We love reading our brides’ responses to our questionnaire, especially when they are so enthusiastic like lovely Lynsey who tells us here all about her wedding to John.
Where did your wedding take place and what made the venue special?
We got married at St Andrew’s Church in Boreham, followed by our reception at Boreham House. After looking at a few venues across Essex we decided that Boreham House offered the traditional feel that we were looking for on our big day, as well as having a light and spacious pavilion for our wedding breakfast and evening reception. In the back of my head when choosing a venue, I wanted to make sure we had plan B in case it rained, which was a wise move! It was also very important to me to get married in a church, so we only looked at venues that had a church in the grounds or nearby.
Did you have a theme for your wedding? What was your colour scheme?
We agreed on a theme for our big day fairly quickly – we wanted a classic wedding but with a modern feel. The whites/ creams with soft pink and silver worked really well, and was also very me. I also added the bow detail to bring in our ‘tying the knot’ theme in addition to the pink heart, which featured on all our stationery. This theme came together when designing our hanging heart shaped Save the Dates.
Tell us about the process of choosing your dress? Was it the first one you tried on or did you change your mind numerous times?
I took my mum and two sisters dress shopping with me, as I knew they would be honest and truthful with their opinions. My first experience of trying on wedding dresses was actually quite overwhelming, but after a few more shops I started to enjoy it. I absolutely loved my dress – it was called ‘Secretro’, so when people asked me about my dress before the big day I just replied “it’s a secret”….. But little did they know I was giving away the name of the dress!
Where did your groom get his morning suit?
We hired the men’s suits from Antony’s formal wear in Billericay. We liked the idea of Navy against the pink bridesmaid’s dresses. We had the ties and handkerchiefs made through Anthony’s too. When deciding on the suits we wanted them to be classic but a modern fit. These suits were a slightly more fitted shape than traditional morning suits which we really liked – and I have to say I think all the best men looked very smart and did us proud.
Can you tell me about your flowers?
I really love flowers, and I would have fresh flowers in my house every day if I could. So I knew that decorating the venue with beautiful flowers was important to me, they can really transform a venue. I had several meetings with my florist – Carla bespoke Florist where we looked through pictures and magazines for her to get an idea on the look I was trying to create. It was great, as she really understood my theme, and the feel I was going for. I was so pleased with the overall look and even the little detail down to the embellishment on my bouquet and the hundreds of tea light holders covered in pink ribbon. I have dried out my bouquet and will keep it as a memory for years to come.
What are your wedding rings like? Did you have any other special jewellery?
John went for a classic court ring, and I had my ring made so that it fitted nicely with my engagement ring. I shopped around at various jewellers to get an idea of what I wanted, and once I had an idea took this into a jeweller to have it made. Our rings are engraved capturing something special to us – we both chose part of our wedding vows, John’s reads “From this day forward……30/08/2012 and mine reads “To love and to cherish”. On the day itself I wore a diamond bracelet that I got from my parents for my 21st birthday as well as diamond earrings borrowed from my sister (Maid of honour) as my ‘something borrowed’. John surprised me on the wedding morning with a beautiful necklace – I had to hold back the tears, as it was minutes after my make up had been done!
What was your most useful source of wedding ideas and information?
The Internet and magazine were my main source of information, and I honestly don’t know how people would have planned a wedding without the Internet, I spent hours looking for suppliers and gathering ideas. I purchased my first wedding magazine on our way back from Dubai where we got engaged – it was a Martha Stewart special edition, and I found her website was packed full of creative ideas.
Tell us about a supplier who provided a first-class service.
I was pleased with so many of our suppliers – I really feel the hours of research paid off. Paperknots was the company I used for all my wedding stationery – invites, order of services, menus etc – I used them as I loved the idea of having something bespoke and unique to us. It was so much fun helping to design all these pieces, and Lisa from Paperknots was great to deal with, nothing was ever too much and she made sure every detail was as I wanted, reassuring me along the way that everything would be just how I wanted, down to every diamante and hanging heart! I loved the cars we had on the day too – these were provided by Arrow Vintage Cars, the surprise glass of champagne in the back of the car after the church was a lovely little touch. Also, as mentioned before I couldn’t have been happier with my flowers.
Do you have any advice for future brides?
I took little pieces of advice from friends, family and colleagues along the way – which was a huge help. I don’t think people could believe how calm I was on the day itself, I truly felt at ease as I had planned everything to such detail so we could sit back and enjoy it on the day (and I felt on cloud nine!) John and I took a few moments during dinner just to sit back, smile and watch our friends and family enjoy themselves on our wedding day – that was very special and would definitely recommend doing that. Also, my tips would be to keep sight of the things that are important to you as a couple and if you need to prioritise the budget/ effort on these things – for us we agreed that the ceremony, décor, food and music were the key to a fabulous day!
What was your favourite photograph and why did you like it?
I don’t think I could choose, as I love them all– John and I love the photos of us inside and outside the church. We both felt that the ceremony was a hugely important part of the day for us, and we have great memories of standing at the alter giggling that we were husband and wife! We both love the photo of our nieces looking very excited and dancing in front of the mirror on the wedding morning – it’s amazing to have those priceless moments captured on camera.
Was Studio Rochford the right photographer for you?
I couldn’t speak more highly about our experience with Studio Rochford; from our initial enquiry through to choosing our photos for our wedding album everything was so professional and friendly. Jo offered to do an engagement shoot, which was something special to do before the big day. We went to Shoebury beach and had a very fun few hours having photos by the beach huts, along the water and sand dunes – I came away buzzing as it was so clear that Jo was a complete pro at what she does, and was very passionate about get the right photos for us. This didn’t change on the wedding day, Jo’s calm influence during the bridal preparations was amazing, and she just kept snapping away not missing a thing. One clear memory was during our photos we felt a spot of rain, and Jo sprinted across the grass to fetch us an umbrella – special touches like that really make a difference. A big thank you Jo.