I had five of my VIPs - my sister Rachael, my two besties Emma and Emma (one from Birmingham, the other from Hereford), Alan's sister Samantha, and my brothers fiancee Jennie. I had my niece Evie as a flower girl and my two nephews were pageboys. We're not religious but I wanted the boys to have a significant role on the day.
We wanted different colour dresses, but all following the pastel theme. Oddly enough, a B&Q colour card did the trick! Mint green, peach dusky pink, taupe, and grey. Free reign on designs, as I wanted them to choose something they could wear again. The girls opted for their own hair styles too following general 'hair up and down' theme. All the bridesmaids wore gypsophilia in their hair that Louise, the florist, cleverly made with combs and grips.
The dresses were from Asos, John Lewis, Lipsy at Debenhams, and Little Mistress. I also bought bridesmaids presents of earrings, made by Leoma Drew.
Groom and Groomsmen
We had three-piece-suits from Slaters in Birmingham, after the boys spent the day together to decide. Al had a gold tie and pocket square, whilst the rest of the Groomsmen wore baby blue.
Sticking with the same theme as the Bridesmaids, I went with a similar style of half up and half down. I could not quite grow my hair long enough in time, so I went to Sophia Raptis of 'Hair Extensions Hereford' for a little help. The highly regarded hair stylist, and good friend, Elle Martin did my hair as a wedding gift, whilst mobile stylist Rachel Maddox did everyone else's, starting at an early 6:45am!
Leoma Drew - earrings as gifts worn on the day by all the bridesmaids, and a necklace that I wore, which was on loan.
The Wedding Dress
I always had an idea of the type or style that I wished for, but went to one bridal shop in Wolverhampton with my Mom and sister to have fun trying on different shapes and styles. I knew I wanted a fitted lace dress with a fish tail, but did not think I would ever find something so specific. Upon my second visit to a bridal shop with my sister I was lucky enough to find 'The One'. It was exactly what I was looking for and almost too good to be true. The dress was initially strapless, so I customised lacy shoulder straps from the offcut alterations to add a little modesty. I never thought much about trains, but after trying on something wonderfully detailed and long, I had to have it. I felt amazing wearing my dress, especially with the Tiffany diamond earrings Alan surprised me with on the morning of our wedding.
We wanted to have a rustic theme, with a strong empthasis of hessian and lace with pastel colours. My friend Sarah created amazing invites, after she and I discussed the ideas I had swirling around my head. I particularly liked the 'cassettte' style RSVP, where guests were asked to request songs in order for us to create a special playlist, which was then played as background music during the day.
My bridesmaid Emma helped me create our table plan and went straight ahead with producing them. Al and I made a lot of things ourselves, utilising pallets, wooden offcuts and jam jars for table decorations. A lot of the hessian we used was donated from a friend and I bought the lace from the Birmingham indoor Market as we needed quite a lot! Edward also helped with this as we were a little short on the day. Thank goodness!