When it comes to proposals, one is usually enough to seal the deal, but for Holly and Neil it was third time lucky. The pair met at university while studying nursing together, and, by the power of Facebook, later reconnected and a relationship quickly ensued.
It was on a holiday to Singapore celebrating Neil's 30th birthday that proposal number one happened, “We'd had a fantastic and very drunken night out with his brother when Neil proposed to me in the taxi,” says Holly. “We'd talked about getting engaged soon, but I wasn't expecting it that night! It became a funny story from our holiday, but we didn't get engaged at that time. Neil wanted to do it as a surprise later, but as it was a leap year, I planned to propose to him. On the 29th February, I tried to coax him out of the house but he wouldn't budge, so I blurted out 'I want to propose!'- another failed attempt! We soon went ring shopping and he asked me again, for real over dinner,” she remembers, and of course she said yes.
The big day took 15 months to organise and here, Holly tells us more about their celebration...
My make-up was more glamorous than I'd usually wear and I didn't need to try too many hairstyles, as I'd looked through lots of vintage books and knew what I wanted.
I wanted my bridesmaids to have victory rolls to go with their '50s circle dresses
Our florist and venue stylist Melanie did a fantastic job. I gave her a sample of pale roses and she made me a wonderful bouquet, which I gave to my grandmother.
I loved how LeKeux did our hair and make-up. I got ready in the salon, so I had lovely photos taken throughout my transformation into a blushing bride. It was a really fun and special morning.
We didn't have a seating plan, as we wanted a relaxed and fun atmosphere. A barbeque seemed like the perfect option.
Neil wore black trousers and braces with a white shirt- with his sleeves pulled up and a brown neckerchief.
The church is very special to my family. We were all baptised there and I went to its primary school – it was also where my parents got married.
Our cake was made by a friend of a friend and had a ribbon to match my bouquet as well as beagle and cocker spaniel toppers to incorporate our two dogs into the wedding.
We had a band that played a mix of '50s and '60s songs. We also made a playlist for inbetween the sets. We wanted everyone to be able to get up, have a dance and enjoy the evening.
Picking Garazi as our photographer for the day was the first and easiest decision of the whole wedding, she's very talented.
Bride's dress and accessories
Abigail's Vintage Bridal
Bride's hair and make-up
The Vintage Salon
Vivien Of Holloway
St Joseph & St Helen Catholic Church
The Sweet Nothin's
Flowers and venue styling
Melanie Elizabeth Venues
Groom's and ushers' suits
Wedding Photography by Garazi
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