Real Weddings

The Wedding of Vicky & Neil

a December winter wedding

A Red Floral glam winter wedding with a silent disco, sequins for days and a Jesus Peiro gown

Industry pro, Vicky, knows a thing or two about how to plan a wedding. Add in the dream team [Marie Antoinette Cakes & Red Floral] and well, you’re in for a magical winter wonderland of epic proportions. And that’s just the sequins! 

This is what it looks like when a wedding industry professional ties the knot. Their 80-guest indoor ceremony was full of sparkle and festive delight. And their additional 40 evening guests ensured the evening party took it to another disco-level.

There was Ayesha Rahman of Ayesha Photography behind the lens, Love Lights The Way on signage, Matt from Red Floral on all kinds of glam decor and floral displays, and Marie Antoinette Cakes on cake duty with the most fabulous seven-tiered lemon, chocolate ganache and Victorian sponge cake. LOVE! Our fave part of it all? The bride’s Jesus Peiro gown [it had pockets–enough said, bow down to the queen] topped off with our fave pearl veil of all time, courtesy of Prea James Bridal. Delish. Enough from us! Scroll down for the rest of this glam winter wedding…

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As an industry insider, bride Vicky had a handle on the whole wedding planning thang. Combining her skills with inspo from her fave suppliers [see: Ayesha’s NZ wedding coverage], she managed to put together one of the dreamiest teams we’ve seen to date.

The vibe:

The ‘theme’ evolved by wanting to “lift” the dark winter days. We used beautifully rich and opulent colours to make everything seem cosy, intimate and luxe. And dark florals, sequins, and glitter to lean into the festive time of year and bring out the natural Christmas sparkle and glow. Plus of course, rose gold heart lights from Love Lights The Way.

The engagement:

When Neil asked me to marry him three months after meeting him, I had no idea we would end up getting married in the dark and gloomy month of December! But as planning just started to evolve, we decided we wanted to wake up as husband and wife, on the anniversary of when we met.

Planning their glam winter wedding:

‘We were initially looking at a city venue, but happened on Tower Hill Barns completely by chance! Travelling from Manchester to visit Neil’s mum, we saw an advert for Tower Hill Barns. When we saw it was near Llangollen, a Welsh town Neil’s dad used to visit when he was alive, we decided to see if our date was available.’

Luckily, although December is a popular month for weddings, it’s not quite as popular as the summer, and it was. So we went for a viewing and promptly fell in love with the place! Which meant we only had about 9 months to plan! So we already knew our chosen suppliers were free for our date, so the most important thing then was to make sure my best friend was able to make it over from Australia in time for the wedding and be back for her family for Christmas!

The Jesus Peiro gown:

Finding my dress was tricky because I’m familiar with so many designers and their collections. In the end I decided on a beautiful backless, Jesus Peiro gown that had pockets—every girl’s dream dress! I definitely had that “this is the one” moment. I had always LOVED their collections: effortlessly stylish and timeless in class. I ended up changing the look of the gown for both the day and early evening of the wedding before changing to a sequined gown for the party.

Standout suppliers:

Our suppliers are known in the industry as the ‘dream team’. We’ve worked on various shoots together, and seen each other at wedding fairs and exhibitions. So it was an easy decision to make. I knew it would be Red Floral who create dreams and fairy tales with their styling. And he didn’t disappoint with our venue dressing on the day. He’s a magician!

‘When it came to the wedding photographer, I felt it important to ensure the little moments and the candid moments [not just the big moments] were captured on camera. I really valued this because for me, our wedding photographs are a lifetime keepsake. Choosing the photographer and the videographer was one of the biggest decisions in the whole wedding planning process.’

The bespoke gin table:

I’ve always been a gin lover, so the bespoke gin table Sophie and the bar team created really hit the spot. We went with the Botanist gin with pink peppercorns, fever tree, elderflower and strawberries.

The silent disco for the evening do:

I really wanted to have something which made our wedding stand out. We’re both big party animals and basically wanted to turn the evening into a huge party. We’d decided on a band but knew we wanted something else too. We just weren’t yet sure what until we were at a local festival in the summer and there was a silent disco tent. Both of us, and the children, had the best time! We knew then, it would have to be a silent disco for the evening!

‘We honestly couldn’t have asked for everyone to love it more than they did! We even took the headsets back to the accommodation and carried on partying until the early hours. We created two channels of music, one old school dance and the other a various mash-up of old and current hits, to suit all of our guests—old and young. It was definitely a hit!’

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