Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 59)

LOOKING THE PART On the day, the bride wore a dress called Elora by Madi Lane, “This was the first dress I tried on in the only shop I visited,” shares Maddie. “I always wanted either an off-shoulder or sleeved dress, and Elora was just perfect. The detailing was insane, I did try a sleeved dress on but it wasn’t quite for me. I accessorised the dress with a sparkly belt which a seamstress attached to the dress. Heels were not a big thing for me as I’m a trainer girl at heart, so I bought some simple white shoes and had platform white Vans for the evening.” Maddie’s something borrowed was her sister’s veil, and her something old and blue was her nan’s sapphire ring which was extremely special after losing her unexpectedly at the beginning of 2022. “I wanted to wear pearls, so found a lovely pair of pearl earrings and a simple pearl necklace, and my mum then gifted me a pearl bracelet on the day.” Michael looked dapper in a three-piece, navy tweed suit which had burgundy details so he teamed his look with a burgundy tie and pocket square. The best man and one of the groomsmen wore the same as Michael, while the rest wore suits they already had. Complementing the groom’s party, the bridesmaids wore burgundy dresses in different styles ensuring they were comfortable. MEMORABLE MOMENTS The morning of the wedding, Michael felt excited and not as nervous as he’d anticipated to feel. However, while waiting for Maddie to come down the aisle so many emotions came over him. Michael adds, “Standout moments for me were the feeling of togetherness getting ready with the boys in the morning; the sense of joy and relief when seeing Maddie come down the aisle; and during the evening reception you could really feel the love in the room which created the best atmosphere for a great end to the wedding.” Maddie says, “I only had two/three-hours sleep the night before as all the excitement had kicked in. The girls and I arrived at the venue before Michael, but from the room we were getting ready in we could see Michael and the boys arrive, once I saw the smile on Michael’s face I felt so much more relaxed knowing he was already enjoying the day. Right before the ceremony I was nervous but so excited, the moment I saw Michael crying set me off, but from then on it was smiles and laughter all day.” Maddie had arranged with the wedding planner, Beth, to walk down the aisle on a key part of the song and Beth aced it, which Maddie credits to making the moment feel so special! “The originality of the best man’s speech was amazing, we didn’t stop laughing throughout,” shares Maddie. “All of our wedding party were amazing throughout our wedding journey, organising fun and thoughtful hen/stag dos but also being a helping hand for all the prep! All of our suppliers were just brilliant, we couldn’t fault them. They made the whole process so easy and were on hand with any questions or ideas we had.” REAL WEDDINGS 55