I thee wed – Lottie & Alan
You may have already seen this I thee wed in issue 16 but we thought we’d show you more gorgeous images as they are just that, gorgeous! So without further ado I hand you over to Lottie to tell you all about the big day and the days leading up to it………….
Where did you get married and what was it about the venue that sealed the deal?
When we were first engaged, we hunted through the Internet to find the perfect venue. We both knew we wanted to find somewhere where our friends and family would feel relaxed. After visiting a handful of venue and always knowing deep down in my heart that I always wanted to be married in my parent’s parish church. We decided to have a marquee at their home in Leicestershire. It was the perfect venue. Our friends and family would feel at home and if the weather held out we would have the gorgeous gardens and a short distance between the church and the marquee.
How would you describe the style of your wedding and what made you go down that route?
I wanted to pick a theme and colour palette that suited us as a couple. We are not brightly coloured or loud people. I wanted it to reflect us ‘growing up eventually’ and beginning our new journey as husband and wife. I selected muted blues of pinks, purples, silver tones with soft greys to run through the colour scheme. Crystal chandeliers hung from the celling, candelabras lighting up the late summers night, fluffy sweet peas left their beautiful scent in the marquee. We had chosen sweet peas as my husband’s great grandfather was a chief grower in his time and wanted to add little touches to those that were no longer with us. It was elegant, understated, relaxed; the best day of our lives.
Describe your dress and how you came about finding ‘the one’?
Well, working as an assistant bridal designer to Angela Vickers, Nottingham this was going to be my dream and the only place I’d have my dress made! I knew from the very early days what style of dress I had wanted, but first I had to lose three stone of ‘happy weight’ I had put on over the 6years I’d been together with my fiancé!
During my time working with Angela I had poured over the fabrics that she had used to create beautiful gowns for her brides. I wanted a slim fitting gown to show of my new figure, with a hue of soft pink to highlight the ivory french lace and give my skin tone colour. I had planned it all in my head. I sketched out my ideas onto paper and watching it come to life, it was a magical experience for me. When my dress was made up, the excitement was amazing, it was time for me to add my own textiles flair. Each piece of lace, every bead stitched I couldn’t believe I was working on my own dress and that I was getting married.
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
Not only was our wedding amazing, because I got to marry my best friend on 21st July 2012. I also got to work with some amazingly talented people who I can’t recommend highly enough!
Beaulieu Photography – I have known Louise and her partner Tim since our university years and I always used to pour over their photographs of their trips away and of family and friends. Alan and I always knew we wanted them to take our wedding pictures, not only because they were are friends but because of professionalism, hardworking nature, but most of all in the beauty in what they capture in their images. I’m not photogenic, nor do I like my photo to be taken, as they both know! Somehow though, they captured our special moments, our laughter, our families enjoyment, our friends antics, our special day in a series of exquisite images which we will treasure forever. Just beautiful and we will always be forever grateful.
Buster marque – They were so professional coming to map out the site for the marquee and when the week arrived after three months of solid rain, they still put the marquee up, over huge puddles to create the most amazing venue for the wedding. All the guest were stunned when the curtain went up on our first dance to reveal the dance floor!
Vaas florist Nottingham – The team were just great. Marc produced mood board and colour palettes with sketches of floral designs. It was amazing to work with them and see how the marquee was stuffed full of beautiful scents and colours. They really made the marquee come to life. My bouquet was stunning and still to this day people ask where I had my flowers from. Just stunning.
Couture cakes – Katie is the most professional lady I have met. Her designs, ideas and hard work blew me away and sent me to tears. I explained my theme and she just got it straight away. She worked incredibly hard to achieve the most amazing wedding cake I ever have seen (hence tears on the wedding day!). Not only did it look great it tasted amazing.
Cars – Well I thought as the church is 2 minutes down the road, we would just go in my Dad’s car. As I was getting ready my Mum came up to my room and said the car is here. My first thought of course was, isn’t it just Dad’s car?! She pulled back the shutters to revival a horse and cart! Amazing, truely gob smacked, and more tears!
James White Hair – A top hair stylist and new friend. He was great, right from the first time I visited his salon. Warm, friendly and listened to my ideas. He was such a help on the day – getting my mum to sit down to have her hair done and my millions of bridal buttons!
Ali Gunn make up – Ali is so talented, I never knew my face could look like that?! All the bridesmaids and Mum looked fantastic. Really soft but sticking make up. I’m looking forward to having a make up lesson really soon.
Delizioso catering – the food was just scrummy! We had a taster day with our parents and they really understood the atmosphere we wanted to create for our guests; with a trio of summer starters, rustic style buffet and a trio of chocolate fruity-ness. Danilo, Alison and the team worked their socks off to make sure everyone was fed and watered. Just brilliant!
Any words of advice for future brides about planning their big day
Planning is key! Write lists, check things off, keep tabs on who you’ve paid, what people are doing and who’s arriving when. As we weren’t in a venue it was vital to plan everything and for every eventuality, it had rained for three months so we were prepared for the worst. But the sun came and shone on us all day!
If your husband to be was like mine, not bothered about flowers or colour palettes or what style of dress for the bridesmaids, give him a role to do. Alan chose the music, planned our mini moon and put things into computer tables. After all it’s their big day too.
Most of all try and sit back, take a deep breath and absorb everything! The day goes so fast. As my husband and I sat at the top table he lent over and whispered in my ear, “take it all in, it’s our wedding day and we only have 5 hours left!”.
Make sure you have a good photographer to capture your day, as they are the images that will last a life time.
Film – www.clarkandpalmerfilms.com
Venue – Buster Marquees
Photographer – Beaulieu Photography
Flowers – Vaas Flowers
Cake – Couture Cakes
Catering – Delizioso catering
Dress – Angela Vickers
Hair – James White Hair
Make up – Ali Gunn