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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All brides have one very special thing in common with one another, and that is, of course, love. Ok, it may sound a tad trite, but, I’m not just gushing – it is simply an undeniable truth.

Every year hundreds of brides-to-be bring their parents, grandparents, siblings, best friends and future in-laws through our doors because, somewhere along the way, they have found the person they want to spend the rest of their lives with. However, I have come to see, this is where the similarities end. How our brides choose to celebrate their special day, from the gown they wear, the venue in which they exchange their vows, the music they dance to and the food they share, is wonderfully unique. With every wedding comes symbolism, special touches and nods to cultural and familial tradition; throw in an element of good old fashioned fun, and you have a spectacular celebrations of, yes you guessed it, love.

Our stunningly beautiful bride Theresa’s wedding day, included all of the above and more. Once I had seen the entrancing photos of this inspirational day, I absolutely had to find out more…

 

Once Upon a Time How did you and your new husband, Michael meet?

Having always lived in Leeds and knowing the same set of friends, strangely we had never met. Then in June 2011 for a mutual friend’s birthday (our bridesmaid) I went to celebrate with her at Fazenda Steakhouse and Mike had come along for all you can eat meat!

Love at First Sight? What was the first thing you noticed about him?

 He was very obliging, taking photographs for me and maintained that I owed him a drink so that he would have reason to talk to me again! We chatted a lot that night, kept in touch and hit it off quite instantly. We enjoyed each other’s company and officially became a couple from August 2011. So whilst it never really is instant, it didn’t take us too long!

The Proposal How did he propose?

It was my birthday in December 2014 and Mike took me to the Cow and Calf Pub in Ilkley. We rushed in from the cold, to have some lunch and a drink but were told they were fully booked. I asked Mike if he had booked. He said yes, so I asked him to check again as surely they would have our booking. Mike asked again and they said that they didn’t and suggested we went for a walk and come back as they could get a table ready for us. Go for a walk? It’s freezing! YOU go for a walk, I thought. We then drove down into Ilkley. Ah, I said, let’s go to Betty’s! We can sit there and have a hot drink! Mike just agreed, I guess to keep me quiet, but not before taking me to where we had our first date by the river. He went to get some bread as he did five years ago so we could feed the ducks again. We then walked to the bridge where we had our first kiss. With a few people walking by, he went down on one knee and proposed to me! I did cry a few tears and then of course said yes! Mike knew that I wouldn’t want to walk in the cold and it wouldn’t have made sense that he would want to go for a walk as it’s not like him. This being the case he had prepared this plan in advance. We went back to the Cow and Calf pub where they greeted and congratulated us! They had our table ready. It was by the fireplace with the Christmas decorations and champagne at the ready.

 

The Venue What was it about your venue that made you choose it for your wedding day?

The stunningly modern ballroom with overlooking upper balconied floor. It has an amazing fireplace feature, with beautiful lighting, state of the art sound and DJ system and picturesque views. We loved the surrounding woodland and gardens. There is a beautiful outdoor sandstone gazebo, for which we were very lucky to have exchanged our vows and become married there.

 Girls Just Want to Have Fun What was the best bit about your hen do?

 Am I allowed to say the Butler in the Buff? Ok, I just did! Thanks girls! No seriously, we were very lucky as Mike went to Cancun with his friends, yes Cancun! And so as I wasn’t going to let him have all the fun, as well as a day of fun in Leeds with my friends, I went to Dubai with family and had an amazing time there. We went swimming with dolphins, had afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab, went on a desert safari and I fell in love with the Burj Kalifa. I feel truly blessed and still am immensely taken aback by the kindness, help and generosity of my bridesmaids, friends and family.

The Preparation  Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – which things were the most important to you?

The personal touches – Following our rose gold and blush theme, I really enjoyed creating our wedding programmes, personalised menus, table plan tree, table number frames, fingerprint tree, sweets & treats bar, Polaroid and photobooth guest book, self-made personalised hangers and handmade personalised children’s colouring books with colouring pencils. We had personalised chopsticks sets for our favours and we also bought gifts for our mums and the bridal party. We also created a rustic feel timeline video of us both growing up to show our guests which was very special to us.We were very lucky as we were so pleased with our amazing suppliers – Dresses and Accessories (Limelight Occasions), Venue (The Saddleworth Hotel), Photographer (Pixies in the Cellar), Videographer (Redseats), Florist and Venue Stylist (Pinterest: @Kellylouisefloralartistry); MUA (Anna Stephenson); Photobooth (Blissbooth), all for whom we had the privilege to meet and would unreservedly recommend.

The Dress You looked amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find both your wedding dresses?

 I think it’s true that it never is quite the one you may have first imagined, but it’s so much fun trying them on until you know it’s the one for you! I went back to the one I set my heart on from the start – The Nova Scotia, by the truly amazing Ian Stuart. My mum and I fell in love with it instantly and despite initially seeking an ivory dress, it had to be in the honey colour! To this day, I still receive compliments on how beautiful the dress is and how it’s every girl’s dream to try on such beautiful dresses in a place like Limelight Occasions. You absolutely must see for yourself and you will know what I mean. They have great accessories too!I took a day off work, had my hair and make-up trial done and had my first dress fitting on their amazing runway. To feel amazing was an understatement. I could not have been happier with it and the experience that came with it. However, I couldn’t help but still admire all the other stunning dresses even though I had chosen mine! I felt like a kid at Disney Land. The team are fantastic and you are well looked after. Rita the seamstress is amazing. Just go with what she says! Limelight is a decision you will not regret! My mum also found her outfit from Limelight Occasions by John Charles and as she took to the runway too we had so much fun together! It certainly was a day to remember! 

Following Chinese tradition also, I chose an albeit more modern take on the traditional red dress which was handmade in Hong Kong. I love this dress too as it’s not every day that you would wear something so bold but red is lucky in Chinese culture and I felt very lucky indeed.

We loved the Chinese traditions of the groomsmen arriving before the wedding and the tea ceremony was obviously a very special and beautiful part of your day. Could you tell us a little bit more about these traditions?

The door games! This is a very fun, light hearted part of Chinese wedding tradition. The groom arrives with the guys at the bride’s family home where the bride is. The bridesmaids and other female friends or family on bride’s side will prevent them from entering and will begin the door games to test the groom’s worth as they are put to the test! Firstly greeted by florescent bras and lacy thongs flung from the upper window to the driveway for the guys to wear. It was hilarious when both the postman and binmen did their rounds! Next they had to drink various vodka shots which were flavoured sweet, sour, bitter and spicy.  This is to test the groom’s ability of being able to cope with what marriage may bring. Then they had to do various questionable yoga positions and forfeits such as waxing! No pain, no gain so they say! They were also tasked with passing a piece of seaweed from each person to the next using only their mouths! Then for the finale, they grouped up and did a rendition of “As long as you love me” by the Backstreet Boys in serenade of me! Haha, it was all good fun!The groom must also pay up, otherwise he won’t get to his bride! The groom and girls may do some lighthearted bartering for the amount of money accepted in order to let them pass. This value will contain the number 9, as the number represents ‘longevity’ in Chinese, therefore a lucky number for marriage.

The tea ceremony is where formal introductions are made in the joining of two families. It is symbolic and holds traditional significance and meaning.  We certainly wished to include this into our wedding day as it shows our gratitude and respect. It is arranged in a relaxed and respectful manner as we both kneeled in front of family members to serve them tea whilst addressing them by their title. The order of serving tea is important as it shows how we respect seniority. Our parents are served first, then our grandparents followed by uncles and aunts and elder siblings. Traditionally the groom’s family would also be first.The traditional tea is sweet, symbolising sweetness in the new union. Red dates are used for this purpose. Tea is the symbol of purity (as love is pure), stability (as love is faithful) and fertility (as it represents children a plenty!). The tea set is a meaningful keepsake of the wedding and can be used should a future daughter get married. 

After drinking the tea, the tea ceremony gifts for the bride and groom will be presented in the form of lucky red envelopes with money or gold jewellery which may feature the symbolic dragon with the pheonix. As newlyweds, it becomes a new custom for us to also give lucky red envelopes and it was a pleasure to give these to our family’s children on the day.The night before the wedding, we also had a family gathering in our respective family homes and carried out a hair combing ceremony for good luck.

The Main Event If you had to choose three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

 Firstly, being in the Rolls Royce Phantom with my mum who is so dear to me. She looked beautiful and it was so precious to share that special journey with her. Secondly, it would be seeing our family and friends. It is your guests who make the day so special and the emotion that comes with their warmth and best wishes. We will forever appreciate their kindness, generosity and efforts. Thirdly, the speeches from Mike and the best man left me in tears. I wasn’t prepared for how emotional it would be hearing these with all of our dearest family and friends around us. They both did a great job!

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?

Our first dance – So we had left no time to practice this but a mere minute the day before our wedding day, when we managed to do a few spins. So there we were on the dance floor, slow dancing to “Can’t help falling in Love” by Ingrid Michaelson, eyes locked, in each other’s embrace, pulling out a few of those ‘practiced’ spins, when the music changes! I muttered to Mike, “what’s going on? This is not our song!”. Either something had gone wrong, or worse, our guests now thought we had a dance routine prepared! Only the surprise was on me as the next thing I saw was a dinosaur! Our groomsman was dressed as a dinosaur alongside our best man who were now busting out some moves on the dance floor! Mike still straight faced. Soon I realised as he and what seemed like most of our guests suddenly jumped onto the dance floor into some serious dance mode! Clear now, it was the HARLEM SHAKE! =) Fear turned into sheer laughter! Complete madness and then it stopped. Straight back to original positions, complete calm but laughter as we continued to slow dance again to finish our song. Everyone had so much fun, what a memorable first dance, I absolutely loved it!

http://redseats.co.uk/theresa-mikes-saddleworth-hotel-wedding-video/ The Honeymoon How did you choose your honeymoon destination?

On searching for a Hen destination my cousin suggested Boracay, Philippines and whilst I thought it would be too far away for a Hen do it looked like the perfect paradise location for Mike and I to have our honeymoon and I was not wrong. It was our first relaxing beach holiday and we stayed in a tree top villa with a stunning sea view and sunsets at the Shangri-La. We explored the island, went snorkeling and had the most amazing private dining experience on the beach. It truly was a holiday of a lifetime.

Final Thought What advice would you give new brides to be who are planning their wedding?

Afterwards, you just want to relive all the fun and happiness of the day. Have a good photographer and videographer. Leave things in their hands and those of your bridal party. Enjoy each and every moment for it goes all too quickly. Persevere with those preparations as it is all worthwhile! Be happy in making your own choices and know that things may not go perfectly but that’s ok.

 

 

Its understandable that, at some point, most brides start to feel the pressure of their big day; I know I  did. With all the things, people and places to think about its no surprise stress has been associated with such a special time!

Limelight recently had the pleasure of working with the beautiful and wonderful Becky! And, from the moment she walked through our doors, we couldn’t help but notice the uncontainable excitement she felt – it was infectious. It seemed Becky was determined to make every memory leading up to her spectacular wedding day a happy one! And it really shows in the brilliant photographs taken on her big day – which absolutely ROCKED.  Becky pulled off an amazing, care free, beautiful occasion  -smiling from beginning to end!

Becky has shared with us some wonderful memories of the lead up the to the big day:

Love at first sight? 

Was it love at first sight? If not, when did you realise he was the one?

Dom and I met through my oldest friend, Kirsty. She attended school with him and he had confided in her that he quite liked me! Unbeknownst to us both, she invited us to her house and then went out for an hour! We were essentially forced to get to know one another! However, I’m so glad she did – Dom reminded her about this story at the wedding in his speech and thanked her wholeheartedly too. If  I’m completely honest, the first thing I thought about Dom was that he was too old for me!! I was 15 and he was 18 when we met and I’m sure my Mum thought the same! He was however ‘my type’ looks wise – I was and still am a sucker for a long haired, tall, dark guitar player in a band! Although I wasn’t initially too sure, after three months of meeting in October, he finally won me over and we started dating officially on January 1st 2005. 

The Proposal 

How did he propose?

Dom’s family is Italian, and with Italy being so important to him, he decided to surprise me there. On 18th February 2013 at the Trevi Fountain he explained the reason for bringing me to Rome and pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him.  He didn’t get down on one knee though – I still bug him about that! I cried and of course said yes. 

The thing I was happiest about is that Dom had been to ask my parent’s permission before the holiday, very important tradition if you ask me! – they of course gave their blessing – after my Dad’s lovely warning ‘She’ll turn in to her Mother, you know that don’t you?’ 

The Ring 

Tell us about your engagement ring

Dom proposed with a ‘token’ ring from one of my favourite shops in Halifax as he knew full well how fussy I am and that I would like to choose my own, but he also knew I’d want an engagement ring to wear for the duration of the holiday!

So after4 full days of walking around Rome – we then spent a whole day walking around Manchester looking for the perfect ring! Dom had been saving secretly for some time and told me to choose whatever I liked. I thought I wanted something different such as a black diamond or opal – however, like most girls I was taken in by sparkling diamonds and went for something more traditional from Fraser Heart. It had an antique look and when the ring was the exact right size and I could take it home that day – it had to be the one! 

 

‘I knew I’d always be with Dom forever, even if we never got married.’ 

The Venue 

What was it about Oakwell Hall that made you choose it for your wedding day?

We are definitely not stately home type people and knew we wanted something far more rustic that we could make our own. We are regulars at Oakwell Hall Country Park walking the dog and when Dom’s Mum informed us they have a marriage license and we could both marry and have our Reception in their listed barn which held more guests than the hall itself – which would have been a bit of a squeeze for Dom’s large Italian family – it seemed like the obvious choice! 

 

             We thought the pictures of you and Dom taking time out in the grounds together were very romantic and again you were both obviously having so much fun  – we loved the dog walking – whats it’s name how long have you had him/her?

It was important to Dom and I to have our beloved lurcher Barney with us on our wedding day. Barney came to us around 4 years ago from a tough upbringing so seeing him looking so happy and dapper in his bowtie was great. He had also joined us on our engagement shoot and managed to steal the limelight both times!

Dom and I are not a soppy couple so we are so surprised at the talent of our photographers catching little romantic moments together! We are silly though, so it was no surprise we have photos giving piggy backs in the beautiful grounds

The Preparation

Tell us a little bit about how you prepared for your wedding – which things were the most important to you?

We had a nice long two and a half year engagement. Mainly because it gave us plenty of time to save and I was set on making most of our decor myself so needed time to do that! I was very lucky to have lots of bridesmaids to help me! I went to lots of wedding fairs for inspiration and my bridesmaid Helen is a stickler for craft detail like me so we had many a day making button holes and decorations! My Mum is also a whizz with a sewing machine and that was invaluable! There was pretty much nothing in our wedding that wasn’t homemade!

It was important our wedding looked well thought out, fun, different and most of all ‘us’ We knew exactly what we wanted and involved all our friends and family – there is nothing worse than a dull wedding so we wanted to make sure there was lots going on, good Italian and Yorkshire food and a live band! We decided that some things were definitely important than others so spent the money where we wanted to (dress, band, photographer) and saved where we could.

The Dress 

You looked truly amazing on your wedding day. What were you looking for when you set out to find your wedding dress? How did you know it was THE ONE?

I was a bit of a rock chick, even a little gothic in my youth! So I knew I was not going to be the typical princess on my wedding day – I wanted something edgy and different. Ian Stuart provides that in each one of his dresses and I was desperate to be an Ian Stuart bride! I had this image in my mind that my dress would be ‘ripped’ and accentuate my waist and always knew I would never wear a white wedding dress. I also think – hey its your wedding day, if you can’t go big and crazy with your dress then, when can you! Initially I choose Antoinette from Revolution Rocks…however after seeing the new Lady Luxe collection – I quickly contacted Limelight asking if it was too late to change my mind as I had fallen for Pracatan in honey! They were amazing and encouraged me to try both dresses on together and make my decision. I knew when I had Pracatan on it was the dress I was going to get married in, it was everything I imagined I would wear. Mum cried, again, done deal! I also knew my wedding day was the only chance I was ever going to get to wear a veil, so Limelight found me the perfect one to get with my dress, long, theatrical and matching in colour. I was lucky enough to receive a sketch of my dress from Ian Stuart too, proudly framed in my bedroom. Limelight are so efficient, welcoming, professional and patient. They are impartial and allow you to make your own decisions – they also have muscles which rival the Hulk’s – with the amount of weighty dresses they get you in and out of! They always remembered and greeted me by name, looked after whomever I brought with me at fittings. They take an interest in you and your wedding and the talented seamstresses make the dress fit perfectly. I would only recommend Limelight to any bride to be, there would be no need to go anywhere else!

The Big Day 

We loved the pictures you sent, you obviously had so much fun on your wedding day!

All Dom and I did on our wedding day was laugh and dance! We were so incredibly happy all day long and so many people remarked that we looked so happy every single second!

 

The Entrance!

We especially love that you rode pillion to your wedding. Was that your Dad driving? He looks to be an ace dancer – the pair of you obviously have a great time together — what’s he like?

I am the youngest of three daughters for my Dad and ever since I was little – I had this dream to arrive at my wedding on Dad’s motorbike, I loved riding with him over the years and was desperate to arrive in style! We did have a ‘back up’ in the form of a beautiful Bentley called ‘Bessie’ which is owned by Dom’s honorary big bro Dan which took myself, Mum and Dad to the venue itself – but Dad and I hopped on the bike for the last part of the journey! My Dad is the coolest Dad in the world, nearly 70 but showing no signs of slowing down! We have the best relationship and I am certainly my Father’s daughter, not phased by riding motorbikes, driving pick up trucks and renovating houses! I grew up listening to rock and roll and asked Mum and Dad to teach me to dance like them for the wedding! Dad and I decided to boogie to ‘Do you love me’ before pulling Mum and Dom on the dance floor where my parents showed everyone how its done!

All The Little Things 

Could you tell us a little about your bouquet?  Because we know you made it yourself, and that you included some very special pieces such as buttons from your grandfathers uniform.

I made my bouquet myself. I am quite arty and was determined to make pretty much everything – especially the bouquet! It was a mixture of everything. I used faux flowers, made book page roses and added ribbons and jewellery to hang down. It was important to have personal touches in the bouquet. While we were wedding planning, we were also renovating my late Grandparent’s house as my parents were going to live there. We found all sorts of personal items such as Grandma’s brooches and Grandad’s band uniform. I added the jewellery and removed the gold buttons from the uniform to allow me to have a little piece of my Grandparent’s with me on my wedding day, This theme continued as family members and friends also gave me brooches and other items to add to the bouquet including buttons from one of Dom’s old coats and pieces of my own jewellery were added. I also scoured charity shops and car boot sales for vintage brooches.

 

The images of the table were fab. Obviously a lot of thought went into the special touches that made your day truly unique. We are especially intrigued by the ball with garter – did you throw it instead of the bouquet – how did it come about?

It’s actually an American Football – Dom is a huge American Football fan and even coaches a Yorkshire Team during football season so it was very important for this to feature in our wedding – even the cake was attacked with this theme (a beautiful cake with a football smashed in to the side of it!). As my bouquet was so heavy we decided throwing it was unsafe and the football would take this role, however, there was so much going on at night we forgot to do this!

We also love the pic of you and your Mum enjoying a very special hug – we noticed her button hole saying Mum of the Bride and Dom’s saying Groom – great idea – did you make them yourself – how did you go about it?

My Mum is incredibly important to me. We have a wonderful Mother Daughter relationship and I appreciate every single day with her as she was diagnosed with cancer some years ago so our time together is so precious. She requested a song for us both to dance together, that’s where the teary hug came from!

The button holes were all personalised for the wedding party. My bridesmaid Helen and I spent hours making book page roses, adding a small white rose to them, cutting out an Oak leaf shape from recycled card, stamping them with names then wrapping together with florist tape ribbon and adding a pearly pin!

The Main Event

How did you feel when you saw Dom waiting for you as the ceremony was about to begin?

As I listened to Dom’s cousin play ‘Canon’ on acoustic guitar all I could think about was lets get to the front and get married! I smiled the whole time walking up the aisle and during the ceremony.

 

If you had to choose just three favourite memories of the day which would they be and why?

My favourite memories mainly involve our crazy photographers Chris and V! They include desperately wrestling to get an umbrella up as a storm cloud lets loose while having a dance at the viewing point over the Country Park, standing in the dark and rainy woods (fine by us) as Chris photographs us from above in a tree and Verity throws smoke bombs at our feet and sets flashes up along the ground and everyone gathering together for the last song in a huge circle with our photographer spins in the middle snapping away!

 

Were there any unexpected surprises that made you laugh on your wedding day?

As mentioned before – we were lucky enough to get married outside but later in the evening the heavens opened and it absolutley threw it down! We remember returning to the barn wet through and covered in mud! We just couldn’t stop laughing – you wouldn’t believe what we looked like!

Which song did you choose for your first dance as a married couple?

We had the most fantastic Jonny Ross band  – who the lead singer incidentally I went to Primary school with! They were kind enough to learn our first dance song ‘Here’s to Us’ by Halestorm. The lyrics were very poignant and it may not be a typical first dance song – but it fit us perfectly.

Final thought

You were such a happy, relaxed yet excited bride from the moment we met, when you very first came to Limelight, how would you advise new brides to get the most enjoyment from planning their wedding and the run up to the day?

My biggest advice is enjoy it! Its your wedding! Don’t get stressed by anything in the run up, it should be a pleasant experience to plan your wedding, not a chore. You and your fiance need to remember above all that it is your special day, not anyone else’s. Do what YOU both want to do. A wedding is what ever you want it to be – if you want to arrive on a motorbike, play american football, forget the top table plan, not pose for millions of staged photos – then do all those things! Don’t get swept up by wedding politics and traditions, make your own. 

Bex xxxx

Becky’s photographers really were amazing, they have been ranked in the top 50 in the world, to see more of their wonderful wedding photography follow this link – www.sansomphotography.co.uk

Here’s what Becky has to say about the people who helped them create their perfect day:

* Photography – Sansom Photography (husband and wife Chris and Verity documented our day better than we could have ever imagined) * Catering – Friends for Dinner (Tasty food, presented in a professional manner and served by capable and polite staff) * Music – Jonny Ross Band and Blue Star Tattoo (BST provided a lovely acoustic set outdoors during the drinks reception, JRB incredibly talented and professional, kept the party going all night and learnt our first dance song. We had so many comments about how fantastic they were, great front man Jonny and talented musicians). * Venue – Oakwell Hall Country Park (Listed barn perfect for larger weddings, the grounds fit an outdoor ceremony perfectly and the hall is itself is also licensed for weddings) * Balloons – Pamella Dunn Events (Great service and really made a difference to the venue – personalised too!) * Make-up Artist – Natalie Greenwell (Genuinely one of the nicest people I have met, very calming and friendly, listens to what her clients want and provides flawless airbrushing) * Hair – Hb’s Hairdressing (Provided 7 different hair styles on the day without breaking a sweat!)

In the place where Romeo loved Juliet, our stunning bride Agnes, who travelled from London to our West Yorkshire boutique to find the ultimate wedding and bridesmaid gowns, held a truly beautiful wedding at the gorgeous 17th Century Palladian Villa Zambonina. This wedding is inspired by the graceful pink city of Verona, mirroring its romance and opulence.

We spoke with Agnes to find out some more about this spectacular venue, and she commented that…

 ‘One of the great things about this venue, asides from its beauty, was its size we were able to accommodate all of our guests,  allowing everyone to get to know each other turning our special day into an unforgettable week of memories which I will always treasure. ‘

Every detail has been considered down to the elegant green and cream colour palette being integrated into the wedding menu. The centre pieces have been carefully selected and look stunning against the verdant green gardens. The personal touches added to Agnes and Chris’s wedding are extremely moving, they placed photographs of those special ones who have passed  at the wedding table – such a thoughtful detail.

‘Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on’ – Taken from the poem Love lives on

 Agnes chose this stunning floor length sheath bridesmaid dresses, from Sorella Vita, in tulle with a romantic floral lace pattern for her girls. The gown features a modified sweetheart neckline and a satin belt to accentuate the waist, and really adds to the charm of the day.

Agnes looked so beautiful in her imperial gown Papillon designed by the wonderfully talented Ian Stuart who states that the splendour of the petal decoration that adorns this gown creates such an angelic look – and we have to completely agree!

‘The best thing to hold on to in life is each other’ – Audrey Hepburn 

 

Agnes and Chris asked us to pay special thanks to ‘Giovanna Aprili the extremely talented photographer and all the team at Villa Zambonina, especially marina, who helped to make our wedding unforgettable xxx’ 

If you are  planning a destination wedding, but can’t decide where, then we couldn’t think of a more fitting place than Italy. Universally renowned as one of the most romantic places in the world, with stunning landscapes, a wealth of history, art and delicious cuisine – not to mention wine, Italy reflects a lifestyle that helps you relax and indulge in its passion. So, it’s no surprise that our beautiful Limelight bride, Angela and her fiance, Alistair, chose to tie the knot in one of the most magical places this country has to offer, the perfectly picturesque Lake Garda! If you are looking for inspiration – look no further…

 

The couple opted for a ceremony on the castle terrace followed by a lakeside toast. The bridal party were then transported by boat to La Voglia. This gorgeous location allowed Angela and Alistair to enjoy their wedding dinner in a truly beautiful setting! We just love the clean colour scheme – the fresh white compliments the stunning backdrop perfectly.

There are some lovely personal touches – the wedding stationary combined A&A, the first initials of the bride and groom, and paddle fans, printed with the order of the day’s events, kept their guests cool under the Italian sun. The wedding bags also contained confetti, mints and flower seeds as well as a voucher for the castle ice cream shop – a treat for guests while the photos were being taken – these thoughtful touches make a wedding day truly unique.

Angela chose the stunningly beautiful Karen Willis Holmes wedding gown, Jamie, which reflects the romance of the setting perfectly. It is truly graceful gown, with a high neckline and low back, and a simple elegant silk georgette skirt flowing softly over satin. The bodice is richly embroidered with delicate beaded detail on a sheer tulle over the strapless bodice. This dress is the epitome of elegance and sophistication, and we think Angela wears it beautifully.

‘Ci sono tre cose belle della vita: la naseita, l’amore equesto giorno’

‘There are three beautiful things in life: birth, love and this day.’

This is what Angela told us about her Lake Garda wedding day:

‘The wedding organisers we used were, Lake Garda Weddings, they were fantastic and were amazing from the first email enquiry through to the day itself, we knew we were in safe hands!   Gwen Courtman our photographer is the lady who set up Lake Garda Weddings.

Anoulka from Nulki Nulks produced all our on the day stationery and paddle fans with the order of the day on them. She did an amazing job and the quality of her products made them seem very classy indeed.

The venue was called La Voglia and the setting and place its self was gorgeous.  The food and service were amazing.  Our wedding co-ordinator stayed with us right through until towards the end of the meal, she did an amazing job of making sure the whole day ran smoothly! It truly was the most perfect day we had hoped for!’