A Bright, Beautiful Orange & Pink Easter Wedding: Lucy & Carl
28 May 2015
Bright, bold and beautiful could have been the theme for this Dorset Easter wedding
Wedding preparations are a famously challenging time, for many, with family tensions, budgeting stress and a plethora of decisions to be made. In a bid to inspire brides to be bold, we talked to Lucy and Carl, who were married at The Italian Villa in in Poole on 18th April 2014, in a beautiful riot of colour that might not have been, had they listened to the quibbles of others.
Photography by Nick Rutter Photography
“Lots of people questioned the choice of colours in the run up to the wedding,” says Lucy of the bold choice. But sticking with their instincts, Lucy and Carl shirked criticism to have the bright and beautiful wedding of their dreams.
And in the process, inspiring other brides and grooms-to-be to go for gold, and make their wedding day everything they want it to be. “On the day the sun was out and the colours looked great!” exclaims Lucy, happily. We take a closer look at their big day.
How did you meet Carl?
We met at a local boxing gym at the start of 2005 I was already a member. Carl was at the leisure centre and saw the class was on and thought he would come and see what it was all about! He came back the following week to train and we got to know each other that way! He says I didn’t notice him for a few weeks... but I did!
Tell us about the proposal.
The proposal was amazing. I had a few days annual leave to use up before the march, and so booked us a few days break in Rome. Without me knowing Carl had planted the seed and was planning to use the trip to propose! On our first day there I thought I had been pick-pocketed and lost my phone and it made us both really nervous- Carl more so as he was carrying around a diamond ring. When we got back to the B&B, The Rose in Rome, my phone was safe and sound where I left it and I was relieved. But Carl had started acting really oddly. After being together for 8 years I could tell something wasn’t right and so after all my questioning, he couldn’t wait for dinner so proposed to me in the bedroom. It was such a surprise but the ring was beautiful and I obviously said yes! The ring is a rectangle single phoenix cut diamond on a platinum band. He hadn’t told anyone he was proposing and spent weeks going back and forth to the jewellery quarter in Birmingham trying to choose my ring.
Tell us about this controverial colour scheme of pink and orange - were there any other themes?
We actually got married on Easter Friday, so there was a loose theme around Easter, or chocolate Easter eggs! All the guests had Cadburys mini eggs as their favours. The colour scheme was to be bright, as we both love colour. It was orange and pink, with a hint of silver glittery sparkle. Lots of people questioned the choice of colours in the run up to the wedding but on the day the sun was out and the colours looked great.
What was your most memorable moment?
For me it was walking down the aisle. I walked alone, and when my bridesmaids left me I suddenly got seriously struck by nerves! But when I started my walk, it was such a strange feeling knowing every face looking back at me of family and close friends. I wasn’t expecting it but it was so nice. And then of course to see Carl standing at the end of the aisle waiting there was just where I needed to head to!
Where did you find inspiration for your decorations, and what did you decide on?
Obviously like any bride to be I was addicted to pinterest for a year! But sometimes their styled tables are hard to translate into a real wedding. I love doing the décor myself and have since set up my own business doing it! So for me I tried to keep things simple partly because I knew the colours were quite strong. I also tried to stay sensible with the budget and used spring time flowers, so our centre pieces were just tulips in a tall vase, simple but it was really effective. The tulips were all flowering at the time in the gardens of the Italian Villa too so it all tied in nicely.
What was the most important investment for you – food, drink, the dress, the honeymoon?
First of all, it was definitely the venue. I happened to Google ‘Dorset wedding venues’ the first night I got engaged in Rome, as I was too excited to sleep. The Italian Villa popped up and I thought it was a sign as we were in Italy! When I saw the photos I woke Carl up to show him as it just looked stunning. We saw a few venues just to be sure, but the attention to detail was so obvious at The Italian Villa and we knew the condition of the venue would be as good in 12 months’ time as it was on the day we saw it.
We also invested in our photographer, Nick, as capturing the day well was so important to us, and it paid off as we have some really amazing photos. But about a month before our wedding a friend of ours said she regretted not being able to see everything that went on from the groom’s point of view and the guests. So we broke our budget and hired a videographer. But it was totally worth it, it still makes me cry and it really shows what the day was like.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
We would definitely have our ceremony earlier than 2.30pm so that we would get more time to enjoy the wedding and seeing guests, it just all goes so fast!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to a small boutique hotel in Antigua, it was beautiful, and loved every minute!
Do you have any advice for brides and grooms-to-be?
I would say work out your priorities and allocate your budget appropriately to the areas that are most important for you. For us we decided the venue and photographer were the key things that we wanted to invest in. Things like a cake or transport came less down our list of priorities, but I know for some people it’s different. And I think you really need to feel comfortable with the suppliers you choose to be involved in your special day too.
Tell us about your accessories.
I wore a head piece on a comb that had Swarvoski crystals and pearls on it which matched my dress. It wasn’t over the top but it still gave me something special. I wore a single drop pearl necklace and pearl earrings, which I borrowed from my mother in law. The veil had swarvoski crystals and pearls scattered on it. And my shoes! Well, I got them in Debenhams in the sale for under £10 and they matched the colour of my wedding brilliantly! I loved them and get to wear them out now.
Steal their Style:
Photography: Nick Rutter Photography
Venue: The Italian Villa, Poole
Bride’s Dress: Sincerity Bridal, bought from Pascali Bridal in Parkstone
Groom’s Suit: Well Groomed in Parkstone, Dorset
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: We found it hard to match the colour for the bridesmaids so I had them draw up what they thought would suit them all and feel happy in and then we got a local dressmaker to make them for us, Dreena Hooper in Southampton.
Catering: Beales Gourmet, The Italian Villa
Flowers: Mel at The Flower Smith
String Trio during the ceremony
Hair and Makeup: Maxine at Cotswold Brides
Cake: Chef, Usher Elvin