Helen & Vincent’s Wedding – Yaxley Hall


St Peters Church, Carlton Colville and Yaxley Hall, near Eye
We didn’t really have a theme although a friend described it as “classic but modern” which I hope describes it well.
Miami by Ian Stuart. I tried on so many dresses but this felt like “me”. I always knew I wanted something which was a little bit different and I became obsessed with the bow! I found my dress at London Bride Couture where Ian was doing a designer show and was able to have the beading customised to make it totally unique to me.
LouLou by Harriet Wilde. I can honestly say that these are some of the comfiest shoes I own!
Necklace by Dower and Hall which was a wedding gift from h2b. Earrings were from Liberty in Love and were a gift from my mum. Bracelet was from Flo and Percy and headpiece was by Polly Edwards.
A special gift was my garter as the lace was all hand made by my mum.
My hairdresser Laura came to our house to do my hair. This was hugely appreciated as she had just had a little girl and was still on maternity leave.
I knew I wanted peach dresses and we were struggling to find any. I then found a company called Maids to Measure who are based in London. They were able to make each dress to match our requirements and had the perfect colour material. Myself and the bridesmaids all had a fun day out in London which included the fittings for the dresses.
We chose our wedding bands from Tombland Jewellers in Norwich.
The groom and his men all wore grey tail suits hired from Parkers in Lowestoft. The groomsmen all wore a salmon coloured waistcoats with an ivory ruche and the groom looked very handsome in a matching grey waistcoat and a salmon ruche. Not to be outdone by me, the groom also chose to accessorise with a cane!
Whilst planning, I fell in love with David Austin roses and knew I had to have these in my bouquet! I also knew I wanted to mix in orchids and calla lilies. I found a picture of a bouquet that I loved and Mary from Margaret Emms florists in Norwich totally understood what I wanted.
My mum very kindly made and decorated our cake which involved several trips to a certain shop to buy lots of peach coloured icing! She also made all the little white flowers used to decorate the front and back of the cake.
We chose all our stationery from Here Comes The Bride based in Sheringham. Suzanne was superb at putting all the fine details together and everything was of a very high quality.
We flew to Rome the day after our wedding where we spent a few days before boarding our cruise round Italy and Greece, finishing in Venice. It was a truly wonderful couple of weeks and a perfect way to spend our honeymoon.
We had a personalised cake topper made by Artlocke Designs and it was amazing. Everyone commented on it and we have it as a keepsake to remember the day by. The details matched us perfectly, right down to the little folds in my dress! Cheryl also captured our two cats by using lots of photos I sent her.
We also hired a steel band to play at our drinks reception. For years, I have wanted a steel band play at my wedding. It was lovely to arrive at Yaxley Hall to the sounds of the steel band playing in the grounds.
We had a 1950’s Bentley from Style and Grace and also hired a silver coach from Grebe Coaches to take our guests from the church to the reception and home again.
Inspiration came from the internet and just about every wedding magazine out there! I also found that photographer’s blogs were a great source of inspiration – so, thanks Simon!
The whole day went by in a haze but it makes it all the more exciting when one of us remembers a particular moment! One of our favourite moments was the journey from the church to Yaxley Hall as it was just the two of us and was the first chance we got to really catch up and discuss the morning and the ceremony and share each other’s excitement.  We were planning to hire a posh car and drive ourselves to the reception but I’m so glad we saw this car at a wedding show and changed our minds.
Go with your heart! Planning a wedding can be overwhelming at times and there are so many decisions to be made. However, if you stay true to yourself and choose what you and your h2b want, the day will all come together without you actually realising it and will be a perfect reflection of the two of you.  

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