Holly and James' August 30, 2014 wedding at Worcester Cathedral echoed elements seen at Kate and Williams 2011 wedding, of which Holly adored. The brief to Wedding Planner Jane Riddell from Planned for Perfection was "Timeless Elegance."
Holly and her bridesmaids stayed at the Lygon Arms Hotel the night before the wedding, a traditional coaching inn located in the picture perfect Cotswold village of village of Broadway. Both the wedding dress and the bridesmaid dressses were designed and made by Susan Gadsby from Greensleeve Bridal. With Holly's dress inspired by her love of several beautiful gowns, she included a high neckline and pin-tucked shoulders, exposed lace bodice, sheer lace sleeves, a bustle and a hand embroided train that was over 2 1/2 metres long!
She accented the stunning lace gown with a bespoke handmade veil and an Edwardian platinum and diamond tiara.
Arriving at the ceremony in a vintage car to the ringing of the Cathedral bells and surrounded by well wishers, Holly definitely looked the part of a regal bride. James and Holly included the celebration of the Eucharist into the service, so nannys were booked for those who wanted their children looked after.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were greeted by the Silk Street Jazz band who walked guests from the Cathedral across to the Bishops palace for a Champagne and canape reception with entertainment provided for the children by medievil knights and princesses. It was so important to James and Holly that the children also had a wonderful day, leaving lasting memories for their two daughters.
The wedding breakfast took place in College Hall at Kings School, a short walk from the Cathedral. Decorated in timeless white and green, tall impressive arrangements added grandeur to the hall, which were lined with lime trees, bringing the outside in to create a beautiful, rather majestic atmosphere. Holly and James had two wedding cakes, both made by family members - a traditional fruit cake and an indulgent chocolate cake.
Each table was named after a tree, specifically chosen to convey a loving message and every guest had lavender short bread favours, made by the Lavender picked from the family home. After the wedding breakfast, singer Paul Pashley entertained guests with his velvet voice and engaging showmanship before a friend of James' DJ'd for the party element of the evening.
Congratulations Holly and James! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together!
Planned For Perfection // Wedding Planner
Keith Appleby Photography // Photographer
Worcester Cathedral // Ceremony Venue
College Hall, The King's School // Reception Venue
Denee Emotion // Videographer
Fosters Events // Caterer
The Waiting Game // Bar
Barrie James // Car Rentals
Green Sleeves Bridal Wear / Bridal Gown + Bridesmaid Dresses
Elf Sitters // Childcare
Oasis Events // Drapes
Green Claws // Lighting
Stephanie Saunders Floral Design // Florist
Paul Pashley // Band
Di McDonald Hair + Makeup Artist // Hair and Makeup
Eureka Jazz // Jazz Band