Real Bride: Jess & Chris

Nov 20, 2015

Jess & Chris were married on the 25th of July this year at Lichfield Registry office in Staffordshire. They followed up their ceremony with a reception at The Bureau in Birmingham, a gorgeous former bank complete with grand staircase and roof terrace. It’s a real gem of a venue and by adding lots quirky little touches, they created a fun-filled but personal day!

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The Dress

Jess got her style 11412  at Red Rose Bridal. Wearing an elegant lace edged cathedral length veil for the ceremony, she changed up her look with a bespoke Crown and Glory flower crown for the evening.

“I’d had a disaster of a morning at an outlet where I’d asked to try on 50s style tea length dresses, only to be given sparkly corseted princess dresses. They were not my style at all so practically ran out the shop screaming when the sales assistant forced a tiara on my head! After a quick lunch and numerous phone calls later we managed to get an appointment at Red Rose Bridal where we were met by the lovely Sandra.

I explained what I wanted (well at least what I thought I wanted) and Sandra suggested I try a fitted lace Ellis Bridals dress ‘just to see’.

And that was it! I fell in love! I am by no means body confident but in this I felt like a beautiful ‘bride’.

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Jess styled her best girls in shades of blue. Maid of Honour Beckie rocked a gorgeous dropped shoulder maxi complementing the light blue lace midi dresses of the other girls.

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“We met on MySpace in 2008 at the grand old age of 16, it actually turned out that we had mutual friends in a band and arranged to meet at one of their gigs (completely ignored any stranger danger) and were pretty much inseparable from thereon.

We got engaged in October 2013 after seeing a West End show in London. Chris proposed later than evening after serenading me with Beyoncé single ladies alongside an amazingly executed dance routine… Good job I said yes as he’d arranged for lots of family and friends to come and celebrate with us in a pub in London as a surprise!”

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“My dad (pops) John walked me down the aisle to ‘Like a Star’ by Corrine Bailey Rae. We kept our vows simple. We were both worried about over complicating things because of the emotion of the day. I wasn’t sure I’d even make it through my vows without being a blubbering mess!”

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“We chose two extracts to be read by Chris’ younger sisters. The first was ‘He’s Not Perfect’ by Bob Marley and the second was from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.”

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“We loved the half hour we spent in the car together after the ceremony to the reception. We shared a bottle of Prosecco and enjoyed some time alone. Closely followed by the food! Oh my goodness the food…it was so good especially the hog roast.”

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Doris Loves provided the temporary tattoo station and the rest of the décor was a combined effort between the couples friends and family. Jess and her friend even learnt crochet to make their own doilies!”

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Words of Wedded Wisdom

“Do it yourself. Weddings are wonderful! My friends and family (especially my mum) were so helpful with decorating the venue. Involve them as much as you can, it makes the whole experience much more fun. An amazing photographer is worth every single penny and make sure you love the food I think that’s so important.”

See the full interview on Love My Dress

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