ALL the pink...
Alicia & Will's wedding was all about a pretty pink palette, countryside vibes and dancing the night away. This couple LOVE partying, being outdoors and spending time with their families, which is why they opted for a marquee in a field - specifically, Will's mum & dad's garden in Leicestershire. Be inspired, this beautiful big day is FULL of lovely details and an incredible floral archway...
LETS MEET ALICIA & WILL...
“Being an events manager, and having a best friend / maid of honour who owned her own events company, meant I always had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted for a wedding and the end result was even better than we could have dreamt of…
Will & I’s wedding theme was always going to be a pop of pink! Pink, countryside and dancing were always my favourite things and luckily Will’s too. The combination of our love of partying, huge close families and being outdoors, meant there was no other choice but to have a marquee in a field. This was all set in one of the most special places to us, Will’s mum and dad’s garden; which is essentially lots of beautiful fields in Leicestershire.
We had a lovely ceremony in Rothley church, a church that means a lot to both of us. Followed by a bespoke marquee surrounded by festoon lights and plants, lashings of white voile, statement floral pieces and lots of “tasteful” pink accessories, created the “look” and we added numerous personal touches to create the WOW factor for our guests.
Our food was provided by a company I used to work for and who I am still close to, the food included steak and chips and an epic dessert station followed by cheese toasties at midnight! Our wedding was hyped up to be the best party of the year with both families known for their love of parties and our band made sure the dance floor was never empty – literally ever. My family, in particular, are also known for supplying copious amounts of alcohol at every event, which rang true at our wedding too – toffee vodka, magnums of rosé, and an epic wedding rum punch to mention a few!
It really was the best day from start to finish and we just wish we could do it all again!”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR VENUE...
“We got married in Rothely Church, a church that I already had connection with as I have held charity events in it and know the vicar well and it is in the village that my parents used to live in. Plus it is a truly gorgeous church.
We always wanted our wedding reception to be in a marquee to give us the freedom to create the perfect day for us. We were extremely lucky that we could have it set in one of the most special places to us, Will’s mum and dad’s garden; which is essentially lots of beautiful fields with a stream running through it, in the middle of nowhere. My father in law also created paths that winded through stunning wildflowers, which made for the perfect photo backdrop.”
DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR WEDDING...
“In a word – Pink!
We had a totally bespoke marquee made up of 3 separate areas, striking lounge furniture that were bold colours, lashings of white voile to soften, statement floral pieces and lots of “tasteful” pink, created the “look” and we added numerous personal touches to create the WOW factor.
From the bespoke order of service with its hand drawn map, my oldest friend as confetti man, lots of pink candles, a personalised golf buggy from the next-door neighbours decorated in our wedding theme and a tracker filled with bottles of beer! At each turn, guests encountered our little extras such as a pizza van instead of canapés, handmade games that we have played on holidays, the most incredible dessert station (and cake), lots of emotional speeches including my own, a cigar and whiskey dad made from Will’s dads Polaris tractor, and a disco ball installation on the (big) dance floor to keep the party going!
All of this was created with help from my best friend who owns her own events company and has a true eye for detail.
THE flowers (!) were a huge part of the wedding and have to be given a mention. We had a WOW hot pink flower arch at the church which flanked the doors and became a perfect backdrop, followed by statement high arrangements that were used down the aisle of the church and then moved to the dining room marquee. The hanging central floral arrangement above the bar was just a joy to look at and the hot pink confetti was made with a variety of pink petals from our chosen flowers; making the perfect photo. And finally, of course, I had to have the most stunning bouquet of fuscia pink peonies – my dream bouquet!”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY WEAR?
“My bridesmaids were in hot pink dresses with a tiny bit of sparkle around the middle, the only sort of dresses my best friends could wear on my wedding day. It took us a long time to find the perfect ‘pink’ dresses but after a trip to David Bridal in Stratford London we were sorted. They were also such a flattering shape and colour on all five of them too.
My flower girls were in simple but beautiful white tutu dresses, with my two nieces wearing white converses (they are so cool) and all finished with hot pink bouquets to give them a touch of pink
For me, it was a beautiful Adrianna Papell dress that was the perfect mix of sophistication and detailed sparkle and ironically the first dress I ever tried on at Rococo Bridal. One of my main requirements, probably not what you would expect, was to be able to dance all night in it and my dress really was perfect for that. We made a few tweaks to the dress by removing the full length mesh sleaves and creating cap sleeves instead which made a huge difference too.
For the groomsmen it was tails – Will has to wear a suite very day for work and was determined to have something different. He is extremely stylish and fashion conscious anyway, so knew what he wanted from day one. His first choice of grey suits and yellow ties was a dead end due to my bridesmaids being in pink so we want for a more classic style with navy tails and pink / white buttonholes to tie it all together. And to top it off Will also had an outfit change into white jeans and PINK trainers – only my husband I tell you..!”
WHAT DID EVERYBODY EAT & DRINK?
“Pizza and champagne to start the reception.
The most beautiful starter of dorset crab, avocado, toasted corn, chilli, shallot crumble, coriander, masa taco or butternut squash, avocado, toasted corn, chilli, shallot crumble, coriander, masa taco (v)
Main course was steak and (truffle and parmeansan) chips with ether béarnaise & peppercorn sauces.
Instead of a plated dessert we opted for a dessert station which included the most amazing little desserts:
Mars Bar mousse – my favourite!
Glazed lemon, lime tart, popping candy
Blueberry Eton mess, malt meringues
Chocolate covered strawberries
And our epic cake made up of 3 sponges – lemon and elderflower, chocolate and vanilla!
Wedding breakfast drinks included magnums of rose wine, plus bottles of white and red wine too. For the toasts each table had a bottle of toffee vodka (something that was VERY popular with many guests) and were encouraged to do shots for the thank you’s!
After our wedding reception the bar was fully open and served a range of Gin cocktails as well as our delicious Rum Punch (inspired by our love of the Caribbean).”
HOW DID YOU ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS?
“The wedding game was Corn Hole (again inspired by a game we played on our trips to the Caribbean) and handmade by Will.
We also had Jessica Avison, a friend, who sang at the church and wedding reception.
Our incredible party band were The Mixed Feelings.
Plus we had Festiglow who provided the late night glitter!”
DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
“Don’t stress about the little things, remember the bigger picture. Remember ultimately your dream day is about you and your partner and don’t be influenced by other people – make sure it is personal to you from the food to the music. Make sure you have lots of support around you to help you totally relax on your big day.”