When Jo met Ben at Shelley College, the first thing she noticed about him was his good looks and sense of humour. We asked our beautiful Limelight bride to tell us about their wonderful wedding day at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park captured in these amazing photos by Milly Fuller.
How did Ben propose?
On the day we moved into our house, he got the keys early, decorated the living room with flowers & balloons, took the keys back to the estate agents so that we could ‘collect them together’. I went into the living room first, and asked if Ben had paid extra for the estate agents to decorate for us, I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about when he said ‘You haven’t read it have you?’, read what? I looked back over at the decorations and read the wall hanging with the words ‘Will you marry me?’ When I looked back at Ben, he was down on one knee! It was a total surprise!
What was it about your venue that made you choose it for your wedding day?
The beautiful scenery sold it to us before we’d even seen the reception area, we like to go on long walks in the countryside so felt it reflected us a little bit as well. The reception area was modern, and a blank canvas to work with in terms of decorations as we hadn’t settled on a colour scheme or anything at the time. We wanted a more relaxed, slightly less formal day and the Sculpture park provided that, it was perfect for us.
What was the best bit about your hen do?
Having fun with my best friend, all of the ladies in my family and Ben’s family, and in the middle of wedding planning it’s nice to relax and have a laugh.
Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – which things were the most important to you?
All of the way through the 9-10 months planning the wedding, both me and Ben said, it’s about getting married, which seems obvious but we wanted that to be our main focus. We didn’t want to get too bogged down/stressed about the smaller details, we did still pay attention to detail and the personal touches etc, but tried to take the attitude that once you’re married and have all of your family and friends to celebrate with, nothing else really matters. I think this helped to keep perspective with the inevitable bumps along the wedding planning way. For me personally, having my mum there to help me chose my wedding dress was hugely important, it’s a big milestone and I felt so lucky to have my mum by side to support me. Being able to invite Ben’s mum to one of my later fittings (when my dress was almost perfect) was really nice as well.
You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress?
A slim fitting, fishtail/mermaid, lace dress, with buttons down the back, almost the polar opposite of the princess dress I eventually chose! Although the only thing I was certain about, was the buttons!
If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?
It’s really difficult to chose just 3! If I had to chose, I would probably say, saying our vows, we did a landrover tour to take our ‘posey’ wedding album photos and after that we just had a few minutes alone at front of the venue looking out across the hills just to take it in which was so nice, and finally rejoining our guests for the speeches. The most emotional day ever!
Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?
I left a little pocket watch in Ben’s waistcoat as a surprise hoping that he’d find it as he got dressed, but he didn’t notice it was in there until his step-mum gave hive a hint! (I told her beforehand just in case) just a token gift/keepsake, but a way of communicating on the morning of the wedding without actually speaking to each other!
How did you choose your honeymoon destination?
Ben chose a lovely hotel in the Lake district, super relaxing and just what we needed, quality time together after a crazy week!
What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?
Practical advice: Get a good photographer! A picture speaks a thousand words and once the day is over they’ll mean everything to you, they also tell stories of things that happened while you weren’t looking, or busy greeting guests etc. Also, work with suppliers that you trust, it will reduce your stress levels by a thousand times!
Try not to sweat the small stuff, on the day of the wedding you wont care what colour napkins are on the tables, the overwhelming feeling (as cheesey as it is) is the love and happiness and being able there to share your special day. You won’t look back and think I wish I’d put more sprinkles on the tables, you look back on the support from your parents and bridesmaids, the way that you chose to spend the morning, that look from your sister before you step into church, the best man’s reassuring pat on the groom’s back while they’re stood at the altar, the little wobble during your vows and all of the small moments with the people that you love the most, in the middle of a crazy, amazing day.
Most importantly, enjoy yourself! On the day, everything that you have so carefully planned will fall into place, and it goes really really fast! Remind yourself to pause, take a breath and soak it up!
Congratulations Jo and Ben!
Our very best wishes
Claire and all the Limelight team xxx
Cake from Cakes by Michelle. Hair and makeup by Bow and Blush