Here's what the beautiful bride had to say:
Matt and I got engaged in May 2009. We started looking at venues in the August and to be honest didn’t look at too many! I always planned to get married in my local church so that bit was easy, we just had to find a reception venue close by. We had been to a wedding at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park so when we went to have a look we knew pretty much straight away that it was where we wanted our reception to be held. The views are amazing and the rooms are a great size if you don’t want a massive wedding.
When it came to choosing my dress I knew I wanted a dress with straps, so this limited my choices somewhat. I also knew I didn’t want anything to “puffy” as I'm only 5” 3”.
I eventually found a style I liked online Maggie Sottero’s Elvee so I called a local bridal shop who luckily had the style in store! I went and tried on the dress three times before deciding it was the one! I always like to be 100% sure with my choices!
The theme for the wedding was pretty simple; we just wanted it to be very classic. At first we were going to have a colour scheme of sliver and white, but eventually decided this was a little too plain. One day I saw navy blue bridesmaid’s dresses in Coast and loved them... I always wanted the girls to be in long dresses like myself. As a result our colour scheme was set, silver, white and navy blue. Invites, name cards and table plans were designed around these colours. I took inspiration from the internet and bought most of the stationary from either Ebay or my local craft shop in Wimbledon.
My advice to all brides would be to start planning as early as possible! That way you save yourself a lot of stress! Probably the only thing I really found stressful was designing my invites as I did these myself with the help of one of my bridesmaids. If you are making your own, I would always suggest doing them as early as possible and having them sitting ready to be sent out. I also don’t think it’s necessary to go out and buy loads of wedding magazines for inspiration. One of my bridesmaids got married the year before me and she gave me hers which I got loads of ideas from and now I have passed them on to another friend who is getting married next year. The internet was also the best place to get inspiration!
Something I would also suggest is to be sure that on the day of your wedding, you take 10mins or so to go off with your new hubby and just be alone to take it all in. It’s probably the only time you will get alone all day! I loved my wedding day and was so happy it turned out perfectly. The pictures are a wonderful reminder of how special the day was and how special our family and friends are to us. And the best part about it is I’m now Mrs York and married to my soulmate…
Photography | Debs Ivelja
Reception | Pembroke Lodge
Dress | All That Glitters
Bridesmaids | Coast
Shoes | Benjamin Adams
Flowers | Bloomtique
Cake | Blue Foot Cakes and Cookies
Make Up | Melanie Kyle