Saturday, 9 February 2013

Simply Bows Real Life Bride: Jo and her Berkshire wedding

What are your first names?
Jo & Ian... prefers to be known as Womble!


Where and when did you get engaged?
15th February 2012, a trip to Gloucester.

What was your wedding date?
8th December 2012

Where did you get married?
Donnington Grove Hotel, Newbury, Berkshire.

Why did you choose your venue?
I had been to a Christmas party the year before and thought it was a lovely place, Womble asked me to marry him and I remembered how beautiful it was, suggested this as a possibility. The day after we got engaged we visited the hotel and booked it there and then.

Did you have a “theme”?

In my now husband's words, the theme is "wedding!".

What was your wedding colour scheme?

Silver, purple and black.

Why did you choose Simply Bows and Chair Covers and what were they like to work with?

We found you via the Internet and although you were the first vendor we met, you were our only choice based on the rapport and connection made on meeting, we liked your ideas, very personable and definitely professional. You did us proud on the day, everyone commented how beautiful the room looked.

What sort of dress did you choose and where from?

Maggie Sottero, ivory dress with beading on the bodice and train, from Satin and Lace Newbury.


What did your bridesmaids wear?

I chose not to have bridesmaids, in favour of the whole of both our families on the top table. I did have flower girls and a ring bearer.


Who was your photographer?

Photos at your Service, Mike & Heather Starinovich, a husband and wife team who were fabulous. They work as a tag team. Mike will be there with the groom to take pictures, whilst Heather devotes her time to the bride. During the service and reception they work together to give the best, overall picture of the day. Would say with confidence that they are now firm friends of mine and my husband's.

What “special touches” did you add to your day?

Pictures of us around the marquee, lottery tickets, dragon pendants and specially designed pens for wedding favours. We put colouring books on the tables for younger guests, as well as a chill out room in case they wanted a rest, DVD player on standby. We had a photo booth - guests took a photo away with them and stuck their picture next to their message in our guest book. We had a large ceramic plate that guests signed on the way in.

What was your favourite part of the day?

Marrying Womble, the service. Also the speeches were beautiful tributes to us and our families


Where did you go on honeymoon?

Australia - Perth, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney.

What would be your top tip for another bride to be?

On the day let others take charge, so you can enjoy your day. I had arranged all of it so was keen to see it go well and according to plan. Due to this the day went soooooo quickly. I am so pleased we had a videographer so we can watch it and remember. It's important to enjoy your special day and nerves WILL take over. Leave yourself plenty of time to get ready, even though I tried to do this I was still late, due a wardrobe malfunction!

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