I thee Wed – Roxanne & Kieran
When we met up with Lisa from Paperknots a few weeks back, we realised we had quite a few things in common. Not only did we grow up in the same town and went to the same school but her sister, Roxanne, was in the year above me and I remembered her well.
Lisa then went on to tell me about her little sister Roxanne’s recent wedding and having seen a few pictures, we were sold. We needed to feature this wedding. Gorgeous theme, vibrant colours, idyllic outdoor ceremony and lots of fun and laughter.
Here’s Roxanne to tell you more:
Firstly, where and when did you get married?
Morley Hayes, Derbyshire on the 25th may 2012
What made you decide on your venue?
We had previously attended 2 weddings at Morley Hayes and we loved the look of the whole venue from entrance road leading up to the building, to the country, homely feeling of the interior. But what really sold it to us were the beautiful tranquil gardens surrounding by picturesque Derbyshire countryside. Set in a secret wedding garden was a beautiful wedding dome where we could marry. Perfect for our summer wedding. We also noticed how smoothly the previous weddings were run and how attentive and thorough the staff were, down to every last detail.
What was it like choosing your dress and had you always had your heart set on that style?
When the day arrived to go wedding dress shopping with my mum and sisters, I was so excited as I thought every dress would make me feel like a princess. This was not the case.
I knew in my head I wanted a strapless dress but that was the only detail I had vaguely considered. When I arrived I was shown all the strapless dresses but nothing really jumped out at me, so I tried them anyway as I knew they would look different on. They were all so heavy and with so much material at the bottom, I then knew I wanted something light without layers upon layers of fabric and certainly not a meringue. I tried several on and I still felt no love for any dress.
Feeling a little disheartened by now I felt it may be time to go elsewhere but I really didn’t want to be a bride that shopped around for weeks and weeks especially with having two young boys. As I was about to give up for the day the manager then came in and mentioned she had 2 dresses out the back. She brought them through and when I saw one of them I knew instantly it was the one. Without a second look for the other dress I tried it on and it was perfect. I knew this was the dress I wanted to get married in.
The stitched detail on the bodice was elegant and different without being over the top, this then ruched to the side and gathered into a cute rose, draped with a little fabric and lace. This matched the small trail which had the lace stitched along the bottom. The material was a light silk taffeta and only had one layer underneath which made it very lightweight and easy to wear… I knew I’d be fine getting my dancing feet on for the evening in this dress 🙂
Talk us through the theme and decor of the wedding.
When it came to the theme and decor of the wedding this was the easy part as I had my sister Lisa on board who runs her own wedding business called Paperknots. We weren’t sure on a theme for the wedding when she asked but after discussing some ideas through we went for a ‘Champagne’ theme. Since having our two gorgeous boys we don’t get to go out every saturday like we used to so instead we will get a bottle of champagne in and have ‘Champagne Saturdays’ hence the theme!
We told Lisa what colours (turquoise and champagne gold) we wanted to go with and she pretty much took it from there. She firstly designed all of our wedding stationery from the save the dates to a beautiful wedding invitation pack that had matching maps, gift list and every detail you could think of. After amazing feedback from our guests we wanted to run with the theme for the reception stationery so it all tied in.
Not being creative ourselves we gave her full reign to design pretty much everything for the day. We even chose not to see any of it and wanted it to be a surprise on the day. This may sound a little bit crazy but that’s the way it’s always been with my sister – when we were children I used to give her my £5 pocket money and send her off to buy me nice things with it as she always picked better than me, I saw this as pretty much the same thing and never doubted she wouldn’t create the day of our dreams.
My absolute favourite thing she had made for us had to be the fabric flower bouquets. The were made from a mix of turquoise and white fabrics with beautiful pearls and buttons sewn in as the centre. I knew she was making these along with 300 flowers for the decor for weeks and weeks before the wedding but never knew I’d love it this much and even better that I get to keep it forever. To tie in with these she also made all the flowers for the groomsmen button holes and also flowers for myself and the bridesmaids hair.
After the wedding ceremony and an initial drink with guests in the gardens Lisa took us through to our reception room for the first time. There was so much to look at and it all tied in perfectly. The centre pieces were clear champagne buckets filled with white/turquoise baubles and marbles to look like bubbles, these were then filled with fabric flowers and had matching table numbers in each. Also on the tables were champagne cork name placecards, blowing bubbles with matching labels designed as favours and turquoise drinking water bottles with quirky, fun labels.
She had also designed our table plan which is like no table plan we’ve seen before – we were expecting an A2 piece of card with tables/names laid in but instead we got a handcrafted 3-dimensional piece. Made from wood and framed with kindling and flowers, the top table names hung with ribbon from actual champagne corks stuck to the wood. The other table lists were hung from wooden hearts which complimented the champagne look and feel.
There were loads more designs for our day from a decorated Mrs & Mrs wooden sign, to personalised candle bottles and a unique styled card box, the list goes on but hopefully you’ll see all her creations in the pictures supplied.
We had the most amazing day and thank you to all the below people for making it happen!!
Dress – beautiful-brides-midlands.co.uk
On the day photographer – darrengairphotography.co.uk
Additional product photography – annkathrinkoch.com
Cake – midlandcakecompany.co.uk
Venue – Morley Hayes, Derbyshire
Suits – Moss
Bridesmaid Dresses – Coast
Décor – paperknots.co.uk
Stationery – paperknots.co.uk
Flowers (fabric) – paperknots.co.uk
Seriously, how do we find a creative sister/best mate just like Lisa who can come to our rescue with her creative genius mind when it comes to our big day!? Roxanne – you looked amazing and very happy and your day looked simply gorgeous. Huge congratulations 🙂