Sometimes, it’s pretty hard to sum up a wedding in a blog title, and this is one of those times. Kate and Warren’s wedding day is a show stopper, that’s a fact. And it ties together perfectly despite having lots of differing elements. Know why? Because every moment and every detail is true to them, and you can tell. This is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t feel you have to have a theme. The theme is just you!
The photos that Rob Grimes sent through to me (after I hinted very heavily that I WANT THIS WEDDING) were alive with pretty colours, and so full of things I love like sugar skulls and candy coloured paper pompoms, a beautiful bride in a beautiful wedding dress that shows her tattoos off to perfection, her punky and nontraditional awesome shoes, and one of the most dapper and stylish grooms to have appeared on here. AND…a carousel!! Weddings like this make my heart sing!! I think you’ll love it.
How They Met
Warren and I met at a bar in Liverpool. We both believe everything happens for a reason, and boy are we glad we made it out that night. Warren was still in the army at the time and wasn’t supposed to be on leave that weekend, it was only at the last minute on the Friday he was told he could go home. And I had had a mad busy week at work and was in no mood for a night out, only going as it was for a friend’s birthday. Nearly ten years later, we’re both still so thankful for that particular weekend leave and birthday night out!!
Warren was a real smoothy with the proposal! After being injured in Afghanistan and spending months undergoing numerous operations, rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions, we decided to treat ourselves to a well-deserved holiday to the Dominican Republic. Little did I know that Warren had already asked my mum for her blessing and bought my fabulous ring!
We arrived at our beautiful hotel late evening, and Warren suggested we should have a little wander around the resort. We followed a pathway next to our room, which led us straight to a stunning beach. After a walk along the shoreline, we’re sitting having a gab on the loungers and Waz told me to shut my eyes. Next thing, he took my hand and just slipped the ring on! I had absolutely no idea! It was an amazing surprise! I just sat crying for five minutes, and he goes, “so that’s a yes, then!” There was only Warren and me around at the time too, so it was awesome!! I knew he was romantic, but come on, I’m one lucky lady!
We both wanted somewhere unique for our special day, and we couldn’t have wished for anything more from Preston Court! We just loved the quirkiness! The gleaming sunshine helped massively too, as we all got to enjoy the beautiful grounds. We both fell in love with the venue instantly and knew it was the place for us! The whole day was pure perfection: our very own fairytale!! We didn’t have a theme as such, but decided early on to go down the rustic, shabby chic route. The venue fitted the bill perfectly, and everything came together so well.
The DIY and the Details
We did a lot of DIY, both out of enjoyment and to make it very personal for us. We did all our own flowers, including the bouquets, boutonnieres, centrepieces, the decorations in both barns, and we collected glass jars and decorated them to match the rustic vibe. And my headpiece was my something old and borrowed from my aunty, using the pearls from my late nana’s pearl necklace and sewing them onto hair slides.
Don’t stress too much about everything, as come the day you won’t have a care in the world – it’s all a blissful blur! Try and have a minute to yourselves away from it all – you’ll appreciate it! The day goes by far too quickly, so just enjoy it.
Advice for married life? Marry your best friend. Laugh together! Say “I love you” every day! Always kiss goodnight! Be caring! Be kind! Have fun! Give compliments, just because! Share your fears, hopes and dreams! Laugh a lot!
First dance – Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, acoustic version played wonderfully by The Modern Way band (a fab surprise as Warren chose this!)
Down the aisle – Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, played perfectly by Abbey Strings Trio (yet another amazing surprise – I had no idea about these lovely ladies!)
Photography – Rob Grimes Photography
Venue – Preston Court
Bride – Dentelle dress by Jenny Packham from The White Closet; Iron Fist shoes
Groom and best man – Next
Maid of honour – from a punk rock/alternative place in Liverpool called Quiggins
Flower girl – BHS
Live music – The Modern Way and Abbey Strings Trio
All the Pictures