Sian Lovett and Connor Shepheard planned their wedding in less than a year, inviting 60 to the daytime celebrations and a further 60 to the evening party
How did you meet?
A dating app. We had spoken for a while. Connor was the only person I met because he was the only person I was interested in meeting up with. We went shopping in Worcester and for an Italian lunch, where I ordered the biggest pizza.
Tell us about the proposal.
For our fifth anniversary of dating, we went to Chase Distillery in Preston and then stayed at Adam Lodge at Lakes Edge in Leominster where Connor proposed.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Grey, green and ivory. We used white wood, mirror, glass and foliage to achieve the look, which was very stripped back and classic.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
Bordesley Park in Alvechurch. There are so many nice little touches around the venue. The venue also allowed us to have everyone in one place and it has a stunning bridal prep room. An elegant yet fun venue.
How many dresses did you try on before finding the one?
I tried on about 20 dresses in different styles, but around eight in the style I loved.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
The older bridesmaids were my sister, Rebecca (maid of honour), and my best friend, Lauren. They wore WED2B dresses. The younger bridesmaids were Connor's sister, Poppy, and my niece, Frankie, who wore custom-made Leila Rae dresses.
What did the mother of the bride wear?
A lace two-piece which complemented the colour scheme.
Where did you find your suits?
Dapper Dan in Wolverhampton.
What did you choose for your floral arrangements?
Eucalyptus, roses, phlox, trachelium and gypsophila.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
- Our favours were donations to St Richard's Hospice
- I created our place names, which were all individually printed
- I also made the order of the day pallet and seating plan
- We made the hoop decorations, which were created with florist ribbon, artificial ivy vines and roses and personalised signs
- Little individual signs as invitations were made by my friend, Rachel Williams
- Table centrepieces were photos of each city break we had visited together, paired with hired additions from The Wedding House Droitwich.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Very nervous, as it was such an intimate room and I could feel all the eyes looking at me, However, I had my mum by my side and Connor waiting for me, which got me through.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We chose personal songs to walk down the aisle and walk out to.
What was your most memorable moment?
Seeing all my friends and family cheering us on when pronounced husband and wife and throwing my arm up in the air while hand in hand, ready to celebrate!
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The guest list. We have so many close and amazing people in our lives and we wanted everyone there for the whole day.
What was the most important investment for you?
Food. As it was a cooler time of year (October) and a later ceremony, we wanted true hearty food for our guests. We selected posh pie and had so many compliments.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Lifehouse - You and Me. We feel this really represented us on that day being surrounded by so many people. We didn't care what time it was and it felt like it was just us.
Did you have any evening entertainment?
Disco and photobooth
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We had a number of different tiers and flavours. The cake featured a hexagonal base and a lace tier, marble tier and glitter top tier.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
Maybe the time of year as we didn’t get the full potential of the venue, but I get really bad hayfever so earlier in the year was too much of a risk.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Bath straight after the wedding for a few days, then to Prague the following week. We have plans to have our main honeymoon this year.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Do not stress. Everything works out and everything you believe will break you does not matter on the day. You cannot control the weather, so there's no point in worrying over it.
Steal their style:
Venue: Bordesley Park
Photography: Tammie Louise Photography
Bridal veil: Iris Anne Bridal Accessories
DJ: Jam productions
Cake: Cake Ice
Catering: Rustic Roast Kitchen
Photobooth: Glam in the Mirror (Magic Mirror)
Videography: Flash Photography