So here it is, 5 months after the best day of our lives I am sharing some (or many) photos of our special day with you all! On the 15th of July 2013 I married the love of my life. We chose this particular date because we actually 'got together' on the 15th, way back in September 2006 and always wanted a summer wedding. A summer wedding it was... I think it was officially the hottest day of the year. I think all girls worry about it raining on their big day - me being one of them. So I was very relieved to see blaring sunshine for the entire day - even if it was a bit too hot at times!
We tied the knot in Frome, Somerset at St Mary's church Lullington. Our reception was held at Orchardleigh house & Estate; a gorgeous Victorian stately home. If I am honest the morning of our wedding was a complete blur. Time really does fly even when
you are a bag of nerves having fun! Even though everything was running a bit behind schedule (Tom confused our guests by sprinting past them in shorts and a T-shirt half an hour before he was meant to be at the church) it all worked out in the end & everyone was where they needed to be roughly on time!
The girls and I finished getting ready in the bridal suite at Orchardleigh house. All the girls did their own makeup and each helped eachother out with their hair. At the end of the day each girl has a different personality and I didnt want to force a particular makeup look on them but I did have a say on their hair style! ;-) I also did my own makeup, opting for Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation, a mixture of different champagne eyeshadows to great a pretty eye look finished off with some Eyelure false lashes - props to my sister Nicole who was chief eyelash applier on the morning!
It took me a while to find my dress. Laura at Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique was an absolute star helping me find something that was perfect. It had got to the point where it was causing me a bit of stress but then..... I found it, the perfect 'me' dress from Charlotte Balbier. My dress is called 'Clementine' and it is from the Candy Kisses range, it had everything I was looking for, a lace up style, tule skirt, a bit floaty, pretty and with a hint of sparkle! I fell in love instantly!
Now something you also have to consider when buying your wedding dress is what your bridesmaid(s) will be wearing. They need to compliment your dress, still look nice but let your dress shine through. I think I achieved this with the dresses I chose for the girls. Originally I had my eye on some Kelsey Rose dresses, however after seeing the pricetag and tallying up how much it would set me back for 5 dresses, that plan quickly fizzled out! I didnt mind though, as these dresses were near identical and at a fraction of the price. I actually bought them from ebay! They were made to measure from china, were very affordable, well made of high quality material and arrived quickly after ordering. If anyone is interested I bought them from this seller and I would highly recommend them!
When it came to the flowers, Tom didnt mind what we had and left it up to me to find something suitable. After a bit of research I found a florist local to our venue called Bramble & Wild. We visited Grace at her adorable shop in the middle of Frome, bombarded her with print outs from Pinterest and asked her to create something beautiful, and she did! The bridesmaids held loose natural style posies with more green foliage than flowers as I really wanted them to compliment their lilac dresses. Within my bouquet I had a mix of calla lillies, peonies, thistles, roses, and hydrangeas. It was such a lovely mix of textures and colours. It was so beautiful! I wanted a more natural look to our flowers rather than the very structured tightly packed bouquets/posies a lot of people have.
The church we were married in is in a very small village, therefore has limited parking. With this in mind we hired a open top double decker bus to take some of our guests to the church. With it being so hot on the day a lot of our guests rushed to the top deck to take advantage of the sun... what they didn't think about (and neither did Tom and I to be honest) would be low hanging trees. Lets just say it was a bit of an adventure for them coming back and forth from the church to the reception venue. A couple of people uploaded videos to facebook and well all I can say is - I'm sorry you all got smacked in the head with tree branches! Made for good conversation during the welcome drinks though!
If you hadn't gathered already, our colour scheme was different shades of purple. A mix of dark and pastel touches scattered throughout the day! Our Table centerpieces were white lanterns surrounded by wreaths of lilac and cream flowers similar to those in my bouquet. The scrabble cushions we placed on the mentlepiece of the room where we had our wedding breakfast were made by fellow blogger Stacey. I actually bought them from her a year before our wedding day! I knew I wanted something a little quirky and these fit the bill!
Not wanting to 'take over' the wedding day I asked Tom if there was anything in particular he would like included. The double decker bus for the guests was his idea which I thought was brilliant. Another was the theme for our table names. With both of us being Reading FC fans, it was only fair to through a bit of Royals flavour into the mix. Our tables were named after famous Reading FC players, with the top table being named 'Madejski' after Sir John Madejski the chairman of the club. This theme followed through when it came to the gifts during the speeches starting with Tom gifting me a 'Mrs Dolan' football shirt!
Tom had two Best men, and between them they have attended a lot of Reading FC matches. At one particular match they were 'papped' celebrating a goal with the players just in front of them. This particular photograph was the background of the football clubs website for sometime. As a gift to Tom, the two best men sourced the photo from the club, got it signed by some of the players and had it put in a frame. I had no idea they had done this and it was such a lovely surprise when they presented it to him during their speech. It now has pride of place on the wall in our spare bedroom!
We bought our cake from good old M&S. We always said we wanted a chocolate cake with white icing so that is what we got! We wanted to keep the cake pretty plain as from the get go we knew we wanted to get a personalised cake topper. I had seen the mini-me toppers featured in magazines and was determined to have one for our day. We bought ours from this etsy seller and the service was fantastic. We actually ended up having to get our topper re made as it broke in transit which to me, was the most devastating thing ever - que me bursting into tears at work because my arm had broken off! However the seller created us a brand new topper in the short time of 2 weeks and got it to us in one piece free of charge. They created a replica of our outfits, my dress even had the little appliqué flowers on it! We also chose the added extra of the football scarf and a handbag just to make it even more personal.
Before we knew it, it was time for our first dance. It wasn't that hard to come up with our first dance song... it was McFly 'love is easy' not a typical song but one that was special to us being that the lyrics fit and I am obsessed with the band haha. It was a little more upbeat than the more traditional first dance songs, so we didnt feel like we were in a school disco when we were dancing. I admit it was weird knowing everyone was watching you though! After the first dance and the father daughter dance (Which was My Girl) the party started, with the alcohol flowing and tunes from the DJ, some interesting moves were pulled out of the bag on the dancefloor! Not to mention the kravats/ties tied around all the guys heads by the end of the night!
I loved our wedding day and I wouldnt change anything about it. Looking back on all these photos just brings a huge cheesey grin across my face. It's strange to think that I have had my wedding day. It's one of the biggest and most important days in your lifetime. I've found my soulmate and now we are starting our next chapter together as Mr & Mrs Dolan!