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It's party time

Posted by Claire Ridley on 26 September 2022

Emily and Ben met on a night out 10 years ago. "We were instantly attracted to each other and went on a date the following week," Emily tells us. "We became engaged in December 2019 during a romantic winter proposal in Switzerland.

We stayed in Geneva and had arranged to go on a bus tour for a day to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France to explore the snow up in the mountains but almost didn't make it because there was a high risk of an avalanche that day. It was magical and a wonderful surprise when Ben asked me to marry him against the scenic snowy backdrop."

Ceremony room The couple chose to get married at Elmore Court in Gloucestershire. "From the moment we visited, we both knew it was the venue for us," Emily says. "It offered an exclusive-use, private location and the house is so grand and beautiful. We loved the ceremony room with the option to have the fires lit. The Gillyflower event space, that's purpose-built for celebrations, really wowed our guests."

Bride walking down aisle
Aisle decoration
Stationery
Name tag

Couple just married The couple chose magnificent flower displays filled with white varieties mixed with plenty of foliage. "We wanted the rooms to feel like there had been a flower explosion!" Emily tells us.

Ceremony music
Pumpkins

Groomsmen pose in front of campervan "I booked a surprise VW Campervan to collect the groomsmen from their location and drive them to Elmore Court." - Emily

Wedding breakfast "We chose aisle meadows and a flower-filled arch for the ceremony room that were transferred to the Gillyflower after the ceremony which was important to us to be sustainable and re-use them. We filled small glass bottles and vases with white blooms and foliage for our centrepieces and displayed these with plenty of candles and mini white pumpkins.

Wooden sign
Halloween bride and groom ornament

Flower circle and garlands Our table plan was hand-written on pumpkins by our wedding stylist, Lauradana. The names were based on our favourite films and television shows, including The Addams Family, and she presented the pumpkins in crates which looked fantastic. Our place names were beautifully written on mini white pumpkins that looked so cute - most of our guests took them home." Emily and Ben also had a flower wall placed against a neon sign which read 'til death do us party' and a wooden guest board for everyone to write on instead of a traditional guest book.

Wedding cake under balloon and flower arch Emily's dad owns a local bakery so the choice of cake was important to the couple. "We wanted a wow-factor design so chose a five-tier green and white marble cake decorated with mini white pumpkins, flowers and foliage. It stood on a cake swing surrounded by a 7ft balloon hoop which amazed our guests.

My dad didn’t make it because he said it was too much pressure but we did convince him to create our heart-shaped green iced shortbread biscuit favours with Mr and Mrs stamped on them in gold.”

Newlywed couple kiss in campervan
Cutting cake

Sparklers To entertain their guests, the couple had a string quartet performing during the ceremony and drinks reception. "My Dad surprised us with singing waiters just after the dessert!" Emily says. "This was the best part of the day, they got everyone up dancing and brought the party come to life! We were all doing the conga around the room before 7 pm, it was fabulous!" For their evening food, the couple hired a pizza truck and had a hog roast and they rounded off the night with a surprise firework display for everyone.

Bridesmaids
First dance

Just married couple watching fireworks Emily wore a satin dress by Justin Alexander accessorised with a veil while Ben and his groomsmen chose dark-grey three-piece suits teamed with dark green ties. "Our bridesmaids coordinated by wearing dark-green gowns," Emily says.

Couple with campervan in front of venue Top tip: "Ask your make-up and hair stylists to start as early as possible. We thought that we had, but almost ran out of time! You want to enjoy having a few photographs taken together and a drink to calm the nerves before walking down the aisle."

Emily and Ben's contact book

Balloon cake stand

Fetti & Bow Balloons
Tel: 01905 428 849

Buffet

Janes Pantry
www.janespantry.co.uk

Cake

Storyteller Cakes
Tel: 01242 680 547
www.storytellercakes.co.uk

Catering

The Spitting Pig Co
Tel: 0800 587 5899,
www.spittingpig.co.uk

Entertainment

South West Discos
Tel: 01452 379 125
www.southwestdiscosdirect.com

Fireworks

Schockwave Pyrotechnics
Tel: 01527 459 262
shockwavepyrotechnics.co.uk

Flower wall and neon sign

Etiquette Events
Tel: 01242 898 396
www.etiquetteevents.co.uk

Flowers

Emma Norton Flowers
www.emmanortonflowers.co.uk

Make-up artist

Make up by Natasha Louise

Mobile pizza van

Pizza Monkey
Tel: 07730 578 783
pizzamonkey.co.uk

Photographer

Daniella Marinos Photography
www.daniellamarinosphotography.com

Singing waiters

Your Singing Waiters
Tel: 0345 6012 106
www.yoursingingwaiters.com

Stationery

The Little Paper Parcel
Tel: 07747 111 280
www.thelittlepaperparcel.co.uk

String quartet

The Nero String Quartet
Tel: 07787 163 482
www.nerostringquartet.com

Suits

Tuxedo Junction
Tel: 01425 380 066
www.tuxedo-junction.co.uk

Transport

Wedding Day Wagon
www.weddingdaywagon.co.uk

Venue

Elmore Court
Tel: 01452 720 293
www.elmorecourt.com

Videography

Hitchflicks
Tel: 07760 442 485
hitchflicks.co.uk

Wedding dress

LJ Bridal Collection
Tel: 07703 041 555
www.ljbridalcollection.co.uk

Wedding stylist

Wedding Creations
www.weddingcreationsuk.co.uk
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