Wedding of the Week: Aimee Heron and Anthony Jones
04 Oct 2016
With a summer's sky to match the colour theme, this Devon wedding was a delight for all in attendance
How did you meet?
We met online, on a dating website.
Tell us about the proposal.
Anthony took me to Zizzi’s to celebrate our first year's anniversary and pushed a ring box across the table towards me, just as the waitress decided to clear our table.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Our theme for the day was a country afternoon tea and our colour scheme was sky blue.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I knew I had found my dress as soon as I saw it on the hanger. My mum and I had visited nearly all of the dress shops in Exeter and I hadn’t found anything that had really stood out. We went up to visit my gran in Sussex one weekend and popped into Storrington, the local town, to pick up some things and saw a dress shop, Eva Rose Bridal. We decided to have a look, not expecting to find anything and there it was, I went back that day to try it on.
Where did you find your suits?
We found Anthony’s and the groomsmen’s suits in the Matalan clearance in Exeter. We weren’t intending to buy them there, but Anthony insisted they were the ones he wanted.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
All of my floral arrangements were homegrown and arranged by my mum and her amazing team of helpers. My bouquet was made up of cream gerberas and roses, plus some little blue flowers and lots of gypsophila. My bridesmaids had just gypsophila and my church and table decorations were made up of a mixture of cream and blue garden flowers.
Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.
Our wedding was very much a DIY wedding. We tried to make as much as possible, all the way down to the cake stands. We did all of the catering, flowers, decorations, stationery, favours and lots of other little aspects.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
I felt nervous as I was waiting outside the church, but as soon as I saw Anthony I was absolutely fine... just very happy.
What was your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was walking in to the church to see Anthony waiting there. I had had a a few hiccups getting to the church, My step-dad, Mark, had organised a steam car to take me to the church but unfortunately it broke down on the way there, leaving me, my maid of honour and my dad having to walk the last few 100 meters.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
The most challenging aspect I found was being aware of family politics and the needs of certain members of the family. My mum and dad are divorced and this meant trying to organise three different independent sets of families. For this reason we decided not to have a top table and have round tables, we also made sure there was a member of the bridal party on each table to take responsibility for that table. We also have two family members with dementia and had to make sure they were placed on tables with enough support and familiarity.
What was the most important investment for you?
The most important investment for us was ensuring that our friends and family had a great time. We booked a hog roast for the evening, then an amazing jazz band for the dancing.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Our first dance was to The Way You Look Tonight by Fred Astaire.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Our wedding cake was a four tier cake, two tiers of fruit cake and two tiers of vanilla sponge. It was gluten and lactose free, and was delicious. It was made by Toni Smart from Cakes by Toni.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
Nothing, I wouldn’t want to change any aspect of our day; it was absolutely perfect. It just raced by so quickly.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I wish I had known how stressed my mum was going to be, so I could have organised her some additional support. She wanted to make sure everything was perfect for me and that meant making sure everything was done herself. She was amazing and I couldn’t have done any of it without her.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Venice for five days. It was amazing and I would definitely recommend it. It is the most romantic place on earth.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Plan for the unexpected, but if things do go wrong just forget about it and move on. All that matters are the two of you.
Steal their style:
Photography: Sarah Bradley Photography, www.sarahbradleyphotography.co.uk
Guest Frame, table numbers and decorations: Heartfelt Gifts, www.heartfeltgift.co.uk
Marquee and furniture: BBD Marquees, www.bbdmarquees.co.uk
Refrigerator hire: Arctic Cool Hire, www.arctic-cool-hire.co.uk
Jazz band: Anthony Powell of Ace Music, www.ace-music.co.uk
Hog roast: Simply Spit Roast, www.simplyspitroasts.co.uk
Wedding dress: Eva Rose Bridal, www.evarosebridal.co.uk
Wedding cake: Cakes by Toni
Ferrari: The Windsor Carriage Company, www.thewindsorcarriagecompany.co.uk
Hay bales: www.colehay.co.uk
Hair: Rebecca Richards
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