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Posted by Olivia Gibson on 3 June 2020
Jamie first crossed paths with Victoria when he travelled from New Zealand to Rutland to play rugby. After a few dates the pair started to feel a connection. Victoria says, "After making one of my famous wrappinis from my coffee shop, Jamie soon began to fall for me – as they say, a way to a man's heart is through his belly."
After a few months, Jamie knew she was the perfect person to spend the rest of his life with and started planning a proposal. As the pair happened to be heading to New Zealand for Christmas, he knew it was a right time and was able to ask her at one of his favourite places – Queenstown. Victoria says: "After a lovely evening out, he walked me down to the beachfront, got down on one knee and, of course, I said 'yes'!"
The couple fell in love with Irnham Hall due to its relaxed environment, the old walled gardens and the fact that's its wheelchair friendly, which was important for Victoria's grandma.
Coffee from Victoria's coffee shop was given to guests as favours in mini craft bags personalised with stickers saying 'The perfect blend' – a lovely personal touch. Victoria says: "For centrepieces, three tables had a tall stem vase with lots of foliage and twigs, which was surrounded by hurricane vases and candles." The other three tables complemented the tall vases withlow wreaths.
To decorate the venue, they used a mixture of cinerea eucalyptus, Nicholiieucalyptus, Italian Ruscus, asparagus fern, pittosporum and birch twigs.The mother-of-the-bride created a fruit cake with three tiers on top made from polystyrene and then covered in icing. Victoria explains: "The bottom tierwas in dark green icing, the second tier in gold, the third was white icing and fourth was white icing with gold leaf. As a finishing touch we had succulents starting from the top and trailing down the cake."
Black, modern geometric photo frames were used for table names while the place names were circular perspex discs with gold writing and green painted backgrounds to match the colour scheme. To add extra beauty to the venue, the couple placed antique French lights as a back drop to the top table and had a Polariod camera for loved ones to use for the guest book.
Sadly, Victoria's grandfather, a loving member of the family passed away before the wedding, so confetti was created using petals from his rose garden as a touching tribute.
Every bride dreams of finding their dream gown and for Victoria, an Adrianna Papell dress was the perfect dress for her. She adds: "My dress was fully beaded and had a 1920s look about it. I had cap sleeves added and wore an original 1920s blush pink feather cape for the evening." To finish off the look beautifully, silver fern earrings were added to symbolise New Zealand as it's a native sign to the country.
The groom wore a textured dark blue suit that matched the groomsmen and to make him stand out, he went with a silver tie and a grey checked waistcoat. In the morning the bridesmaids each had personalised dressing gowns to get ready in, with matching pyjamas and slippers. They then transferred into beautiful silver dresses while the flowergirls wore handmade silver tutus along with white leotards.
To entertain guests, a singer was booked to play throughout the ceremony and drinks reception. To get the party started, the pair choose to have a band and DJ. Victoria says: "The band are called Funk Soul Brothers and they managed to get everyone up on the dancefloor. The best part was when all of the guests had something to wear from the selfie booth, wigs, glasses, tutus, you name it someone was wearing it and everyone was dancing to the song Jump Around by House Of Pain."
On the big day, Victoria felt calm with guests commenting on how she was one of the most relaxed brides they'd ever seen. However, not enjoying being centre of attention, Jamie, on the other hand, felt some nerves. However, that did little to dampen the excitement as Jamie's sister was flying in from New Zealand to watch her big brother get married.
After having such an incredible day, the newlyweds jetted off to Iceland. Victoria says: "We were fortunate enough that all of our wonderful family and friends contributed towards our honeymoon as a wedding gift. I can see why this is becoming a popular trend, especially for couples who are already living together and have everything they need at home."
She adds: "Spending some time away together was just what we needed. Sometimes work and life can get a bit manic and spending quality time together can be very hard. We made so many exciting memories together on our honeymoon and can't thank our friends and family enough for helping us."
The couples share their top tip when it comes to the big day, saying, "Make sure you trust the suppliers used and that their style is very similar to your own. Enjoy every moment; the day just vanishes and try to relax – at the end of the day whatever is going to happen will happen. The most important part of your day is getting married to the person you chose to spend the rest of your life with – nothing else matters."