As I write this I’m praying that this lovely pair can celebrate their first wedding anniversary today in the garden… not in the pouring rain like they had on their wedding day last year. However the BBC’s forecast looks a little indifferent in terms of what’s actually going to happen, but I’m sure whatever the weather they’ve got something lovely planned for their special day.
As we are still pretty much in lockdown, their celebrations won’t be what they probably had planned, but special we hope none the less! I’d definitely recommend a day in your wedding shoes Melle! (They were stunning!) or perhaps as a nod to one of the wedding themes a tandem ride for two? We loved dressing the tandem in the Five Arrows for the wedding breakfast and it looked fabulous against it’s backdrop of fairy lights. This made for a really great picture area on the day and was a stylish way to incoporate a nod to one of the groom’s favourite hobbies.
Now there’s a thought for you all… whether it’s a date recommendation for your lockdown anniversary or perhaps something romantic to do on your original wedding day, fill a picnic basket full of your favourite treats, chill a bottle of the best fizz and cycle off to your favourite spot in the sunset!
Today it is my pleasure to hand over to Melle & Russ…
Thank you so much for the stunning flowers you did for our wedding. The bouquets were beautiful and so many of our guests complimented the arrangements, especially the stunning display created for the tandem bike basket.
The buttonholes were also beautiful and made all our special people feel special – perfect!
We will be recommending you to everyone!
Melle & Russ
How long have you been together?
We met in October 2011 through online dating.
Tell us about your engagement!
Christmas Day 2017 – there was a big box under the tree, I had been told I would need space to open it, but inside was a much smaller box with a beautiful engagement ring! He was down one knee ‘helping me’ open the box. Sneaky!
Where did you hold your ceremony & reception?
Our ceremony was in the Methodist church in Waddesdon and our reception was just across the road at The Five Arrows hotel.
What made you choose that location?
We chose the church because it meant my step-father, a retired Methodist minister, could marry us. We chose The Five Arrows as we wanted somewhere pretty, intimate and with great food and we didn’t want our guests to have to travel miles from the ceremony to the reception.
Russ went to school in Waddesdon too, so we felt a personal connection to the village as well.
What did you wear?
I wore a mermaid style Mori Lee gown called Karina, in ivory organza with a long train and big multi-layered skirt, a bespoke veil with beading and stars made by Me and My Girl Vintage (Etsy/Instagram), and navy and white striped kitten heel shoes from LK Bennett. I also wore a pair of vintage diamond earrings Russ had bought me for my 40th birthday and a tiara/headband with stars on from Eliza Jane Howell.
What theme/colour scheme did you chose?
We had multiple themes:
- Navy/white stripes: I wanted something striking, modern and different, plus it reminded us of the coast and Cornwall which we love.
- Bright sunset colours: I was seeing a lot of blush weddings everywhere and wanted something different, bright and cheerful and thought it went really well with the stripes, based on a picture I’d seen on Pinterest.
- Art deco fonts and shapes were used on stationery and touches of gold – we both love the 1920’s/30’s era – the bridesmaids also wore dresses that had an art deco feel to them.
- Bikes: Russ is a big bike (downhill mountain) rider and so using bikes on our cake topper and table settings, plus a vintage tandem as a prop, helped bring elements of both of us to the style of the day.
- Stars: I’m known for liking them, have done since before it was fashionable. So stars were incorporated on the cake, my veil, candle holders and anywhere else I could get them!
What was your favourite part of the day?
Wow, tough question!
Seeing Russ waiting at the end of the aisle is hard to beat, but holding my dad’s hand and singing at the tops of our voices together in church was definitely special too. I don’t mind admitting I was thrilled with the décor and flow of the day too – I was so pleased to see everything that had been in my head for months finally come together and see everyone else enjoying it too.
Also, my nephew being the first to walk down the aisle, he had turned 1 just two weeks before the wedding and just taken his first steps. I was thrilled he was able to walk down the aisle with his toddle truck (a family heirloom on his mum’s side) ahead of the bridesmaids, he completely stole the show too – follow that!
How many people did you invite to share your special day?
We had 50 in total, it was important to us to keep it small so we could speak to everyone.
Who were your Bridesmaids?
Two of my close friends.
Who were your Best Man/Men & Usher?
Russ’ dad looked after the rings and stood with him at the front of the church and my brother was an Usher.
What was your one Wedding Day ‘Must Have’?
Fun! We wanted our guests to enjoy the day as much as us. It was important to us that they felt special too.
Would you change anything or do you have any advice for currently engaged couples?
If you’d asked me on the day, I might have said the weather – it poured! However, looking back, it actually made the day more memorable and we got some great pics. The sun made an appearance long enough and at the right moments so that the day wasn’t completely washed out.
That is what I would base my advice on too – I know everyone says this but it is so true, on the day you won’t care if it rains or any other small thing goes wrong- it is the best day of your life because you are marrying the person you love and surrounded by everyone you love and who loves you.
Someone also told me that it’s happiness that makes the bride beautiful too and that’s true – I hadn’t slept a wink the night before, but I like to think you wouldn’t have known it!
Final one – as a bride there’s a lot going on on the day, it can be stressful and very emotional, so try and find some quiet time whilst you’re getting ready, to get yourself in the right place to be excited and ‘in the moment’. Remember what the day is about and think about who you are marrying. I had a bath and read a book of love poems, I only managed 15mins but it definitely helped calm me down!
Who made speeches?
My dad and Russ were the only speeches. Both were funny and touching in their own ways and I was so especially touched by the amount of time they’d spent on them. Russ’ was extra special of course, plus he is not one for being the centre of attention, I was so proud of him and it reminded me (not for the first time that day!) why I was marrying him.
Would you like to mention any particular wedding suppliers who assisted with your day?
So many – Emma from Signature Flowers for bringing my vision to life – how did you get inside my head like that?, Cherry Tree Cakerie (ditto!), the Methodist church team were amazing, our musicians also helped make the day super special – Manor House Music string duo who played Canon in D by Pachelbel, when I arrived at the church and Rio by Duran Duran as we left the church! Something Acoustic (guitar and vocal) for the reception drinks music, who later turned into The Swingettes for dancing in the evening.
Which song did you choose for your ‘First Dance’?
We nearly didn’t have a first dance but I’m so glad we did in the end. The Swingettes sang Songbird by Eva Cassidy for us, which has been our song since early in our relationship.
Russ and Melle thank you so much for sharing your special day with us, however you spend your first anniversary we hope it’s wonderful! Congratulations!
Thank you as always, to all our customers who are supporting us at this difficult time! Wishing you a safe week .
Credit: Images – John Cairns Wedding Photography