David Keel and Nicole Hornett
Where: The Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne, Cambridgeshire
Photography: Photography Rox
We knew that we wanted to hold our wedding and reception all in one place. When we went to look at The Cambridge Belfry, we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it.
I tried on so many different dresses in so many different shops. I knew that I wanted something that I haven’t seen before and something that my friends and family wouldn’t necessarily expect me to wear. Eventually I found my dress at Cambridge Bridal Studios, it was everything that I wanted.
We were lucky enough to have several family members and friends that have been able to help us out with different aspects of the wedding.
My nan made our wedding cake, David’s uncle Andrew and cousin Emma run a photography company so they did our photos for us, my younger sister has trained as a make-up artist so she did my make-up and one of my friends is a hairdresser so she did my hair along with the three bridesmaid’s hair. A massive thank you to each one of these people.
On the morning of the wedding I had expected to feel nervous, but I was unusually calm and relaxed, all of our preparations were calm and we all just enjoyed the morning without rushing around.
Walking down the aisle was an amazing experience, to finally see everybody and of course David - I just wanted to get to the end of the aisle to see him. I walked down the aisle to ‘Bella’s Lullaby’ from the film Twilight, then we walked out to ‘Best Day Ever’, from Spongebob Square Pants
The colour and theme for the day was aqua/teal blue and ivory, and the main flowers were orchids. The flower girls were in ivory dresses with teal sashes and the bridesmaids were all in teal dresses.
When we walked into the reception room it was amazing to see all of our hard work had come together and looked incredible. The staff at the hotel couldn’t do enough for us and it really made the day run smoothly.
The sun was shining through the whole time that we had our photos taken and I even got sunburnt from standing out in the sun. The photos are amazing and a fantastic reminder of our incredible day.
The décor for the wedding breakfast was black table cloths and chair covers with teal sashes, top table swagging and table runners. For our centre pieces we wanted something that our guests could interact with, so the idea was mentioned to put a game in the fish bowls that sat on mirror plates in the centre of the tables. The game that we decided on was hook a duck, we had mini glow in the dark white ducks with hooks on them, floating on blue water, and rods to ‘hook’ the duck. Also at night time the ducks then glowed which looked great.
Our favours doubled up as name places for our guests, each person had a personalised glass with their name on it. Ladies had wine glasses, men had pint glasses and children had tumblers. Inside the glasses were popping candy, gummy snakes, gummy spiders and gummy lizards (as we are keen reptile keepers).
Our cake was made by my nan and was a four tier cake with each tier a different flavour, we had pistachio and chocolate, coffee, lemon and vanilla and vanilla and raspberry
Most people dread the speeches and I was no different but they were all fantastic, especially the best man’s. He engaged everybody and moved me to tears.
Our evening entertainment consisted of, The Edge disco, unlimited blue candy floss and a close up magician. We decided on the candy floss as a lot of people now have chocolate fountains and we both love candy floss and of course it had to be blue to fit into the colour scheme.
Our first dance was to Christina Perri and Steve Kazee’s ‘A Thousand Years’. I then danced with my dad to Steve Kirwan’s ‘My Little Girl’ which was followed by a lot more dancing through the night
WHO DID WHAT
Photography: Photography Rox, www.photographyrox.co.uk
Venue: The Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne, 01954 714600, www.qhotels.co.uk
Dress: Cambridge Bridal Studio, Willingham, 01223 430043, www.cambridgebridalstudio.co.uk
Accessories: Crystal Pig Accessories, www.crystalpigaccessories.co.uk
Grooms outfit: Westbrook Formal Hire, 01480 462194, www.westbrookformalhire.com,
Stationery: The Best Invitation, ebay shop
Flowers: made myself
Catering: The Cambridge Belfry
Venue Dresser: GDC wedding and Events, 07852 314426
Entertainment: Robert Gough, close up magician, 01223 264658, www.ihatemagic.co.uk, The Candy Event Company, Candy floss,07925 530742, www.thecandyeventcompany.com; disco, The Edge Entertainment Company, 0800 781 3343