18 May 2014

The Day I Married My Best Friend


I can’t believe it was a year ago today that Tom and I got married! It is a day I will never forget, and every day I feel more and more grateful that I got to marry my best friend.

Saturday 18th May 2013.
The Crown Hotel, Wetheral, Carlisle – the village my mum and dad live in and the place I grew up.

Honestly? Terrible! It could not have rained more. But thankfully, this didn’t dampen our day in the slightest and made for the most incredible photos!

We didn’t have a specific theme, we just knew we wanted neutral, warm colours, with a ‘classic vintage chic’ feel.

Bride and Groom Outfits
My dress was a Maggie Sottero, and was actually the first dress I tried on! My mum found the dress online, and it looked absolutely stunning. So we travelled two hours to Preston, where the nearest store had a sample, and I instantly loved it the minute I saw it! I tried two others on just to have a comparison, but I knew instantly that was the dress and I just had to have it!

The dress actually had a lovely train, but it was pinned up in this picture - you can see this better in the pictures above!

Tom wore a gorgeous kilt 1860 by Greenwoods, in Grey Spirit. It’s a lovely grey/pewter and black colour, which matched the pewter in my dress.
Bridal Party
My bridesmaids were my two best friends, Lauren and Steph, who have been my best friends since I was 4 years old, my stepdaughter Maya, and my chief bridesmaid was my cousin Samantha. They wore dresses by Ebony Rose, in a gorgeous champagne colour. Even though Maya was a lot younger than my bridesmaids, I wanted to have her in the same dresses as them as she is a little too old for the flower girl look. So we added some straps to her dress so it was more age appropriate.

The best men, Edward and Sean (Tom had two best men as he couldn’t decide who to choose!) and usher, his brother Ben, wore the same Grey Spirit kilt as Tom, and our dads both wore suits which were also from 1860 in a similar charcoal colour to the kilts.

We got the flowers from Brenda at Gardenalia, who is an absolute gem! She has this incredible way of knowing exactly what you want without you having to say a word! My bouquet was made up of avalanche roses, peonies and thistle, and round the stem I had my late gran’s eternity ring tied to it – my something old and something blue.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were actually faux flowers! Brenda just got them in when we went to finalise the order, and we ended up changing to these last minute. They were stunning and made a great gift to the girls as well.
Tom and the boys all wore white thistles for their button holes, with Tom having an additional rose to match my bouquet.

The table flowers were also faux flowers, but you would never know looking at them! We had a mixture of tall and low vases, with avalanche roses and peonies. I loved the different heights on the tables, and think it added a real ‘wow’ to the room.

We got our cake from a local lady in Wetheral called The Cakery. We went for a two tiered cake. The top layer was carrot cake with orange buttercream, and the bottom was lemon cake with homemade lemon curd and buttercream. Both layers were encased in white chocolate ganache, and the design was done to match the lace detail on my dress, and had a gorgeous metallic finish with off white sugar roses on top to match the bouquet. I’ve never had a cake so beautiful, and so delicious!

I walked up the isle to a piece of music Tom actually found online! I’ve no idea how he came across it, but it’s a piece called April (Come She Will) by Clint Mansell, and I was in tears when he first played it to me. It was perfect and I loved even more that he found it.

Our first dance was A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. It’s such a beautiful song, and we both felt like it fit our story perfectly.

I have to say, I think we had the best photographer in the world! His name is Daniel Pearn-Rowe, of 31 Down Photography in Berkshire, and his work is literally breath-taking. I’ve honestly never seen photographs like his. He is the funniest guy, and made us all feel so comfortable on the day – he felt more like a guest than a photographer!

He took so many pictures that I absolutely love, especially this one of Tom and I out in the rain – I have no idea how he did it, but he managed to make the rain look like glitter!
He also captured some amazing moments, like this one of Tom and Dan (his Gran), who very sadly passed away two months after our wedding.
We decided to have a bit of a splurge on our honeymoon, and had two weeks at The Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico! I’ve never stayed in such a beautiful place, it was incredible! There was not one thing I could fault. The rooms, food, staff, and the resort were out of this world, and we can only hope to go back there one day! We spent the majority of the time chilling out, sunbathing, eating and drinking, and even swam with dolphins!



This year has gone so fast, It’s scary! And now I can’t believe we are one month away from meeting our little baby J! It has been the best year of my life, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us.

Thanks for reading!

Nicola xx

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