Stephanie was the epitome of a classic, traditional and timeless bride. She and Robert were married at St Susannahs Church in Horsley Woodhouse. Then their reception was at The Farmhouse at Mackworth. For their traditional wedding, Stephanie chose to wear our stunning Gracie Rose with the added loveliness of a lace jacket with sleeves, pockets, a super long train and a delicate lace edge veil for her beautiful spring wedding. Small personal touches such as tulips for her flowers, the tea and biscuit station and creating their own decorations, therefor making their day even more special to them and their guests.
Read on to discover Stephanie and Roberts wedding journey and the personal details they created for their special day.
What was the proposal like?
“My husband proposed in the comfort of our own home but it was an unbelievably special proposal. I came home to a rose on the door with one of my favourite songs playing. I walked into our hallway where the cabinet I’d wanted for ages was sat. The cabinet consisted of eleven draws each with a numbered luggage label. Each one was filled with a handwritten note and some special tokens. In the last one was the ring and the message asking me to marry Rob, when I turned around Rob was there! I couldn’t stop crying. “
What was searching for your perfect wedding dress like?
I knew in my head what I’d always wanted and after seeing other people’s experiences and dresses from Lizzie, I wanted an Elizabeth Malcolm dress and experience. Searching for my perfect dress was easy – as soon as I walked through Lizzie’s door, she was ready to help me make my perfect dress a reality.
How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?
I knew the style of dress I wanted and I knew which one of Lizzie’s dresses was my dream style – ‘Gracie-Rose’. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the dress for me. I wanted a traditional dress but still, one that was unique to me. Lizzie helped me create my dress just that by adding all those extra parts to ‘Gracie-Rose’ that I wanted. A lace jacket and sleeves, the train, pockets, buttons all the way down the back and a huge veil. Lizzie was incredible at listening to all my ideas and incorporating these into making the perfect dress. Each appointment was such an incredible experience.
Seeing your dress develop in front of your eyes and receiving the all-important wedding day advice from Lizzie was priceless. Lizzie always made me and my Mum feel so welcome and she was with us every step of the way. She was even integral to the wedding morning, which flowed so well.
What was your absolute most favourite part of your dress?
There were too many parts of my dress that I loved to pick a favourite. I loved my lace jacket that was added to the top of my dress. It was always my dream to have lace sleeves and it just gave the detail to my dress that I wanted. I was so pleased with my pockets that Lizzie added to my dress to carry those all-important tissues that I was going to need. When I showed my pockets to my husband in the service he was so impressed! I also adored the embroidered name and date that Lizzie added inside my dress along with my ‘something blue’ ribbon and a piece of my mum’s wedding dress.
What accessories did you go for to make your look complete?
I had a beautiful diamond belt around my waist which tied in a bow at the back. I purposely went for a high neck-line dress to avoid having to pick a necklace. I went with a pearl and diamond bracelet and a matching hair grip with pearl earrings.
Who did your hair and makeup?
My local beautician, Caroline from Vanity Hair in Kilburn, did my make-up. I wanted someone who knew me well and could give me that all-important bridal look but still keep me as natural as possible, I don’t wear much make-up in my everyday life. I also went with my regular hairdresser, Kelly from Blend in Derby. She has been my hairdresser for many years and knows my hair inside out. She was incredible at making a plan with me to make sure my hair was the right length and colour to what I wanted for the big day.
How did you decide on your look?
Everything seemed to fall into place with how I looked. I had a basic idea in my head of what I wanted. When I shared these ideas with the professionals around me, they then guided me to help make these ideas possible and to make sure everything worked with what I wanted.
How would you describe the styling of your wedding?
Our wedding was traditional but with a rustic theme. I wanted a traditional feel to our wedding day but with our own personality thrown in. We went for the wooden and hessian look with all our own decorations mixed in and I loved how much we did ourselves. We made a lot of our own decorations and I loved seeing it all come together on the day.
Where did you get your wedding inspiration from?
A lot of our inspiration came from things we had seen online. We would find an idea and then see how we could incorporate this into our big day.
Any small details that you would like to mention?
I love revisiting all the memories from our wedding, especially our guest book and photo-booth book that our guests could write in. But I am really looking forward to opening our first-anniversary jar. We asked our guests to write us a message on a luggage label and put them in a jar for us to open on our anniversary. We had a first anniversary and a tenth-anniversary jar. The tenth is hidden away but our first is on show ready to open on our anniversary.
Did you follow any wedding traditions?
Our wedding was very traditional. A church wedding with a fancy wedding car to take us to our venue. Groomsmen in tails, a three-tiered cake and formal seating on the top table. One tradition that we did follow which didn’t bother me at the time but I am now so glad we did was the line-up into our wedding breakfast. I thought it was old fashioned and unnecessary, but my venue encouraged us that it is a nice idea to give people chance to take in the seating plan and get settle and that it gives us a chance to see everyone. Without that line-up, I don’t think I would have spoken to all our guests on such a busy day. I had some lovely, unforgettable moments with my friends and family during the line-up.
What music did you have during the ceremony?
In the church, we had the traditional wedding march into the ceremony and ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ on the way out. I had ‘Jerusalem’ as it is one of my hymns that I have always loved. While signing the register we had ‘You Were Meant For Me’ from Singin in the Rain because of my love of musicals and ‘All I Want Is You’ by Barry Louis Polisar. While eating our wedding breakfast, we used a playlist Rob and I had made. We tried to include as many of our guests’ own wedding songs to catch their attention and bring back brilliant memories for them.
What about your first dance song?
We had Steve Tyrell’s version of ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ from ‘Father of the Bride’. The song means so much to me and we both loved the lyrics.
What was your most memorable moment of the day?
My most memorable moment of the day has got to be the evening reception. The whole day is special and full of special moments. I loved having the car ride to the reception where Rob and I had a few moments together and a chance to breathe. However, the evening was just exceptional and Rob and I talk about it so often. From the atmosphere of everyone dancing to our incredible Rock n’ Roll band, ‘The Buddies’. Even the brilliant cheesy disco after was great and everyone gave it their all. Anyone not dancing was eating great food and enjoying the photo booth. We ended in a huge circle with Rob and I in the middle dancing to The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’. I loved how we let ourselves go at night and really did dance the night away.
Do you have any tips for brides to be for wedding planning?
A lot of my tips came from other peoples experiences and a lot from the companies we’d chosen to work with. Make sure you have what you want and not what anyone else wants. Only invite the people you want there and don’t let others persuade you. Soak in every minute of your day and enjoy every minute of the planning and build-up. This was the best advice given to me and it was perfect in the end.
Likewise, make lists, lists, lists. I had so many lists and it helped so much seeing things getting crossed off, but also making sure everything gets done. Lists also help your spouse to be, as they don’t always know what’s going on in your head. Also, during the planning, when everything gets on top of you and you just want the wedding to come, just remember that it’s going to be amazing. It will be the best day of your life and, when it’s done, you really are going to want to do it all over again.
Images were taken by a family friend. The venue was St Susannahs Church in Horsley Woodhouse and Reception was at The Farmhouse at Mackworth. The flowers were created by Polka Dot Florist. Make-up was by Caroline from Vanity Hair in Kilburn, Kelly from Blend in Derby did Stephanies Hair. Suit hire was from Brigdans Derby