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A Bride's Eye View

Hannah and Matt

 

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It had been 4 years since Matt met the love of his life, Hannah on a night out in Nottingham. The couple had journeyed to Croatia for a romantic holiday in the sun, and as the sun began to set one early evening, Hannah looked out contently in to the sea as the orange sunbeams danced on top of the water. When she turned back to Matt, her breath was taken away and her heart skipped a beat as her eyes fell upon her prince charming down on one knee. A smile spread from ear to ear, Matt asked for her hand in marriage, and Hannah gleefully agreed to spend the rest of her life with him.

 

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After much planning, excitement and preparations, the moment arrived when Matt and Hannah tied the knot in Donington Park Farmhouse, Castle Donington. This rustic venue was dressed in neutral shades and décor, in keeping with the theme. Matt looked handsome in his 3-piece fitted suit from Ted Baker in Navy. With intricate detailing on the suit including horn buttons and subtle berry coloured stitching on the button and collar which elevated it beyond a normal suit, Matt was dressed to the nines and unbelievably excited to see his fiancé. When the music softened and the whisper of the guests fell silent, Matts heart began racing as Hannah appeared at the bottom of the aisle. All heads turned and gasps of awe rose from the guests as they ogled the beautiful bride. Wearing Lusan Mandongus, with a stunning sweetheart neckline and lace embellishment, Hannah looked magnificent. Her hair was designed in a stunning up do featuring a front plait perfectly tucked underneath a full-length veil with beautiful lace scallop edges. When she met her husband-to-be at the top of the aisle she smiled calmly at Matt whose nerves were immediately relieved. The couple said their “I do’s” in front of their loved ones before partying the night away together.

 

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How did you choose the style of your wedding shoes?

I wanted the shoes to be something fun and that I would wear again. I also wanted stiletto heels as Matt is 6 ft 2, and I’m 5 ft 2, so I needed the height! I went for a gorgeous pair of blush pink suede stiletto's with a pom pom detail (sound strange - but they were fab!)

 

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Did you have a dress budget, and did you stick to it?

My budget was no more than £1500 and yes I stuck to it

 

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How did you choose the style of your hair?

Arrrrgh with great difficulty and right up to the last minute I was umming and ahhhing over whether to have it up or down. In the end, I went for an up do... a loose/messy bun off to the side pulled back from a large plait. I felt like this worked with the strapless dress, but I still do wonder if it would have been better with it down. maybe I should have done both ... day & night! But too late now! 

 

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Where was the honeymoon?

We spent a week in morocco straight after the wedding, but are planning an Italian road trip for later this year

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What was your favourite moment of your wedding?

Oooh that’s tricky, so many! I loved my Dads speech, it was really short but heartfelt. I also loved Matt's speech, although my mum heckled him!! Really, it was just spending it with all the people that we loved... It was such a happy day and I just remember smiling and laughing so much!

 

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How and why did you select your florist?

Our florist was Michelle Gledhill, and I fell in love with her flowers from her Instagram and web page. Her approach to flowers was exactly what I was after. She described her style on her website as "natural and unstructured, not too fussy and just a little bit rambling...the way flowers should be! I like the flowers to speak for themselves without forcing them into unnatural, symmetrical designs". Michelle was so helpful, and the flowers were beautiful and exactly what I wanted. I can't recommend her enough.

 

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What was your favourite flower in your bouquet?

My favourite element of my flowers was the eucalyptus. It was the main thing I wanted, and a focal point of the arrangements

 

Were you nervous the night before your wedding, if so, how did you overcome the nerves?

Yes, but not as much as I expected to be. I spent the night before the wedding with my 2 sisters and my niece (who were also my bridesmaids) and we stayed at the venue. It was lovely just chatting and laughing, and really helped me to relax.

 

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Do you have any top tips on how to get the most out of your photographer?

I think finding a photographer that meets what you both want from your pictures is important. Matt and I really wanted natural, candid shots and we went with Jenny Macare. Jenny was amazing. Both of us hate having our pictures taken but Jenny was great at putting us at ease and it helped having the pre-wedding shoot to help get you used to the process. The one thing I would say is really think about shots that you want from the day and any in particular people that you really want pictures of. In hindsight, I assumed that I would naturally have shots of me and just my mum or me and just my dad for example... and that wasn't the case. It wasn't Jenny's fault, that was mine for not stating exactly what shots (or specific people) I wanted to capture. In general, though we love the pictures... They capture the day (and night!) really well. There’s just a couple that I don’t have which I wish I did... so make sure you think about that & are clear with your photographer beforehand! 

 

If you could go back to the planning stage of your wedding, what would you do differently and why?

Nothing

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What is the best piece of advice you could offer another bride?

I think try and stay are relaxed as possible as otherwise you just won’t enjoy it. It can get overwhelming at times but you need someone close to you (sister/best friend for example) who can give you a reality check. Don't sweat the small stuff...and at the end of the day if everything doesn't go exactly to plan on the day just enjoy it and carry on... no one else will know!

 

How did you choose your suppliers?

Through internet research, and speaking to them/ meeting them face to face. 

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hat are you most looking forward too about married life?

Just general day to day life, particularly now that the wedding planning is over!!

 

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Suppliers:

Photographer - Jenny Macare

Venue - Donington Park Farmhouse

Caterer -  Donington Park Farmhouse

Wedding Cake - Made by talented sister Dawn Benson

Venue Stylist - N/A

Band - New York Royals

Bridesmaids attire - ASOS

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A Brides Eye View

Lisa And Andy

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As Lisa walked down the aisle, she took her guests breath away. Dressed in a bespoke LouLou Nelly dress, altered to become her dream wedding gown, Lisa looked flawless with her hair tied in a beehive updo to compliment the shape and detail of her stunning gown. Coordinating seamlessly with the 1950’s decorations and red and white floral décor, the bridesmaids looked picture perfect in their polka dot gowns and fur shoulder wraps. When Andy turned to see his beautiful, blushing bride-to-be walking towards him, his heart skipped a beat. He never would have thought this day would come when 7 years earlier a giggling Lisa sat down in front of him on their very first date. Although Andy’s proposal hadn’t quite gone to plan due to Lisa’s over-excited, his charm and brilliant sense of humour won her over and of course Lisa said yes to marrying the man of her dreams.

 

The Taylor wedding was day to remember, filled with smiles, laughter and love. The happy couple said their “I do’s” at the National Brewery centre in Burton before dancing the night away to the Beatles tribute band who had everyone up on their feet all night long. After a whirlwind of a romantic wedding day, Lisa and Andy jetted of the New York City for their honeymoon and then journeyed to Las Vegas to party together on Christmas Day. 

 

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Please describe your hair style, wedding veil and shoes.

I went for a beehive updo that matched the theme of the wedding perfectly. My veil and shoes were recommended by Mary, at The Wedding Room, who helped me select the simple but beautiful, half-length, clip on wedding veil and satin heels. Although I changed into my flip flops later in the night so I could properly dance!

 

Were you nervous the night before your wedding? Would you have changed anything?

I wasn’t nervous at all, just excited to celebrate our love. I wouldn’t change a thing; it was the perfect day to me.

 

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What was your favourite part of your wedding day?

Dancing to the Beatles band was great fun, and seeing Andy dressed in his authentic Beatles style suit from a company called Beatwear was brilliant. It was perfect because Andy plays the guitar and is looking to play with a Beatles tribute band in the future.

 

What are you most looking forward too about married life?

Spending the rest of my life with my adoring partner.

 

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A Bride's Eye View

Chris and Lisa

 

Heart pounding, palms sweating, adrenaline pumping. Chris was overwhelmed with excitement as he stood patiently waiting for his bride to be at the registrar’s desk. Dressed in a dark blue suit with a white shirt and red tie, (he was very specific about wanting a red tie) Chris looked handsome surrounded by his groomsmen. Little did he know, admiring from a far, Lisa was peeking through the entrance door, in order to calm her nerves by seeing her prince charming. After, what seemed like a lifetime, Lisa took her final deep breath and stepped into the Sheriff’s office in her sparkly, open-toed, ivory heels, towards her future. The aisle was dressed in meadow flowers of blue, red and yellow, which resonated in the theme and colour scheme of this intimate wedding. Lisa looked breath taking as she walked down the aisle, in her Stella York wedding gown, with her hair tied up to show off the intricate details of this stunning dress and paired with a mid-length, ivory veil. In awe, Chris welled up with sheer happiness, triggering Lisa’s incredulous emotions and the pair shed a tear each as they said ‘I do’, to their soul mate.

 

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Where was the wedding?

We were married at Nottingham Registry Office in the Sheriff's office and held the reception in a marquee in one of Chris's fields


How did you choose your suppliers?

Chance, I think really! We found the caterer by doing a local search on the Internet, the flowers came through visiting the bridal shop and the photographer through the photography group my dad is a member of. We also came across the marquee company through a local search on the Internet and they also supplied tables, chairs etc. We were lucky and we would definitely recommend all the suppliers we used.

 

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How and why did you select your florist?

Mary had been so brilliant with me with the selecting of my wedding dress that it seemed perfect to go with her for the flowers too. The bouquets in the picture album she showed us looked beautiful and we felt the prices were very reasonable.


Do you have any top tips on how to get the most out of your photographer?

First top tip is to use Screen Photography as your photographer! Paul was brilliant with us and put tremendous energy into our day. He worked brilliantly with the long list of formal photos I gave him and he's come up with lovely informal shots too. I would also suggest spending time with the photographer going through what you would like and explaining the feel of the wedding.


If you could go back to the planning stage of your wedding, what would you do differently and why?

We underestimated the work required to putting on a wedding reception on our own turf. If we could back to the planning stage, we would probably enlist more help much earlier in the process.

 

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What is the best piece of advice you could offer another bride?

Do everything you can to minimise wedding preparation stress. This is far too a precious moment to allow yourself to get stressed. All that matters are you and your partner declaring your love for each other, the rest is merely details.

 

What are you most looking forward too about married life?

Being together forever.

 

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