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Gosh, I’m in wedding heaven! This English country garden wedding complete with a vintage car and bus is so, so beautiful. Alexandria and Tyrone make such a stunning couple alongside their ten delightful and beautiful bridesmaids, handsome best man and ushers.
Tell us a little bit about how you both met and how long you’ve been together. What made you fall in love?:- We met in 2009 through our local hockey club in West Hampstead, as we were both members at the time. We didn’t get together straight away, but then Ty offered to walk me home after one of our Socials and then asked me out on a date. We went to see one of the Twilight films (cringe!) and had dinner. From there we were pretty much inseparable.
We just clicked straight away and I loved how open and honest Ty was from the very beginning. He is a true gentleman and is so kind and generous, and although he would hate to admit it, sensitive!
At the same time, he is a real man’s man, and just gets on with things, is really brave, and always keen to learn new skills (I have introduced him to both skiing and horse riding, both of which he has taken to like a duck to water). He has always been a wonderful partner and friend, and is now proving to be an even better husband, and I absolutely adore him.
|How was the inevitable question popped, where and who by:-
Ty is South African so we try to go over there at least once a year to visit family and friends. On this particular trip, in 2013, we were spending a few days in Cape Town, firstly, in the city and then out in Stellenbosch.
We were staying at the One and Only, which held special memories for us as we had dinner there, at their Nobu restaurant on our first anniversary. We went out for cocktails with Ty’s best friend (and later, Best Man) Wade, and then headed back to our hotel for dinner.
Rather than go straight to the restaurant, Ty asked me if we could pop back to the room. As expected, I moaned a bit (I had very high heels on and the room was miles away!) but eventually agreed to go back and when we walked in, the room was filled with hundreds of candles, rose petals, and chocolates. They had even filled all of the sinks and the bath with water and placed floating flowers and petals in them.On the balcony, was a bottle of champagne, and two glasses. After opening the bottle and taking a sip each, Ty got down on one knee, with a view of Table Mountain in the background, and proposed. It couldn’t have been more perfect. We then had two gorgeous days at Steenberg, and then headed to Durban to celebrate with his family.
What excited you about getting married and the planning process, what was the first thing you booked?:-
Being a wedding planner myself, I already had an idea of what kind of day I wanted to have, but having seen so many fabulous events, it sometimes makes it even harder to choose what you want!
From the age of 6, my favourite film has been Father of the Bride and one thing that I was sure of, was that I wanted to have the reception at home, in my parents garden.
I think what excited (and terrified me) me most was the idea of choosing my wedding dress!
How did you plan your wedding, what parts of the wedding were more important to you and why:- The ceremony was really important to me, we’re both Catholic, and put a lot of thought and effort into the hymns and readings. Our family friend, Father John Walsh, married us. We have known him for years, and he has married other members of our family. We also asked my cousin to sing during the signing of the ceremony and she was absolutely breathtaking.
The only time that both of us cried was at the rehearsal the evening before when she was practicing.
It was also really important to both of us that our friends and family really enjoyed themselves so food, drinks, and music were also priorities!
|Tell our readers about your wedding venue, where is it and why you chose it?
We got married at my parents home, in Hampshire. We had our drinks reception out on the front lawn, and then walked through a beautiful floral archway, designed by Paula Rooney, to get to the marquee in the back garden.
Although there are so many ‘take your breath away’ venues to choose from, having a wedding at home is so special, and intimate. I loved seeing the marquee go up earlier in the week and watching the wedding come to life a little bit more each day. The day before, we had people popping in to say hello and asking to have a peek inside the marquee – it was so exciting, like we were having a week long party!
Waking up there in the morning and getting ready with my bridesmaids was so special to me, and it was also just really nice to be able to pop up to my room in the evening to spritz a bit of perfume, or re-apply some lipstick.
Can you tell us about your Day, did you have a theme and what made it so special?
Our colour scheme was pale pink and sage green and there were flowers EVERYWHERE – from flower crowns for the little ones, to a floral table plan, and hanging roses from trees. Paula Rooney was just beyond amazing and I feel so lucky to have had her as my florist.
When I think back to what made the whole day so special, it sounds completely cheesy, but it has to be the guests. Obviously wedding days are about the love between a bride and groom, but throughout, there was just a lovely warm fuzzy feeling that seemed to emanate from everyone around us. Everyone seemed to be in love with love and it wouldn’t have been the same without them.
Where did you get your wedding dress and why did you choose that designer or style? Tell us more about the bridesmaids, groom and usher outfits and what brought them all together? I wore the Pronovias Ontario dress and wore one of their veils as well. I bought it at their flagship store in Bond Street and went there primarily because of the variety of style and design that they have there. I had been to Browns Bride and Tilly Mint previously and hadn’t found what I was looking for (not that I knew what that was exactly!).
When I tried on my dress I knew instantly that it was for me, and then when I came out of the dressing room, my Mum, Aunt, and best friend, all cried – so I knew it was the one!! My bridesmaids wore bespoke, made to measure dresses by Maria Ferreria, I wanted to keep them simple and elegant, and we chose a very similar silk, and design, to my own dress. My flowergirls more the Nicki Macfarlane ‘Eliza’ dresses, and they just looked dreamy, paired with their flower crowns by Paula Rooney.
Ty wore a bespoke morning suit from Hire 5 and his ushers hired similar ones from there as well. We had ties and pocket squares made in the same material as the sashes on the flower girls dresses for Ty, his best man Wade, and Oliver, our ring bearer, and then the rest of the ushers had theirs in pale pink. We also had two page boys who wore pale green suits from Next and grey Converse sneakers.
If you had the chance to do it all again and you could change one thing, what would it be and why?:-
Ahh – I have thought about this so many times! The only thing that I would change is that I wouldn’t have become as obsessed with the weather forecast in the lead up to the day. Weather is weather, and there is nothing you can do about it.
I also wouldn’t ripped my wedding dress as I stepped into it! I must have put my foot through one of the net layers underneath and nearly went flying when I tried to walk! Luckily one of my bridesmaids was able to sew it up quickly, and it has actually provided us with some funny photos – so maybe I wouldn’t actually change that one!
|If you were to give other Brides and Grooms three top tips, what would they be and why?
1. Make sure you have a wedding rehearsal. Saying the vows at my rehearsal were terrifying, but on the day, it was lovely. Having had that practice and preparation dispels some of the nerves and allows you to really focus on the words you are saying and what they mean to you, rather than worrying about everyone watching and listening.
2. Don’t have too many formal photos taken, it will take you away from all of the fun, and they aren’t always your favourite pictures afterwards anyway.
3. Plan everything to perfection, but don’t be upset if things don’t work out exactly as you wanted. Being organised is crucial when planning a wedding, but on the day, just relax and let things happen, your suppliers know what they are doing. I became obsessed with the timing of my entrance music and in my crazy wedding brain, thought that I could get 8 children, all under the age of ten, and fizzing with excitement, to all walk in 10 seconds apart. I must have listened to the music about 100 times in the lead up to the day. Honestly, when we arrived at the church, everything was a bit of a blur, and I couldn’t have cared less how we got down the aisle!
Can you please list the suppliers you chose to help you plan your Big Day including their website address if possible?:-
Planning and Styling – Alexandria Events – www.alexandriaevents.co.uk
Photographer – Mark Seymour www.markseymourphotography.co.uk
Videography – The Camera Chaps www.thecamerachapweddings.com/
Flowers – Paula Rooney www.paularooney.co.uk/
Marquee – Perfect Pitch www.perfectpitchmarquees.co.uk
Catering – At Home www.athomecatering.co.uk/
Makeup – Makeup by Miki makeupbymiki.com
Hair – Stacey Austin www.weddinghairdesign.co.uk/Cars and Bus – Ages Past www.agespast.co.uk/
DJ – Dave Keat www.soundzunique.co.uk/
Wedding Day Co-ordination – Amore Star Events www.amorestarevents.co.uk
Wedding Dress – Pronovias www.pronovias.com