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Nicola & Juan's Relaxed Family Wedding

Inspired by garden parties and Summer barbecues...

· Real Weddings

Nicola & Juan first met at work and when Juan proposed, Nicola knew straight away that her answer was Yes!  They love to spend their spare time in the Summer out in their garden, enjoying barbecues and late nights with family & friends, and that is where they took their inspiration for their wedding.  I caught up with Bride Nicola to find out more about their perfect day...

Nicola & Juan, St Pauls Church, Ramsey

The couple live in Ramsey so their choice of venues was decided by what was local to them, marrying in St Paul's Church and a reception at the Masonic Hall.

Before the Church service the Manx Traditional Music and Dance group, Ny Fennee, performed a selection of traditional wedding music and dances as the wedding guests and the bridal party arrived,

"Kirsty and Katie Lawrence played our own special tune during the signing of the register. We were very honoured and forever grateful for them both making our day extra special, but a massive thank you to Katie who wrote the piece for us. It is totally awesome!"

Nicola wore a Ronald Joyce gown with a pretty lace overlay, "It was a dress that I wasn't expecting to like and the complete opposite to what I thought I wanted. However, as soon as I tried it on, I just knew it was the one!"

Her shoes were originally a popular bridal design by Irregular Choice - 'Smartie Pants', but a month before the wedding she realised they were a little too tall and opted for a pair with lower heels from Tynwald Mills (with a back up pair of flips flops for dancing in later on!).

Nicola's three Bridesmaids all wore dresses bought online from JJs House, "They were beautiful and I made huge savings on them".  The two younger Bridesmaids wore a slightly different design to her adult Bridesmaid but they were all made from the same navy blue chiffon and had lace details which complemented Nicola's dress perfectly.

The Groom, Best Man and Usher all wore 3 piece blue suits, with traditional white shirts and blue silk ties hired from Jonathan Daniels, "They were brilliant, even when I changed the colour scheme half way through planning the wedding. Nothing was ever too much trouble".

The rings came from Warren James in Liverpool, Nicola opted for a plain band and Juan went for a two tone brushed finish.

Platinum Cars provided two Mark 2 Jaguars to transport the Bridal party to the church and reception, and they hired a bus to take their guests from the church to Milntown for some beautiful photo opportunities before heading to the reception.

Nicola & her Bridesmaids carried tied posies of Sunflowers with purple lisianthus and ivory roses which looked stunning against the dark blue dresses.  The men wore ivory rose buttonholes with an accent of Manx tartan ribbon and the mums wore simple ivory corsages.

They dressed the Masonic Hall themselves using painted pallets decorated with their favourite photographs together highlighted by mini string lights.  Tables were decorated with natural wooden log slices on two levels with sunflowers in embellished jars and candles. Other areas of the room were decorated with lanterns, photos and white string lights.

The table plan was designed by Emma at Oh My Pen & Press and they made the rest of the 'on the day' stationery themselves,  "We named the tables in Manx, each word was special to us. There were also other personal touches on the table decorations that were important to us and symbolised friends who are no longer with us".

Their guests were treated to a tasty wedding breakfast that the couple organised themselves with the help of many friends including Mark at W. E. Teare's Butchers and Carl and Selena at the Mitre in Ramsey, "We pulled in as many favours as we could and are so thankful for all those that helped us out on the day".

The 4 tiered cake was made by Taylor Made Cakes and contained Victoria sponge, chocolate and carrot cake! It had a traditional feel with ivory roses to match the button holes, and each layer of the cake had a slightly different finish.

Entertainment on the day came in the form of board games, fake tattoos and glitter for the children (and probably some adults!) and a DJ in the evening for guests to dance the night away to.

A Photo Booth also created not only entertainment for everyone but also lasting memories of all the fun too!

Black Dog Pizza were on hand during the evening reception to provide the guests with freshly made delicious pizza!

Wedding Emotions...


What was the most emotional part of the day?

For me it was when I arrived at the church. Seeing Ny Fennee dancing outside was just amazing. It made me burst, I just made it to the back of the church before bursting out crying!!


What was the most romantic part of the day?

When I reached the alter, I was petrified of walking up the aisle and as soon as I got there Juan took my hand and told me I looked stunning. It put me at ease and was able to breathe a little easier.


What was the funniest part of the day?

The speeches!! They were brilliant. We had also worried about the weather for the whole week and where we would have our photos taken should it rain. It was a wet day, but we had two hours of perfect sunshine in which to take our photo's. We hadn't however worried about the wind! This proved a little tricky when having our photo's taken especially with the veil, gave us a few chuckles on the day.

Nicola's Top Tips!

What was your best idea?

Doing it all our own way and asking for help from friends and family!! Taking the stress away from organising food for the night time, we organised for Black Dog Pizza to cater for us... this was a huge success and worked a treat.

If you could do it all again, would you change anything?

Not a thing, we had all the people we wanted there, and it was fabulous in every way.

What was your best money saving tip?

We didn't go down the fancy route and saved where we could, so invites etc were bought cheap and we created the inserts for them. Same for the table names and order of service.

What piece of advice would you give to others planning a wedding?

The most important thing is getting married, try not to lose sight of this. All the little bits that I worried about didn't actually matter on the day. Nobody cared we tied 100's of knives and forks together with Manx tartan ribbon!

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Garrett, and thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us - check out their wedding suppliers below if any of their ideas have inspired you for your own wedding!

Nicola & Juan's Wedding Dream Team


Photographer: Richard Power

Bride's Dress: Ronald Joyce

Bride's Dress Alterations: Bridal House

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJs House

Cake: Taylor Made Cakes

DJ: MC Entertainment

Flowers: The Flower Studio

Food:  W.E. Teare's Butchers, Robinsons, The Mitre Hotel, Ramsey, Black Dog Pizza 

Hair & Nails: Sophie Corlett

Make-Up: Yasmin, Lime Studio

Men's Suits: Jonathan Daniels

Music at Church: Kirsty and Katie Lawrence, Ny Fennee

Personalised Letter Box: Geoff Howland

Photo Booth: Photobooth

Table Plan: Oh My Pen & Press

Tartan Ribbon: Sweet Ginger Emporium

Transport: Platinum Cars, Isle of Man Transport 

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