancashire. Tom decided on the colours he wanted for them (lilac ties and ivory waistcoats), found a pattern he liked and sent it all through to Duncan who made them as a special favour.

Tom looked incredibly handsome in his grey suit, which he had made by Palmer on Northcote Road in Clapham. Tom’s tie and waistcoat were also made by Duncan, but Tom’s tie was African Violet, made from the same fabric as the bridesmaid’s dresses, and his waistcoat was lilac.

To jazz the outfit up he wore a tan belt and very cool tan Barker shoes. Very cutely, he wore striped purple socks!

Playing a personal game

Our cake was very special, as Tom’s mother made it for us based on our love of Scrabble. Tom and I are big games fans, as is evident from the theme of our wedding. Patti came up with the idea of making us a Scrabble cake and we think she did a perfect job. The cake was orange sponge and she also made square cupcakes and decorated then as Scrabble squares.

The main cake was a Scrabble board and she had spelt out “Melissa Thomas Together Forever”, which was very special. She also made a personalised cupcake for James, Kayla and Megan – our nephew and nieces and very adorable page boy and flower girls.

Garden Games

To keep our guests entertained we hired a selection of giant outdoor garden games, again tying in with our theme of “country garden and games”. This seemed to go down well with the guests and Tom and I managed to enjoy a few games too.

For the evening we had a DJ. We chose a DJ over a band as Tom and I love to dance and sing along to our favourite songs, and so do all of our friends. We used Chess disco, and they were great, playing all the power ballads I had requested beforehand!

Come back tomorrow for the beautiful garden style flowers, a ton more personal details and fun, fun, fun!

Yours Truly,


Guy Collier is a Rock My Wedding Sponsor, however all real wedding submissions are chosen on individual merit and no part of this wedding has been sponsored.