Michelle and Scott’s wedding was a grand affair, held in a stunning mansion in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire on the 28th of March 2015. The mansion boasted gorgeous grounds which served as the perfect backdrop to capture some truly beautiful shots. Here, Michelle recalls what she loved about their Moor Park wedding.
Michelle, tell us about you & Scott
We met in the Local Members Bar in 2009, but we definitely didn’t hit it off straight away! We both worked different shifts in the bar so we never actually worked together. Scott would come in at the weekend for a drink when I was working but he was quite shy and so told his friends that he liked me. It was actually his brother in law who called me to tell me that Scott liked me and wanted to go out on a date. Not really knowing him, I said I was too busy! Then, one night in the bar, I was pulling a pint of Guinness and Scott tried to tell me how to do it! He likes to say it was “Love at first pint!” I eventually gave in and we we went on our first date.
How did Scott propose?
Scott asked me to marry him on the London Eye on Valentine’s Day. We had spent the day wondering around London before getting on the London Eye in the evening. He had booked a champagne experience. It was all very romantic!
What did you enjoy most about wedding planning?
I loved that it gave me the opportunity to get creative. I am quite artistic and I decided to make our own invites as well as some of the finishing touches such as the table plan, place cards and favours.
Tell us about the search to find your dream dress
Initially I tried a couple of dress shops and was quite disheartened. As a slightly bigger bride I found them to be quite rude and unhelpful. I then visited a local shop and it was a completely different experience. I didn’t really know what I wanted but I knew what I didn’t like. Using this information, they selected two dresses, both of which I really loved. However, when I walked out in the second dress my family and friends cried. Given this reaction, I knew it was ‘the one’. It was called ‘Luna’ by Tom Flowers, with layers of tulle skirts and diamante embellished bust. It was perfect!
How did you choose your bridesmaid dresses?
My bridesmaid dresses were actually from Quiz. My sister choose them and my friend found the shoes. I was happy as long as they were. They were a gorgeous deep purple/blue colour with lattice effect on the bodice and embellishment to complement mine.
What 3 tips would you give anyone planning their wedding?
- Don’t go with the first quote that you receive. Shop around so that you get an idea of what other people are offering and at what price point.
- Don’t spend more than you need to. It can be so easy to get caught up in little details but to be honest, not a lot of people pay attention to these.
- Get wedding insurance. You have no idea what could happen from the time of booking until your wedding day. My husband’s dad passed away a couple of months before the wedding. At that time we didn’t know whether to postpone or go ahead. We knew he would have wanted us to keep our date so we did, but you just can’t predict what will happen so I think insurance is definitely a wise move.
How did you decide on Marc as your wedding photographer?
We met Marc at a wedding fair. We had just come from another one so we were quite late and most of the suppliers were packing up. Marc actually waited for us to come to him. He was friendly and he wasn’t in a rush to go which I felt was a great quality. He showed us his work, had a chat and offered us an engagement shoot, with no commitment. The shoot was fantastic and a great way for us all to get to know each other. After this, we knew he was perfect and so booked him.
What did you love about his style of photography?
We loved Marc’s willingness to go above and beyond. We were keen on having photos taken at nighttime in front of the mansion, which Marc kindly agreed to do. These are actually my favourite photos in our album.