Wedding of the Week: Harriet Dutt and Samuel Johnson
20 Aug 2018
A vintage lace theme with blush pink accents formed the basis of this beautiful wedding in South Yorkshire, which featured unforgettable entertainment including a mind reader
How did you meet?
We actually went to the same nursery as each other, but we met years later when we were at sixth form college.
Tell us about the proposal.
The proposal happened on Christmas Eve at my parents' house. I’m such a home bird, therefore it was the perfect place as we could celebrate with our family soon after it happened. I remember on the day Sam had been behaving strangely, but I still didn’t suspect anything. The ring was a beautiful, solitaire diamond.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Vintage lace with blush pink.
What venue did you choose and why did you choose it?
We loved Ye Olde Bell in Retford and knew the property well. We also wanted a large part of our wedding to be outside and the oak pavilion was really romantic and meant we could have our service outside.
When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress?
I chose a Pronovias gown. It was a lace, strapless, fishtail with sweetheart neckline it was from Silk Bridal in Lichfield. I knew as soon as I tried it on that it was the dress I wanted; I felt amazing and didn’t want to take it off. Although I still went on to try 15 more.
Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?
My chief bridesmaid was my sister, Emilly Dutt, and I had three other bridesmaids who were Hayley, Helen and Laura - my best friends since primary school. They wore blush pink, long, fitted dresses with pooling trains by Dessy which featured a sleeveless design with a sheer lace neckline and open back. As a gift from me, I accessorised the dresses with dainty silver infinity bracelets from Argento.com.
Where did you find your suits?
Sam's navy blue fitted morning suit with a cream pattered waistcoat, blush pink tie and pocket square was from Jeff Banks.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Flowers were traditional, predominantly a mixture of ivory and blush pink roses with eucalyptus and ivy trails. I had a trailing bouquet and was given a bouquet charm on my wedding morning which was beautiful. The buttonholes were ivory roses and the groom wore a blush pink rose.
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 Pimp Your Prosecco station, which featured prosecco, mixers and fresh fruit. It was a great way of welcoming the evening guests and getting people off their seats to mingle. It also gave people courage to get on the dance floor nice and early.
- We had a band – The Warningtones. They were exactly what we wanted; the brief was to keep the dance floor full and that’s exactly what they did... until 3am. They also provided a great DJ set, and sang our first dance. It was one of the best decisions of the entire wedding.
- We had Looch the Mind Reader and Entertainer. He was fantastic at entertaining our guests post speeches and before the evening guests arrived. We got great feedback, and it ensured everyone maintained high energy throughout the whole day. When re-watching our wedding video, there were a lot of amazed faces.
- Our wedding favours were ivory chocolate boxes, tied with blush pink ribbon and featuring hand-written name tags.
- Janette at White Rose Occasions dressed the room. We had skirted ivory covered chairs, lace bows and vintage brooches, ivory lace table runners, vintage candelabra with fairy lights and fresh flowers. We also had vintage ladders decorated with lights, jam jars and flowers; the ladders from Jasmine Tree Gifts.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
It was a complete mix of emotions; my dad was crying just before we set off up the aisle and that set me off, but I composed myself in time. The venue has a really long walk up the aisle, all the way through the garden and down a long path to the top where everyone was waiting. We had A Thousand Years by Boyce Avenue playing all the way up the aisle.
How did you make the ceremony personal to you?
We had readings from Clive Johnson (father of the groom), Duncan and Laura Oliphant (our best friends and a bridesmaid/groomsman). We walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to Love is Easy by McFly and signed the register to L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole.
What was your most memorable moment?
The most memorable moment for me was walking up the aisle and then seeing everyone waiting for me, seeing the bridesmaids arriving, and thinking: “This is really happening”. I was nervous and excited and holding on to my dad’s arm as he walked me up the aisle as tight as he could.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
One of the most challenging aspects was planning the bulk of our wedding to be outdoors and then having to rely heavily on the weather on the day. Luckily, it was a gorgeous sunny day and everything went to plan.
What was the most important investment for you?
We invested quite heavily in drink for the wedding to ensure we offered our guests enough complimentary alcohol, so they didn’t need to spend all that much on the day. As previously mentioned, we had a Pimp your Prosecco station giving out free prosecco for as long as it lasted with varying different liqueurs and garnishes to go in them.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Our band sang our first dance, it was Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out loud. We have been to see Ed Sheeran three times and it was one of the first concerts we went to together.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We had a four tier wedding cake, decorated with fresh flowers and personalised cake topper. What made our cake really special was that it sat on a beautiful, vintage dressing table which really made it a main feature of the room décor. The cake was by Cherry Blossom, the topper was from notonthehighstreet and the Mr & Mrs handmade wooden people were from Lottylollipop.co.uk.
Was there anything you wish you’d known before?
I think just the knowledge that as soon as the day arrives all the stress and planning of the last year or so goes out the window and that regardless of anything, it will be the perfect day.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Aruba for two weeks on our honeymoon. We went exactly a week after we got married. It was nice having time around family and friends immediately after the wedding; we had a garden party the day after with everyone and also had a mini-moon in London that week for a couple of nights before we went to Aruba.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Make more time for just each other. The day goes by in a flash and you need to take two minutes with each other.
Also, don’t fret about the small things such as the décor – you won’t even notice it on the day. I think we panic-bought weeks before the wedding, however we really didn’t need the things we bought. If it wasn’t in your original plan the you don’t need it.
Steal their style:
Venue: Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa, www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk
Photography: Mel Williams of Pure Photography, www.purephotographyuk.co.uk
Videography: Cherish Media, www.cherishmedia.co.uk
Wedding dress: Pronovias from Silk Bridal, Lichfield, www.silkbrides.com
Bridesmaids' dresses: Dessy from Tickled Pink Bridal, Doncaster, www.tickledpinkbridal.co.uk
Groom's suit: Jeff Banks, www.jeffbanksstores.co.uk
Floristry: Jill's Fabulous Flowers, www.jillsfabulousflowers.co.uk
Band: The Warningtones, www.warningtones.co.uk
Venue dressing: White Rose Occasions, www.whiteroseoccasions.co.uk
Ladders: Jasmine Tree Gifts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cake: Cherry Blossom, www.cbcakes.co.uk
Cake topper: notonthehighstreet, www.notonthehighstreet.com
Mr & Mrs handmade wooden people: Lotty Lollipop, www.lottylollipop.co.uk
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