Wedding Day Ideas From A Real Life Bride
With the summer wedding season now upon us we thought that we would share a lovely real life brides experiences with you. Our lovely bride Marion has kindly shared her precious memories of her very special day when she said ‘I do’ & married her soul mate Andrew. Marion’s elegant wedding day theme was enhanced by the inspired choice of fushia pink & navy for her accessories & bridesmaids dresses.
So over to Marion & Andrew …..
How you meet your husband? Andrew and I met on a night out in Tenerife in 2005! He was with a bunch of lads and I was with a girlfriend. It was literally ‘eyes met across a crowded room’ and we got on so well, and talked all night. I went home the next day and he was there another week, but he called when he got back (he got the number from his friend who was also my neighbour), and the rest as they say is history!I proposed to Andrew on February 29th 2012 – not the first time I may add, the previous leap year he had said ‘well yeees, but not yet’! But I bravely tried again and this time he said yes with no conditions and made me the happiest woman on the planet.
Where did you get married? We were married in my church – St Andrews in High Wycombe, it’s not a particularly pretty church, but the atmosphere was amazing. (Most of the bridal party turned up at the church the evening before to decorate with bunting, tulle curtains and fairy lights and the best man and my now husband bought and cooked pizza to feed everyone!) I reckon nearly 200 people must have been at the service and lots of people who don’t normally go to church said they really enjoyed it, especially the hymns. We had Prosecco and cake afterwards. A lovely lady from church arranged for lots of people to make cupcakes. They looked amazing but I didn’t get near them I was so busy hugging guests.
Where was the reception held? We had the reception at Lane End Pavilion. We both loved the venue and even changed our planned date as they were already booked when we wanted it. We were very well looked after by Martin who was our Master of Ceremonies. Our cake and flowers were both done by suppliers linked to the venue and were amazing! Many thanks to Tracey’s Cakes and The Daisy Chain. The Pavilion has beautiful grounds, with a lake, golf course and even a football pitch and beach volleyball court. I was really looking forward to making use of the out door space, but sadly it started to rain shortly after we arrived – we just about had time for photos.
What was your wedding style, theme colour? I like to think it was fairly elegant. My bridesmaids were stunning in navy, then we introduced fuchsia pink and that added some fun to the colour scheme.
How did you style your bridesmaids & how many did you have? My bridesmaids were my best friend of 34 years who was matron of Honour, my 2 sisters and sister in law and 2 of Andrew’s nieces. My flower girl was my youngest niece and my attendant was her big brother. He took his job of looking after his little sister very seriously and both of them were very disappointed when we realised we had left the petal basket and petals at home! I had several bridesmaids days were we got together and discussed styles, colours, hair make up etc. The dresses were initially chosen by my sister and we sent photos to all the others. They then went to the shop to try on and fortunately the dresses looked good on all of them. When a pop-up popped up on my laptop advertising a sale at the store, I checked the prices and they were all cheaper! I texted all the bridesmaids, got their permission and sizes and ordered on the spot. I didn’t think it would be so simple getting dresses for 6 bridesmaids of different ages and shapes. The flower girls dress was chosen by her mum and I just loved it. We all got ready at my parent’s home and hair and make-up were done by friends of mine.
Best buy? My wedding jewellery! My earrings were a pound in a sale and my tiara was £9 with a watch that was a fiver. I absolutely loved it, and it meant I had more money to spend on everyone else. No heirlooms though!
Special touches? The double decker routemaster bus – Andrew’s idea and it went down a treat with the guests. It brought them from the venue to the church, picked up the bridal party and took them to the church too, then took everyone to the venue. it was great for our arty couple shots.
I wish I’d known? I wish I’d appreciated how quickly it would go and how much I would forget. I wish I had persuaded Andrew to have a videographer and I wish I could go back and do it all again, but thanks to the B2B group, I think that I can safely say that there was nothing I wish I’d known because anything I didn’t know they helped with.Top tip for B2B’s? Get as much recorded as possible because so much happens and you will never remember all of it. Don’t worry on the day. By then there is nothing you can do about it, and if something does go wrong, someone else can sort it.
I had literally the best day of my whole life. I smiled the whole time and loved having all my friends and family there enjoying themselves. That Andrew also appeared to thoroughly enjoy it was a real bonus. The speeches were immense. My dad was lovely and made me cry, the best man was hilarious and my gorgeous groom told me and the whole room that he loved me and he’s not a one for those kind of declarations! I don’t think I will ever tire of looking at the photos and listening to our first dance song – Take That, Rule the World. Andrew played me TT love songs during my first visit to his house and we have both enjoyed their music throughout our relationship (though he would never admit that!).
The photographers were Rebecca and Darren of Flaming Silk Photography – They were brilliant.
Thank you Marion & Andrew
Our thanks once again to the lovely bride & groom for sharing their wedding day memories with us all. We loved some of your wonderful ideas & the double decker bus looks fantastic fun & really added the WOW factor.