A butterfly and rose themed wedding in Cambridgeshire
25 Oct 2019
Holly Baumber and Stuart Watt got married just six months after their engagement, with decorative rose details paying homage to the day Stuart proposed
How did you meet?
Plenty of Fish – online dating.
Tell us about the proposal.
Stuart took me out for a lovely meal on Valentine's Day at a beautiful hotel in Ely where we went for our first ever drink together. I was given a pink rose which became symbolic of our engagement on our wedding day.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Themes were pink butterflies and roses and the colour scheme was blush pink.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We fell in love with Orton Hall in Peterborough; the beautiful building and the stunning orangery where we could marry. The day we looked around in February was sunny and the sun streamed in to the conservatory.
How did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I found the dress the month after getting engaged at a local boutique called Blush Ely. I tried on five others. My dress was called Locklin by Watters and featured sparkle, lace and chiffon which is what I wanted from the outset.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
I had seven bridesmaids. My daughter was my chief bridesmaid, then I had three other teenage bridesmaids (my two nieces and the daughter of my best friend) who wore full-length blush pink dresses. I also had three younger bridesmaids (Stuart's niece and two other daughters of my best friend) who wore ivory dresses.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
Silver grey dress with lacy jacket and fabulous fascinator.
Where did you find your suits?
Master Debonair. The groom's suit was by Marc Darcy.
Tell us about your floral arrangements
I chose tight bouquets with roses and sweet peas, with lots of ivory and light pinks.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
As our first date was to a local production of the Shakespeare play, The Tempest, we had Shakespeare plays as our table themes. Each table was a different play and had its own love quote from that play on the table sign.
My daughter is very artistic and painted and photographed the pink rose I was given on Valentine’s night at the hotel when we got engaged. We used these for the invitations, place settings and table signs.
My daughter and I also made the favours with a selection of pink sweets and butterflies, and confetti cones. Holly painted her own welcome sign.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Nervous, but incredibly excited. My brother, Simon, walked me down the aisle. Dad watched from the front as he hadn't been well.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had two readings. One was the theme song from the Detectorists - I Will Treasure You, which was a comedy show on BBC2 that we used to watch when we were first together. Holly also chose the poem 'You Came Too' as her message to Stuart to show how he came into her life and brought happiness.
What was your most memorable moment?
Walking down the aisle to a violin playing David Bowie’s Heroes and seeing everyone smiling and Stuart beaming.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
Paying for it.
What was the most important investment for you?
Food and drink.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Dusty Springfield’s The Look of Love as the words say it all.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
Yes, we had a live band.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
It was three tiers high featuring chocolate, lemon and vanilla flavours. The cake was cream coloured with a sparkly middle tier decorated with two pink roses.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
I lost a bracelet waving my arms around with the sparklers.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
That it would all come together and to not to worry so much.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Rome in October for four nights, staying next to the Trevi Fountain.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Trust your instincts. Do not compromise if it is something you really want; you only get to have the day once. Enjoy every minute.
Steal their style:
Venue: Orton Hall, Peterborough
Photography: Andy and Lewis Fountain, Fountain Photography
Dress: Watters from Blush Ely
Make-up: Kiss and Make Up
Hair: Charlie Darlow
Flowers: Fern and Blooms
Cake: Elegant Rose Studio
Violinist: Nadine Theriault
Décor: Elegant Design