I thee Wed – Emma and David
OMG – this wedding has it all. Stylish, brimming with creativity and lots of quirky touches to make their wedding their own, here we give you Emma and David’s beautiful day with a heartfelt account from Emma herself and amazing photography by Nick Grove.
We were married on Sat 26th June 2010 at 11.30am at St Mary and All Saints Church, Kirkby Underwood, Lincolnshire followed by a marquee reception at my parents property in the village of Kirkby Underwood.
We currently live in Sunderland, my husband is from Sunderland I met him whilst I was studying Occupational Therapy at Northumbria University in 2005 and since then we have lived up here and both work in the area. Im a paediatric Occupational Therapist and David owns a couple of businesses (one in the health care industry and the second a marketing and branding company). We chose the venue as I always wanted to get married back at home. We would often walk up the lane to the church with my parents dog – it’s the most beautiful setting and it just felt right for us to get married back at my home. The reason for the marquee is that we wanted to create a truly unique day that reflected us – having a marquee provided us with a blank canvas to allow us to achieve this and having it in my parents back garden was something special. It was lovely having Davids family and all our friends from the North East visit where I was born and brought up.
It was very special and enjoyable choosing my dress. My mum came with me to help and I also had 4 bridesmaids (6 all together with the 2 little ones) so had many people on hand to help. David proposed with a gorgeous Tiffany and Co engagement ring in 2008 in Antigua. My ring was a little big so when we landed we stayed in London over night so I could visit the store on Bond Street to have my ring resized. Whilst walking to Tiffanys I walked past the Pronovias flagship store and fell in love with their dresses, I knew from then it had to be pronovias!! I attended the Designer Wedding Show with my Mum in London and found my dress “Pronovias Hawai” I loved it … then by chance came across a beautiful bridal shop called Bridal Wish which is in Blagdon Hall Estate near Morpeth Northumberland which had the dress!!! They also had the bridesmaid dresses that I had seen in a magazine (they were by Dessy) so it was fate!! Bridal wish were fantastic – it was an amazing experience and they really looked after me. A lady called Jacqui was wonderful in helping me choose my dress with my mum. As my dress was quite plain with raw silk, I chose a crystal labrinth to wear in my hair as I didn’t like tiaras on me . This was from Million Design Company.
We are both a young trendy couple and wanted to create a trendy stylish look whilst incorporating the country theme. We wanted a fun, relaxed day with our special friends and family. The country church is in the middle of a field and we decorated the church with all green and white flowers with many of my favourite flowers; oriental lillies which were grown for us by a grower in the next village. We had a marque at the front of the house which was decorated with lilies where the magican and carribean steel band performed. The main marquee had three sections; one large all white area decotated wth tall aranagements with white hydrangeas, peonies and lilies. As name tags, we used white luggage labels and tied these to the chairs with a lovely sliver ribbon. The dance floor was white with dark starlight cloth all over the ceiling and the bar area was all blacked out with a light up bar and settees for people to chill out on. Our colour theme was white and a grey/silver.
The older bridesmaid carried large pink peony flowers and chose their own sex and the city style designer high shoes, whilst the little ones had flower wands of bouvardia. My shower bouquet had calla lillies, peonies, roses and lizzianthius. The flowers were made by myself, my mum and my cousin Megan so I was really proud of our achievement in doing these ourselves – I made my own bouquet the morning of my wedding!!
We had lots of lovely little extras to make our day extra special including a bentley to drive us to and from church whilst all the guests walked back from church down the lovely country lane to my parents home. We decorated an old fashioned bike and placed this in the middle of the village with a sign directing guests to our wedding.
We served bellini’s and bottles of corona as our welcome drinks as Davids favourite drink is corona with lime and we had handmade heart shaped lavender bags as favours for the ladies (these were made by my cousin Meg, auntie Deb and nannie bel)
We had an amazing magician – he kept stealing peoples’ watches and the guests were still going on about him weeks after the wedding!
In terms of entertainment, as we got engaged in Antigua, we had a Carribean steel band play at our drinks reception and our good friend Joe Carnall who is a professional singer performed an accoustic set after our meal.
A few other quirky bits and pieces we did were putting plasters and deodarants in the ladies toilets so they could dance all night, having a four tier cheese wedding cake aswell as a contemporary cake from couture cakes and our table names were places that we had visited and meant something to us i.e “Bamburgh” (Bamburgh castle was where we went on our first date).
As our eveing reception food, we had a local fish and chip van turn up at our venue serving traditional fish and chips in paper which our guests loved!!
My last memory was leaving our wedding (about 3.45 am) walking down my mum and dads driveway which was lit by candes all the way down the drive – it was beautiful.
Told you this one was a OMG moment. If that were me, I’d have this last picture blown up onto a gorgeous canvas and put pride of place in my living room – just gorgeous.
Thanks to Emma for her lovely words and Nick for his stunning photographs.