Your East Midlands Wedding - December/January 2023 (Issue 59)

Eleanor and Reece met on a night out just before the lockdown in 2020 and created a strong bond that grew over the next few years. Reece was attracted to Eleanor’s independence and thought she was the most gorgeous girl. It was love at first sight for them both – how romantic! Reece proposed while walking during the second lockdown in January 2021. Elenor says, “I knew he was going to propose as we had chosen the ring together a few months prior, but he chose when to do it and I had no idea!” SETTING THE SCENE After getting engaged, it was time for the pair to plan their dream day using local suppliers to bring their vision to life. The date was set to September 23rd 2023, with the aim to create a fun day that reflected their personalities. The pair are always bantering and joking around, so the day needed to be laid back. The couple visited a couple of venues one day, but the properties didn’t tick all their boxes in one way or another. As they were driving home, the pair happened to stumble across Yeldersley Hall. After a quick Google search to see if the venue hosts weddings, the lovebirds arranged to view the spaces the next day. Elenor comments, “We just knew it was going to be our wedding venue; we fell more and more in love with the character of the place as we were shown around. It had everything we wanted from a venue, even alpacas! The owner, Andrew, was so helpful and easy to get along with – this helped our decision.” For the wedding breakfast, the pair named the tables after different types of caravans, as they lived in a small one for the first nine months of their relationship. The centrepieces were blush pink vases with flower arrangements on top of a wooden log piece. Reece made almost all of the favours, which included little envelopes with flower seeds in them and packets of sweets with funny play-onwords such as ‘O-fish-ally married’ for fish-shaped sweets, bottles of water with paracetamols as hangover kits and wooden coasters for place names that people could take home. The napkins with fun facts about the couple were a lovely touch to the table settings. To keep guests from going hungry, the lovebirds had a three-course meal with the choice between chorizo and Manchego arancini or Thai crab cakes for starters, sea bass with citrus sauce or beef with bourguignon sauce as mains. Then they enjoyed a trio of desserts with brownie, white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, and lemon tart – yum! The stunning cake was served in the evening, featuring a gorgeous personalised cake topper of the lovebirds that matched their outfits. LOOKING THE PART Elenor wore an ivory dress on her big day. She always knew a fitted plain dress with a small train would be for her and found the one after trying on the fourth gown – leaving the bride in tears. She borrowed a veil with pearls and sparkles from her sister-in-law and wore beautiful pearl jewellery to match. She says, “I just felt like a princess and as soon as I was ready, I just couldn’t wait to show Reece my dress after keeping it a secret for six months – that was hard as I tell Reece everything!” The groomsmen wore grey suits to match Reece, but he wore a yellow rose buttonhole to honour his Nan as it was her favourite flower and a sage green tie that was the bride’s favourite colour. “I thought Reece looked incredibly handsome”, says the bride. She continues, “I felt full of love and happiness as I was getting to marry my best friend that day. Reece said he felt blessed; my dress was everything he had imagined for months. He felt giddy with happiness seeing me.” The flowergirl wore a pretty dress, which was half ivory and half blush to tie the colour scheme together. REAL WEDDINGS 27