Rory whisked Ellis-May off on a romantic trip to London, where he popped the question in a spectacular setting. While enjoying a meal at Michelin Star restaurant, Galvin’s, sat on the 27th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane, Rory asked Ellis-May to be his wife. “It was such a beautiful surprise,” smiles Ellis-May. “We were overlooking the whole of London and it was lit up by just the buzzing city life,” she adds.
As lovers of style and fashion, the first thing the couple sorted was their wedding theme. Inspired by Pearl Harbour, the couple decided upon a chic 40s theme, which was to be complemented by a beautiful, yet relaxed, wedding venue. “We were quite open to a wide range of venues but instantly fell in love with Curradine Barns when we found it online,” explains Ellis-May. “As soon as we arrived at the venue we knew it was the one – it took my breath away,” she smiles.
Alongside finding the perfect venue, putting their own personal stamp on the wedding was also important to the couple. Lots of items were handmade – from the bunting to the pair’s wedding cake, which was made by a family friend. One of the highlights was the table plan, which was constructed by Rory’s father using a garden trellis, rope, picture hooks, buckets and fresh flowers. Birdcages and natural flowers also featured heavily in the couple’s décor, complementing the rustic feel of the venue. “We had so many amazing comments about the decorations, we were over the moon,” smiles Ellis-May.
Big day helpers
While the couple were keen to do as much DIY as they could, they did need to rely on suppliers for some of their wedding elements. The Curradine Barns team helped them with all the essentials – providing yummy catering for the pair’s big day and hosting a fabulous wedding fair, where the couple found their photographer.
Being so into fashion made finding the perfect dress difficult. “I knew exactly what I wanted and had a picture of the gown in my head,” explains Ellis-May. “After visiting a few bridal shops I quickly realised I could never find the dress of my dreams, so I went home, started sketching and got a bespoke gown made.”
Rory opted for a fashionable navy blue suit from DKNY, finished off with a crisp white Hugo Boss shirt, Paul Smith shoes and a Saville Row royal blue with white polka dot tie. His six groomsmen wore a darker navy blue suit from Next to complement his look. Ellis May’s five bridesmaids also wore Rory’s choice of royal blue and accessorised with diamante daisy head chains and a freshwater pearl necklace. “They all looked stunning,” says Ellis-May.
A day to remember
Rory and Ellis-May tied the knot at Curradine Barns on 25th April 2015. Their relaxed ceremony featured some of their favourite songs, including All of Me, by John Legend, and Happy, by Pharrell Williams, and featured personalised readings, read by both the couple’s mothers. “The readings were so touching, it made the ceremony really beautiful,” remembers Ellis-May.
Traditional food fare
With the formalities over, the newlywed couple and their guests went on to enjoy a Pimms drinks reception followed by plenty of scrumptious food. “We had lots of yummy canapés including deep fried Thai salmon fishcakes with a sweet chilli sauce and sun dried tomato and Parmesan crostini with basil pesto, plus a three-course dinner to follow,” explains Ellis-May. The pair opted for a traditional menu with a fillet of beef for the meat-eaters and ratatouille stuffed aubergine for the vegetarians, followed by a vanilla cheesecake with raspberry coulis for dessert.
The perfect playlist
To complete their celebrations the couple got all their guests on the dancefloor as their band and DJ played the perfect wedding playlist. “We made sure there was a mix of songs for all generations and in every genre. We kick-started the evening with our first dance to Ed Sheeran and even got our parents to join in mid-way through,” smiles Ellis-May. “We wouldn’t have changed a thing about the day.”
Ellis-May’s top tips:
- Budget and prioritise your must-haves so if money gets a little tight you don’t have to compromise on your favourite ideas.
- Provide the wedding party with schedules so they know timings on the day.
- If your parents are re-married, consider having a sweetheart table for just the bride, groom, best man and maid of honour, rather than one long table.
If you’d like to find out more about getting married at Curradine Barns, contact the wedding team on 01905 670039.
Images © Paul Willetts Photography