Wedding of the Week: Lucy Wilson and Jamie Yates

12 Sep 2016

A pastel colour palette and vintage theme came together to create this elegantly executed country wedding in Devon

How did you meet?

In our local nightclub.


Tell us about the proposal.

On holiday in St Ives, relaxing on the beach, our five-week old was asleep and our little girl was playing in the sand. Jamie turned to me with the ring ready and asked me to marry him, I said yes and our little girl Jasmine threw sand over us! Jamie had bought the ring while I was pregnant, but wanted to wait until we were all together as a family.



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

Elegant country/vintage. Blush pinks, pastel greens and white lace. A relaxed summer afternoon feel.



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

I have imagined my dress since my teens: floaty, open back and pretty lace. I searched online alot, but everything I liked costed £3,000 ­to £5,000, my budget was £1,000. I decided I would design the dress myself and found a lovely bespoke dress making in Nottingham and we went from there. I have never tried on any other wedding dress and I prefered to be oblivious to anything else, therefore I could not compare my design to another. I had a lovely local seamstress do all of my measurements and alterations. I wanted the dress to be made by someone who loved creating dresses. I also used her to create our flower girl dress for my daughter, from my own design and to use the same fabrics as my dress so we matched.



Where did you find your suits?

Ted Baker via Moss Bros; blue suits and waitcoats with white shirts and ivory ties and hankies.


Tell us about your floral arrangements.

I ordered my flowers through a local wholesaler and created all seven centrepieces, four bridesmaids bouquets and my own bouquets. My sister helped me with the buttonholes. They are from ideas I had seen on Pinterest and I chose flowers I knew would be easy to work with. I really enjoyed this part, even through it took a whole day.


Tell us about the details of the day.

Details included my own design for my wedding dress and flower girl dress, creating all the floral decorations and I even drew our fingerprint tree, as it seemed very doable and far cheaper than a kit. I used recycled card, white lace and butterfly buttons to create the place cards. We wanted our pageboys (our son and nephew) and ring bearer (older nephew), to match the men in their suits,so they wore blue shorts and dicky bows, white shirts and grey braces, while our ring bearer had a waistcoat.



How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I cried alot at the start, as I had never seen my father in a suit. I was very nervous and excited, but also laughing alot as my father has one leg so we were trying not to trip each other up.



What was your most memorable moment?

My lovely sister and our best friend as usher falling over during a piggy back race.


What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Juggling it around our two and three-yearolds and my own photography business. I worked on the wedding every evening and nap time possible.



What was the most important investment for you?

Our photographer, venue and band. These all helped to create the fun relaxed feeling, while our photographer captured the memories beautifully for us to look back on.


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

Ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud. It is a beautiful song we both like and we knew our band would play it well.


Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was a naked cake, decorated with berries and gypsophila. I wanted a rustic look, but still very tasty.


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

Nothing, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. Sun all day, everyone happy and laughing and we partied until we were the last ones standing.



Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

Not really. As a wedding photographer I had heard many stories and been part of so many days, I knew how much work would be involved.


Where did you go on honeymoon?

Sardinia for 10 nights with our children in a lovely villa just by the sea. We are heading to Port de Pollenca in Spain for a mini moon – just us two  in October.



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

Make sure you plan the day so you both enjoy it, not to please others.


Get their look:

Venue: The Fox and Hounds Country Hotel,
Photography: Fiona Walsh,
Band: The Stereo Jacks,
Flowers: Peamore Flora,

To see more Devon weddings, pick up a copy of South West Bride magazine or read it online.

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