We have the most ‘Oxford’ wedding ever for you today. Lovers of chic and classic city weddings, you’re going to adore Faye and Andy’s Oxford wedding!
Myself and Andy got married on the 27th May 2017, in the Oxford Town Hall on St Aldates. We have a lot of love for Oxford and knew we wanted to get married here. It was a small and intimate ceremony, very relaxed, just close family and a friend each. We didn’t want anything big, and this allowed us to enjoy the moment without the nerves of all eyes on us. I think that morning was the most calm and relaxed I’ve ever felt. Having a small ceremony was definitely the way to go. Initially, it may have disappointed a few friends and family, but they soon came round to the idea. It turned out to be the best decision and I wouldn’t change it for the world. The venue itself was stunning, and so very ‘Oxford’.
We didn’t have a theme as such for the wedding. I love vintage things, and knew I wanted to get most things pre-loved, vintage or to create things along these lines. I knew my wedding dress had to have a vintage feel to it too, and boy did it! As I said when trying the dress on in the shop, I felt like an Edwardian bird cage, but in a good way! We also have a love for cocktails, so our table names, which I made, were all named after our favourite cocktails and drinks.
We wanted to bring a bit of the Oxfordshire countryside that we love so much into our day too, which The Perch provided in abundance. As well as with our wonderful flower arrangements, created by an amazing women called Buzzy, from Flowers Naturally. To fit with the vintage vibe, we opted for a scrummy afternoon tea that Deirdra and the team at The Perch put together. Our cake, by the lovely Clare from Cakes With Grace, fit the vintage feel we wanted so well. The top tier was gluten-free, which was so important for me, being gluten intolerant. It meant I could enjoy every aspect of my day!
What was your favourite part of the day?
We had a lovely stroll down St Aldates to Christchurch, where our fabulous photographer, Clint, from Pixel Photography Ltd, took some amazing pictures on their lawn. We then hopped onto a boat at the Folly bridge, that took the bridal party down the river to The Perch at Binsey, where all our day guests where waiting patiently for our arrival. I have to say that this is one of my favourite and most memorable moments of the day. It gave us a little calm before the storm, which I think every bride and groom should have at some point in their day. I was able to sit down and chat happily with my now husband, sip champagne, nibble canapés, and watch the world go by, just taking it all in. It was perfect! The sun even came out halfway up the river, adding to an already magical day.
What are your tips for other brides?
A bit of advice to other brides to be, other than the usual, ’embrace the moment’, is to remember ‘What will be, will be’. Don’t be afraid to walk out of the shop with a dress you didn’t intend going in for! When you know, you know, and it’ll most likely be the one you least expect.
My biggest bit of advice that I wish I’d have been given, is to choose your shoes wisely!! I bought my Cinderella shoes! I knew the shoes I wanted before the dress, and the dress had to go with the shoes regardless. My dress went wonderfully with my shoes. They were made for each other! Except, as fate would have it, they were not. A beautifully delicate French lace and satin dress, and a stunning pair of beaded and Swarovski crystal shoes? They go together like oil and water, they just don’t gel! Yes, the shoes came with a little note saying they can cause pulls in certain material, but I did not expect the shredded mess I faced within minutes of walking out of the door!
So, choose your shoes wisely and protect them where needed. On a positive, the shoes were the most comfortable high heels I have ever worn. I literally danced the night away in them. I didn’t even have a single blister at the end of the evening! So proof there’s always a positive in a negative!