Alice & Gary’s Gorgeous Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding
This beautiful couple shared a few romantic Valentine’s Days together before they married after 6 years in a gorgeous 1920’s Great Gatsby style wedding – here is their love story….
Gary and Alice met at Christmas time in 2007. Their first Valentine’s was only a few weeks after they met and Gary surprised Alice with tickets to race a rally car in Scotland, his home country. The following August they took a road trip to Scotland to go rallying. visit the Connect festival, stay in a bothy on the Isle of Skye and take in the amazing scenery. They fell in love with Scotland but even better Alice became absolutely smitten with Gary after the thought and planning that went into their trip.
Next Valentine’s Gary took Alice to see Les Miserables in London, booking tickets for the Wednesday’s show and flying back to the Isle of Man the following day. Alice gave Gary so much grief that they weren’t staying in London for Valentine’s Day itself on Saturday, but he had a surprise in store when instead of getting the train to the airport they ended up on the Eurostar to Paris! The highlight of their trip was eating at Guy Savoy’s restaurant – a great memory of eight courses and a new taster wine with each course – reinforcing their feelings for each other and their shared love of food!
The following year Gary swept Alice of her feet with a surprise trip to Copenhagen, yet another jaunt in search of brilliant restaurants. Their fondest memory was cycling back in the snow after a few hot alcoholic beverages, they giggled so much. They loved being in each other’s company- easy, relaxing and so much fun.
The proposal came after a 7-day charity hike up Mt Kilimanjaro. Gary had planned to ask at the summit but they were both suffering terribly from altitude sickness, which was just as well as it was so cold at the top there was no way Alice would have taken her gloves off!! Gary finally got down on one knee on a beach in Zanzibar, following a slap up meal brought to their private villa of course!
Alice- tell us more about your love story – how did you know Gary was ‘the one’?
I knew Gary was ‘the one’ when I saw how close he is to his (very large) family. Aside from him being tall and good-looking, he’s is kind and caring. He puts family first, which was a big attraction, and my nephew Tristan just adores him. He treats me like a princess and is supportive of everything I do. He also cooks for me every day which is a bonus!!
Your reception was at Amisfield House in St Judes – what made you fall in love with it?
Because it was very grand and had a vintage 1920’s, Great Gatsby feel. We also had stunning views of the rolling hills of the Isle of Man, and a boating lake. We didn’t really look at many other venues, we knew instantly we loved Amisfield so we were very lucky.
Tell us about your:
Flowers: My bouquet was beautiful, dusky pink roses and trailed with faux crystals, the bridesmaids had smaller matching posies. The corsages for the ladies were roses and a beige feather and the boys had a rose and thistle with a beige feather because Gary is Scottish.
Cake: Our wedding cake was absolutely stunning, the lady who made the cake had a clear vision and I gave her artistic licence to create it. I did have my own ideas, but I am so glad I trusted her to create. It was a risk but it really paid off.
Entertainment: We had a ceilidh band that encouraged all our guests to do traditional Scottish and Manx dancing, which was great to get everyone involved. Then we had a DJ and by this time the dance floor was heaving.
Table Decorations & Favours: Our florist used candles and similar flowers to the bridal bouquet to create a tablescape on each table and then we made our own onion chutney and decorated mini succulents.
Were there any DIY aspects to your day and if so, how did you find the experience? We made our wedding invitations and our favours which were mini succulents and onion chutney and also the table numbers, which were Art Deco photo frames from Amazon and we made glittery numbers to go inside. I found it very time-consuming, although I felt really proud on the day. Making your own helps build excitement for the big day, especially if you involve your fiancé and friends.
Wedding Fashion! Who designed your dress and where did you find it? It was Esme by Jenny Packham from The Bridal House.
How did you know it was ‘the one’ and was it what you expected to choose? I thought I had chosen a dress and then I saw Esme on the model, my mum said try it on just to see. I put it on and I got that ‘feeling’ everyone talks about. I just loved it, so beautiful and detailed. I am dying to wear it again! I initially envisioned a modern wedding with quite a big princess dress! My ideas evolved so much whilst planning our wedding. My mum thought every dress I tried on was the one! However when I put on the Esme dress she cried and I knew I had found the real one.
What did your Bridesmaids wear? My mum’s best friend Brenda Alexander made the bridesmaids and the flower girls dresses. We spent hours designing them and shopping for fabric, we wanted them to be elegant and drape beautifully. She did a fabulous job and this was the most personal thing to me as she spent hours creating the most perfect unique dresses for our day.
What else made your day personal and unique? Gary and his best man arrived in my dad’s vintage Morgan +8 and my dad and I arrived in a horse and carriage. We both left the church with our three page boys in the horse and carriage and my mum and dad in their Morgan followed by four other vintage Morgans driven by my parents very close friends, and the bridesmaids were in a vintage limousine, it was like a Great Gatsby vintage convoy, very exciting! We also dressed my Gran who is 93 as a very stylish 1920 lady with faux fur shawl and beautiful fascinator, she looked fabulous!!
What did you really love about the day? Walking into the church and seeing Gary’s face, he looked so happy and handsome. I also loved the 20-minute horse and carriage ride with my dad to the church. It was so sunny and peaceful; it was lovely to have that quiet time with my dad before the busyness of the day ensued.
What was the most emotional part of the day? Signing our marriage certificate whilst one of our bridesmaids sang a solo ‘All I ask of you’ in the church.
How did you feel just before you walked down the aisle? Relaxed, happy, confident, loved up and excited.
What was the most romantic part of the day? Having our first kiss as husband and wife!
What’s the moment from the day that you’ll remember forever? For us our day was just perfect, the weather was amazing, all our friends and family were so happy. I hope we are able to remember the whole day from start to finish for as long as we live!!
Alice’s Top Tips!
Our best idea was arranging coaches for all our guests to and from the church and reception which enabled a lot of our guests to attend and have a drink without needing to worry.
If we were to do anything differently, we would have had a Master of Ceremonies. We got so caught up in the excitement of the day, it would have been lovely to have had someone to keep us on track and announce things professionally.
Choose suppliers you have faith in and have tick lists for everything!
My best money-saving tip is to start saving ASAP, and whatever your budget is, put some more aside as there are always things you forget about when setting your budget.
Our best budget buy were the bridesmaids Jenny Packham No.1 shoes in the Debenhams sale. They were just stunning.
My best piece of advice for other Brides is to relax and enjoy the day. Take five minutes at the reception look at all your friends and family who have attended because they love you and your husband. Make a mental note to remember how overwhelmed, loved and lucky you are. Bottle that feeling!!!
If Alice & Gary’s Gorgeous 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired wedding has inspired you, check out their list of suppliers below and there are tons more beautiful photographs from the super talented Shan Fisher in the gallery……
Alice & Gary’s Supporting Cast:
Photographer: Shan Fisher Fine Art Photography
Bride’s Dress – Jenny Packham, from the Bridal House
Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom made by Brenda Alexander
Bride Shoes: Emmy Shoes
Bridesmaids Shoes: Jenny Packham
Menswear: 21st Century Kilts
Makeup Artist: Bride & Bridesmaids – Heather Maddrell / Bridesmaid & Mother- Charlotte Easton
Flowers: The Flower Studio
Favours: Made by Bride, Clare Ledger and Candy Caddy
Stationery: Made by Bride
Entertainment: Calor Gas Band, DJ Matt Fletcher
Transport: Elite Carriages, and Platinum Vintage Cars
Wedding Cake: Chrissie – The Tiffin Tea Rooms
Marquee & Venue decoration: Switched On Event
Videographer: Blue Olive Productions
Photobooth – Photobooth Hire Isle of Man