Nicola and James first met through a mutual friend on Facebook. On getting to know each other, the bride says, “I loved how James made me laugh.” “It was Nicola's looks and sense of humour that attracted me to her,” adds the groom.
James proposed at their home on Christmas Eve, 2014, four years after they started dating.
“We went to a party at my cousin's house and when we returned home in the early hours of Christmas Eve James said I could have an early present, but I had to close my eyes,” says Nicola. “When James said I could open them he was down on one knee with a ring box in his hand before asking me to marry him! I was so shocked and happy at the same time – it was a total surprise!”
Here, Nicola tells us more about their special day...
Our three young bridesmaids had ivory dresses with a sweetheart neckline, lace overlay and tulle skirt.
I wore an ivory tea-length dress by LQ Designs. A gorgeous pair of shoes is a must with this style so I opted for Jenny Packham for Debenhams heels.
James wore a slim-fit grey lounge suit with an ivory floral tie and matching handkerchief
For us, less is more. The room speaks for itself so we had large jam jars filled with gypsophila with a wooden heart in the middle, which displayed our table numbers.
I had a round bouquet with white roses and gypsophila tied together with brown hessian.
The best man's speech was hilarious – he made a Mr and Mrs Game for all our guests to play.
When we walked into the Ryder Room All You Need is Love by The Beatles was playing. My eyes just welled up as I looked at James and could tell he liked it too.
Our photographer Greg Coltman was amazing. When we think back to how many hours he was actually with us capturing our day, it's just unbelievable. We can't thank him enough for the beautiful image.
In the evening we had a brilliant DJ called Darren – he really read our guests well and was also happy to play requests.
Our first dance was to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys.
Bride's dress and veil
Veils by Christie
The Couture Baker
Finishing Touch Covers
Groom and groomsmen's suits
Anthony Formal Wear
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Greg Coltman Photography
The Harvard Inn
Date Posted: Wednesday, 16 November 2016
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