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I thee Wed – Ainsley & Daniel Gray


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Real Weddings

I thee Wed – Ainsley & Daniel Gray

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We love receiving real wedding submissions that feature lots of our lovely clients and also from a bride that quotes “As a bride that for the last 2 years has come to your magazine as a wedding bible, constantly on the scout for new ideas and inspiration my special day finally came on 26th May 2013”. This makes us feel very happy and proud of our little glossy!

This wedding not only features so many little details, a vintage tea party with lace, bunting, ice cream trike and lots of DIY touches it also has three sets of cakes! Yes three!

So, I now hand you over to Ainsley to tell you her account of her beautiful wedding day.

Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?

Outdoors in the fantastic surroundings at Shottle Hall Belper, one look at those views and I was hooked! The idea of saying our vows in the sunshine had me excited from the start and we called of the venue search straight away.

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How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?

As the ceremony was outside we opted for very summery theme, vintage tea party with bunting, lots of lace, fresh flowers everywhere and a rustic cake made by a very talented cousin. The marquee was such a blank canvas that it was perfect for creating a little wedding land perfect to suit us with personal touches everywhere.

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Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’

Lori G in Allestree was the only shop I visited and i knew straight away that the shops owners were going to give me my perfect dress, they lined up all dresses suitable and within a few try’s my dream dress appeared.. It was all lace with an almost gold underlay, capped sleeves and some really heavy embellishments. It was the perfect statement dress that matched our theme down to a tee.


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Talk us through the suppliers you used for your wedding from stationery to cake, flowers to cars  – was there anything quirky or creative which will inspire future brides?

It was important for us to have some beautiful wedding images, as I have a keen interest in photography. We chose Butterworth Photography as their portfolios were fantastic they have a unique style and finish on their wedding photos that I have not seen in any other photographer. So many of our images are so natural and I think that’s something that not all wedding albums have.

Our car was called ‘Ellie’ from ‘I Do’ wedding cars, she was a beautiful vintage style car that again was perfect to our theme.

The flowers were done by ‘Beauty of Flowers’ located in Derby city centre, they were so keen to help when I suggested my idea of all our 8 centre pieces being different for each table, and they filled my watering cans, birdcages, cupcake stands and more full with beautiful apricot, peach and ivory flowers. We also had an ice cream trike that arrived later on to break up the day time from the night time, it was perfect in the heat but also meant that day guests kept there tummy’s full until evening food was served.
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A lot of our ideas were sourced from your magazine and all the DIY brides that inspired me to make most props by hand to add a more personal touch. We made a little tribute to our family some that sadly could not be with us by displaying old family wedding photos for our guests to see, we also had a wishing tree that guests could fingerprint and leave there name as a way of remembering all that attended.

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Our handmade name cards attached with a vintage key, also had a tag that asked ‘key to a happy marriage’ this was a great way of our guest’s interacting and being kept entertained while waiting for food, tags were later displayed on wishing trees which evening guests could read. The table plan was made by the groom, a 3d wooden stand with little buckets filled with flowers that was a more quirky way of displaying guests seats. I think our wedding can inspire future brides to not be scared of doing things a little differently, creating a personal day that suites them with DIY touches.

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But my favourite part of our day was our band. ‘The Chaps’ from Kent were absolutely amazing, they made our first dance unforgettable with their live music. Talented and so quirky they covered all genres and even rapped at one point. Our guests haven’t shut up about them since.

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Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?

Look at real wedding inspiration in magazines, have a little planner where you can keep ideas, pictures and magazine cut outs that way when visiting suppliers, venues etc you can show them exactly what you in vision and can see it all first-hand. Try not to stress too much and always follow your heart, there is so much to consider that it’s easy to get carried away.

The fab suppliers involved in this beautiful wedding:

Venue – Shottle Hall
Dress – Lori G Bridal
Photography – Butterworth Photography
Flowers – Beauty of Flowers
Car – I do Wedding Cars
Band – The Chaps

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