Wedding of the Week: Alix Howard and Joshua Middleton

11 Sep 2017

This village hall wedding in Swanton Morley featured bright and bold details as part of the couple's eclectic theme

How did you meet?

For the love of cars, on a car park meet.


Tell us about the proposal.

We went away for our year anniversary and josh proposed over dinner.


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

Orange and blue/navy was colour theme; mainly orange, and an eclectic theme. 


What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?

We didn't want to spend a fortune and someone suggested the village hall in the village as it's an unusual shape and was recently refurbished.



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

I had an appointment booked for a Saturday in Norwich when someone suggested a boutique in Fakenham, not far from where we live. I have Thursdays off in the week so tried my luck and popped in; I tried on about nine dresses and fell in love with one - funnily enough, it was the very first one I put on.


What did the bridesmaids wear?

Biba at House of Fraser navy blue floor-length dresses.


Where did you find your suits?

Pure Bridal in Norwich. 


Tell us about your floral arrangements.

We had a florist who had done the flowers for weddings in my family so it was a no brainier to use her (Louise). I wanted orange flowers especially so they would stand out against the blue bridesmaids' dresses.


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 selfie mirror which people loved.
  • We had flip-flops for those whose party feet were sore and tired and this came into the holiday theme.
  • As part of our eclectic theme, our favours came all the way from Ibiza: bottle openers for the men, and miniature fans for the women which were a godsend as it was a hot day.
  • We decorated the hall ourselves with the help of hiring in a lady for chair covers and the drapes from the ceiling.
  • Josh's mum made our sunset holiday cake which was us all over.
  • My mum, Sandra, was almost like our wedding planner, making the day look perfect. She was brilliant and picked up so many bits and bobs like fairy lights, signs, flip-flops, bunting, etc.


How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

Nervous, emotional, sweaty, excited.


What was your most memorable moment?

Waiting to see if Josh was looking as I walked down the aisle; he said he wouldn't, but he was. And when we were trying to be late for the church as I wanted to be five minutes late, but our driver, Helen, said that the car wouldn't go any slower. 


What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

The table plan. 


What was the most important investment for you? 

The food, drink and dress.


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

Big Mountain - Baby I Love Your Way. We love a bit of country/reggae and the words were nice. We would have had a dance/house anthem but thought a slower song would be better. 


Tell us about your wedding cake.

Four tiers: two fruit, one chocolate and one sponge. It was a sunset/holiday theme, all handmade by Sue, Josh's mum.



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

To slow down time. I wouldn't change anything; I just want to relive it all again. I had the best day.


Did anything go wrong on the day?

Not that I was aware of.


Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went on a mini-moon to Rhodes, Greece. We're planning America for our proper honeymoon.


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

Don't get stressed. I didn't. Just be organised and no matter how hard you try not to, you will always upset someone and without even realising you have. 


Get the look:

Catering: Swanton Morley Butchers
Selfie mirror: Celebration Cars
Photography: SKE's Photography
Flowers: Louise Buckles Wedding Couture
Hair: Inspire Unisex Hair Design, Beetley 

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