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A Sunshine-Filled Autumn Wedding

We're super excited to share James & Ellie's gorgeous Autumn wedding with you today! With elegant 'house party' vibes and a whole lot of love, their wedding day fun, modern and truly unforgettable. Let's hand over to the bride so you can find out more...

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Venue
Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel
Location
Nottinghamshire
Ceremony
85
Breakfast
56
Reception
85
Dress
Beau Belles in Borrowash
Flowers
Floral Deco
Cake
The Sweet Stuff
Photographer
Mustard Yellow Photography

WE ARE TRUE CHILDHOOD SWEETHEARTS...

“We are true childhood sweethearts, we met when we were 16 through friends, and I still remember out first date to the cinema to see St Trinians! After all the ups and downs of a teenage romance, going off to uni and beginning adult hood, we bought our first house, know by our friends as the power couples location for all the best BBQ’s, cocktail parties and games nights! And then one surprise evening in September 2017 James got down on one knee to ask me to be his wife! If course, I said yes, to the man I had grown up with for the past 7 years, and my best friend who had been through all those teenager years, university late nights and transition into work with me!

Wedding planning was one of the best years of my life! As a complete self confession organised freak I was more than happy to take on every aspect of planning and felt like this was my moment. I sometimes joke I actually enjoyed the planning more than the day! The key message we wanted for the day was for it to feel like a complete celebration of our romance made up of the people who had been there along the way, and who had been significant in our relationship journey. There was no ‘okay we’ll invite the aunt we haven’t seen for 10 years’, it was 100% our friends, our close family, the people who knew us as a couple and had been there with us through each stage!

When the day arrived (13th Oct 2018), I couldn’t believe our luck with the weather, we had a stunning sunny Autumn day, which made for beautiful photos. The day ran perfectly, with our extremely personal church wedding being a mixture of our friends reading poems and hymns sung from our school days. The venue was stunning but finished with personal touches such as tables named after all of our favourite holidays we travelled to together! The whole day at the venue went by so quickly but from the canapés to start right through to the speeches, dancing and mid night bacon butties (my husbands house party favourite!).

It was a perfect Jellie (James and Ellie) event! We completed our wedding celebrations with a mini moon at a spa hotel in Harrogate followed by a once in a life time trip around Thailand!”

THE ULTIMATE HOUSE PARTY...

“James, not one for massive OTT parties also wanted it to feel like we had all our best friends at the ultimate house party, and I knew I wanted glamour and joked that the theme was ‘expensive and elegant!’. We fell in love with a venue near our home called ‘The Old Vicarage Boutique Hotel’, which as it sounds was an old vicarage refurbished into a stunning, elegant venue for intimate weddings – perfect! I choose blush pink, and navy as our colour scheme but it was to be subtle, and I really wanted to showcase shades of silvers and rose golds as the main colours within the venue. We opted for things such as candelabras as our centre pieces to give that elegant glam vibe I wanted. I also chose a harpist to play whilst our guests arrived and had drinks to set the mood of the event.”

WE WANTED GUESTS TO RELAX...

“We wanted the wedding to be an elegant house party, we wanted guests to enjoy themselves and to be able to relax. Some many weddings you don’t sit near people you know and they feel long (sometimes boring event!). We wanted to day to be made up of people who knew us, and so worked really hard on the perfect guest list and then seating plan. I love elegant glam, so the who day was meant to feel luxury and special, mixed with this vibe of an intimate house party of our all favourite people! There were little touches and throw backs to our relationship every where but in a subtle way. The table names were all places we had been away as a couple, our favourite sweets were in the sweetie table, and we had our own ‘logo’ designed for all the stationery.”

A KATE MIDDLETON INSPIRED WEDDING DRESS...

“I loved Kate Middleton’s dress, I wanted something timeless and elegant that wouldn’t looked dated on photos at our gold wedding anniversary! I loved the idea of changing looks between the day and evening so found the perfect Mori Lee wedding dress that I could accessorise with a sparkly belt and lace top. I then took this lace top off for the evening party creating a completely different look where some guests even thought I had a different dress! Once I had my dress I wanted to find elegant bridesmaid dresses that complemented my 4 girls’ shapes perfectly. I knew I didn’t want something like everybody else, so was delighted when I found perfect navy embellished dresses in Monsoon that were stunningly figure hugging and showed off my bridesmaids beautifully!

The men, then dressed to match us, beautiful navy suits with waistcoats and James chose a grey tweed waistcoat for his. I matched their ties to the blush pink flowers the girls would have to bring everything in together, and the button wholes were all different flowers from the girls bouquets, meaning each button whole was different and chosen by the groomsman themselves. My dad wore a navy suit too, and had our wedding logo stitched into his waistcoat too with the date of the wedding to mark the occasion.”

“We had a beautiful canapé reception with Prosecco following by a three course wedding breakfast. We chose the pressed Derbyshire ham hock terrine with a selection of pickled vegetables or King Prawn cocktails with shredded lettuce and lemon for starters. James loves ham hock terrine so this was a no brainer! For main we picked a braised Blade of beef with beef dripping fondant, wilted greens, celeriac puree and veal jus or a courgette, pepper and aubergine tagine with apricot and almond couscous, crispy feta parcels and mind yogurt dressing. And for dessert warm sticky toffee pudding with rich butterscotch sauce and Devonshire Clotted cream. Sticky toffee is a ultimate family classic in my house so this was a perfect end for the meal! Food was a big thing for us and helped us pick on the venue as the Old Vicarage offered such amazing food and I think the wedding breakfast can make or break a good wedding! We then had bacon and sausage sandwiches for the evening guests which went down a treat at 9pm!

We had beautiful piano and organ music during our service at the local village church. We then had a harpist playing during our canapé reception, followed by George Simpson playing during the evening. We also had a brilliant photo booth for guests in the evening and had a candid camera (disposable cameras) on each of the tables for guests to capture their own memories.”

START PLANNING EARLY...

“As an organised freak I would say start planning early, think about the type of day you want to create and plan each detail in order. But really our big advice as a couple is take out 5 mins every hour of the day to find each other and just catch your breath, the day goes so quickly and ironically you end up speaking to different people and you miss the day together. It was advice from a friend who had also recently got married and I am so glad we made time for each other during what is a whirlwind of a day!”

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