F.o.L BRIDE: The gorgeous entrepreneur and Founder of Heavenly Homes and Gardens.
AKA: Mrs Oliver. (Keeping my maiden name – girl power!)
THE GROOM: Gaz.
MARRIED: At my Grandma's beautiful home, in the Tithe Barn at Postlip Hall, Cheltenham. Getting married at the family home added to the relaxed feel of the day, and I’m incredibly lucky that it’s such a beautiful place. We went for a really bohemian look – my mum and her partner own an antiques shop so they brought huge Persian rugs, sofas and tables that we set up outside in the sunshine. We were lucky that it was the most beautiful day!
THE STORY GOES: We were housemates at uni and love blossomed. It took 12 years before we got hitched.
TEAMBRIDESMAID: My best friend Grace was the ultimate maid of honour and helped hugely with the dress search. My best gals Sophie, Vicky and Anne were all hero bridesmaids too. They organised an incredible hen do – those gals know how to party! My sisters Hannah and Cloe flew back from travelling to be bridesmaids, which meant the world to me. I also had my niece and my goddaughter as flower girls. I think that makes eight! Gaz also had seven groomsmen so there was a huge crew of us. The clothes bill wasn’t cheap for that many people but it was totally worth it – we had so much fun having all our best friends involved.
THE DRESS: I was desperate for a two-piece dress that felt young, fashionable and a little bit sexy! Everything I had tried on felt too traditional and not very me. When I discovered Fleetwood of London I was over the moon – Amie’s style was exactly what I was looking for. It was really fun to work together, creating my dream dress and seeing it evolve at each fitting.
STANDOUT MOMENT: I’m happiest when travelling, so organising our honeymoon around Sri Lanka and the Maldives was amazing. I run an interiors business so I’m always buying when abroad and come home with a suitcase full of treasure – it’s a great excuse for more holidays!
RANDOM FACT: We only sent out formal invitations a couple of weeks before the wedding. Everyone knew the date and venue so I was relaxed, but it didn’t go down too well with the more traditional family members! All was forgiven when they saw how beautiful the invites were though – a graphic designer friend created Rifle Paper Co.-inspired invites on black card with hand-painted bright florals and gold brush lettering. Divine!
SOUNDTRACK TO THE DAY: I love everything from house music to Beyoncé to Fleetwood Mac! We didn’t have a first dance, but put a lot of thought into ceremony music. I walked down the aisle to Elbow, ‘One Day Like This’ and we exited to ‘Your Love Gets Sweeter’ by Finley Quaye, and there was a lot of soul and blues in between.
FLEETWOOD OF LONDON: A bohemian dream come true!
Photographer – Noel Deasington is a genius. I'm so pleased with the photos and he has a very unobtrusive style.
Hair and Make-Up – Ginger Princess, Claire was in charge of glam and did the most amazing job on such a huge crew. She even created a Lana del Rey-inspired floral headpiece for me!
Florist – Ivory Flowers I had to have my favourite Bristol florist, Xanthe, who is an absolute dream to work with.
Finally a talented friend from work made our incredible wedding cake, which was the loveliest gesture.