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I thee Wed – Emma and Dan

Today, we bring you the beautiful big day of Emma and Dan’s which took place on 25th September 2010 at Chatsworth House. Swoon worthy is all we can say. Amazing photography by Shoot and  Gill Maheu.
Over to Emma:

We instantly fell in love with Chatsworth, the people and the atmosphere. It was so friendly and cosy, such grand settings but completely relaxed and intimate. We had been in a few castles but they felt cold and with no personality. Chatsworth was amazing, and after viewing it as a venue, nothing else seemed to compare, we just kept thinking back to how we felt in Chatsworth.

What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?

I had never really thought about what dress I would want when I got married. After we announced our engagement, I knew that my venue would dictate the feel of the wedding. Once I had booked Chatsworth, I knew I wanted a elegant and stylish feel. I started searching the internet, and found a designer that I really liked, it was Pronovias. So, I found that Blushes in Sheffield sold their dresses, and went along with one of my bridesmaids. I showed them a list of the designs I had seen. I knew I wanted a strapless dresses, and that I would want it quiet fitted.  Nicola in Blushes showed me just three dresses after finding out about the venue, and me and my style. I loved all three, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the last dress I tried on of the three, so I booked an appointment later in the same week, and took my mum along.  I tried the last dress on first, and saw my mum holding back the tears. I loved the other two dresses I tried on- but this one dress was more me, and I felt that it was important to be me. On the day I knew I had it right, and absolutely love the dress, I am so happy I found the designer that suited me, I had a little bolero jacket made to match the dress, as it was late on in September, and I felt that added another look to the dress.

I bought my shoes from Harriett Wilde and had Swarovski crystals added to the heels, my headdress had both Swarovski crystals and pearls in which matched the crystals and pearls on my dress. My bouquet was made from Swarovski crystals.

Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding

I felt the venue radiated an intimate atmosphere and elegance, so, I chose Ivory damask linens and chair covers from Paula Blake, who also dressed my tables and completed all my stationary. It was simple but elegant, with crystals on all stationary. We had candelabras which were draped with avalanche roses, ivy and pearls, and around the pillar columns had ivy and fairy lights- Emma at Orchis had to find the lights specially, but I knew it would make such a difference. We got married at 4.30pm, so by the time we had the wedding breakfast the sun was setting, the candles made for a really romantic ambiance. I had seven bridesmaids, a flower girl and a page boy. The bridesmaids all wore cornflower blue dresses and the ushers and my brothers wore the same colour cravats – that was all the colour we needed.

Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?

I chose a Swarovski crystal bouquet- I wanted something that I would be able to keep forever, but that would suit my dress choice, as soon as I saw the bouquet- I knew that it was worth the extra expense. Once I had my bouquet, I then decided not to give my bridesmaids a usual flower bouquet. So I made feather bouquets, with pearls and crystals for them, I hope that they will also keep them as a reminder of the day. I asked my florist to make mums corsage’s with the same feathers, and my groom had crystals on his avalanche rose.

I wanted to keep our guests entertained throughout the day, we had a pianist for the ceremony, and during the wedding breakfast had an electric violinist- Alex who amazed each of our guests. Once we had moved through to meet our evening guests we had a flame thrower and pyrotechnics display. And then after our first dance, Alex came back onto wow the guests as a rock chick violinist. Our band ‘Groove On’ finished the night off, and got people asking for more when the night had to end.

Sounds pretty amazing eh? I hope any of you brides out there manage to get your ‘groove on’ for the big day and have as much fun as Emma and Dan did 🙂

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