Jessica and Callum's celebration featured a flower wall and an opulent colourscheme...
Jessica, 26, a Product development coordinator at Clogau and Callum, 25, a building estimator, held their ceremony and reception at The Kinmel Hotel & Spa in North Wales.
Photographer: Fresh Pics
Flowers budget: £1,000
We met the summer I graduated. I was saving up to go travelling, so I started working in the same pub as him!
Callum had originally planned to propose as a surprise to mark our third anniversary in mid-January. However, he was so nervous I would find the ring that he decided to do it on the spur-of-the-moment on New Year's Day when we were at home together. I didn't have a clue it was coming and it was a wonderful way to start the year. We drove straight to my parents’ house and I handed my mum a box of tissues before we broke the news - my dad had managed to keep it a surprise as he obviously knew it was coming!
We chose a colourscheme of dusty pink and gold. There wasn't an exact theme but we wanted to create a floral, elegant feel for the décor. We had a flower wall behind the top table, which we loved, as well as blossom trees lining the aisles.
Our venue was just down the road from my parents' house. We wanted somewhere big enough to accommodate all our friends and family, with a lovely feel. It ticked all of our boxes! The staff were all brilliant & made sure our day was everything we dreamt it would be. We continued the celebrations the next day at my parents’ house - so it wasn’t far for our guests to come with sore heads for another party!
I knew my wedding dress was the perfect choice for me the moment I put it on - especially when my mum cried! I never imagined I'd wear a gown with so much detail but I've always loved lace.
We named our reception tables after places we'd visited in Thailand whilst travelling together. We used lots of orchids for the decorations, which fitted in perfectly with the theme and feel of the reception.
Our florist was great, I loved choosing what flowers to have in my bouquet. I showed her the kind of colours & flowers that I liked & she made everything look beautiful. The flower girls had baskets full of rose petals & my bridesmaid’s bouquets were mainly roses & foliage & my sister, who was my maid of honour had added orchids.
Our wedding cake had three tiers and comprised of layers of Victoria sponge, lemon sponge and carrot cake. We had a custom-made topper and it was decorated with flowers and dusted icing.
One of my favourite moments of the day was when our photographer snuck us away for a short while so we could take our pictures together - it gave us some time to let it sink that we'd actually just got married!
There were lots of funny moments on the day: I don't think I stopped smiling all day! My three-year-old flower girl declared she needed to go to the toilet just as the ceremony doors were about to open, luckily, we managed to distract her & there were no accidents!
My advice for other brides? Even if it may get stressful at times, make sure you enjoy the planning & remember it is your day so just do whatever makes you both happy!
Steal their style!
Venue: The Kinmel Florist: The Very Nice Flower Company Bride's dress: A Day To Remember boutique in Chester Groomswear: Slaters Hair-styling: Koren at Taylor & Pearson Hairdressing Make-up: Nicola Birtles Makeup Love Letters, blossom trees and flower wall: Love Celebrations