Real Bride

Mar 19, 2015


Where did you meet your husband?
I met Gareth at my first taster day at secondary school. Gareth was looking after our group and I remember thinking then he’s a good looking lad. When I told him how I’d remembered him and could even tell him what trainers and shoes he wore to school – (queue stalker alert!). He started to laugh and couldn’t believe I still remembered that day 15 years on!

How did you know he was the one?
I knew Gareth was the one when our relationship moved very quickly from the start as we moved into together after only 6 months, got our 1st dog together and chose all our homely goods together- it just felt natural and right.

How did he/you propose?
One morning a few years later Gareth brought me a cup of tea in bed on tray, he had decorated the tray with pink fluffy pom poms and between them it said ‘MARY ME’ in ABC sweet letters. We both started to laugh and he said it was because he had practically eaten the entire bag the night before he had to make do with just one ‘R’ but I liked it and it’s the thought that counts.

Real Bride Maxine and Gareth Church real bride wedding

When are where did the big day take place?
Our big day took place at St Georges Church Pontesbury on Saturday July 12th at 1pm. The church is in the next village to us where Gareth grew up, I know it’s traditional to use the church where the bride lives but St Georges church truly is beautiful inside and out and it’s where we christened our son Oliver so it made sense to have marry there. Our reception followed just a 20 minute drive into the countryside to the village of Dorrington just outside our local town of Shrewsbury to Millers of Netley. This is a privately owned family estate and the only venue we actually viewed because I didn’t want a hotel, just somewhere me, Gareth and our guests could privately enjoy without others looking on or passing through so from the moment we got there I knew this is exactly what we both wanted. It’s situated right in the heart of the countryside with South Shropshire hills as our backdrop view, sweeping driveway with beautiful landscaped gardens leading straight up to the state of the art marquee- which was huge. It also boasts 2 lakes with fountains and plenty of willow trees draping all around the gardens and the Bride and Grooms stunning log cabin overlooking one of the lakes which again was beautiful inside and out, the views were truly amazing on the day and waking up to the next morning.

Maxine and Gareth real Ellis bride

Where did you get your dress?
Out of the planning I think my dress was the hardest decision and became a nightmare. I knew I wanted lace and it had to be a fishtail style, full of detail from bust to train. I had visited 6 bridal shops and tried on over 30 dresses but still couldn’t find’ the one’ until my last chance came with Jessica’s Bridal Shop in my local town, so literally right under my nose the whole time. The Ellis Bridal 11330 was perfect and the last ever dress I tried on- yey. I feel in love from the moment I put it on, it was everything I had wanted my dress to be and the attention to detail was perfection. Filled with pearls and Swarovski crystals, sweetheart neckline, pearl button-up back and all that detail flowing from bust to train it was stunning. I teamed my dress with the 3/4 quarter Ellis Bridal Lace bolero which finished my dress off perfectly and made me look very elegant and beautiful, I was finally happy and over the moon at last.

Maxine and Gareth Real Ellis Bride Porchse

Did you have anything unusual during the ceremony?
Gareth’s mum passed away in July 2011 and I wanted have a special part of our service dedicated to Cary’s so I chose a candle with a lovely message on and had a poem read out as Gareth lit the candle at the start so it burned away during the service as if she was with us in spirit.

What was the theme of the day?
I knew I wanted our theme to be vintage/rustic as I really like all those sorts of things but I added an elegant twist to it too and with our venue being a ‘blank canvas’ so to speak it was easy to dress it up. I handmade all my hessian bunting, which totalled 797 flags all cut out and my friend’s mums sewed it all together, then I just painted the words on with stencils and an ivory heart on every other flag. The bunting hung really well in the marquee against the ivory drapes and really complimented the room, my centrepieces were 70cm martini glasses with ivory and cappuccino ostrich feathers to really give it some height and filled with glass beads and LED lights that also went down the stem of the glass, they really looked amazing and at night they match up with our starlit ceiling. I had a Post Box, which was painted ivory for our cards and little rustic wooden, wicker and beaded hearts all dotted and hanging around our marquee. Once it was all done the flowers were added after the service and the venue looked incredible and better than I ever envisaged it to look like.

Maxine and Gareth Wedding reception Real Bride

Maxine and Gareth Real Bride Wedding Ceremony

What kind of cake did you have?
My cake was made by sister- in law Rebecca who owns ‘A Piece of Cup-cake’ and I went for a ‘Naked’ Victoria Sponge cake, purely to be different and unique and its my favourite cake too! It was 9 sponges in total and oozed raspberry jam and butter icing decorated in heart shortbread, fresh fruit and flowers that matched our bouquets and finished off with a light dusting of icing powder- our guests loved it and the photos it were amazing- it really was a work of art and the best cake Becky had said she ever made.

Real Bride Maxine and Gareth Wedding Cake

One was your favourite moment from the day?
There are too many moments from the day to pick just one but the moment I replay over and over again is the one where Dad saw me for the first time all dressed up ready to leave. Bless him his eyes filled up and then that set me off, he gave me a big hug so it really was a special moment between father and daughter and one I’ll always remember being a Daddies girl.

What tips do you have for new brides picking their wedding dress?
My advice to other Brides-to-be when choosing their dress would be try on different styles first and find out what really suits your figure, as what’s pictured on a model will look completely different on you. I also believe it’s a myth that you always end up picking the first dress you try. When you know when you’ve found your dream dress I think you just get that certain feeling inside that it’s the one for you.

Maxine and Gareth Real Ellis Bride

Photographer – Spinning Your Dreams
Hairdresser – Bex Kearney at Pure Brilliance
Make up Artist – Jules Condie (MUA MAC CERTIFIED)
Florist – Caroline Pryce at Fleurtations
Dress – Jessica’s Bridal
Cake – Rebecca Davies at ‘A Piece of Cup-Cake’


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