Bride & Groom Nicola & Pete share their stunning wedding story with us!
- What was the initial vision of the Day?
Our main vision of the day was having all our friends and family together for a happy celebration, particularly as many of them are spread out all over the world and we don’t often get to see them. We got married in our local church and had the reception at beautiful Hampton Court House just up the road. We love to travel, but it was important for us to get married locally so we could show our guests our home.
1. What was the planning process like?
I love planning so started making lists and drawing up spreadsheets the moment we got engaged! We had almost two years in the end to plan which made things a lot easier as I had lots of time to research each supplier and look through magazines, blogs and social media for ideas. We booked all our main suppliers well in advance, and after that we could relax and focus on the details, knowing we were in safe hands.
2. What did the bride, groom and wedding party wear?
Dress shopping was one of my favourite parts of the wedding planning! From the first time I tried on a Suzanne Neville dress I knew that I would be buying one of her designs. In the end I chose Rosa, a beautiful, romantic dress with a low v-neckline, long train and delicate floral design. I wore Rachel Simpson heels and they were so comfortable! I didn’t need to take them off all night.
My husband had a dark grey suit made from a nearby tailor in Surbiton – King and Allen. And a dark blue Turnbull & Asser silk tie.
The bridesmaids wore mix and match blush and floral Jenny Yoo dresses, in different styles which they chose to suit them. My chief bridesmaid lives in New York and bought the dresses there, then shipped them out to the other bridesmaids in Cambridge and New Zealand.
3. How was the wedding themed?
Although a lot of planning went into all the details, we wanted to make sure the day had a romantic, relaxed feel to it, and didn’t feel stuffy or overly formal. Super-talented Steph at ‘Fairynuff Flowers’ provided the most beautiful bouquets for us. They had lots of blush, pale pink and peach roses, mixed in with a few peonies and eucalyptus. We had roses, peonies, hydrangea, delphiniums and loads more pretty flowers to decorate the church and reception. As soon as we’d booked the venue, I started looking at photographers. I loved Nick Ray’s photos straightaway as he is so good at capturing natural moments, and his pictures are beautiful. Then my brother and his girlfriend very generously offered to pay for a videographer for our wedding. We booked Jess Tottman and we’re so thrilled we did, we’re over the moon with our videos. Our first dance was to the Lumineers, Ho Hey
4. Were there any entertainment or activities for the guests?
We created activity packs to keep the children entertained during dinner, although the weather was so lovely, I think the part they enjoyed best was running around outside chasing rabbits.
5. Did you go on a honeymoon?
Our honeymoon was a safari / beach combo which was made possible by the generosity of our lovely guests! We caught a tiny plane from Johannesburg to Madikwe, one hour away on the Botswanan border and spent incredible three days on safari. Afterwards we had a relaxing holiday in Mauritius.