A sensational and truly traditional fairytale wedding in Dorset with accents of pinks and navy hues. Real bride Zoe tells us her big-day story…
How did Jamie propose?
“Jamie proposed next to the bench we were sat on along the River Thames in Richmond. Amber, an old friend, had introduced us one summer’s evening and we immediately hit it off. Approximately eight years later, we found ourselves back there with Jamie on one knee!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wanted a figure-hugging mermaid style and spent six months searching for the perfect one. I was convinced it was the right style for me. I found myself in Supernova in Windsor being coerced into a strapless dress by Justin Alexander (I usually hate strapless) and I fell in love! I ordered it on the spot.”
And the accessories?
“I was fortunate enough to be given £300 worth of accessories from Supernova after ordering my dress with them, so I ordered my tiara and veil from them, too.”
What did Jamie wear?
“The groom wore a traditional morning suit in navy with a plain ivory waistcoat and matching ivory cravat. Initially he didn’t want to wear a morning suit because it was too traditional, but once he had his tailcoat on, he knew it was perfect for our day. The suits were hired from Robert Tracey tailors in Staines.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“I had played out this scenario for months and months in my head, wondering if I’d cry or not. The whole experience was so surreal, and no matter how much you mentally rehearse it, you’ll never prepare yourself for the immense emotion that hits you when you see your husband-to-be waiting for you. I wish I could do it again!”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I had three bridesmaids – Jamie’s sister, Ellie, my best friend from school, Raychelle, and Amber, who introduced Jamie and I, and is one of my best friends! I chose Kelsey Rose bridesmaid dresses, in a beautiful Antique Rose colour that perfectly matched our theme. The dresses were bought from Maids’ Wardrobe in Twickenham.”
What was your theme?
“We had stylist Jenna Hewitt help with our styling and setting up on the day, which completely took the stress off us. Our theme was a fairytale romantic garden wedding. Our colour scheme was white, navy and shades of pink.“
What’s your saving tip?
“Be honest and realistic with your budget and stick to it because it’s so easy to get carried away. Also, think if you want to get married in peak summer – prices can increase dramatically! We were melting in the heat and would probably rethink the time of year if we could go back and do it again.”
Date: 18th June 2017
Venue: Parley Manor, Christchurch, Dorset parleymanorweddings.co.uk
Photographer: Liza Edgington, lizaedgington.co.uk
Zoe’s dress: Justin Alexander justinalexander.com
Jamie’s attire: Hired from Robert Tracey
Bridesmaid dresses: Kelsey Rose kelseyrose.co.uk