Janine and Tony’s Story
Tony had been friends with Janine’s brother for a long time, but it was not until they were both single at the same time that they admitted that they really liked each other (to others!). A mutual friend stepped in and put them both in the picture and they haven’t looked back since. “After a few years together we were talking about marriage and decided that it was where we were heading. We then had a ring made, told everyone and booked the venue. We wanted a couple of years to plan everything, hoping we would move a year after the engagement and then marry the following year. Now we have had the perfect wedding; we are still looking for our perfect house!”
When Janine and Tony attended their friends wedding at a barn venue near London, they vowed to find something similar for their own wedding. That’s when they discovered Coltsford Mill. They went to have a look and fell in love with it immediately. From the ceremony room to the lovely reception room, it was just perfect and exactly what they were looking for. They liked the idea of having everything in one place including the honeymoon cottage in the grounds.
Janine wore an Ian Stuart Frangipani dress in ivory. The dress was made of silk taffeta and had a bias-cut draped bodice. The lower skirt swept up to the right hand side and featured a corsage of hand made roses. The skirt and train had an underlay of embroidered French tulle, beaded with crystals and tiny sequins. As the dress was so detailed, Janice wanted to keep the accessories simple. She borrowed a tiara from a friend and wore a delicate bracelet belonging to Tony’s Mum, plus a simple veil that was worn for the ceremony and some of the photographs.
The bridesmaids wore black floor length strapless dresses from Coast with ivory sashes and a bow on the back made by Janine’s friend who matched the material with a swatch of her dress. Janine’s bouquet was a hand-tied avalanche shower bouquet in cream and green with avalanche roses, dendrobium orchids, variegated foliage and cream scented freesias, finished with grass, crystals and looped dracaena. The bridesmaids had hand-tied rose bouquets in avalanche roses and cream scented freesias also with variegated foliage. The stems were wrapped in crystal organza ribbon and fastened with crystal pins.
The ushers and groomsmen all wore black suits with cream waistcoats and cravats to match the bridesmaids sashes. Tony wore an avalanche rose buttonhole with delicate crystals and a twist of grass and foliage. The rest of the groomsmen also had an avalanche rose with foliage. The female members of the bridal party had corsages of dendrobium orchids with crystals, which were magnetised to wear on their handbags or outfit.
All the tables had cream tablecloths and the chairs had cream sashes, the top table chairs had cream and black sashes tied together. The table centrepieces were 50cm Martini glasses containing a cream arrangement in the bridal flowers to cascade down with loops of dracean and glexigrass. The top table centrepiece was slightly grander with black jet and crystal bead loops and clear crystals.
For favours, Janine and Tony offered heart shaped white iced shortbread biscuits with each guest’s name piped in black icing. They had a three-tiered cake made up of fruit, chocolate and carrot cake, iced in white with black ribbon and crystals and a crystal crown on top.
For Janine, the best part of the day was going off for a drive by themselves after the ceremony to have 15 minutes on their own. “It was probably the most time we spent alone throughout the whole day and evening.” We asked if there was anything they had learnt that could be an important tip for future wedding couples; “We found booking things so far in advance a real bonus. For example, we booked the venue, caterer and photographer two years in advance and therefore secured that year’s prices. It is very easy to get carried away when it comes to weddings, but I really enjoyed making our invitations and the menu cards for the tables. We were given a great piece of advice; you will never please everyone so have the day that YOU want. As long as you are happy, it really is all that matters. It really is true that the day flies by and it is virtually impossible to talk to everyone.”