We love this fabulous rustic real wedding with saving tips, a wedding dress surprise and Converse trainers… Real bride Bianca explains all!
How did Paul propose?
“He had surprised me with a trip to Paris for my birthday. We saw so many proposals near the Eiffel Tower that day and I kept saying what a cliché it was to propose in Paris… Of course, I cringe now when I think about it, because all the while, Paul was planning to propose that night! He had planned a romantic walk along the Seine after dinner. I learned later on that Plan A was to pop the question by the river, but he was so nervous he couldn’t wait, so he asked me during dinner instead! We were talking about how much we’ve changed since we’ve been together and he asked me to close my eyes and picture my life without him. When I opened them the ring was in front of me and he told me I would never live a day without him if I said yes. And of course, I said yes!”
What dress did you wear and where did you buy it?
“I wore Melody from Pronovias, which I purchased at The Wedding Dress Shop in Wimbledon. The assistant insisted that I try on five dresses, considering it was my first ever shop in the big search. On an initial first glance, I was only able to find three dresses that I liked the look of (I think it was because I wasn’t really sure of the style that I wanted, at this early stage). So I just grabbed two dresses that were near the fitting rooms (without even looking at them!) to bulk up the numbers to five. And what happened? My dress was one of those two – it was meant to be!”
And the accessories?
“I wore a pearl hair vine and earrings, both from Ivory & Co, while my belt was also from Pronovias, matching my dress. I also had a secret brooch that I had pinned to the inside of my dress, which belonged to my grandmother.”
What did the groom wear?
“Paul wore a three-piece lounge suit from Ted Baker, and so did all of the groomsmen. His tie and pocket square, however, were in a different colour.”
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
“I had been super chilled all morning, but just before the doors opened I got overwhelmed and started shaking. As soon as our eyes met though, I felt like I was walking home. Paul is truly my best friend and home is wherever he is.”
Who were your bridesmaids and where were their dresses from?
“My maid of honour was my best friend Michelle, and my bridesmaids were Roxzan and Carmen. They wore asymmetric dresses – they were all in the same style, but each one had a different colour. I loved that the girls were in different colours because they are all so different and unique from each other, and I love them for it.”
What was your wedding theme and how did you create it?
“We went for a rustic theme with colour pops. It was an easy choice because the venue was quite rustic, so the colours helped make it come alive.“
What was the highlight of your day?
“Being able to have my sister here to walk me down the aisle. Being from South Africa, but getting married here in the UK, meant that many family members could not make it. We have always been close and it would not have been the same without her there.”
What was your best buy?
“I had ‘his and hers’ Converse trainers made – mine with ‘Mrs Burbidge’ and his of course being ‘Mr Burbidge’. My feet were aching by the evening so these meant I could dance all night (plus, I thought they were super cute). We still wear them and it’s a nice reminder of the day.”
What’s your saving tip?
“I used Kilner jars and bud vases with single flowers to fill spaces with colour rather than going for big bouquets or arrangements, which also come with big price tags. With regards to the vases and plant pots, I went direct to the warehouse to buy these in bulk – I saved loads by using a forestry supplier. I also spoke to my suppliers, most of whom were happy to tweak the packages so they were tailor-made for me. I was able to save money by not having to buy extras and still got what I wanted.”
Date: 2nd July 2016
Venue: Caswell House, Oxfordshire caswellhouse.co.uk
Photographer: Squib Photography squibphotography.co.uk
Bianca’s dress: Pronovias pronovias.com
Paul’s attire: Ted Baker
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal davidsbridal.co.uk
Accessories: Pronovias, Ivory & Co ivoryandcotiaras.co.uk