Wedding of the Week: Chris and Stacey Day

13 Dec 2016

If you're thinking of a rustic floral theme, this wedding offers all the inspiration... and eight wedding cakes

How did you meet?

Chris and I met through my dad as they work on the same farm. It took a year of chatting before we went on our first date.

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Tell us about the proposal.

We went to Cromer on our second anniversary of being together. I had no idea that Chris was going to propose to me. We walked along the seafront and Chris just asked me if I wanted to be his wife that was when he got the ring out. I was too excited to answer him at first.

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

We had a country rustic floral theme. With Chris working on a farm and me being a florist, we wanted to combine our professions. The main colour scheme was light grey and plum. We did bring in more colours with the flowers.

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

I tried on five dresses in total. I fell in love with it straight away and didn’t want to take it off after trying it on.

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Where did you find your suits?

The suits were hired and came from Debenhams.

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

My bouquet was made by Michelle from Elizabeths the Florists, it had pale pinks, ivory and blues and it included wheat and lavender. The bridesmaids had hand-tied bouquets of wheat. We wanted to include both of our jobs in our floral arrangements, so we collected about 200 glass jars all different sizes for our table centres to contain flowers, wheat and vegetables.

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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 had a lot of help from family and friends with the build-up to the wedding day. Chris’s sister made us 50 metres of bunting that went right the way round the barn for our reception. Our table favours were little bottles of cloudy lemonade for the gents and pink lemonade for the ladies. We also had a team putting dried petals into confetti cones. We can’t thank our family and friends enough for everything they did for us in those few days.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I couldn’t stop smiling as I was so excited. But I also couldn’t believe I was getting married. It’s a very surreal moment.

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What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moments are me walking down the aisle and Chris just staring at me with a huge grin on his face and our sparkler send off.

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

It definitely had to be getting our orders of service printed. It was about three weeks before the day when we got them ordered.

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What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?

I think it was the honeymoon; we wanted somewhere that we could relax after a busy wedding.

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

Our first dance was to John Legend – All of Me, because Chris always said it reminded him of me every time he heard it.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

We picked a naked cake. A good friend from my work made it for us. In total, there were eight cakes and each had three tiers. They were covered in strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and flowers. 

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

I’d change the time we got married. We got married at 1:30pm, but I would have like to bring it forward to 12 noon to make the day last a little longer.

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

I wish I had known how quickly the day goes so I could try and make it last just a little longer.

Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Riviera Maya in Mexico. It was beautiful with white sandy beaches and clear blue sea.

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

Don’t panic! The day will be perfect for you.

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Steal their style:

Wedding dress:  Peony Bridal Studio
Reception: Back to the Garden, www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk/
Make-up: Serenity Hair and Beauty, Horsford 
Flowers: Elizabethes the Florists, www.elizabeths.co.uk
Hair: Friend of the family
Photography: Claire's Photography
Suits: Debenhams, www.debenhams.com/
Rings: H. Samuel, www.hsamuel.co.uk

To see more Norfolk weddings, pick up your copy of the latest edition of Norfolk & Suffolk Bride magazine.

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