I thee Wed – Leona & Neil
I am so excited to be blogging today’s real wedding.
Not only is the wedding drop dead gorgeous but the bride is the lovely Leona Seymour; a firm favourite of us at Save the Date magazine and an incredibly talented East Midlands based make up artist. Leona has worked with us for many years, attending our events and getting involved in our photo shoots and her skills as a make up artist are amazing. All brides look beautiful when they’ve had the ‘Leona Seymour’ treatment so it goes without saying that she herself would be a sight to behold on her big day …. and well, let’s just say she didn’t disappoint. The images speak for themselves – just gorgeous.
A huge congratulations to Leona and her husband Neil and what makes this wedding even more special is that the photography is by our fabulous friends Jo and Si at Shoot – over to Leona:
“We got married on Saturday November 17th at 4pm at Stapleford Park
The venue had always been special to my parents. My dad first took my mum there for her 40th birthday and she apparently had said to him then, imagine if Leona got married here one day. We went round to look at Stapleford not long after we got engaged and decided to make their wish come true.
When it came to my dress I was told by lots of people that I wouldn’t end up with what I thought I wanted but I’d have to say I actually ended up with something pretty much like I imagined. We got engaged in Venice and literally the day after we got back my mum had me in a wedding dress shop! Grace Couture was the nearest shop to where we lived and we went there first. I tried on a few styles but nothing quite grabbed me, all I knew was I didn’t want what I called a ‘traditional’ dress, (corseted and full skirt).
I was handed the Gemy dress to try on and loved it, it was like an Oscars dress and exactly what I wanted. It was such a big decision I didn’t want to rush into the first one I saw so I carried on looking, we went to maybe three or four more shops where I tried dresses on but all I was seeing was things I didn’t want. I tired everything so I could say I had, meringue, fish tail, corset etc but in the back of my mind I still had the Gemy dress. We went back and tried it on again and knew it was ‘the one’.
There was no particular theme for the wedding but we focused on various aspects. With it being a 4 o’clock wedding in November we knew it would be getting dark so we wanted lots of sparkle and twinkly lights, be it the fairy lights round the pillars in The Orangery where we got married to a lit up dance floor and fairy light coated twigs as our centre pieces. Twigs perhaps sounds like an odd choice but in November we felt lots of flowers wouldn’t quite sit right and our florist came up with our gorgeous centre pieces made of sprayed twigs entwined with fairy lights. I think the best thing about these too is they will last forever and made great additions to close friends and families homes after the wedding.
Our invites from A Bird and A Bee were made to look like old style movie posters so we kept that as a slight theme and added a red carpet for the aisle. The canapés for after the wedding were movie themed with flavoured popcorn and mini hotdogs.
For our wedding breakfast we knew we wanted something a bit different and not too fussy so we went for one of our faves, fish and chips and mushy peas, it seemed to go down well and we had bottles of ketchup. brown sauce and lots of salt and vinegar on each table.
Our favours were made up by myself and my mum a few days before the wedding. I had ordered personalised stickers and some vintage style pin stripe sweet bags along with personalised love hearts and a load of pick n mix and we filled each back and fastened it together with the stickers and a little love token which we had found in a gift shop in Newark by chance one day.
We also went for cupcakes over a traditional wedding cake, these proved popular with the guests and were easy for them to take home after. We went for a mix of flavours and had them iced in turquoise which is Neil’s favourite colour.
Our main aim was for the wedding to be personal to us as a couple, to be a bit quirky and unique with our stamp on it, and with this in mind, we were announced to the room as husband and wife to ‘Sexy And I Know It’ :)”
The fab team involved in the wedding:
Venue : Stapleford Park
Dress: Grace Couture
Flowers: Floral Deco
Stationery: A Bird & A Bee
Cake: Amy’s Cupcake Boutique
Photography: Shoot Lifestyle
Video: Steve Galloway
Hair: James White
Dance Floor and Lighting : Premier Event Services
Quartet – Nero
DJ: Steve Allen Entertainment