Annette & Oliver
Venue: Holmes Mill
MUA/Hair: Lily & Remi
How did you meet?
We met in California over 10 years ago, while Oliver was on a trip with some friends. We stayed friends over the years. Then about 6 years ago Annette and her friend Tiffany came over to England for a girls trip. Oliver played the amazing host. We reconnected one night and a few Guinness’s later. We have been on so many adventures since then.
How did you propose: I flew us out to Miami, midway between California and Lancashire. We hired a car and drove to the Florida Keys and South Beach Miami. We saw The Chainsmokers play. I had a couple of locations in mind and eventually settled on a quiet sunset at Fort Zachary Taylor on the tip of Key West, we were laying on the rocks and I knelt on one next to Annette, strangely she took a selfie of us a moment before I asked her.
How did you choose your venue?
Well we had two weddings (I can feel the eye rolls haha). One in sunny California one in jolly old England. Our venue in England was Holmes Mill, Clitheroe and was perfect for our personalities. It was at a classy brewery and the room was a statement piece of its own. It has so much character and class. Clitheroe town is absolutely adorable as well. It really made for a beautiful backdrop.
What did you love about your dress, suit & accessories choices?
Both of my wedding dresses were stunning. I love the bohemian style. I didn’t want a heavy dress, something easy light weight and simple. One that I can runaround in and not need an Entourage to help me pee. I love tassels and sentimental accerrories, I’m glad I was able to incorporate both.
I loved that both my suit and my shoes were British brands, I also decided to buy Annette’s ring in England and mine in USA albeit very last minute! Sorry Annette haha…And I loved Annette’s dress changes
Where did the ideas for your theme come from?
I love simple but bold statements. Holmes Mill’s room speaks for itself. So I didn’t want to over dress and hide it’s beauty. The room is a statement piece all on its own. So I opted for loads of candles and a simple floral plan. Cotton flower and eucalyptus is always classy with a pop of fresh fruit accents. And of course a sea of candles.
Why did you choose your first dance song and where did it come from?
We had two weddings, Annette came up with a brilliant idea that I, without telling Annette, would choose the first dance for the American wedding and she would choose the song for the English wedding. I chose Disclosure: You and Me, because after all the partying is done and the weddings are over, no matter what happens, it’s going to be You and Me Annette, everything we’ve ever dreamed, I’ll stick with you through the good and the bad! Together, Ginger Adventures
I chose a duet cover of Ellie Goulding’s love me like you do. The lyrics speak for themselves. Why I chose the song for us will be Oliver and I little secret.
What was your favourite part of the day?
The little moments we got to share alone with each other. We got to spend the day out just the two of us taking photos before the big party. It was fun just loving on each other for hours while taking fun photos in different locations.
What made you choose Ginger Beard Weddings to capture your wedding day?
We were still hunting around for a photographer with only a little over a week to spare before our big day. Annette went to Instagram to try and find photographers and was she in luck. We stumbled on a gorgeous photo with the photography style we both loved. Then we clicked on it and the name was fate……Ginger Beard ???? to match Oliver’s Ginger Beard. We were so lucky he had availability for our day. Paul went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable, beautiful and special. He would literally stop traffic for that perfect photo . He put so much time and effort in location scouting, timing and weather for our special day. I suggest you hire him now before he is booked out.
What advice would you give to any couples planning their wedding?
I know everyone says don’t stress, however this is inevitable! Of course your going to stress over your big day! Just remember something is bound to go wrong or not how you expected the day of. It’s all in how you react to the situation, stay calm and remember the whole reason for today is you get to marry your best friend, partner in crime, love of your life and start your lives together.
Don’t get caught up in the hype. Don’t let social media or anyone make you feel bad for having a simple or extravagant wedding of your dreams. Spend money on the things you cherish most. And celebrate each little thing because it goes by so fast