Elegant Grey and Pink Lancashire Wedding by the Sea: Jennifer and Cihan Oktem
22 Sep 2015
Childhood sweethearts Jennifer and Cihan shared their wedding day in Morecambe, Lancashire, with a vintage theme to match their seaside setting.
Photography: Tobiah Tayo
Bay views, fish and chips and a vintage double-decker bus were among the quirky touches Jennifer and Cihan opted for on their big day. Here, they share the ins and outs of their wedding with Bride and describe their day filled with retro appeal.
Tell us about the proposal.
We were childhood sweethearts and together for 12 years before Cihan proposed while we were visiting family in New Zealand, and it was lovely to spend the rest of our holiday discussing our wedding and what sort of day we wanted to have. The Midland was the first and only venue we looked at once we got back home. The theme and feel of the day evolved from there.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We planned a cocktail reception at the venue with the theme of Something Old, New Bor-rowed and Blue, where all four drinks were from a place or time that was special to both of us. The room where our afternoon tea reception was served is very much a blank canvas, with nothing but the beautiful views of the bay as a backdrop. We styled it with greys and blush pinks, to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and bouquets.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
Choosing a dress was the most difficult part of the wedding build-up for me, and in the end I ended up at Suzanne Neville with the bodice of one dress and the skirt of another. It was totally different to everything else I had tried on, but when my mum got me into the dress on the morning of the wedding it felt completely perfect.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
After the service we walked with our guests through the village to our fish and chip shop, and everyone enjoyed mini cones before getting on a vintage bus back to The Midland. The floral centrepieces looked beautiful with all of the vintage china I had been busy collecting for months before, and mini homemade jams doubled up as escort cards and favours. At each place setting was a doily with the guest's name written in beautiful calligraphy. Seeing your ideas come together on the day is an incredible feeling, topped only by Cihan's speech which had most of the room in tears or with ‘something in their eye’.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Arriving at Holy Trinity Church in Bolton-Le-Sands with my dad, hearing the gospel choir and knowing there would soon be a room full of eyes on me was my only real moment of nerves.
What was your most memorable moment?
We cut into a huge croquembouche tower instead of a traditional wedding cake, and I honestly can't remember either of us leaving the dancefloor all night. If I could relive just one moment, it would be our first dance. Those few minutes together as husband and wife, after so many months of hard work and planning are truly special.
What was the most important investment for you?
If you can find room in your budget for a videographer, don't hesitate. Being able to bring the day back to life, and relive all of your precious memories is worth every penny.
Steal their Style:
Photography: Tobiah Tayo, Manchester, www.tobiahtayo.com
Venue: The Midland, englishlakes.co.uk
Dress: Suzanne Neville, www.suzanneneville.com
Hair and Make-Up: Michelle Sisson, www.michellesisson.com
Wedding rings: Bride – Harrington & Hallworth, www.harringtonhallworth.co.uk;
Groom – Mark Worthington, www.markworthingtonjewellers.co.uk
Croquembouche: Rainbow Sugarcraft, www.rainbowsugarcraft.co.uk
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jennifer Pritchard-Couchman, www.jenniferpritchardbridal.co.uk
Flowers: Flower Design, www.flowerdesign.co.uk
Stationery: Emma-Jo, www.emma-jo.co.uk
Calligraphy: Claire Gould, www.calligraphy-for-weddings.com
Videographer: Reel Weddings, www.reel-weddings.com
Entertainment: Simon Reece, www.simonreece.com
Choir: Manchester Sing Out Choir, www.gospelchoir4weddings.co.uk
Band: Freak Out!, www.freakoutdiscoband.co.uk.
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