We’re always on the lookout for original and inspirational weddings to share on our blog. So when Leanne, our Acting Head of Community, and her husband Rory shared their beautiful wedding photos with us, we just couldn’t resist.
7th December 2013.
The Oakley Court Hotel – the Victorian gothic country house used in The Rocky Horror Picture show – lent itself beautifully to a glamorous, vintage affair.
Rory and I got engaged in November 2012. We both love Christmas and decided a winter wedding would be perfect for us. We didn’t want to rush it, but we didn’t want to wait until summer 2014 either.
I knew that my dress was the one from the moment I tried it on. It has a vintage elegance, and the cathedral length veil added a traditional aspect to my look.
All of the styling details seemed to fall into place perfectly after choosing the dress. I picked blue glittery shoes – perfect for my colour scheme and the answer to my ‘something blue’. My jewellery consisted of family gifts or ‘borrowed’ items from my Nan. I kept my hair and make-up styling relatively simple to ensure that I felt comfortable, relaxed and true to me.
We embraced Christmas, with plenty of sparkle and a silver and blue colour palette. Rory and I share a love of adventure and travel and so made sure we interweaved memories from our travels into our day. Our friend Vanessa designed all of our wedding stationery, combining our love of travelling and the Christmas theme – not an easy task, but the end result was perfect. Each table at the wedding was named after a country or city that Rory and I had visited together. We used ‘postcard’ images for the place card holders on each table.
It was also important to ensure our guests were comfortable and having fun! We made sure every aspect of the wedding catered to that. With it being winter, we wanted to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. We used fairy lights and candles at every opportunity – it really did feel like a winter wonderland when I walked down the aisle.
Rory and I both share a love of music. We chose classical guitarist Mike Georgiades to play our favourite songs while our guests arrived, to accompany us as we walked out of the ceremony and during our reception drinks. His rendition of Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” was beautiful.
I spent more hours than I care to remember painstakingly selecting every track for our wedding breakfast playlist – including an entrance song for the bridesmaids, the groomsmen and of course, Rory and I. As you can probably see from the photos, we took a humorous approach – think wrestling ring entrances but slightly classier!
My Favourite Moment
My Dad passed away when I was 13 so a very proud moment was to be walked down the aisle by my Mum, and to see Rory smiling at the other end waiting for me. It sounds clichéd but the whole day was everything I wanted it to be. It was lovely to have our family and friends together and everybody had a great time.
Pearls of Wisdom
I received two really good pieces of advice when I was planning my wedding.
1) Ensure that every detail and every aspect of your wedding is true to you. You may come across the most beautiful, cool, fun thing ever, but if it’s not something that is true to you or that people would associate with you – don’t do it. Every detail, no matter how minute, needs to in some way reflect the personality of you as a couple.
2) Make sure that you and your new husband have some time to yourself during the day, just to reflect and take it all in. After the ceremony, Rory and I went for a drive in Wilson, the amazing camper van we hired. We had a glass of champagne each and ten minutes to ourselves to catch up!
Check out Leanne’s Wedding Pinterest Board now to see more winter styling inspiration.
Click here to buy the notonthehighstreet.com goodies Leanne chose for her wedding:
Personalised Wedding Dress Hanger
Personalised Star Wedding Post Box
Personalised Handmade Wedding Sign
Wedding Day Silver Plated Cake Fork Set