Friday, 14 November 2014

Our lovely couples 'debrief'

Frida and I had had this idea floating around for a while.  A simple one at that, but one that has taken us nearly a year to get round to doing.  An interview,powwow or debrief with our couples after the big day - a post wedding lowdown, a chance to look back and reflect on the important build up, the day itself and the start of married life together and let's not forget a chance for us all to have a good nosy at the gorgeous photos.

So without further a do - I introduce our first couple - Hollie & Mark.  

Hollie & Mark got married on 17th May 2014 in Essex.  Hollie contacted us after we'd met at the Creatives Brides Vintage Village at the Bluewater Wedding Fair back in February.  Her theme was a wonderfully colourful one, which as soon as she described what she was after, we loved the idea and really hoped we'd be successful in becoming her wedding florist.

"Our wedding theme is bright colours/vintage/fifties/fairground all mixed together! For example bridesmaids are in 50s swing dresses in Red, Purple and teal, honorary bridesmaids are in blue, pink, coral and yellow! And ushers and dads cravats are all different colours too! Me and my fiance are the simplest in ivory, therefore I'm keen for our bouquet/buttonhole to be bright!"

So over to Mark & Hollie......

How did you meet and how long were you together before you got engaged?
H - We have known each other since school, when Mark left school we carried on going out in the same group of friends, then we realised we both liked each other and Mark asked me to be his girlfriend, and that was eleven years ago now!

Where did you propose and how was it done?
M - We were going to Bath for the weekend for our 10th anniversary, and I planned loads of places to propose while we there.  I asked Hollie's Dad the night before we were due to leave but when we got home I was too excited and nervous so I asked her straight away!

What's your best tip in planning a wedding?
H - Make sure you stop to take a breath and always keep the overall look in mind.  Most of all, enjoy it!
M - Don't worry too much about the budget and support your bride to be when she's up at midnight making things!

Do you have a most memorable part of the day?
M - Waiting in the church for Hollie to arrive and the service.
H - After the speeches we got a beautiful sunset!  The photographer rushed over to us and got us to go into one of the nearby picturesque fields and we got lots of lovely photos, is also meant we could have a chat just us and try and take it all in!  We had the best day, but it all goes so quick!

When you chose your style/colour for the day, what persuaded you?  Internet, personal taste, social media?
H - I've always been into the fifties vintage look so I knew I wanted a hint of that style.  But when I started looking at colours I just couldn't choose!  I work in a creative job and am always surrounded by colour and images, and I wear all colours so there was no clear choice.  That's when I had the idea to just go multicolour!  I picked all rich lovely colours, our ushers all had different colour cravats and my bridesmaids were all in different colours too!  I tasked Frida & Sophia with creating rich colourful flowers with a touch of vintage and I was so happy with the result!

For your first dance, what song was played and why?
M - Our first dance was Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars.  It's a song we both like and we've seen them live quite a few times.  We quickly learnt a bit of box step and some spins for the start of our dance, the week before the wedding!
H - When I hear Snow Patrol I always think of Mark!

What are your plans for your future together?
M - To have a family and carry on in our jobs, which we both enjoy.
H - I've just got a new job, but a family is in the plans for the future.  We'd like to travel more too, we went to Japan for our honeymoon and loved it!

We cannot recommend Frida and Sophia enough, we were so happy with our flowers, they were exactly what we wanted and absolutely beautiful!

Thank you to Emma Tunbridge of Tiny Little Me Photography for the lovely photos.

We shall be featuring a new couple each month, so stay tuned!