A winter wonderland wedding in Dorset: Anastasia and Richard Day

12 May 2016

A white wedding was most certainly on the cards for Anastasia and Richard Day who enjoyed a snow machine at The Italian Villa in Poole, Dorset

How did you meet?

We met at work. We are both managers for Tesco and I went to spend one week in his store over the Christmas period.


Tell us about the proposal.

We went to London shopping for the day. We had planned to go on the London Eye and Richard proposed right at the top!


What was the theme of the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

We wanted a winter wedding. The colour scheme was navy and silver. Bridesmaids wore navy and my dress was quite sparkly like snowflakes.


For the bride, when did you know that you had found 'the dress'?

I decided on the third dress I found. I was never certain which style I wanted, but knew which style I didn't want. I knew as soon as I tried on the dress that it was perfect. I didn't want to let it go, so I said 'yes' to the dress!


For the groom, where did you find your suit?

Richard loved the range of styles that Next had to offer. He had worn similar suits for weddings in the past, and partially liked the waistcoats.



Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We loved gypsophila for the bouquets. As the bride, my bouquet included some roses to go with the gypsophila. For the ceremony, we had balls of gypsophila hanging off the chairs, and wreaths for the centrepieces. For the centrepieces, the wreaths were wrapped around goldfish bowels which held pillar candles. I was keen to have lots of candles in the room so it would be all lit up by the time the speeches were on.


Tell us about the details of the day.

The favours were our table place card holders, as they were shimmering snowflake baubles which I thought the guests could keep as their Christmas decorations and remind them of the day. We had a local photo booth which was so much fun. We were able to tailor the background to suit our colour theme, and it was a classy edition to the evening entertainment.

We announced our second pregnancy in the groom's speech and made a Scrabble frame with the scan picture for the guests to see.

We made a 'posh' pick'n'mix which included Ferrero Rocher, Lindt balls, and After Eights, which our guests seem to loved especially as it was around Christmas. We had lots of little decorations around the room, mostly ones with candles and small lights; this was because it was dark outside by late afternoon so it completely lit up the room. Our table plan was on a lit up wooden tree which added to the wintery effect.

We had a snow machine for after the ceremony which The Italian Villa supplied. This was lots of fun and looks great in the pictures.


How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Before the wedding, I had great fears that I would be crying lots as I walked down the aisle, probably because I tend to get emotional at weddings. Although I wanted to show my emotions, I didn't want to ruin the amazing work by the make-up artist. I surprised myself by not crying at all! I think when there are so many pairs of eyes on you I felt like all I could do was smile. It all happened very quickly, but I was so happy living in the moment.


What was the most memorable moment?

The speeches. With Richard announcing that we were expecting our second child, and seeing everyone's faces was amazing. We were there, sharing amazing news with the people we love the most; I had everything I needed and was certainly feeling the love.


What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

There were no obvious challenges presented when planning the wedding. The staff at The Italian Villa were absolutely amazing. I am a very organised person, and they were just so professional, friendly and they really looked at everything with attention to detail.

If anything was a challenge, it was probably the table planning. Trying to sit everyone where they would feel comfortable; we decided on having different sized tables and it worked really well.


What was the most important investment for you?

We had a winter package with The Italian Villa; food was important, but we had been to several weddings with Beales Gourmet catering, and the food is simply divine, so we knew we were in for a treat.

The honeymoon was also very important to us. We went to the Dominican Republic which was our first time away without our son. We paid for the honeymoon suite and a few other little luxuries. This was important to us because we knew it would be our last holiday for a while.


What song did you choose for your first dance?

We chose The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris. We have always loved that song, and we didn't want anything too slow moving, so went for a more upbeat song.


Tell us about your wedding cake.

I know a lady who makes fabulous wedding cakes. We had a traditional three tier cake: vanilla, chocolate, and lemon were the flavours. Each tier was encased in lace with amazing handcrafted flowers made from sugar paste, which looked incredible. The attention to detail was absolutely amazing, and the cake was delicious.


If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

We wouldn't change anything!


Do you have advice for couples in the planning stages?

Not to get too stressed about things you can't control. They really are insignificant when it comes to the day. Have fun with it, when you are planning each part; if you find something you love, don't let it go. Make sure you find exactly what you are looking for, and don't accept anything less.


Where did you go on honeymoon?

Dominican Republic - Punta Cana.


Steal their style:

Hair: Laura Mackenzie, www.lauramackenzie.co.uk
Make-Up: Michaela Chalk
Photography: BH13 Photography, www.bh13photography.co.uk
Catering: Beales Gourmet, www.bealesgourmet.com
Venue: The Italian Villa, www.the-Italian-villa.co.uk
Photo booth: Bournemouth Photobooth, www.photoboothbournemouth.co.uk
Cake: Diane Catmull
Flowers: Simply Flower, www.simplyflower.co.uk
Shoes: Lipsy,  www.lipsy.co.uk
Dress: Courtyard Bridal, www.courtyardbridal.co.uk
Engagement ring: Goldsmiths, www.goldsmiths.co.uk
Wedding rings: Earnest Jones, www.earnestjones.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids, www.twobirdsbridesmaid.co.uk
Men's suits: Next, www.next.co.uk

For more real weddings in Dorset, get your copy of Bride Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire or read it online.

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