I’ve been excited to write about this wedding for a very long time. It’s an event that was close to my heart, and what a wonderful event it was. I’ve known Amanda for more than 13 years and never, ever have I seen her happier than the day she married Mike. I’ve also never seen her look like she was about to explode like I did that morning, but that’s a whole other story. In fact, the ‘getting ready’ shots in the wedding you’re about to see were – quite literally – the calm after the storm, hence why we all look so serene.
I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid and I loved every moment of it. But enough from me, I’ll let Amanda tell you her story in her own words…
What was your inspiration for the big day?
I was keen to have a vintage-inspired theme from the outset. My dress was one of the first things chosen, so it set the theme for pretty much the whole day. Mike and I love the outdoors, so we chose a garden theme. We decorated the venue with bunting, galvanised buckets and bird-themed props to create a garden party feel.
The colour scheme actually happened by accident, when one of my bridesmaids fell in love with a dusky pink Grecian-style dress. I’d already had purple in mind for the bridesmaids, but I bought the dress to surprise her and decided we could make it work with the purple. Then started our quest for a colour that worked with both, and a colour scheme of dusky pink, lavender and Cadbury purple was born.
The flowers were also really important to me. Despite it being a somewhat controversial choice, I loved the look of thistles so these were heavily incorporated into the displays. The bouquets and tablecentres also included Ocean Song roses, gypsophila and winter berries. Our florist did an amazing job.
Why did you choose High Rocks as your venue?
High Rocks is somewhere that’s always been special for us and we loved the idea that we could go back and visit whenever we wanted after the wedding. We love the railway that runs alongside it and I immediately had visions of the groomsmen arriving on the train together, and how special that would be for Mike. The grounds of High Rocks are amazing and completely different to anything we’d ever seen before. There are pretty drawbridges that run across the top of the rocks, which make for great photographs. The hike to the top isn’t for the fainthearted, but for those who can make it, it’s an amazing experience and the photos are definitely some of our favourites from the day.
How would you describe your bridal style?
My Enzoani dress was made from tulle and lace and there were so many things I loved about it. The train was stunning and the perfect length, and my mother-in-law added small bows as part of the bustle, which made it personal to me. My favourite feature, however, had to be the belt, which was embellished with lace, bows and brooches.
The main accessory that pulled my look together was my Olivier Laudus headband. It was a beautiful, vintage-inspired piece that really suited my style. I had so many compliments throughout the day – people even offered to buy it from me! Because it was quite an elaborate piece, I finished the look with a simple pearl and diamond necklace and earring set, and a bracelet.
Do you have any advice for choosing accessories?
To remember that if you want to wear a beautiful statement piece, it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
What was your favourite moment of the day?
For both Mike and I, it was the car journey after the ceremony. We enjoyed a 20-minute ride, complete with champagne, giving us a chance to reflect on everything that had already happened and to talk about our mornings. It was also the only chance in the day we got to spend some quality time together.
Another special moment for me was setting up the reception in the morning with one of my bridesmaids. It allowed me to see the setting before anyone else arrived; I could finally look back on a year of planning and see how it had all come together. It was also nice to see the suppliers who were rushing around to make our day perfect.
The finer details…
Wedding date: 8 September 2012
Photography: Lollypop Photography
Venue: High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells
Dress: Blue by Enzoani
Accessories: Celine side headband, Olivier Laudus
Florist: The Little Flower Studio
Decor: Bows Hire
Cake: Janeymac Cakes
Hair: Elise Bull
Make-up: Amy Barker