For a magically minimalist day in Essex, bride Natasha tells us about her elegant real wedding and how her bridesmaids got everyone dancing…
How did Nicholas propose?
“He constructed a fake trip to Brighton, where we had first met, saying that we were going to be spending the weekend in a caravan. Instead, he took me to Brighton Beach and proposed, before surprising me with a scrapbook of memories and tickets to Amsterdam – so no caravan, after all!”
What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?
“I was very picky with my dress – I had a very good idea of what I wanted. I found my dream dress by Tara Keely at Les Trois Soeurs at Canary Wharf. It had a full-sleeved lace inset with a figure-hugging body and a long train. I customised it so that I was able to pin the train up for some dancing later on during the night!”
And the accessories?
“I decided to go for a minimalistic look, so I didn’t wear many. I didn’t want anything to take away from the glorious dress! I wore a diamond necklace, bought for me by Nick’s mum, and small diamond earrings to finish off the look. I also wore a long veil, which trailed behind with my dress.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“I had four of my very close friends and my sister-in-law as my bridesmaids. They wore long, dark purple dresses from ASOS with low, embellished backs.”
What did Nicholas wear?
“Nick wore a blue-grey Reiss suit with a subtle checked pattern that he picked all by himself – very dashing!”
What was your theme?
“I wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities. We opted for a minimalistic theme, with decorations and flowers that were simple and elegant. We chose to have pretty white peonies on the flower centrepieces and on our bouquets.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“The bridesmaid dance. The girls had put together a dance routine that involved some of my favourite songs and pulled off a great performance! Everybody loved it and it was a fantastic way to start the dancing!”
What’s your saving tip?
“Less is more. It can be quite overwhelming, with endless options and it can seem quite daunting to pick the right thing. Stick to your theme and style. I always go with my gut instinct, which has worked well for me during wedding planning.”
Date: 27th May 2017
Venue: Gosfield Hall, Essex gosfield-hall.co.uk
Photographer: Jasmine Jade Photography jasminejadephotography.co.uk
Natasha’s dress: Tara Keely jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely
Nicholas’ attire: Reiss
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS