Wedding of the Week: Kay and Simon Cross

05 Sep 2016

Guests enjoyed the fun of the fair at this colourful wedding in Thursford, Norfolk 

How did you meet?

My cousin worked with Simon and set us up on a date. I had never met him before apart from a sneak peek on Facebook, so you could call it a blind date. 

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Tell us about the proposal.

We were in London for my birthday and he surprised me by organising a group of close friends to join us for the weekend. I was blindfolded and taken to the Ice Bar in London, a place that I really wanted to visit. We were all chatting and I went off to get another drink with a friend and when I came back he was on bended knee with a ring box open. He said he had a question to ask me. I instantly knew what was happening. I burst into tears as I was so happy. Simon saw I was crying, got nervous and just said, “Well… will you then?" and as they say, the rest is history!

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What was the theme of your day and did you have a colour scheme?

Our theme was vintage English country fete/fair and our colours were dusky pink and sage green. 

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How did you know when you'd found 'the dress'?

I knew I had found the one when I cried and felt like a princess. I was so surprised at myself, as it was the first dress I tried on and the style that I thought I didn't want. 

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Where did you find the suits?

The suits were from Pure Brides in Norwich.

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Tell us about your flower arrangements.

I wanted to keep our flowers classic but with a hedgerow feel to them. Many roses and gypsophila were used, as they are my favourites. My close friend, Yasmin Reeve, did our flower arrangements. We had an arrangement for the top table, three bridesmaid bouquets and a flower girl posey. She also made my centrepieces for the bird cages we had around the venue. 

I chose to have my bouquet made by Melancholy Magpie couture bridal accessories, who specialise in artificial and crystal bouquets and accessories. I found them on Facebook. 

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Tell us about the details of your day.

There was a lot of attention to detail for our wedding. All our bunting was handmade by a family member, along with all the personalised jam jars that were dotted around the tables.

My husband loves superheroes and Lego, so the groom’s party all had socks, cufflinks and a buttonhole to match their chosen superhero. Lego superhero figures were attached to the rose stems of their buttonholes and just looked amazing. All our guests were given a lego mini figure as a wedding favour to make at the table.

We made personalised milk bottles to serve our welcome drinks in so the guests could take them home too.  

We love a funfair, so one of the reasons for choosing the venue was to hire the carousel which the guests thoroughly enjoyed.

I love to travel so we had a postcard guest book. Our guests each wrote us a postcard and popped it in the letter box we had.  Our table plan was also a map of the world and each table was a country we have been to, or would like to go to. 

Our name places were pegs that were attached to the wine stems of the glasses, a fun but different idea that was easy to do ourselves.

To keep with the theme we had outdoor games and I even created a 'hook a duck' from a large tin bath. 

In the evening we had a vintage ice cream van which our guests loved, alongside an Italian wood fire pizza van.

The one thing Simon asked for was a helicopter transfer from the church to the venue, which we did; we managed to do a loop of Thursford on our way there and wave to our guests. 

I also walked to my own wedding from where I was staying which was pretty fab. 

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was nervous and it felt like it was a bit of a dream, I remember having a wobble when trying not to cry. When I started to walk, I had a major adrenaline rush and felt like I just wanted to run to Simon. 

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What was your most memorable moment?

There are so many! Just the feeling of pure happiness, my face hurt from smiling so much. If I had to pick, it would be just that moment you get to escape with your partner and say, "We did it". I have never felt so more in love than I did at that moment. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this email?

I would say it was making sure I kept up with all the emails and invoices as there were so many. I would also say I didn't realise how stressful the tiny things are that you have to do last minute, like the table plan and the decorations. 

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What was the most important investment?

Most important was the food, the evening entertainment and especially the photographer.  

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What song did you choose for your first dance?

Charlie Puth – 'One Call Away'. We chose this as the words mean a lot to us. We both lead very busy lives and sometimes we are like ships in the night, but we know that each of us is just one call away. It also has a Superman reference which links with the superhero obsession. Well… Simon is my Superman! 

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Tell us about your cake.

Our cake was a beautiful Croquembouche. A tower of profiteroles that were filled with milk, white and dark chocolate ganache as well as raspberry, chocolate orange and hazelnut. This was decorated with chocolate and flowers.

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

I wouldn't change anything about the wedding apart from having more time as it went by so fast. It didn't help that I was 20 minutes late to the church, so I wish I had had more time with my dad on our own. I wish I would have taken into consideration how late people reply to evening invitations and not to stress about it. 

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We had a mini moon to Disneyland Paris, where we had our first holiday as a couple. We are off to Dubai and the Maldives in March 2017.

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What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding?

The best advice I can give is make it fun and work together as a couple; give yourself plenty of time and create your wedding together, not on your own. 

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Steal their style:

Venue: Thursford Garden Pavilion, www.thursfordgardenpavilion.co.uk
Photography: Daniel Lightning, http://lighteningphotography.co.uk/weddings/ 
Hair: Unique Diss, www.facebook.com/uniquediss
Wedding Breakfast: Back to Your Place, www.backtoyourplace.co.uk
Pizza Van: Bordoli’s Wood Fired Kitchen, www.facebook.com/Bordolis-Wood-Fired-Kitchen
Ice-Cream Van: Bills Ices Ice cream Van, www.billsices.co.uk
Flowers: Yazmin Reeve, our close friend who does it as a hobby 
Helicopter and Car: Saxon Air, www.saxonair.com
Entertainment: Joe Ringer Band (JRB), www.thejrb.co.uk
Bouquet: Melancholy Magpie, www.melancholymagpie.com

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