I thee Wed – Grace and Andy
Today, we bring you the gorgeous wedding of Grace and Andy. The couple had a beautiful service at Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, before an evening reception, held at the stylish Gallery Room at the Riverbank, Nottingham.
Images by the fabulous Crash Taylor.
Where and when did you get married?
We got married at Newstead Abbey, just outside of Nottingham, on 19th February 2011. It’s a beautiful venue and definitely worth a look for any engaged couples.
What made you decide on the venue?
We stumbled across Newstead Abbey when searching the internet, after a visit there we had our heart set on it, the grounds were extensive and the building and history of the venue we knew it was the perfect backdrop for our wedding. The wonderful cloisters at the abbey were perfect for our guests to meet, chat and take photos. Very soon we decided that as we were having quite a formal wedding ceremony; for the wedding breakfast we wanted a more relaxed intimate setting. We chose the Gallery room at the Riverbank Bar & Kitchen as we love the food and ambience of the venue.
What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?
I had always wanted a timeless and elegant dress with a vintage feel. I went shopping with my mum and my dress was the first one I tried on. I fell in love with it; it was by the designer Alan Hannah and was the Astrid design. I did try on a few more in different shops to make sure that was the one! None of them came close; I went back to the shop a month later and bought it! My dress was the first item I bought for our wedding.
Talk us through the theme and décor of your wedding
We didn’t really have a theme for our wedding, we just chose what we liked. Andy completely trusted my judgement when it came to decoration and flowers. My favourite flowers are gerberas and roses so that’s what we had for the bouquets and table decorations. We made our invitations and other stationary ourselves – they were black and white and this monochrome feel was incorporated onto the tables with our favour boxes. I did get stressed that there wasn’t enough decorations but as the wedding breakfast was quite intimate the gerberas worked perfectly. My bridesmaids wore floor length grey chiffon dresses. To go with my vintage style dress I was transported to Newstead Abbey in a white Daimler.
Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?
The speeches were done with a projector and old photos. This was lovely as it made sure everyone was involved in the wedding albeit embarrassing for Andy and I!
Andy and I decided to have dance lessons as neither of us are very comfortable on the dance floor. We had four lessons where we learned a slow rumba to Michael Buble ‘Hold on’. We loved the lessons, they were so much fun and I would definitely recommend dancing lessons as it gave us a chance to relax, have fun and surprise our friends and family.
Instead of having a guest book we used a photo of us and bought a frame from Ikea. We put this next to our cupcakes with some candles. We have replaced the photo with a wedding picture and have hung this up so we can read the messages every day.
What a great idea – combining a beautiful rural, traditional venue for your marriage and then get your dancing shoes on and party the night away at a chic and stylish city centre venue! Anyone out there planning a mixture of old and new!? Leave us a comment below and let us know.
Huge thank you to Grace for her lovely words and Crash for the incredible images.