Robert and Wendy picked St Mary's Church, East Leake for their ceremony as Robert preferred to exchange vows there. He says: "Although we have both been married before, the vicar Rev Tim Parker said he had no problem in marrying us, we just had to be resident in the parish for at least three months."
After having Sutton Bonington Hall recommended to them as a wedding venue, the pair contacted the team. The hall's old-world charm, peaceful and serene caught their attention and the owners were very charming and professional.
Robert comments: "Things were starting to fall into place. Numbers of guests restricted us as we wanted everyone to be in the conservatory for the wedding breakfast. So, we had six tables for guests and a sweetheart table for us." The centrepieces matched the colour scheme of ivory and cerise as well as the cake, which consisted of three tiers. The flavours included chocolate and orange ganache, lemon and elderflower, and fruit as the top tier.
As Robert doesn't eat meat, and some of the guests had dietary requirements, they needed to have two options for each course of the wedding breakfast. To keep the little ones happy, (including the six grandchildren between them), a sweet table was used, which was a big hit with guests. The couple also had a wish tree for friends and family to write messages or general words of wisdom. On the day, the pair hired a Rolls Royce Phantom VII from Lymn Luxury VehicleHire – this created the perfect backdrop for the images.
When it came to finding the perfect dress, the bride-to-be picked a full-length ivory lace gown with a short train by Maggie Sottero, which featured a scalloped neckline, capped sleeves, and a stunning sheer back. As soon as she tried it on, she knew it was the one. She says: "I decided not to have a veil as the back of the dress was sheer, and I wanted to display that. I chose a simple,elegant hair clip that would secure my half updo."
Robert wore a mid-blue Sawyers & Hendricks three-piece suit supplied by Slaters Menswear in Nottingham, with a contrasting ivory jacquard waistcoat, pink floral tie with matching handkerchief. The best men, Wendy's son and Robert's son, both wore the same suit and accessories except the waistcoat to allow Robert to stand out.
The pair's two granddaughters were bridesmaids and wore multicoloured dresses with a cerise pink sash while the pageboys (their four grandsons), wore mid-blue shorts with a matching waistcoat and white short-sleeved shirts.
The day itself happened to be the hottest one of the year, but that didn't stop the pair having the best day. Wendy says: "Neither of us was nervous, which was reflected in the photographs as Hayley our photographer managed to get some amazing pictures. As we are both slightly more mature in age, we took the day in our stride and made the most of it." Wendy's son Tom gave her away with the couple enjoying a perfect service – their photographer managed to get some wonderful shots. Wendy adds: "I know how difficult it can be to get little ones to sit still for any length of time, so I didn't get stressed out when the children started wandering around the church during the service. One of the bridesmaids, Etta, decided she wanted to sit on my knee at one point, and Bear, the youngest pageboy played hide and seek behind the alter with one of the clergymen."
To keep guests entertained, the couple booked a singing waiter. Robert says: "At a given moment, which only Wendy and I knew about, he made his entrance by pretending to trip up and drop a tray full of cutlery on the floor, he certainly got everyone's attention with all the noise. He then pulled a microphone from his apron, cue music, and started singing Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You, what a start! He got everyone dancing, singing and even playing air-guitar!"
The day consisted of so many beautiful moments, but the main part that really stood out to Robert was seeing Wendy in her beautiful wedding dress and being surrounded by loved ones. He says: "Seeing all of our friends and family seated in the church was special. As Tim, the vicar said beforehand 'pause and take your time as you'll never see this view again'."
A lovely touch from the day was when the lovebirds entered the room for the wedding breakfast to Vader March from Star Wars. Wendy comments: "After the wedding and reception, we booked a taxi to take us to Breedon Hall where we spent our wedding night, on the way we diverted to The Star Inn at West Leake and walked into the pub still with our wedding outfits on."
She adds: "Another funny moment was during the wedding breakfast, Etta and Luna swapped shoes with Bear, so we have a fabulous photo of him wearing pink sparkly shoes. He got his own back when he refused to take them off."
The couple were so happy with their photographer, Wendy says: "Hayley captured the day perfectly, she was amazing! Charlotte at Portfolio Events was also great; nothing was too much trouble. Shecertainly made sure the day went as smoothly as possible."
Brides' dress and accessories