Everyone wants their wedding to have that extra something special, and Kirsty definitely pulled that off with her leather wedding jacket at The Olde Bell!
Our very first bride to wear a leather wedding jacket – Kirsty explains…
“A big part of my outfit on the day was a handprinted leather jacket. I’ve always had my own style and wanted to make sure I stayed true to this. A leather jacket is definitely part of my signature look and I’m glad I managed to incorporate a leather jacket at the Olde Bell on my wedding day”.
“The back of the leather wedding jacket was handprinted with ‘Just Married’ and our wedding date, alongside some flowers inspired by the colours we had chosen for the bouquets and centrepieces. Under the collar of the jacket was ‘Mrs R’.”
“I absolutely loved my leather wedding jacket and it was a huge talking point on the day. It was a complete surprise for my guests and new husband when I appeared in it after signing the register. The jacket is now framed and used as a piece of artwork in our house; an extra special moment of our big day.”
For the bridal bouquet flowers, Kirsty wanted burgundy with apricot and a touch of dusky pink. To achieve this colour palette, we selected alchemy apricot roses, apricot lissianthus, burgundy spray roses, burgundy amaranthus and hypericum with soft pink dahlias. Coincidentally, we also included one of my absolute favourite dahlias called “Diana’s Memory”.
We used the same flowers for the wedding reception decorations which were placed in copper painted jars and set on log slices. Next, we made a long runner for the Top Table which was set in log halves.
The Tithe Barn at the Olde Bell, Hurley is a beautiful 16th century Tudor Barn and is a wonderful setting for a magical day. https://www.theoldebell.co.uk/meetings-events-2/tithe-barn/
Kirsty used her own easel and hoop for the wedding table plan. Then, we “lifted it up” with our decorations using complementary flowers and foliage. We also supplied similar flowers for both the cake and pork pie/cheese “cakes”. It is our aim to always help make sure that continuity is achieved throughout with your wedding decoration colours and flowers. To support this, we can also decorate cakes, easels, gallery’s, pillers, stairs and trees if you’d like us to.
So let’s get to know our bride a bit more, how did you and Anton meet?
We met at a BBQ hosted by mutual friends. One of Anton’s best friends is married to an old school friend of mine. It’s funny that over the years we have probably been at many of the same events but never got to know each other. Neither of us knows what was different on that particular day, just the right time I guess! We got talking and continued to message one another for a week or so before arranging our first date. And the rest is history!
Tell us your proposal story.
The marriage proposal was very sweet and simple. We were at home, the way Anton knew I would like, as I’m not one for public displays! It was Good Friday and Anton had cooked us a meal; the food was delicious and afterwards he told me to stay put, close my eyes and hold out my hands. At this point I was convinced he had purchased some obscure Easter present – he has a habit of going overboard with massive chocolate eggs! I opened my eyes and he was down on one knee and popped the question.
To say I was surprised is an understatement! It was all very unexpected, to the point that I thought it was a joke at first. My first response could very well have been asking him if he was joking! After the initial shock wore off, I obviously said “yes”.
But the part I find hilarious about this (and I’m safe to say this as Anton mentioned it in his speech on the wedding day) is that Anton had chosen Good Friday as he is terrible at remembering dates. He thought choosing a key calendar event would be a good idea. It wasn’t until Good Friday the following year when he excitedly said to me “we’ve been engaged for a whole year now!”, to which I replied “not quite yet, you’ve got a few weeks to go”, did he realise Easter is the one calendar event that moves every year!”
What was it about your wedding dress and accessories that made you choose them? And where did you buy your dress?
My dress was from the first shop we hit, the Bridal House. The team there were lovely and settled all my nerves straight away. I was pretty sure I wanted a fitted dress but I tried on a few different styles to make sure. This also included the obligatory big princess dress to appease my mum!
‘The’ dress was the third one I tried on. Immediately it felt different. I remember saying to that it made me feel like a bride, rather than just dressing up as one. We tried other dresses though, because I refused to believe it was that easy. But I just couldn’t get that dress out of my head.
It was a beautiful fit and flare style from Mori Lee https://www.morilee.co.uk/, with subtle beading all over and a floral lace pattern. I also selected a dedicated beaded belt; my waist is my smallest part so wanted to make sure I accentuated that!
The Bridal House recommended the Secret Fitting room for alterations. Jennifer and her team were absolutely amazing at making my dream dress even more perfect. They also shared some useful tips on the best way to sit in a fitted dress!
And the shoes?
The wedding shoes were something I knew I would go all out on. I think I spent longer picking out the shoes than the dress! As I work in footwear, I knew it could only be Jimmy Choo. I also knew I didn’t want anything too “bridal” because I wanted to be able to wear the shoes again.
I chose a beautiful champagne colour with a metallic heel, comfortable enough to last all day and – almost – all night. They are absolutely beautiful. I keep reminding my new husband that he needs to take me somewhere nice so I can wear them again!
Down to her hair flashed with pink hues, we should have guessed Kirsty would dress in something different to express her unique style! We loved her choice of accessories too – always go bold if you dare!
A leather wedding jacket at the Olde Bell – is this a first for a bride? Let us know if you know another bride who has dared to be different?
Who made your cake?
The traditional wedding cake was made by Stephanie Almeida. From our first meeting with Stephanie, she understood what we wanted and was so easy to work with. The semi-naked style was perfect for our rustic barn reception. Most importantly, the cakes were absolutely delicious too.
What was the music for your first dance?
Choosing the music for our first dance was tricky. We are both really into music but enjoy completely different genres. One alternative band we both love to see live is Green Day, so we decided on their song ‘Last Night On Earth’. It is an album track and was never released. We’ve had a special vinyl pressing made to add to our collection.
There are all sorts of styles that we can help you reflect in your wedding day both in terms of what you choose to wear or your themed wedding decorations. We have been involved in multiple themed weddings, including Beauty and the Beast and Game of Thrones, which surprisingly have been tastefully achieved. Kirsty decided to bring out her personality with a leather wedding jacket at the Olde Bell making her day unique and special to her.
A Word of Thanks…
“The Garden Room provided the most beautiful flowers for our wedding day. They were an absolute dream to work with from start to finish and created fabulous arrangements that beautifully complimented our day.
“Despite us having very vague ideas, Debby was able to understand what we were trying to convey, and offered suggestions to bring our ideas to life. As well as providing beautiful bouquets and table arrangements, Debby was able to turn our simple easel and tableplan-hoops into works of art, despite us requesting these at the last minute.”
“We had so many compliments on the flowers from our guests on the day; we are so glad we found Debby and needless to say we highly recommend The Garden Room. Thanks once again!”
Thank you also to Kate Duckmanton of Juniper Green Photography for some of the images in this article.