Our Wedding – Dina and Ste’s Perfect Wedding (Pt1)

It’s Christmas Eve and this will be my last post of the year. I thought I would save our wedding for today, our little Christmas treat to remind ourselves how wonderful the day was and just how lucky we are.


We go married in March this year and unbelievably we had the most glorious weather. It’s definitely worth considering an out of season wedding. With my husbands work diary the summer was never on the cards, but I’m soo glad we went for March as early spring really is a magical time of year. Ste and I had the most amazing day, and here it is…


Gary from Marshal Gray captured these beautiful photos and the feeling of the day perfectly. You really should check him out! He also has a few more photos from our day on his blog.









How would you describe your wedding day?

It was perfect! It was filled with all the things we loved and represented us and all the things we like with elements of music, minimal decor and simple elegance.











What was your favourite part of the day?

This is such a hard question as there were so many amazing moments…


Waking up in the morning and realising I was about to marry my wonderful husband was so exciting!


I wasn’t bothered about the car I arrived in, but my parents wanted to do something special and that it was! My uncle and cousins had decked out their car with beautiful white flowers and we were driven to the church in style. While all my bridesmaids, my mom and my aunt followed in the ladies car 🙂


Walking down the aisle with my dad I will never forget. I had been so calm all day, but as I heard the music and started walking, my dad making me giggle, and seeing all those I cared about and my husband to be at the end of the aisle, the calmness disappeared and the excitement and emotion kicked in.


When we were saying our vows, the lovely magistrate said my surname wrong (as everyone does), but Ste made a subtle correction and everyone giggled.


We had practiced our first dance, as Ste isnt a dance fan. He did a better job than me and we had so much fun! We had a Smashing Pumpkins song so for many it was unexpected.


The speeches were so heartfelt and perfect. My dad, Ste and our best man Alex all brought a tear to my eye and a giggle to my soul.


All the people we cared about where there to share one of the most amazing moments in our lives. That for me was priceless and I will savour the whole phenomenal day forever.










Any words of wisdom for couples planning their wedding?

When you get married everyone will be excited, but they also have loads of opinions. As a couple it’s best to decide what best represents you and what you feel most comfortable with. Weddings are expensive and it will be one of the few occasions in life where you get to plan the most awesome party so prioritize your most important things. Are you foodies, do you want hundreds of guests, is it all about the flowers, are clothes the most important thing or is the venue key. Whatever you decide the most important elements are will effect the kind of day you have and will really help you keep in line with your budget and focus your efforts.


Also, enjoy the preparation and enjoy the day!! Don’t stress out as it should be an enjoyable time. Be organised and on the day if something is out of place no one will notice. Remember, the whole point is that you get to marry the person you love and the rest is just a bonus.









What was the best advice you received for your big day?

Dont be afraid to have the day you want and enjoy it!! It really does fly by and you should be taking in all the magical moments and not worrying about the table plan.











Anything you would change?

Nope the day really was perfect. The only thing I would do next time is hold my bouquet a bit lower when walking down the aisle as there were a couple shots I had blocked mine or other peoples heads 🙂












The Details

Wedding Dress: I had a wonderful time dress shopping. I don’t wear dresses very often so the experience was loads of fun and the team at Teokath were fantastic. I chose the gorgeous Eren dress by Alan Hannah, a UK design house with classic dresses with a twist and stunning detail.


Shoes: I didn’t want white satin shoes, so when I saw the gunmetal patent heels from LK Bennett I was super excited. Also as I don’t wear heels very often and I wanted to enjoy the dancing so I pimped a pair of Converse.


Jewellery: I knew I wanted simple yet interesting pieces, so my first stop was Alexis Bittar and I loved my earrings.


Hair and Makeup: I am sure you have seen my tweets about the amazing Elbie van Eeden.  She really does phenominal hair and makeup!


Grooms Suit: It took Ste longer to find a suit than for me to find a dress, but he found his perfect suit at Gieves and Hawkes. Also they couldn’t have been a nicer team! His shoes were from Kurt Geiger.


Bridesmaids: Finding green bridesmaid dresses was harder than I thought, but the sage colour and detailing on the Coast dresses we chose worked so well.


Groomsman: Debenhams fit the bill in our search for the right grey suit.


Flowers: I did all the flowers and had so much fun! I love New Covent Garden Flower Market and knew I wanted to use my favourite flowers parrot tulips, orchids, and green tea roses.


Ceremony and Reception Venues: When we started our venue search Ste wanted a country setting and I wanted an interesting building. Clandon Park was amazing with its tapestries, large marble hall and stunning grounds.


Photographer: The photographer was super important for me and Ste and we spent ages looking for the perfect one. Gary from Marshal Gray Photography blew us away with his photos!!


Videographer: Matt at Unique Wedding Productions was wonderful.


Music: As we both work in the music industry finding a band was tough and it took us ages. Ear Candy were phenominal! We had so many compliments and they were a pleasure to deal with. We loved them.


Cake: We commissioned a plane white cake from a local bakery and I made the cake topper to match our stationary (a crazy wire heart) and used very thick black ribbon for a simple and elegant cake.


Favours: We didn’t really have favours. We had a candy buffet and small sugared almonds on the tables. I am a huge sweet fan.


Invitations: We designed our own invitations with a bit of help from a friend who knew a bit more about photoshop than  I did. They were awesome, not to traditional and once we had the main design we used it throughout our stationary.



A post about all the details will be coming in the new year as I didnt want to over load this one.

Have a wonderful festive season and a wonderful new year! See you in 2013.