It’s a fabulous Friday with the *Floral Bunting and Cath Kidston* wedding of Anneka and Mark, who we met on Wednesday with *A Winter Wonderland Proposal*.
Anneka and Mark married on 3rd August at Holy Trinity Church, followed by a reception at Aston Wood, Sutton Coldfield.
*Wedding Planning* Anneka and Mark got married two and a half years after their engagement and took their time to really enjoy the process. Anneka “loved planning it’ and felt the most exciting parts were “choosing the outfits and of course ‘the’ wedding dress”. She found the most stressful part was organising the seating plan and making sure all of the details came together. The best wedding advice they received was, “It’s your day, do it your way”.
*Wedding Inspiration* Anneka and Mark attended a number of wedding fairs, including The National Wedding Show, which gave them lots of ideas and made them aware of suppliers. Anneka also said she was “obsessed with buying wedding magazines. I bought them on a weekly basis and took a lot of inspiration from them.”
*Wedding Style* Vintage, Cath Kidston, Country, Handmade, Summer
*Colour Scheme* Dusky pink and green – their favourite colours
*The Bride* Anneka wore a classic ivory, A line wedding dress with ruching and encrusted with Swarovski crystals and pearls. She knew it was ‘the dress’ when “it was the one that made my mum cry”. Dress shopping had not been an easy process, as she was unsure of what she was looking for in a dress. She found there was so much choice that she ended up trying on over 50 dresses before she found ‘the’ dress, “I had no idea what style would suit me and there were so many different shapes, styles, materials to choose from that it became a tough decision!”
Anneka wore a single tier sheer veil embellished with crystals and an Ivory and Co crystal side headband.
Anneka’s hand tied bouquet, created by Perfect Day Wedding Flowers, included dusky pink roses, freesias, white miniature carnations, gypsophilia and natural greens.
*Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue*
Anneka borrowed a brooch from her late grandmother and pinned it to the ribbon of her bouquet – what a lovely touch!
Her new blue Cath Kidston handkerchief was given to her by her mother-in-law.
Anneka also had blue crystals put onto the sole of her shoes, spelling ‘I Do’ .
Anneka’s sister also gave her a lucky sixpence for good luck, which she carried in her handbag.
*The Groom* Mark and his six groomsmen hired their mourning suits from Formal Affair and were teamed with green cravats and pink rose buttonholes. The “boys did a great job of keeping Mark calm”, as well as making announcements and assisting throughout the day.
*Bridesmaids* Anneka selected five bridesmaids, made up of family and friends, and chose them carefully: ” I knew that they would support me in the run up to the wedding and they had been there with me throughout the ups and downs in my life.” They wore pink strapless dresses from Francesca Bridal and the process was really quite simple, as all of the bridesmaids liked the dress!
The bridesmaids carried bouquets of white gerberas with pink carnations created by Perfect Day Wedding Flowers. They chose to incorporate gerberas, as they felt that gerberas are such a “happy flower”.
*Flowergirls and Page Boys* Anneka’s cousin wore an ivory dress with tulle skirt and dusky pink flower ribbon from BHS. So pretty in pink!
The two pageboys wore a dusky pink cravat complete with pink waistcoat and pinstripe trousers from BHS. Cute!
*Morning of the Wedding* Anneka and her bridesmaids stayed at a local hotel and enjoyed a morning of pampering, photographs and prosecco! She gave her bridesmaids thank you goodie bags. Mark had also arranged for a gift to be sent to Anneka – a beautiful Swarovski crystal bracelet – how sweet!
*The Church* Anneka and Mark chose this particular church because they had attended services there and felt very welcomed by the congregation.
They also loved the church’s beautiful interior.
*Walking Down the Aisle* Anneka’s father walked her down the aisle whilst the traditional wedding march played. Anneka was touched by her father’s sentiment, “He held my hand the whole way down and throughout the ceremony. He only let it go when it was time for the vows!”
The ceremony included readings from both mothers, the congregation sang ‘Jerusalem’ and the choir sang ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ during the signing of the register. Anneka continued with this family tradition as it is the song used by West Bromwich football fans, of which they are huge fans.
Wedding guests were treated to ice cream when they stepped out of the church – what a lovely summery touch!
*Transport* Anneka and Mark chose ‘Olive’ the vintage 1965 VW Campervan provided by Luv Dub Weddings.
They wanted to compliment their vintage wedding style; they both love campervans and they liked the idea of“fun and unique photo opportunities”.
*The Reception* Guests made their way to Aston Wood and were welcomed with a refreshing Pimms. They had chosen this wedding venue due to its lush green surroundings and they felt this was a perfect fit for a summer wedding with the ‘light, airy and private’ feel it had to it.
The room was decorated with pink bow chair covers and tall vases of pink oriental lilies to work with the high ceilings, which guests could take in whilst they enjoyed delicious pork loin, followed by lemon and blackberry cheesecake.
The couple also added some lovely personal touches – a wishing well, Cath Kidston photo frames with pictures of their grandparents’ wedding days, vintage signs and Mark and Anneka’s story in pictures: “We met on the 3rd July, got engaged on the 3rd December and married on the 3rd August. So for us, all good things come in threes!”
The room was filled with personalised jam jars decorated by Anneka and her friends, and these were used as candle holders.
Anneka’s family has created a sweet table for guests to create their own pick n mix filled with lots of sweet treats.
‘Just Married’ bunting, a ‘Mr and Mrs Hurst’ sign and Cath Kidston bride and groom frames were used to distinguish top table.
*A Piece of Wedding Cake* Anneka and Mark’s colourful ribbon and bunting cake was made by ‘I Love The Cake’. The bunting was printed icing using the same Cath Kidston pattern as the rest of the wedding decor and the Gerbera and Carnation cake topper coordinated with the flowers.
The pretty cake comprised of three delicious tiers – chocolate mud cake with a chocolate cream, a vanilla sponge with a raspberry cream and and a lemon sponge with a lemon curd; it sounds yummy!
*Wedding Favours* A packet of forget-me-not seeds were given to guests to plant and remember Anneka and Mark’s special day.
A donation to Cancer Research was made on behalf of guests, which is such a lovely touch.
*Wedding Stationery* Anneka’s bridal party created the wedding stationery, as they loved the idea of something handmade and personalised. They had an ‘invite party’ and the bridal party created the wedding invitations with a vintage bunting theme. Table names were named after places that meant something to them as a couple and people were sat according to their connections to the place.
The seating plan was created using Cath Kidston Kempton Rose material, buttons, ribbons and luggage tags.
*Entertainment* Guests had such fun filming the wedding ‘marryoke’. They were also supplied with photo props such as moustaches and lips, so that they could have fun taking photographs of each other with an ‘eye spy’ sheet outlining twenty different shots to take throughout the evening. These shots were then shared on their wedding website. The children were kept occupied with goodie bags of puzzles, bubbles and toys. Fun and dancing was the focus of the evening; the music had been carefully selected to ensure the dancefloor was full and bacon rolls were served to keep energy levels high.
Just Rebecca Photography captured Anneka and Mark’s wedding day and they were so delighted with the results. They loved Rebecca’s style of photography, in which she gave them a superb collection of natural, formal and impressive shots: “Rebecca took many sneaky shots throughout the day which I had not even noticed. These are some of my favourite photos.”
Rebecca also created a shot for Mark of a photograph he had seen, in which a dinosaur is chasing the groomsmen and Anneka stated, “naturally, we had these shots taken too!” Such a fun shot!
*Videography*: Shake and Bake Productions flew over from Northern Ireland to capture Anneka and Mark’s wedding day and also created a ‘marryoke’ – a fun music video that all guests partake in. Guests were asked to sing along to the happy couple’s song ‘500 miles’ by The Proclaimers – Anneka and Mark’s Marryoke. The results were wonderful, “We watched this back and had such a laugh!”
*Best Wedding Moment* “Seeing Mark stood at the end of the aisle and knowing that I was about to marry him surrounded by our close family and friends.”
* Wedding Memories* Just Rebecca Photography created an A3 storybook of Anneka and Mark’s wedding photos, “We wanted our photos to read like a story book telling the tale of our wedding day. It is colourful and fun and I love looking through it.”
“We have a memory box, a scrapbook with all our wedding cards in, I have dried out my bouquet and have it on display, we have a canvas in the living room and a photo collage on the wall. We have also kept some of the jam jars from the reception venue which we have in our living room and still use for lighting candles.”
*Honeymoon* Anneka and Mark stayed at the Fairlawns Hotel and Spa after the wedding before combining a mini moon in Portugal and a mega moon in New York. They had a marvellous time relaxing and exploring, as well as enjoying their time as husband and wife.
*Pearls of Wedding Wisdom*
* “Enjoy the day – it really does go by in the blink of an eye.”
* “Try to include friends and family in your wedding but ensure that the day reflects who you are.”
* “It is so easy to get caught up in wedding fever – your wedding is about you as a couple. So dare to be different and chose what you really want for your big day.”
* “Take a moment together as a couple to sit back and see all of your hard work and planning in action.”
Thanks so much to Anneka and Mark for sharing their special day with us – it was just gorgeous, it looked so much fun and there were just so many personal touches which we love at *Sparkle Pearls and Lace*. It has given us so many ideas for a summery, bunting filled, Cath Kidston inspired wedding – thank you!