I’ve been putting off writing this post for a few weeks. I guess it’s because in a way it closes a chapter that I don’t think I’m ready to stop reading. I want to read this chapter again and again but now the “Thank You” cards have been written and we’ve started to send them out so I guess it’s time to continue on with life…and start planning the renewal of our vows. I’m (not) kidding. Wedding planning can be stressful but in this post I plan to share our story, my experiences as a bride and hopefully this will help you on your wedding journey, whenever that day comes.
The journey to the alter started back in October 2015, when we were celebrating our 5 year anniversary in Bali. Jordan asked me to marry him and the wedding planning begun. We said that we would save the wedding talk till we got back home in London but we were both so excited, within a few days we had found what became our wedding venue and settled on our theme.
Wedding Venue: Northbrook park
Northbrook Park was the first and only wedding venue that we visited. I found it online when we were enjoying dinner on the beach and booked to see it as soon as we came back. It’s a beautiful venue and ticked all the right boxes. It’s big, it can seat up to 300 for dinner. There was the option to have outdoor caters and there isn’t a cash bar which means you can bring your own booze with absolutely no corkage to pay.
We got married in the Vine Room and I fell in love with it when I first visited back in November 2015. I could see myself walking down the aisle with my arm linked with my dads, and I could picture myself smiling as I looked straight at my Jordon.
We initially wanted to get married in October 2016. October is a special month to us, it’s the month we met and 5 years later it became the month we got engaged. But apparently, October is a special month to lots of people. Every single day at Northbrook Park in October 2016 was booked! Except for a random Tuesday here or there. I thought about holding off until October 2017 but I didn’t want to wait that long. So we picked February 2017 because it fit perfectly with our theme. Which brings me to our theme.
I’m a winter baby, it’s my favourite season albeit cold. I just love the way the air feels- crisp, and how everything looks- fresh. I knew I wanted to create a romantic winter setting and together with my husband we were able to bring winter romance to Surrey. We wanted to make it feel cosy so we had open fires outsides and gave our guests blankets to keep warm.
The winter months are notoriously known for comfort eating so we had a sweet stand filled with sweets, doughnuts and cookies so I guests could enjoy their favourite treats. Another one of Jordon’s brilliant ideas. I don’t think I could have planned this wedding without him because in between my flamboyant (and expensive) ideas, Jordon was able to find more affordable alternatives that didn’t feel like a compromise. Having a sweetie stand is a great way to keep your guests entertained and bellies full whilst you’re getting your pictures taken before dinner is served.
Sue Royce from Royces flowers was my knight in shining armour. My friend recommended her to me after I had received quotes from florists that could have easily be used as a deposit to buy a small house. Sue is based in Nottingham but she kindly travelled through the night to make sure that our venue was ready in the morning. We had a winter theme and roses are my favourite flower so white roses seemed like a no brainer. I planned to have them in my bouquet and so would my bridesmaids, but worrying that the colour pallet would be a bit bland, my mum suggest we add a little pop of colour. This is when Sue brought my vision to life with a beautiful burgundy rose. It was in my bouquet, Jordon’s button hole and on the top table. We also had flowers lining the isle in the Vine Room with lots of foliage to add a little bit of colour and warmth to the rooms.
This was my favourite part of wedding planning! Again my friend Lauren recommended a baker from Nottingham that she often works with and I wish I could eat her cakes everyday. If it wasn’t for the calories I probably would. In fact, I know I would. Sophie Taylor from Confetti Cakery designed our semi naked cake and I can’t tell you just how incredible it tasted! We had red velvet (biggest layer), chocolate, carrot and spiced apple, and lemon (smallest layer). I can’t put in to words just how talented Sophie is. She has developed the most wonderful and unique fusion flavours. I love a chocolate cake and this one was just… it was everything! We have a few huge slices left over in our freezer that we’ll defrost and devour when we celebrate our first wedding anniversary. If you ever need a cake that will set your taste buds on fire, this is your girl.
What I wore
I bought my dress from Pronovias and it was one that my mum actually picked out for me. I didn’t want to try it on at first, it was “too big” and I wanted something that was elegant and slim fitting. But when I tried on those kind of dresses I was underwhelmed and they did nothing for my shape. I wanted a dress that hugged me in all the right places and this one did just that. If I had to do it all over again, I would pick this dress again because I loved how it made me feel. I initially wasn’t going to wear a veil but when I put it on, I felt like I had been transformed. I looked like a bride. I felt like a bride. It was the missing piece to the puzzle.
As for the shoes, they were Jimmy Choo. I actually picked my shoes before I even found the dress but I feel in love with their sparkle and every bride deserves a bit of sparkle on their wedding day. You can’t actually buy the pair that I wore anymore but you can find a similar pair here. I actually have these in pink too and they’re one of the most comfortable pairs of heels I’ve ever owned.
My make up was done by the wonderful Jennifer Olae. My face stayed on all day, despite the tears, and I am so in love with the look she created. I told her I still wanted to look like me, but the best version of me and I think she achieved just that. I wish that I could look this everyday but it took an hour to do I don’t have the patience to sit in front of a mirror for an hour everyday. That and I am absolutely clueless when it comes to applying make up.
Jordon and I knew we wanted to have a live choir throughout the wedding service and a Jazz band in the evening. Jordan loves his Jazz so for him this was an easy task but we were up until the early hours of the morning deciding on the songs to have during the ceremony, a few months before the big day. We wanted to choose well known songs with a soulful twist so we chose:
Ed Sheeran- Thinking out loud
Rudimental ft Ed Hearn – I will for Love acoustic version (If you haven’t heard this version, listen here…it’s amazing!)
Oh Happy Days- it was a happy day!
Justin Beiber Purpose was actually the song I walked down the aisle to. The first verse and the chorus. My heart adores this song because my husband gives me purpose, and Josh our singer sang it beautifully.
Robin Thicke’s Superman was the song we shared our first dance to. I heard this song well before I met Jordon but after meeting him, the song became a reality because he is my superman. We were initially torn between Superman and another song by Robin Thicke, Angel. But after practicing our first dance to both of the songs we decided that Angel was too slow and our first dance would have been more of an awkward shuffle than a dance. Make sure you practice your first dance, it may seem a bit silly at the time but it’ll make the decision process a lot easier and settle any nerves that you might have.
My Husband, My Jordon. Thank you for helping me plan the most perfect day. You turned what most men find boring into a black opps mission: to make sure we have the most magical day and we did. Mission accomplished. Thank you x