THE BRIDE AND GROOM
This morning at Emporella we are overjoyed to introduce to you the amazing bride Emma and her handsome husband Adam Messenger, who has been gracious enough to share will us all the details about their amazing wedding day! I know you will love reading about it as much as we have. So happy hump day and have a gander at our real wedding…
The happy couple met on the 31st October 2009 in Hastings, East Sussex, where Emma lived and Adam was visiting his brother Steve as Adam lived in Peterborough. Emma worked with Adams sister in law at the time and a night out had been arranged with a group from work. After their initial meeting where they instantly clicked, Adam asked his sister in law for Emma’s number, and from that day they spoke every day and saw each other every other weekend, and after 3 years, on the 4th August 2013, she eventually moved to Peterborough.
At first, they lived with Adam’s parents while they saved for their own place. On 22nt November 2014, while Adam’s parents were away he proposed. It was a Saturday morning and he went downstairs to make some breakfast, he then called her down to help him where he was waiting on one knee with a beautiful engagement ring.
The couple had quite a long engagement as they were keen to buy their own house together first. They happily settled into their house and turned it into a perfect home and in May 2016 they felt that they were in a position to start planning the wedding and excitedly started looking at venues. Emma and her husband, Adam Messenger were married on 14th July 2017.
The brides words on finding the the perfect venue – “The first venue we saw wasn’t exactly what we had envisaged and we came away feeling quite low, as we looked into other venues things seemed to go from bad to worse with the venues either being over our budget or not fitting our requirements. On Sunday 22nd May 2016 Adam remembered a colleague of his telling him about The Sibson Inn Hotel in Stibbington where his daughter had recently got married, I immediately looked it up online and began to feel excited again as I looked through the wedding packages and photos and instantly imagined myself getting married there. We rang the Hotel immediately and arranged to go for a viewing that afternoon, we met with Diane the wedding coordinator and as we walked round the venue I couldn’t hide the smile from my face as it ticked every box we both had, it even had the marquee that Adam had said he would like but we had ruled out due to cost.”
Adam decided that he wanted to hire the suits as he felt he didn’t need another suit to hang in his wardrobe! So they visited A Formal Affair in Bretton, Peterborough where Adam liked the first suit he tried on. The groom, Adam wore a charcoal grey slim fit suit with a white shirt, cream waistcoat with a taupe pattern and a taupe cravat, he looked so handsome! The couple also decided that both their Dads and Steve would have the same suits but their waistcoats would have a much subtler pattern on.
In the first shop, Emma went to, she tried on every style of dress and decided on the mermaid fit. She fell in love with one dress as a potential but felt she wanted to go to the other shops and see what they had to offer. At the second shop of the day was Vow Bridal in Wansford, she instantly loved the shop as soon as she saw it, and it reminded her of The Sibson Inn with its rustic building and country feel. She had her appointment with the lovely Lisa who sat down with her and got Emma to explain what she was looking for; a mermaid style dress with straps, a train and lace, and as soon as she tried on the Kenneth Winston by Private Label by G Design House dress she loved it and knew it was the one. Finding her dress was her favourite part of the wedding planning experience.
Their colour scheme was neutral colours and pastel pink with the theme being floral shabby chic. The floral theme ran throughout the whole wedding so they got wedding stationery (invitations, place cards, table plan, table numbers, etc) made by Katy at Creationary who they found on Etsy.
The beautiful ceremony table flower display that was also on their top table, the jugs will with stunning flowers on the table and the matching bouquets and buttonholes were perfectly made my Sam at Flowered Up, who also provided the flowers that went on the cake.Jack at Pretty Quirky supplied and styled the whole of the outside of the venue and she also provided items for both the ceremony room, marquee and set up/styled everything inside for them making the morning of the wedding completely stress-free. The couple originally had someone else booked to dress the inside of our venue but were, unfortunately, let down, in their hour of need Jack was amazing and not only helped them by providing the items and setting up but put them at ease and made the process a joyous one.
Emma was very keen to make something that could be used or displayed at the wedding so made a trip to Hobbycraft and purchased some supplies in order to create a floral ‘E’ and ‘A’ which she displayed on a rustic ladder shelf next to their welcome table. Adam also got involved by putting together all the pieces for the table plan. The couple spent a lot of time adding many personal touches to the wedding which you can see shine through in all their beautiful wedding pictures.
The couple wanted a small intimate wedding so gave themselves a limit of 20 people for the whole day and only invited 20 more to their evening reception. They invited there closest family and friends, making the day an emotional one filled with love and happiness. Emma and Adam sent out save the dates one year before the day which was all well received by our guests, they purchased personalised tag shaped ‘pencil us in’ save the date cards which they tied round pencils engraved with Mr & Mrs 14.07.17 with twine. Then 6 months before they sent out invitations, giving out information such as menu options, gift registry and details for how to book a room at the hotel if needed. Receiving all RSVP’s back was very exciting.
CAPTURING THE DAY
Capturing the day and all the special moments was really important so they booking Peter Oliver Photography to photograph the special day which was one of the first things they did. Emma and Adam initially decided not to have a videographer but 2 months before the wedding changed their minds and booked Suzanne Gore from Capture Your Day, booking a videographer was one of the best decisions they made and as they love being able to watch the day back and actually hear the vows and speeches.
Photographer – Peter Oliver Photography
Videographer – Suzanne Gore from Capture Your Day
Flowers – Sam at Flowered Up
Stationery – Katy at Creationery (Etsy)
Outdoor and Marquee Decorations – Jack at Pretty Quirky
Bride and Mother of the Bride’s hair – Sapphire Hair, Peterborough
Cake – Love Life Eat Cake
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Many thanks to Emma and Adam for sharing their big day with us!