We have another beautiful Summer wedding to share with you today and what could be more perfect than happy sunflowers to brighten up a cold winter day? Bride Lynsey tells us all about their perfect wedding day…
Tell us how you met?
We met in the Whitestone pub in 2001 when both of us were on separate nights out with friends. We had been together 14 years when I asked Mark to marry me on New Year’s Eve 2014. After that length of time and two children we thought we should make it official! He still had to buy the ring, though!!
What was your inspiration for the day?
We initially wanted it to be a small wedding – but it did end up getting bigger. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and loved the idea of sunflowers as my bouquet but decided on the bridesmaid’s colour of dress to then work out the colour scheme.
What helped you decide which venues to choose?
We knew we didn’t want to get married in a church and it took us a while to find somewhere for the ceremony as a lot of other venues were weather dependant and we know what the Manx weather can be like! Once we visited the Council Chambers we knew instantly it was the right place. I love the wooden décor and the stained glass windows which give it a grand feel for such a special occasion.
Did you have Hen and Stag parties?
Yes, I had two hen parties! One on the Karaoke Bus and the other a more sedate affair going out for a meal with family and friends. Mark had a night out in town with a meal, beer and champagne with the lads.
Who designed the Bride’s dress and where did you find it? Did you instantly know it was ‘the One’?
I went to the Bridal House in Ramsey and found my dress on my first wedding dress shopping trip. I took my mum and my sister with me and I was really lucky that I was able to try on so many different styles as it just so happened the stock sizes were my dress size. I tried lots on and almost settled for a lace dress but I never got the “that’s it” feeling from it so knew it wasn’t right. There was one dress left for me to try on and even before the back of it was laced up I knew it was ‘the One’. I loved everything about it especially the flower effect in the bottom of the skirt.
What about the shoes and accessories?
The jewellery I wore was a Swarovski set which was the first jewellery set Mark brought me back in 2002 for Christmas.
I had to rethink my shoe option about 2 weeks before the wedding! I had brought some beautiful Irregular Choice ones but no matter how much I tried to wear them in they were just too uncomfortable for a day on my feet. In the end, I settled for a pair of Roland Cartier shoes I brought for my hen do which were so comfy and sparkly! They didn’t match my bag but I didn’t care as long as I was comfy! My bag was gorgeous sparkly clutch from Vintage Styler.
What did the Bridesmaid & Mother of the Bride wear?
My sister wore a beautiful long navy dress also from the Bridal House which matched my sunflower scheme beautifully. My mum wore a white, black and yellow dress which we got from Wallis in Liverpool and a gorgeous white short jacket from Coast.
What did the Groom and Groomsmen wear?
We hired the morning suits and top hats for the Groom, Groomsmen and our two sons who were Pageboys from Jonathan Daniels in Douglas. My dad wore Manx Tartan. On the morning of the wedding, I left some cufflinks from Mark – one said “meet me” the other said “at 2 pm” which was the time we were getting married. I got these from Etsy.
Where did the rings come from and how did you choose them?
We got the rings from H Samuel. Mark wanted something unique and chose a titanium effect ring with a sapphire in. My engagement ring is quite blingy so I just wanted something with a few diamonds that would compliment it, so chose a simple diamond wishbone ring.
Tell us about your flowers….
My flowers were from the Flower Studio and were amazing – everything I wanted them to be! The bouquet was Sunflowers and my bouquet was slightly different to my bridesmaid’s with diamantes in the centre of the sunflowers.
At the Council Chambers, we had a lovely Sunflower arrangement on the registrar’s table which also doubled up as our centrepiece on the head table. The centre pieces at the reception were sunflowers in square vases which looked beautiful. The buttonholes were yellow roses and my mum had a gorgeous wrist corsage with a yellow rose and a beaded bracelet. I had gypsophila flowers in my hair which finished off the look.
How was the reception room decorated?
The room was decorated by Matt Fletcher Entertainment and they did an amazing job. The vision I had in my head was exactly like the room was – it was fantastic. I opted for navy sashes and table runners to compliment the yellow centrepieces on the table. We had the backlit curtain which looked great too.
I organised personalised activity packs to be on the tables for the children at the reception. The Cupcakery did mini cake favours in a tiny box which were so cute. I also had some scrolls made up which thanked each guest for coming and a little favour for them to take away. The scrolls were coloured yellow with a navy ribbon and each personally tied by me and Mark – all 50 of them!
What was the wedding cake like?
The Cupcakery made my three tier square cake. The bottom tier was a vanilla sponge, the middle chocolate and the top tier was red velvet. I wanted the cake to be something different so the yellow tiers were set off to the side and decorated with Sunflowers.
We also had a cheese wedding cake for the reception buffet. I work at the Isle of Man Creamery and they kindly did a three tier cake made up of Vintage Cheddar, Cracked Peppercorn and Chilli – all of our favourites.
Tell us about the stationery….
I used Ebay to print my table plan, place names and table numbers. I picked my font and emailed over everything – it was very easy and did save me money. The invitations were also off Ebay which featured Sunflowers in a vintage style – they were beautiful.
Were there any other DIY or personal aspects to the day?
I created a “ring security” box for our boys to hold when they went ahead of me down the aisle. I got a little keepsake box and some glitter glue. It turned out well considering I’m not very crafty!! We also had our son do a reading at the ceremony which was very sweet.
How did you entertain your guests?
We used Boxed Off’s photobooth which was loads of fun and has given us a book full of memories and a different way of creating a guest book. Matt Fletcher was our DJ and was fantastic. He was also on in on the secret first dance that Mark and I had been planning for about six weeks prior to the day. I can already ballroom dance but Mark endured six weeks of lessons to learn the Cha Cha and we nailed it on the day!
Did you have transport to get you to your venues?
We used Platinum Cars. They were fantastic and worked out a plan when it became apparent Mark would be inside the TT course on a Manx Grand Prix race day! We hired two Branford Classics decorated with yellow ribbons to get me and my dad to the ceremony and to get the Mark, his Best Man and our boys there. My sister, mum and nana went in a black Chrysler Saloon.
What was the most emotional part of the day?
I thought it would be the ceremony but I held it together really well as I’m quite an emotional person but it was seeing my two boys in their morning suits waiting at the top of the stairs for me to go into the ceremony. They looked so gorgeous.
What was the most romantic part of the day?
Getting our photographs done after the ceremony. It was just nice for it to be us two and get to chat and have a little drink before going back to our guests.
What was the funniest part of the day?
The speeches were great and did get lots of giggles but I also enjoyed the surprise on everyone’s face when we pulled out a routine for our first dance!
What was the most stressful part of the day?
Mark said waiting in the pub before going to the ceremony! For me, I was pretty chilled out. We were early to the ceremony so took a detour out along Douglas Harbour and those 15 minutes in the car seemed a long time!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Everything really. The whole day was amazing from start to finish and it went by so fast. The weather was great too and it was brilliant to share our day with our friends and families.
Lynsey’s Top Tips!
What was your best idea?
Deciding to do something special for a first dance. It was such good fun.
If you could do it all again, would you change anything?
No, everything was perfect, from start to finish.
What was your best money saving tip?
Getting my invitations and stationery printed on Ebay.
What piece of advice would you give to others planning a wedding?
Although it’s stressful it does come together in the end. Trust those you have hired to help you – they work on weddings all the time and it will be perfect. If something does go wrong, go with it – you’ll laugh about it later on.
Did you have a honeymoon?
We went on a mini-break to London. My mum and dad kindly looked after the boys for us and we enjoyed 3 days sightseeing in London. We are planning on taking the boys to Disney in Florida next year which will be our main honeymoon!
Check out Lynsey and Mark’s Wedding Gallery below (click on the thumbnails for the full beautiful image from Matt Mosur Photography) and then their Wedding Dream Team are listed at the bottom of the post.
Lynsey & Mark’s Wedding Dream Team
Photographer: Matt Mosur Photography
Bride’s Dress: Bridal House
Bridesmaid’s Dress: Bridal House
Cake: The Cupcakery
Ceremony Venue: Douglas Council Chambers
Cheese: Isle of Man Creamery
Dance Lessons: Just Dance
DJ: Matt Fletcher
Flowers: The Flower Studio
Groomswear: Jonathan Daniels
Hair: Kirsty at Utopia
Photobooth: Boxed Off
Reception Venue: Sefton Hotel
Rings: H Samuel
Transport: Platinum Cars