Hello! Welcome to Share Your Wedding. The weekly feature that gives you the chance to re-live your wedding day and may just give soon-to-be–weds some inspiration.
This week we have access to Kerri-Ann’s wedding. Kerri-Ann blogs over at Mummy Hargreaves and can be found on Twitter @kahargreaves
Tell us about your family,
I’m Kerri-Ann or KA as my friends call me, a 34 year old mummy to Lil G who is 3 in June and our dog Alfie Bear. Wife to Mr H, we share our life together in Staffordshire, in our Victorian Terrace, which has been a renovation project for the last 5 years.
I’m a full time working mummy, I split my time between the office in Manchester and working from home to get the work life blend. My weekend mainly revolves around Lil G’s adventures including swimming and football, with the occasional ‘date night’ with Mr H and time spent with friends.
I love clothes and all things fashion, my social media networks and the communities I’m apart of, I’ve just found a new love for blogging, other than that it’s cake and my gorgeous little boy.
How did you two meet?
As old school as it gets, our eyes met in a bar, in what was one of the ‘Cool’ places to be on a Saturday night! That was back in 2001, it took until 2004 for us to speak where we shared a New Years Eve kiss, and then finally my now husband asked me on a date in July 2005. We were living together within 3 months, bought our first house within 6 months, the rest is history! It took you ages to get going, then it was a whirlwind!
How long have you known each other?
9 years in July 2014
How did he propose?
My hubby proposed, December 2008 in Central Park, NYC. Planned and unexpected, well I knew the time was coming but didn’t expect it to be on this holiday. As it was the 1st day of our holiday it was a very memorable stay, and it even snowed. That sounds magical.
How long were you engaged before you were married?
2 years exactly
When did you get married?
December 29th 2010
Was your wedding a large event or a more intimate affair?
We had 76 guests in the day, roughly 100 at night, our day guests were mainly those we had shared our lives with as a couple, no extended family members who didn’t know us. Close family and our friends. It was a party after all. I had 3 bridesmaids, my husband had 4 groomsmen and 2 page boys, we had 3 close friends who did readings during the ceremony.
Tell us about the Venues?
We were married at Crewe Hall, Cheshire in a Civil Ceremony at Midday, with it being a winter wedding we were conscious there would be very little light to have pictures taken after 3pm, but on top of that we wanted the day to last as long as it possibly could. Crewe Hall is a beautiful stately home, with open fires, candlelight combined with beautiful decor. A truly romantic setting. For the week before our wedding day, it snowed. The night before our big day, the rain came and washed it all away. What it left was a beautiful blue sky. We had kept our fingers crossed for snow as the building and grounds would have looked so beautiful. What a beautiful venue.
Did your wedding have a certain style?
We (I mean I) kept things quite simple as there was so much colour in the venue. I chose a simple vintage style, our tables dressed with white linen, finished with a cream lace runner, candelabra’s and small vintage vases containing silk roses and peonies in a cream and dusky pink. I sourced all the elements myself.
Tell us about the most important thing, the Dress?
You’re right, for me it was the dress! I chose an Ian Stuart Dress, Cabaret in Ivory. One of the first dresses I tried on actually, I looked at others but nothing quite matched the feeling I had when I tried this beautiful dress on. My dress had a fitted bodice and a lace up corset at the back, and a sweetheart neck. One of my favourite features was the strap over one shoulder which fell down the back of the dress too, my second favourite part was the skirt of roses, I used to love opening the dress bag and fluffy the roses up, they came alive.
Describe your wedding.
I’d planned the wedding over a 2 year period, to the last teeny tiny detail. Thankfully all but one item went to plan, but actually what was missing made no difference.
For me it was about the dress, photographer (although we did this together), Bridesmaids, decoration, cake and flowers which all tied in. My then to be husband was given the responsibility of dressing himself , the boys, pulling together a playlist for the evening and arranging the honeymoon.
We opted for silk flowers as there was little choice for us in December. I also love roses and peonies which fitted with the style of my dress and cake. I hadn’t mentioned the silk flowers to anyone as I was so conscious they wouldn’t look real. We had so many compliments on how beautiful and pretty they looked. My bouquet was silk too, the magic is that I can physically touch my bouquet every day and our guests took away the single vases which were on their tables.
The Bridesmaids were in Ivory dresses from Laura Ashley, floor length. Accessorised with silk flowers in their hair, pearl necklaces, a pearl Thomas Sabo bracelet as a gift from me and cream heels.
Mr H kept his and the groomsmen outfits quite simple, just perfect for the venue and our style of course. The boys and page boys all wore dinner suits, bow ties and black patent shoes. Mr H wore an off the peg suit, tailored, a Hugo Boss white shirt, D&G patent brogues. He looked very handsome.
We kept the day as tailored to us as much as possible, the reception drinks were Beers for the boys and Champagne for the girls. The music was what we loved but taking into consideration the different age ranges in the room. The food, we chose was what we loved to eat. We filled the tables with enough wine to get our guests tipsy and to prevent them visiting the bar until after the meal.
As part of the invitations we asked our guests to select 2 or 3 songs, we added most of these songs to our list which we gave to the DJ. That way we knew most would be up with us dancing at some stage. My husband had 1 rule of the day, no requests, the DJ was very obliging. Who wants Cotton Eye Joe anyway! Yes someone requested it, sadly for them it wasn’t played! In the day we had some soft music playing, Michael Buble, Take That, Elton John, Frank Sinatra.
As we took to the dance floor for our 1st of 2 dances our bridesmaids handed out sparklers which made a lovely atmosphere and looked so stunning.
What was your favourite part of your Wedding?
The ceremony, the dancing and of course the pictures, mainly because we escaped for one whole hour where we could spend some time alone together, before the food was served and evening celebrations kicked in. Great idea!
What extra touches made it special for you both?
My mother in law coming up to my room to make sure I was ok. My bridesmaids gave me a scroll and a penny as a memory for our special day. Ah lovely.
Did anything not go as planned? Any funny stories?
Two things, the venue organisers failed to lay out candles down the aisle for me to walk down, my husband some how messed up the seating plan for the first 3 rows, I’d recommend name places popped on to the seats.
Would you do anything differently with hindsight?
Looking back I think we gave the wedding photographer too much guidance. Our photo’s were stunning however some shots were too scripted. Don’t get me wrong we had nearly 1000 images so extremely satisfied.
What song did you walk into and what was your first dance song?
First dance was ‘So high’ by John Legend followed by Viva la Vida by Coldplay. I walked down the aisle to Come away with me by Norah Jones. Love Norah Jones.
Do you have any advice for the soon to be married?
Enjoy it, smile as you walk down the aisle, try to steal an hour away together, the day goes so quickly, try to take it all in, Video the ceremony, we didn’t but a friend did and we were so grateful.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We flew the next day, travelled to Thailand, we arrived on New Years Eve which we celebrated in Bangkok, then moved on to Krabi and then PhiPhi. Truly magical. What makes our wedding and honeymoon all the more special is that unbeknown to us we were actually 8 weeks pregnant on our wedding day, we didn’t actually find this out until we were 15 weeks but looking back it makes me smile so much knowing that Lil G shared our special day with us. He danced with us! Awww so wonderful!
Thanks again to Kerri-Ann for giving us access to her beautiful wedding.
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