Third time lucky

Holly and Neil's rockabilly-themed vintage wedding was a hit with guests at
Rowheath Pavilion.

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...

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I travelled to the ceremony in a 1950s white Bentley


Third time lucky: Image 2aMy 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.

Third time lucky: Image 2 I wanted my bridesmaids to have victory rolls to go with their '50s circle dresses


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Our function room was decorated with bunting. We also had sweet pots with pink roses on them, and cake stands and cupcakes that were decorated to suit our vintage theme.


Third time lucky: Image 4aOur 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.

Third time lucky: Image 4 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.


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I opted for a box veil, which really finished off the look.


Third time lucky: Image 6aWe didn't have a seating plan, as we wanted a relaxed and fun atmosphere. A barbeque seemed like the perfect option.

Third time lucky: Image 6 Neil wore black trousers and braces with a white shirt- with his sleeves pulled up and a brown neckerchief.


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The groomsmen were Neil's closest friends, they wore the same as him, but he had a different colour rose.


Third time lucky: Image 8aThe 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.

Third time lucky: Image 8 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.


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My bridesmaids were Caroline, Kate and Tirna and I also had Neil's nieces Lily, Madison and Darcy as flowergirls. They were all very amenable to what I wanted and liked the dresses I chose.


Third time lucky: Image 10aWe 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.

Third time lucky: Image 10 Picking Garazi as our photographer for the day was the first and easiest decision of the whole wedding, she's very talented.


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Rowheath Pavilion worked really well, people had the freedom to eat out in the sun and the children could run around in the park. It also fit perfectly with how we wanted it to look -vintage and pretty with a relaxed atmosphere.


Holly Albright and Neil Hemus' contact book

Bride's dress and accessories
Abigail's Vintage Bridal

Bride's hair and make-up
The Vintage Salon

Bridesmaids' dresses
Vivien Of Holloway

Tommy's Catering

Ceremony venue
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

Reception venue
Rowheath Pavilion


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