tell us your wedding story… Nell and Mat

How did you get engaged? Tell us all about it…

We got engaged on an amazing Greek island called Patmos. We had a gorgeous apartment with a terrace overlooking the sea and a very narrow wall which you could walk along (with a scary sheer drop on one side) to get an even better view. Mat was about to pop the question when the owner of the apartments managed to interrupt us by spraying us by accident when watering the garden! After getting over that false start Mat then produced a bottle of champagne and a gorgeous handmade ring by a local jeweller. He knew better than to actually buy me an engagement ring because I’m so particular when it comes to jewellery but wanted to have a ring to give me and I love it. He didn’t attempt to get down on one knee because the wall was so precarious and falling off would have been far worse than being sprayed with water!

Was there a theme/style for your wedding? Why did you choose it?

We had a mixture of two eras, which we used as loose themes – the 1930s and the 1950s. I absolutely love art deco, Poirot and the glamour of that period, and the screen sirens of the 1950s. My dress was a vintage 1950s frock made in New York… I had to have it taken in around the bust because I’m definitely not as well-endowed as the lady who originally wore it… or maybe the underwear at the time gave more assistance! Mat’s brother-in-law is a graphic designer and based our invites on original deco posters, we played music of the period in the church and one of our ‘hymns’ was Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E. We had a 1930s bus which was so cute, we gave each guest an original 1950s game or a vintage handbag and our band was a jive band who regularly play at the 100 Club on Oxford Street.

What were your key wedding gift list items?

We really wanted a Julie Slater weekend bag which we got (hurrah!) and someone bought us some Nick Munro cruets.

Did your wedding turn out as you dreamt it would?

Yes! It was so amazing, overwhelming, and fun all at the same time. It went past so quickly and we tried to savour every moment but there are so many people to speak to and things to take in. Didn’t help that I burst into tears at the altar, oops. The best advice that Holly (Tucker) gave me was to take ten minutes out with your new husband on the day just to reflect on the wonderful thing you’ve just done.

What is your one wedding tip?

Can I have three? Invest in a great make-up artist, florist and caterers. It’ll cost but they take the stress away and ensure that you look beautiful, the venues look amazing and the food is delicious!

Nell Riches is Partner Services Manager at notonthehighstreet.com

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