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Breakfast at Tiffany’s… married in Norfolk

14 Jul 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany’s… married in Norfolk

After a perfect proposal on Salthouse beach with a Tiffany’s engagement ring, Jo and Ady Leake were delighted when their wedding day proved just as flawless.

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Jo and Ady met in 2003 through their work at the Office of Government Commerce, but weren’t exactly forthcoming about their feelings. “We bickered a lot,” remembers Jo. “Which was obviously because we secretly liked each other.”

Their amorous intentions were revealed a year later when Jo plucked up the courage to invite Ady to the cinema – they quickly became inseparable. In 2006 they went on holiday to America where Jo pointed out her dream engagement ring at a Tiffany’s jewellers in Chicago. At the end of their tour of the Sates they stopped at the famous Tiffany’s in New York and bought it “just in case”.

Ady held onto the ring for a year before popping the question on their favourite beach in Salthouse. “It was a windswept November day, raining and freezing cold, but he got down on one knee in the wet and proposed,” says Jo. “I had to say yes very loudly because it was so windy, and then we celebrated by getting fish and chips.”

Jo started looking for her dress about three months before the wedding and fell in love at first sight.

“I went to Dreams in Sprowston (01603 411418; www.dreamsbridalwear.co.uk) and it was the first one I tried on,” she said. “I wanted something a bit different and I loved the unusual platinum colour; I thought it looked a bit Marie Antoinette!”

The dress had a full skirt with sparkly lace details, and Dreams were also able to find her a matching fascinator and ordered a veil in the exact same shade to match her dress. Jo’s Carvela shoes were a bargain from Kurt Geiger in the House of Fraser sale. “They are seven inches high and were reduced from £200 to £85. I really need an excuse to wear them again,” she says.

Walking down the aisle was a favourite moment. “Initially I wasn’t that interested in having a church wedding,” said Jo. “But when I walked in with my dad and heard everyone saying: ‘ooh look, it’s the bride’, I have to say it felt very cool!”

After spending weeks researching reception entertainment, Jo and Ady chose London band Jamie and the First Class, and consider them a real highlight of the day. “I loved the band; they got everyone on the dance floor – I would definitely recommend live music to any couple,” says Jo.

The pair was also delighted with their pictures, which featured largely reportage-style shots and “seemed to capture everything from the day”.

Ady’s speech was one of Jo’s favourite moments, as her new husband had given all the reception tables a copy of a picture she’d drawn at primary school about what her little self had thought a wedding would look like.

She was also deeply touched by a special delivery he sent round to their house in the morning. “He gave his ushers special instructions to give me a box and a scroll that he’d tied with a ribbon,” she recalls. “Inside the box was a bracelet that he’d chosen to match our wedding colours, and on the scroll he’d written that he’d booked a surprise honeymoon for us to the Lake District and Scotland.”

The holiday would prove particularly memorable as the newly-married couple returned home to discover Jo was carrying a honeymoon baby!

When asked what tips she would give other brides-to-be, Jo says: “Remember that this is your one big day so get involved in everything and smile. Throw yourself into enjoying the whole day as you don’t want to regret not doing anything.” The couple also suggest getting friends involved in the organising as they can be great for coming up with ideas.

They also recommend circulating a guest book at the reception. “Once people have had a few drinks you get some very funny comments…”

Photography by Dottie Creations, 01945 773 368, www.dottiecreations.com

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