Wedding of the Week: Emma Colby and Jason Grant
23 Apr 2018
A vintage and rustic theme combined with a blush pink and dove grey colour scheme offered a beautiful starting point for Emma Colby and Jason Grant's special day
How did you meet?
Jason and I went out together at school for around one year, then both went our separate ways for around seven years and we have now been back together for six years this August. Childhood sweethearts.
Tell us about the proposal.
Jason proposed in London; we were there to celebrate the New Year. We were about to leave our hotel to make our way to a masquerade ball near the Thames. Jason ordered champagne to the room and after it arrived he got down on one knee and popped the question with such a beautiful, unique engagement ring. It really made the New Year extra special and made memories I'll never forget.
Did you have a theme for the day?
The theme of our wedding was a little vintage and rustic. Our main colours were grey and pink with lace and pearls for detail.
Tell us about the venue. Why did you choose it?
We chose a country retreat at Whitby as it is so beautiful with stone buildings and fabulous gardens. Jason and I just couldn't resist Raithwaite Estate and were also able to have our dog at the wedding.
How did you know you'd found the dress?
I knew I had found the dress as it was the only dress my mum got emotional about. To be honest, I lost count on how many dresses I tried on and in total, I went to seven different bridal shops. The designer of my dress was Morilee and it was from It's Bliss in Doncaster.
What did your bridesmaids wear?
My bridesmaids wore long fishtail grey Jarlo dresses with a low back and little lace cap sleeves.
What did the groomsmen wear?
All the men in the wedding party wore different shades of grey suits with matching crisp white shirts and pocket hankies, buttonholes and pink ties.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
The flowers consisted of white hydrangeas, gypsophila, pink roses, silver leaf and eucalyptus hand-tied with lace and pearls.
Tell us about the details of the day.
- The girls got ready in the lake house and the groomsmen got ready in two cottages.
- We got married at 1pm in the gardens of Raithwaite Estate under a gazebo. Followed by reception drinks and nibbles on the terrace with a violinist playing while we had photos taken in the gardens.
- The wedding breakfast was at 3.30pm in the Raithwaite suite starting with speeches. Our table decorations were wood slices with random teapots, cups, saucers and candles filled with fresh flowers and pearls.
- The favours were hessian bags filled for ladies with a bottle of rose Bottega prosecco, Whitby stick of rock and a little plaque. For the men, it was the same hessian bags containing mini Jack Daniels, a bottle of Coca Cola, Whitby stick of rock and a key bottle opener.
- Our wedding breakfast consisted of a pea and potato soup, roast beef dinner with the trimmings and sticky toffee pudding to finish then coffee and cake pops.
- After the wedding breakfast while the hotel staff changed the room around we were taken to the beach for photos. Following with the evening party we a had a brilliant DJ, light-up dancefloor, personalised photo booth, sweety table, fish and chips for all our guests and a glass of prosecco, followed by fireworks to music.
- First dance and cutting of the cake was at 8.30pm.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I felt nervous but super excited at the same time. Seeing Jason's face when he saw me for the first time was so emotional but magical. I will never forget it.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
Our ceremony was personal to us as all our music had no singing, just piano and cello tracks. As our wedding was not a big wedding it felt more intimate throughout the ceremony. The weather was beautiful, we were so lucky that the sun was shining on us that day. The gazebo was decorated with fresh flowers and we had fresh rose petals for confetti.
What was your most memorable moment?
To be honest it was such a memorable day and each part of the day has special parts that stand out for us for different reasons. We had the time of our lives.
What was the biggest challenge of organising this wedding?
Trying to keep everyone happy.
What was your most important investment?
I think our most important investment was the venue... we just fell in love with it.
What song did you choose for your first dance?
Our wedding dance comprised a mixture of tracks; we started with Perfect by Ed Sheeran as it reminds us of ourselves, followed by One Dance by Drake, then All About The Bass for a bit of fun, finished with the ending of Perfect by Ed Sheeran. We did have it choreographed and a few lifts were thrown in for fun.
What did you choose for your evening entertainment?
We had a DJ for all of the night do, plus fireworks at 10pm.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Jason's aunty, Sue, made our wedding cake as a gift. The bottom tier was fruit cake with ivory icing and hydrangea petals scattered. The middle tier was sponge cake with plain grey icing decorated with pearls. The top tier was a sponge cake with plain pink icing with fresh hydrangea flowers on the top in white/ivory.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
For our honeymoon, we went on a Caribbean cruise for two weeks but we didn't go straight away, we had two weeks after the wedding to prepare for the holiday.
What advice would you give to brides who are currently planning their wedding?
I would say to other brides do what makes you happy; it's both of your special day to remember forever.
Steal their style:
Venue: Raithwaite Estate, Whitby
Photography: Georgina Harrison
Wedding dress: It's Bliss , Doncaster
Floristry: Little Yellow House Flower Shop, Scunthorpe
Hair: The Hair Lounge
Photo booth, welcome signs & itinerary sign: Wood 'n' Things
Disco: Disco Dan Mobile Services
Fireworks: Fuse Fireworks
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