Carrieann Witt and Ricky Powell's summer wedding went without a hitch, providing plenty of laughter and happy tears for all in attendance
Larmer Tree Gardens in Salisbury, Wiltshire was the first venue I found when we initially got engaged but never dreamed we would actually have our wedding there. It's perfect and the team made our plans come to life.
Buying my wedding dress was one of the first ticks off my list. I had a style In mind and I specifically knew the neckline I was searching for. I found Hannah Elizabeth Bridal in Southampton on Instagram, tried on three dresses and found my dress, a design by Hayley Paige, on my first and only visit. Then Shannon Belle, who did my hair and make-up on the day, came up with a lovely soft combination to go with my dress.
We wanted the day to reflect our personalities; Ricky has a calming way about him and I have a crazy way about me. That was the inspiration for our colour theme; calm neutral colours and a crazy flow of other colours. We used the Bazaart app to make collages of everything and it was a perfect way to take that vision to suppliers.
Ricky has bought suits from Debenhams in the past and the service has been incredible. He returned there for his suit by Red Herring and the groomsmen’s grey suits were from Debenhams hire range. Ricky chose to pair them with ties and pocket squares from Ties R Us; they blended everything together so well. The shoes and belts were from River Island and the shirts from Marks & Spencer.
The bridesmaids' dresses
My maid of honour was my sister who is my best friend. My bridesmaids were two of my closest friends; we have been friends since we were 10-years-old. I found the bridesmaids' dresses on Instagram. I knew I didn’t want anything traditional and TH&TH dresses are exactly that. The bespoke cut of the cap sleeve and the gorgeous unique shade of tan were the ultimate bridesmaid goals.
The mother of the bride outfit
My mother actually wore two dresses. The first was a mint fitted gown from JJ's House and the second was a pale grey off-the-shoulder dress from TFNC.
Getting married in June was planned because I wanted to have peonies in my bouquet. Our wonderful florist, Caroline Fleur from Fleur Provocateur, created a heavenly array of flowers. All we did was create a collage and showed her what we wanted... she made our vision come to life.
Our day started emotionally, with all our visions coming to fruition and reading our own vows to each other. We had fun with our family and friends in the gardens. We hired Megan and Lewis called Little Thoughts, a beautiful acoustic duo who played before the wedding breakfast.
Ricky created our table plan from scratch and I loved seeing it. This sat alongside our cake made by the talented Clare from Clare’s CupCakery, who worked with our florist to bring our colour theme together.
We started dancing the night away to Grow Old With You by Ortopilot and it was all videoed by the amazing David and Peter at Flashback Images. Then, as husband and wife, we had a relaxing mini-moon at the gorgeous The Monopoly House, which we found on Airbnb - hosted by the lovely Tessa. A perfect day, we cannot thank everyone enough.
Steal their style:
Photography: Lemonade Pictures (Nicola, assisted by Matt), www.lemonadepictures.co.uk
Venue, menus and orders of service: The Larmer Tree Gardens, www.larmertree.co.uk
Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige from Hannah Elizabeth Bridal, http://hannahelizabethbridal.com/
Accessories: Joyce Jackson 'Phoenix' Veil and bespoke hair pins from Hannah Elizabeth Bridal
Jewellery: Square studs from Kate Spade, www.katespade.co.uk
Shoes: Pink velvet block heels from Mango, www.shop.mango.com/gb/women
Wedding rings: Ernest Jones, www.ernestjones.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: TH&TH (bespoke alara cap in tan) www.thandth.com
Hair & make-up: Shannon Belle, www.shannonbelle.com
Groom’s outfit: Red Herring from Debenhams, www.debenhams.com/men/suits-tailoring/red-herring#filter
Invitations: From a family friend
Reserved seat signs: Graceful Lace Stationery, www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GracefulLaceInvites
Floristry: Caroline Fleur at Fleur Provocateur, www.fleurprovocateur.co.uk
Cake: Clare at Clares CupCakery, https://en-gb.facebook.com/ClaresCupCakery
Catering: Forking Out, www.forkingout4food.com
Videography: Flashback Images, www.flashbackimages.co.uk
Entertainment: Little Thoughts from Bands For Hire, www.bandsforhire.net
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