24th Jul 2013

Emma & Marcus

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We met on an airplane! We were coming home from separate holidays with our friends and we sat next to each other....the rest, really, is history! Since then our life together has been secure, inspiring and pure contentment. I've loved him more and more each day.
When Marcus proposed, he took me to our new house that we were renovating on our way out for New Years Eve celebrations and he'd painted 'Will you marry me?' on the wall with a tester pot! He got down on one knee and presented me with my Grandmother's gorgeous ring! When he asked permission from my Dad, he gave him the ring. It's a beautiful diamond cluster and absolutely perfect!

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I always envisioned my wedding to be classic; nothing too over the top, and I always thought I'd wear a slinky satin number for my wedding dress, as that's the style I prefer usually.
When I started looking for my dress, I tried on about half a dozen slinky satin dresses exactly like I wanted, but they didn't look right. I went into Clifton Brides in Bristol and tried on four Augusta Jones dresses. I loved all of them but then I spotted Jackie hanging on the rail and fell in love instantly!
To accessorise my look I wore a bespoke head-peice made for me by Hermione Harbutt. Lots of pearls and bead work that matched the detail on the shoulder of the dress and a simple pair of pearl studs given to me as a gift by Hermione Harbutt the supplier of my headpiece.  For my hair and makeup I wanted simple and classic, slightly 1940's. Nina Norman did my makeup and Louise Alway my hair. I just had one bridesmaid, she wore a cobalt blue 1950's style dress from Coast.
Marcus wore a blue suit from Reiss and my Grandad's pocket watch. He looked so sharp on the day, but so relaxed.

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I just wanted a classic wedding with little hints of my favourite things. Sadly all my grandparents have died and so I had things that reminded me of them. I used my Nans China.  For the flowers I chose Peonies, white Hydrangeas and white Roses, made for me by Joanna Cheek.
My invites were fab! My friend Tristan Hunt designed them with a lot of input from me. I wanted two peas in a pod on the front and he hand drew a fantastic drawing! In the end we invited 80 guests to the wedding and reception. A perfect number, not too many and not too little.
The venue was Berwick Lodge Bristol and it was so beautiful. I didn't want to distract from it, so instead of decorating the place, we just had candles and flowers. It was perfect!
My maid of honour and friend, Jo Hunt, made 5 different cakes displayed perfectly on a table.
We chose James Hacker to be our photographer because he's amazing. He tells a story with his photos and captures moments. I would highly recommend him.

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The morning of the big day was so much fun! Filled with laughter and smiles. My friend Barrimore England Davies had restored an old Volvo which he drove for us to the ceremony. It was a civil ceremony at the venue,  so fairly standard.  But our friend Clare Rodliffe who is an English teacher wrote a lovely reading for us.
The reception was perfect! Great food, our favourite drinks, Gin and Tonic and wine, a cream tea for desert and lots of dancing. I felt amazing all day! Like a film star!
Our first dance as a married couple was "To Build a Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra.

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The whole day was everything we wanted it to be, I would never want to do it again because it would never be as good! It was just perfect in every way. The happiest day of my life.
My advice to any bride is: Don't get stressed about the tiny details. Your guests won't notice them on the day and more importantly neither will you! You're so excited and happy that you just don't notice the little things

Photographer: James Hacker
Dress: Jackie by Augusta Jones at Clifton Brides
Location: Bristol, UK
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