Jennie and Alan’s gorgeous wedding is so full of colour and sweet personal details, it’ll make you feel instantly sunny! To me, it’s a very modern take on the traditional village hall wedding. I think you’ll love it every bit as much as I do!
The whole wedding day, that is the reception as well as the ceremony, was held at a café/hall called Three Sisters Bake. The venue, sadly, no longer holds weddings, but does do wedding cakes, the bride tells me!
Alan proposed to me while we were on a family holiday in Florida. He got down on one knee in our hotel room, in front of my son, on the first night. I was so surprised – hadn’t expected it at all! He had planned to propose at the Magic Kingdom, but decided that he’d already waited long enough!
We wanted to make the wedding ‘ours’. We had a humanist ceremony, which was amazing as we were able to include loads of personal details. Alan wrote a lot of the ceremony, and it was brilliant! We had a handfasting (where the celebrant binds your hands in a long piece of ribbon) and candle lighting to signify us coming together as a family.
- Around the hall, we had family wedding pictures
- Our place cards were origami hearts from Folksy with guests’ names stamped on them
- Stripy paper straws for the tables
- We hired bunting, fairy lights and ivy from Three Sisters Bake to decorate the hall, along with some storm lanterns for the stairway
- I bought a chalkboard sign, and my mum wrote a timetable of the day on it using different coloured chalk pens – all from eBay.
Our main disaster on the day was that our celebrant accidentally brought the first (very unfinished) draft of the ceremony. At one point, it looked like she was going to have to read it from Alan’s phone! Luckily, the Three Sisters Bake girls are lovely and Alan was able to use their laptop and printer. I knew nothing about this until after the ceremony, happily!
Before the wedding, I managed to have an horrendous allergic reaction to a leg wax – swollen, purple legs are not a good look for a tea-length dress! A couple of trips to the doctor sorted that out. I also managed to trip over my own feet and graze my knee and ankle very badly – I’m quite clumsy!
- I wouldn’t stick strictly to a ‘theme’ – we tried to incorporate all the things we liked and that were important to us
- Everybody says it, but take some time just for your and your husband on the day. Alan and I went to the apartment we were staying in after we’d had our photos taken and had ten minutes to breathe!
- Make the day your own – go for what you love. We weren’t sure if we wanted a photobooth, but I kept thinking they were so much fun… it ended up being a brilliant part of the night and a great memory of the evening. Similarly, I hadn’t been sure about booking a VW Camper, as I’d thought it was maybe a bit over the top, but it made travelling to the wedding so exciting and special – and it looks amazing in photos.
First dance – The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
Down the aisle (entrance) – Cat Power – Sea of Love
Down the aisle (exit) – The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
While we signed our marriage certificate – The Beatles – Two of Us
Other Lovely Memories of the Day
On the morning, my sister gave me a necklace to wear, which was my ‘something borrowed’, and my dad gave me a blue bracelet.
At night time, I changed into my white Converse with gorgeous rainbow laces. I also had a pair of white Hunter wellies, which I panic bought a couple of days before the wedding!
On my bouquet, I had a brooch of my gran’s, who sadly passed away a few years ago.
My son James’s outfit matched Alan’s and best man Stephen’s. He looked very handsome! We bought him some Lego for the morning of the wedding, which he loved. He carried a wooden box down the aisle for us with our initials engraved along with the date of our wedding. James also had a buttonhole to match the bouquets.
The DJs were absolutely fantastic, and they chose some amazing songs. I loved everything they played. They were even obliging enough to play Gangnam Style for the kids.
Photography – Kristin from Struve Photography, assisted by Marc from One Big Picture
Bride – 1950s style tea-length dress from Dragonfly Dress Design. Shoes Irregular Choice. Birdcage veil from Bridal by Teri on Etsy
Groom and best man – suits from Slaters. Teal ties from Debenhams
Bridesmaids – ‘Twist & Wrap’ dresses from BHS
Flower girl – polka dot dress from Debenhams
Flowers: Lavender Blue (bridal bouquet was roses, peonies, waxflower and flox, with ribbon to match the bridesmaid dresses)
Stationery – PolkaDotStationery
DJs – Pin Up Nights