Tell us about the proposal
We were on Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas for SXSW festival. I had flown us out there for Andy’s 30th and he had planned to ask. We were lying in the sun and he rolled over and asked me. No knee or anything but I’m really not into that.
Were you surprised?
VERY surprised. I apparently went sheet white and couldn’t talk.
What made you choose Gaynes Park?
It was almost like love at first sight and it just felt so at home and understated but beautiful. We both fell in love with it and could instantly picture our day there.
What were the best things about it?
EVERYTHING! The gardens, the food, the atmosphere - every building has charm and suited our day perfectly. We wanted to get married in Spring and Friday 13th April was one of the only Fridays left; luckily we’re not superstitious.
Where did you find your wedding dress?
My dress was by the Italian designers Le Spose Di Gio. It had a white satin bodice and skirt with very delicate organza which went off the shoulder, round the bustline and out of the skirt. I had a structured veil to match. It was very simple but very elegant.
How did you feel when you put it on?
Like a bride and very special. Also nervous…so much pressure is on the bride I think.
What accessories did you wear on the day?
I wore a huge beehive with red ribbon, diamond drop earrings and a diamond bracelet. I wore Agent Provocateur bra and Jimmy Choo shoes. My earrings were my something borrowed from my mum. I had knickers with ‘Mrs Turk’ in pale blue as my something blue.
The bridesmaids and ushers were all in navy too so that was something blue. My dress was the something new. My something old was the vintage bus and also my wedding band was the eternity ring my step granddad gave to my nan. He died when I was 8. I had the ring melted down so it would fit around my engagement ring. I also had a sixpence in my bag.
What was Andy’s outfit like?
It was bought from Paul Smith. It was a steel blue and very fitted. He wore a red bow tie with cream hearts and he had two-tone brogues made in London.
How did he look when you first saw him?
I fell in love all over again.
Tell us about your bridesmaids
I had four bridesmaids- my two best friends, my cousin and my niece. The three adult girls helped with everything and anything I asked. They were a dream come true.
They wore steel blue silk and organza dresses from Reiss and they had steel blue sequin platform shoes from Kurt Geiger which had a big bow on. They were just understated but gorgeous. The whole day was supposed to be understated -just a good old wedding!
Tells us about the best man and ushers
We asked our three brothers to be ushers and Andy’s closest friend to be best man. It was easy to choose. They wore steel blue suits from M&S and they had the red ties with cream hearts from Paul Smith to match the groom.
Please tell us about your ceremony
It was in the Orangery at Gaynes Park; we had two large floor standing candelabras which had a ball of flowers on each arm and Gypsophelia going round the stand to the floor. The table had a trail of Gypsophila and rose petals on it.
Did you have readings and/or music?
Yes - Andy’s middle brother read something from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. My brother wrote and sang us a song. I walked down the aisle to a Buddy Holly cover by The Black Keys called ‘Dearest’, we also had Laura Marlin and we walked out to the Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’.
What’s your favourite memory?
Seeing Andy’s face as I walked down the aisle and the relief once our vows were said as I was finding it really hard not to cry.
What transport did you hire/borrow?
We hired a vintage Regal Master single decker bus.
What was your wedding theme?
1950’s meets 2012.
How did you personalise your day?
The barn is beautiful as it is so we didn’t decorate. The table centrepieces were candelabras with a ball of flowers on every arm and Gyposphilia coming down the base. We also hnd balls of Gypsohpilia suspended from the mezzanine floor. We used candelabras on the tables. As a floral designer (my company is called The Blue Dandelion), I designed the floral arrangements myself and I helped do them with Andy’s aunt.
I bought a blue vintage suitcase for people to put cards in. We also painted a giant A&H to go behind our table at the wedding breakfast.
What menu did you choose for your wedding reception?
We had the fillet steak for the main course and chocolate brownie for dessert (my mouth is watering just thinking about it).
How did you organise the table plan
We wanted people to know one another to give a good atmosphere. The lively table we put in the middle so that their energy would spread to the others. Our table names were names of the bars we went to watch gigs at when we got engaged at SXSW festival in Austin.
How many people did you cater for?
We catered for 95 and we had another 70 guests in the evening.
Describe your favours
We had cake pops in a variety of blue, white and red. They also had the person’s name attached to them. We had our own special ones which were a little bride and groom.
Tell us about your cake
We had seven tiers of cheese consisting of 10 different cheeses. These were topped off with handmade mice including a Bride and Groom, four Bridemaids and a sweep.
Tell us about the speeches
They were lovely. Quite traditional but light hearted. All had a really personal touch. I also made a speech but found it hard to hold back tears.
Did you have a band or DJ?
THE most incredible band I’ve ever seen- the Hackney Colliery Band and we had a DJ in between.
Tell us about your first dance
Our first song was ‘First Day Of My Life’ by Bright Eyes. This song was back from when we first met and we listened over and over with our husky and bottle of wine.
What was the best part of the day?
I can’t really pick. Definitely the “I DO“ part and the party. Everything was just so amazing. Seeing each other at the beginning of the aisle and just the biggest grin and the moment the band started. Honestly, the best day of my life.
Did anything not go according to plan on the day?
We didn’t have time for the confetti shot and it just went too quickly.
Based on your own experience, please give us some top tips…
- For brides: Don’t get too hung up about the dress. It’s just a dress and it will drive you crazy. Remember to reapply your makeup.
- For grooms: Go shopping with your best man. Make a day of it like the girls do.
- For keeping to a budget: Whatever you think is your budget, double it.
“If we could do it all again, we’d…”
Do the same except I’d change into a different dress and would have checked my hair.
Tell us about the honeymoon
We had a mini moon and went to the Gallivant Hotel in Rye for a couple of nights. Then a week later we went to the Maldives for two weeks where we stayed at the Constance Moofushi resort - the most beautiful place I have ever seen.
Images courtesy of Andrew Leo Photography ©