Today I am honoured to share this beautiful 50s themed Valentines Day Wedding with a hint of silver and green at the gorgeous Styal Lodge.
I have known the Bride, Janet for several years and watched her Business, the Wedding Blog Beautilicious 40 Bride blossom.
I have also known her through the tough time she has had in the last 2 years battling breast cancer and coming out strong through the other side.
Its so lovely to share her and Adrians love story and her amazing wedding day.
Images were captured by Neale James Photography.
Neale James is based near Newbury in Berkshire though is commissioned across the UK and for destination weddings abroad.
Recognised for his reportage approach to wedding photography, he says of his work…
“My heart lies in documentary wedding photography. I’m often described as having a natural emotive style, informal, the eyes perhaps for a couple on their day.”
“I don’t run around shouting at guests or dictating the day. During the few moments I’m called upon to photograph family or bridal portraits, I subtly go about my work in a relaxed way.”
I now hand over to gorgeous Bride to Janet….
How did you meet?
“We met on a dating site in February 2013.”
“We had both been married before and are both in our 40s.”
“We hit it off immediately after having our first date in a local pub, became inseperable and moved in together after just 3 months.”
When did you get engaged?
“Three weeks after Adrian moved in, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.”
“The next few months we were thrown into turmoil of hospital appointments and my dramatically changing image.”
“Adrian stood by my side.”
Tell us about the Engagement…
“We got engaged whilst I was going through chemotherapy.”
“It was just eight months after we met in October 2013.”
“We had booked a weekend break to stay in a beautiful lodge at Three Choirs Vineyard in the Cotswolds. It was such a special and romantic moment.”
Tell us about your Wedding Planning journey
“The wedding planning was relatively easy.”
“I knew alot of suppliers due to being part of the wedding industry and had booked most things within two months of us getting engaged.”
“I knew I wanted my 1950s style dress made by Erica Stacey as the theme of the day was 1950s Hollywood style.”
“The colour scheme was white, silver with a hint of mint green and table names were 1950s Hollywood movies with an image of the leading couple.”
“The wedding invitation had the Audrey Hepburn quote “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other” on the front which we also used as the back of menus.”
“The main focus was that we wanted to keep the guest list intimate. We had 60 guests in total.”
“We chose a beautiful venue that had a fabulous caterer , a photographer who specialised in documentary style images and two live music acts.”
“We used my own car. A VW beetle convertible.”
“We didn’t have favours. Instead we made a donation to Cancer Research and bought their heart shaped pins and had cards printed in which to place them.”
When did you get married?
“We got married on Valentines Day 2015 , two years after we met.”
“We wanted a winter wedding and honeymoon and this date was perfectly romantic.”
“In honour of the day the venue was decorated with silver and white hearts dangling from white trees.”
What was the best bit of your day?
“Everything was perfect.”
“As our wedding day was something that we had focused on during my illness it was a celebration of life as well as a new beginning for us and our children.”
“Our daughters, both named Alice (aged 21 and 18), Adrians Son Jack aged 14, and my son Ross aged 14 played a big part in our day.”
“My son gave me away as my Dad had died from cancer when I was young.”
“So the moment I walked down the aisle with my son to “At Last” sung by Paul Pashley I had goosebumps as I spotted Adrian at the end of the aisle.”
“The vows were beautiful and emotional. Our girls looked simply stunning. Our boys looked really smart. My dress was everything I had dreamed it would be.”
“The photographs were amazing. The venue and food were spectacular, the music was the perfect finishing touch and of course my handsome groom, my best friend in the whole world became my husband in front of all our close friends and family. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
“Prioritise what is important to you both.”
“Don’t let too many opinions throw you off track. Your wedding is about the two of you and your life together.”
“Everyone else and everything else is an extension of that. Some of the little things really don’t matter.”
Every wedding I have the privilege to share is special.
However this gorgeous intimate valentines day wedding has been a little extra special to share as I have followed Janet through her journey.
6 months prior to Janets diagnosis I had a breast cancer scare and she was incredibly supportive and I will never forget that, I was very lucky.
From the first flush of her relationship with Adrian I remember her excited facebook statuses following their first date to the heart wrenching news of her diagnosis, to their lovely engagement.
He has been her constant, her rock, her soul mate and it makes me so happy to share their stunning day and the culmination of all the planning that has spurred her through difficult times and treatment.
I wish them all the happiness in the world.
Thank you to the couple for sharing their love story and also to Neale James for his incredible imagery.
Venue – Styal Lodge
Photographer – Neale James
Wedding Dress – Erica Stacey Couture
Bridesmaids dresses – Asos
Flower Girl dress – Sue Hill
Petticoats – Doris Designs
Bride headress – Crown and Glory
Bridesmaid headdress (mint green) – Arsi Art (Etsy)
Cake – Eileen Jeffers
Male Singer – Paul Pashley
Entertainment – The Beatlez
Caterers – Pink Pepper Catering
Bouquet – Crystal Bouquets by Tilly
Make – Up artist – Sarah Elliott
To Contact Neale James Photography
Phone: 01635 273181