Wedding of the Week: Stephanie and Robert Helmore

27 Oct 2016

Dartington Hall in Devon hosted this blush pink wedding, which was packed with entertainment and featured a DIY photobooth

How did you meet?

Through a mutual friend.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Rob proposed at Bovey Castle on our four-year anniversary. It was really lovely as both parents knew Rob was going to propose and they came to Bovey Castle for a meal to celebrate our news.

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

We had a rustic/vintage themed wedding with blush pink being our colour scheme.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?

If I am honest, I found this the hardest part of the wedding preparation. I knew from the beginning the type of dress I wanted however I went in many dress shops but didn’t feel comfortable in the dresses I tried on. The last shop I went into was Angel Face in Newton Abbot. I just knew when I stepped foot in the shop that I would be able to find my dream dress. The amazing Justine Thomas made me my bespoke gown. My dream dress became real. Justine is an extremely caring, hardworking and talented lady. I gained a friend from the whole experience.

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Where did you find the suits?

Rob knew he wanted a navy tailed suit. We went to Jonathan Hawkes in Exeter and hired Peter Posh suits.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

To save some money, we hired artificial vintage themed flowers from Torbay Display. They provided us with vases for the tables, top table arrangements and pedestals with fairy lights included. The lovely team at Les Fleurs in Paignton arranged the bridal party’s bouquets and buttonholes for all the immediate family and grandparents.

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

We were very lucky that my father and uncle made us a photobooth for the day. We hired a candy cart and all the added extras like candles, finger print guest book decorations and extras we made ourselves.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Overwhelmed, but also excited to see all our family and friends. It was really special walking down the aisle with my dad. We both are very lucky to have such wonderful and supportive parents.

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What was your most memorable moment?

Rob: The live band and the silent disco in the Great Hall.

Steph: My sister and dad prepared a video of when we were children. This was very memorable and emotional for me to watch on our wedding day on the big screen in the Great Hall.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Everything went to plan as we tried to be as organised as possible. But if I had to say, the biggest challenge was finding the bridesmaid dresses and arranging my own dress.

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What was the most important investment for you?

The music; we were very fortunate to have a string quartet for the ceremony(Sorriel Strings), pianist (Hannah Williams), DJ and silent disco (Discomania), and band (Harbour).

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?

Gabrille Aplin, a live cover of Coldplay's Yellow. Beautiful lyrics.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We had a very simple laced vintage rose themed cake that matched our colour scheme from the wonderful Daisy Cakes in Torquay. They also provided us with some delicious cupcakes also that were served with afternoon tea and coffee.

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

We felt our day was simply perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We stayed in my parents' apartment in Fuerteventura for a week after the wedding. It was amazing.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

We would recommend having a wedding email address and booking as many things in advance. The wedding venue is key to book and all else will fall into place.

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Steal their style:
Photography: Katy Jones, www.katyjonesphotos.co.uk
Venue and accommodation: Dartington Hall, www.dartington.org/our-venue/weddings/
Videography: Sally Johns, www.sjvideography.co.uk
Flowers: Torbay Display and Les Fleurs, www.lesfleursflorist.co.uk
Cake/Cupcakes: Daisy Cakes, www.daisycakes.me.uk
Candy cart: Simply Celebrate Event and Party Hire, www.simplycelebrate.co.uk
Chair covers and table runs: Simply Perfect South West, www.simplyperfectsw.co.uk
Bride's dress: Angel Face Newton Abbot, made by Justine Thomas, www.angelfacebride.uk
Suits: Jonathan Hawkes Exeter, www.jonathanhawkes.co.uk
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos, www.asos.com
String quartet: Sorrelli Strings, www.sorellistrings.com
Pianist: Hannah Willaims, www.hannahwilliamspianist.com
Band: Harbour, www.facebook.com/harbouruk
DJ/Silent disco: Discomania, www.silentdiscomaniauk.com
Bride's make-up: Carla Brooks Halo Hair and Beauty, Torquay, www.halo-torquay.co.uk
Bridal party make-up: Stacey Reed and Emma Payne (Younique makeup products)
Bride's hair: Kelsey Flynn, friend
Bridal party hair: Laura Barrron Mobile Hairdressing

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