What a stunning location for a wedding! A marquee with the most magnificent views. Louboutin’s, classic styling and beautiful florals.
It’s Alice and Joe’s stunning day…
Joe proposed whilst we were on a holiday in Ibiza. We found a private beach the day before so we decided to go back the following day. Joe took a kayak out to an island, he was gone for hours. He returned with a flower from the island and I wasn’t impressed, half listening he said I have something to ask you and that’s when he got down on one knee with the ring and proposed!!
Where it all happened
I got ready at my parents home in Plymouth, I have lived in London since I was 19 but lived at the Plymouth house since I was 2 years old.
For the ceremony, my sister, parents, aunties have all got married at the same church - St Mary & St Boniface Cathedral in Plymouth, so it had a lot of sentimental meaning to get married there.
For the reception, we have always wanted a marquee, I was researching marquees when Hatch came up, they have suggested locations on their website so we checked out Bigbury and fell in love with it instantly and booked! The view is amazing!
What they wore
My dress was from Sottero and Midgley - called the Prestyn. It was massive, very classic and no fuss. At first I was scared of it but as my mum said you will only wear something like this once so enjoy it so I was swishing around, picking it up chucking it over my arm all night!
I like classic plain style, I work in fashion and swear by staple pieces in the wardrobe, my wedding dress was no different. I didn’t want something that would date, or was covered in lace/sequins or pattern, it’s just not me. I loved my dress because it’s so plain and classic but also chic at the same time and bonus it has pockets!!
I had a beautiful cathedral swarovski veil which was completely plain but the edge was tipped in swarovski crystals. I had no jewellery apart form earring which were my mum’s.
I was adamant I would wear Christian Louboutins! Again classic but very sparkly - when it comes to shoes being classic goes out the window i like fun shoes so they were covered in sparkles.
Joe wore his military uniform for the church ceremony then changed into tails for the reception, he has been in the Navy for 17 years - he is a Commando also. He was the first ever ERI PTI Commando in the Navy.
He has just been medically discharged so it was the last time he would ever wear his formal dress again so it also held a lot of sentimental value for him too.
The groomsmen wore navy tails with ivory cravats from Young’s rental at Debenhams. Me and Joe wanted a classic wedding that would be timeless.
The bridesmaid dresses were from BHLD. I work for Anthropologie and BHLD is the bridal brand. I always wanted floral bridesmaid dresses and BHLD actually did them which is unusual to find.
Styling & decor
I wanted bright colours to sit with classic ivory touches. I achieved this with bright flowers everywhere and my tableware was pearlescent and ivory with candles and barware.
All my flowers were wild and organically grown in Devon from Inbloom.
I was able to visit the garden where they were growing and pick out what I liked and didn’t like.
This was a real luxury and made me appreciate fresh flowers – you could smell the roses in the bouquets from metres away because they were so fresh!
I also had a big hanging floral chandelier in the marquee which was a real show stopper and completed the room in a subtle way.
The church has their own florist who supplied 3 massive flower arrangements, 2 at the altar and one at the font at the start of the aisle. I took these to the marquee which added even more flowers to the reception!
I also had ivory roses posies hanging from each pew wrapped in silk ribbon at the church.
We didn’t go for a traditional tiered cake. It was a Vassos cake – a local family run cake shop based in Plymouth. I have had a Vassos cake every birthday since I was born so I had the biggest one they do for the wedding, it was a metre wide!
It was decorated with fresh cream with strawberries and hundreds and thousands – looks pretty tacky but trust me is the most delicious light and fluffy cake you will ever eat!
What they ate and drank
This was all supplied by Main Events.
We had champagne and canapés on arrival to the reception, followed by an antipasti sharing platter for each table, then followed by a chosen main meal and Eton Mess for dessert, followed by lots of cheese.
The menu was inspired by Italy because we love the food and the country!
The evening food was a BBQ.
Capturing it all
Emmer Stoner was our photographer, Maddie Eaton was the Videographer.
I have a instax camera with a backdrop area for guests to go and take pics and hang them up as a keepsake.
We had a pianist for the reception, from arrival to the end of the wedding breakfast.
We then had a live singer (she is currently supporting Rag & Bone man and was No 1 in Australia) who started at 7.30pm for the first dance and then did 2 x 45 mins sets. in between this we had a DJ who then carried on until midnight when it finished.
Run To You by Whitney Houston was our first dance song and this sounded much more personal because our live singer has an amazing soul voice so it felt and sounded extra special.
After this we had the DJ play classic disco hits - I love the 70’s disco songs plus your classic songs to get everyone dancing.
Everyone was blown away by the singer, I don’t think they expected her to be that good, she wasn’t cheesy so it really was an authentic acoustic performance, like you were at a gig!
We went to Dubai and Mauritius for 10 days in total, 2 days after the wedding!
Joe organised it (I hate planning trips) Dubai was a first time for me, but the 5th time for Joe. It is definitely an experience but you can’t beat the natural beauty of Mauritius.
Favourite part of the day
There are too many!
1. Emma’s snap of Joe crying at the alter.
2. Us both in the car with some time to ourselves on the drive out to Bigbury
3. The quiz we did – this was a really good idea as it broke the ice and got each table talking and engaging with each other .
Advice to others
Just take it all in, and remember as much as you can! It goes so quickly!
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