Winter Wonder

Holly Baker and Alan Davis tied the knot in December at The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley, Hertfordshire

I  worked in a pub that Alan used to drink at after work, however I only worked there for a short time before joining the police force and we lost touch.

Luckily, a few years later we bumped into each other and Alan asked me out on a date.

We went for lunch after I'd been on a run of night shifts and I'm still not sure how I managed to make enough sense for him to ask me on a second date because I was so tired!

 Our Wedding Day

The ceremony and reception were held at Priory Barn in Little Wymondley. It was important for us to find a venue where we could do the vows and celebrations under one roof.

 

 

I wore a strapless white gown called Beauty by Caroline Castigliano accessorised with shoes from Dune, tiara from Halo and a cardigan from Monsoon.

Alan and his groomsmen all wore dark grey Worcester suits from Jack Bunney (a great tip, they are a very flattering cut for men with big shoulders).

My bridesmaids wore gorgeous dusky pink dresses by Ghost, the flower girl was in a dress from Monsoon and my mother stole the show in a gorgeous dress from Anne Furbank.

It's a standing joke between Alan and I that I always put comfort first, so he wasn't the least surprised when I put on a cardigan and 'weddingtons' for the photos outside.

 

 

 

A Touch of Frost

We took inspiration from the time of year we tied the knot and had a slight winter theme, though I didn't want any red to be included.

There wasn't a predominant colour, but a touch of frost was the idea behind the dusty pink bridesmaid dresses and the David Austin roses in my bouquet (which were the most gorgeous roses I have ever seen).

Our beautiful cake, made by a family friend, was sprinkled with frost-like icing and we also had dozens of pretty cupcakes iced in dusky pink made by Lynn Comer from the Butterlicious Cake Company, which we served later so our evening guests could enjoy them too.

 

The Treasure Hunt

In keeping with tradition, the night before the wedding Alan and I parted and my bridesmaids and Mum stayed with me.

During the evening I received a text from him telling me to look under the sofa where I found an envelope containing a little rhyme, which directed me to another clue.

This treasure hunt continued until I found the last rhyme where there was a box waiting for me containing a tennis bracelet, something I had always wanted.

I was amazed and it meant so much that after we had planned everything for the day Alan was still able to create such a great surprise.

 

The Finale

I think everyone at the wedding was surprised about how emotional my Dad was and how fantastic his and the bestman's speeches were. They were both brilliant.

We chose to have our first dance as the last dance of the night in the hope our moves would look a lot more impressive once everyone had been drinking.

It was such a brilliant way to end, our friends and family ran up to us and we all danced in a massive circle.

I can't think of a better way for it to have finished.

 

 

 

Honeymoon Heaven

We enjoyed our first Christmas together at home as Mr and Mrs then jetted off to Riviera Maya in Mexico in the New Year for some sun, sand and relaxation. 

Picture Perfect

Nicola Norton photographed our wedding day but we had already had an engagement shoot with Nicola which we got some wonderful photos from, so she was brilliant right from the start.

And on the day, Nicola didn't stop working.

All the guests loved her and she provided us with more than 900 photos and yes, I have had every one printed and am still choosing the ones for the album as I love all of them! So, I'd like to say a big thankyou to Nicola Norton (www.nicolanortonphotography.co.uk). 

 

Photography by Nicola Norton Photography, 01525 402210, http://www.nicolanortonphotograpjy.co.uk

 

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