My wedding!

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I thought it was about time and only fair that I share mine & Andy's wedding day with you!

After a surprise proposal while visiting family in Holland during May 2015 and then a few weeks of deliberation once home, Andy & I decided to marry on 21st May 2016 at the little flint church that we can see from our lounge window.

We knew from the very beginning that the most important thing for us on our wedding day was the atmosphere; we wanted it to be a relaxed day with our family and closest friends. No sit down meal or table plan, but street food served to our guests wherever they happened to be and music playing all day long.

My first ports of call were with Emily of Love Moi Makeup and Hair by Tracey Ward. I love these ladies! I've worked alongside them numerous times so I know just how talented they both are and there was no way I was going to walk down that aisle without them having worked their wonders on me! Once we had established a date they were both free, Andy & I set about booking the church plus, finding somewhere for me to get ready and a venue!

I didn't really want a 'venue' as such because I didn't want to feel like I was working. We both love being outdoors and had a rough idea of the set up we would like .... traditional pole tents for the band and dance floor, rustic wooden tables and chairs, our cake and a coffee station. We also wanted a smaller, more cosy area for the bar and comfortable seating with coffee tables and candles plus blankets if needed! Friends of Andy's family own The Secret Garden Touring Park and after a few discussions with the owners, Lesley and Neil, they decided we could hold our reception there. It was total perfection!

I adore flowers and knew I wanted Donna of The Country Garden Florist to design and create the bouquets, button holes, corsages and pew ends. Everything was exactly how I had visualised, the gorgeous purple and blue hues with the wheat added in to keep a slightly rustic feel. I was totally blown away by the results and I loved my bouquet so much I took it on honeymoon with me!

The Old Vicarage is within walking distance of both our home and church. A beautiful Victorian building Sonja & Chris have made into their stunning home. Sonja's excitement at my getting ready there was wonderful, she made us all feel so welcome and looked after us like royalty with amazing fruit skewers, homemade cake and meringues. Nothing was too much trouble, it was the perfect start to our day.

It was important to me for everyone to feel comfortable in what they wore. With a variety of ages, shapes and sizes and my liking of mix and match menswear the groomsmen outfits were bought from various high street retailers including Barbour, Suit Direct and Debenhams.

The bridesmaid and flower girl dresses are both from the Dessy range bought from Blush Bridal. I wanted them both to feel a million dollars, lace elegance for Michelle and chiffon layers for Ede to twirl in to her hearts content!

We hired the Morgan for a week, collecting it on the Thursday before the wedding. Our mutual love of cars and not wanting to be chauffeur driven lead us to this British beauty. As we had it for the week it meant we got to blast around the Malvern Hills in it on our honeymoon too!

Andy's suit was made by Goddards, we chose the tweed together and then I left the rest to him! His pocket square and tie both came from Anthony. We'd already got his Bugatti shoes from Holland in February (I have warned him they're the only item we shall ever be able to afford by them)!

We wanted live music throughout the afternoon and I quite liked the idea of a singer in church. We had met Grace Williams at a wedding fair I was exhibiting at before we were engaged. She has the most beautiful voice and is the loveliest person to have around, plus, she goes above and beyond to ensure she can sing the songs that you love the most. During the afternoon Grace played alternate sets alongside swing jazz guitarist Jack Austin, who Andy had heard playing in Cambridge city centre only a matter of weeks before the wedding.

Food! We both love our food and wanted a steady flow and a good variety of it through the day. Alex Chef was absolutely perfect for us! His team made us canap├ęs and rum punch followed by cheese burgers, fish n chips, lamb kebabs and hot dogs at intervals throughout the day. It was all completely scrumptious and topped off by chocolate truffles!

I thought that choosing a photographer was going to be a very difficult decision for me and it wasn't a one I came to lightly. Binky Nixon had been brought to buy attention by a friend and fellow photographer several months early and I had been following her on Facebook and Instagram. Andy and I both liked the depth of her images and I needed someone with a different shooting style to me. We journeyed to Bedfordshire to meet Binky at her studio to ensure we were a good fit for each other. After an hour or so chatting we knew we had found the photographer for us.

To add to the garden party atmosphere we asked Tilly's Garden Party Hire to bring a selection of their fabulous outdoor games. I've always been enchanted by birds of prey so we invited Fens Falconry to be part of our day and Gus Wilson kept people's minds and eyes keen with close up magic!

Unbeknown to my folks I had got my mum's wedding dress cleaned and had a photoshoot done wearing it! It was a bitterly cold day in March but great fun and I wanted something really personal to thank them for the enormous amount of help they've always given us, especially in the run up to our wedding.

It meant a great deal to us that our family living abroad were able to join in celebrations with us. Andy's brother came over from Japan, my cousins from Australia, lots of family from Holland plus friends from Belgium. Plus a gang from Yorkshire!

I had a fair idea that I would like to wear Jenny Packham and after trying a handful of dresses on, I chose Bardot and Tilly who were perfect for our day. Easy to wear and made me feel fantastic!

I adore my blue shoes by Ruby Shoo and wear them on every night out!

We had a great time in the weeks leading up to the wedding with Anita of TU Danse learning a quick step for our first dance. I can recommend this to anyone who loves to dance, it's great fun and is a fab way to get the dance floor buzzing! ZEBRA Band were absolutely awesome and played their socks off to a load of rather enthusiastic people dancing and singing like a bunch of crazies!

The best wedding film ever by McGill Sister Films
Penny from The Little Lending Company provided us with fab festoon lights to string all of the way around the tents.
Michelle of Beaux Design designed and created our wonderful bespoke stationery. Special thanks to Michelle's friend Katy for drawing our bespoke Morgan.
Our wedding rings, along with my engagement ring, were made by Mahailia Jewellery Design
Helen of Chadwicks Flowers supplied us with the gorgeous blooms at the Secret Garden.
Lisa & Luke at Grice & Foster were extremely professional, friendly and helpful. Their tents exactly what we wanted.
Norfolk Bell Tents provided a chill out tent plus bridal and guest tents.
Dick Ropa Entertainments provided the rattan chairs, sofas and coffee tables.
East Coast Bars supplied a wooden bar that fitted our wedding a treat.
The stunning rustic vintage tables and chairs came from Katherine at Event House.

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