Jade Walkett and Karl Peruzzi tied the knot on a beautiful summer's day
Tell us about the proposal
After ten years together, Karl finally asked me to marry him while we were on holiday. I immediately started planning as soon as we were back home.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We visited Hunters Hall and fell in love. I loved how the venue flowed from room to room, and the grounds were beautiful. The team were a dream to work with considering there was a pandemic going on; they just made everything so easy.
How was your wedding date affected by Covid?
We were so lucky the pandemic did not have a huge impact on our day. I was desperate to have everyone together and that really did make the wedding feel so special. It did impact our planning a little, but we had the best suppliers who adapted so well during such a challenging time.
The highlights of our wedding planning journey have to be attending wedding shows, bridesmaid dress shopping with the girls and shopping for my dress. I initially wanted all of the tulle and sparkles, but then I found the most beautiful Stella York dress; a plain, Mikado ballgown. I found a sparkly belt to add my own little touch to it.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We didn’t have a specific theme; my aim was to have a romantic, summer wedding full of fairy lights and flowers with family being at the heart of it. My mum and I made so many little additions that really made the venue ours for the day. My dad made us a bespoke sweet cart that now sits in our living room with our wedding keepsakes on.
Who did you choose to be your bridesmaids and how did they help with the planning process or support you on the day?
I had four bridesmaids and two flower girls. I knew I was going to ask them all to be part of the bridal part as soon as we got engaged. I had my sister-in-law, my cousin and two of my best friends as well as our two beautiful nieces as our flower girls, who definitely stole the show. They were all so positive and supportive; they were the best support system, particularly because of Covid. Before and during the wedding, they knew what I needed and when I needed it without me having to say a word. I am so grateful for them all.
What did the mother of the bride and mother of the groom wear?
My mum wore a Veni Infantino dress from Nigel Rayment London. We saw it at The National Wedding Show in London and it was half price. My mum has never splurged on a dress, she is a real bargain hunter, so it was lovely that she could have this really special experience. She bought her dress as soon as we had booked the venue, we hadn’t even booked any other suppliers yet.
Karl’s mum did lots and lots of online shopping. She found a beautiful navy blue dress from Debenhams to match Karl.
Where did you find your suits?
This is probably the only part of the wedding Karl had control of. He had been searching for suits for a long time and was considering getting a bespoke one made, as he really wanted a suit he could keep and maybe wear again one day.
He then stumbled across suits by Marc Darcy, which were just the style he wanted and they were also so affordable. He went to Style & Joy Boutique in Fakenham with his mum and sister, and had his own special day searching for what he wanted.
It was really important to us that he enjoyed the build-up too. He chose a navy blue check suit and some incredibly detailed Marc Darcy shoes. He also wore his grandad’s pocket watch; his grandad passed away a few years ago.
What was your most memorable moment?
The morning of the wedding was so chilled and fun. I had gifts for all of the bridal party, including hand-painted floral flutes. With the help of the most talented professionals, the bridal party looked incredible.
The wedding itself was perfect. Walking down the aisle to Karl, in the most beautiful barn under a ceiling of fairy lights, will be something I will never forget.
After the biggest rain shower just before the ceremony, the sun beamed for our reception. Everyone enjoyed food and drinks, and the children played garden games. We had a magician and our guests still talk about him now.
The room for the wedding breakfast looked perfect. We received so many comments on the flowers and all of our little touches. The speeches were very us; lots of laughing with just a few tears. Two years ago, we suggested that our maid of honour did a speech, however we forgot to tell her that until the day. She still smashed it.
We then welcomed more guests, cut our cake – which included a bride and groom figure that four generations of my family have used – and had our first dance to Always Remember Us This Way by Lady Gaga.
Everyone enjoyed dancing, our photobooth and just being together as the evening went on. We had a children’s area and that was a huge hit. I remember never wanting the party to end and had to be dragged to bed by my maid of honour and new husband. It really was the happiest of days.
Did anything go wrong on the day?
Other than the weather, very heavy rain showers in August, no. I did get a little stressed about the weather, but that was the one thing I couldn’t control. My dress did soak up about 50 puddles and was pretty heavy by the end of the night.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We have just booked our dream honeymoon to Dubai and Bali for next summer.
Do you have any other advice for couples in the planning stages?
I wish I’d known about the wedding blues. The day was so magical and I felt so sad it was all over. Make sure you plan lots of fun things to do after the wedding and make sure you have photos on your phone to look at every day.
Steal their style:
Photography: Cara Zagni Photography
Venue: Hunters Hall
Dress: City Brides
Accessories: Magnificence Bridal
Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Rings: Jade - Beaverbrooks, Karl - Dipples
Bridesmaids’ dresses: The Bottom Drawer Bridal
Flower girls’ dresses: JJ’s House
Hair and Make-up: Doll Creative
Grooms suit: Style & Joy Boutique
Stationery & Gifts: Rachael Bull Designs
Flowers: Fabulous Flowers by Helen
Cake: Sassa’s Cakes
Venue dresser: Chair covers - Simply Chic Chair Covers, fairy lights and floral arch - Epic Event Hire
Videography: Browns Films
Entertainment: Edd Crafer Magician
Photobooth & DJ: Epic Event Hire
Garden Games: Lindsey’s Lending Emporium