Since I was a little girl I have always imagined having a traditional wedding ceremony in a pretty English church. We chose St James' Church because it dates back to the 1170s and is very quaint. Our reception venue, Hassop Hall, followed suit. It tied into our traditional English theme with its grand entrance, landscaped gardens and glamourous interior. Most of Justin's friends and family were coming from the US (Justin is American) and we loved the thought of them seeing such classically English and historic venues. Many of them hadn't even visited the UK before, so'd never seen anything like it.
Justin and I always wanted a LOT of flowers, so kept planning to have more and more throughout the day which resulted in us going way over budget! But it was so worth it. Florist Petalis' creations at both venues blew us away the second we saw them. There were hydrangeas, delphiniums, astrantia, ranunculus, wax flowers and tonnes of mixed foliage (to name a few) everywhere, from the huge urns on either side of where we exchanged vows to the low-level vases on dinner tables. And our stunning bouquets and buttonholes were designed to match. It was a dream.
I initially had my heart set on a guipure and tulle fishtail dress at Knutsford Wedding Gallery. I was just about to buy it when my mum spotted another one and persuaded me into trying it on. I wasn't even a fan of it when it was on the hanger, but she insisted I try one last style before making my final decision. When I came out of the changing room, but mum, sister and auntie's eyes filled with tears. It had to be the one! It's called Garmo by Yolan Cris and is heavily beaded with hints of lace and tulle throughout. I had a few alterations made, including making the front a v-neck rather than cutaway style and adding more lace around the bust and an ivory underskirt. I actually contacted the designer to ask for some of the dress fabric so that I could use it as a ribbon for my bridal bouquet, fully expecting a 'no', and they sent it to me right away! It tied my whole look together perfectly.
Our wedding band was, by far, one of the best aspects of the day. Revolution Band UK's manager, Dean, could not have been more accommodating. They sang a combination of Motown, pop, old classics and contemporary music. Without hesitation they learnt and rehearsed Jessie Ware's 'Till the End for our first dance and even helped me organised a surprise father/daughter dance to The Temptations' My Girl, which had my dad in tears – in fact, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. I will never forget that very emotional and special moment with him. Alongside the band, there was a saxophone player, whose playing complemented the band, but added a cool Ibiza-inspired vibe. We had everyone dancing until the early hours of the morning.
Our photographer, Anna Fowler, was nothing short of incredible. We felt completely at ease and had so much fun shooting with her on our own. I love glamourous wedding photographs that resemble a high-fashion shoot and what she delivered was exactly that. I felt like a woman in a luxury magazine! With the help of her husband, who's also a photographer, she got every single image we asked for and stayed right to the end of the night, making for some really fun party pictures. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to any bride- or groom-to-be.
Photography by Anna Fowler