Nancy and Daniel met at a bar in St. Paul's. It was only Nancy's second week working in London! She says, "I was walking to the dance floor and Daniel randomly pulled me aside and started chatting to me. My friend tried to save me, but I wanted to carry on talking to him. We kept in touch and months later I finally agreed to a date. I was attracted to the fact that he seemed like a complete gentlemen – caring and family orientated."
Daniel popped the all-important question in Italy, where the couple were enjoying a break. Nancy admits, "It wasn't a complete surprise as he'd been acting funny all holiday! I could see him looking around for romantic spots." Poor Daniel was having a tough time as he'd wanted to save his proposal until they got to Cinque Terre, but it rained the whole time. He started to panic as time was running out, but finally on the very last day, the sun came out and as the pair sat looking out to sea in Riomaggorie, he asked Nancy to marry him.
We caught up with the bride to find out more about the big day...
We were looking for a venue with beautiful gardens and as soon as we arrived at Nettlestead Place, we knew it was the one for us. We fell in love with the gardens as soon as we saw them, and this was during the winter, so we knew that they'd be spectacular in the summer.
We'd always wanted to get married in a village church, so when we found a venue with a beautiful church next door it made the logistics a lot easier.
Our favours were gift boxes finished with an ivory ribbon, filled with macaroons in raspberry with white chocolate buttercream, salted caramel, and pistachio.
Our table plan was written on a mirror decorated with cylindrical vases filled with floating tea lights at the base.
Our centrepieces were wisteria trees with hanging globes and LED tea lights. These were further decorated with blush and ivory rose petals at the base.
Our flowers were a mixture of Kiera garden roses, white peonies, blush and white fluffy astilbe, green astraintia, bouvardi, eucalyptus cinerea, and eucalyptus parvi.
The big-day bake was flavoured with lemon, vanilla, and chocolate. There was also a traditional fruitcake tier. It was decorated to match the flowers in my bouquet.
I sourced some laser-cut place names from eBay in gold. They were a nice keepsake for the guests.
The tables were all names after places we'd visited on our engagement trip – Pisa, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggorie, Vernazza, Monterosso, Florence, and Levanto.
My dad and I travelled to the venue in a 1960s Rolls Royce Silver cloud, with my mum and bridesmaids in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II. After the ceremony myself and Daniel went for a drive in the wedding car. It was lovely to have a moment to ourselves.
The wedding breakfast starter was a fillet of Scottish salmon marinated in fresh ginger, lemongrass and coriander with a bitter rocket salad and mango chilli salsa. This was followed by the main course of roast sirloin of Surrey beef served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, creamed swede, carrots and French beans, plus a classic roast gravy. We finished off our meal with a chocolate and Seville orange truffle torte. In the evening, we had a doughnut wall and popcorn, plus bacon rolls, and fish and chips.
I wore a Ronald Joyce design that never made the collection. When I saw it on the hanger I didn't like it, but my mum persuaded me to try it on. Even then I wasn't keen but I could see what changes I would make, and the seamstress started to pin it and added some sparkly applique – it was already improving! I was the first person to try that dress on, so it felt like it was meant to be.
The groom was dressed in a French navy morning suit with an ivory waistcoat and cravat. To finish his look he accessorised with a pocket watch, which was my gift to him. The groomsmen wore pistachio ties to complement the bridesmaids.
The bridesmaids wore pistachio Veromia dresses. I had planned to get different necklines for the girls so that they each had their own style, but they all loved the same one, and it actually matched the neckline of my dress.
The singing waiters were a complete surprise to everyone except myself and my parents! They were fantastic and definitely made the day. They got everyone up and dancing during dinner.
We also had an electric violinist to entertain guests in the evening, along with a saxophone player who joined us later on.
I felt surprisingly clam on day. I think it was because we'd had a year and a half of planning so I felt ready for it! I felt so happy all day, but I'm not going to lie, wearing a wedding dress is hard work! It was so heavy! Looking back on the photos though it was well worth it.
Give yourself plenty of time to plan, and try to get organised well in advance. That way when the wedding gets closer you won't feel as stressed, as there's always last minute things that crop up.
There was a narrow pathway leading down to the church and I was getting a bit worried as the over-friendly horse in the neighbouring field kept trying to nibble guests as they walked past! Everyone loved it though and we got some great photos. It added character to the day.
Try to make sure everyone is aware of all the timings of the day, so that everything runs smoothly. We even had a schedule for the morning preparations so we knew exactly what time everyone was due to get hair and make-up done.