true to their style, eMMA KearSe and her husband Gez's autumn marriage took place in a traditional at home garden marquee setting.
IF YOU COULD PICK ONE, WHAT IS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE MEMORY OF YOUR WEDDING DAY?
I have so many but probably saying our vows.
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR WEDDING DRESS FROM?
Bridal Rogue Gallery on Chiltern Street, London.
WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS?
I didn’t have one and went for something totally different to what I thought I would originally!
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER WEDDING DRESS?
Try on as many different styles as possible as chances are you will pick something totally different to what you had in mind!
WHAT STYLE OF BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES DID YOU HAVE?
We had duck egg blue knee length dresses which were fitted at the bodice and flared out below the waist (the waist had a tie around it which made a bow at the back).
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING HER BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES?
Don’t leave it too late as if you are getting them made. You need plenty of time for fittings, the actual dress making etc. AND go with your gut instinct!
The Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue.
WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING OLD AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?
Some pearls that Gez's Mother lent to me – I didn’t actually end up wearing them but the thought was there.
WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING NEW AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?
My beautiful Mikimoto pearl and diamond earrings – my Grandparents left me some money and I bought them with some of that – a perfect way for them to be involved in the day and also something to keep and remember them by for ever.
WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BORROWED AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?
As above (my Mother-in-Law’s pearls).
WHAT WAS YOUR SOMETHING BLUE AND WHY WAS IT SPECIAL TO YOU?
My Cousin’s wife made me a bracelet which had a blue pearl on it - she had hand made it especially for me.
The Hair & Makeup.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST FOR YOU?
I had one absolutely DISASTROUS trial with a local beauty salon – I literally cried afterwards and couldn’t stop thinking about how dreadful I looked – I then tried a local independent lady who was incredible and I went with her.
WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP?
I wanted a simple yet elegant look. I don’t tend to wear much make up generally, so I didn’t want to look like a clown on the day.
How did you wear your hair and why?
Half up and half down – my hair is my safety net so rather than having it all down - I thought I would have half of it up to make my look more ‘chic’ and less ‘messy’. I also had a beautiful pearl and diamond headband which complimented the style.
WHAT WOULD YOUR GO-TO BEAUTY SECRET BE? DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR YOUR BIG DAY, OR DID YOU USE ANY PRODUCTS THAT YOU RELIED ON ON THE DAY?
No, just lots of exercise and good food - not too much booze (until the night before!). I would also recommend using the same products in the same routine for a few months before so you don’t get any shockers near or on the day
WHAT STYLE OF SHOES DID YOU WEAR?
Medium sized heel, silk, cream and pointy (but not madly pointy).
DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRETS TO BEING ABLE TO STAY ON YOUR FEET ALL DAY LONG?
No, these were AMAZING – I rarely find a pair of heels that I can walk around in and be comfortable in for a few hours, let alone a whole day and evening – I guess they were fairly padded.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT choosing YOUR PERFECT VENUE?
I looked at a few venues close to home, but in the end I decided I wanted to get married from home.
WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE your home?
My love of my family home and the ability to have everything exactly as I would choose.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN CHOOSING HER WEDDING VENUE?
Go with your gut instinct.
How did you go about finding your Caterers?
They were recommended - fairly local and fantastic – we went for a tasting and were sold.
Did you choose a particular style of food and why?
We had hearty, locally sourced English style food as we were expecting a very cold day and it suited the time of year.
What would your advice be for a Bride when choosing a Caterer?
If you are not sold on the first few people, keep looking until you find the one you like and feel comfortable with – try more than one tasting!
WHAT FLORAL ELEMENTS DID YOU HAVE?
The church was incredibly decked out – it was absolutely breath taking! The same florists did the marquee – we had centrepieces on each of the tables, with some having candelabras surrounded by flowers and some smaller ones all with candles in the centre. We had trailing arrangements around the marquee and took a few of the huge arrangements from the Church to put on the entrance.
The Photography & Videography.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?
One of my Mother’s work colleagues also does photography with her husband.
What did you like about their work?
Their style is very chilled and very few of the photos are ‘posed’.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE WHEN SELECTING A PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER?
Do a lot of research of peoples’ work to see which you like best.
The Table Plan.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT ASSIGNING YOUR SEATING ARRANGEMENTS?
I did the whole thing based on who I thought would get on with whom - integrating family with friends – it took a LONG time.
Did you face any particular challenges and how did you overcome them?
Trying to avoid putting some of our younger friends who are ‘liabilities’ next to some of my parent’s friends – by using common sense really!
DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR THEME FOR YOUR TABLE NAMES?
Dog breeds – I am a dog fanatic!
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO A BRIDE-TO-BE WHEN CREATING THEIR TABLE PLAN?
Make sure you leave plenty of time to do this, it was probably the most stressful and time consuming thing I had to do.
The Favours & Gifts.
IF YOU GAVE FAVOURS WHAT WERE THEY AND WHY?
The girls had bath salts and the guys had flavoured vodka shots (all in glass bottles – I made them).
WHAT GIFTS DID YOU GIVE TO YOUR BRIDESMAIDS, USHERS, MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE ETC.?
I gave my bridesmaids pearl bracelets with an engraved silver heart with their initials. Gez didn’t get the Ushers anything! On the day, we gave my Mother and Mother-in-Law some Jo Malone bits and some flowers, and I gave my Mother a separate Tiffany necklace at home to say thank you.
DID YOU HAVE A DJ OR A BAND?
We had a jazz band at the reception and then a DJ for after supper.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT RESEARCHING & SELECTING YOUR BAND?
The jazz band were contacts of my Father-in-Law and I found the DJ online.
DID YOU CHOOSE A PARTICULAR GENRE OR STYLE OF MUSIC?
I made a list for the DJ - just the usual wedding dancing bits. The jazz band did their own thing.
DID YOU HAVE ANY OTHER GUEST ENTERTAINMENT?
We had photos for people to write messages on and around.
WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PROCESSIONAL MUSIC AND WHY?
Handel’s Zadok the Priest for the processional as it is one of my favourite pieces and I had to research high and low for a simple organ version instead of the choral one! For the recessional, we chose Charles-Marie Widor's Toccata – my parent’s had it at their wedding and wanted to keep the tradition going (I also love it).
WHAT SONG DID YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE AND WHY?
Pharrell’s Happy – Gez and I always seemed to turn the radio on and it would be playing so it became our song - plus we thought it would be a good one to get people on the dance floor!
WHERE DID YOU GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON AND WHY?
Our mini moon was a night at the Four Season’s Hampshire followed by 2 nights at the Four Season’s Park Lane – we had to have a mini moon and go back to work 3 days later as Gez had to get back to work (Army). For our Honeymoon, we went to South Africa on Safari and then over to Zanzibar for R&R (although it rained every single day) - we then had a trip to the Maldives last November as a sort of 2nd Honeymoon to get over the rain!
IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO A BRIDE LOOKING BACK WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Take a step back and relax – try to enjoy as much of the engagement and run up to the big day as possible as it goes so quickly and hopefully it will be the only time you get to experience the situation.