I thee wed – Emma & George
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
We got married in Shelford Church followed by a reception at my parent’s farm in Saxondale. Instead of a free standing marquee, due to the time of year, we decided to put up the lining of a marquee inside a tractor shed. Thanks to Buster Marquees it was a big success! Having grown up on the farm it was so wonderful to be planning our wedding at such a special place to me, plus it meant there was no finishing time or close neighbours to disturb so we could continue celebrations well into the early hours!!
How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you decide to go down that route?
Getting married in December we wanted to try and create a winter wonderland. I felt that early December wasn’t quite Christmas so we tried to steer away from reds and greens and instead chose midnight blue, ivory and silvers. I had seen pictures of a church decorated with twisted willow branches and hundreds of candles, and this is what we tried to re-create, with the help of great family, a cattle trough and many buckets of white-wash to dip the willow branches! We decorated the marquee with paper snowballs, hanging snowflakes, huge table flower arrangements of gypsophila (to give a snow-like feel) surrounded by flickering tea lights on mirror table centres.
Our table names had a ‘frosty farmyard’ theme as a reflection to both our farming backgrounds and of course the venue. In the September, with the help of family and friends, we picked baskets full of sloes and made them into sloe gin to use as our name settings and wedding favours.
To give our wedding a festive feel we served roasted chestnuts, sausages wrapped in bacon and mulled wine to warm up cold guests. This was followed by smoked salmon to start and traditional slow-roasted blade of beef. We placed huge bowls of crumble on the tables with lashings of clotted cream and custard so guests could help themselves. For our evening food we served mini fish and chips, toad-in-the-holes and shepherds pies as well as a cheese table full of local speciality cheeses which proved very popular.
Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?
I was dreading finding a wedding dress. I felt a lot of pressure as I know everyone wants to see what the bride’s wearing and that’s a terrifying prospect! The dress I chose was the first I tried on. It was by Sassi Holford and I fell in love immediately.
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
All the stationary was handmade by my very talented (and not to mention very patient) friends Claire Page and Sally Savage. The dress was from The Little White Dress Shop in West Bridgford, I can’t begin to praise these girls enough for all their help, reassurance and the most beautiful dresses. Hair was by my favourite hairdresser Ben at Sutherland & Barnett and make up was by Ali Gunn (who is a miracle worker) .
Our wonderfully tasty menu and innovative catering was by Rebecca White who now owns Mama White’s Pancake Parlour in Newark. All the flowers were by Zinnia (in Bingham), wine from Weavers Wines in Nottingham (we had great fun with Mary discussing and tasting lovely wines), bridesmaids dresses were by Dessy and my Aunty handmade the beautiful dress for our adorable flower girl. We used Buster Marquees who despite sub-zero temperatures battled on and created our winter wonderland marquee as well as making sure we were toasty warm on the big day.
Our photographer was Pete Henderson; whilst the quality of his photographs speak for themselves, the time he put into helping us plan the day made everything flow brilliantly, we had fun with him and the photos, and it was a pleasure having him there as part of the day.
Any words of advice for future brides about planning your dream day?
Don’t sweat the small things. In times of stress and anxiety over planning your wedding remember the reason you’re doing this, that all the people you love most in the world will be there, and try to keep this at the heart of celebrations.
Photography – www.pete-henderson.com
Ceremony Venue – www.stmarysradcliffe.org/shelford
Hair – www.sutherlandbarnett.co.uk
Make Up – makeupbyali.co.uk
Flowers – www.zinniaflorist.co.uk
Wine – www.weaverswines.com
Bridesmaid Dresses – www.dessy.com/bridesmaid-dresses
Marquee – www.bustermarquees.co.uk