With lots of laughs and love a-plenty, we love this stunning springtime wedding in the country. Real Bride Gini tells all about her beautiful big day…
What was your wedding date, venue and photographer?
We got married on April 14th 2017 at the stunning Birtsmorton Court, in Worcestershire. It has a moat and everything!
We were lucky enough to have Winston Sanders as our photographer. I’ve known Winston for a long time, and he was actually the photographer at my friend’s wedding in Sydney, where I was a bridesmaid. After seeing those wedding photos, we just knew his style was exactly what we were looking for.
He took the most fantastic naturalistic photographs, which captured the day beautifully. The guests loved him, and he put everyone at ease… which also meant we were able to get the formal group shots done in good time, so we didn’t have to miss out on too much of the drink reception (HUGE bonus!).
How did he propose?
Andy proposed in Australia… and it was a complete surprise. We’d spent the day driving around the West Coast near Margaret River, and we found this beautiful little secluded cove by Cape Natuarliste. Andy told me to sit on one of the rocks at the sea’s edge, and look out to the horizon so he could get a nice photo… which I did. I felt like he was taking a long time, so when I turned back around to ask if he’d taken the photo yet, he was down on one knee. It took me a couple of moments to figure out what was going on! My first thought was “why is he suddenly so short?”.
What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?
I wore a beautiful 1950s style tea-length dress by Justin Alexander, which was oyster in colour with an intricate ivory lace overlay. I bought it from London Bride, who were incredibly helpful every step of the way. Particularly as between choosing my dress and eventually wearing it, I had a baby… so they had to make a few alterations!
What accessories did you wear and where were they from?
I had a vintage lace veil with embroidered edges that matched the lace on my dress (also from London Bride). My shoes were Pink Fiesta by Paradox and were very sparkly and incredibly comfy (although not as comfy as my New Look ballet pumps, which I changed into for dancing)! I also wore drop pearl earrings, from Blue Nile (a present from my mother-in-law) and carried an embroidered blue handkerchief from my mother as my ‘something blue’.
What did the groom wear?
Andy wore a navy suit from Racing Green, a purple tie and matching socks! (Hmmmm… this section seems much shorter than mine…). His trousers didn’t make it to the end of the night in once piece, as he literally burned a hole in them doing a knee slide on the dance floor.
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
I was so nervous in the lead up to the ceremony, I was terrified of being the centre of attention and falling over or something. But as I rounded the corner of the aisle (and saw him for the first time that day) that fear just melted away. I felt totally overcome with emotion (much more so than I expected) and every time I looked at him, I started to well up. I had to keep looking at the floor to keep my composure, just so I could make it down the aisle! But when I got to him, it was all very relaxed, with lots of laughter and smiles.
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
I had two maids of honour and three bridesmaids. They were all my closest friends… and it was a privilege to share our day with them. I was particularly honoured that Jenna and Fi flew all the way from California and Sydney to be part of our wedding party. (And Jenna’s wedding speech/bride-roasting was an absolute highlight of the day!)
They all wore the same multiway dress from Monsoon in a silvery purple colour; but as they could style the dresses themselves… they all looked individual. I really like multiway dresses for that reason!
What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?
We didn’t really have a theme… just that we wanted the day to be quite relaxed, and full of humour and laughter. I think we achieved that quite early on in the ceremony. I know it’s a bit unorthodox for the bride to do a reading at her own wedding, but when I came across the poem “Yes I’ll Marry You” by Pam Ayers… I just couldn’t resist!! We had A LOT of laughter from that point onwards.
Our first dance was also in line with this theme, as we chose Deeply Dippy by Right Said Fred. And the subsequent dance off (complete with bridesmaids breakdancing) certainly kept the joy and laughter going!
What was the highlight of your day?
It’s difficult to pick a single highlight as the whole day was amazing. And while the speeches and dancing were pretty special, probably the best thing about the day was being able to share it with our (then) six-month-old daughter. We found out I was pregnant a day or two after we put down the deposit for the wedding venue. It was a bit of a surprise, as we were actually in between IVF cycles at the time… and to cap things off, she was due the same week as the wedding… eek!! Instead of moving the wedding to an earlier date, we decided to push it back by 6 months, so we could have her there with us… and I’m so pleased she was! She made the day all the more special!
What was your best buy?
Our favourite buy was probably our favours. We decided to do something meaningful for this, so we donated money to Cancer Research on behalf of our guests, and each guest received a silver pin badge from the charity (and a note telling them what we had done).
What’s your saving tip?
Don’t rule our high-street shops! We were originally going to buy our multiway bridesmaids dresses from a dedicated bridal shop… until I accidentally stumbled across an almost identical dress in Monsoon for about 1/3 of the price! The groomsmen’s ties were also from M&S, rather than a more traditional suit shop (which also saved us money).
Date: April 14th 2017
Venue: Birtsmorton Court, in Worcestershire birtsmortoncourt.com
Photographer: Winston Sanders winstonsanders.co.uk
Gini’s dress: Justin Alexander justinalexander.com
Shoes: Paradox pinkparadoxshoes.com
Andy’s outfit: Racing Green
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Monsoon