Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - December 2022 /January 2023 (Issue 92)

Elizabeth met Jack while working at Cineworld. She’d just finished her degree in the U.S. and he was in his last year at university. Although the pair had mutual friends, they’d never met until this point. Elizabeth tells us, “A co-worker told me that she thought I’d really like Jack, and she wasn’t wrong! I’d definitely say it was an instant attraction on my part, but it did take him a few months to ask me out on our first date.” Jack proposed to Elizabeth on her birthday at The Ivy in Bath. “When we arrived at our table a member of staff asked if we’d like to see the outside terrace, and as we headed out I knew Jack was about to propose. He started: ‘There’s a reason I’ve brought you up here today...’ After that I had tunnel vision until the moment I could accept,” Elizabeth shares. This was actually the back-up plan as Jack had hoped to pop the question on the bridge in Prior Park earlier that morning, but it had closed due to windy weather. But, Elizabeth says, “It didn’t matter where he asked me the question, the answer would always be, ‘Yes’.” Elizabeth’s sister tied the knot at Clearwell Castle, partner venue to St Audries Park, so she’d known about it for a while. Once she became engaged to Jack, this was top of her list to go and see. “I cried the whole way around,” she tells us. Jack had to work that morning and met her at the second venue appointment of the day. By the time he reached her, St Audries Park was all she could talk about, so they returned later in the week to allow him to see it, and it was done. “We were actually very lucky as we booked our date, 21st May 2022, only a few days before the country went into lockdown,” Elizabeth remembers. Read on as the bride tells us more about the big day... SETTING THE SCENE The couple decided on blue for their palette and with navy as the main base lighter hues were added as accents. This was beautifully achieved with the favours and place names, which were little acrylic cards in three different shades of blue rotated around the tables. Also made from acrylic were the frosted welcome sign, unplugged sign, order of the day and table numbers all with white vinyl lettering, which the bride made herself with her Cricut. When it came to the flowers, Elizabeth had something super-simple in mind for her bouquet. “I went with mainly white flowers, specifically garden roses, which the boys also wore as buttonholes, with a little bit of light blue coming through via the thistles,” she explains. Elizabeth had collected lots of different crystal vases for the centrepieces and their wedding florist filled them with gypsophila, light blue delphiniums and lunaria. The smaller vases were used to hold tea lights – autumn pearl by Yankee Candle. Larger candles adorned the top table, which helped to fill the reception space with fragrance. The big-day bake boasted three tiers and was decorated in icing to look like waves with a blend of different blues. The cake maker also made some lunaria for it to match the floral arrangements. LOOKING THE PART Elizabeth looked stunning in Jess by Eva Lendel. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one,” she says. “I knew I wanted something clean, simple and elegant, but didn’t imagine it would be as incredible. It was the first one I tried on.” The bride paired the gown with a cathedral-length veil and in the evening wore a crown adorned in pearls, moons and stars. She was also able to remove her overskirt for a trip down to the beach. The pièce the résistence was a pair of glorious sparkly Jimmy Choos. Jack wore a dark navy suit by Mark Darcy along with a cream waistcoat and navy paisley tie. The groomsmen were dressed in the same suits, but wore theirs with the matching waistcoats and light blue paisley 29 REAL WEDDINGS