We’ve seen a lot of weddings, and this one is up with the best! Bride Nicola tells her story…
How did Josh propose?
“Josh knows that I love Italy and he planned a surprise trip to Venice. Before owning my bridal boutique, I have been an actress for the past 12 years. My icon is Audrey Hepburn and Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany’s is our song. On our second night he asked me to get dressed up and took me to the Teatro La Fenice where he hired out the theatre for an hour and took me up to the Royal Box. There he played Moon River and proposed to me with the most stunning Victorian diamond ring.”
What dress did you wear?
“Well, this part was easy! I picked my dress from my own boutique; George James Bridal. I love a ballgown shape as for me it epitomises the traditional bride, and I’m all about fabric and tailoring. Suzanne Neville gowns have all of this in abundance and so I chose Heather. I was lucky to also have a second dress to dance the night away in – a gorgeous tea-length dress by Justin Alexander.”
And the accessories?
“I teamed my first dress with a classic single tier train-length veil from Nieve Couture and a roman-inspired vintage tiara from Ivory & Co. My evening dress had a stunning belt from Lily Bella sewn on to add a bit of sparkle and I wore some head jewellery with a change of hairdo from Richard Designs.”
What did Josh wear?
“Josh had never been keen on the traditional formal top hat and tails attire although he loves a well cut suit. We both liked the idea of keeping the feel to the day Italian inspired so he opted for a classic, tailored three-piece black dinner suit. All the groomsmen wore the same suits purchased from Claytons Menswear and wore oyster ties and matching pocket squares.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“When we walked into the church, I gave my dad a squeeze and told him I loved him. I looked ahead to Josh and my heart just filled with more joy and excitement with every step I took towards him.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“I had four ‘official’ bridesmaids who were two of my best friends and my two nieces. I also wanted my two sisters to be a special part of the day so they had dresses that were in the colour scheme but slightly different. All the dresses were by Mori Lee.”
What was your theme?
“We both have special places in the world and have travelled together, so with this a slight travel inspired feel tied all the elements of the wedding together. One thing that was the most important was to have special tributes to my nephew who tragically passed away from cancer three years ago. The colour scheme was inspired by him as his favourite colours were orange and green. Considering it was autumn, we used burnt oranges and soft pinks, golds and warm greens. My sister had his pictures printed on the ring pillow as he would have been our pageboy and the songs in the church were some of his favourites. When we arrived at The Italian Villa, there was a special table set up with an arrival cocktail called George’s Marvellous Medicine. There were large balloons surrounding his picture that were released by the family in the evening. On the cake we also had a little lego brick wall tucked away as a tribute to him.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“There are too many! Celebrating my parents’ golden anniversary in the morning and my mum putting me in my dress. My dad seeing me for the first time was so special. However, the highlight has to be saying our vows. Wedding planning is wonderful and we had a glorious day, but what’s important is committing to the person you love.”
Date: 10th September 2016
Venue: Ceremony at The Lady St. Mary Church, Wareham, followed by the reception at The Italian Villa
Photographer: Peppermint Love Photography
Josh’s attire: Claytons Menswear
Bridesmaid dresses: Mori Lee
Accessories: Nieve Couture, Ivory & Co, Lily Bella and Richard Designs