Abbie & Sid - A Real Winter Wedding by Stevie Jay
There’s been a chill in the air this weekend and I wonder when the weather will ever change! Fear not, because today's real winter wedding from Stevie Jay photography will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I can't think of a better way to start the week and get you in the mood to feel all loved up in the run up to Valentine's Day!
Stevie is a documentary style wedding photographer with a beady eye to catch those special on the wedding day moments. Abbie and Sid’s wedding day was full of smiles and magic between them both and as you can see from the photos, this magic sparkled all day. Abbie and Sid got married in November 2017 at Kings Croft Hotel. Their wedding was full of little special touches, with the main styling taking inspiration Marvel with a mix of winter magic. The showstopper cake was designed by Abbie herself, half snowflakes and half Marvel, it's quirky, fun and full of personality.
A winter wedding isn’t for everyone but if you’re an Indie Bride that can embrace the cold, I say go for it. The lighting and the atmosphere is electric and not to mention it’s a great excuse to wear a fur wrap. Stunningly demonstrated by Abbie with her traditional wedding dress from Alison Jane Bridal and blue fur wrap for those chilly but totally worth it photos.
What better way to find out about a wedding than from the bride herself. A wedding day told from the heart. Abbie tells us her and Sid's love story. Happy Monday everyone!
How did you meet?
We met six years ago at work, we worked different hours so only caught each other's eye a couple of times before he asked for my number, as he didn't have his phone he gave me his instead. I didn't get a response to my first text and after a couple of weeks, he asked why I hadn't been in touch. Turns out he had given me the number wrong! After that, we have spent nearly every day together since. He is my best friend.
My mum and dad bought us a weekend away to Cheshire for my Birthday, we stayed in a lovely hotel with a spa, we were both getting ready to go for our evening meal, I was just about to jump in the shower when I walked into the bathroom and he was attempting to get down on one knee but the bathroom wasn't exactly big enough. He had a ring in his hand and in the steam on the mirror he had written will you marry me. I, of course, said yes. We then celebrated over food and drinks in the local restaurant.
We had been engaged around 5 months and had looked around a few venues, some too big, some too small, nothing seemed to feel right for us. In March on our anniversary, we were at a family wedding at Kings Croft. From the moment we arrived, I loved everything about the venue. The grounds, the rooms, the staff were amazing. We brought my parents to have a look and they fell in love too. We had the ceremony in the outside wedding pavilion in front of the water feature.
We always wanted a wedding that reflected us, our little quirks as a couple. Sid suggested a winter wedding and I liked the idea of snowflakes, frost, blues and silvers. And with my slight obsession with penguins, it meant I could sneak something penguin related into the wedding. We also didn't have to fight venues or suppliers on dates as November is out of season for most weddings. We also are both massive marvel geeks and had to have that in the wedding. We wanted to merge the two together and it was a talking point for the wedding. Our venue stylists helped make our ideas become a reality and their suggestions were brilliant.
I have never been someone who believed that you will try a dress on and know its the one! I'm indecisive at the best of times so I couldn't see picking my wedding dress as an easy process. How wrong was I, the second dress shop I visited I tried on my sparkling, elegant princess dress and felt like a real Disney princess? I tried a couple more styles but kept wanting to put that one back on. My mum and mother in law were in tears and I knew that the dress would be perfect. It was everything I had ever pictured in a dress, strapless, filled with sparkle and jewels, with a shimmering plain skirt. I'm 5ft tall so once the dress had been altered it felt lightweight and kissed the floor perfectly.
The Most Important Aspect
We have been to plenty of weddings through the years, family, friends. The day is about the bride and groom, however, we always wanted our guests to have the best time and remember our wedding and that was very important as well as making sure we enjoyed every part of it together. We definitely achieved what we set out to do, months later and friends and family are still commenting on what an amazing day they had with us. For us that was important, I also need to say that picking the right photographer is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding. The day passes so quickly, and you want a photographer to catch the feel of the day so you can look back at pictures and feel like it was only yesterday. We wanted natural photos to catch shots that people aren't expecting and Stevie and her second photographer caught some really special moments for us.
Stevie captured the day perfectly despite the freezing cold! Not only was she our photographer but she went above and beyond to help me with other parts of my day which I can’t thank her enough for. We knew as soon as we had our engagement photoshoot that there would be no one more perfect to do the job. Stevie managed to get some brilliant shots without been intrusive, many thought she was a friend.
Most Memorable Part of the Day
My first Dance with Sid - we don't usually dance and we had done no practice runs for the first dance. We spent the whole dance talking about the day, even though everyone was watching, it felt like there was just us, it couldn't have felt more perfect. The father and daughter dance for me will always stay with me, my dad told me how proud he was of me and the life I had created, those words from my dad couldn't mean more.
Advice to Other Indie Brides
Enjoy every minute of it, not just the day but the planning because it does pass quickly. Remember the day is about you both, make decisions together and do what makes you happy. There are so many suppliers out there so shop around and give yourself plenty of time to plan and book. Always remember why your getting married, weddings are a whirlwind and it's easy to lose sight of why. Many times we thought of eloping to save on the stress but in the end, we had a brilliant day and it was all worth it.
I hope Abbie and Sid's wedding day brightened up your Monday. The cake is just brilliant! For more cake inspiration, take a look at our blog post which tells you everything you need to know about wedding cakes.
With thanks to
Photography || Stevie Jay Photography
Venue || Kings Croft Hotel
Hair || Creative Hair and Beauty
Makeup || Victoria Marley
Wedding Dress ||Alison Jane Bridal
Suit || Slaters
Decor || Thompson Towers
Cake || Amorine Mance
Flowers || Petals Polly