I have a lovely little blog post and some gorgeous photos to show you from a recent real wedding that took place in December, a little ray of winter sunshine after nearly 12 months of Coronavirus and so many postponed weddings. The bride and groom also happened to be two of my best friends which meant I was lucky enough to go along and be a part of their magical day. It may have been small in numbers (only 15 guests were allowed at the time), but it was still big in personality! From a surprise performance from the two of them singing their favourite hymn to us all in the church to a beautiful and very emotional video, a surprise from James to Jacqui which featured videos from lots of the guests who should have been at the wedding. It really was such a wonderful day and Jacqui looked absolutely incredibly in her ‘Filipa’ wedding dress from Modeca, every inch the perfect winter bride!
Where did the wedding take place?
“Originally, we had planned to get married in Bishops Tawton Church, then follow it with a reception at Portmore Golf club. When numbers were reduced to 15, we decided Portmore would be just a little too big for a reception, luckily Lilicos said that we could have the reception there, the staff and the setting made it the most perfect evening we could have asked for.
We did still manage to get married in the Church, however as we couldn’t have our banns read we had to apply for a license in order to get married in the Church. Thankfully, James was amazingly organised and sorted the whole thing.”
What made you decide to go ahead with your wedding rather than postpone due to the restrictions?
“We never really questioned cancelling the wedding. I think we both had our heart set on getting married that day.
When it dropped to 30 it was fine as we could fit the immediate family, all the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. Unfortunately, when it dropped again to 15 guests, it did become a very tight squeeze! We had a plan to have a big party for our one-year anniversary though, which made the whole thing a bit easier as we knew we could celebrate with everyone then.
We had no idea what this year would bring in terms of restrictions so we thought we may as well go for it.”
How did you choose your wedding dress?
“The night we got engaged, one of my first thoughts was of course the dress. I spent a fair while scrolling through Charlottes Instagram and I saved one dress in particular. When I made an appointment to go into the shop, Charlotte of course suggested trying lots of different dresses on to see which styles looked good. I showed her the one I had saved, I tried that dress on first and immediately loved it. I tried on a few more and felt fabulous in each, however, I kept going back to the first one!”
What was your favourite part of the wedding day?
“Without a doubt walking down the aisle and seeing James. However, James’s speech where a video was made with recordings from guests who couldn’t come was a close second!”
Do you plan to do anything to celebrate with the rest of your friends and family once restrictions are eased?
“Yes, we have booked Portmore, where our original reception was going to be for our year anniversary. The dress will make another appearance and I think we will do speeches, cake cutting and the first dance again. We are hoping to have a blessing as well. Basically we’re going to do the whole thing again!”
Wedding Dress – Filipa by Modeca, Champagne & Charlotte Bridal
Veil – The Couture Veil, Champagne & Charlotte Bridal
Flowers – Petal & Posie
Makeup – Isabelle Grace Makeup Artistry