India + Dan  | 4.08.18


Today we’re talking to India, our georgous Ellie Sanderson real life Bride. She wed the rather dapper Dan in a traditional yet laid back Oxford wedding. With nods to Dans Welsh heritage and a beautiful custom made veil the pair made the setting their own and looked completely at ease and in love. Read on to be inspired by their day…




Team ES | Tell us about your proposal?

India | Dan booked a surprise weekend away in the Suffolk countryside. We stayed in a tiny converted bakery and, after an excellent evening in the local pub, he proposed in front of the fire.

Team ES | Did you pick up any tips during the planning stage?

India | We used a spreadsheet for all our planning. It wasn’t glamorous or Pinterest-friendly, but it did mean that all our information was in one place and we could keep careful track of our budget, our guests’ addresses, our suppliers’ details, and so on.



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Team ES | What was your wedding dress experience like?

India | I’m not a big ‘shopper’ and I felt there was a lot of pressure to find trying on wedding dresses a completely magical experience. I knew I wouldn’t feel that way – but I did find that I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting. It was fun trying dresses which were nothing like what I had in mind when I went in.

Team ES | How did you choose the ‘THE ONE’?

India In the end, I bought the first dress I tried on. I tried on more than one, of course, but having gone in with a very clear idea of what I wanted (colour, style etc), I found I was able to pick out my perfect dress quite easily.



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Team ES | What did you love most about your dress?  

India | The back, which was lacy and had silk buttons running down the middle. I also loved my veil, which was handmade to order by Ellie Sanderson with matching lace.

Team ES | How did you decide on your flowers?

India | We got our flowers from The Garden of Oxford, who have a shop in the Covered Market. We wanted to get them from an Oxford institution, and we found the staff really helpful when it came to translating our vague ideas into lovely bouquets.

Team ES | Where did you get your wedding inspiration from (pinterest, magazines etc)?
India | We actively tried to stay away from Pinterest during our planning, as it’s too easy to get sucked into thinking you ‘need’ mason jars, chalkboards and personalised table favours! We mostly just went with our instincts.
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Team ES | Did you follow a certain theme for the wedding?

India | Our wedding was at the college we both attended in Oxford and was very traditional. Dan is Welsh, so there were lots of nods to this, including a Welsh Male Voice Choir during the church service and Welsh ale at the drinks reception.

Team ES | Did you walk down the aisle to a particular song?

India | My uncle is a professional organist, so we were lucky to be able to have him play at our service. I walked up the aisle to ‘The Prince of Denmark’s March’ by Jeremiah Clarke.

Team ES | What about your first dance song and did you practice your dance or completely wing it?

India | We had an amazing Motown band for the after-dinner dancing, and chose ‘Best of My Love’ by the Emotions as our first song. We didn’t learn a dance routine, but we did practise a bit…

Team ES | Most memorable moment of the day? 

India | The speeches. We each gave one, as did my dad and the best man. All four were great.



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Team ES | Did you follow the something old, new, borrowed, blue tradition?

India | Of course, although my ‘something blue’ was a last-minute blob of blue nail varnish on the bottom of my shoe!

Team ES | Tips for brides to be, what one thing would you recommend?

India | The dress fittings are worth it. I thought my dress fitted really well to start with, so I almost didn’t bother, but seeing the difference after the fittings was amazing.


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Team ES | What are you both up to now, did you go on honeymoon?

India We went to the Italian lakes for our honeymoon, which was so beautiful and relaxing. Dan planned everything, which was a real treat.




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Photographer: Sara Lincoln

Videographer: Dominic Balls

Venue: New College (service) & The Ashmolean Museum (reception)

Catering: New College (drinks and canapes after the service) Clerkenwell Green (evening reception, dinner and bar)

Florist: The Garden of Oxford

Entertainment: Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir (music in service) OJ’s Soul Band (music for after dinner dancing)

Wedding planner: Stacey Puffer at The Ashmolean

Bride dress: Sassi Holford ‘Aisha’ via Ellie Sanderson

Bride shoes: Phase Eight

Bride Jewellery: Bride’s own

Perfume: Gucci No. 2

MUA: Camilla Collins

Hair: Camilla Collins

Grooms outfit details: Morning coat and trousers: Ede & Ravenscroft Shirt: Budd Shirtmakers
Tie: Huntsman Shoes: Meermin Mallorca

Bridesmaids outfit details: Phase Eight




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