Featured, Real Brides

Real Bride: A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

Wonderful bride Caroline wore Alcazar to marry her handsome hubby James. With a lowered back for more drama and the most incredible bespoke veil with extra lace ordered from Margaux Tardits, Caroline was sure to stand out this year for style and individuality. The couple had a bright and fun theme as pinks, reds and gold adorned their venue along with a personalised banner and tassels hanging from the ceiling. This set the scene for the grooviest dance floor of all time and their guests truly embraced the celebration in singing and dancing all night long.

Photography by Harry Michael

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a wildlife documentary filmmaker and my other half, James, runs his own marketing agency and creates websites for companies called 8th Dial. We met on a dating app called Hinge! 

Photography by Harry Michael

What’s your engagement story?

We got engaged in January 2022 in Barbados, my parents’ adopted home. It’s a really special place to us, some of our favourite friends live there and we have spent a lot of time out there. It was the last night of a month-long stay over Christmas and New Year, and we went to one of our favourite restaurants on the island – Champers. We’d had dinner there, looking over the ocean, the year before when the St Vincent volcano erupted, and the skies turned black. We always planned to return on the last night of our trip this year and James surprised me by getting down on one knee with a ring.

Photography by Harry Michael

How did you come across The Mews? 

My best friend’s sister got her dress from the Mews in Notting Hill, so I’d heard good things. And I’d walked past the shop window in Clifton and always thought the dresses looked dreamy. 

Photography by Harry Michael

What styles were you channelling whilst dress shopping? 

I wanted something boho-style, relaxed and wearable.

Photography by Harry Michael

Tell us about finding your perfect wedding dress. 

My dress was one of the first ones I tried, I then went really off-piste and tried on everything from sparkly princess dresses to very structured taffeta gowns. But no reaction compared to how my mum and bridesmaids reacted to Alcazar. My mum cried almost every time I tried it on! 

Photography by Harry Michael

Where did your wedding day take place?

Elmore Court, Gloucestershire. A beautiful country house in the Cotswolds and the first venue we visited. 

Photography by Harry Michael

Tell us about your aesthetic for the day – were there any themes or inspiration behind this? 

We wanted a fun, playful and colourful aesthetic. We didn’t want a cliched autumnal theme and wanted it to reflect us – we’re both quite loud, extroverted personalities so we knew we didn’t want muted colours or a neutral palette, which seemed to be a big trend. We still wanted warmth and nod to the season, which we brought through with the base colour of copper in the bridesmaid dresses and usher’s ties – but then we went wild with the flowers and table linen. 

Photography by Harry Michael

What did your groom wear? 

James wore a velvet, navy Reiss jacket and dress shirt with a bow tie and changed into a neon paisley velvet jacket for the evening, which my Maid of Honour sourced from Boden, where she worked at the time. 

Photography by Harry Michael

What was your favourite detail of the day? 

We loved the gospel choir who performed during our wedding ceremony – they brought the house down. We also loved the Alice Gabb bespoke banner and flowers by Amber Persia, which really set the tone of the day. 

Photography by Harry Michael

What advice would you give to a bride about finding the perfect dress? 

Take your time, don’t feel pressured to make a decision immediately and remember you’ll always see other dresses you ‘could’ have chosen after you’ve made your decision. Social media can make you doubt yourself and your decision. I got a bit obsessed with continuing to research dresses long after I’d bought mine, which I shouldn’t have done! Despite some doubts in the lead up, I LOVED my dress on the day and don’t know where those doubts ever came from! 

Photography by Harry Michael

Words of wedded wisdom? 

The day will be incredible no matter what suppliers, outfit or venue you choose. It’s ultimately only about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, but it’s easier to get stressed in the run-up in your pursuit of the ‘perfect day’. Oh, and definitely book the week before the wedding off work!  

Photography by Harry Michael

Are you planning a honeymoon, if so where are you off to? 

We went to Oman for some scuba diving, off-roading and desert camping. 

Photography by Harry Michael

With so many incredible photos to choose from, we have carefully selected our favourites that radiate the pure joy and and the spirit of the day. With that in mind, we have put together a gallery of the party below for you to enjoy and we hope you feel as much excitement from them as we do! Caroline changed into a statement party dress and James donned a velvet, paisley jacket to rock the night away in. Wonderfully captured by photographer Harry Michael.

Supplier List

Venue: Elmore Court

Wedding Planning: Rachel Terrett at Salt and Scent 

Dress: Margaux Tardits from The Mews 

Make Up: Rosie at RAW makeup 

Hair: Juta Zorubienne 

Flowers: Amber Persia 

Photographer: Harry Michael

Assistant Photographer: Andy Matheson

Videographer: Dan Dolan 

Gospel Choir: Vocal Works Gospel Choir

Wedding Car: 1967 S-type Jag by Mr Bojangles Hire

Food Truck: The Little Taquero 

Photo booth: Airstream by Belle Studio

Band & DJ with live sax: Luna Show Band 

Reception Music: Bethany Hodge 

Cake: Cherish Cakes by Katherine Edwards 

Dance floor streamers: Streamadelica 

Confetti: Shropshire Petals

Disco ball and festoon lighting: Every Event Hire

Table Linen: Jones Hire 

Poseur tables: Valley Furniture Hire

Wedding stationary design: Zebedee Helm, Emerald Paper Design and Studio Grazie 

Printing: Bristol Print Hub