30 LOOKING THE PART Caroline chose her Enzoani Nigella gown from the Scarlet Poppy Bridal Boutique. She remembers, “When I tried this one on, I fell in love with all the small beautiful intricate details such as the buttons all down the back of the dress, the lace train, the side see-through lace panels, the lace at the front with some sparkle and the delicate straps – it’s elegant yet also sexy. George and his groomsmen wore the same suit from Moss Bros, a green tweed three-piece. Caroline’s two bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon dresses and her Man of Honour wore a complementing suit. TIME TO CELEBRATE! Caroline and George chose a string quartet to give the perfect ambience to the day. Caroline tells us, “The quartet for the ceremony was extra special because the celloist was one of George’s good friends who offered to play for us. They were absolutely incredible and when I heard them as I was walking towards the boardroom, I couldn’t contain my emotions. Because I was so late walking down the aisle they did however have to improvise and play songs that they hadn’t prepared for!” After the newlyweds first dance at The Grand, they said goodbye to family and along with all of their friends, went to The Larder Club in York for an evening reception. Caroline explains, “We wanted to have something separate with our friends so we could let our hair down and not be concerned about our terrible dancing in front of our parents! The Larder Club was the perfect evening venue for us, it was the first time they’d ever done a wedding reception − the owners Jon, Laura and Rachel were so accommodating, they tailored the evening completely for us and turned their deli /cafe into a cosy evening event with photos of us and our friends in frames all around. Our amazing balloon supplier, Karen of the Little Balloon Company, even sourced us some balloons that perfectly matched the teal colour of the Larder Club.” MEMORABLE MOMENTS When asked how to describe the day, they both agree, “Nervous and excited sums it up! George had to buy himself a biscuit from a bakery to keep his sugar levels up! It was just the most surreal feeling waking up in the morning and knowing you’re getting married to the love of your life in front of the people who you love the most. Caroline particularly loved the morning, getting ready with her three best friends and vividly recalls when one of her bridesmaids opened the door to my room and just screamed ‘LETS GET YOU MARRIED!’ This simply set the tone for the whole fun-filled day! Caroline reminisces about another magical moment, “Walking down the aisle with my Dad and the string quartet playing – it’s a dream I’ve had since I was a young girl and I’m so incredibly thankful that I was able to do that although I definitely walked a lot quicker than what I had rehearsed with my Dad, I was practically dragging him down the aisle.” The pair had the day they’d dreamed of and know that it wouldn’t have been possible without their wonderful suppliers to assist them before and during the day. “Honestly, we couldn’t have asked for more genuine and talented people. Sam, our photographer, was incredible – there were moments I completely forgot where he was but he was always there taking the most incredible photos of us – photos that we’ll look back on for the rest of our lives and remember how beautiful we once were! CAROLINE’S TOP TIP! Ignore tradition and do you!