Simple yet elegant, and locally sourced, bride Emma tells us about her Autumnal real wedding (with a funky casino added into the mix…)
How did Joe propose?
“Joe took me to my favourite place, Rutland Water, on our eighth anniversary. He got down on one knee in front of the beautiful Normanton Church, said my full name and popped the question!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore a Maggie Sottero dress called Paulina. I bought it from Wedding Belles at Laura’s, a local shop in Llanidloes, mid-Wales. I went in with an idea of what I wanted, but after trying on over 20 dresses, I picked something totally different! Sam and Amanda recommended I try the Maggie Sottero and as soon as I tried it on I was blown away – it was a perfect fit.”
And the accessories?
“I had a gorgeous, simple jewelled belt sewn onto my dress (also purchased from Wedding Belles at Laura’s). I saw it during their fantastic yearly Maggie Sottero event and knew it was the elegant detail I wanted. I also purchased a lace-detailed veil by Richard Designs.”
What did the groom wear?
“Joe wore a lovely three-piece suit from Next. He chose a light grey suit with brown Oxford brogue shoes, and a sage green tie.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My best friend Natalie, my cousin Ellie, and four of my very dear friends – Tyanna, Emma, Kimberly and Sophie. We discussed dresses and colours, and one day Emma found a beautiful dress from Debenhams’ Little Mistress range that matched the colour and theme. They were something of a bargain, too!”
What was your theme?
“Timeless and classic with a bit of old Hollywood glamour. We went for less is more; all details from flowers to favours were elegant yet simple. I bought chalkboard signs and one of my bridesmaids, Kim, designed little signs to add a personal touch. Nearly everything at our wedding came from local sources, which really meant a lot to me. Finally, in the evening we hired Casinut, a casino company. The guests loved it! The staff were brilliant and so much fun. Joe and I were so pleased with how it all came together.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“Our ceremony was short and sweet, and I know this might sound a bit corny, but taking my vows in front of our family and friends was my favourite part. It was a very special moment and one I will cherish forever.”
Date: 2nd October 2017
Venue: Rowton Castle, Shropshire rowtoncastle.com
Photographer: Leri Lane Photography lerilanephotography.co.uk
Emma’s dress: Maggie Sottero maggiesottero.com
Joe’s attire: Next
Bridesmaid dresses: Little Mistress little-mistress.com
Accessories: Richard Designs richard-designs.com