A champagne colour scheme, seven tier cake and stunning outfits for the entire wedding party made this big day in Dorset a memorable occasion
How did you meet?
We met at college (Brockenhurst college in the New Forest) when we were both 16.
Tell us about the proposal.
Maxwell (William's preferred name - his middle name) took me back to the New Forest – to the hotel and restaurant, The Pig, on the 11th October 2015 for cocktails, dinner, champagne and a walk around the grounds. On a lovely stroll, Max got down on one knee and proposed to me in the middle of the forest with no-one there just me, Max and a cow.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
We wanted something which would be elegant and sleek which is what we prefer as a couple but we’re not too fussy. Our colour scheme was champagne; we fell in love with this scheme as we felt it was stylish and sophisticated. We added in bits of colour with the men’s suits and flowers.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I went to 10 different shops before I would even try a single dress on, as I wanted to find the perfect place where I’d feel comfortable and at ease. As soon as I visited Oxana at Minster Designs in Wimborne, Dorset, I knew it was the only place for me.
Oxana was extremely helpful and booked an appointment for me when the shop was closed for a one-on-one service. I took my mum and all 10 of my flower girls and bridesmaids. It was amazing to have the shop to ourselves and it was a lovely, memorable evening – it felt so special. I loved the whole experience, from the moment I walked in until the moment I walked down the aisle. Oxana was truly fantastic.
Where did you find your suits?
Minster Designs matched all our outfits for the whole wedding party of 26, including: flower girls, page boys, bridesmaids, ushers, best man, and both sets of parents (as well as the bride and groom, of course). Minster Designs were on hand throughout to guide us and make sure everyone looked stunning.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
We used Carnival Flowers in Dorset, who were amazing. Their attention to detail was superb; they left no stone unturned and our arrangements were beautiful.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
I loved every part of the day; it was perfect. We had Jäegerbombs as our favours and a single rose on each napkin. The venue looked beautiful with all our flowers and decorations. We had a photobooth customised to our champagne theme and matching props which reflected our personalities. We had a choreographed first dance which was the most nerve-racking part of my time, but was so amazing to have done and achieved it.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I felt so overwhelmed; I was so, so happy and excited. I didn’t even have time for my own thoughts. I was so in the moment.
What was your most memorable moment?
Walking down the aisle to Maxwell and seeing him. The sun beaming through the window on us, plus seeing all our family and friends surrounding us – it really was magical.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The amount of people and table plans; making sure that we were diplomatic in choosing the right tables for the right people.
What was the most important investment for you?
Everything. We worked so hard to ensure that all aspects were perfect….
- The venue was at the top – we wanted to have a venue that meant something to us and we would have cherished memories there forever, so that's why we chose Rhinefield House in Brockenhurst.
- The food was extremely important to Maxwell so we had a very large choice menu on the day to ensure all our guests were happy.
- The outfits and ensuring that all the bridal party were immaculately dressed and that every little detail was perfect, down to the smallest accessories.
- Ensuring that our florist worked closely with the bridal shop so that all arrangements matched and tied in beautifully for our perfect day.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran. It’s one of our favourite songs; we love dancing to it and decided to do our own choreographed dance as a surprise.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We had a seven tier wedding cake (each a different flavour). It was very elegant and simple but had our flowers on it to tie in with the venue, decorations and bridal attire. From every angle of the room on the day, it stood out and looked amazing.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
To go in slow-motion; it was our perfect day but it went so fast. I would love to relive the confetti moment where we walked through all our family and friends after we walked out after just getting married... it was the happiest feeling.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
That a professional wedding planner could of done everything for us.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Sri Lanka – we went on an adventure to see the elephants, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. Max had told me we were going to the Caribbean for our honeymoon until we got to the airport and he surprised me with a mini adventure to Sri Lanka.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Don’t make the mistake that we did of thinking we were really organised at the beginning. We got too relaxed then got a bit behind at the end, which caused a couple of headaches…
Get the look:
Outfits: Minster Designs, www.minsterdesigns.com
Photography: Lawes Photography, www.lawesphotography.co.uk
Florist: Carnival Flowers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saxophonist: Claire Manners, www.livesax.co.uk
Venue: Rhinefield House, www.handpickedhotels.co.uk
Make-up: Michaela Chalk, www.michaelachalk.com
Hairdressers: Vicky Gale Hairdressing, www.facebook.com/vicky.gale.56
Stationery: Beverly at Bee Mine Wedding Stationery, www-bee-mine-wedding-stationery.co.uk
Videography: Wedding Highlight Videos, www.weddinghighlightvideos.co.uk
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