The sun shone for this September wedding in Suffolk, which featured a 'country summer' theme and pastel colour scheme
After six years, Ryan decided to propose in our favourite place, Queenstown, New Zealand, on a beautiful sunny day at Bob's Cove. We were sitting on a jetty, going out into the lake, when he asked me to sit at the end to take a picture of me. When i got up and turned around, Ryan was on one knee and said, "Will you marry me?". I, obviously, burst into tears and said yes.
I found my dress on the first trip of trying on wedding dresses, in Tinkerbelles, Lowestoft. It was the last dress I tried on in the shop and I didn't even pull it off the rail myself (my maid of honour did). As soon as I put it on, I was in love. It wasn't the dress i always imagined myself getting married in, but it outdid every other dress. Altogether I probably tried on about 15 dresses, but no other dresses even came close.
Ryan and the groomsmen all wore vibrant/navy blue suits. Ryan had a tweed grey waistcoat and the groomsmen wore ivory waistcoats.
Being a beauty therapist, I do wedding make-up throughout the summers. This was how I found Marsh Farm. Ever since i first stepped in there, I knew that was the place I had to get married in. It is the most beautiful barn set out in the Suffolk countryside but not too far out for people to find. Beams everywhere, open plan, vibrant grounds, plenty of on-site accommodation, and the most friendly and helpful owners and staff.
The theme/colour scheme
Our theme was 'country summer' with lots of pastel colours. We decorated the venue with lots of pastel bunting, flowers, centrepieces and the bridesmaids wore cream off-the-shoulder tops with pastel pink tulle skirts. The flower girls wore pastel green dresses.
The flowers and cake
Most of our flowers were gypsophila, but to add colour, we included some vintage pink roses and pink gerberas. Our flowers and cake were both done by very good family friends, Ady and Lil Poll. The cake was a single tiered fruit cake with pastel blue icing, a handful of gypsophila and 'Mr and Mrs' bunting. We also had a mixture of pastel coloured cupcakes.
The ceremony was amazing and flew by. I was relaxed walking down the aisle, but cried when I saw Ryan crying. Chelsey, our bridesmaid, read a reading which she personalised to suit us which was funny. My brothers: Adam, James and Rory, also read a reading.
Our guests enjoyed drinks while our photographers took us off for our amazing photos around the grounds. My dad started off the speeches, followed by the best men (which one of them did in an Australian accent after losing a bet), my step-dad, then Ryan. We chose Ed Sheeran's 'Give me Love' as our first dance. The entertainment was a DJ and Ryan and I dancing with a cardboard cut-out of Shakira to 'Hips Don't Lie'.
We are going to Jamaica in April for our honeymoon.
Top tip for brides-to-be:
Don't just assume you have to use wedding dress/bridesmaid dress shops for your dresses; we used high street shops and got most of our décor off eBay and Amazon.
Steal their style:
Photography: Adam from Hillier James Photography, www.hillierjames.com
Celebrant: Joanne Lawn
Venue: Marsh Farm, www.suffolkwedding.com
Dress: Tinkerbelle, www.tinkerbelle.co.uk
Accessories: Pearl headpiece and veil from Tinkerbelles; pearl bracelet and necklace, borrowed from mother of the bride
Wedding rings: The Jewellery Room, www.jewellery-room.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses: Tops, www.missguided.com, and skirts, www.onenationclothing.co.uk
Hair: Georgia from MEKA hairdressers, Beccles
Grooms' outfit: Parkers, Lowestoft
Stationery: varied shops and sites: eBay, Amazon, Hobbycraft
Flowers/cake: Family friends
Entertainment: Black Tie DJ; and Flamenco guitarist, www.findmeaperformer.com
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