I thee Wed – Kelly and James
On a day filled with horrendous news stories and terrible violence, we bring you a sense of calm and serenity in the shape of the gorgeous wedding of Kelly and James. Sit back, relax and witness the LOVE 🙂
All the fantastic images by the Butterworths.
Firstly, where and when did you get married?
We married on the 28th May 2011 at St Stephen’s Church in Borrowash, Derbyshire, a beautiful little chapel just a few minutes from our house. It’s the church where James was christened and where we go every Christmas Eve for carols round the tree so it holds a special place in our hearts. The reception was held by the lake at Draycott House, in Draycott.
What made you decide on your venue?
Whenever we talked about our wedding day we’d always said we wanted to have a massive party and for everyone to come away saying they’d had an amazing day…..Lakeside at Draycott House allowed us to do just that! The marquee gave us the blank canvas we wanted but the grounds are where Draycott House comes into its own. Next to the lake and surrounded by beautiful countryside with the house itself in the background we felt a million miles from anywhere…..the best thing was that we were actually just a stones throw from our house! Lynne and Charles were fabulous and did everything they could to give us the day of our lives.
What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?
I’d never really thought much about the dress but knew that I definitely didn’t want a train! After trying on all sorts of styles I was still no closer to a decision when by chance I popped into the Dream Wedding Dress shop in Nottingham and met Kathryn. I think I tried on half the shop that day and finally thought I’d found my dress but when I brought my bridesmaid back for a second opinion it just didn’t feel right. So there we were back at square one when Kathryn said ‘You didn’t try this one on last time did you?’ The dress she was holding up was beautiful, all sequins and beads and layers of tulle, a real fairy princess dress but totally not me. Encouraged by my bridesmaid and not wanting to rule anything out I tried it on and loved it……train and all! I never thought I’d have that moment when you just know you’ve found your dress but when you do it is amazing!
Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding
We travelled from the church to the reception in an old Routemaster bus, it was brilliant to have everyone together and really set the tone for the day. I wanted the reception to have a really relaxed vintage country garden feel so we crammed the marquee with peonies and stocks in all sorts of containers from enamel jugs and tea cups to jam jars and galvanised buckets. The table numbers were written on heart shaped chalkboard stakes and our favours were home made Irish whiskey fudge and coconut ice – the boys had a little something extra too, polystyrene gliders which were flying across the marquee all through the wedding breakfast!
Anything quirky and creative we should know about your wedding?
I’m currently setting up a business designing and making wedding stationery and accessories so our wedding was the perfect opportunity to get some practice in! My hair band was made from a vintage Art Deco dress clip, I made all the sweets we gave as favours and had great fun making our ‘mini me’ cake topper out of old fashioned dolly pegs. We had a fabulous day and have so many great memories and I can’t wait to play a part in helping to give other couples their perfect day so look out for Fable and Grace. www.fableandgrace.co.uk
Well, I don’t know about you but this wedding has made me want to head for the nearest field away from the chaos of the city and just throw a great big country themed party. If only.
Kelly, thank you for your lovely write up and for allowing us to take a sneak peek into your fabulous wedding day.