Real bride Natalie tells us what went into planning her Autumn wedding, from her theme to the accessories
How did Nick propose?
“Nick proposed on my 30th birthday in Paris. I was in the shower (mid-sulk – I thought he’d not brought my birthday present on the trip!) when Nick threw the shower curtain back and was on one knee in the hotel room bathroom! He proposed there and then so that he wouldn’t worry about it all day. Later, we went up the Eiffel Tower and, strangely, ended up filming someone else’s proposal!”
What dress did you wear?
“I wore an Anna Sorrano dress. I went in last-minute with my mum, sister and baby nephew – Bronte was the second dress I tried on and I loved it immediately. I was able to buy the dress in my own size with just a few alterations that I arranged with a local dressmaker nearer to the date.”
And the accessories?
“I wore a veil and hairpiece that had sparkle leaf patterns to match our autumnal theme. I chose a full cathedral veil – it looked fabulous in the photos, but on a windy day, it was a nuisance! I borrowed a pearl bracelet from my sister
(from H.Samuel) and my shoes were from BHS. I swapped to comfy Converse for the evening.”
What did Nick wear?
“Nick chose a relaxed, slim fit brown tweed-style jacket from Moss Bros with a red check, regular fit oatmeal chinos from Marks & Spencer, and a burgundy wool silk tie from T.M. Lewin.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My younger sister, Charlotte, Nick’s sister, Anna and friend, Kate. They wore plum dresses from Debenhams and sparkly gold pumps from ASOS. My niece Lacey was our flowergirl. She wore a dress from Monsoon and gold pumps from Next.”
What was your theme?
“We went for an autumnal theme. We didn’t want to be tied down to one colour. We wanted to use pumpkins to hold our flower arrangements; our florist clearly thought this was crazy but she got on board and filled them with red, orange and yellow flowers! My sister made our bunting in red, orange, yellow and plum colours. We used log slices, conkers, pine cones and fake fallen leaves on our tables. Oh, and our cake had a gingerbread bride and groom on it, too!”
What was your best buy?
“We used the band Rock My Reception. They played literally all day and night! We met them in advance and they recognised the sort of music we wanted and, happily, our guests loved them. They even entertained the eighteen month-old children – at one point they played kids TV theme tunes for them, which was really cute! They had a good feel for the room and kept the party going all night.”
Date: 28th October 2017
Venue: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales
Photographer: Martin Vaughan Photography
Natalie’s dress: Anna Sorrano
Nick’s attire: Moss Bros, Marks & Spencer, T.M. Lewin
Accessories: H.Samuel, BHS, Converse
Bridesmaid dresses: Debenhams