In September we had the absolute delight of working at a new wedding venue – Kirtlington Park! Our lovely couple Alex and James, requested some gorgeous floral designs, including flowers in a bicycle basket! It was a dream to work with them, to create some lovely designs and share in their perfect day. Today I am excited to share with you, not only these gorgeous blooms, but their story! From their romantic engagement to their magical day, it is my pleasure to hand you over to our gorgeous Bride, Alex.
How long have you been together?
We had our first date on 7th April 2017, married on 21st September 2019
How did you meet?
It was a blind date! We were introduced through a mutual friend – she did well!
When & how did you get engaged?
It was totally unexpected for myself! We were on holiday in New England, in October 2018, and James had done a very good job of telling me it was too soon to get engaged, and that we needed to be together for longer and live together for longer…. so I was not suspecting anything to happen for quite some time.
We were at the end of a beautiful walk, in the New England fall, and reached the top of a steep climb with a stunning view. Once up there (and of course completely unaware anything was about to happen), I turned to James and joked “this would be a perfect place for a proposal!” At which point he got down on one knee and produced a ring! I felt very guilty for ruining his big moment, but it was perfect, and of course I said yes straight away (well, after asking him several times if he was serious!)
Which date did you chose for your wedding day?
We chose the 21st September 2020. It had no particular significance, but we always knew we wanted to get married either in spring or around September time – this date just worked for us timing wise.
Where did you hold your ceremony & reception?
Our ceremony was held at Kirtlington Church, and our wedding reception was at Kirtlington Park. The moment we saw it we fell in love with it, it as the perfect wedding venue, and Jeannie at Kirtlington Park is fabulous! We cannot recommend enough. An exclusive, personal and beautiful venue.
Who was involved in planning your wedding?
James and I did the majority of the planning, but both families helped out, and of course Jeannie at Kirtlington Park, also played a big part in helping us achieve the perfect day.
Did you both have Hen/Stag Do’s?
Yes we did. James spent the day go-karting and clay pigeon shooting, followed by a curry and drinks in Marlow. I went to London, and had afternoon tea, followed by cocktail making, followed by a fabulous evening in a Moroccan restaurant with belly dancing! Lots of fun was had by all.
How many people did you invite to share your special day?
We had about 100 guests for the day, and approximately 40 more for the evening reception.
Who were your Bridesmaids?
My two best friends Natalie and Katie, and my sister-in-law Georgina – they were the best Bridesmaids ever.
Who were James’s Best Man & Ushers?
James had his best friend Adam as his Best Man, and my two brothers Alastair and Damian as Ushers. All of them did a perfect job!
What did your Bridal Gown look like?
I wore a Sincerity ivory dress, from Anna MacDonald Bridal Gallery in Thame. It was my perfect dress, and in fact the first one I tried, although I tried on lots more after that before deciding upon it. I loved wearing it, and am so disappointed I won’t be able to wear it again!
What did James wear?
James and all the males in the wedding party (Best Man, Ushers and both Fathers) wore dark blue suits, silver waistcoats and burgundy ties. They all looked very smart and the colours were perfect with the fabulous flowers!
What did your Mum wear?
Mum had a lovely outfit from Phase Eight. A blue flowery dress and a short pink jacket, that blended beautifully with the boys suits and the flowers.
The Groom’s Mum wore an all pink outfit also from Phase Eight, they both looked wonderful together!
What theme/colour scheme did you chose?
I always fancied my Bridesmaids being in a wine/burgundy colour, and for a September wedding it worked well. James was always keen on blue suits for the boys, and the two colours really worked together. The flowers were a mix of burgundy, pinks and creams, and could not have looked more stunning.
How did you feel on the morning of your wedding?
Weird! Its a strange feeling waking up on your wedding day! I was half nervous and half excited… but it was a fun morning getting ready with the girls and chatting about the day to come. I wish we could do that morning again.
What did you choose to eat?
We had fabulous caterers, called Passion For Food – really, really wonderful. From the canapes with the drinks reception, to the main event (prawns and salmon for starter, lamb for main, and chocolate delice for dessert), to the amazing buffet in the evening and bacon sandwiches before the night was over, we could not have asked for better food or more exquisite service. I would highly recommend Passion For Food to ANYONE! Nothing was ever too much trouble, and we had so many comments on and after the day on the food.
Who made speeches?
My Dad, James and Adam the Best Man made speeches, and they were probably the 3 best wedding speeches I have ever heard. I know I am biased but they were all so funny and spot on. There were tears, and a lot of laughter!
Which song did you choose for your ‘First Dance’?
We chose ‘All for One, One for All’ – I have always loved the song, and surprisingly so did James. The words were apt, and it just felt right. It was played by our brilliant band.
What was your favourite part of the day?
I can’t answer that! The whole day, from start to finish was genuinely perfect, and I would not have changed a thing.
What was your one Wedding Day ‘Must Have’?
Before the day, my spreadsheet – I could not have done it without my spreadsheet! On the day, more difficult to answer, but someone totally in control of all the major components, meant our day was completely stress free. Jeannie at Kirtlington Park, Nicola at Passion For Food, Emma at Signature Flowers and our photographer Rob Wheal, really made that dream come true. Other than that, to be surrounded by all our family and friends, and to see smiles on everyone’s faces made it the perfect day.
Would you change anything or do you have any advice for currently engaged couples?
Personally, I wouldn’t change a thing about our day. My advice to engaged couples would be to take the time before the big day to plan properly and get everything under control, and delegate jobs to people on the day. That means you don’t need to worry about a thing on the day and you can just enjoy your big day, which is exactly how it worked for us.
No one had a big job, but just the small things being taken care of make a big difference! Other than that, remember to enjoy the day and try to take it all in. It flies by way too quickly!
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We went to Mozambique and South Africa for 3 weeks straight after the wedding, and had the most unbelievable time, we can’t recommend it enough as a holiday destination!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Alex & James’s fabulous day.
Have a great week!