Victoria and Kris set the tables with lace, lilac and love
When longtime workmates Victoria and Kris realised their friendship was growing into something much stronger, they didn’t waste much time making it official. “Within months of dating we’d moved in together and six months later we were expecting our daughter, Indiana,” says Victoria.
Photography: Karen McGowran (karenmcgowranphotography.co.uk)
After a romantic proposal in New York’s Central Park, the couple gave themselves just four months to plan their wedding, including a traditional ceremony at St Mary the Virgin in Whickham Village, the church where daughter Indiana was christened.
First choice for their reception was one of their favourite restaurants, As You Like It in Jesmond (asyoulikeitjesmond.com), which specialises in homemade dishes. “We both love the venue and often used to go there for meals or spend time drinking cocktails in their bar.”
Victoria knew she wanted a lace dress and found the perfect one by Justin Alexander (justinalexanderbridal.com) from Rosina Brown in Stocksfield Northumberland (rosinabrownbridal.co.uk).
The soft silk lace dress had a criss-cross back with intricate detailing which was custom-made for Victoria’s petite frame.
To finish the dream dress with a flourish, Victoria’s perfect shoes were a bargain. “Surprisingly, they were from Dolcis (dolcis.co.uk), and just £30,” she laughs.
Victoria and Kris’ daughter wore a customised dress from Monsoon (monsoon.com). “Rosina at the bridal shop saved some lace and details from the waist band of my own dress which my mother-in-law sewed on to Indiana’s,” says Victoria.
Kris chose a dark grey morning suit from Waltons Hire in Newcastle (waltonsmenswear.co.uk) matched with a soft gold cravat.
Victoria’s bouquet was a seasonal celebration of tracelium, antique roses, bouvardia, freesia, lavender, solidago and cornflower, designed by Arthur Ross in Whitley Bay (arthurrossflorist.co.uk).
As an event and wedding planner herself (yourpersonaltouch.co.uk), Victoria knows how to create a big effect with small details. Decorative flourishes included delicate chair backs and lacy doilies running along the middle of each table. The little touches really added to the atmosphere and gave our guests lots to look at and talk about, she says.
My lovely husband made the place settings, explains Victoria. We stamped cards designed to look like luggage tags with a vintage bike motif that we used throughout the wedding. These were then tied to napkins the couple sourced from Simply Bows (simplybowsandchaircovers.co.uk).
The Mr & Mrs cushions were handmade to decorate the sofas.
Victoria created the lace-trimmed cards that formed the table plan and displayed them in two rustic looking wheelbarrows, which she filled with flowers.
Flowers in the wheelbarrows included aster, September flower, hydrangea, bouvardia, solidago, french ruscus, lavender and muscuri.
“Enjoy every minute of your planning and get friends and family involved,” says Victoria. “It’s amazing how keen people are to help. And think outside the box; don’t let a venue tell you how you should celebrate your wedding just to make it easy for them. It’s your day so tell them what you want.”