Thank you to Emma and Stuart for submitting your wonderful wedding story to us!
We think you’ll be swooning over the woodland theme of this real wedding, as well as the gorgeous outdoor ceremony – it’s absolutely perfect… read on to find out more!
How He Asked…
“Stuart proposed to me on his 27th birthday, which was back on the 20th July 2015.
We went for brunch with his parents to a lovely garden centre in Nottinghamshire and then he asked if I wanted to go for a walk on Wollaton Park.
I absolutely had NO idea it was coming… He proposed by the lake at Wollaton hall with Batman’s house in the background. It was SO romantic.”
The Ceremony Details…
“We decided on an outdoor ceremony held at Rosliston Forestry Centre at ‘The Glade’.
My brother walked me down the aisle to the song Hopipolla.”
“Our very close friend also sang ‘Over and Over Again’ by Nathan Sykes. We had 2 readings by my Husband’s Aunty and my Sister – ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ and a reading called ‘Marriage.’
The Reception Details
“We invited 80 guests and feasted on a delicious Barbecue lunch.
We hired a band called Mansfield Avenue who played for the whole day – they won East Midlands wedding band of the year in 2015, they are brilliant.
For our evening reception, we ate a Hog roast and the guests were given cupcake favours made by my Sister in Law.
Our wedding cake was made by my Brother and his partner.”
The Wedding Party…
“My Husband chose his Best Friends to be his Groomsmen. His Best Man was Patrick. Who is Sally’s (my bridesmaid) long term partner.
My Sister, Natalie, was my Maid of Honour. For my bridesmaids I had Vikki (Sister to Husband), Gemma (Sister in Law) and Sally (my friend).
I had 4 smaller flower girls and 2 page boys too.”
The bridesmaids dresses are by Jasper Conran for Debenhams.
The Bride and Grooms Outfits
Emma opted for a princess style wedding dress – she was so lucky to snag a sample gown from Berketex Bridal in Oxford Street, London which is thought to be from Vera Wang.
She said: “When I saw the dress, I really didn’t think it would fit – however, I tried it on and it fitted like a glove – no alterations were needed… It was meant to be!
When I asked who the designer was, the ladies in the store said they receive a few samples from designers – including Vera Wang, and looking at their collections it seems likely…. however the dress actual dress designer is still a mystery, as we haven’t officially been told…”
We LOVE the princess style dress at Your Wedding Hub – it’s super flattering to all figures and Emma looks absolutely beautiful in her gown.
Emma explained the mens choices too: “My husband wore a tweed suit jacket, along with the Best Man and my brother. The Grooms jacket is from Edinburgh Tweed, I was born in Edinburgh and so he really wanted to add that touch. He also purchased a cap and forgot to wear it, although it was 26 degrees on the day of the wedding, so he would have been a little hot!
Our colour scheme was navy blue and light green – the colours and the tweed tied in perfectly with our woodland themed wedding.”
The Finer Details
“We decided to have a Woodland theme, mixed with Alice in Wonderland.
We had lavender, Scottish thistles, fake mushrooms/toadstools, butterflies – we had so many lovely comments from our guests who told us it looked magical, and it really did, especially at night time…
My mum made the bouquets at our lodge the night before the wedding – It was so tranquil. My brother made the button holes and made extra for the guests.
Dilys (Stuarts Mum), Jackie, (Stuarts Aunt) and my Mum Maria, made the flower arrangements for the tables.
For the flowers we had: Scottish thistle, lavender, white and purple peonies and gypsophilia.”
We had a Photo booth which was really fun and a sweetie stand to keep our guests entertained!
What stands out most about your special day?
“My brother Kristian singing ‘True Colours’ as part of his speech, he stepped up to the role of Father of the Bride – the song had everyone in tears…
Our home made cake was also fabulous, along with our photographer Elisa Jones who was fantastic!”
What advice would you give to other Brides / Grooms to be?
“Enjoy every minute – from the proposal, to the end of the wedding party. It goes by so quickly and I can only wish for it all again. It was perfect!”