Nicki & Jordan’s Lawn wedding was filled with laughter from beginning to end and was a real joy to photograph! The happy couple had been secretly attending dance classes to prepare for a surprise routine for their first dance and were then joined on the dance floor by their bridal party for another routine! They were brilliant! Nicki shares with us how she planned her special day.
Where did your wedding take place and what made you choose that location? We got married at Sacred Heart Church in Southend and the wedding reception was at The Lawn, Rochford. We chose the church as it is Jordan’s family church and we chose The Lawn because we loved the style of the house and grounds and by chance it fitted perfectly with the horse and carriage.
What was your colour scheme or wedding theme? Our colour scheme was purple as this is my favourite colour.
What was your dress like and why do you love it? I chose my dress, as I knew it perfect for me when I first tried it on. It was a white A-line dress with sweetheart neckline. It had embroidery around the neckline, at the waist and base of the front and end of the train. I loved this dress as it gave me a lovely shape and made me feel very special in it.
Tell us about your ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’ My something old was a sixpence and a small silver horseshoe that my Mum sewed into the back of my dress. My new was all the clothes I wore, something borrowed were earrings, which my Mum had, and they matched exactly to the necklace I had bought and my something blue was the ribbon on the top of the horseshoe and the seamstress had sewn a bow into the bottom of my dress.
Where did your groom get his morning suit? He got them from Del Tailors in Benfleet.
Did you buy each other wedding presents? No we didn’t. At the time we didn’t have the money after paying out for everything else. We also felt that the day itself would give us more memories than any object could.
Can you tell me about your wedding cake? I wanted a fairly traditional wedding so we went for a three tiered fruit cake, white icing, purple icing petals and the stand holding each tier had silk roses in them in purple and cream.
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information? The Internet came in very handy to get ideas. We went to quite a few wedding fairs and these enabled us to speak to suppliers to get a feel of whether they were more set on what they did or whether they would take our ideas into consideration.
Do you have any advice for future brides? Set yourself a budget and stick to it but most importantly enjoy the day and try to remember as much as possible as although you may not believe it when people say how fast the day goes…. it really does.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service. It’s really difficult to narrow it down to just one supplier but the ones that really provided a first-class service were Ultimate entertainment: James was the DJ we used and he was brilliant. When we booked him we had to select 20 of our favourite songs, then a few weeks before the wedding he met with us to get an idea of what type of music we wanted. For us it was all about getting people on the dance floor! Bridal Boutique is the other supplier who provided a first class service. There was no pressure to try the dresses on quickly and all the staff were so friendly that they greeted you as if you had been friends for a long time.
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you? Studio Rochford was definitely the right photographer for us. They had done the wedding photos for both my sister-in-law and a work colleague, so I’d met Jo before and seen the fantastic photos they take. Because Jo and Sally were so organised we got the photos done quickly which meant we could spend time talking to the guests. The photos that they took were all so lovely it made it very difficult to narrow them down to fit into the album.
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it? Jordan & I in the doorway to the Lawn. I love this photo because this is the point we were finally able to relax. Plus the colours show off my dress in great detail.