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Say it with Flowers

Ailsa and Chris's wildflower-inspired wedding was stunning from start to finish.

Ailsa and Chris met working at The George Hotel in Hexham, however, it was another seven years before Chris popped the question. “He said he wouldn't propose until we'd been together a decade, which made it a total surprise” says Ailsa. “We were in Portugal with friends who captured the moment – by the pool, listening to Birdy's Wings and with the sun setting over the ocean.”

It took 18 months for Ailsa to plan, with Chris doing his fair share – including picking the bridesmaids' robes to wear the morning of the wedding.

Here, Ailsa tells us more about their big day…

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Our wedding band Red Wings was the best we've ever heard. I surprised Chris by getting them to learn a Taylor Swift song – as he secretly loves her music!

 

Say it with Flowers: Image 2Healey Barn is incredible and we loved its vaulted ceiling and fairylights. It was as close to getting married at the family farm without being there.

Say it with Flowers: Image 2b I tried on around 40 dresses before finding the one – I'd lost a lot of weight prior to the wedding, so wanted to show that off without feeling uncomfortable.

 

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The groomsmen all wore different feather bow ties, from a peacock and a pheasant to a mallard and guinea fowl.

 

Say it with Flowers: Image 4Flowers were a huge part of our day and I loved the mix of ranunculus, anemones, blossom, roses and greenery in my bouquet.

Say it with Flowers: Image 4b As we both love gin we decided to name our tables after different brands, as well as having moss-filled lanterns and gin bottles with flowers for centrepieces.

 

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My bridesmaids looked stunning in their knee-length platinum dresses complete with tulle skirt and bodice.

 

Say it with Flowers: Image 6My mum made our rustic ivory Italian meringue cake – a delicious Guinness and chocolate, Victoria sponge and lemon creation.

Say it with Flowers: Image 6b I don't normally wear a lot of make-up but loved my look on the day. My hair stylist was so patient, too – even putting up with late night emails of styles I liked!

 

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I'll never forget travelling in the car with my dad, chatting about how I was feeling and talking about our upcoming father and daughter dance.

 

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Our photographers were relaxed, down to earth and their portfolio was amazing – as soon as we met I knew we didn't need to look anywhere else.

 
 

Ailsa and Chris's contact book


Accommodation
The Garden Rooms at Dilston House
www.thegardenroomsdilston.co.uk

Bow ties
Little Bat Box
www.littlebatbox.com

Bride's dress
Kathryn Trueman

Bride's hair
Antonio's Hair & Beauty
www.antonioshairandbeauty.com

Bride's make-up
Once Upon A Time Makeup Artistry
www.onceuponatimemakeup.co.uk

Bridesmaids' dresses
Laura Lee Boutique
www.lauraleaboutique.co.uk

Chalkboards
Chief Chalker
www.facebook.com/chiefchalker

Drink
Fentimans
www.fentimans.com

Flowers
Wildflower Florist
www.wildflowerflorist.co.uk

Groom's suit
Master Debonair
www.masterdebonair.com

Groomswear
Master Debonair
www.masterdebonair.com

Music
AMV Live Music
www.amvlivemusic.com

Photographer
From The Smiths
www.fromthesmithsphotography.co.uk

Rings
ROX
www.rox.co.uk

Venue
Healey Barn
www.crippshealey.com