Keith Riley Photography captured the gorgeous wedding of Fran & Adi, who married on 1st March 2014. The images are just WOW, and I am delighted to share them with you this evening on Dotty Vintage Weddings.
When did you meet?
We met back 1999 at a party through Adi’s Sister. We were both in different relationships back then. But in 2005, we both became available and Adi emailed me to ask me out!
When did you get engaged?
August 2012. We had organised a weekend of shopping and champagne in Birmingham, staying at The Cube. We got back to our hotel and we’re getting ready to go out when Adi asked me. I cried happy tears for hours!
How did you approach wedding planning? What did you hope to achieve?
We wanted our wedding to be intimate, understated and totally us. We have ourselves loads of time from engagement to wedding date to make sure every detail wasn’t rushed.
Did you have a theme in mind for your special day?
After finding our venue – it was our take on ‘Vintage by the sea’.
What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?
Do it your way. Don’t be bamboozled into a day that you don’t want. Invite those that you want to share your day with rather than who you think you should ask. Have a few brandies in the morning to calm your nerves but more than anything – live your day, love it and take it all in.
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: We had exclusive use of The Rosevine, near Truro for the weekend. It was perfect as it meant that all our guests arrived on the Friday to spend the weekend with us.
Tim & his incredible team at The Rosevine looked after us all like royalty. Tim was on hand to coordinate our wedding day (the ceremony was held in the big room overlooking the sea). It was his Chef that created the delicious food we had too. To keep it personal to us – we had our favourite foods, but with a posh slant on them.
Photographer: We asked Keith & Neda to photograph our Cornish Wedding. Having done some research, I hadn’t liked any style of photography that I’d seen, until I discovered Keith Riley. I found a simple picture they’d posted on Twitter and instantly I knew that they were what I was looking for! I can’t explain how I felt when I saw it, but it was all very good. We asked them to record our day in their style. What we hadn’t realised was that Keith & Neda had already scoped out the house, it’s grounds and been to the beach to find the best vantage points to get the best photos for us. Our day was all about how much we love each other and how much it meant to us to be finally getting married. They totally got it! Every picture gives me goosebumps and makes my heart pound. They did an awesome job.
Wedding Dress: My dress was Luna by Jenny Packham. After getting engaged, I bought my first ‘Brides’ magazine, the Sept 2012 issue. I opened the cover and saw my dress. It made my stomach turn – I knew that was it! I found a local dress shop that luckily was having a JP designer day soon, tried it in, fell in love and bought it! No other dress came close. Charlotte at Quello in Kenilworth made my dress experience really exciting. And Fiona altered my dress to make it beyond a perfect fit. I was over the moon with the results.
Bride Accessories & Shoes: I wore a Flo & Percy headband which matched the sparkle of my dress and a fab pair of Jimmy Choos!
Groom’s Attire & Accessories & Shoes: Adi wore a suit & shirt from Reiss. He added a cheeky red hanky to his top pocket – his best men did too. My dad had a red tie. I had red ribbon around my bouquet (but I forgot to take it with me after a brandy with my Dad!!)
Hair, Make Up & Beauty: My best friend did my make up. After weeks if practising she made me look fantastic! I did my own make up as I knew the look I wanted.
Stationery: Our Save the Dates, invites, place settings and menus were from Project Pretty.
Venue Décor: The Rosevine doesn’t need much help to look any better. We got an illuminated LOVE sign for the mantel price, which looked mega and a postbox. Both from Inspire Hire.
Wedding Cake: We didn’t want one – we didn’t want any standard cake cutting pics afterwards.
Florist: Nickys Flowers in Truro did a super job on our flowers. I emailed her a picture of what we wanted and her recreations we perfect!