I am so delighted to share this amazing wedding with you all. Jessica and Richard married at one of my favourite wedding venues, the beautiful Dewsall Court in Herefordshire. Their day was so relaxed and perfect, full of love and laughter. I loved Jessica and Richards outdoor ceremony it was so personal and intimate. I had such a amazing day capturing their wedding. Jessica has very kindly shared, all about their day below.
Richard proposed to me on a secluded beach in Australia where I used to play when I was a little girl. Fortunately, I didn’t realise it was April Fool’s Day at the time, or I might have thought it was all an elaborate prank.
The most memorable part of our day
The ceremony was undoubtedly the most memorable and overwhelming part of our day. We had a non-religious ceremony under a canopy overlooking the Black Mountains and were able to personalise every detail of the ceremony so that it perfectly reflected who we are. I will never forget the moment that I stepped into the aisle; the sight of Richard ahead, surrounded by our family and friends; and the sound of Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens, being played by the incredibly talented Steve Robinson, our favourite busker from Bath (not only is Cat Stevens my favourite singer, but this was also the hymn sung at my parents’ wedding).
Where did you meet? We met at a friend’s house party. The boys and girls were on opposite sides of the room, just like a school disco, so the host made everyone introduce themselves to each other by saying their name and favourite biscuit. I went first and said that my favourite biscuit was a Tim Tam, which is why we had a Tim Tam tower at the wedding instead of a traditional wedding cake!
After the bridal store that I ordered my wedding dress from insisted on ordering a size that was far too large for me – “just in case” – and the recommended tailors butchered the dress in the process of trying to take it down more than three dress sizes, I was left with no usable dress three weeks before the wedding. I started frantically looking online for a replacement dress, but all the high street shops that sold wedding dresses were out of stock in my size. At my wits end, I noticed a sign on the building opposite my flat advertising Petriiski Clothing and Tailoring https://petriiskifashion.com. Once inside, I met the unbelievably talented husband and wife duo, Vassil and Veronica Petriiski, who made me the most beautiful new wedding dress within a fortnight. I cannot do justice to the kindness that Vassil and Veronica showed me in so few words: they spent hours with me understanding my vision for the dress and the wedding, trying out different fabrics and cuts, advising me on hairstyles and accessories, throwing my bridesmaids a party the night before the wedding and arranging for their daughter to give us all manicures – and the most touching act of all was Veronica’s present to me of a handmade garter with a pearl attached that I will forever treasure.
Any advice for future couples wedding planning? After my terrible experience with the bridal store, I would strongly encourage all brides to consider commissioning a bespoke dress from a local dressmaker instead; or, if you want to be sure of a truly stunning piece, why don’t you just contact Vassil and Veronica Petriiski (https://petriiskifashion.com)!
Dress- (Brand/Shop) Petriiski Fashion
Wedding Band/DJ –Pete Stead
Florist – Lovelily
Hair and Make up- Le Glow Beautiful Brides