Wedding at Anran, Devon
Lindsay and Jack's Christmas wedding was full of soft candlelight and twinkling accents, hearty food and personal touches"Jack proposed at the top of the Calvari steps in Pollenca, Mallorca (all 365 of them!) - our favourite holiday destination," says Lindsay. "It was just before midnight and he had carried our daughter all the way up the steps before getting down on one knee at the top."
Torn between three location choices of Mallorca, Devon (where Jack grew up) and London where the couple live, a friend suggested Anrán. "We were both smitten at first sight!" says Lindsay. "The venue was completely our taste: rustic, urban and one-of-a-kind."
Since Lindsay and Jack became a couple at Christmastime they were overjoyed to discover the venue was free on their anniversary weekend, which added even greater meaning and helped establish a striking seasonal theme, "which was lots of fairy lights and candles, metallics, glitter and deep reds," says Lindsay.
"We wanted to do as much of the wedding as we could ourselves so that the day would be a true reflection of our personalities and character as a couple," she continues. A collaborative creative effort ensured a beautifully individual look with Jack's mum making the table decorations, friends organising the wedding cake as a gift, Lindsay's parents providing all the wine and fizz, and Jack and his dad building the bar out of pallets. Meanwhile, the couple achieved their own stylistic stamp with Jack designing the invitations and Lindsay crafting her own veil to accessorise her gorgeous Claire Pettibone gown. The 'gathered from the garden' style flowers made the perfect - and seasonally fitting - finishing touch.
"We also wanted everything we did to have a special meaning to us. The car was a classic Morris Minor because my granddad used to drive one and all my jewellery had belonged to my mum, nan and grandma," she adds.
Music and food were further crowd-pleasing components of the day, with a soundtrack and menu both designed to accentuate the atmosphere and to satisfy all senses. A hog roast and an assortment of side dishes on platters ticked the box for Lindsay and Jack's prerequisite for "tasty, hearty, home-cooked food - just like Christmas!"
But upon reflection, there's one particular moment for Lindsay that rises above the rest. "Without doubt the actual marriage service was the best part of the day. This is something that is easily forgotten about or left to the last minute with everything else that needs to be organised for a wedding but it is these moments - the readings, the Christmas carols, even the vicar's jokes - that we will always remember."
With this is mind, she urges other nearly-weds to: "Focus on what is really important to you and will make your wedding day special to you as a couple. Delegate jobs to people and keep it as simple as possible. Things inevitably will go wrong or not exactly as you planned, so the less complicated you make things, the smoother things will run on the day."
She adds: "Remember you are getting married, not organising a wedding. I know it's both but the former is so much more important than the latter - in the end!"
Photography Liberty Pearl libertypearlphotography.com
Venue St Matthew Church, Landscove and Anrán anran.co.uk
Catering The Pig Apple the-pig- apple.com
Dress Claire Pettibone from Blackburn Bridal blackburnbridal.co.uk
Bridesmaids' dresses Monsoon monsoon.co.uk
Flower girl dress BHS bhs.com
Groom's outfit suit Topman topman.com shirt & shoes Zara zara.com/uk ties & pocket squares Next next.co.uk
Buttonholes Etsy etsy.com/uk
Hair The Pop-Up Salon thepopupsalon.co.uk
Hair vine Gillian Million gillianmillion.com
Bouquets Busby & Fox busbyandfox.co.uk/p/flowers
Wedding rings Kerstin Howard kerstinibiza.co.uk
Entertainment Harbottle & Jonas harbottleandjonas.com
Richard James richardjamesofficial.com
DJ Joe Green scarlettentertainment.com/page/dj-joe
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