Real bride Nicola shows us how to create a perfect rustic winter wedding style…
How did James propose?
“It was coming up to our two-year anniversary so James had booked a table to take me out for dinner. Before we left he gave me a gift, which was a memory book filled with photos and tickets, documenting all of the amazing adventures we’ve been on together. As I turned to the last page, it said ‘what’s next?’ James then got down on one knee and proposed!”
What dress did you wear?
“My wedding dress was Avalia from Temperley London. It was a two-piece woven satin gown with a detachable skirt and a crystal detail at the front.”
And the accessories?
“For my jewellery I wore a pair of vintage sapphire and diamond earrings and a necklace to match. Both were gifts from an antique shop.”
What did James wear?
“A forest green three-piece suit from Next and a floral tie.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“Excited! All my nerves vanished and I wanted to race down the aisle to be by his side.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My sister was my maid of honour and wore a dress from ASOS. My three nieces were my bridesmaids and their dresses were from Debenhams with cardigans from Gap.”
What was your theme?
“We opted for a rustic winter country theme. My flowers were a beautiful mix of caramel coloured roses, succulents, berries and thistles, hand-tied with hessian. I wanted the church to ooze love and romance so we opted for candles rather than flowers. It was full of candle light, from lanterns to jam jars filled with tea lights. I also wanted our cake to be a little bit different, so we opted for a half-naked cake with lemon, white chocolate and raspberry, and vanilla tiers.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“Standing next to the most amazing man I have ever met, saying our vows and promising to love each other for the rest of our lives.”
What was your best buy?
“Our photographer! Hayley Pettit was extremely reasonably priced and captured our day so beautifully.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Create bits yourselves – it makes the wedding more personal. You don’t have to be the most creative person to pull it off.”
Date: 28th February 2015
Church: St Laurence, Winslow
Reception: The Long Dog, Waddesdon
Photographer: Hayley Pettit Photography
Nicola’s dress: Temperley London
James’ attire: Next
Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS, Debenhams and Gap
Jewellery: Mixed vintage jewellery