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6th Nov 2012

Leanne & Greg's Big Day

Leanne and Greg’s relationship has been full of fun, lots of love and laughs straight from the word go! The two met through work and were friend for a year or so until Leanne left to go traveling for a year. They stayed in touch throughout that time and when Leanne returned, her sister threw her a surprise ‘Welcome Home’ party. Greg went along, and the rest is history.
Greg proposed on Christmas day whilst the couple were opening presents in bed.  He gave her a card, which read Happy Christmas to My Fiance! And she  said ‘yes’ straight away!

My ring is a Princess cut diamond with 2 tear-drop diamonds either side in a platinum setting. Greg chose it himself and I love it!

I always thought id choose a slinky dress, so when it came to choosing my dress, everyone was surprised with my final choice!
I am very lucky as my mum works for White Mischief so I always knew I’d have a lot of help when finding my dress. I tried on a few different styles and whittled it down to 3 potentials which were all slinky but when I went in to make a decision on which one I was going to go for I found another dress, completely different from the rest.  By Caroline Castigliano, and called Mademoiselle, my chosen dress was a much more classic design with a Chantilly lace ¾ sleeve bodice, silk duchess satin corset a full silk organza skirt.  I tried it there and then and knew it was the one for me.

My shoes were by Pure & Precious and purchased from White Mischief. They were an ivory, peep toe style with a twist detail.
My veil was full length and had a fine lace edging, complimenting the lace on the dress. I was a little unsure whether or not to have a veil initially but as my dress had a low back I thought it was appropriate for the church ceremony.
My earrings were by Jenny Packham and purchased from White Mischief, they were glass teardrops with a diamond stud…elegant yet simple! I had a feather shape, vintage style cuff with beading and diamantes (I bought my bridesmaids similar cuffs as wedding gifts) this was by Richard Designs purchased from White Mischief. My decorative hair comb was from Glitzy Secrets; it again was a vintage style with pearls.  

My friend is an amazing make up artist so I was very lucky to have her do my makeup and my mums. I had a couple of trials with her and we decided to go for a natural look for the day and a little darker on the eyes for the evening. For my hair I decided to go with a local lady called Debbie from Hyatts in Henfield I had one trial with her and she was fantastic and did the exact style I wanted.

I chose a Grecian style, one shouldered design with ribbon sash, that all my bridesmaids loved.  For our colour theme we wanted different shades of blue so on deciding on the right shades we then had the dresses handmade by an amazing seamstress, Heather from White Mischief. Four of the dresses were knee length and my sister, who was chief bridesmaid, was in a full length design.
Greg wore Ted Baker - a fitted navy suit with waistcoat, accessorised with a pocket watch (which all the groomsmen had).

Our flowers were supplied by our good friend Charlotte, who owns Infusion Flowers. Our theme was country vintage so we wanted our flowers to reflect this and chose, sweet peas as our main bouquets.  Our church arrangements were a mixture of Lisianthus, Freesias, Roses and Lavender in a variety of colours.  Our venue was decorated with hand tied lavender and single stem flowers on the tables and ledges. Each guest table had a small silver bucket filled with a selection of Sweet Peas, Lisianthus, Roses and Delphiniums.

Our invites were designed and created by my sister who is co-designer/founder of Seahorse Stationery.  They incorporated a simple floral design in our blue theme.  The main invite was a kraft card pocket, a great option to incorporate all our information and hand tied in natural raffia, and we included a pre-stamped RSVP and info sheet.  Our evening invitation was designed as a gig poster.
We invited 106 guests to the day and a further 50 to the evening reception.

Our church ceremony was at Poynings Church, near Brighton, a quaint, pretty country church hidden away in the little and lovely Sussex village.  
Our reception was a short drive away in Pyecombe at Pangdean Barn. The barn had a few quirky features including, hay bales in the walls, farm tools and pretty fairy lights in the ceiling beams. We didn’t feel that we needed to add too much decoration, as we didn’t want to detract from the rustic look.

My sister and best friend have a good eye for styling so they went to Pangdean the day before and added some finishing touches including; The personal photo wall - incorporating family photos old and new, Our sweetie favour table
Wishing Line, where our guests could write their good luck wishes for us.
They also made wicker hearts and vintage teacups for the tables.

I spent the previous night at my family home with my mum, all the bridesmaids and Anneka. The service wasn’t until 1pm so we had all morning to get ready.  There was no stress and together, with a couple of glasses of bubbly, the time was pretty easy-going.
I had a navy, vintage Rolls Royce to take me to the church.  This was a wedding gift from one of Greg’s Best Men, Aaron.
Our vicar, Caroline was fantastic at helping us choose what service most suited us for our day. We chose hymns that we knew from school and had one of my closest friends and Greg’s uncle to do the readings.  As a special part of the service two of our ushers were in charge of ringing the bells - which was a great touch.

We wanted our reception to be a big party and nothing fancy.  We chose a local Brighton band, which we’d discovered at another friends wedding called ‘The Tin Cup Collective’.  They were phenomenal!  
For food we had simple catering together with our sweetie table . Lastly, for added fun factor we had the amazing camper booth - a photo booth in a classic VW camper van. Found through a friend of ours the camper booth was a hot spot for the evening providing props for all our guests to produce the best, alternative photos.
We chose cupcakes to go with the vintage theme and went for strawberry and raspberry flavours with a cream butter icing decorated with a single fruit on top.  We also had a cutting cake on top which was a simple sponge.
Our reception was amazing and we couldn’t have asked for better service and organisation from Nicky and her team at Pangdean.  
Our photographer was Paul Fletcher who we discovered at a friends wedding last September. We wanted natural shots and Paul was fantastic at capturing this.  He was hardly noticed throughout the day, producing beautiful photos of all our family and friends.
Finally, our first dance was Lets Get It On - performed by our band (originally Marvin Gaye).

Both Greg and I felt that the whole day couldn’t have gone any better.  We felt so happy to have been around all the people we love on such a special day. It was everything we could have ever wished for. I wish we could do it all over again!

My advice to any bride would be to just enjoy every minute of your day, as it flies by! Make sure you choose what YOU want and don’t be pressured into going with something that’s not you.

Dress: www.whitemischiefbridal.com
Accessories: www.glitzysecrets.com
Makeup: Anneka Saward, tel: 07730539646
Hair: www.hyattshair.com
Flowers: www.infusionflowers.co.uk
Invites: www.seahorsestationery.couk
Venue: www.pangdean.com
Music: www.facebook.com/pages/Matt...Tin-Cup-Collective/142018140978
Camperbooth: www.camperbooth.co.uk
Cake: www.cupcakegenie.co.uk
Photographer:  www.paulfletcherphotograpy.co.uk



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Photographer: Paul Fletcher
Dress: Madamoiselle by Caroline Castigliano
Location: Pangdean
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