I thee Wed – David & Veronique
This gorgeous wedding features in our current magazine issue. However, there were sooooo many stunning images and special touches to this wedding, we just had to share more of this with you! Not only does Veronique look amazing, check out the mother of the bride, the dress is simply beautiful.
So, I now hand you over to David and Veronique so they can tell you their story.
Firstly where and when did you get married?
We got married on Thursday 26th July 2012 at St. Giles Matlock then we had our reception at Stancliffe Hall, Darley Dale, Matlock
What made you decide on the venue?
A number of factors actually. We wanted to get married in or near Matlock as Veronique grew up there. The church was the parish church where Veronique lived until she was 6 and we thought it was beautiful. We were open minded about the reception venue but it was important that it wasn’t too far from the church and that it provided some accommodation, and not just for us (bride and groom) as we had family coming from abroad.
We had heard about Stancliffe (it had only just opened as a wedding venue) but Veronique and her family knew it well as her brother Francois went there when it was a prep-school. We loved it straight away. The fact that we had so much control over how the day would look – it being exclusively ours for the wedding – was a massive plus but more than anything we were bowled over by how beautiful it looked, both inside and out.
What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?
No, I tried on what seemed like a million dresses! I knew I preferred dresses with lace on them, but I wasn’t sure how much. As for styles, I tried on every style that was going. I decided to go for a dress by Suzanne Neville as the corsetry of the dresses was so well constructed, but all Suzanne’s dresses that I tried on were so light and comfortable to wear. I finally settled on “Leading Lady’, but asked them to adapt it to be strapless and encorporated a ribbon sash.
Talk us through your wedding day and the special touches.
We were very keen that the reception and evening do did not feel like a meal followed by a party; it had to feel more than that. Straight away we decided that the speeches should be in the evening do so that those who couldn’t be fit into the wedding breakfast felt included in the wedding.
During the meal we had a ‘pub quiz’, we passed quiz sheets around with questions on 10 school subject topics (we’re both teachers) and a photo round on our heroes (from 90s footballers to Agatha Christie). I read the answers between courses and the winners got coasters that we painted ourselves (with messages such as ‘I was the smartest person at Veronique and David’s wedding’).
We also had a photobooth which was very popular with the guests, a colouring in poster for guests to colour, then write a message on for us about what the consider to be the key to a successful marriage. We also had cake pops, macaroons, and chocolate moustache lollipops dotted about the place to add a bit of fun!
For the evening do we hired a band that my borther Stuart, the best man used to play in, but as a warm up act I played with some friends of mine. Most of the guests knew this was coming, but what they didn’t know was that Veronique joined in. Veronique used to sing a lot (she’s classically trained) but hasn’t for a long time, so it was a great surprise for her parents and all the guests that we dueted. This was instead of a first dance, we sang ‘Baby when you’re gone’ by Bryan Adams and Mel C, and ‘Fascination’ by Alphabeat.
Later when the proper band came on (‘The Juggernaut of Rock’) my brother(David’s) joined them on bass and I sang for a couple of numbers (‘Dancing in the dark’ Bruce Springsteen and ‘We built this city on rock and roll’ – Starship). We really felt that these touches made the day unique and hopefully memorable to our guests.