This splendid wedding at the Eaton Hotel in Birmingham was photographed by Darren Gair who did a great job showcasing the style of the bride and groom Lisa and Frank. To help with your wedding planning, Off To Wed asked the happy couple about their real wedding – maybe you can pick up some tips.
How did you choose the Eaton Hotel?
I’d heard great things about the Eaton hotel and we loved the hotels modern boutique style. We also liked it because it was local so easy for us and the guests to get to.
When did you get married?
June 2014. We wanted a summer wedding, keeping our fingers crossed for no rain (which seemed to work)! Plus the date had a little ring to it 14/06/14)
What was the weather like in the day?
The weather was perfect just like the whole day
How did the two of you meet and decide to get married?
We met in the summer of 2006. Frank was working away in Aylesbury, which was near where I was living, a few years later we brought a house in Birmingham and I moved up. We always wanted to get married but we were quite young when we met and Frank just likes to take his time (laughs). He proposed on Christmas morning 2012, just the two of us at home. It was lovely.
What is the most memorable part of the wedding day?
The whole day was just amazing but the ceremony was beautiful and felt so meaningful to both of us.
Any interesting or funny moments?
We had a giggle in the church when I couldn’t get his ring on and my Dad’s speech succeeded my expectations. It was very funny if slightly embarrassing but I suppose that’s what dads are suppose to do.
Was there a colour theme, or any other theme?
Pale pinks, creams with roses, lace and pearls.
How was the dress chosen? Who was the designer?
I knew what style I wanted and knew I didn’t want a traditional strapless style. My sister, mum and I went to the wedding show in March 2012; I wasn’t ready to try on dresses but Mum and Hannah made me and I’m so glad they did. I think I tried on four dresses but knew that was the one! My mum brought the dress for me it was from blue by Enzonani – I absolutely loved it.
Who were the other suppliers?
- Photographer: Darren Gair
- Venue: Eaton Hotel, Birmingham
- Groomswear: the groom, ushers and fathers wore H&M suits and Next shirts.
- Bridal accessories: I had my something new glittery shoes from Next, my something old pearl earrings, something borrowed was a lace umbrella from a friend which is apparently lucky and holds off the rain, something blue was my garter.
- Bridesmaids: Maid of honour was my sister and I also had two friends they all wore Lipsy dresses.
- Hair/Make-Up: I used a professional hair and makeup artist called Kerry Baines she made me feel a million dollars.
- Catering: The hotel food was amazing we had a three course dinner and a buffet on the evening. I just added in a candy bar.
- Flowers: I went to the flower market in Birmingham and chose all the flowers and a friend put them together for me. She was great we had roses, peonies, gypsophila and carnations.
- Cake: Roses and pearls style cake in four tiers, and four flavours vanilla, chocolate orange, lemon and carrot. It was made by Catherine Thomas.
- Favours: Little bride and groom boxes filled with chocolate footballs as it was England’s 1st World Cup game on the same day.
- Venue décor: Chair covers, sparkle lights and our balloon people, we even had the dog made out of balloons. We didn’t think the venue needed too much.
- Music: When I sent out the invitations I asked to guests to request a song so I gave those to the DJ along with a small personal list and our first dance song was Ellie Goulding’s ‘how long will I love you’. My Dad also surprised me with requesting a song for me and him to dance to Robbie Williams’ ‘Go Gentle’.
Is there anything special that you want to say about any of these suppliers?
I’m very grateful to everyone who helped us make our day so magical and special.
Finally, is there anything else that you think we’ve missed or that you’d like to say?
The best man gave us a nice surprise with balloons and a little note attached which included a note to whoever found them. We had a few replies from the Cheltenham area wishing us a happy married life. Everyone let one go outside the hotel on our arrival.